JudgeCast #195 – Penalties

In which we discuss each penalty, why they’re given for various infractions, and how that applies at Regular vs. Competitive RELs.

Disqualification process and FAQ: https://blogs.magicjudges.org/o/disqualification-process/ 

Toby’s April Fools Challenge Flags article: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/introducing-challenge-flags-new-approach-appeals-2013-04-01


JudgeCast #194 – So you wanna Head Judge a Pro Tour?

Join us as we interview Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Head Judge Jared Sylva!

We talk about the prep that goes into the Pro Tour and the way in which it’s different from a Grand Prix or other event.

Jared has been our guest before! Check out these awesome topics, especially Episode 51.
About being an L4, Episode 51: http://judgecast.com/archives/423
About Investigations, Episode 111: http://judgecast.com/archives/771
About Grand Prix DC, Episode 142: http://judgecast.com/archives/952


JudgeCast #192 – Rivals of Ixalan Policy Updates and Background Checks

Join the team as we discuss new policy updates, new background check requirements for Tournament Organizers, and the new banned and restricted list.

Banned and Restricted list – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-15-2018-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2018-01-15

Tournament policy documents – https://wpn.wizards.com/en/resources/rules-documents

Toby’s Policy update Blog (Including SECRET Cavern of Souls rules) – https://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2018/01/15/policy-changes-for-rivals-of-ixalan/

WPN Article – “Making magic Spaces Safer” –  https://wpn.wizards.com/en/article/making-magic-spaces-safer


JudgeCast #191 – Rivals of Ixalan Release Notes

Prepare yourself for the prerelease! Join Jess, Brogan, and Bryan as they discuss the new mechanic (that’s right, just one) in Rivals and some of the more interesting interactions. Full Rivals of Ixalan Release Notes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/rivals-ixalan-release-notes-2018-01-05


JudgeCast #189 – Things a New L1 Should Know

A new Judge can have lots of questions about the Judge program. Brogan, Bryan and Jess try to answer all the questions you have, and even a few you didn’t know you had. How do I get a Shirt? What is Judgeapps? How do I find other judges? What is this Code of Conduct I have to agree to? What is that squeaking sound? And many more!!

Referenced Links:
Judging at Regular – http://judgecast.com/docs
Judge Code of Conduct – https://blogs.magicjudges.org/conduct/magic-judge-code/
Judgeapps – https://apps.magicjudges.org
Official Announcements – https://apps.magicjudges.org/forum/71/
Your email settings – https://apps.magicjudges.org/notifications/settings/
Level Definitions – https://blogs.magicjudges.org/o/judge-levels/


JudgeCast #188 – Wait, Wait, Don’t Spell Me

CJ Shrader joins us as Brogan hosts JudgeCast’s new game show, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Spell Me.” She asks the team questions about Unstable mechanics and cards, and the team gives their best answer (along with some not so accurate ones).  Check it out!

Unstable Release Notes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-faqawaslfaqpaftidawabiajtbt-2017-11-22


JudgeCast #187 – Turn-Based Actions

Brogan, Bryan, and Jess break down all the turn-based actions that occur in Magic, even the ones no one knows about! Did you know there are special ones just for the beginning of combat step and the precombat main phase?

Other related episodes and stuff mentioned in the show:
Steps of a Turn – JudgeCast #52 – http://judgecast.com/archives/425
Combat Phase (more in-depth) – JudgeCast #72 – http://judgecast.com/archives/573
Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny – https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/285267


Unstable Preview: Rules Lawyer (With Judge Promo Bonus!)

Hello JudgeCast fans,

Every judge has a favorite type of “tricky rules question”. Sometimes it deals with the steps to cast a spell. Sometimes it deals with triggers. Sometimes it deals with multiple replacement effects. Some sadists love questions that involve you drawing cards while casting a spell. Some of my favorite questions involve State-Based Actions.

If you are also a fan of questions involving State-Based Actions, we want to introduce you to our Unstable preview card. He will be either your new best friend, or your worst enemy. Allow us to introduce: Rules Lawyer

In the grand tradition of cool cards that have more reminder text than rules text, Rules Lawyer simply says “State-based actions don’t apply to you or other permanents you control.” It’s a simple sentence with big implications. Look at the reminder text on this thing!! It’s so big, we spent nearly a whole podcast disassembling this cyborg advisor.

We fully expect this card to launch a whole new wave of “tricky rules questions” and even trickier play situations as players try to animate curses attached to players or do unnatural things with -1/-1 counters.

As an additional bonus, it is our privilege to announce that an alternate art version of our new friend will be distributed at judge conferences starting this January!

You can apply to regional conferences and mini-conference via Judgeapps and if you are interested in organizing a conference, contact your Regional Coordinator!

Again, you can get more details on how to get this sweet promo by listening to the podcast.

And you thought we hated rules lawyers.