L3 judge and architect of tournament policy Toby Elliott joins us to discuss what loops are, how they’re handled, and what’s chief among the pantheon of breakfast cereals.
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:
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)
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: https://judgecast.com/docs.
Toby Elliot’s Amonkhet Policy Update Blog:
Toby Elliot’s Combat Shortcut Examples:
A new IPG is out, and with it some new changes!
The most major is Hidden Card Error, which we cover in detail here. What is it? When to apply it? And examples galore abound!
There are also some small tweaks to GRV and D/DLP, and we cover those as well.
Toby released two articles on the changes:
And you can always find the latest policy documents at judgecast.com/docs
On this episode, we cover the brand new IPG in all its glory! We take another deep dive into the changes made for DEC, talk about handling scry with mulligans (And a new tournament shortcut built around scry), and a bunch of miscellaneous changes up to and including it now being illegal to bribe a judge!
New IPG: http://wpn.wizards.com/sites/wpn/files/attachements/mtg_ipg_02oct15_en.pdf
Article on Changes: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2015/09/28/bfz-policy-changes/
Article about Scrying Improperly During Mulligans: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2015/10/03/the-forbidden-look/
On this very special episode, we have Toby Elliott (one of the many head judges of GP Vegas, L5, and all around swell guy) on to give us a debrief of GP Vegas. We talk about some of the planning that went in from a head judge perspective, some of the problem cards from the event, and even talk about a ruling Toby had that he’d never had before.
We also read a few policy-based e-mails, and one single e-mail about everyone’s favorite card: Precursor Golem.
Toby’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tobyelliott
Toby’s Blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/
The definitive episode on missed triggers! How to recognize them, how to tell whether or not one was missed, and what to do after you know one was missed. CJ was sick so we have special guest and former host Riki Hayashi on to fill in.
We also break our usual policy of not discussing the “hot-button” issues of the week and spend some time talking about the Patrick Chapin upgraded GRV ruling at the Pro Tour.
Links from the show:
Toby Elliott posting about Missed Trigger: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2015/03/23/dtk-policy-changes-for-judges/
Annotated IPG about Missed Trigger: http://wiki.magicjudges.org/en/w/Annotated_IPG/Missed_Trigger
Riki’s Article on Whisperwood Elemental: http://mtgrikipedia.blogspot.com/2015/04/is-it-missed-4-whisperwood-elemental.html
Cedric Phllips’s Article about Chapin: http://www.starcitygames.com/article/30641_On-Patrick-Chapin-Round-Six-And-The-Importance-Of-First-Impressions.html
Alternate proposed titles: “Backing up is hard to do,” “We got your backup,” “Baby got backup,” “Backup to the future,” and “The Way Backup Machine.” Also the words “Back that sass up” were said at one point.
On this episode, we have former host and Dawsons Creek fan Riki Hayashi on to cover the great umbrella that is Game Rule Violation in detail! We also take a deep dive into rewinds: How to perform a backup, when to perform them, and more importantly, when NOT to.
We also cover the other fixes for Game Rule Violation (including an exhaustive look into “leaving the game state as-is”), and the few partial fixes that are allowed. This is one of the most frequent infractions given at a competitive event, so there’s something in here for everyone!
Riki’s Feedback Blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/feedback/
Riki’s Other Blog: http://mtgrikipedia.blogspot.com/
Riki’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mtgRikipedia
On this very special episode, we finally dedicate an entire episode to the JAR. This is must-have knowledge for L1 hopefuls, and really something every judge needs to know at all levels as the nearly all sanctioned Magic events that ever happen are run at Regular REL.
To help us, we have special guest L4 and JAR Boss Kim Warren on to guide us through.
Links from the show:
The latest version of the JAR can always be found at judgecast.com/docs
Regular REL blog: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/
Judges for Charity: judgesforcharity.com