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


JudgeCast #136 – Two Men and a JudgeCast

a.k.a. “The non-suspension stuff starts at 32:10″

Bryan and CJ got player suspensions for 3 months oh no! We spend some time talking about what that means, what happened (as much as we can say right now) and what the future is going to look like.

However, if you don’t care about any of that then just jump to 32:10 and we’ll talk about the new mechanics in Oath of the Gatewatch!

Current JudgeApps page on the suspensions: http://apps.magicjudges.org/suspended.html

mtgfocus podcast with Helene Bergeot: http://mtgfocus.tumblr.com/post/135825890598/mtg-focus-ep-39-inside-a-leak-ft-helene

Oath of the Gatewatch Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/oath-gatewatch-mechanics-2015-12-28


JudgeCast #135 – E-mails Away

It’s time again for another e-mail show! We cover a wide variety of topics from listeners just like you, such as: what is appropriate on a decklist, copy effects, random cards from Portal and 9th edition, blocking order, how to handle game losses during the second game, and so much more!

Plus! Stay until the end to hear the Forbidden Question, the question we weren’t going to discuss but ended up discussing anyway. I’m definitely overselling it.

AutocardAnywhere: http://www.autocardanywhere.com/

Also! The affectionately named “JudgeCast Open” is coming. CJ, Jess, and Bryan are all head judges at the upcoming SCG Atlanta on January 23-24. If you’re a judge, we’d love to have you apply to the event here (Deadline is December 23): http://apps.magicjudges.org/events/4318/

If you’re a player, we’d love to see you there! http://www.starcitygames.com/content/schedule


JudgeCast #134 – The Wonderful Thing About Triggers

Is triggers are wonderful things!

In this episode, we take a deep dive into triggers. You might know how to identify a trigger, but did you know there are different types of triggers? State triggers, zone change triggers, intervening if triggers…the list is endless!

Ok it’s just like seven or something, but it’s a good list.

Exemplar Wave 3 Announcement and Updates:  http://blogs.magicjudges.org/exemplar/exemplar-wave-3-published-and-wave-2-and-wave-4-updates/


JudgeCast #133 – A Very JudgeCast GP

All three hosts were at GP Atlanta! We spend this episode to talk about our experiences, including what our roles were and what we ended up doing throughout the weekend.

It was a big GP and a lot of fun, and our experiences range from the main event to every portion of side event. If you’ve ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look of how a GP is run, this is it.

And stay until the end for an abject lesson on reading Oracle text from CJ!


JudgeCast #132 – Deck Checks Decktacular

On this episode, the equivalent of the Avengers for deck checking assembles to share our great bounty of knowledge upon you.

We talk about what deck checks are and why we do them (Beyond just the fact that the MTR says to). We also cover our favorite methods for performing a deck check, all the way from the swoop to the check to the return.

After that, we discuss the infractions that can come up as the result of a deck check. Become a deck check master. Learn the secrets.


JudgeCast #131 – Bad Habits of Good L1s Redux

We decide to cover a topic we did in one of our very first episodes all over again, but this time we bring special guest Justin Turner (L3, RC of the SouthEast) into the mix to help us. Hear some of the most common mistakes judges make, and some of our own stories of our own mistakes (Mostly Turner’s).

CJ’s article on HJ announcements: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/articles/2014/06/24/head-judge-o-pun-ing-announcements/

Feedback Loop on writing reviews of higher level judges: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/feedback/2015/05/06/a-coworker-is-a-coworker-no-matter-the-level/

New sealed deck procedure: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/sealed-pool-procedure-update-starting-gp-sydney-and-gp-madison-2015-10-08

Toby’s post on DEC tweak: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2015/10/14/tweaking-the-new-dec-rules/



JudgeCast #130 – The Ever-Expanding DEC (and friends!)

On this episode, we cover the brand new IPG in all its glory! We take another deep dive into the changes made for DEC, talk about handling scry with mulligans (And a new tournament shortcut built around scry), and a bunch of miscellaneous changes up to and including it now being illegal to bribe a judge!

New IPG: http://wpn.wizards.com/sites/wpn/files/attachements/mtg_ipg_02oct15_en.pdf

Article on Changes: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2015/09/28/bfz-policy-changes/

Article about Scrying Improperly During Mulligans: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2015/10/03/the-forbidden-look/