2020 Magic Judge Online Seminar Series Week 3 schedule and applications week 4

Hello Judges!

We are very happy to present you the seminar schedule for the third week!
You can find the Google form for applying for these seminars here. Please do so until the 16th of May at 18:00 UTC to be able to attend one or more of the seminars for next week, Monday 18. May to Sunday 24. May 2020.

If you miss the deadline or found interest in a topic afterwards you can try to post in the #last-minute channel on the Discord server and ask the current admins if there is still space, no guarantees! Here is the link to the Discord server.
We also got aware that there can be problems with the maximum amount of attendees in a seminar room if you are on a mobile device. Please try to join on a PC/Mac if you have this problem arising.

Description of the seminars can be found at the end of the blog post!

Please, beware of the time zones and the date change that you maybe have!

You are also able to see a schedule including the admins for week 3 one here.

All of this would not be possible without all of you that applied for presenting or admin.
Even if you have not been chosen for week two, there are still some weeks left!
You can find the links for applying for week 4 here: presenters and admin. The deadline is on the 18th of May at 18:00 UTC.
We strongly encourage everybody to apply that has a interest in doing so.

Seminar descriptions

Isaac King – Missed Triggers introductory & advanced
(introductory) What it means for a trigger to be missed and how to handle it once it is, at both RELs.
(advanced) A more in depth presentation diving into the interactions between missed trigger policy, OoOS, and other areas of the communication policy.

Jurgen Baert – Selling penalties
Being a judge is more than knowing the rules and delivering rulings. You also need to make sure those rulings get accepted — and when that’s bad news, that can be hard. Here are some techniques to deal with assessing (severe) penalties.

George Gavrilita – Charlie Brown at MF Sin City
Unsporting Conduct presented through case studies: the innocent Charlie Brown plays a MF Day 1, and every match is against a different supervillain who doesn’t behave nicely and helps with mnemonics: Two-Face, flip a coin; Venom, toxic behaviour etc.

Eliana Rabinowitz – Deck Check Investigations
The most common Competitive REL investigation for a newer judge to be involved in is a deck check! Learn about investigation techniques for common deck issues, and then talk about how those techniques can be generalized to other investigations too!

Tyrone Phillips – Casting and Resolving Spells for Novice Judges
This presentation goes over the 9 step process for casting spells, including examples and a short quiz. Given that these are, in my opinion, the most challenging rules a L1 needs to learn, this is aimed at candidates, L1’s who haven’t fully wrapped their head around it and anyone who wants a refresher.

Mark Mason – Back Ups in Time
To Rewind or Not to Rewind – The Rules, the Risks, & the Rewards. Discover when policy allows for a rewind, how to think about the decision, and practice with actual “game states” in the “Rewind or Not” game.

Tobias Vyseri – How Do I MF?
An introduction to a what a judge’s first Magicfest is like. The visuals are cute and jokes are dopey.

Felix Ramon Capule III – Reviewing Up – Just Do it!
I’ve done presentations on Feedback(Feedback a gift that is given) before but this time, I want to emphasize on Reviewing Up. More often than not, we tend to either review down or across, but when it comes to reviewing up, it doesn’t happen that often. This presentation aims to encourage “feedback culture”, wherein other judges won’t shy away from writing a review for an L3 or head judge or their team lead for an event.

Elizabeth Mackie – Fake it til’ you make it: a guide to projecting an air of confidence
We hear the advice of “fake it til’ you make it” all the time, but how do you do that? Here we explore some tips, tricks and advice on how to project an air of confidence when you have absolutely none.

Stephen Hagan – Difficult Conversations
While judging there are times when we must have conversations we don’t want to have. Whether with players or other judges, navigating those conversations effectively can be key to a well functioning event. Pulling from course work in conflict resolution, we look at effective tools for having difficulty conversations and how they apply to Magic.

Ivan Petkovic – Get better at feedback
This seminar teaches basic feedback skills. It has been updated to include interactive elements and exercises suitable for online content (and was used already at judge online conference with positive feedback). After participating in this seminar, attendees will get familiar with basics and learn how they can start developing their feedback giving & receiving skills.

Matthew Johnson – Shuffle cheat case studies
Looking at examples of cheating via card manipulation, what things to look for and how to go about catching them.

Matthew Westfox – Access for All- Disability at Magic Events
Disabilities can present challenges for people in attending or working MTG events, yet as judges, one of our primary roles is to create a space where everyone can enjoy Magic. This class talks about the range of physical disabilities, and what you as a judge can to do help address them. We’ll talk about specifics, like how to create fixed seating, to more general, but just as important topics, like language and how to make people feel welcome.

Aruna Prem Bianzino – Tournament logistics (Comp REL)
Going through what (how and why) we need to take care of, from a logistic point of view, in a competitive tournament, starting from before the tournament to the Top8, both for constructed and limited tournaments. This is a participated workshop, with no sideshow, just a shared whiteboard where the presenter writes (while guiding the audience when needed)

Kevin Desprez – Controversial backups
To do or not to do? That is the question! We will walk through real-life situations that forced me to challenge what sometimes initially seemed obvious!

Emilien Wild – Investigations 101
Based on my Judge Academy presentation, this seminar expand on investigations involving multiple judges, such as a Grand Prix.

best regard
your project team
Michael Arrowsmith, Jurgen Baert, Sashi Balakrishnan and Klaus Lassacher

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