Thursday, August 26th – Judging Magic can often feel like a second job. So while embarking on the long drives to GP: Columbus and GenCon the week after, I started to think about what kinds of things I could do for funâ€¦
Thursday, July 29th – July hails a new core set and new changes to the comprehensive rules. However, the scope of change is seldom limited to the comprehensive rules. and is often further reaching than you realize. Donâ€™t be caught out!
Thursday, July 1st – One of the tricky issues for the greater judge community is the subject of compensation and rewarding judges for their efforts. I think most people are aware that judges get boosters from the latest set when judging a prerelease or local PTQ. Slightly less well known is the fact that judges get special foil cards each year – judge foils.
Friday, May 21st – If youâ€™re like me, youâ€™ve been drafting Rise of Eldrazi like thereâ€™s no tomorrow, or at least picking over the set for cards to give your Standard deck more umph! Iâ€™ve head judged a couple of Standard tournaments already and have seen some situations that are very likely to become staple judge calls for the summer.
Thursday, March 25th – Hello everyone! I thought Iâ€™d walk you through some of the fun and logic behind events that went on at the SCG Legacy Open in Indianapolis almost two weeks ago. Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve read or heard a lot already, but thereâ€™s one view I guarantee you havenâ€™t heard: me, the head judge.
Thursday, February 18th – As I write this, Iâ€™m currently killing time in the airport lounge of Phoenix, AZ, as I wait for my connecting flight back home to St Louis. Iâ€™ve just had three days of fun at GP: Oakland with the usual minimum sleep, so I thought jotting a few things down would help me stay awake to catch my flight and prevent me having another near cardiac arrest as another article deadline looms.
Wednesday, January 20th – Q: Player calls you over and says heâ€™s in his post combat main phase and has only just remembered his Eldrazi Monument trigger. He has two 1/1 saproling tokens and a Vampire Nighthawk that he just cast this turn. What do you do?
Thursday, December 10th – At tournaments recently, a couple of players have remarked on the fact that I havenâ€™t reported on my experiences at PT: Austin from a few months back when I was testing for Level 3. The reason for that was quite simple: too painful!
Thursday, November 5th – Now that weâ€™re immersed in Zendikar, I really like this set. Itâ€™s a lot of fun, without having to be the most technically minded player at times. Fun sets like this usually have me thinking about building new decks, and thatâ€™s something that I havenâ€™t done in over a year. However, when I think of construction I tend to be looking for cards that will fit into a Two-Headed Giant deck first and foremost.
Friday, October 2nd – While most judges have probably used the judge center at some stage to set up exams for themselves, there is nothing to stop you creating exams for other judges that you are actively mentoring. By generating the exams for the candidate, you automatically become â€˜privyâ€™ to the results and the answers they give.
Friday, August 28th – U.S. Nationals marked a year since my first attempt at Chicago to rise to Level 3 in the judge program. And in the last couple of months Iâ€™ve been asked by a lot of people whether I was going to try again anytime soon. To be honest Iâ€™m been seeking an all too elusive â€˜quiet couple of monthsâ€™ in which I could polish up on a few things before then setting my sights on a date.
Friday, July 24th – Itâ€™s been quite a month of change for the humble Magic player and judge alike. Weâ€™ve been dragged kicking and screaming into the new M10 rules (albeit I was caught saying aloud, â€œBefore damage goes on the stackâ€ by Mike Suire at the prerelease last Sunday- it seems that old habits die hard).
Thursday, June 25th – Hello everyone! The day my last article came out I was getting ready to start an epic journey. A tale that would take in four tournaments, in four weeks, and in four different states â€“ Washington, Hawaii, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Thursday, May 28th – In my experience, Regionals tends to bring in a bunch of players with a wide range of ability. For some people this is the biggest tournament they will play in (unless a GP shows up close enough). With this in mind, I remind players that the Universal Tournament Rules states players must shuffle an opponentâ€™s deck at the start of a game, and must at least cut a deck when presented after shuffling effects during a game.