JudgeCast #158 – Work/Judge/Life/Player Balance with Nik Zitomer

It’s important, when you have a podcast, to come up with great memorable titles for your episodes.

On this episode, we have fungus expert, L2, and prolific judge blogger Nik Zitomer on to talk about balancing out your work, judging, playing, and family life. We also talk about some of the advantages that Magic can give in all of those!

Nik’s article on the topic: https://theelvishfarmer.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/magic-the-balancing-judging-family-and-career/



JudgeCast #157 – L2 IPG Tester Coordinator

We spend this episode going over a mish-mash of policy updates and news!

First, we cover some of the new IPG updates. Nothing earth-shattering, but some new changes to HCE, tweaks to Missed Trigger, some clarifications on DDLP downgrades, and some changes to the MTR which apparently ruined Magic!

After that we cover the L2 Tester position and how you can certify for it. We also welcome a new Program Coordinator to the program!

Toby’s Description of Changes: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2016/09/26/policy-changes-for-kaladesh/

L2 Tester: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/09/29/announcing-the-level-2-tester-certification/

New PC: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/coordinators/2016/09/30/your-new-program-coordinator/


JudgeCast #156 – Kaladesh Release Notes with Tabak and Mox

Tabak and Mox, attorneys at law.

Tabak and Mox, chefs extraordinaire.

Tabak and Mox, crime fighting duo.

Whatever they may be to you, we have Matt Tabak (Some random editor at WotC who would agree to be on. I think he writes some stories on the website?), Sara Mox (The judge manager at WotC and contender for #1 fan of the show), and a silent and mysterious Kayla (who attempts to, behind the scenes, reign the first two in but also knows deep in her heart that it is impossible) on the show to talk about the release notes for Kaladesh!

With this much greatness on, something had to give and CJ was not able to make this episode and he’s deeply sad about it. You won’t notice him missing though. HIS COHOSTS SURE DIDN’T NOR DO THEY MENTION IT AND THEY QUICKLY REPLACE HIM.

Oh yeah. Kaladesh. We go over the new mechanics! We talk card by card for the cards of interest! I’m told there is some form of wrestling game in the middle for some reason!

Warning: If you’re not someone who enjoys shows where we have fun, this might not be the episode for you. You can jump in 21 minutes to where mechanics talk starts.

Matt’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tabakrules

Matt’s Tumblr: http://tabakrules.tumblr.com/

Sara’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/serranalaar

ExtraLife Charity: http://tinyurl.com/magicextralife

This link too why not: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/ramp-approval-2016-05-16

And finally, the release notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/kaladesh-release-notes-2016-09-16

* Matt doesn’t have a pinterest…I think.


JudgeCast #155 – Pregaming It

On this episode, we cover the pregame procedure!

You already know the pregame procedure, you say? Just listen and see, I have a feeling you’ll learn something that surprises you.

We also cover everything that can go wrong in the pregame procedure, and occasionally a quick overview on how to fix it. There’s a lot that can go wrong for something that’s done so often!

We also cover some modifications to the L2 “checklist,” and talk about how to become get the L2 Team Leader Certification.

L2 Changes: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/08/30/the-level-2-in-the-nnwo/

L2 Team Leader Certification: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/blog/2016/08/15/the-level-2-team-leader-certification/


JudgeCast #154 – Conspiracy: Take the Release Notes

We talk about the newest Conspiracy set!

We discuss what Conspiracy is and what to look out for, and give a brief refresher on multiplayer rules. We then cover the new mechanics, including the king of all new mechanics: Monarch! We fight over the pronunciation of melee and goad each other over the pronunciation of orchard.

We then go over some of the more interesting cards and conspiracies in the set, and make Ghostbusters 2 references.

Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/conspiracy-take-crown-release-notes-2016-08-22


JudgeCast #153 – Answering Letterrrrs

We have L2, frequent e-mailer, and pirate aficionado Kali Rainwater to help us get through our backlog of e-mails.

We cover policy questions like how to handle if someone actually drew out of their sideboard, or if you can scry 3 infinite times to order your library.

On the rules front we cover a ton of cards from Eldritch Moon and some wacky Blood Moon shenanigans, among others. We even have a special sidebar on what’s apparently the most confusing card in Standard: Spell Queller.

We even have some great discussions on what it means to be an L2, how to handle counterfeits, and what to do when you make an incorrect ruling.

Kali’s Blog: http://masteringcommander.com/


JudgeCast #152 – Projecting Judge Projects

On this episode, we have L3, RC, and swell guy extraordinaire Rob McKenzie on to talk about Judge Projects! We cover what are judge projects, how to join them and be involved in the judge community, how to start them, and talk about some of our favorites (Sorry if we didn’t mention your favorite project…there’s so many!)

We also cover the newest IPG changes and GPTs being switched to Regular REL. Jump in to a little over an hour in if that’s all you’re interested in, you monsters.

Some of the projects mentioned in this episode:

Mystical Tutor
Judge of the Week
Cranial Insertion
Judge Buddy
Judge Classes (Outdated, you should update them!)
Exemplar Program
Annotated IPG
List of Other Projects

Toby’s blog post on IPG changes: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2016/07/18/policy-changes-for-eldritch-moon/


JudgeCast #151 – Eldritch Moon Release Notes

As per the pact made with 4 demons, we are back yet again with another Release Notes episode! We cover our top picks of cards that we think are interesting rules-wise or maybe just interesting.

We seem to really like cards that make spirits, and we make sure everyone knows a new card isn’t a one-turn-kill. Oh and Emrakul. That wily Emrakul.

Release Notes: http://judgecast.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/JudgeCast_151.mp3


JudgeCast #150 – Eldritch Moonchanics

It’s that spooooookkkkyyyy time again!

The Release Notes for Eldritch Moon will be emerging soon, and to prevent our episodes from escalating in length too much, we decided to go ahead and cover the rules ahead of the release notes being released!

Just meld this episode with the one after it to get the entire Eldritch Moon rules experience.

Mechanics article with delightful videos: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/eldritch-moon-mechanics-2016-06-27


JudgeCast #149 – Head Judge Opening Announcements

We’re missing Bryan this episode, so take the opportunity to go over one of our oldest ideas for a show topic: Head Judge announcements!

We cover what you should think about saying in your announcements, how you should prepare, and how you should actually present the announcements.

Here is CJ’s outline for the last event he was HJ of (An SCG Legacy Classic), and you can get a feel for how he outlines his announcements and how brief he’s trying to be:

What did the cannibal get when he was late for dinner?

A cold shoulder



Judges – Chris, Taylor, Nicholas, Yuval

(Name, table number, minute for deck list checks.)

***Take up deck lists***


REL Competitive

50 minute rounds

0/10 Tardiness policy

Match slips


Calling a Judge 

Have fun

Round 1:

# of Players ____

# of Rounds ____

Also CJ wrote an article on this topic quite a while ago: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/articles/2014/06/24/head-judge-o-pun-ing-announcements/