L3 Qualities Articles

On behalf of Jeff Morrow, the L3 Promotions Committee, and the Judge Articles Project we would like to thank all the authors for contributing these great resources for Judges as they pursue their goal of reaching L3.

Editors note – The Attitude and Maturity quality has been merged with Teamwork and Diplomacy. We suggest reading both articles for a complete picture of “Teamwork, Diplomacy, and Maturity.”

The Mentorship quality and Assessment of Other Judges quality have similarly been merged into “Development of Other Judges.”

Communication Skills & Rules and Policy Knowledge have been removed as explicit qualities, but are still considered areas of expected excellence for L3s.

Leadership, Presence and Charisma

Regional Judges command the respect of players and other judges as authorities on the practice of judging and the ways in which they accomplish judging-related tasks.

Teamwork, Diplomacy, and Maturity

Teamwork and Diplomacy – Regional Judges understand that organized play requires teamwork with other judges, players, stores, organizers and venues.

Attitude and Maturity – Regional Judges maintain a positive attitude when interacting with other members of the Magic community and demonstrate a solid and consistent work ethic.

Penalty and Policy Philosophy

Regional Judges understand the underlying philosophies that inform the MTR, the MIPG, the JAR and other policies relevant to tournament operations and judging.


Regional Judges are self-reflective and capable of assessing their own strengths and weaknesses.

Development of Other Judges

Mentorship Regional Judges improve the judging communities in their local regions through active recruitment, training, and mentoring of other judges.

Assessment of Other Judges – Regional Judges evaluate and formally review other judges on a regular basis.

Program Construction and Philosophy

Regional Judges can describe the roles of Level 1, 2, and 3 judges and the qualities that make good judges at those levels.

Stress and Conflict Management

Regional Judges can perform under pressure, maintaining a calm and focused demeanor at all times.


Regional Judges can identify instances where an investigation for potential cheating, fraud, etc. is appropriate.

Other Important Qualities

Rules and Policy Knowledge – Regional Judges are the leading experts in the rules of Magic and tournament policies.

Communication Skills Regional Judges can communicate well enough in English to be able to effectively lead a judge team at an international event and participate on international judge mailing lists.

Additional Resources:

Testing Manager’s blog – The Road to L3
[O]fficial Judge Resources – L3 Testing & Promotion
[O]fficial Judge Resources – The Level 3 Advancement Process

The New Road to Level 3 Series
Part 1 – Qualities and Checklists
Part 2 – The Pre-Event Interview