JudgeCast #179 – Commander 2017 Run-Down

In this episode, we discuss the Commander format and the perks and quirks of cards in the new Commander 2017 decks. What happens if your cat is enchanted by a rat? How does phasing even work? How does Commander Damage work, Generally? Find out all of this and more in this episode of JudgeCast.

Commander 2017 Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2017-edition-release-notes-2017-08-11

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JudgeCast #178 – The JudgeCast Open feat. Matt Williams

Level Three judge Matt Williams joins us to discuss the JudgeCast Open that took place in Atlanta recently, where all three of our hosts were Classic HJs on Sunday.  We talk about some challenges that lead to the event and interesting things that occurred.

 

For more information on team events, check out episode 174: http://judgecast.com/?p=1114

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JudgeCast #177 – Learning About Learning

In this episode, we talk about the state of judge testing, some styles of learning, and how one can study and prepare for tests without being able to spam practice tests. In addition to JudgeCast, we talk about lots of other resources for judges to learn from. We end the episode by discussing the list of things you need to know to pass the Level 1 and Level 2 exams.

Resources discussed in this episode:

Rules Documents:
Basic Rulebook and Comp Rules
(PDF/TXT Formats)
Comp Rules (Hyperlinked; Good for reference)
WPN Doc Center (IPG, MTR, JAR, etc)
Annotated IPG
Annotated MTR

Other Learning Resources:
Knowledge Pool (Weekly Policy Scenarios)
Cranial Insertion (Weekly Rules Articles)
Mystical Tutor (Judge Classes and Presentations)
Judge School (Available in English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Polish)
Jueces en Vivo (Spanish Language Latin American Judge Podcast)

Exam Information:
Level One Exam
Level Two Exam

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JudgeCast #176 – Hour of Devastation Release Notes

Settle in as Brogan, Bryan, and Jess bring you everything you need to know about Hour of Devastation. Learn about the Afflict mechanic as well as the pseudo-return of Embalm and Exert. We also go over all our favorite new cards and tell you what tricky rules to watch out for.

Be sure to check out the full release notes.

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JudgeCast #175 – Attending your First Comp REL Event as a Player

Welcome to Episode #175

In this Episode we talk about things a player may want to know before taking the plunge and attending their first Competitive Rules Enforcement Episode. What is a decklist and why do I need to bring it?  Is there a lunch break? Why is this person in a black shirt hovering behind me? It’s full of chillax and whatever wine pairs well with chillax’in.

We also are joined by a special guest;  Michael Shiver from The Mana Pool.  The Mana Pool is one of the longest running MTG related podcasts in the world, and are only a few months away from Episode #500.  Please check them at themanapool.com or find them on Twitter at twitter.com/themanapool

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JudgeCast #174 (Audio Fixed) – Team Constructed with Bearz

Edit: This is the second attempt to publish this episode. The first had some unfortunate audio errors that made it impossible to listen to. This has been corrected.  Sorry about that.
-Jess

We are joined by L3 and GP Head Judge Paul Baranay as he and Jess chat about their recent experiences Head Judging ~900 player Team Constructed Opens. We talk logistics, weird stuff, deck checks, and take a nice tangent into investigations.

For more listening on Investigations, listen to:
JudgeCast #44 – Investigating Raging Levine
JudgeCast #111 – Sylva Linings Investigationsbook

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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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