The follow document and video contain information originally provided by Blair Simpson
The Elements of Harmony
- Always be honest with your players
- If you’re unsure about a ruling, tell them and go confer with another judge. Pro-tip : you can add valuable time to your rulings and avoid making the wrong call , by just reading the card.
- If you make an incorrect ruling, own up to it!
- No one likes a jerk
- That said, be very careful to understand the boundaries of what you can and cannot tell a player.
- If you have to give out a game loss, chat with the player after the round. (for some new players, try this with warnings too)
- Tournaments are long. You’re thisrty. Your feet hurt. Share your time anyways.
- If you’re on the floor, you’re going ot be bombarded with question from players and spectators. “I got a games loss for “x”, is that right? “how does humility work?” “why is that giraffe Drunk?”
- We are a community, both of players and of judges. Be there for each other.
- Has Riki not had a break in 6 hours? (probably not!) Help him out!
- Does your local card shop not have someone with rules knowledge? Be a part of your community!
- Have fun!
- Unless you’re judging the pro tour, relax, joke around – remember it’s a game.
- We don’t judge for free product
- We don’t judge for the foils
- We don’t judge because we like penalizing people
- We judge because we love this game!
- Let that show to everyone that you interact with
(There’s no crying in Magic!)
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Put yourself out there – Do things that help impact the community and yourself
- Don’t like to do the dirty work? Too bad!! – Do what needs to be done and do it well.
- You’re always one person on a team, remember that!
- Know how to focus when you need to!
- All the studying in the world is no substitute for experience. You need to put in the time to become better at everything, including judging