@Chronatog said in MTGO Outside Assistance:
2.2 Tournaments and Events.
(iii) Collusion A player or players working together to gain an unfair competitive advantage in an event. An example of collusion includes sharing knowledge of draft picks with other players of an event during the drafting portion of that event.
To me for this to apply
a) players need to be playing in the same event,
b) the advantage gained would need to be unfair
Personally I interpret this as, streaming/advice from chat completely fine as long as it's not coming from another player in the tournament
The grey area is when it's other players in the same tournament who have access to information not available to anyone else.
Scouting in paper tournaments is a bad analogy as anyone with a bit of time can do it. Whereas in a Modo event as far as I know the only way to know for sure what deck someone is on (before you've played them) is for them to tell you themselves or someone else to have faced them in a prior round and then pass that information on.
But even then who is to say that the advantage gained is unfair? It's an edge and very difficult to say how such edges add up.
I also completely buy that you could do this outside of a stream it and would be undetectable.
And it would be the wrong outcome if someone was sanctioned for collusion as a result of something someone sat beside them said or was posted in the chat that was caught on stream. This would discourage an activity that is of great benefit and service to the community.
So I've reconciled myself that while my opponents may have an edge (streaming, teaming or otherwise) it didn't detract from me having fun - which is the main reason I play.