Table of Contents
- New IPG / MTR / CR
- IMJ – January – The home page by Riccardo Tessitori
- rules.wizards.com rulebook up to date again! by Charlotte Sable
- Judge Article of the Year 2011 – First and Second voting by Christian Gawrilowicz
- Dark Ascension FAQ by Scott Marshall
- Judge Booth – content needed – please help by Michael Wiese
- New Year's Resolution? by Steven Briggs
- Happy Anniversary! January 2012 by Johanna Virtanen
- Judge Advancements – December 2011 by Carlos Ho
- Recommendations for L1 Candidates by Brian Schenck
- Judge Center Issues (Reminder) by Brian Schenck
- Official Jan 1st IPG Release by Toby Elliott
- Investigation Committee Update & How the Investigation Committee Functions by Eric Shukan
- Grafdigger's Cage by Arthur Halavais
- Foils vs non-foils and proxies by Pip Hunn
- Double sleeved cards by Denis Filaretov
- Marked Cards – Undetectable by Andrew Alchemist
- First penalty at Local T2 FNM by Gilbert Hedegaard
- MTR section 8.4 vs. section 4.4 by Dan Lynch
- Hidden Information Violation by Petr Hudecek
- Players handling infractions without judge by Petr Hudecek
- 2HG and Player Judge leaving table by Daniel Fox
- Knowledge Pool
- GP AUSTIN 2012 – January 7-8
- GP ORLANDO 2012 – January 14-15
- PT HONOLULU 2012 – February 10-12
- GP KOBE 2012 – February 18-19
- GP LINCOLN 2012 – February 18-19
- GP MADRID 2012 – February 25-26
- GP BALTIMORE 2012 – February 25-26
New IPG / MTR / CR
(last updated Jan 29th, more info below)
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IMJ – January – The home page by
"I'm happy to introduce to you the
Each month, for the entire 2012, a new section will be added and filled with content, following this plan:"
|January||Communication||Home page and links|
|February||Recognition/Community||PT and GP staff lists with photos|
|March||Rules education||Card of the month|
|April||Communication||Mailing list summaries|
|May||Recognition/Community||Judge anniversaries and judge of the week|
|June||Policy Education||Knowledge Pool|
|July||Communication||Announcement and channels of communication|
|September||Education||Gatherer / rules changes / card erratas / translations|
|November||Recognition/Community||Personal pages and interviews|
|December||Education||Wiki, wiki, wiki!|
Our desire is to have a single page where we can find the links to all the significant websites.
Many thanks to and , who searched the internet and personalized all the images: flags, logos, graphical effects. took care of surfing the web for any missing links. programmed it.
rules.wizards.com rulebook up to date again! by
: "After much weeping and gnashing of teeth, the Comprehensive Rules on are up to date again!
Beyond its link to the Judge Center, rules.wizards.com is a full, online version of the Comprehensive Rules, suitable for perusal and study. If you find any errors in the rulebook, please let me know. I can be reached by email or through the Judge Center."
Judge Article of the Year 2011 – First and Second voting by
Category "Work and Run a Tournament"
- (Voting is possible until February, 5th, 23:59 pacific time)
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Dark Ascension FAQ by
FAQs have been released, you can
Judge Booth – content needed – please help by
Michael is looking for more questions for the Judge Booth. Those questions should follow the following guidelines:
- Use simple cards when possible, Standard legal works best, only Innistrad and M12 cards are best.
- Questions should both test and educate
- Questions should involve core rules. (Basics about Layers, Targeting, casting spells, combat and turn structure)
- No more then 4 cards. Keep the questions simple and not too hard to understand what is going on.
- There should be no "yes/no" answers. We don't want the players to guess. You can submit question in the following . More info about the a short explenation
"I encourage you this next year to take one day, just one day, and host a charity event at your local store or gaming community. If you want to know more about how to organize and run such an event and what drives me each year to run one, please read . I also invite you to watch , .
For advice and different styles on promoting and running a successful charity event, contact , , and – these judges have all done this for years, and are absolutely fantastic people."
Happy Anniversary! January 2012 by
:"It's time for another list of judge birthdays" : 5 and 10 year anniversaries celebrated on the IMJ website Featured veteran for the month is There is also one level 3 judge anniversary this month, but it's an important one — make sure you check out the article for
Judge Advancements – December 2011 by
:"The DCI would like to welcome the most recent additions to our ever growing family" : 81 new judges and 19 new Level 2 judges. You can find the full list
Recommendations for L1 Candidates by
Some areas to recommend that candidates study and keep in mind as they prepare for the test…
- Review how combat damage works and the steps in the combat phase.
- The Knowledge Pool discusses a number of scenarios and how to handle errors that come up, but a general reminder about how "Serious Problems" get handled at events is good.
- How combat works in 2HG. Take the opportunity to review the 2HG FAQ.
- When triggered abilities are put onto the stack, they're onto the stack in APNAP order and you have to choose a target for the ability. They also go onto the stack automatically, regardless of whether you intend to "use" the ability or not. (That choice gets made as the ability resolves.)
- Mana abilities don't use the stack, so you can't respond to them at all.
Keep in mind that the Easy Practice exams are geared especially to help people prepare for the L1 exam itself, with comparable content to the L1 exam. Lastly, I just want to remind anyone considering Level 2 to make sure of the L2 Practice exam as a resource. It's a good way to prepare for the L2 exam and to see how well you might do, as well as way to get pointers on the kinds of CR/MTR/MIPG material that you may need to refresh yourself on before actually taking the L2 exam.
Judge Center Issues (Reminder) by
This is a reminder for the following Judge Center issues:
- People passing the Rules Advisor test must submit feedback for themselves to have their membership updated, or have someone else do it for them.
- New judge levels should have their membership updated within a week after the test feedback has been submitted. Please inform your candidates so they don't worry.
- The year field is still capped at 2010 (sorry!), but reviews/DQ reports will still be processed correctly via their creation date.
Official Jan 1st IPG Release by
The new document is available . Triggered abilities are treated the same as before, but the other minor fixes are now in force.
Most notable is the change to Slow Play. In short, you can only loop to a number, not to a certain game state.
has replaced as leader of the Investigation Committee.
As first step, Eric offers us an insight about the process the Commitee follows to analyze reports.
Grafdigger's Cage by
How to deal with a player fetching for Dryad Arbor? The card stays in the zone it was in. Scott Marshall: "At REL Competitive or higher, a player is held to his choice when he had time to gauge the opponent's reaction, not necessarily upon presenting his deck after shuffling." At REL Regular, it's fine to allow the player to make a different choice to accomplish a legal outcome, and educate her what would happen at a higher REL.
Foils vs non-foils and proxies by
A player opens a clearly marked rare foil card in his pool and asks the HJ to replace it with a non-foil version. The HJ decides to make a proxy, because he believes that playing a rare foil is a piece of in-game information.
This is a circumstance without an [O], and consensus appears to be evenly spread. Contribute to and review the .
Double sleeved cards by
Double-sleeving the cards is allowed, as long as there are no easily detectable differences leading to Marked Cards.
Marked Cards – Undetectable by
During FNM, the Judge notices two distinctive patterns on the transparent sleeves that a player is using. These patterns look detectable under particular angles or by glasses with polarized lenses. What is the approach to the issue?
There is no [O] answer, but suggestions mostly converge on education: show the problem to the player; explain the best practice of shuffling both cards and sleeves before sleeving; tell him how the outcome and your proposed solution could be different at higher REL tournaments.
First penalty at Local T2 FNM by
A first-time player in a FNM has a from the sideboard in his first game of the match. Upon investigation, it is found that he added the card because he knew what the opponent was playing.
We got some suggestions from : "I would ask some questions and try and determine his understanding. But the burden is on Player A to convince me. To those concerned about DQ – don't forget why we do this. Education of the player in question as well as education of everyone else in the room, everyone else who hears about it and protecting the players in the event. The JAR leaves a lot of room for fixing in-game errors. But a player knowingly doing the wrong thing need our Special Attention."
MTR section 8.4 vs. section 4.4 by
MTR sections 4.4 and 8.4 restrict the communication between teammates that left the play area; they are not in conflict. As an HJ, you can deviate under unusual circumstances, but you should enforce the philosophy as much as possible.
Hidden Information Violation by
What constitutes Hidden Information Violation is "intentionally and illegally seeking information that was not previously known". A player who peeks at the first card of his pile during a draft, or at a card exiled face-down as a memo is not committing any specific infraction. Educate to be more careful.
Players handling infractions without judge by
If you notice player handling infractions by themselves, this is not an infraction ‘per se', because the tournament errors we recognize are just those listed in the IPG. For generical violation of the MTR, you ask the players to avoid such a behaviour. If they disregard, then they are committing USC – Major.
2HG and Player Judge leaving table by
2HG is not a team format. A judge playing in a 2HG event can give herself permission to leave the table, and may continue playing after returning to the table. Since 2HG is run at REL Regular, remember that the focus is on having fun. This includes the judge(s).
GP AUSTIN 2012 – January 7-8
GP Austin was an event to remember, and for more than just the ridiculous food the city had to offer. I met many new judges who I can tell are going to do great things in that part of the country!
GP Austin was an incredible time for me. We had such an amazing, diverse staff. It was really incredible to see the judges face some tough obstacles and not just defeat them, but to really shine.
GP Hogwarts was a great weekend; while it was snowing in other areas of the States, we were enjoying our time at the Universal Studios with just a t-shirt! Rumors also say that there was a very well organized GP, with 926 players, 51 judges and tons of good time together… indeed, Florida has much to offer! ()
GP: Orlando was a great success. 926 players battled it out and the tournament ran smoothly. The times both inside and outside the tournament were great and I learned a lot from the judges on staff. Thanks to everyone for making my time at this event fantastic!
, Costa Rica
Onsite Judge Manager:
Once again the GP train stops in beautiful Japan, and I get to run my first sealed GP – so why not make the first in another language? I can't wait to see all my friends in Japan once more, they are all such friendly, hard-working and fun people to be around. I'm sure they will be able to run this GP by themselves – I am only really there for show – and to take the blame if it goes wrong!!
, Hong Kong
, South Korea
Lincoln is home to the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, and their proud tradition of college football. But, for one weekend in Fe-Brrrr-uary, Lincoln will be home to hundreds of Magic players, who will bring their Modern designs to the Lancaster Event Center. Friends – old and new – will gather from all over, don the Magic Judge "ninja" uniform, and help those players – and each other! – enjoy their time in this under-appreciated mid-western city. Personally, I'm eager to work with this great staff of judges, renew friendships and make new ones – and, hopefully, watch a great Grand Prix unfold.
We may not have crop circles from faraway visitors this time of year, but Modern will be beaming in at Grand Prix Lincoln. The rise of Dark Ascension is going to fire up the Modern scene, and with this new format continuing to surprise veterans and newcomers alike, while Nebraska may be in a deep freeze, GP: Lincoln is going to be sizzling with Magic goodness. Straw hats and overalls are optional – pack a deck and pioneer this format with us in Lincoln three weeks from now.
I unfortunately (some will say fortunately) couldn't attend the very challenging Legacy GP Madrid. I hope this one will be as successful, attendance-wise, and, although I LOVE challenges, much less challenging staff-wise. See you there!
If I remember correctly, the last time I went to Madrid, the GP was a real blast and there were more than 2200 players; now, it looks like the tournament organizer chose a bigger room than last time; are we really going to have an even bigger GP? Come to beautiful Madrid and see it with your own eyes!
, Costa Rica
GP Baltimore will be my first GP in USA. I will be the only European attending the event and I am really interested in seeing the differences between European GPs and American ones.
I am excited and happy. I can count on a great staff, a great TO, Laurel Chiat. Ryan Stapleton and Jared Sylva will be near me on the judge station, their support will be vital. This experience will grow me from any point of view. I really look forward to be there…especially if snow will show