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Petition to Hasbro

WotC should better support their professional players and scene.

Professional player Gerry Thompson sat out of the 2018 Magic: the Gathering World Championship to protest the current state of professional level Magic: the Gathering. We, the community of Magic: the Gathering, stand behind his decision. In his reddit post to r/magictcg, Gerry describes the reasons why he is protesting the current state of the game at the highest level. Among those reasons are concerns including coverage quality, player promotion and wages, poor communication, stagnant Pro Tour participation, bad advertising, and mismanagement of known cheaters. The post currently has over 14,000 upvotes and has been gilded 17 times. We believe that Gerry's concerns are valid and ought to be addressed for the betterment of the game. We understand that it takes time to make change. We understand that Wizards of the Coast has been working on solutions to many of the problems that Gerry presented. But there is a time for words, and a time for action. The following tweet is the only information made publicly known by WotC that has addressed Gerry's concerns: "This weekend, we're crowning the 2017-2018 Pro Team Series Champion and 2018 Magic: the Gathering World Champion. Early this morning, Gerry Thompson announced his intention to not participate in the Magic: the Gathering World Championship. We wish this weren't the case, but we respect his decision to make his voice heard.  Pro Player Consultants are working directly with us to shape and mold the Pro Club, two additional Pro Tours per year raises the overall prize pool, and commentators like Paul Cheon and Simon Goertzen are seasoned pros who provide engaging commentary. There's still room to grow and this is going to be a big year as we continue to improve Pro Magic in 2019 and beyond." There is no mention of better promoting players. There is no mention of poor advertising regarding the 2018 Magic: The Gathering World Championship. As is often the case, there is not a single word about the issue of cheating in Magic: the Gathering. Pro Tour player Ken Yukuhiro was disqualified in Round 14 of the 2018 Magic: the Gathering World Championship on grounds of cheating. This tweet is the definition of a bandaid statement or, as Gerry so kindly calls it, poor communication.  No matter your words, if your actions don't back them then change will not occur.  We love Magic: the Gathering. We love watching it played at the highest level. We absolutely love competing to play at that level. That is why we want the best for the game. So that it will grow, and the amazing game that is Magic will be seen and played by many generations to come. Please, Wizards of the Coast, put your money where your mouth is. If your game is as great as you purport it to be (spoiler alert: it is) then spend the time, money, and care to make its public image worthy of how it is presented. Thank you for hearing us out, and we look forward to the bright future in store for Magic: the Gathering. 

Chris Stomberg
16 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Andrew Slade, Henry Martinson, Emily Larson, Jim Filby Williams, Jim Shoberg, John Schmidt, Erik Torch, Amanda Crosby, Edwin Hall, Tjaard Breeuwer, Jon Welles, Tiersa Wodash, Dean Vogtman, Michael Schraepfer, Lindsay Dean, Jodi Tervo Roberts, Frank Jewell, Art Johnston, Joel Sipress

Keep Congdon Park Hockey at Lower Chester Park

Duluth, Minnesota boasts the last outdoor hockey program in all of North America. Outdoor hockey has been a major part of the fabric of Duluth for well over one hundred years, but neighborhood rinks struggle to survive. Just think – at its height, Duluth was home to 37 outdoor rinks. Today, seven associations are keeping the legacy alive. Congdon Park Hockey, however, is in jeopardy of losing its current home at Lower Chester Park. The association is fighting to keep the doors open for current and future youth. Congdon Park Hockey is not at risk of losing its home because of lack of participation or interest in outdoor hockey. In fact, the association is currently serving over 70 families in its programs. It offers hockey to youth between 4 and 10 years old (i.e. mini-mites to squirts). Participation has increased dramatically over the past five years since the program relocated to Lower Chester Park from Congdon Park School—registrations have increased nearly 75% in that time period. Congdon Park Hockey currently maintains four outdoor rinks with an all-volunteer staff comprised of parents of the children that utilize the facility—Congdon Park Hockey logs an estimated 6,000 volunteer hours per winter. Congdon Park Hockey is at risk of losing its home because of a philosophical shift in the future vision of Lower Chester Park. The Lower Chester Hockey Association was closed in 2009 due to lack of funding. At that time, the Neighbors of Lower Chester Park (NOLCP) partnered with the City of Duluth to manage the park. When Congdon Park Hockey lost their rink in 2012 as part of the school district’s “red plan,” it began leasing the park from NOLCP during the winter to bring hockey back to Lower Chester Park, where it is currently thriving. However, NOLCP has clearly expressed a vision for the park that would not leave adequate space for organized youth hockey to continue at Lower Chester Park, despite the over 100 years of hockey legacy at the park." This spring, the Duluth City Council and the City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Department will be updating the mini-master plan for Lower Chester Park. Congdon Park Hockey is seeking the community’s support related to this mini-master plan process. In addition to a letter and email writing campaign targeting key decision makers, Congdon Park Hockey is encouraging supporters to sign this petition and will provide the results of the petition to the Duluth City Council and the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department.   

Congdon Park Hockey Club
875 supporters