Magic Judge Monthly: February 2018

Welcome to your February issue of Magic Judge Monthly.  We’d please to be the ones to let you know that judge teams have translated the the rules updates for RIX, so check your local pages for those documents!

This month, we’re starting a new goal in promoting news from the entire world of judging.  We’ve featured every regional blog in our documents section, and we’re looking to keep you up to date with the news from those regions!  Let us know in the comments how you feel about this addition!

Otherwise, February is a short month, so enjoy a ‘slightly’ shorter MJM!



RCL application open

A position has opened for Regional Coordinator Lead.  It is not required that you have been a Regional Coordinator, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in pursuing, check out this link.

New Level Threes

Joe Klopchic: Joe Klopchic and Agustin Mopty join the Level 3 crew.  Congratulations to both of them!

Exemplar Nomination Highlight

Interested in what the Exemplar team looks at when you submit your recommendations every quarter?  This is the start of an article series to be more transparent about the process.

Judge Articles and Blog Posts from February 2018

This month we’re going to start a new part of MJM- featuring regional blogs from all over the world in our newsletter!  Find them below for your own region’s recent news and updates!

  1. Coaching Sphere: How to handle feedback in everyday (judge) life – Introduction
  2. Travel guides: GP Madrid 2018
  3. Translations of MJM
  4. Judge Conferences: The international L2+ conference is getting set up and I’m sure you don’t want to miss it! Alexander and Klaus join us to bring you some information about this great event to be held in the beautiful Prague.  You can read more about it here!
  5. Feedback loop: On hiatus:  Spring(ish) Break!
  6. JudgeCast: JudgeCast #193 – How to Pod-Cast a Spell and JudgeCast #194 – So you wanna Head Judge a Pro Tour?
  7. A new Regional Blog for Iberia has started!  Spanish Speaking judges of the Iberia region: This one’s for you:  Blog: Iberia.
    Jueces de España, hay un nuevo blog para vosotros! Si todavía no lo habeís mirado, podéis hacerlo aquí!
  8. Regional Blogs: Speaking of Regional Blogs, here are all recent updated regional blogs in one place, Pick yours and see what is happening across the world of judging:
        1. German Speaking Countries
        2. Europe – East regional blog
        3. Jueces Hispanoamericano
        4. Judging in the North!
        5. Regional Blog for USA – Southwest!
        6. Juízes de Magic Brasil
        7. Canadian Judge Family
        8. BeNeLux
        9. Ελλανοδίκες
        10. USA – Southeast Regional Blog
        11. Judging in Russian
        12. USA Great Lakes Judges
        13. Le Blog des Arbitres Francophones
        14. USA-North
  9. Player experience blog: No DQ for You!, Card of the Month – Blood Sun and Gambling, Bribery, & Inappropriately Determining a Winner in Magic: The Gathering

More judge blogs can be found at the Judge Blog Portal.

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Do you need a quick rules or policy answer?  Ask a Magic Judge!

Judge Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our February “birthdays”, featuring Cesar Cabrera, Justin Rix, and Naoaki Umesaki!!

Judge of the Week  February 2018

246: Exemplar Wave 11, Part 2

247: Kaitlin McLachlan, L2 from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

248: Megan Holden, L2 from Fresno, California

249: Felix Ramon Capule III, L1 from San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines

Welcome to the Fold

A big welcome to the following judges who judged their first Grand Prix!

GP Toronto 1
GP Lyon
GP Memphis

Questions asked in the Month of February and an [O]fficial answer, just for you!

1. AP casts Searing Blaze targeting NAP and his 1/1 vanilla creature. In response, NAP gives hexproof to himself. Does the creature die?

A: It does! According to CR 608.2b: “The spell or ability is countered if all its targets, for every instance of the word “target,” are now illegal. If the spell or ability is not countered, it will resolve normally. Illegal targets, if any, won’t be affected by parts of a resolving spell’s effect for which they’re illegal.”

Approved by Scott Marshall.  Cards: Searing Blaze

2. If a Kalonian Tusker is enchanted by a Song of the Dryad, will it still count 2 towards Devotion to Green?

A: “The Song only affects the color of the card (by making it colorless), types that it has (and subtypes that it has), and any abilities it has (and gains the ability to tap for one green mana since it’s a Forest). It won’t affect anything else, like the mana cost of the card. Even if it’s enchanted by the Song, the Tusker’s mana cost is not affected, so it will still provide two to devotion to green.”

Approved by Nathan Long.  Cards: Kalonian Tusker; Song of the Dryad

3. NAPa and NAPb both control a Notion Thief. AP casts Brainstorm. AP gets to choose which Notion Thief replacement effect to apply first to their card draws, such that the last chosen effect determines who ultimately draws the cards. Can AP choose to apply the replacement effects such that NAPa draws 2 cards and NAPb draws 1 card?

A: When multiple replacement effects are trying to affect the same event, the affected player doesn’t choose “the order to apply (them)”–instead, they choose one and only one replacement effect to apply, and then the game re-evaluates the situation to see if more replacements are needed. This means that in this situation, AP determines whether to apply NAPa’s or NAPb’s Thief to the first draw. (Let’s call the opponents Alan and Barb respectively for clarity’s sake.)–if they choose Alan’s Thief, the game then re-evaluates the situation. Since Alan is drawing a card and is an opponent of Barb, Barb’s Thief wants to apply, so it does so and Barb ends up drawing a card. And this happens the other way around if the active player chose to apply Barb’s Thief, so in that case Alan ends up drawing the card. In this specific situation, it amounts to much the same thing as “AP gets to choose who draws the card”, but the underlying mechanics are different.

To illustrate the difference, let’s add a third Notion Thief opponent to the mix, Carl, and start again. Now, when AP starts drawing that first card, they need to choose either Alan’s, Barb’s, or Carl’s Thief, and again, let’s say they choose Alan’s. Now the game re-evaluates: Alan is drawing a card, and both Barb’s and Carl’s Thieves would like to apply…but the player affected by those replacements is now Alan, not the active player, so it’s Alan who chooses which effect to apply. (And then, as in the original situation, the player whose Thief Alan didn’t choose winds up drawing the card.) So unlike in the original situation, the active player doesn’t get to decide who ultimately draws the card–Alan does. And adding additional opponents with additional Thieves continues this pattern, each player passing on the decisions to the next until there’s no more decisions to be made because only one effect is left.

Approved by Callum Mine.  Cards: Notion Thief;Brainstorm

For this month’s edition, take a look at the latest scenarios from the Knowledge pool:

  1. Don’t Draw Conclusions too Quickly
  2. More Like a Standing Ballista
  3. Seas the Moment
  4. A Latecomer to the Breakfast Club

Find out which Judge Conferences, Grand Prix and SCG Opens have available worldwide staffing positions! You still have some time to apply for GP Copenhagen, GP Las Vegas, SCG Open Atlanta and SCG Open Baltimore!

Check out the Grand Prix Solicitations and Select Staffs for more details on individual tournaments and to know if there are some last minute solicitations you can apply to!

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Sugar on Top

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