Forget banning Bloodbraid Elf. Forget the largest Grand Prix in Magic history. Cockatrice is down! THE. SKY. IS. FALLING! Okay, so perhaps that’s a bit of an overreaction. Nevertheless, the fact that Hasbro’s legal team turned their Inaction Injunction on Cockatrice is something of concern for no small amount of the Magic community.
Of course, the complaints were matched with equally loud counterpoints declaring that this action was well within the legal rights of WotC’s parent company. Then folk decided that if they can’t have Cockatrice for free, then all online play should be free — or some variant of this. Yes, I was confused by this too.
Thankfully for all involved in the conversation, people realized that there were quite a lot of jokes to be made out of this situation, so those with no opinion either way also were able to contribute.
Cockatrice got the takedown based on the grapevine whispers.Cue the incoming entitlement complaints. #BorrowedTime— James Clarke (@Fenaris) February 27, 2013
If WotC shuts down Trice, could they at least get off their asses and make a Mac version of Modo? This is why we can't have nice things.— Tyler Priemer (@tylerthefro) February 27, 2013
I can't believe Cockatrice lasted this long with out legal action. Long term MTG is much better with out it (just like proxies #inVintage)— Sean Thielman (@MemoryLapseGuy) February 27, 2013
@jacklacroix "Its just scheduled downtime babe."— Jeff Good (@lowguppy) February 27, 2013
And let's not forget Mac OS compatibility! Another need not serviced by the official platform. #cockatrice— Titus Chalk (@tituschalk) February 27, 2013
The possibility of Cockatrice being gone makes me very sad. It's a great, free way of testing before I buy actual product. =/ #mtg— David Doyle (@DavidPDiddle) February 27, 2013
Cockatrice is down? Do you think Hasbro or Newell Rubbermaid will see the biggest stock boost? (hint: Newell Rubbermaid owns Sharpie). #mtg— Justin D-Z (@justin_dz) February 27, 2013
Oh good, now that Cockatrice is shut down people are bringing back the "Waaaah, I want every card on MTGO free!" debate.— Dr. Jeebus (@Dr_Jeebus) February 27, 2013
Cockatrice is open source, so I'm just waiting for the inevitable announcement that some Russian or Chinese site is setting it up.— Joshua J. (@JoshJMTG) February 27, 2013
#MTGO isn't that expensive and I feel bad for people who use Cockatrice. But it is a copyright infringement.— Robert Chesley (@urzishra) February 27, 2013
Frankly, I was always surprised that Cockatrice existed as long as it did. I hope nobody is actually surprised that it got taken down— Mike (@robotlarge) February 27, 2013
@smi77y The problem was most of Cockatrice was open source material, so it was free to use, including the usage of the card images.— Vergil (@ZeroMH) February 27, 2013
@dr_jeebus That doesn't negate our ability to complain that it sucks. and removes a great playtest resource for teams with scattered players— David Stull (@gkStull) February 27, 2013
If cockatrice is so detrimental to the financial future of mtg then explain why we hit an almost 3000 GP last week? 40 dollars per person =$— Richard L. (@AgentofDimir) February 27, 2013
I guess they just decided it was taking away enough potential MtGO customers to justify going after. #cockfight— Parker May (@GeistofStTraft) February 27, 2013
Whenever we had a problem with Cockatrice back in the day, we just cast Terror on it. Sometimes Dark Banishing. #MTG— Joey Pasco (@AffinityForBlue) February 27, 2013
People who say their interest in the game will wane without Cockatrice are a) Spending nothing anyway and/or b) Liars.— Geordie Tait (@Geordie_Tait) February 27, 2013
@realevilgenius This will be a long, hard encounter, leaving both parties exhausted and dripping with emotion.— travishall456 (@travishall456) February 27, 2013
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