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New Phyrexia Leak Details (Just a Few)

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.

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  1. April 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Can someone say Legal Ass Whuppin?

  2. Poisoned Fly
    April 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Can someone say pro-player gets new sets at least a month before everyone else?

  3. April 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    And here I thought Wizards stored the New Phyrexia godbook on Sony’s Playstation servers.

  4. Bagpiper
    April 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    It was noble of them to step forward and confess their mistake, but I think they got off easy. Wizards could easily have taken this to court. Guillaume Matignon and Guillaume Wafo-Tapa had a non-disclosure agreement, and agreements like that are taken VERY seriously by the companies involved. It is unfortunate that they did not intend to leak the information, and I would really hate to be in their situation right now, but the fact remains that this is probably the worst leak in Magic’s history.

    (Meant to post this here, please ignore my comment on the last episode… >_>)

    • April 29, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      A 3yr suspension from the DCI is a pretty hefty punishment as is. First off, while the NDA was broken, financially Wizards will not lose money from this. Wizards took the action that would be most effective in the eyes of players. Also, if Matignon makes his living based off of MTG(writing about it and playing it) and he can’t do that for 3 years…try not having a job for 3 years and let me know how that works out for ya.

      • April 29, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

        I think Matignon will be fine – he was the 2007 (I think it was 07) World Champ at the WoW card game. He’s got other interests and incomes. Plus, he can still write whether he’s playing or not.

      • dan
        April 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        “First off, while the NDA was broken, financially Wizards will not lose money from this.”

        Whether there will be damages to sales is difficult to prove right now, because the set isn’t out. But in the weeks and months to come, if Wizards can prove a decrease in sales or prerelease or release day attendance from projected estimates, that gives them a very good case moving forwards.

        Regardless of that, they have most likely already lost money. They have probably lost pageviews and ad revenue from Daily MTG because of reduced readership caused by the neutered preview weeks.

        Wizards also employs marketing people to decide how to advertise New Phyrexia, which includes deciding which authors and sites get to see which cards and any other special promotions. This leak has resulted in lost man-hours for them, which is lost money for Wizards.

        The official preview schedule and marketing machine is designed to maximize excitement for the new set right before the prerelease, which translates into money and sales. If Wizards decided they could make more money releasing the set two weeks (or a month, or four months) in advance, then they would.

        “A 3yr suspension from the DCI is a pretty hefty punishment as is.”

        This is an open and shut case against Matignon. He violated the NDA and there are easily provable damages. A DCI suspension of any kind is peanuts compared to would happen if Wizards pursued litigation.

        • Zero
          April 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

          Lost money? Alot of people preordered boxes and singles as soon as they saw the set. If anything, they made more money. For competitive players, this was a god send.

          • Brian
            May 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

            I have to respectfully disagree, although I agree with Beach’s comment regarding singles preorder pricing below.

            This completely ignores the previous comment about marketing and advertising revenue. In addition, the number of “alot of players” that are preordering NPH due to the early leak is difficult to quantify to any reliable extent. How many players? Since the new set is now always in the Visual Spoiler by Wednesday before the Prerelease tournaments, players still would have had a week and a half to make an informed decision about preordering. It’s impossible to determine how many less (if any) boxes would have been preordered had the leak not occured.

            This is anything but a godsend, to any magic players. In particular, Wizards will at the least have to consider drastically tightening their preview policies going forward.

  5. April 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Actually, here’s some more information about the leak from an investigative reporter from ChannelFireball, if anyone wants to read it: http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/legacy-weapon-a-troubling-leakage/

  6. Beach7125
    May 1, 2011 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    On the plus side, knowing the full set at one time means that preorder prices, while inflated by hype, are more appropriate relative to one another. That is, limited information is not causing some cards to be valued higher than they would if the entire set were known.

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