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magic the gathering – Informing opponents of outdated card textual content

magic the gathering – Informing opponents of outdated card textual content


The guidelines to seek the advice of on this case are the Tournament Rules. There are a number of issues to think about with this query.

Does the merfolk participant have to help with the facility/toughness calculation of a card of their hand?

Let’s begin with part 4.1, Player Communication, in regards to the nature of the knowledge in query:

Free data is data to which all gamers are entitled entry with out contamination or omissions made by their opponents. If a participant is ever unable or unwilling to supply free data to an opponent that has requested it, they need to name a decide and clarify the state of affairs. Free data consists of:

• The title of any seen object. [..]

The title of the cardboard isn’t beneath dispute, it is Ceta Disciple.

Derived data is data to which all gamers are entitled entry, however opponents should not obliged to help in figuring out and will require some ability or calculation to find out. Derived data consists of:

• All traits of objects in public zones that aren’t outlined as free or standing data. [..]

A Ceta Disciple on the battlefield is an object in a public zone. Its energy/toughness should not free or standing data (resembling life factors). Therefore, it is derived data. The opponent isn’t required to help within the calculation of these values, and particularly not when the Ceta Disciple isn’t even on the battlefield and due to this fact but unaffected by the Lord.

From whom are you able to request the present Oracle wording of a card?

Section 3.6, “Card Identification and Interpretation”, says:

Players have the appropriate to request entry to the official wording of a card they’ll describe. That request might be honored if logistically attainable. The official textual content of any card is the Oracle textual content akin to the title of the cardboard. Players might not use errors or omissions in Oracle to abuse the principles. The Head Judge is the ultimate authority for card interpretations, and so they might overrule Oracle if an error is found

This imposes an obligation on the match judges, not on one’s opponent, so the opponent is within the clear. In any case a participant has to actively request that data. Nobody is obliged to supply it unprompted.

Does utilizing an outdated print of a card represent obfuscation?

The truth alone that many printed playing cards are outdated and shouldn’t have a up-to-date print, resembling Ceta Disciple itself, already means that utilizing such playing cards in a match setting is unproblematic. Players might even draw over their playing cards to a big extent whereas nonetheless remaining match authorized. Section 3.3 Authorized Cards says:

Artistic modifications are acceptable in sanctioned tournaments, offered that the modifications don’t make the cardboard artwork unrecognizable, include substantial strategic recommendation, or include offensive pictures. Artistic modifications additionally might not cowl or change the mana value or title of the cardboard.

The Merfolk participant may paint over the sort line of their playing cards and it might be a authorized modification. Using a printed card that’s out of sync with its present Gatherer wording isn’t obfuscation in any means. In truth, Wizards themselves have printed quite a few, tournament-legal playing cards that include no gameplay data in any respect besides the cardboard title and mana value, the minimal required data as described above.

May the opponent lie in regards to the Oracle wording of Ceta Disciple when requested?

This is perhaps a difficult one. The traits of a card in hand aside from its title are at most derived data (the hand isn’t a public zone, however it’s a publicly identified data in your state of affairs) as mentioned above, so the opponent doesn’t have to supply details about it. However, in the event that they do give data and it is mistaken (e.g. as a result of they lied about it, which would appear probably on this case), it’d nicely be unsporting conduct, and even dishonest, with numerous penalties connected.

Again part 4.1 Player Communication:

A participant ought to have a bonus resulting from higher understanding of the choices offered by the principles of the sport, better consciousness of the interactions within the present recreation state, and superior tactical planning. Players are beneath no obligation to help their opponents in taking part in the sport. Regardless of the rest, gamers are anticipated to deal with opponents politely and with respect. Failure to take action might result in Unsporting Conduct penalties.

I think this example isn’t handled particularly within the guidelines as a result of the MTR rightly assume that, as a result of gamers have a proper to request the complete Oracle wording of that card from judges, it shouldn’t be attainable to misrepresent the Oracle wording of a card.

So when a participant lies about data they don’t seem to be required to supply, is that (authorized) bluffing, does it cross into unsporting conduct (not authorized), and even dishonest to achieve a bonus (very unlawful)? I’d suspect that the Rules Enforcement Level (REL) would additionally think about right here. At the bottom stage, resembling for Friday Night Magic, bluffing on this method in opposition to a much less skilled participant ought to be punished as Unsporting Conduct. At the best ranges, though the stakes are better, the expectations in the direction of participant expertise are even better, and it’d move as a authorized bluff.

However, fortunately for me, this final half is a hypothetical anyway. As for the core query: if the opponent would not ask, no person is required by the principles to supply this piece of knowledge on their very own. If a participant would not ask and makes a strategic error, it is on that participant.



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