Category Archives: Tournament Rules

Don’t distract players mid-match.

Players are expected to play their own games, so resist the urge to comment on ongoing matches or provide play advice. Continue reading

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Details for the M15 Prerelease this weekend!

The M15 Prerelease is almost here! We have some information that might be helpful for you. Continue reading

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Tournament Tuesday: How To Report A Third-Game Concession

Welcome back everyone. Today, we’re going to have a brief discussion about conceding in a tournament. And no, it’s probably not the topic you’re thinking about. We’re going to discuss what result is going to be reported when a player … Continue reading

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It’s a Conspiracy (week)! Conspiracy Legality

Yes, even during Conspiracy week, we conspire to bring you tournament tips on Tuesday (I just couldn’t fit all that mess into the header, is all). Conspiracy has lots of new cards among the fun old reprints (Hi, !), and … Continue reading

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Tournament Tuesday: You Can’t Sanction Conspiracy Drafts

It is now five days after the launch of Conspiracy. We here at the rules tips blog hope you had a lot of fun drafting it so far. One concern that we would like to get out to the general … Continue reading

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Electronic Device Policy Update for Competitive REL+: Put it away!

The electronic devices policy in the Magic Tournament Rules has been updated. It is no longer possible to use your phone or tablet during a match at Competitive or Professional REL events. It’s still ok at Regular REL events (like FNM). Continue reading

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What to do if you open the “God Pack” in a limited tournament.

Most people know the “God Pack” with 15 gods is real by now, and Wizards of the Coast has confirmed it. However, you should still bring it to the attention of a judge if you open that pack during a limited (draft or sealed) event! Continue reading

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Treat each other with respect, in accordance with the MTR.

Being respectful of others isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also a requirement of the Magic Tournament Rules. Continue reading

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The importance of shuffling (piles are not enough!)

Piles are not random, and therefore aren’t actually shuffling. You must use a shuffling method that actually accomplishes randomization (side/mash shuffling, riffle shuffle). Continue reading

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How to properly fill out a constructed deck list.

Hello everyone! Anyone who has played in a Competitive REL event with a constructed deck has already experienced the joy of filling out a deck registration sheet. Anyone who has judged a Competitive REL event with constructed decks has experienced … Continue reading

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