JudgeCast #127 – Conference Calls

We have L4, 15 year judge, and head of the Conference Sphere Damián Hiller on to talk about conferences. We cover what to expect from attending and presenting at a conference, how the entire conference system works, and how a being a judge for 15 years can make you lose your hair.

Conferences blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/conferences/

Bryan’s seminar on giving seminars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FkWLtwbia0&app=desktop


JudgeCast #125 – As Easy as DEC

Yes I know I used this title on episode 38. YOU COME UP WITH NEARLY 100 TITLES AND KEEP THEM FRESH.

Speaking of fresh, we have a brand new IPG out! This one has some big changes, and we go in-depth on the biggest: Drawing Extra Cards is now a warning! We go in deep on what this means with a few examples.

We also discuss some of the other miscellaneous changes to the IPG and some small changes to the rules (A change to casting spells?! Will we need to learn a new mnemonic?), and read the spiciest of e-mails.

Toby’s Blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2015/07/13/magic-origins-policy-changes/

Tabak’s Rules Update: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/magic-origins-update-bulletin-intro-2015-07-16


JudgeCast #124 – Magic Origins Release Notes

The release notes for Magic Origins are here! Learn about double faced cards, spell mastery, and renown! Want to hear our thoughts on Lorwyn for some reason? Well they are in this episode! How about an extremely unlikely corner case involving two copies of a mythic? People love those, and JudgeCast gives them to you for free!

Release notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/magic-origins-release-notes-2015-07-08

Application to apply for SCG Charlotte, where Jess and CJ will be: http://apps.magicjudges.org/events/2984/


JudgeCast SPECIAL – Driving with JudgeCast

On this JudgeCast SPECIAL, CJ tried something different: To capture the usual judge chats that happen after a GP and have them recorded for all of posterity.

The problem? Those chats are made in a moving car, and the sound quality was not good. As such, we decided to release this one as a bonus episode outside of our normal every-two-week schedule! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing road noises haphazardly edited out as you follow along with driving with JudgeCast. We even answer some road e-mails!


JudgeCast #123 – Get On My Level

We take an episode to talk about all the judge levels, up to and including levels 1, 4, and even 2! Yep, all 5 of the levels are here.

We talk about the roles and responsibilities of each level, what’s expected of someone in that level, and how someone becomes that level. For an even deeper dive into the Level 3 process, see episode 73.

We also cover a bunch of news (HoF! Exemplar! And sadder things).

Article on Judge Levels: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/o/judge-levels/

Gofundme to support Carsten Haese’s family: http://www.gofundme.com/xctx6pk


JudgeCast #122 – GP Vegas Debrief

On this very special episode, we have Toby Elliott (one of the many head judges of GP Vegas, L5, and all around swell guy) on to give us a debrief of GP Vegas. We talk about some of the planning that went in from a head judge perspective, some of the problem cards from the event, and even talk about a ruling Toby had that he’d never had before.

We also read a few policy-based e-mails, and one single e-mail about everyone’s favorite card: Precursor Golem.

Toby’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tobyelliott

Toby’s Blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/


JudgeCast #121 – Mastering Modern Masters 2015 Edition

On this episode, we have special guest David Greene on (Of Judge’s Corner fame!) to help us cover most of the abilities and many of the cards in Modern Masters.

We put a little bit of extra focus on these cards at Competitive REL to help you get prepared for GP Vegas!

Modern Masters 2015 Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/modern-masters-2015-edition-release-notes-2015-05-12

Judge’s Corner: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/author/judgescorner/

Nathan Long’s in-depth article on Modern Masters rules: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/articles/2015/05/22/modern-rules-problems-going-through-modern-masters-2015/

Card Advantage’s episode about the previous GP Vegas: http://www.cardadvantagecast.com/2015/04/10/episode-085-does-it-have-cascade/


JudgeCast #120 – Judge Hibbstory

We have special guest and very-long-time-judge David Hibbs on to discuss the Judge Hall of Fame and the history of the judge program in general.

We cover some of Hibbs’s favorites from the first ballot, talk about the early days of the program, take a quiz from the original Arena exams, and even discuss the old chestnut Failure to Agree on Reality.

Hibbs’s blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/timedistortion/

A review form Hibbs provided us after the episode: http://archive.wizards.com/dci/downloads/judge_review_form_%28v3.3%29.pdf


JudgeCast #119 – Broganlord Brolumbro and other stories

We dedicate this episode to e-mails! We get caught up on a bunch, covering such topics as: What to do when a judge is wrong, rules questions with Dragonlord Silumgar, what is rotting in Jess’s fridge, assorted additional rules questions, and whether or not you can register in two different events. Plus much more!

We also take a few minutes to talk about the brand new Magic Judge Hall of Fame!

Knowledge Pool Scenario: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/knowledgepool/2013/06/05/the-devil-in-the-details/

Judge Feedback Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1d01SoySBQxdhfv67yQhl2Sp7Zq9Ung9NDwjwekdqf1Q/viewform

Hall of Fame Announcement: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/hof/2015/04/24/announcing-the-judge-hall-of-fame/