JudgeCast #287 – Judge Compensation

Happy New Year! It’s a time for celebration and resolutions for the new year. In this episode Bryan and Charles are joined by Brook Gardner-Durbin (@TheBG_D) to discuss the factors that go into your decisions for fair compensation at the various levels. Is judging your hobby, career, or side hustle? What is the complexity of the event you are going to be working? What is considered fair? Where do you have the ability to negotiate? As we discuss issues around pay, just a reminder: We are not lawyers or CPAs. We are glorified donkeys pushing a ball around the pasture. Consult your local, state, or federal laws before acting on any of our barnyard braying.


JudgeCast #286 – Missed Triggers

Talking about missed triggers has been all the rage lately in the twitterverse, and Bryan, Charles, and Samma thought we would bring it to your podcast listening device. In this episode, the JudgeCast crew talk about the philosophy behind Missed Triggers, how to identify one, what the opponents’ responsibilities are, and a little bit of a history lesson.

Detrimental Trigger Guide – https://blogs.magicjudges.org/rules/mtg/

Annotated IPG – https://blogs.magicjudges.org/rules/ipg2-1/


JudgeCast #285 – Level Updates and Magic 30 Celebration Event Thoughts

Bryan, Charles, and Samma discuss the recent level updates announced by Judge Academy. Samma and Charles also go over their Magic 30 experience, including a behind the scene look at the massive Unfinity Draft. We also stop recording right before Samma admits Bryan was 100% right about [redacted] and Bryan doesn’t even say ‘I told you so’, so he instead puts this comments in the show notes.

Level Update Overview – Level Clarifications and Updates: Overview – 2023 – Judge Academy

Judge Academy Renewal information: Membership Renewal Payments in Fall/Winter 2022 – Judge Academy

Omega Mart (whatever that is) : Omega Mart | Explore Immersive Art | Meow Wolf Las Vegas


JudgeCast #284 – Brother’s War Release Notes

Following the BRO Code, Bryan, Charles, and Samma battle their way through new mechanics, new cards, and very bad puns. We discuss Prototype, Meld, Unearth, zone change triggers, 50% off of 50% off coupons. Stick around and you might just learn something. Probably not, but it could happen.


JudgeCast #283 – Ain’t No Party Like A Potpourri Party

A Pot-Pour-EE Episode is an episode where we discuss smaller topics that aren’t worth a full episode themselves. In this vaguely apple-cinnamon scented episode Bryan and Charles talk about Game Markers, Solo Deck Checks, Tournament Policy on Notes, and Proxies. Real Proxies, not those fake proxies being sold for $250 a “pack”.


JudgeCast #282 – Unfinity Release Notes

This Wicker Picker with Sticker Kicker makes me want to grab liquor quicker than a city slicker.
In this episode Bryan, Charles, and Samma talk about the latest Un-set from Wizards. Un-sets are no longer goofy fun sets judges can choose to embrace. With the introduction of stickers and attractions into eternal formats, we boldly go where several other podcasts have gone before, and tackle many of the mechanics and rules questions you might encounter now that players have to register your sticker sheets on their decklists.


JudgeCast #281 – What new L1s should know

Join JudgeCast in welcoming new host, L2 from New Jersey, Charles Featherer! In this episode we talk about things new L1s should know but might not. Things like “Where do the judges hang out online?”, “Where do I get shirts?”, “Why is running an RCQ the week after you pass your certification is a bad idea?”

Judge Academy Profile Privacy Settings – https://judgeacademy.com/my-account/privacy/
Judge Academy Event Announcement Settings – https://judgeacademy.com/my-account/notifications/
Shirts/Badges – https://mtgproshop.com/judge-academy/


JudgeCast #279 – RCQ First Impressions with Meg Rickman

In this episode Bryan and Samma bring on Meg Rickman to talk about the return of Local Comp Rel play. We discuss how it feels to “get back into it”, the return of local players, how to rebuild connections that might have atrophied over the pandemic and remind stores that they want to secure certified experienced judges early.