Former Magic: The Gathering Pro Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

Woods, pictured winning Grand Prix Orlando in 2012 | Image: Wizards of the Coast
Woods, pictured winning Grand Prix Orlando in 2012 | Image: Wizards of the Coast

Conley Woods, a former Magic: The Gathering pro and contributor to the game’s official website, has been arrested in Santa Fe on charges of “criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other crimes.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Woods had spent Saturday with a woman he claims he had been friends with since they were teenagers. According to Woods, the pair went out to dinner, listened to music, danced, and played with the friend’s dog.

At 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, however, police received a 911 call from the woman, who was “screaming that she was going to be raped.” Officers arriving at the scene found the woman holding two knives, while Woods had a cut to his finger.

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He was arrested and claims in his defense that the woman had a “rape fantasy” for which he was “role playing.”

Woods was most active in Magic: The Gathering’s pro scene between 2009 and 2013, during which time he also wrote for the “Daily Decklist” feature on Magic’s site.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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So did he assume her calling the cops and defending herself with knives were all just part of the “fantasy” they were “role playing” ?