According to the Chinese Zodiac, this is the year of the horse. People born in the year of the Horse are great at communicating and enjoy the spotlight. Horses should avoid marrying rats and rabbits because they would kill their spouse attempting to consummate the union. Even though 2014 isn't officially the year of the rat, it's starting to feel like it.
A lot of high profile players were found out to be cheats and frauds this year and there is still nearly an entire month left for us to ferret out a few more cheats. The hits kept coming this week as we had a high-profile disqualification at the Player Championship. Wizards released a statement that mentions that Marcio Carvalho received a disqualification for presenting an illegal deck but it doesn't really delve too much into what happened. I had to go to social media to find out a bit more.
Per Frank Lepore's Twitter, Marcio Carvalho has pulled a similar cheat in the past, and Matt Sperling has this account.
"For anyone who doesn't know, Marcio has done this cheat time and again, such as vs me AND Tom Martell in PT Amsterdam after he did it against Tom and I begged Toby Elliott to have a judge watch my match with Marcio the following round but he declined. I tried to watch him, I really did, but he had the life totals wrong and I go to score pad to correct it and there you go he topdecks a situationally perfect sideboard card (some falter effect) that wasn't good against me or Tom generally but was topdecked in the final turn against both of us after some distraction tactics. Tom had warned me Marcio cheated him but didn't say how so I didn't know EXACTLY what to look for, just to ask Toby for help. After that draft pod Tom and I compared notes and it was same cheat - card "topdecked" off sideboard or from hidden zone after distraction tactics."
Carvalho had a Hornet Queen underneath his lifepad and presented a 59 card deck to the opponent so he would always have a queen stashed. The source on the Hornet Queen allegation was Tom Martell.
This is pretty cut and dried scumbaggery of the highest magnitude and Carvalho has disgraced himself and his home country whom he was at the event representing. Don't cheat, you guys. Don't do the Boettcher shuffle, don't stash Hornet Queens under your lifepad and don't Bertoncini Brainstorm. Don't cheat.
What is less cut and dried was another story out of the event, this one involving Jeremy Dezani. In addition to his glacial play during the Legacy Masters draft that resulted in disciplinary action, he is embroiled in something the internet has dubbed "Dealergate" because everything needs a "gate" at the end after the first scandal named this way, "Watergate" which involved president Richard Nixon and the Water hotel. Dealergate is detailed in an article by Paulo Vitor Damon da Rosa. According to Paulo,
After semi-settling on decks, we went to the event to buy the cards we were missing, since we were informed there would be no dealers during Worlds. We went to two dealers and bought some cards from each, and were ready to leave when Tom Martell spots one of the dealers we had just bought cards from talking to Jeremy Dezani. Apparently, said person was reading to Dezani from a list that included every card we had bought, as well as cards that previous Worlds competitors (e.g. Sam Black) had bought earlier in the day.
Wizards is investigatin and the community is castigating, Dezani that is. I'll leave it to WotC to conduct an investigation and while I have heard the name of a vendor bandied about, we're not reporting anything until the official investigation names a vendor. Right now all we have is some hearsay from Paulo, but it is compelling enough to get the internet in a butthurt tornado.
So let's talk about "Vendorgate" or "Dealergate" or whatever you'd like to call it. Is Dezani a scumbag for trying to find out what his opponents were buying? Is the vendor a scumbag for offering the information? Is Paulo overreacting? Are gamers just gonna game? Let's get a really divisive fight started in the comments section and I'll pop a bag of Reddenbacher's finest and watch the fracas.
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