last edited by joshuabrooks
I'll preface this by saying I haven't gotten to play much competitive magic at all in the last 1.5yrs and don't follow streams, so I apologize if I misunderstand something.
After following this topic a few times, it still seems incomprehensible to me to defend group play. I understand an elite player might not gain anything from a stream, or that MTGO is a different game, but I will say one aspect of Magic has always been consistent since the beginning. It's always been my best effort against my opponent's best effort.
I know digital magic is a different beast, but if people were chiming in during a paper match at a live tournament, people would be going ballistic.
The defense that it's not enforceable doesn't sit well with me.
The defense that it doesn't help, I can't verify. I've heard elite players say they have never gained from help, but I can't speak to that. I would imagine that most help is distracting chatter, but not all of it can be.
The defense that streaming is better for the publicity of MTGO might be perfectly valid.
I guess at the end of the day, it truly is unenforceble, so at least kudos to those that don't do it in the shadows.
I might play less in a year than some people play in a week, however, if I sat down to play in a tournament on MTGO, I would (perhaps unrealistically) assume I was playing against one person and if it were otherwise, I can't pretend I wouldn't be disappointed.