Seems to me the DCI wanted to show the Magic-playing community that -- after years of going easy on shady play -- they are now going to "be tough on crime." Fine with me. Too bad for Ed Fear, that he was among the first to suffer from the DCI's hardcore rules enforcement policy. There has been much made of Mr. Fear's being made a "pariah." If he is indeed a pariah, it is his own doing; I never heard a thing about this case before the Mindripper.com article. And there is no question that he's guilty as charged. Cheating is cheating, accidental or not. One would hope that this harsh punishment will at least be a deterrent to would-be cheaters henceforth. That said, I also think that a one-year suspension from all DCI-sanctioned play is certainly excessive for what happened. A suspension from pro-level (PTQ, Grand Prix, Pro Tour, Masters Series, etc) play would have been appropriate and more than sufficiently punitive. I would recommend commuting the sentence to a Pro Circuit banning, if my recommendation mattered. Nevertheless, with nothing to go on, other than what Mr. Fear himself gave us, I am in no position to judge. So there I stand.