Magic: Sex Crimes Lies and Elaine Chase

This article is the third in a series of investigations involving #MagicGate.  Please read:

#2 “Magic: The Pedophile Conspiracy

#1 “Magic: The Manic Hypocrisy


Magic: The Gathering (MTG) is the world’s most popular fantasy-themed card game. There are an estimated 20 million players, of all ages, around the planet. MTG is played both with cards and online. Wizards of the Coast (WotC), the publisher of MTG, generates $100s of millions a year. They are owned by HASBRO which is a multi-billion dollar corporation.

The executives of both WotC and HASBRO have been negligent in protecting their community, and particularly children, from men convicted of pedophilia-related crimes as well as other non-sexual related offenses. By failing to set, and ambivalently enforce, common sense protection policies WotC and HASBRO executives have greatly contributed to the climate of complacency which now plagues the MTG community.

During live MTG tournaments, where the winners are awarded thousands of dollars, inevitable disagreements arise. To ensure fair play volunteer members of the MTG judge program preside over various disputes and conundrums which arise during tournament play. In their capacity as arbiters judges have access to, and authority over, all tournament players regardless of the player’s age.

Pedophilic criminals can access children during MTG tournaments to satisfy their depraved sexual appetites. Similar stalking techniques are used in parks by pedophiles, but in tournaments, they are able to conceal their purposes out in the open. A variety of instances show pedophiles have joined the judge program as well. WotC does not have policies in place to prevent individuals with criminal histories from playing in tournaments or joining the judge program. Over the years WotC has ignored all demands for a new preventative policy because their current policy is working just fine, or so they say.

In a move which reeked of desperation WotC’s Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing, Elaine Chase, attempted to clarify the company’s position. It seemed Chase intended to perform preemptive damage control with her five poorly crafted and clearly rushed nonsensical tweets. The response she received was not one of a pacified public. The stunt, as detailed below, rightfully blew up in her face.

If one were inclined to blow the dust off of aged history books dating to 2015 they’d find WotC’s definition of “zero-tolerance” has many meanings. For example, convicted rapist Zachary Jesse’s criminal history became public fodder on May 10, 2015 after placing in the top-eight during a high profile tournament. Rather than ban him immediately, WotC took nearly two months to make a decision. On July 1, 2015, 51 days after the fact, Jesse’s banning was declared not with a megaphone but, in an effort to save face, a whimper. WotC marched out their corporate stooge Patrick R. Jarrett, the editor-in-chief of, to break the news on Reddit. Jarret’s post read:

We work hard to make sure all players feel welcomed, included and safe at our events so that they can have fun playing Magic. We don’t generally comment on individuals or provide position statements in the abstract, but we take action to address player issues and community concerns when we feel it is necessary.

There are two points to be made. First, note Jarret’s tiny statement as opposed to officially detailing the entire scenario. Jarret could have recounted Jesse’s rape of a 19-year-old unconscious college student he did not know. It would have required him to methodically review how Jesse bent the woman over her own toilet and viciously penetrated her vaginally and anally. Heroically honest descriptions are against the WotC’s best public relations interest. They would not want the public wondering why 51 days passed before a decision was made.

Secondly, Jarrett’s statement is contradictory to Chase’s statement. WotC’s policy cannot be, as Chase claims, “zero-tolerance” and simultaneously enforced “when we feel it is necessary” as stated by Jarrett. Which is it? “Zero-tolerance” means zero-tolerance for any iteration of what is not tolerated. Otherwise, the policy is “some tolerance”, or more aptly, “Whenever we feel like it-olerance.”

Further, Chase’s claim of a “long-standing” policy could not possibly be true as the statements are in conflict with one another. This is particularly evident when one considers Jarret’s post came 30 months before the “long-standing” lie Chase disastrously attempted to pass off as fact. Although, perhaps Elaine Chase isn’t a liar and she uses the opposite definition of “long-standing” just as she does for the definition of “competent” as it relates to her job performance.

These conclusions generate further questions. What, precisely, is WotC’s official stance on sex offenders? Why did Elaine Chase cite this “zero-tolerance” policy so matter-of-factly and not provide any documentation? She could have prevented any confusion by including a link in her tweet-bomb. She didn’t, however, which I am sure was a mere oversight on her part. Chase is terribly busy drafting her next Twitter marketing campaign and who could blame her considering the success of her first.

For the policy to be official it must be published in the rules somewhere. That’s common sense. Chase obviously has the entirety of every rule related to MTG memorized, so she doesn’t need to cite her sources. We’re not nearly as brilliant, or as busy, as she so we will have to find it for ourselves to scratch this itch.  (tl;dr? scroll past for conclusion)

The place to begin should be the official WotC sanctioned MTG “Rules and Documents” page.

The Magic: The Gathering Basic Rulebook says nothing about sex offenders or really anything about conduct at all. It does recommend to “get a friend” which are wise, but harsh, words.

The Casual Play guide gives tips on preparing vegan food, but nothing about sex offenders.

The Premier-Level Tournament Information guide bans certain clothing, but not sex offenders.

The Magic: The Gathering Judging at Regular REL (updated 10-14) Players are removed from the building if they are aggressive, violent, harassing, or abusive. Cheating, wagering or stealing cards are also bannable. Nothing about sex offenders.

The Magic Infraction Procedure Guide (updated 9-17) is for high-level tournaments. The rules do not change regarding theft, wagering, harassment, etc. There is nothing mentioned about sex offenders, but there are curious aspects. A player must “show remorse” to avoid a penalty, but does not specify how. Apologizing? On their hands and knees? Begging? Flowers? Candy?  

The Magic Tournament Rules (updated 11-14) surely this 52-page tomb will contain something about a sex offender ban. Right?….

Rule 1.4 on page 5 says anyone can participate EXCEPT FOR:

People with a banned DCI number, under age 13 without a parent, if one is prohibited by law, tournament organizer “Other individuals specifically prohibited from participation by DCI or Wizards of the Coast policy.

What does that mean? If they are specifically prohibited, list them with specificity! The rule continues, “such determination is at Wizards of the Coast’s sole discretion.” Sole discretion is not “zero-tolerance” and implies tolerance is possible. Nothing about sex offenders. There is no such list of “specifically prohibited” other than the DCI which was already mentioned.

Rule 1.10  on page 6 outlines player responsibilities. Is being not a sex offender one? No. Players must be respectful, report rule breaking and not to steal or cheat. Nothing about sex offenders.

Rule 1.11 on page 7  describes spectators and does NOT ban anybody. But one must remain “silent and passive.” If one is “silent and assertive” they are removed. No mimes allowed.

Rule 5.1 – 5.6 on pages 24-25 prohibits Cheating, bribery, and wagering. Players must “be polite at all times” (hence why this game is not for me) and refrain from swearing. Making one *feel* bullied, harassed, or stalked is banned. Not actually doing those things mind you, but a player feeling such a way is a violation. There is not a single word about banning sex offenders.

Strange. Those were all of the official MTG guides. They’ve been archived here. None made reference to what Elaine Chase described in her tweet. Where else should we look? How about official WotC rules?!

WotC’s official Code of Conduct is not particularly thorough and deals more with perception than anything else. Harassment, violence, cheating, stealing, sexism, racism, homophobia, etc are prohibited. These rules also claim WotC can ban a player for things they do outside WotC’s sphere. It’s complicated and stupid. I described why previously. While many behaviors are banned, this guide says nothing about a zero tolerance policy for sex offenders.

The Privacy Policy of WotC mentions nothing about sex offenders, but it does tell parents to discuss the Internet with their children. That’s top-notch advice.

WotC’s official Terms of Service finally answered the question. Section 2 says WotC may terminate services “anytime” for “any reason.” Ahh, there it is.

Well, there you go.


There is not a website, document, pamphlet, or a scribbled on cocktail napkin which could be produced to show the official existence of this “policy.” Because WotC does have not one. They simply believe you’re all too stupid and lazy to notice.

What WotC does have are thousands of words of rules that outline everything from being passive to vegan food and yet there is not enough space to specifically ban sex offenders. Why? Is that because a sex offender’s presence loosely violates other rules by making players uncomfortable? Is it because Elaine Chase claims this “long-standing” policy exists and WotC deserves to be trusted? I previously profiled convicted pedophile Ross Prajzner in “Magic: The Pedophile Conspiracy” and proved WotC was asleep at the wheel. All the while Elaine Chase claimed to keep a vigilant watch deflecting any blame which deservedly came her lazy way.

Prajzner is a former tournament judge and avid player of MTG who was arrested for child pornography in 2013. WotC did nothing and he continued to judge and play around children. He pleaded guilty in a courtroom in 2014 and again WotC took no action. He began his sentence in early 2015 and was released by the end of 2015. Prajzner began circulating in the MTG tournament scene again while WotC did not lift a finger.

WotC was warned for months. WotC was warned in June, July, and December of 2017 about Prajzner. In December 2017 he was removed from the judge program’s website. Big deal. He remained eligible to play tournaments despite WotC having over four years to take action. Google cache shows as late as January 4, 2018 he was eligible. Is that a “no tolerance” policy?

Finally my article forced them to take action. Not out of concern for children, but to prevent their own embarrassment. Of which it was too late.

Clearly, the “zero-tolerance policy for sex offenders” claims were made by Elaine Chase with all the sincerity of one who cuts a person’s eyelids off only to demand their victim wink.

What about the case of former lvl 3 judge David Park? He’s a disgraced high school teacher who was convicted in December 2015 of having sex with two students over the course of several years. He judged his last MTG tournament February 22, he was arrested February 24, and WotC banned him on February 25. That certainly has the appearance of fulfilling Chase’s zero tolerance rhetoric, does it not?

Except it was in name only. If one looks into the details they will see WotC’s tolerance of convicted pedophiles is, in fact, quite high. David Park was levied a mere 5 year ban. He’d be back looking at teenage girls at MTG tournaments by 2020 and he was counting the minutes.

This ban stood from February 25, 2015 through January 4, 2018. Until I pointed out the glaring discrepancy on Twitter.

As WotC’s mouthpiece Elaine Chase chooses to be reactive rather than proactive. She has shown WotC will only be bothered to ban pedophiles from the MTG community, which thereby protects the safety of children, after they are publicly shamed into taking action. Not before.

Minutes after my post went live David Park’s ban was increased to lifetime status. Where it should have been the entire time had WotC been doing as fine a job as they claim to do.

To study how not to handle a public relations crisis all should watch Elaine Chase’s wild flailing. Chase’s inability to extinguish the flames of outrage and succeeding at fanning those flames to a roar makes me gaze in awe at her incompetence. However, Chase’s termination from WotC is all but inevitable at this point. Though one should fear not for her as she will do quite well at a new career writing short stories on the backs of crackerjack boxes.

The evidence presented below is not “misinformation” as Chase described shamelessly in her previous, and now disproved tweet. The evidence will speak for itself whether Chase wants it to or not and she will be once again left holding the bag.

Luke Sebastian Flora is an avid MTG player and high-level employee at Flora is also a disgraced former high school Spanish teacher. He taught at Bassett High School in Bassett, Virginia beginning in at least 2005.  Flora was 30-years-old when he was arrested on August 24, 2012 for 6 counts of “Taking indecent liberties with child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship.” Flora admitted to having an ongoing sexual relationship with his student between May and June of 2012. At the time of his arrest he faced 30 years in prison.

According to the various local news reports Flora did not have sex with his student on school property. The student was 17-years-old at the time. This causes some to insist the student was not a victim, but a willing participant which  is nonsense. Flora abused his position of authority. While there are varying levels of culpability regarding sexual abuse Flora betrayed all who trusted him. He married his wife in 2004 and his first child was only several months old at the time of his sex crimes. Flora was officially fired by Henry County Public Schools October 4, 2012.

Flora’s six charges were combined to a single count on February 22, 2013 to which he pleaded guilty. After pleading guilty to having sex with his student and losing his job he was hired by, which is known as “The World’s Largest Magic Store”, on April 10, 2013. The timeline is curious as another infamous MTG player, lvl 3 judge Sam Straus, was arrested April 22, 2013 for soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl online. Both were employees of at the same time.

It is clear that Flora’s conviction of having sex with a student was of no concern to He was placed in charge of the store before he had even been sentenced.

Two months later Flora was sentenced for his sex crimes. Stunningly, the judge suspended Flora’s 5-year sentence and gave him 18 months on probation while requiring he register as a sex offender for life. The judge also ordered Flora to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation to determine his status as a sex offender. However, the evaluation was a formality as the state of Virginia requires any person convicted of Flora’s crime to automatically be designated as violent.  

No information is available publicly regarding Flora’s victim as she was a minor at the time and cases involving minors are sealed from the public. However, I did speak with a source who wished to remain confidential that told me, “It wasn’t as bad as it sounded. Luke made a mistake.”

Under more limited circumstances one may find that argument persuasive, but Flora engaged in this sexual relationship over a month and had sex with his student at least six times. That would, therefore, mean he made six mistakes. Over and over and over and over and over and over again. This person also told that he had learned his lesson. This is a point where I differ heavily.

Flora showed himself to be a person in a position of authority who, when given the right opportunity, would abuse his authority when he thought he could get away with it. He is not to be trusted around teenage women. Unless of course, one believes Flora drew his line in the sand at 17. No lower than that! Is the age of his victim why more individuals are willing to give him pass? What is the cut-off line exactly? 16? 15? 14? And therein lay the problem. All of the answers are wrong. However, years passed while Flora moved undetected in the gaming community.

Eventually, Flora was promoted. On June 27, 2017 he was named’s Customer Relations Coordinator.

Soon the convicted sex criminal began traveling around the country attending numerous gaming events. He often worked with WotC employees, which Chase apparently thinks is ok if sex criminal employees or partners are around children at MTG tournaments.

Which entirely dismantles Chase’s statement about WotC having a “zero-tolerance” policy towards convicted sex criminals. Those rules are only for people who do not make WotC money, silly! Here’s Flora creating the official MTG tournament posts on Reddit for

Not to mention Flora has been playing MTG the entire time as well, which is in direct violation of Elaine Chase’s statement of WotC’s zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual criminals.

Want some proof? He literally won an MTG tournament less than two weeks ago.

Flora remains in his position of authority at as apparently, the organization doesn’t care a sexual predator is amongst them. WotC doesn’t care because Flora helps to make them money by working with vendors to help peddle WotC’s goods at various conventions.

WotC had made idiotically calculated decisions to ignore the realities of evil which exist in the world in pursuit of profits and dividends for HASBRO’s shareholders. It is time to say no more to the hypocrisy and greed which endangers children. One is duty bound to rebuke WotC’s cynical policies which have been tolerated for far too long.

When will Luke Flora’s DCI number be banned?


Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted across the world and is regularly featured on television and radio. Join Lou’s fanpage with over a quarter million followers.

  • All these magic to gathering articles are really making me hate the card game and everyone who plays it.

  • InkViper

    Maybe someone should start running background checks on employees at wizards of the coast, considering the judge programme is this bad, I would hate to imagine just what’s lurking in the closets of the people at the company proper.

  • kswheels

    It’s not players. It’s judges who use a volunteer position to put themselves in a place of authority over minors. Maybe they convince kids they can help them do better if they just… I don’t know how it works, but yeah. It’s like the pervert version of a mall cop. These people can’t get into legitimate proximity of children so they become a MTG judge.

  • Sebine

    Hail Satan!

  • Neojames82

    It makes me in a way glad I guess that I don’t really play competitively. I just play with friends.

  • Jesse Low

    Elaine Chase is incompetent. Like most of the executives at Wotc. One of the reasons I stopped playing years ago.

  • Eel Meal

    You misspelled Prajzner in the first “Suspended DCI membership” look-up image.

  • Zangril

    Yeah that’s a glaring error. But I just went and tried with the correct spelling and he still doesn’t show up.

  • disqus_KKnbQz0tRh

    Questions, as i seem to have on all your articles.

    you jump from star city games knows about this persons background to wizards must know and not care? they are 2 different companies, why would wizards background check people that don’t work for them? Again as alot of us having been saying from the start we are not against background checking but it needs to be done at the LGS/Event if its going to do anything. Can i also add that if the countries laws don’t make it a requirement to police background check store owners in this situation is it not a government issue?

    I’m not defending that this guy who works at starcity games has a criminal conviction and that a zero tolerance policy doesn’t care about “why” but just to put out there that im not i the US and know that his conviction is more about being a teacher having sex with a student than being underage. In certain states they are both above the age of consent so this isnt a “pedophile issue” as you seem to be raising it as either either “Whats to stop him going younger” the same damn thing that stops people in other states going below 16. but lets tar someones abuse of power as defiantly a pedophile cause that sounds better right?

    Finally would like to also quote UK Legal advice towards organisations and volunteers regarding background checks
    “Now that its easier to access criminal records checks, it can be argued that taking the duty of care seriously includes obtaining checks for for volunteers working with vulnerable clients. Insurers are increasingly concerned to see that that organisations are taking all measures to protect clients. while criminal record checks MAY BE an important tool, THEY SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS THE ONLY OR EVEN BEST SAFEGUARD. THERE IS A DANGER THEY CAN CREATE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY AND ARE CLEARLY ONLY GOING TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PEOPLE WITH AN EXISTING RECORD”

    caps to emphasis the point most of you seem to be missing background checks are not the only or best way to protect, you keep implying that with these checks this problem will magically go away and there wont be anyone with issues in the program cause surely they cant be anyone without a criminal record already thats ever done something bad.

  • MyLongAccountName

    Honestly these articles leave me with the impression that only rapists, cheaters, whiners and pedophiles play this game.

  • ZeDude

    Maybe someone should start running background checks on employees at wizards of the coast, considering the judge programme is this bad, I would hate to imagine just what’s lurking in the closets of the people at the company proper.

  • Eel Meal

    Yea. Damn obvious it wouldn’t have.
    I was pointing out the irony in having that glaring error for something redundant.
    Having simply noted that Lou’s article and the suspension was the same day was enough to make the point.

  • Lou Colagiovanni

    I updated the correct version. Thank you.

  • grgspunk

    Oh boy. I thought Lou was done with spewing shitty, self-researched articles on nobodies in the MtG community that no other site bothers to gives the time of day due to his sensationalism and sheer lack of credibility.

    Either way, if pedophile judges are that much of a safety concern, you’d better be willing to do background checks on not just judges, but also every player that enters these tournaments. You think that’s practical?

  • Shattno

    Does anyone know the purpose of these bots?

  • malbhet

    These pedophiles wouldn’t be a problem if there weren’t a bunch of PC retards who are against vigilantism. Maybe if PC retards just stand back and let the angry mobs do what they do best these pedos wouldn’t be a problem.
    No, these PC morons want the justice system to take care of the situation, not realizing these pedos only get a slap on the wrist and barely any time in prison when caught compared to someone who is prosecuted for years over an ounce of marijuana.
    A permanent solution is required because there are too many of these pedos around, problem is people prefer to whine about it and hope someone else does something about it rather than choose the permanent option a just get rid of these pedos forever.

  • Erud

    Other players are not in a position of power over others that gives them psychological leverage

    in a vulnerable situation. Yes, if it were viable all of the players should be checked as well, but checking the organizers and judges is minimum due diligence that should be expected of a public event.

  • AnarKreig

    People that invest time into card games are mentally ill?


  • Theo Braun

    Questions, as i seem to have on all your jump from star city games knows about this persons background to wizards must know and not care? they are 2 different companies, why would wizards background check people that don’t work for them? Again as alot of us having been saying from the start we are not against background checking but it needs to be done at the LGS/Event if its going to do anything

  • grgspunk

    “Btw, if the author of this article has all of this information, WHY NOT TAKE THIS INFORMATION TO THE POLICE OR FBI, rather than posting it up on a gaming site that doesn’t get enough traffic if it’s that important?!”

    That might be a sound idea, but given Lou’s penchant for sensationalistic bullshit, he’ll just shoot himself in the foot.

    If Lou decides law enforcement isn’t being fast enough, he can derail the official investigation by continuing to do his own vigilante “investigating” and putting his “articles” online instead of letting the LE officials do their jobs.

  • nanka

    The most fun thing about these articles might actually be to see how many people attack Lou in the comments. Clearly being pro-pedophile.

  • Daniel

    Judges start off as players and some do actually play the game as well.

  • Anon Adderlan

    Hmm, so how to expose and eliminate the #Toxic elements of one’s community without implying everyone involved is like them.


  • Zeus

    People that invest time into card games are mentally ill?IMAGINE MY SHOCK

  • Anon Adderlan

    So because we can’t do it for everyone we should do it for no one? Gotcha!

    Also, how much of a safety concern do you think people who say mean things on the #Internet are?

  • Anon Adderlan

    Maybe if PC retards just stand back and let the angry mobs do what they do best these pedos wouldn’t be a problem.

    And what exactly is it that angry mobs do best?

  • Snorlaxation

    Before I go risking my time on this article, is it inarticulate word salad the last one was?

  • Snorlaxation

    Deja vu

  • Snorlaxation

    against vigilantism?

  • Snorlaxation

    CLearly. Has absolutely nothing to do with his slipshod presentation of his poorly worded arguments. Nothing at all.

  • grgspunk

    You spoke my mind, my friend. Glad you understood.

    As for your question, I’m pretty sure a journalist saying unverified bullshit online is more capable of being a hazard than you might think.

  • grgspunk

    Thankfully it’s better proofread, so it’s a little more coherent.

    On the other hand, the article is just as spastic, sensationalist, and excessively reliant on his audience taking his word for it for his “evidence” as the previous one.

  • ChazDragoon

    im amused with how many posts are word-for-word the same post…

  • Uncle Ocelot

    If I had to guess, to get upvotes from people who don’t pay attention to the post times? It’s weird, bots are usually meant for shilling purposes, but I don’t get these ones.

  • Snorlaxation

    Thank you. I’d hardly be surprised that possible pedophiles would be looking to find work around kids who like card games, but the unnecessary words and garbled points these articles present are too much for me to look at without going crossed eyed.

  • Shattno

    My guess is someone is testing their code, can’t think of any other reason. Really weird.

  • Zangril

    No problem and thank you for helping bring this to light.

  • John Smith

    So the negative PR finally got to hasbro and they’ll start requiring background checks.
    Pedo defenders on reddit eterneally BTFO.

  • Kuraudo

    Thats what happens when to a game you ban a guy for having an opinion, but proceed to welcome pedophiles with records

  • Kuraudo

    quit kidding yourself; the only people who still play that game over the age of consent are monsters trying to sexuaklly assault infants.

    now pokemon, that is a game for adults yessir

  • Kuraudo

    If random guys on the internet can find all these pedophiles in their spare time, i doubt a company which cares about its image would have trouble finding this out. u less of course they dont care because they’re all pedophiles themselves. authorities should investigate the family of every employee at wotc; doubtless this behavior extends throughout the company and the children should be removed for their own protection.

  • Kuraudo

    hi pedophile; trying to run cover for your outed comrades?

  • Kuraudo

    Sniping at someone’s presentation against pedophillia is pretty autisitic, u less your plan was to try and discredit it in the hopes of defending your disgusting lifestyle of raping children.

  • Snorlaxation

    Wow, what an idiotic response. I find that someone’s delivery of a message (not the message itself) delivered to a video game website is badly written and in need of improvement, so I must be a child rapist in disguise. Nice jump in logic

  • DukeMagus

    Again with the overly dramatic tone and forcing your assumptions onto the readers.

    There’s a very good material and the facts exposed are really important and require immediate action from Hasbro, but you’re sacrificing its (and your) credibility with excessively personal and emotional outbursts in almost every paragraph.

    Show the facts, let the reader reach the conclusion by itself. Trust your audience a bit more.

  • Anon Adderlan

    I find it amusing that someone who believes it’s better to let #BadActors roam cons in positions of authority because we’ll never be able to catch them all is throwing shade on journalism which reports on it. But what I find even more amusing is they missed the context shift and just called #JeremyHambly, someone who was banned as a result of #MeanTweets and unverified bullshit online, a journalist.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to consult my therapy animal, as being called a #Dumbass was so devastating to my sense of self that I can’t even.

  • Anon Adderlan

    People need to be less concerned with potentially validating a ‘#Troll’, and far more concerned with getting their own house in order. And if they owned this mess the minute it began they could have taken control of the narrative away from Jeremy. But no, because destroying Jeremy is more important that actually creating a safe environment.

    This kinda thing is really the central problem in (internet) politics right now.