September 2018 Anniversaries

Here are the September 2018 judge anniversaries!

20 years

Eric Smith from New York, New York, United States of America

15 years

Dmitry Kuz’min from Odessa, Ukraine
Danilo Raineri from Savona, Italy
Francesco Biglia from Biella, Italy
Andrew Thompson from Midland, United States

10 years

Patrick Ericsson from Täby, Sweden
Eskil Myrenberg from Stockholm, Sweden

5 years

Bryce Marsden from Sydney, Australia
Cameron Simpson from Solvang, California, United States of America
Boonyakiat Sripongam from Bangkok, Thailand
Travis Lauro from Moreno Valley, California, United States of America
Yusuke Sumitomo from goryo daito osaka, Japan
Barnet Mersky from Brisbane, Australia
Hong Wei Kelvin Lim from Singapore, Singapore
Michael Grimsley from Lexington, South Carolina, United States of America
Benjamin Wild from Great Falls, Montana, United States of America
Lee Wiegand from Great Falls, Montana, United States of America
Daniel Burcham from Billings, Montana, United States of America
Jonas Eriksson from Sundsvall, Sweden
David Elden from Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America
Stephen Wise from Bettendorf, Iowa, United States of America
Margus Kirss from Tartu, Estonia
Matt Rasmussen from Champaign, Illinois, United States of America
Jason Daniels from Arlington, Texas, United States of America
Bo Feng from Changsha, China
James Dowling from Melbourne, Australia
Phillip Painter from NorCal, California, United States of America
Masayuki Kaneko from onomichi, Japan
Chris Davis from San Jose, California, United States of America
Mark Flanagan from Norwich, United Kingdom
Jakob Lernhage from Skövde, Sweden
Alex Fariña Reisenegger from Concepcion, Chile
Brook Gardner-Durbin from Bozeman, Montana, United States of America
Killian Kirkpatrick from Billings, Montana, United States of America
Luis Armando Morales Vera from Distrito Federal, Mexico
Lawrence Camangon from Sta Rosa, Philippines
Eric Papaluca from Melbourne, Australia
Eric Papaluca from Melbourne, Australia
Jason Batz from Salem, Oregon, United States of America
Bryce Andersen from Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America
Chuanjie Seow from Singapore, Singapore
Aaron Ng from singapore, Singapore
Victor Burghi from São Vicente, Brazil
Gijs van de Ven from Zoetermeer/Bergen(Norway), Netherlands
Jason Prevey from Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
Alexandr Tatarinzev from Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
John Brian McCarthy from Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
Laurenz Raddatz from Hannover, Germany
Ben Haley from Brisbane, Australia
Kevin King from Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Dave Tuite from Limerick, Ireland
Marcus Hahn from Bad Säckingen, Germany
Pierre-Jean Chaib from Rouen, France
John Brian McCarthy from Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
Piotr Łopaciuk from Warszawa, Poland
Matt Chow from Toronto, Canada
Mathieu Godiveau from Liège, Belgium

Congratulations, and thank you for all your hard work!

Not forgotten!!

Not forgotten!!

This month we are featuring 3 judges: Eric Smith, Patrick Ericsson, and Brook Gardner-Durbin. I’d like to first point out that Eric’s 20 year anniversary was actually in July but I missed it the first time around and then it totally fell off of my radar the following month. Sorry Eric! Thankfully, other people are around to keep me honest. One of those people, Shawn Doherty, wrote something to celebrate Eric’s 20 years as a judge:

Reaching 20 years as a certified judge is quite a milestone. Eric has been a fixture in the New York City Magic community for two decades. When I first moved to the East Coast in 2005, Eric was already one of the leaders of the judge community in the New York metro area. Back in the days of PTQs and PTOs, if you showed up a big event in the NYC area, you were likely to find Eric there, working to make the event run better. He has been a role model for local judges whether he certified them or helped them level up. As the PTQ system went away, he has remained a stalwart in the judging community. Though he has been busy with real life, he has still made time to work Grand Prix and SCG Open tournaments. His experience and wisdom has be a valuable resource for those that have had the chance to work with him. I’m always happy to see that Eric is on staff of an event I am at. I look forward to the next 20 years of working with him!

The one with all the C’s in the region

The one with all the C’s in the region

Next, we have Patrick Ericsson, a mainstay in Scandinavia. His RC, Johanna, reflects on his 10 year anniversary:

I first met Patrick at a Swedish Nationals many years ago – he approached me to ask about testing for Level 1. We had a conversation and I determined that he wasn’t ready, and I basically sent him away without much encouragement, let alone a plan to test him in the future. I am eternally grateful that he actually came back a year later and finally took his test. Since then, Patrick has become one of the leading judges of Sweden and the entire Nordic region. Although the Stockholm area is his home base, he has traveled all around Sweden judging PTQs, National Qualifiers and gaming conventions. He also served on the board of the Swedish Magic Association in 2011-2012. Patrick is a teacher by profession, and he puts those skills to good use in mentoring other judges and presenting seminars – his presentations and workshops are consistently the most popular seminars at our regional judge conferences. In 2014, Patrick was promoted to Level 3 at GP Utrecht – the first L3 to be promoted in the region for quite some time. Patrick is someone players trust and judges look up to, and I am proud to call him a colleague and friend. I couldn’t ask for better company for some quiet Nordic brooding in the corner of a judge dinner table. Patrick, congratulations for your 10 years of service to the Magic community, and thank you for all the good times!

(aka BrrGrrDrrBrr) (aka Sleepy Boi)

(aka BrrGrrDrrBrr) (aka Sleepy Boi)

Lastly, Brook Gardner-Durbin is being heralded by Scott Marshall for 5 years in the program:

See, here’s the thing about Brook: we weren’t ever supposed to get to this point, where we’re talking about him and this anniversary. He never really intended to become a Judge, it was more of a “hey, let’s see if I can pass the test and maybe I’ll do something when I don’t feel like playing?” kind of thing. And he did pass the test. And then he did give judging a try, at an event where he really didn’t want to play. And he was pretty good at it, and found out he actually liked it, and he kept on doing it.

So then, Brook thought “hey, maybe I should test for L2, and help some other judges get started, so I can build up a bunch of judges, and then I can just play”. And, sure enough, he passed his L2 test, and he started training up his Montana Judge Crew, and building his community, and – well, next thing you know, he found himself traveling to GPs as a JUDGE, not as a player, and loving it. And he became a pillar in his community; he’s been my Area Captain for Montana for a long time, and has been very active there and in surrounding states, and beyond the US-Northwest region.

Now, Brook is pretty far along on his road to Level 3, only a couple steps left on that checklist, and no matter his thinking before he started down this road, it’s pretty clear – I mean, the empirical evidence practically screams at us! – that once again, Brook’s gonna nail it and become an excellent L3. And once again, he’s going to have a bigger impact than he ever expected, and – at least, I hope this continues, too – he’s going to love it even more.

And no matter how it all turns out, it’s been a great five years, Brook, and THANK YOU for all you’ve done!

Happy anniversary to all of you!  We look forward to many more years of judging from you all.

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