Unstable Preview: Rules Lawyer (With Judge Promo Bonus!)

Hello JudgeCast fans,

Every judge has a favorite type of “tricky rules question”. Sometimes it deals with the steps to cast a spell. Sometimes it deals with triggers. Sometimes it deals with multiple replacement effects. Some sadists love questions that involve you drawing cards while casting a spell. Some of my favorite questions involve State-Based Actions.

If you are also a fan of questions involving State-Based Actions, we want to introduce you to our Unstable preview card. He will be either your new best friend, or your worst enemy. Allow us to introduce: Rules Lawyer

In the grand tradition of cool cards that have more reminder text than rules text, Rules Lawyer simply says “State-based actions don’t apply to you or other permanents you control.” It’s a simple sentence with big implications. Look at the reminder text on this thing!! It’s so big, we spent nearly a whole podcast disassembling this cyborg advisor.

We fully expect this card to launch a whole new wave of “tricky rules questions” and even trickier play situations as players try to animate curses attached to players or do unnatural things with -1/-1 counters.

As an additional bonus, it is our privilege to announce that an alternate art version of our new friend will be distributed at judge conferences starting this January!

You can apply to regional conferences and mini-conference via Judgeapps and if you are interested in organizing a conference, contact your Regional Coordinator!

Again, you can get more details on how to get this sweet promo by listening to the podcast.

And you thought we hated rules lawyers.

JudgeCast #184 – What are Special Actions?

This episode we tackle special actions in the Comp Rules. They’re not just for Leonin Arbiter anymore!

Other rules episodes we referenced:
Steps of casting a spell (JC #71) http://judgecast.com/archives/531
Morph (JC #99) http://judgecast.com/archives/707
State-Based Actions (JC #147) http://judgecast.com/archives/974


JudgeCast #182 – Ixalan Release Notes

Vampires and Pirates and Dinosaurs, oh my! Let’s walk the dinosaur together as we prepare for Ixalan prerelease weekend with a review the new mechanics rules changes, and most interesting new cards from Ixalan.

You can check out the official release notes here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ixalan-release-notes-2017-09-15


JudgeCast #181 – Convention Magic with Kyle Knudson

L2 Kyle Knudson, Event Guru at Cascade Games, joins us to talk about Magic events that take place at conventions. We talk about his experiences at PAX, Comic-Con, and elsewhere. They’re great fun and great learning opportunities for level 1+ judges. Check it out!


Thanks to Kyle for joining us on this episode. You can reach him by email here: Kyle@cascadegames.com.
Be sure to check out upcoming Cascade Game conventions at CascadeGames.com and, as always, check out other opportunities at http://apps.MagicJudges.org.


JudgeCast #180 – Bribery with Eric Levine

On this episode, we are joined by Level 3 Judge Eric Levine, a member of the Player Investigation Committee, to talk about Bribery. What is it, how do you recognize it, and what isn’t bribery? Find the answers to these questions and more on this episode of JudgeCast.

If you enjoy listening to Eric Levine’s dulcet tones, you’ll be pleased to know that he also appeared on episode # 44 – Investigations and also episode #105 – Commandeering.


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


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