Cheating is definitely a problem in Magic, but people do make honest mistakes. It can be really hard to tell when an incident is one or the other. The best you can do is to know the rules as well as you can and pay very close attention to how you and your opponent play. When something seems amiss, check the game state and talk through what got you there. When in doubt, call a judge.
Judges I’ve met seem to have these tips in common for people wanting to become Judges:
- Think about why a particular rule is in place.
- When going through the Comp Rules,
strikewhat you believe you already know. Helps gain more time for the things you don’t know.
- Use your resources and network. Ask other Judges.
- Get out there and judge! You don’t have to be an official Judge to judge at low key events like FNMs and such.
- Take the practice tests. Remember, in the questions the active player’s name starts with an “A” and the inactive player’s name starts with an “N”!
Sad. This has been sitting in someone else’s drawer for about two years and it finally made its way to me. It’s the last little remnant of a dead hobby - back when I used to be able to do things. I used to be a certified judge for Magic the Gathering, but that’s all gone now.
I think I can guarantee I’m the only chick on the WHOLE of Tumblr with one of these ;)
Who wants to accept this challenge, which I have bolded up there?
Q:So I'm currently studying to be a judge (In Dallas, TX but about to move to Lawrence in a few months) and I was wondering if you have any advice or if any of your followers could throw me some pointers (Besides being friendly, i believe that is a given). Thank you
Remember to study the Infraction Guide (new one posted, effective July 1), along with the various along with the many other documents. Know how a tournament/event is run inside and out. Get familiar with the Wizards Event Reporter as well.
Remember to take your practice tests as well, to really hone in on what you need to study more. A method I’ve heard is to take a copy of the rules and when you believe you’ve mastered them, simply delete that text from the copy.
Don’t just memorize the rules, either. Think about them in context and think about why they’re there. Come up with your own questions and try to answer them It really helps!
Assist in events. Even if you are not a judge, you can still judge events and/or work with other judges (as long as you consult with them ahead of time).
Be prepared for tough interview questions. Eventually if you want to move up levels in judging, you’ll need to undergo interviews. Just like a job! =)
Hope that helps. Good luck!