DCIJUDGE summary - October 2011Articolo del 2-11-2011
Table of Contents
- New Judge Articles
- Mobile Devices: Updated Oracle, FAQ, MTR, IPG by Ryan Stapleton
- DFC FAQ Now on the Wiki
- Standard FAQ
- 2HG FAQ
- Over two and a half thousand!! by Andy Heckt
- Happy Anniversary! October 2011 by Johanna Virtanen
- Judge Advancements – September 2011 Update by Carlos Ho
- New L3s by Chris Richter
- New Regions and new RCs by Cristiana Dionisio
- Worlds 2011 Judge Conference Details by Sean Catanese
- Long serving judges by Jason McDonald
- Conference Sphere by Andy Heckt
- Judge Center Issues (Reminder) by Brian Schenck
- L3 testing process clarifications by Jeff Morrow
- Testing judges for L1 – Recommendation to prepare for success by Andy Heckt
- Knowledge Research Project – L3 Requirements — Volunteer Requests! by Christian Gawrilowicz
- When DQing with Prize is appropriate by Peter Cooper Jr.
- Is Top16 GP allowed to play in PTQs? by Scott Larabee
- End of turn Shortcut and End Step trigger by Aaron Cutler
- Calling a PTQ top8 draft by Peter Cooper Jr.
- Presenting a deck with both the DFC and the checklist representing it by Jason Wong
- Disqualification at Regular REL by Tom Williams
- Player notices his opponent has Marked Cards by Andrew Zorowitz
- Drawing during skipped Draw Step by Peter Cooper Jr.
- Curses – Forgotten trigger you don't control by Dylan Petrusma
- Code of Conduct by Deborah Freeland
- Knowledge Pool
- GP MILAN 2011 – October 8-9
- GP BRISBANE 2011 – October 15-16
- GP SANTIAGO 2011 – October 22-23
- GP AMSTERDAM 2011 – October 22-23
- GP HIROSHIMA 2011 – October 29-30
- MOJO Magic Online Judge Open – October 29 and November 5
- GP SAN DIEGO 2011 – November 12-13
- WORLDS 2011 – November 17-20
New Judge Articles
The IPG, JAR, MTR, Oracle, CompRules, Invite Policy and other mobile applications are all available at the or at .
If anyone has any other mobile applications/projects let Ryan know and you can get them added to the judge wiki's handhelds section.
DFC FAQ Now on the Wiki
From : "With The 2011s, various 5Ks and a whole host of other Standard events just around the corner, an FAQ for the format on everyone's mind appears to be in order."
Thanks also to all Judges who collaborated on this, and to for merging it with the on the Judge Wiki.
He also notes that 2HG questions appear on both the L1 and L2 exams.
On the 27th of October the program reached the 2500 judges mark. The movement towards acquisition over the year has shown great results, and much thanks was given out to everyone involved in the program.
: "It's time for another list of judge birthdays": 5 and 10 year anniversaries celebrated on the community website
: "The DCI would like to welcome the most recent additions to our ever growing family": 93 new judges and 12 new Level 2 judges. You can find the full list , including short portraits of the 7(!!) new Level 3 Judges (, , , , , and ) and the new Level 4 judge .
Three new L3s were successfully tested at GPs this month, so please congratulate who certified at GP Milan, and and who both certified at GP Amsterdam.
With the new redefinition of judge levels a lot more new judges have joined the community. This has meant that more regions were needed, so the number in the US has been expanded from 5 to 8. New regions also require new regional coordinators, and offers have been made and accepted by , , and .
The schedule and other details for the Worlds 2011 Judge Conference have been released and can be found on the DCI Family website for those attending. For those unable to make it, there will be a number of recorded items and information put up on the Judge Wiki after the conference.
Why do judges who have been around for so long continue to stay on as part of the program? A number of judges who were certified before 2001 where judge records start to become quite patchy have chimed in as to why they keep on with the program. Most common reasons: experiencing friendship & community, love for the game and wanting to serve the program. Also: stroopwafel.
" will take lead of this sphere to give it proper promience, advocacy, input and cooperation with the rest of the program's areas. Damian has already been brainstorming innovations to not only make conference improve, but also for having their content shared with more judges. Having the sphere lead both L4 and RC is vital for the success of coordination this position requires."
If you attended a conference during 2011: What did you like? What did you dislike? What do you wish would have happened? Any thoughts (good and bad) on the scheduling, topics, etc will be more than helpful! On the contrary, if you weren't able to attend, why was that? Were they too far from you? Did topics felt unappealing to you? Again, whichever the reasons were, your comments will be of big help to try to overcome them. Please make sure you reply to Damian Hiller at .
A friendly reminder about some issues with the Judge Centre. Please pass this info on to new Level 1s/Rules Advisors who are likely to be affected most.
- After taking the Rules Advisors exam, the level isn't being updated correctly. People will need to submit feedback to the Judge Center to get the new level.
- New judge levels are not processed automatically, however these are checked weekly and are usually updated within a week after the exam is completed. Advise newly certified L1s to submit feedback if their level hasn't been updated after two weeks from the review being submitted.
- Year field for reviews and disqualifications does not go past 2010: simply submit with 2010 and as long as everything else is filled out correctly it will be received and reviewed as required.
There have been some changes to the Level 3 advancement process () Some things to note for applications:
- Incomplete applications will be rejected. Please make sure everything is completed before submitting the application.
- You will not be eligible to test until at least 8 weeks after submission, even if the pre-event interview is done within 8 weeks.
- At GPs it's likely that there will be resources to test at most one candidate. Testing decisions will be made by the Testing Manager, Judge Manager and the various Head Judges. These decisions will be based on available resources and program priorities.
"Use the new article by Fabian Peck () Level 1 candidates should be directed to take practice exams, starting with Easy Practice. Candidates should make sure to review the Basic Rulebook regarding turn structure, especially highlighting the Combat Phase. Testing judges should probably have a few "screening" questions regarding the determination of power and toughness and the combat phase, to help candidates prepare for the exam. (As some may point out, my favorite step in the combat phase is the nonexistent "damage assignment step.") Likewise, discuss Friday Night Magic and handling issues at Regular REL and other procedures at that REL. This is generally the scope of what a Level 1 judge should know and be prepared to deal with."
Although there are short descriptions of the qualities that are looked for in a Level 3 candidate, there is no information as to how to learn and practice these qualities. This task is to look for articles that improve these qualities. If you wish to apply, please contact Christian at .
After some confusion about the official coverage from GP Santiago, clarified: "We no longer DQ with prize. DQ with prize existed solely as an upgrade path, and was eliminated from the IPG in summer 2010, when the policy changed and the upgrade path was capped at Game Loss."
From , Organized Play manager: "Players that finished top 16 at a Grand Prix that feeds Honolulu or Top 50 at PT Philadelphia CAN play in PTQs that feed Pro Tour Honolulu. The only reasons that a player could not play in a Pro Tour Qualifier would be if a player had already won a PTQ for Honolulu or a player has a 2012 Pro Club level 7 or 8."
A player passes the turn to their opponent, who controls an end-of-turn trigger (for example, ). When the opponent tries to resolve the trigger, the active player wants to respond. It is asked if an end-of-turn trigger interrupts the established shortcut.
[O] answer by : "When the active player passes the turn, the end-of-turn triggers are considered on the stack. By putting a counter on Luminarch Ascension, the NAP accepts the shortcut and the players are now in the End Step. The AP only gets another opportunity to respond if the NAP decides to respond to the trigger. In this case the AP gets priority after the triggered ability resolves."
Calling a PTQ top8 draft is at HJ discretion. Decide what's best for your players and your event.
Remember that if a player is playing checklists for the DFCs in their deck, any DFC shuffled accidentally in is like a token, so it is removed like it does not exist. No infraction. ()
The JAR clearly states that some "serious problems" cause a DQ, even at Regular REL. Even when caught at a time which would make a "downgrade" possible (for example, a child heard proposing a bribe), this is not a viable option. We cannot let players think that they can get around an unwanted behaviour, and this will end as an educational measure: the DCI review process will handle the situation according to the circumstances. However, we should try to prevent these situations: remember people the "three easy ways to get DQed" and, if suitable, manage with the TO a prize distribution that can get most of the participants satisfied.
During a FNM, a player has accidentally added to its deck lands that are recognizable from the side of the deck. The opponent realizes this, and explains that he is cutting the deck where he can see there is a bunch of lands.
From , Tournament Operations Regular manager: "Using marked cards to gain an advantage, whether they're your opponents cards or your own, is cheating. This player needs to understand that using their awareness of the issue with their opponents cards doesn't help anyone – it hurts the event, and brings a shadow over their own behaviour in future. Disqualifying this player from the FNM event, while explaining the correct course of action and encouraging them to return next week (or whenever the next event may be) shows that you are primarily concerned with maintaining a fair and level playing field for all."
A player who draws when they would rather skip the draw step (e.g. : ) is committing Drawing Extra Cards. If the player even announces the draw step, you might want to investigate.
The "Curses" in Innistrad, such as act somewhat unusually, because the player controlling the trigger often is not the one performing the action. How do we act if the player controlling the trigger does not forget it, but the affected player does, and (for example) draws for his or her turn too quickly? It is in the controller's interest to make sure the trigger resolves. In the unfortunate situation described above, there is no infraction. Encourage the Curse's controller to be a bit quicker with his reminders, or the other player to not rush through steps as quickly (or, probably, a bit of both).
A "Code of Conduct" that instructs Judges as how to behave outside tournaments does not exist. However, a document with does exist. Use your common sense, because "Once a Judge, always a Judge".
Two scenarios this month:
GP MILAN 2011 – October 8-9
GP Milan was quite a show. With nearly 1800 registered players, the event drew almost 50% more players than expected! This caused some challenges and delays at the start, but thanks to our awesome judge staff we picked up quite well. Cristiana did a great job, both on Saturday as HJ and on Sunday as Regional Coordinator. For those judges who were there: thank you, we (really!) couldn't have done this without you. I hope you all had a great time … and [shameless plug] that you won't forget to enter some reviews!
GP Milan was my first GP as HJ. I have learned a lot all day. I didn't expect so many people attending and so many appeals. Double face cards generated many questions and issues expecially with sleeves. But thank you to all the judges who worked with me, I could handle the difficult situations. Jurgen Baert was a great mentor and I have been honored to work with him.
GP BRISBANE 2011 – October 15-16
Joined by the most varied International Team ever assembled for an Australian GP, and also having every State and Territory of our country represented, Brisbane was a resounding success. Thanks to everyone who braved the weather, the airport closures and industrial action to help make this event so fun for everyone. I'm glad to see the next season is peppered with APAC events, so I hope to see many old and new faces in the coming months!
GP SANTIAGO 2011 – October 22-23
GP Santiago was Latin American's largest Grand Prix ever, with an attendance exceeding all expectations. This presented several challenges, and I'm sure all of us learned a thing or two due to this. After two days of grueling competition, we could finally relax and talk some more during the third Latin American Judge Conference, getting to know a bit better the new friends that we made at this event. This was the first GP for about 45% of the judge staff, so there were a lot of new friendships being forged. A great renovation opportunity for Latin America!
GP Santiago is now past gone but it will certainly be remembered on our memories! (and for some, on our feet!). With 737 players from all over the world Santiago marked a new record, becoming the biggest event ever held on South American soil. Certainly the judge community didn't disappoint, with its over 30 judges working in the staff, 60 attendants to the Latin American Judge Conference held the day after and bonds made which are due to last for long! In my role as 2nd HJ and RC for the region, I thank all and each of you who came by to say hi, work all day and even come back day after day with a smile in your face, ready for some more action!
GP AMSTERDAM 2011 – October 22-23
Amsterdam has overall been a very smooth event that didn't break the 2000 players symbolic line. It most likely set a new record: D1 finished before D2! That's a long time since I last went to a restaurant on a GP Saturday evening!
Second Head Judge:
I'd like to thank all of the GP Amsterdam judges for making me feel at home while over 4000 miles from my real home. I had a great time and will be bringing back a lot of ideas to American GPs!
As Regional Coordinator for the BeNeLux I would like to thank everyone who has made GP Amsterdam 2011 a success. Especially those of you who helped out with the 33 Grand Prix Trials and the preregistration of more than 1400 players on Friday.
GP HIROSHIMA 2011 – October 29-30
GP Hiroshima gathered 798 players. 34 judges worked hard at this event, and our team had 11 international judges! Many international players also played at this event, and actually Martin Juza won this tournament. We talked and shared information with each other, which was a really precious experience. I believe this event is a big step for our community to be more "international" and to get better.
MOJO Magic Online Judge Open – October 29 and November 5
The Magic Online Judge Open, or MOJO, is a sponsored Magic Online sealed deck event that is open to all certified judges around the World. 311 judges from all over the planet have registered for the Oct 29 event, and the winner is (Elf_Ascetic), a L1 from the Netherlands, who beat (bsushort), a L2 from USA in the finals.
From : We'd love to see judges getting together for this event, to share their stories between rounds, some food and drinks, etc. Basically, having fun together, as in a "real" tournament. .
GP SAN DIEGO 2011 – November 12-13
San Diego is always a magical place to visit – the sun, the surf … and now, the Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies, oh my! I'm looking forward to this GP more than usual, for a number of reasons. I get to work with an exceptional and very international staff; I get to work with a great organizer; I get to see friends from all over the world; I get Damian as my collaborator and 2nd Head Judge! San Diego, Innistrad sealed, 1500 players (guessing) … how can this not be a great weekend?!
Second Head Judge:
My last events on US soil were GP Oakland and PT San Diego in early 2010. I hardly could've imagined that 2 years later I would be doing a similar trip (though in the opposite direction) to judge once again a GP and a PT (Worlds to be more accurate) – and what's more, to HJ the former! With Innstrad being a blockbuster and PTQs all over the world breaking attendance projections, you only need to add one of the coolest events of the year just a week later to predict that GP San Diego's hugeness can only be compared to how awesome it will be! If you're on the West Coast prior to Worlds, this is where you're gonna want to be!
San Diego is home to one of the best zoos in the world, but all the crazy creature action will be at the convention center! Scads of players will converge to get their wolvin' on and we've assembled perhaps the greatest judge staff the world has ever seen (no, seriously – you guys are stupid awesome) to deal with them. Bring your silver bullets, your holy implements, your blessed water, your foil vampires (they sparkle in sunlight!), your Team Edward / Jacob / Buffy shirts, and be ready to have the time of your life!
This is set to be a truly memorable event. It's got a fantastic format (Innistrad Sealed), an unmatched artists' alley (with over 1,000 cards between them), a spectacular host city, and a holiday weekend to take it all in. Follow it up three days later with one of the largest judge conferences ever, and follow that up with Worlds…and you have an unforgettable two-week Magic bacchanal the likes of which will never be seen again. But it all starts with San Diego!
WORLDS 2011 – November 17-20
Worlds is gathering many of the world's best judges including the celebration of our Head Judge, Sheldon Menery's career. We'll be sharing fun, overcoming challenges, and putting on a great event for participants and ourselves. It is a rare opportunity for world-class judges to share experiences and ideas and I'm so looking forward to it!