JudgeCast # 172 – Amonkhet Policy Updates

There’s a lot to go over in this policy episode, but first we introduce the newest regular co-host of JudgeCast. Please welcome Brogan King back to the show for her first episode as a full-fledged co-host!

The MTR, the IPG, the combat shortcut, and decklist problems. Also deck problems.  Wait, what? There’s two of them now?  Find out about all of this and more on this episode of JudgeCast!

You can always find the most recent policy docs at our JudgeCast policy redirect: http://www.JudgeCast.com/docs.

Toby Elliot’s Amonkhet Policy Update Blog:
https://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2017/04/24/policy-changes-for-amonkhet/

Toby Elliot’s Combat Shortcut Examples:
https://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2017/04/27/how-to-think-about-the-new-combat-shortcut/

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JudgeCast #171 – AlmondCat Release Notes

We are once again joined by Brogan King as we talk about the newest Magic set, AlmondCat! Oh wait… Amonkhet! Yeah, that one. We discuss the mechanics, what we love, what we hate, and some Madness Weirdness. And, of course, we go through a ton of interesting cards and rules interactions.

Amonkhet Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/amonkhet-release-notes-2017-04-14

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JudgeCast #170 – New world of Grand Prix

Listen to Channelfireball.com’s own Jon Saso and Mashi Scanlan talk about the new world of Grand Prix and the challenges they face ramping up from 12 GPs this year to ~55 next year!  What does this mean for the events, the players, and especially the judges?  We ask those questions and ask for your feedback.

Do you have more questions about judging at Grand Prix? Email us at JudgeCast@gmail.com.

Mashi also said in the show that he’s open to questions at Mashi@channelfireball.com.

You can give feedback about what you want out of GPs and also read the article Mashi mentions here: https://www.channelfireball.com/home/how-can-we-improve-your-grand-prix-experience/

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JudgeCast #169 – Overviewing Reviews

Join us in talking to Brogan King, an admin of the Review Revue Facebook Group. We talk about that project and reviews generally. This includes what a judge review is, how to access them, and the different kinds of reviews judges write. We also speak a little about the basic dos and don’ts of writing reviews. We’ll tackle deeper review topics, such as gathering feedback for a review at an event, in a later episode.

The Review Revue: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1720829451483343/

Reviews (requires JudgeApps login): https://apps.magicjudges.org/reviews

Investigations (requires JudgeApps login): http://www.judgeapps.com/investigations

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JudgeCast #168 – This One’s a Classic! (Or at least it’s about one)

Welcome back our Judge of the Week interviewer and level 2 judge Jacob Milicic (From episode #166) to talk about his experience Head Judging a recent StarCityGames.com Classic event. We ask him a lot of questions and get even more answers. How did his judge career get to this point? What did he do to prepare? How did he even get on a list to do that?  Is the proper plural of staff “staves”?

Find out more about Tour events at StarCityGames.com/content/scgtour. (We’re not affiliated with them, it’s just topical)

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JudgeCast #167 – Parts of a Card

On this episode, we’re joined by the amazing Billy Willy to discuss the numerous parts of a card. Find out about the rules for illustrations (yes, there’s a rule for that!) and how set symbols used to be relevant in the game! Bprill reminisces about the good old days before color indicators and tells you about his new puppy, pictured below.  You can more or less follow along in the comprehensive rules section 2, also titled “Parts of a card“.

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JudgeCast #166 – JudgeCast of the Week and CJ’s Farewell

On this episode, we have special guest and representative of Judge of the Week Jacob Milicic on to interview us for Judge of the Week! You can consider a future Judge of the Week spoiled!

Jacob asks us a fantastic range of questions, including how we got started, what we do to edit, if each of us was to name a Magic card to represent the others what would it be, and we talk about our future as well.

This is also CJ’s final episode on JudgeCast. Hard to believe it’s over. I (yes I’m swapping from third person to first person you’ll be fine) kinda rambled at the end of the episode and I didn’t really have my thoughts straight, so here’s one last opportunity to correct that.

Thank you so much to the fans of JudgeCast! Each and every one of you I’ve met has made events better, and I really appreciate it. I also appreciate all the e-mails, facebook posts, tweets, and the support we’ve gotten over the past 5 years.

And thank you so much to Jess and Bryan. They give me a lot of credit in the episode, but the reality is the show wouldn’t be the show without the two of them. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else.

So thank you everyone, and be excited for what JudgeCast has in store for the future! I’m excited to be listening right along side of you.

Links from the show:

Judge of the Week: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/jotw/

Feedback Loop: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/feedback/

Our theme music! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a0pplmtW6w

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JudgeCast #165 – Aether Revolt Policy Updates

On this episode, we cover quite a bit of news and policy updates! So much, that we have to bring special guest Erik Aliff on to help! Some mysterious changes to hidden card error, some tweaks to looking at extra cards, and some exciting changes to deck decklist error! If you’re not excited about minor policy tweaks then honestly what can you be excited for?

We also cover some changes in the MTR, like the new “you can only pile shuffle at the start of a game” rule.

And we read a few policy related e-mails from listeners just like you or who are you.

Links from the show:

Toby’s blog about changes: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2017/01/16/policy-changes-for-aether-revolt/

Article about MTR updates: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/magic-tournament-rules-release-notes-2017-01-16

Great page about disqualifications: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/o/disqualification-process/

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JudgeCast #164 – Aether Revolt Release Notes

We’re back with the Aether Revolt release notes episode, and this time we’re joined by judge Amanda Coots, who helps us go over the mechanics and favorite cards from the new set. She also tells us what it’s like when the rodeo’s in town.

Oh and Emrakul was banned. That wily Emrakul.

Here’s the full release notes for your reading pleasure:
http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/aether-revolt-release-notes-2017-01-06

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