Announced yesterday and expanded today on the Magic Judges blog by Sean Catanese, the policy around "Unsporting Conduct – Major" received significant update and increase in coverage across all DCI-sanctioned events.
New Unsporting Conduct (USC) Major paves way for the direction we need to take with the community. Now Match Loss with new examples.— Riki Hayashi (@mtgRikipedia) July 14, 2014
While the increased penalty to a full match loss for players that commit an offense under the penalty has a clear explanation (It removes the issue where non-offending players had too continue playing in a difficult situation with undue duress.) the expanded itemization of examples makes it clear the penalty is meant to be used to shape Magic events into more inclusive play.
The itemized list of new examples include:
- A player uses a racial slur against his opponent.
- A player takes inappropriate photos of another player without express permission.
- A player asks a spectator for a date, is denied, and continues to press the issue.
- A player purposefully obstructs another player with the intent of inducing physical contact.
- A spectator uses social media to bully another player.
Like many updated rules of conduct for gaming and professional conventions across the country, these new tools are meant to not just discourage but allow judges to take action against individuals engaging in harassment and other disruptive behavior. For much more detailed explanation and breakdown of the policy, we strongly suggest reading the full post by Sean Cantanese on his Magic Judges blog.