Jeremy Hambly
Jeremy Hambly

The time Jeremy Hambly was banned from ‘Magic: The Gathering’

Jeremy Hambly
Jeremy Hambly

With Jeremy Hambly in the news because of his assault at the hands of Matt Loter before the start of Gen Con, I thought it would be a good idea to check why Wizards of the Coast (WotC), the maker of Magic The Gathering, banned him for life. I am glad I did. When WotC banned him on 7 December 2017, I criticized the ban. I have since learned I was wrong.

Jeremy Hambly deserved the ban.

Jeremy Hambly
Christine Sprankle

I knew the ban was for harassing and bullying cosplayer Christine Sprankle, but I did not know the details. At the time, I thought the claims of harassment and bullying were exaggerated and overblown. I now know they were not. I never saw the video in which Hambly harassed Sprankle because YouTube removed it. He posted the video on 5 June 2017 and called it “Playset Of Beta White Knights Prevent Rape Of MTG Cosplayer @cspranklerun.”

If you think the word “rape” along with a woman’s Twitter handle is a bad idea for a video title, you are correct. Even though YouTube removed the video, an archived copy is available. I did not know that when this controversy first arose.

The video is a lot worse than I expected.

What Jeremy Hambly said about Christine Sprankle

In the video, Hambly referred to Sprankle as a “serial virtue signaler” and “crying for patron dollars professional cosplayer.” In response to Sprankle complaining publicly on Twitter about a man who posted a message on her Facebook page stating her cosplay gives him an erection.

Hambly stated he would react favorably if he received a similar comment from a man.

Hambly then proceeded to run down the list of the comments made in response to Sprankle’s tweet, calling everyone who supported her a “cuck” or white knight. He said one man was a shitty father.

Hambly also accused everyone supporting Sprankle on Twitter of wanting to penetrate her.

Hambly said cosplay is lingerie. He then went over Sprankle cos-playing photos, making lewd, sexual comments about each image. He told his viewers to go to her Twitter account and let her know how unattractive and unsexual she looks.

Hambly is a raging hypocrite

Hambly also had a significant issue with Sprankle having a Patreon account. Hambly called her patrons “fucking losers.” I found this hypocritical, considering he, too, has a Patreon account. Why did he criticize Sprankle for doing the same thing he did? Because Hambly suffers from weapons-grade hypocrisy.

Sprankle posted the following on Twitter:

It has been a rough year. And I have blocked and not said anything about him because I wanted it to die, but without a doubt, MtGHeadquarters/UnsleevedMedia has made my life hell this whole year with his unnecessary videos/tweets about me and other members of Magic.

—. (@cspranklerunNovember 25, 2017

Sprinkle has since deleted all her tweets.

I am embarrassed I supported Hambly

Watching the video, Hambly made about Sprankle left me feeling embarrassed. I initially supported him after Wizards of the Coast (WotC) gave him a lifetime ban. After watching the video removed by YouTube, I think WotC did the right thing. Hambly is a dishonest, toxic person. He purposely spread false information about the ban as soon as it happened.

Hambly said he never harassed Sprankle. That is not true. WotC said actions taken on his social media accounts violated WotC’s code of conduct. YouTube is part of social media. Hambly claimed he never agreed to WotC’s code of conduct. That is not true. He had a Magic Online account. He had to check a box agreeing to adhere to the WotC code of conduct when he first created his account and then again every time the game was updated.

Hambly said he never harassed Sprankle, nor did he direct others to harass her. That is not true. He told his viewers to go to Sprankle’s Twitter account and let her know unattractive and unsexual she looked.

Anyone who watched the original video YouTube removed knows Hambly’s statements are false.

Hambly harassed Sprankle. He directed his fans to harass Sprankle.

Hambly benefited greatly when YouTube removing his original video. Because it no longer exists on YouTube, he can lie and mislead people about the video’s content.

If I were in charge of WotC, I would not want him anywhere near my events. I would not want Hambly to have anything to do with my game made for ages 13 and up.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Lemagician

    Got to say, thanks for bringing this back up. The information regarding this issue is remakrably hard to find.

    1. Nick

      It only took me a minute or so to find it. just type in (on Bing’s search engine) “why was Jeremy Hambly banned from magic the gathering” or you can go here to see it
      Honestly, I watch his videos on his channel on the YouTube channel called “TheQuartering” quite a bit. Also, in fairness, I do not play MTG, or understand how to play MTG (or games like it), or understand any of the “in-game slang.” I guess, “in-game slang” would be a way to put it. I didn’t know what cosplaying was or that the MTG community looks down upon them (I’m not entirely sure if this last statement is true or not, but, that is the conclusion I got from the comments I saw). I could be very wrong or correct, though.
      Anyways, the point that I wanted to make is that, while I knew he loved MTG and WotC and other games like that, I had never seen him act like he did on the link above. It seemed VERY out of character for him based on his YouTube channel that I watch. I was very surprised and honestly, a bit confused by it and just stunned at what he said and how he acted. I don’t know him personally, but, it looked like he was very irritated over something else that had maybe happened before the making of that video. I am just speculating, however, IDK, what I am trying to get at is that:
      A. Out-of-character for what I have seen in his other videos.
      B. Maybe he was just having a bad day or something like that.
      We have all said stupid things sometimes that we wish we could take back and I am sure that this is one of Jeremy’s. I feel for him, the internet is unforgiving and harsh. I also want to make clear that I AM NOT IN ANY WAY CONDONING THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR OR SPEECH IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM. So, please don’t cuss me out for trying to rationalize or figure out what happened that day in the video.
      Thank you for reading my thoughts and insight on this matter. I was just curious about what happened to him getting kicked out of MTG and the Gen Con incident.

      1. Sam

        He probably had to change in order to survive, that or someone knocked a little sense into him.

  2. Cedric Katesby

    Creeped out by this.
    I only just recently discovered his youtube videos and watched them on a casual basis.
    Seemed fine.
    Then he posted a very defensive video about how the Daily Dot had written a “hack” article about him.
    The topic took me completely by surprise and, give the way he framed it on his video, he sounded like the aggrieved party.
    I might not have done anything about it but then I noticed the type of supportive comments he was attracting.
    They were almost all from arseholes.
    He might be smart enough to make an effort to maintain a neutral public image but his supporters are not. They are unfiltered.

    My general rule is that results matter.
    If you build something and that place attracts a stream of lowlifes, then you are responsible for that.

    Tipped off by the commentary, I did a bit of googling and discovered that this guy has a track record.

    This was not a one-off. This was not a flash in the pan.
    Your post was one of the pieces that put it all together.
    Thank you.

  3. David Blaustein

    So an anti-sis lies about being a creep and harasser. Good on you for bothering to look into this and inform the public.

  4. Mark Tornits

    She’s an adult who dresses up in seductive ways to try and get men and woman to perpetuate her weird and childish lifestyle through online donations.

    Jeremey certainly has some accurate points.

    I certainly don’t support online harassment, but I do think it is fair to critique a public figure and I don’t feel bad for anyone (including Jeremy) who exploits themselves on the internet to make money. You can’t complain about the playing field when you knew exactly what you signed up for.

    Would I want my son or daughter to grow up to have the same career as either of them, no.

    1. Franz

      Woaw, comparing someone who dressed up for fun and earning some money to a guy known to be a right wing grifter, sexist and garbage human being, mocking ppl and made them harassed seems quit fair. You are really a neutral person is in it ? ?

      1. Ninnjette

        Escorts dress up for fun, and earn money to. I’d rather be a right wing grifter, then a friend’s of the playground leftist..

  5. Bn

    This fat, disgusting piece of crap is such a sorry excuse for a human being.

    1. Ninnjette

      Are you fat shaming? Why do you hate people that are weight challenged?

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