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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Mass Drafting Considerations, part 2: Draft Calling

Then, I'd like to especially thank for thinking on a really broader level and accurately noticing that this topic would be better served divided into two, so as to be more actionable by you, dear readers.   While calling a PPTQ or even GP Top8 Draft are fairly straightforward activities (and even easier with the help of applications such as MTG Judge Core App for Android or… actually none for Iphone, calling a PT or a GP D2 draft proves to be more challenging.     NEVER

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Mass Drafting considerations, part 1: Judging

First, I'd like to thank the numerous GP HJs which contributed to improving this article (and its friend) by carefully reviewing it and giving a lot of input to make it improve.   These days, a mere 1200-player event often turns into a nearly-400-player Day 2. This means most Limited GP Day 2s now feature at least 50 and sometimes 100 simultaneous drafting tables, which is a radical change considering reaching 50 was until now nearly a miracle. This change in scale does bring quite a lot

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Team Sealed GPs specifics (Also a GP Kyoto HJ Report)

Rulings-wise, Kyoto has not been the most exciting Grand Prix I’ve ever been. Actually, not a single ruling is worth mentioning here. However, it featured some unique challenges, which are worth exploring.     Team Sealed: A generally long event   A Team Sealed Event can be fairly long. Indeed, many steps vastly differ from its individual counterpart     Boosters Presentation   This competitive-REL procedure usually takes about 2-3 minutes

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