JudgeCast #187 – Turn-Based Actions

Brogan, Bryan, and Jess break down all the turn-based actions that occur in Magic, even the ones no one knows about! Did you know there are special ones just for the beginning of combat step and the precombat main phase?

Other related episodes and stuff mentioned in the show:
Steps of a Turn – JudgeCast #52 – https://judgecast.com/archives/425
Combat Phase (more in-depth) – JudgeCast #72 – https://judgecast.com/archives/573
Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny – https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/285267


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.