Exemplar Wave 12

Welcome to the Benelux Blog, where today we bring you another Exemplar Recognition Spotlight, this time for Wave 12! As usual we had the honour of sifting through the recognitions that were given to the many judges in our region, and we’ll highlight a couple of the ones we wanted to give some extra attention in this article. For our first spotlight, we looked at a recognition that was handed to by another of our judges, : It was impressive seeing how quickly and easily you integrated

Exemplar Wave 11

Hello everyone! Once again we’re here to bring you some highlights from the latest Exemplar wave! We’ve had a talk with the recipients of 5 nominations in order to learn how we, too, can find ways to improve ourselves and the community. For starters there's this recognition to , given by : This recognition is for your ability to vocalize thing I find very hard to put in words and for giving very structured explanations for why we do things the way we do. You make discussions a lot

Area Captains, Article

10 ways to improve as a Judge

The idea for this article has been stirring in my mind for quite some time now. As an active member of the BeNeLux community and an Area Captain I frequent a lot of stores and tournaments; places that contain a lot of amazing Magic Judges. Observing and interacting with all of you helped me notice some patterns of behaviour. Written from my own perspective, I have 10 small tips that could help you improve. 1. Write that review Reviews are a fundamental part of the Judge program. When you write

Exemplar Wave 10

Hello everyone! Once again we’re here to bring you some gems from this summer’s Exemplar wave! We’ll go over five recognitions that caught our attention, and had a talk with the recipients in order to learn how we, too, can find ways to improve ourselves and the community. To get our article started, we present you a recognition to Toby Hazes, given by Alex De Bruijne: During the preparation of the BeNeLux conference you had feedback on every seminar topic as it was posted. Without

Head judging a PPTQ as a level 1

Event: PPTQ Amsterdam, Spelletjescafé 2 Klaveren, 31 July 2017 HJ: Michel Degenhardt HJ-in-training: Alex de Blécourt FJ/SK: Jan-Jaap Vermeire Format: Modern Size: 58 players (over 2 floors) Head judging a PPTQ as a level 1 for training purposes is a practice that isn't seen very often and may prove a worthy teaching tool towards taking the final steps on the road to level 2. In this report I will focus on the preparations we made and the lessons I learned, hopefully giving others some

Your First PPTQ – A manual for stores

In this manual, we will explain what a PPTQ is, what you can expect from it, and what is expected of you. What is a PPTQ? Global explanation A PPTQ (or Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier) is the first step for players on their road to the Pro Tour. The player who wins your PPTQ is allowed to participate in an RPTQ (or Regional Pro Tour Qualifier). The top 4 players in an RPTQ get to play in the Pro Tour itself. Their plane ticket to go there is paid by Wizards of the Coast. They have to pay

Exemplar Wave 9

As we have done for the last couple of Exemplar Waves, we took a look at some of the many interesting recognitions we had in our region this time, to put them in the spotlight, and to dig just that little bit deeper in the how and why of the actions that led to them. We’ve chosen 4 Recognitions from Wave 9 that we would like to share with you, and will give the nominees the chance to elaborate on them. Let’s get things started with a recognition that was given to Floris De Baerdemaeker