JudgeCast #129 – Battle for Zendikar Release Notes Awokened!

In our quarterly tradition, we’re back with an episode all about the Battle for Zendikar release notes! We cover every mechanic in depth, and pick out the juiciest looking cards to give you a boost for playing in and judging your prerelease.

Want to learn how Awakening a spell might not always be the best move? How about how it interacts with manlands? How colorless is devoid? Converge, what’s the deal with that? How to handle “processing” when there are multiple piles of facedown exiled cards, I know that’s been eating away at you.

Come for the knowledge, stay for the awkward segues!

Release notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/battle-zendikar-release-notes-2015-09-23


JudgeCast Special – Battle for Zendikar Spoiler!

JudgeCast is excited to introduce Molten Nursery to the world! We spend this special episode discussing the card in-depth, including everything rules-related for the card and our own personal thoughts on all parts of the card, down to the flavor text.

Here’s the card you’ll all skip the episode to see:

Battle for Zendikar Spoiler - Molten Nursery

If you’re interested in becoming a judge, please visit http://blogs.magicjudges.org/o/judge-levels/become-a-magic-judge/


JudgeCast #128 – Rise of the E-maildrazi


We take an episode to get caught up on e-mails, and with the help of Nicolette Apraez, L2 from Wiscons (you’ll get it soon), we are able to knock out a whopping 12 e-mails in one short, action packed hour! We cover questions from all corners of policy and the rules.

Exemplar Blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/exemplar/

CJ’s cats, as cardified by Josh Carr:

Milkshake Bitty Kitty Battlecat


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/