Remember those no good, dirty, back-biting scumbags who leaked the New Phyrexia Godbook? Didn’t you wanna just take them out back and beat them for an hour and a half or so with a full set of golf clubs? Don’t you just wish you could find out who these unscrupulous bastards are, so you could dig them out of their hidey-hole and exact righteous revenge, like we didn’t get to do with Rancored Elf? Well guess what?
Coming out of left field for most of us familiar with the way they handle leaks (ie: No comment), Wizards of the Coast has just released some new information about the identity of the perpetrators. What sort of unknown jerks are responsible for this heinous act? Who are we going to have to spend weeks, maybe months, tracking down in the single greatest Magic manhunt since that tragic time Jon Finkel fell down a well? Well the jig is up! The names are known, and according to the press release… it’s the Player of the Year runner-up and currently-reigning World Champion. Wait, what?
Yes, you read that correctly. In a shocking bit of news, the final two players at Worlds 2010, commonly referred to as “The Guillaumes” (Matignon and Wafo-Tapa) have issued confessions and apologies to Wizards for this heinous breach of trust. Two other players, Martial Moreau and David Gauthier have also been implicated in the leak, but I’m going to be honest here – I’ve never heard of them. As a writer for a French magazine, Matignon had access to the Godbook so he could write about the upcoming New Phyrexia. As we all now know, New Phyrexia is pretty freakin’ awesome. As such, he just couldn’t resist sharing with Wafo-Tapa, one of his close friends. It’s unclear from the press release just how the other two got involved, but it doesn’t matter terribly much as far as Wizards is concerned.
Definitive action needed to be taken, and boy was it ever. Matignon’s three-year suspension is huge, especially for someone playing at such a high level. The other three can’t play until October 2012. That’s rough, since the world’s gonna end the following December. Tough break for those guys. But, the banhammer must be dropped. And since they’re STILL not going to ban Jace, the Mind Sculptor, they had to do something. I think it’s better this way.