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DCIJUDGE summary - November 2011
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Table of Contents
  • Documents and Web Contents
    • Changes to Worlds, Nationals and the Pro Player's Club by Andy Heckt
    • DCI Family and DCI Reporter by Jeff Zandi
    • New Wikipage: End of round Procedure by Michael Wiese
    • Translated Judge Classes by Juan Del Compare
    • Web Content Inventory by Fabian Peck
    • Sheldon Menery Tribute Video by James Elliott
  • Community and Program
    • New RC in EU by Cristiana Dionisio
    • Interview-type reviews by Jeff Morrow
    • Happy Anniversary! November 2011 by Johanna Virtanen
    • Magic Online Judge Open – recap and reminder! by Jason Lemahieu
    • Judge Center Issues (Reminder) by Brian Schenck
    • Judge Advancements – October 2011 Update by Carlos Ho
    • L1 testing – recommendations on helping judges pass by Andy Heckt
    • Got L0s that have busy schedules, or live far away? Send them my way, to the Online Judge Class! by Joshua Nussbaum
    • Project: Creative Fun Ideas by Richard Drijvers
    • Judge of the Week 17 – Corina Grant by Lindsay Heming
    • A Fond Farewell by Sheldon Menery
  • Policy and Tournament Operations
    • When DQing with prize is appropriate by Carlos Ho
    • Is top 16 GP allowed to play in PTQs? by Peter Cooper Jr.
    • WER and Pairing Up/Down by Chris Manrique
    • Manipulation of Game Material at Regular by Federico Donner
    • Regular REL decklists, cheating concerns, etc. by Scott Marshall
    • Limited Product at International GPs by Zakary Whyte
    • Invisible Counters by Maria Zuyeva
    • Worlds table judge call by Chris Lansdell
    • Shuffling by Daniel Fox
    • Targeting with Oblivion Ring by Federico Donner
    • Shirts and logo policy clarification by Andy Heckt
    • Knowledge Pool by David de la Iglesia
    • When is it cheating? by Federico Donner
    • Ponder ponderings by Morgan Meehan-Lam
  • November Events
    • MOJO Magic Online Judge Open – October 29 and November 5
    • GP SAN DIEGO 2011 – November 12-13
    • WORLDS 2011 – November 17-20
  • December Events


Documents and Web Contents


Changes to Worlds, Nationals and the Pro Player's Club by Andy Heckt
Wizards recently announced additional details regarding the World Championships, Nationals and the Pro Player's Club.
Additionally, they posted an interview between Aaron Forsythe, Sr. Director of Magic R&D, and Helene Bergeot, Director of Organized Play to address some concerns raised by the player community about the recent changes with Planeswalker Points.
Andy Heckt encourages you to read the full article as well as the interview.


DCI Family and DCI Reporter by Jeff Zandi
Jeff Zandi has questions about who to contact when somebody needs help with access or other things regarding the DCI Family site and about DCI Reporter v3, for locations without internet access.
The Michael Wiese and Scott Marshall answer is :"For DCI Family Issues you may contact your Regional Coordinator or Jason Lemahieu.
DCI Reporter is not supported by WotC anymore, and internet access is no longer a requirement when using WER.
Please use WER; be sure to prepare by updating to the latest version ahead of time, especially if you won't have internet access at the venue.
If you have issues with WER, please e-mail them to Nicholas Fang.


New Wikipage: End of round Procedure by Michael Wiese
Michael Wiese, Martin Golm and Jurgen Baert have written End of round procedure.
These procedures are based on experience and best practice from many big tournaments like GPs and PTs. Since it is a wiki page everyone can add to it, but please keep in mind that the page is focusing on big tournaments and not necessarily your local FNM or Prerelease.
If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact Jurgen or Michael.


Translated Judge Classes by Juan Del Compare
The Judge Classes are a way to train someone from L0 to L1 with a major focus on comp rules.
Thanks to the help of many wonderful people, the Judge Classes are now available in Spanish and Russian, with more languages coming soon!
If you want to know how to better use it, you can contact Justin Turner and your local Regional Coordinator.


Web Content Inventory by Fabian Peck
Fabian Peck is trying to collect a list of all online judge resources, as well as all the little useful documents and tools people use. The idea is to both share resources not everybody knows about and to consolidate some of them to make them easier for people to find.
So, if anyone has any websites or documents they want to share he encourages you to either share a link and short description e-mailing fabianpeck@gmail.com

Examples:
  • A spreadsheet you use for running 8 mans
  • A Homelands FAQ you've seen (yes, if such a thing exists Fabian cares about this :P)
  • Your local judging forum / facebook group
  • Any random documents you use for judging
  • A rules/policy quiz you've made or seen
  • An article or FAQ that taught you how to use WER


Sheldon Menery Tribute Video by James Elliott
James Elliott writes: "I was lucky enough to be XO for a day with Sheldon at Worlds last week.
Luckier still, to be able to persuade him to let me interview him on
camera and talk about his time in the judge program.
Thanks to everyone who helped and talked on camera with me about the one, the only, Sheldon Menery" (Link to video)



Community and Program


New RC in EU by Cristiana Dionisio
After the recent division of the US into more regions, it's now Europe's turn. The new region that has been created is Mid-East Europe, with the new regional coordinator being Sebastian Pekala.


Interview-type reviews by Jeff Morrow
A quick general community reminder: when entering a certification review for someone, please make sure it's entered as an ‘Interview' instead of an ‘Evaluation'.


Happy Anniversary! November 2011 by Johanna Virtanen
Johanna Virtanen: "It's time for another list of judge birthdays" : 5 and 10 year anniversaries celebrated on the community website here! Featured veteran for the month is Lindsay Heming. We also have a trio 5 year Level 3 Anniversary this month, so extra congratulations go out to Carlos Ho, Kevin Desprez, and Nick Sephton!


Magic Online Judge Open – recap and reminder! by Jason Lemahieu
MOJO was a great success with 311 players turning up to week one, won overall by Elf_Ascetic from the Netherlands.
MOJO week two had 192 players and was won by none other than Lems himself. Congratulations to both and thanks for everyone for enjoying the events, which are intended as a small "Thank you" to all the judges in the world.


Judge Center Issues (Reminder) by Brian Schenck
A friendly reminder about some issues with the Judge Centre. Please pass this info on to new Level 1s/Rules Advisors who are likely to be affected most.
  • After taking the Rules Advisors exam, the level isn't being updated correctly. People will need to submit feedback to the Judge Center to get the new level.
  • New judge levels are not processed automatically, however these are checked weekly and are usually updated within a week after the exam is completed. Advise newly certified L1s to submit feedback if their level hasn't been updated after two weeks from the review being submitted.
  • Year field for reviews and disqualifications does not go past 2010: simply submit with 2010 and as long as everything else is filled out correctly it will be received and reviewed as required.


Judge Advancements – October 2011 Update by Carlos Ho
Carlos Ho:"The DCI would like to welcome the most recent additions to our ever growing family" : 136 new judges and 23 new Level 2 judges.
You can find the full list here on IMJ yet), including short portraits of the 2 new Level 3 Judges Sebastian Pekala and Jeremie Granat.


L1 testing – recommendations on helping judges pass by Andy Heckt
The following is a list of recommendations obtained from data from the judge centre, as suggested by Brian Schenck
There is strong correlation in those who pass the L1 practice and those who will pass the L1 exam and vice versa.

Trouble Spots for L1 Candidates:
These continue to remain areas of difficulty:
  • Damage assignment order and combat damage assignment
  • Turn structure
  • Handling Serious Problems

Some new areas to consider:
  • Triggered abilities (they are different from activated abilities)
  • Deathtouch and damage assignment
  • Game Losses at Regular REL. Specifically misunderstanding that infractions that are Game Losses at Competitive REL are not always so at Regular REL.

Recommendation for Testing Level 1 Candidates:
Emphasize the use of the Easy Practice exam for Level 1 candidates
Becoming a Rules Advisor first should be encouraged (not required)
Taking the Level 1 Practice exams.


Got L0s that have busy schedules, or live far away? Send them my way, to the Online Judge Class! by Joshua Nussbaum
Looking for willing participants for the first lot of online judge classes! If you know people who are interested, please get in touch with Josh!


Project: Creative Fun Ideas by Richard Drijvers
If you are interested in joining the team working on a collection of fun ideas for judges for eventual publication on the Judge Wiki, please contact Richard Drijvers


Corina Grant
Judge of the Week 17 – Corina Grant by Lindsay Heming
The judge of the week article series highlights judges from around the world. They share with us who they are, where they are from, how they got into judging, memorable judging moments, along with some interesting personal experiences. The judge of the week also gets to pick the judge to be featured the following week.
Judge of the week 17: Corina Grant


A Fond Farewell by Sheldon Menery
"As I accept Judge Emeritus status, I'd like to take a brief moment to thank you all for everything you do for the program each and every day. What makes the judge program special is the people in it, and that's each and every one of you. Your dedication, expertise, and pride in what you do is beyond exceptional, and it's been my honor to be part of your family. The program will always be a part of me, and I hope in some way, I will always be part of it.
I leave you each with a simple (although perhaps not easy) challenge: do what you can to leave the program a little better than you found it. You don't need to bring about sweeping changes to make a great impact. Many hands make light work, and your constant care and attention to this thing that we love will take it into the future.
I will remain a constant friend and advisor to the program and its leadership, and should you ever need me, I will be standing ready. It truly has been a distinct pleasure to serve you all.
Always,
Sheldon"



Policy and Tournament Operations


When DQing with prize is appropriate by Carlos Ho
The HJ of GP Santiago comments on lessons learned:
  • Review your IPG – always good to do.
  • Consult with other judges. Your best friend when thinking to deviate is consulting another peer. That can be on IRC, Facebook or other chat, phone, text, etc…
Though WotC staff were consulted, the subject-matter experts on policy are the L4+ group.
Organizers are in charge of prizes and redemption or other material customer service decisions, not judges. The miscommunication between staff and judge was a contributing factor.
  • We do not have a penalty "DQ w/ prize". Being creative with penalties is not good for overall fairness.
  • One of the reasons peeking is a DQ and not a ML is as a deterrent. Odds are really good you won't get caught, so the penalty better be a pretty strong discouragement.


Is top 16 GP allowed to play in PTQs? by Peter Cooper Jr.
With the PTQ Dark Ascension season still in progress, recall last month's announcement by Scott Larabee: "Players that finished top 16 at a Grand Prix that feeds Honolulu or Top 50 at PT Philadelphia CAN play in PTQs that feed Pro Tour Honolulu." Also see the most recent update to the 2012 Premier Invitation Policy.


WER and Pairing Up/Down by Chris Manrique
The current version of WER often (always?) keeps pairing down or up the same players during a tournament. In other words, once a player gets paired down, it will be paired down if possible for the whole tournament. This is not how it should work. In case you experience this, you may try to run pairings again or even consider proceeding manually.


Manipulation of Game Material at Regular by Federico Donner
Adding cards to a Limited Pool is a DQ even at Regular REL. Remember the "3 Big Ones" to your players while starting the tournament: adding cards, offering incentives or coercing to alter a match result, and randomly determining the outcome of a match.
If this could turn useful to your community, consider having just card pools registered, without swap or "played" list.


Regular REL decklists, cheating concerns, etc. by Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall: "Steven Briggs was kind enough to summarize a recent discussion among the senior judges, regarding limited format and Regular REL and players' concerns about Cheating and the use of deck lists. I think we can summarize most of the discussion: provide the best customer service you can, for your events, based on YOUR community. If you want to read some more details, however, go here is Steven's summary – thanks, Steven!"


Limited Product at International GPs by Zakary Whyte
Some limited GPs offer the choice between local language or English product. There is no specific rule for this, so you should discuss the issue with the TO. Riccardo Tessitori's report from GP Shangai has some interesting insights about the subject.


Invisible Counters by Maria Zuyeva
A player who does not put counters on a bloodthirsty creature is committing a GRV, but if the player tries to gain an advantage out of this we should definitely investigate for cheating.


Worlds table judge call by Chris Lansdell
Some concerns arose from a partial backup for a GRV that appeared on camera. Scott Marshall: "Is this the textbook handling of a GRV? Nope, probably not. Does the fact that it occurred on camera mean it should be precedent-setting? No, absolutely not. But does that on-camera aspect of this mean it will set some precedents? Yeah, probably so … but not for anyone paying attention to this thread … right?!"


Shuffling by Daniel Fox
Shuffling for an IPG remedy (e.g. Looking at Extra Cards) does not trigger cards that care about shuffling, such as Cosi's Trickster.


Targeting with Oblivion Ring by Federico Donner
Even though Oblivion Ring does not literally offer a choice upon resolution, the same philosophy behind MTR 4.2 applies: a choice pre-emptively announced cannot be changed if the opponent does not respond.


New Logo
Shirts and logo policy clarification by Andy Heckt
The new Magic Judge patch on the shirts is optional. Both logos are official and there is no policy forcing the use of one rather than the other.


Knowledge Pool by David De La Iglesia
David De La Iglesia: "Hola everyone! The Knowledge Pool is back! Today's scenario: Dark Tutelage."
The correct answer is here. Check also the solution to last month's Duress scenario.


When is it cheating? by Federico Donner
Fraud is the only Cheating infraction where a player must knowingly violate or misrepresent a rule/procedure etc. All other Cheating infractions can happen without the player being aware that he or she is committing a DQ-able offense.


Ponder ponderings by Morgan Meehan-Lam
You can't look at the top two cards of your library after resolving a Ponder; but what if you do it? Game rules violation? Hidden information violation? Looking at extra cards? This quite special case fits better in the category of Looking at extra cards and no additional procedure is necessary. It's not to be considered Hidden information violation, because the cards were known.



November Events


MOJO Magic Online Judge Open – October 29 and November 5
The Magic Online Judge Open, or MOJO, is a sponsored Magic Online sealed deck event that is open to all certified judges around the World.
311 judges from all over the planet have registered for the Oct 29 event, and the winner is Steven Geurts (Elf_Ascetic), a L1 from the Netherlands, who beat Nick Short (bsushort), a L2 from USA in the finals.
192 judges from all over the planet have registered for the Nov 5 event, and the winner is Jason Lemahieu (MadtownLems), a L5 from the United States, who beat Johann Jamil (AshyMTG), a L1 from Malaysia in the finals.
From Carlos Ho: We'd love to see judges getting together for this event, to share their stories between rounds, some food and drinks, etc. Basically, having fun together, as in a "real" tournament.
MOJO FAQ.


GP SAN DIEGO 2011 – November 12-13
Judge list with photos
GP coverage

Head Judge: Scott Marshall
This was one of the more interesting, and in some ways, challenging, Grand Prix events I've seen. We had the 7-pack card pool; we had so many different sleeves and sleeve types that didn't fully obscure the double-faced cards – and others of the same type that did!; we also a wonderful mix of international attendees, both among the judges and the players, as many people extended their Worlds travel plans to include this GP.

Second Head Judge: Damian Hiller
As my first tournament wearing the burgundy I obviously came with a mixture of great suspense and intrigue as for what the day would offer. Needless to say, the great support and excellence of the Judge Staff made my day a very smooth one: I can only wish I given them the same sensation of excellence! Overall the day went very quiet on both sides which made things easier up to the point we only needed to de-synchronize for 2 rounds, and the time difference was only a couple of minutes!

Thank you all who made GP San Diego an awesome experience!

Regional Coordinator: Sean Catanese
"This was the first North American GP to test out the new Regional Coordinator "blue shirt" role for a full day. The role was both demanding and rewarding. Many deserving judges tested for Level 2, and four of them passed!
Morgan Meehan-Lam came all the way from Tasmania to earn her L2.
Brian Couchman, who served as Head Judge for California States (aka "The 2011s") this year as a L1.
Alex Gwilt, who has been a solid presence in his local PTQ scene will only further his involvement as he moves to Washington as a L2 later this year.
Phillip Wulfridge, who has an uncanny rules intuition, even for the few questions on the test he missed."

Globetrotters:
Adrian Estoup, Argentina
David De La Iglesia, Spain
David Lyford-Smith, UK
Fabian Peck, Australia
Mirko Console, Italy
Morgan Meehan-Lam, Australia
Oli Bird, Ireland
Riccardo Tessitori, Italy


WORLDS 2011 – November 17-20
Judge list with photos
Worlds coverage

Head Judge: Sheldon Menery
Judge Manager: Andy Heckt
"Worlds 2011 was incredibly smooth event and tournament thanks to all the efforts of all the judges attending, most especially to Sheldon Menery and also the Public Event leaders who worked with Steve Port and his tremendous crew from Legion Events.
I always rely upon a number of senior judges at such a show to accomplish all the Judge Program seeks to accomplish.
Jeff and the L3 interviewers.
Toby, Riccardo, and Lems for handling foils, projects, lending an ear to those who needed.
Cristiana for her advice, support, and also for coordinating RCs
James, Damian, and Chris for support and attention where needed.
This was a world-class event with a world-class staff!"


December Events


In December 2011 there are no Pro Tours, no Grand Prix, no Nationals, no Prereleases…..
To all the readers of our dcijudge-list monthly summaries, it was a pleasure to give this service to you for an entire year, and now it's time to prepare dinner and enjoy the holidays!!!