JudgeCast #145 – Leveling It Out

As promised, we discuss the new level redefinition in this episode. We cover why the changes were made and what it means for each level of judge. We also make weird wrestling references?

Blog Announcing the Reasoning: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/04/11/the-new-new-world-order/

Explanations of current level requirements: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/o/judge-levels-redefinition/

AMA on the redefinition: https://www.reddit.com/r/mtgjudge/comments/4ebe89/judge_program_redefinition_ask_us_anything/

Program Coordinator announcement: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/04/11/meet-your-program-coordinators/


JudgeCast #144 – Hiddener Card Errors

New set, new IPG, new infractions!

We go in depth on Hidden Card Error and how it looks now. It’s much more clear and generally we’re all a lot happier with it, and you will be too after you listen to us!

We also cover a brand new infraction – Mulligan Procedure Error. And throw in some other odds and ends like minor changes to GRV, D/DLP, and the MTR.

Links from the show:

Article about policy changes: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2016/04/04/soi-policy-changes/

Article about HCE corner cases: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2016/04/04/revisiting-the-hidden-corners-of-hce/


JudgeCast #143 – Shadows over Innistrad Release Notes

CJ Shrader
Creature — Human 1/2, UG

At the beginning of each upkeep, if CJ isn’t available to record, transform into Matt Williams.

Matt Williams
Creature — Human 2/1 (White/Red)
Haste, Indestructible, Vigilance

Matt Williams must attack each combat if able.

At the beginning of your upkeep, put a hustle counter on Matt Williams. This turn, there is an additional combat step for each hustle counter on Matt Williams.

It’s that time of the season again! Ghosts skulk in the basements, men transform into beasts, delirium and madness drive the crowds to riot, and we record another release notes episode!

We cover all the cards we deem interesting in the interest in getting you ready to play or judge in your prerelease, and try to cover some of the wackier stuff that can happen with the new rare cards.

SOI Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/shadows-over-innistrad-release-notes-2016-03-30


JudgeCast #142 – I’m GP Like DC Morning

Ok maybe that show title is a stretch.

What’s this? An episode a week after our previous episode? It’s some kind of miracle!

On this episode, we have a stacked crew of W. Matt Williams, Jared Sylva, and Riki Hayashi on all to talk about their experiences in planning, judging, and playing in GP DC (The largest team sealed event to date) over this past weekend.

Also this video for some reason: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlhOUyy4wbs


JudgeCast #141 – Shadow(s) over Innistrad Mechanics

Skulk into a comfy chair and listen to this episode! We investigate the new Shadows over Innistrad Mechanics.

Reading this is basically a promise to listen, so you have to now. You don’t want to be a double-faced liar about it. You’d have to be delirious or struck by some form of madness to not listen to us.

SOI Mechanics Article: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/shadows-over-innistrad-mechanics


JudgeCast #140 – An Appealing Episode

On this episode, we talk about appeals in depth!

What is an appeal? As the floor judge, what you should you do when you get appealed (And some tips on how to avoid it)?. As the head judge, what should you do when a floor judge comes to you with an appeal (Or doing the appeals dance)? And even as a player, what are your responsibilities before you appeal?

We also cover the fact that Wave 5 Exemplar nominations are open! More info here: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/exemplar/wave-5-opens-and-other-updates/


JudgeCast #139 – Exemplarillaman

Another episode in a long and sordid history of forcing Bryan Prillaman’s name into the title.

On this episode, we cover the Exemplar program in depth with its convenient leader, Bryan Prillaman! We talk about the history of the program and where it is today. We also spend some time discussing what a recommendation should look like, what makes a bad one, and what makes a good one.

We also learn that “exemplar” doesn’t really mean what we think it means. Whoops!

There was SO MUCH JUDGE NEWS this episode too. Here are some of the links:

New L3 Luca Romano – http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/01/31/luca-romano-promoted-to-l3-at-gp-vancouver/

New L4 Riki Hayashi – http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/02/05/riki-hayashi-promoted-to-l4/

New RCs and new regions in the Midwest USA – http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/02/03/the-usa-north-and-usa-great-lakes-regions/

Sean Catanese’s article about the JCC’s perspective on the recent judge/player suspensions – http://blogs.magicjudges.org/seacat/applying-a-lens-of-clarity-to-the-us-southeast-suspensions/


JudgeCast #138B – The Great Judge Suspension [Explicit Language]

Warning: Explicit language in this one

As promised, we dedicate this episode entirely to Bryan and CJ’s judge suspension. We cover what happened, discuss why we didn’t report anything, and where we are today.

If you’re more interested in fancy book-learnin’, then this episode is not for you. That’s why #138A is released at the exact same time! Give it a listen.


JudgeCast #138A – Legends of the Hidden Card Error

A new IPG is out, and with it some new changes!

The most major is Hidden Card Error, which we cover in detail here. What is it? When to apply it? And examples galore abound!

There are also some small tweaks to GRV and D/DLP, and we cover those as well.

Toby released two articles on the changes:



And you can always find the latest policy documents at judgecast.com/docs


JudgeCast #137 – Oath of the Gatewatch Release Notes

Another set, another set of release notes. It’s our oath to you to have these episodes.

In this one, we cover the more interesting tidbits of the Oath of the Gatewatch Release Notes! Looking for in-depth coverage on the new mechanics? TOO BAD. That’s in the previous episode. But want to hear thoughts on specific cards! Oh we got you covered.

Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/oath-gatewatch-release-notes-2016-01-13

The day after we recorded this, Bryan and CJ got unsuspended! We’ll have an episode on that soon, but Wizards also posted this article on the topic: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/learning-opportunities-2016-01-13