Recently, Wizards clarified their position on proxies. In this post, I will not only discuss the new changes, but also my opinion on proxies.
Here are the new rules:
Counterfeit cards are not approved in any fashion by Wizards of the Coast, nor are they appropriate for sanctioned play in any form. Authorized cards for use in sanctioned Magic play must meet the following criteria, as explained in section 3.3 of the Magic Tournament Rules:
- The card is genuine and is published by Wizards of the Coast
- The card has a standard Magic back or is a double-faced card
- The card does not have squared corners
- The card has black or white borders
- The card is not a token card
- The card is not damaged or modified in a way that might make it marked
- The card is otherwise legal for the tournament as defined by the format
- Unglued and Unhinged basic land cards are allowed in sanctioned Magic tournaments
- Players may use cards from the Alpha printing only if the deck is in opaque sleeves
So, the new position is that even in non-DCI sanctioned tournaments, you are not allowed to have proxies. No Proxies. I mean, this doesn’t affect kitchen table (casual) magic, but it does affect formats not supported by Wizards.
My stance on proxies is that they are not good for the game. If people don’t buy Magic cards, that’s bad for the game, because then Wizards has less money to spend on developing the game. I’m not saying that you should dump hundreds of dollars on expensive cards that you need for your commander deck, I’m just saying that I think that Wizard’s reasons are valid, because they don’t want to lose money because actual Magic cards become less popular, and eventually die.
This originated because a LGS received a letter telling then they couldn’t allow proxies in tournaments that have a prize structure.
A summary is that they drew a line that said that proxies are only made by a judge if a real card becomes unplayable, and a counterfeit is a card that is made by a player, even if it’s just marker on a card or it’s a near perfect fake.
Next, I want to announce a small blogging change. I’m going to post less just “decklist” posts and more like this, where it’s deeper and discussion sparking.