The topic of cheating in Magic can bring out visceral responses in people. The reputation (deserved or not) of the Star City Games Open Series was slightly damaged with the suspensions of Edgar Flores and Alex Bertocini. This weekend at SCG Detroit history started to repeat itself. Twitter exploded when people witnessed what appeared to be a blatant on-camera cheat by John Elden. To make matters worse Elden went on to place in the Top 8. Star City Games was prepared this time and when the head judge was notified the decision to disqualify Elden from the event was swiftly handed down.
This left many people discussing, “Why would someone cheat on camera?” Many articles have been written about the psychology of cheating; like this recent one from the NY Times. Many people on twitter couldn’t grasp the boldness of it. What do you think makes someone engage in such risky behavior on camera? Arrogance? Pressure? Pride?
#scgdet Are the judges actually allowing the cheater to play in the top 8?— Craig Berry (@berry_craig) June 25, 2012
(Glenn) Thank you to those who pointed out the Round 6 match, the HJ is looking at the situation #SCGDET— SCG Tour (@SCGTour) June 24, 2012
Just read the recap by @andrea2s1 about the cheat. Pretty significant action being made, and a well practiced cheat being executed.— James Clarke (@Suspinded) June 25, 2012
so, that rather unreal batterskull-cheat in legacy on SCG live camera is well known, I guess? Just saw it and left me somewhat speechless.— Kai Budde (@kaibudde) June 25, 2012
I'm happy Batterskull guy went for it; I doubt it's an isolated incident, and at least now he's caught. @kaibudde— Luis Scott-Vargas (@lsv) June 25, 2012
@dcampa93 Cheaters don't always cheat because they need to. Generally they cheat just because they're cheaters.— Dr. Jeebus (@Dr_Jeebus) June 25, 2012
DQing Jon Elden was the right decision. Honestly, trying to get away with something like that on camera. #scgdet— Alex (@DeckConstruct) June 25, 2012
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