Bummer: #MeToo Hits Magic The Gathering Tournament

Which is rather weird, because from what I’ve heard, there are really no women involved in one of the geekiest of geek things

Pro Removed From $1 Million Magic Tournament Accused Of Harassing Women

On Wednesday, one of the most prominent players in the Magic: The Gathering scene was unceremoniously dropped from this weekend’s first-ever $1 million tournament for the strategy card game. Since then, as questions have been raised about the unspecified reasons behind Turtenwald’s removal, sources have told Kotaku that the player has engaged in inappropriate behavior toward female players and fans for years.

Owen Turtenwald has been ranked among the world’s top Magic players for about a decade. In 2011, he won a string of seven Grand Prix tournaments, earning that year’s Player Of The Year award, which he won again in 2016. Today, Turtenwald is a celebrated member of the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame, a sponsored Twitch streamer, and a competitor in the Magic: The Gathering’s 2019 Pro League, where he reportedly receives about $75,000 in contracts per year.

The only shred of evidence that fans had to go on for a reason behind Turtenwald’s removal from the event was a tweet from a Magic player named Mary Louke. “Very pleased with this news,” it read. “If you don’t know why… then you don’t know the best secret kept in Magic.”

Louke is one of three people who told Kotaku that Turtenwald has exhibited a pattern of predatory behavior toward female Magic players that spans several years. Screenshots shared with Kotaku showed that, Turtenwald continued pursuing these women sexually and romantically even after they stopped responding or turned him down.

In other news, there are actually pro’s for Magic The Gathering.

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5 Responses to “Bummer: #MeToo Hits Magic The Gathering Tournament”

  1. gitarcarver says:

    Must be a day for “Magic: The Gathering.”

    “BOTHELL, Wash. – Burglars broke into Zulu’s Board Game Café early Thursday morning and got away with about $100,000 worth of merchandise, according to the owner of the family-run business.

    The suspect apparently used a rope to get onto the roof and cut all the security cameras, used tools to remove a small sky window to get inside, then stole some of the business’s most valuable “Magic: the Gathering” trading cards.

    “The cards are going to kill us. That’s a huge part. It’s one of the main pillars that holds us up, the trading card side,” said Matt Zaremba, owner of Zulu’s.

    Zulu’s carries hundreds of thousands of cards, but they used to carry a lot more before burglars hit their business early Thursday morning.

    “One drawer they stole had 35,000 cards in it,” said Christina Sagrelius, an employee at Zulu’s. “They took this drawer, this drawer and this drawer down here,” she said, opening up each empty drawer.”


    The article goes on to say that the thieves even stole the hard drive that was in the ceiling that stored the security footage.

  2. Professor Hale says:

    Looks to me like his opponents couldn’t beat him in the field, so they took him out on the way to the field. Something they learned from politics.

  3. Professor Hale says:

    “Inappropriate predatory behavior” = “the unattractive geek showed interest in me”.

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