Tournament Error — Tardiness

Note: This article was originally published in Dec 2009. It's been edited for content to make it match the current policy. Most notably, the part about handling lost cards has been moved to another article. It's fairly easy to be late at a table. There are variety of more or less good reasons for it, but nevertheless, the associated penalty is fairly harsh. Why is Tardiness worth a Game Loss? How should you deal with it? That's what I'm talking about in this article. Areas of application   To

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Reporting a Looking at Extra Cards penalty

Today we would like to focus on the purpose of writing comments for penalties resulting from Looking at Extra Cards (LEC). All LEC infractions are very similar: A player saw a card he should not have seen If the card was unknown, it will be shuffled back into the random portion of the deck.   However, the impact of the infraction on the game can greatly vary. Let’s take two currently classic examples: The turn before, Nicholas killed Andy’s . No player even notices Andy

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Unsporting Conduct — Improperly Determining a Winner and Bribery

Because a huge majority of Magic tournaments offer prizes to earn in addition to glory and because it can happen that a match result is detrimental to both players, two players can be tempted to agree on a specific match result so that at least one of them ends up in a more favorable position standings-wise. There are circumstances in which agreeing on a match result is perfectly legal, but very often players put the feet on a slippery slope. What's ok? What's not? Where's the line? What should

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Tournament Error — Slow Play

IntroductionSlow Play is an oft misunderstood infraction in the Magic Infraction Procedure Guide. It is one of the few infractions that are largely subjective. How much time is too long to take a game action? What if the board state is extremely complicated? What if it's an empty board? Before we start answering these questions, we need to take a look at how the MIPG defines Slow Play to get a starting point.TARDINESS, STALLING OR SLOW PLAY?By Matteo CallegariThere are three different infractions

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