@ChubbyRain said in Ethical Dilemma: Scooping on MTGO:
@benjamin_berry Prizes extend to top 32 (out of 59 players). Granted, I really don't care much about these prizes, but that's the justification many players used for staying in the event to the end. I was more than willing to play out my match but not at the cost of knocking other players out of the top 8 when I'm basically playing for my entry back.
I've never cashed a large event. How much prize difference is there between 9th and 32rd? If the prize money was the reason for not dropping then it's in you're best interest fight for every position on the ranking. A draw may allow you to avoid the risk of a loss out of proportion to the loss in prizes.
My local FNM pays out to x/1 so conceding when your x/2 last round against an x/1 opponent dilutes the payout to the winners but it's usually $7 vs $8.
Since these events pay out on place not ranking means you're playing kingmaker by not letting the game choose the winner.