HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE MULTITUDE OF INFORMATION ON THE
TEUN ZIJP - BENELUX JUDGE CONFERENCE 2014
Why this seminar?
There’s SO MUCH!
Official documents and precedents
Procedures, explanations, information
All in different places
The challenging new Wizards.com
Overview of many available resources
How to be sure you find the current info
If you already know it all: some entertainment value, also, your
knowledge will be recruited
“Players and judges are encouraged to help one another at
appropriate times, such as during deck construction or between
The Judging at Regular document
• Don’t Google for “Judging at Regular”! It will take you to an old
• Go to wpn.wizards.com > Resources > Rules and Documents
“If the triggered ability specifies a default action associated with a
choice made by the controller (usually "If you don't ..." or "... unless"),
resolve it choosing the default option.”
Infraction Procedure Guide
Again, this is on the WPN site: wpn.wizards.com > Resources > Rules
Used to be called ‘Official DCI Penalty Guidelines’, included the
concept of a Triple Warning, which is still where you end up when
you Google ‘official dci penalties’
Missed Trigger Guide
Status: somewhat official – ‘approval from high-level program
Google: Missed Trigger Guides! (Yay!)
From the Wiki: wiki.magicjudges.org
The Banned & Restricted Lists
With the CompRules, under magic.wizards.com/rules
Updates every Monday after the Prerelease; in effect from that set’s
DID YOU KNOW: Dingus Egg used to be banned?
“The Head Judge is the final authority for card interpretations, and
he or she may overrule Oracle if an error is discovered.”
Magic Tournament Rules
wpn.wizards.com > Resources > Rules and Documents
Back in the days, was “Universal Tournament Rules”
(Oracle: on gatherer.wizards.com)
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Get your rules question answered 24/7!
I’m a Level 1. Where
can I find the
Where can I get
information for a judge
Does the Judge Center
have a manual?
Who is the Regional
Coordinator for Turkey?
I forgot, where can I
find the current IPG?
All information that is currently ‘official’
Mostly Judge Program related
Currently contains 29 different blogs, some regularly updated, like:
Judge of the Week
The Battlefield Forge
Magic Rules Tips Blog
The Knowledge Pool
“Because it’s a question of verifying legality, judges shouldn’t
hesitate to remind players to reveal morphs at the end of a game.
Don’t think of it as keeping them from breaking a rule, but rather
retroactively reminding them to verify they didn’t do so earlier. A
little customer service here is a bonus.”
Toby Elliott’s Blog: Policy Perspectives
blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott, or via the [O] blog
Also check out: Kim’s Regular REL Blog, DanielK’s ‘Road to Level 3’
blog, and the Exemplar Program blog
Description: a deck that revolves around cheap creatures with
hexproof (ex. Slippery Bogle) and enchant creature Auras to
build an unstoppable monster.
Deck-Specific Potential Issues:
Daybreak Coronet: Daybreak Coronet cannot be cast if there
are no creatures already enchanted by another Aura. If
Daybreak Coronet winds up the only Aura attached to a
creature, it will be put into its owner's graveyard the next
time state-based actions are checked.
Judge Format Guides (this from the Modern guide)
Also via the Wiki > Format Guides for Judges
More on the Wiki…
Judge Classes: lots of lessons for becoming a judge, one week of
material at a time
Information on reviews
There’s more, but be careful: a lot of the information on the Wiki
hasn’t been updated in a couple of years
Applications for this event are open -- Apply Now!
Contact details for all judges
The Events Schedule
Premier schedule contains:
Pro Tour and Worlds
Start and end for GP Seasons
‘Monthly’ schedule also includes Prereleases, release dates, FNM
and Magic Online events
Magic.wizards.com, then Events > Schedules
The Activity You All Knew Would
What piece of judge-related information do you believe everyone
should know about?
Where can you find it?
What do you like about it?
wpn.wizards.com > Resources > Rules & Documents (or via the [O] blog)
About the Judge Program:
Event information and applications:
Lots and lots of creative activity and semi-official and background