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Drop Charges Against Cockatrice

    1. Petition by

      Dechs Kaison

Hasbro has issued a Cease and Desist order to those operating Cockatrice, an open source program that allows Magic: the Gathering (MtG) to be played online for free.

This move alienates a large portion of the MtG playerbase and is actually against Hasbro's financial interest. Players currently use the program as a means to test product before buying. Without this tool, interest in continued product purchase dies. I have quoted other individuals below:

"Since i don't have a a play group that i can test proxy decks against, without cockatrice I will be forced to either quit playing standard(read as "magic") or buy cards with out knowing if i want them. Seeing that I only have a chance play magic once a week at FNM I would rather just play more tf2 than spend extra money while also doing poorly for a few hours without being able to modify my deck." - knto

"And doesn't Hasbro know that Cockatrice is used mainly for TESTING? There's a GP here n portland in May. I'm going. I needed to PLAYTEST my deck so I could BUY the cards I needed. What now?" - Enizzle

"I also see why their reasoning fails. People will simply spend less time testing, less time innovating, and ultimately less money on paper cards because once they have something that works, they will be resistant to change." - Dechs Kaison

"I use cockatrice to keep up with the game and test out decks prior to a PTQ.

Testing different decks (and then getting the cards in RL offcourse) is out of the question now. So is testing for PTQ's.

So for me, this will be a dramatic drop in PTQ's and sticking to the same deck longer instead of buying new cards. Since I am someone who gets bored by a deck pretty fast, this might actually resolve into playing only pre-releases/sealed and dropping Type 2/Modern all together." - WvA

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    • Amos Fong AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      Cockatrice is a great programme, and it doesn't go against Hasbro's and Wizard of the Coast's business objectives either. I'm not sure why they would be against the programme at all.

    • Daniel McIntosh LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I love magic and want to help community, i buy cards in real life on a regular basis and use this program simply as a grounds to test deck. Hasbro are not losing money formt his happy customer, i will still continue to buy cards and enjoy the game. For me there is no need to press charges against cockatrice.

    • Escobar Joan FRANCE
      • 9 months ago

      Hasbro is doing enough money as it is, I don't think cockatrice is dangerous to their image or profit in any way.

    • Garret Hartman FAIRLAND, IN
      • 9 months ago

      Cockatrice is a great way to test out cards you want to play, and you can't always make it to your favorite game store to get some casual games in, where Cockatrice fixed that problem.

    • Devin Perkins HUNTSVILLE, MO
      • 10 months ago

      I love magic but i cant afford to buy cards without testing them first.


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