Judge Foil - Modern Swords
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Before the Event:
- Write your name on your belongings. Having a name and phone number on a deckbox makes it approximately 4000% easier to return to you.
- Call the TO or check his/her website to confirm when registration starts. You don’t want to start the day with a game loss for walking in the door 15 minutes late.
During Your Match:
- Present your sideboard along with your deck. This avoids any problems with having cards in your deck box that could be considered part of your deck.
- Count your deck and sideboard while shuffling at the start of the game, and check that your sideboard is 15 cards after sideboarding between games.
- Shuffle. Shuffle a lot. Make sure your opponent shuffles a lot. Remember that dealing your cards into piles is NOT shuffling and needs to be followed by proper shuffling. Shuffle your opponent’s deck after it’s presented before each game.
- Taking notes: During a game you can only use notes taken during your current match. Between games you are allowed to refer to notes you wrote earlier, e.g. sideboard notes.
- Record your and your opponent’s life totals on paper, and announce all life total changes. If you notice a discrepancy, stop the game and call a judge.
- You’re always responsible for your own triggers; intentionally missing one is fraud. If you accidentally miss one then remember later, call a judge.
- At Competitive REL, you’re never responsible for your opponent’s triggers; you can ignore them entirely. At regular REL (FNM, etc.), you must still always point out your opponent’s triggers.
- If your opponent misses a trigger he/she controls that you want to happen, call a judge.
- And the most important one of all: If you’re unsure of what your opponent is doing, ask! If you think there is any sort of issue in your match or you’re unsure about something, CALL A JUDGE. They’re there to help you. You’re not dragging them away from something more important. You’re not annoying them. They exist to help the players have a good tournament. =)
- It can get loud and busy at tournaments, so when you need a judge, call out “Judge!” loudly and stick your hand up until a judge reaches your table.
- If you think something has gone wrong in a match you’re watching, ask the players to pause their game and call a judge. Don’t jump in and point out what you think is wrong as you may be giving them information they hadn’t noticed.
I’ve been meaning to get more into judging since I took on the job at my shop, but I just haven’t had the time due to school work. But now that it’s summer and I have a sponsor, I can’t wait to get into this. :D I feel like it’s the perfect outlet for my love of the game, since I don’t do great at tournaments and I don’t have much chance to play EDH casually.
I just thought I’d share my excitement with you guys! :D If you have any rules questions I can practice on, let me know!
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”!