MTR 4.8 – Reversing decisions

  It sometimes happens that a player takes the wrong card from their hand and puts it on the table. While it may be easy to be sure this was not the correct card - No, that Arboretum Elemental was (most likely) not what was intended to be played on turn 2 out of those two lands -, it can be a lot trickier to determine what should happen when a player plays a Mountain from their hand, before saying they wanted to actually play a Forest when they have both Wild Nacatl and Goblin Guide

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Detecting, Identifying and Preventing Lying

Yes, preventing. But let's start with detection and identification!   We've all had to deal at least once with these situations where two players disagree on enough elements about the game that one of them is probably lying. That's what is often referred to as a "he said/she said situation" - a term created so long ago that it should totally disappear in favor of "they said/they said situation".   Detecting Lying? Before moving further down the road, it's important to assess

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A Floor Judge Investigation

I've written numerous articles about investigations that you can find at various places on this blog. Nearly all of them are written from the HJ point of view and while I selfishly believe they're instructive, I'm under the impression they don't achieve as much as they could. Indeed, like I've pointed in this article, there is no good HJ investigation without a great FJ investigation. This week-end at the WMC, I've happened to be on the Floor watching a match, during which a mistake occurred.

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Running a draft without stamped product

With Nationals approaching and since it’s likely very few of them will use stamped product, here is a procedure I’ve already successfully tried a few years ago at a Grand Prix whose stamped product was not be delivered on time.   Why are we usually using stamped product?   Stamped product allows each and every player to verify with a quick glance that the card their opponent is playing belongs to this draft.   This is a good start since, at the very least, it

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