Not a goodbye

Dear judges,  Judge Academy’s official launch day is tomorrow and our terms as Program Coordinators will come to an end. We’d like to thank the community for the opportunity to serve you during these past months and years. It has been rewarding but also challenging, particularly during the past eight months.  We’d also like to thank the many judges who have served as Regional Coordinators, Sphere Leaders and in other program leadership positions, with or without an official title. We’d

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Historical levels

After October 1st, JudgeApps will show information about the "certifying body" that your judge level comes from. For judges in areas that not supported by Judge Academy, JudgeApps will show that their level is supported by the Legacy Judge Program. For judges in areas that are supported by Judge Academy, level information will be updated to show that their levels are now "Historical". When they join Judge Academy, their level information will be updated to show that their level is supported

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Announcing the Legacy Program Coordinator: Adrian Estoup

Dear judges,   The selection committee has chosen Adrian Estoup from Argentina as the Legacy Program Coordinator to take care of the regions that are not covered by Judge Academy, until they can join the organization. The committee was impressed by Adrian's proactive and positive attitude to the challenges the Legacy regions are facing. He is a recognized leader with many years of experience as Regional Coordinator in one of the largest Legacy areas. Over the next month, the Program

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Announcing: Application for Legacy Program Coordinator

Hello Judges, By now you have had an opportunity to read the various announcements from last week where Judge Academy (JA) was announced as a new Magic Judge Certification body.  This company manage certifications, conferences as well as support community activities in areas that are supported by JA. However not all regions will be supported on Oct 1st, and the Legacy Program still needs to serve those regions until they are supported. The Legacy Judge Program will exist in countries not covered

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Future of the Judge Program

Dear judges,  Today Wizards of the Coast announced a fundamental shift in its relationship to the Magic Judge Program.  Going forward, what we currently know as the Magic Judge program will be managed by the independent organization Judge Academy, owned by Tim Shields, as of the start of October 2019. You can read their announcement here. While this is a significant and substantial change, we, the Program Coordinators, believe this change is ultimately in the best interest of the Judge Program. In

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Recognizing Reviews

Hello Magic Judges, The Magic Judge program has a few core beliefs.  These foundations are what keep us together strong, united and in many ways unique in the gaming industry. One such tenet is the constant desire to improve; whether it be ourselves, the events we work, the general Magic Community, or our fellow Judges. One demonstrable way to show our interest in the improvement in another judge is through a review.  Reviews play a key role in that development. While a simple review can

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Status of the Program: April 2019

Hello judges!   We have another article with news and updates from various parts of the program. This month’s theme is Spheres, with an introduction of our newest Sphere lead and updates from many others.   Program Coordinator selection process   In the last Status article, we announced that the Spring Program Coordinator selection process would be postponed. We are in a situation where it is not possible to sign new contracts with Wizards. Both Riccardo Tessitori

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MCQ Staffing Recommendations

Hello Judges, Tournament Organizers and Players, Recently there was a post making its way around social media where a store was hosting a Mythic Championship Qualifier (MCQ) without a Certified Judge.  Later they amended the statement to say that a single Level 1 judge would be available in store if needed. As a result there were many questions asking “Is this allowed?” or “Can they do that?”  The answer is, unfortunately: Yes. Unlike Premier Competitive Rules Enforcement Level

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