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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Judge income survey

Hello judges!   The Program Coordinators have put together a survey about judge income and compensation. We're interested in finding out how many judges are "full-time" judges and get most of their income from events or other judging-related activities. We're also interested in how satisfied judges are with large event compensation in general. The survey is anonymous. It includes questions about your expenses for the last big event you did (travel and accommodation), so we recommend

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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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Update on Judge Conduct Committee in 2019

In our last update, we announced some upcoming changes in the Status of the Judge Program Article. We would like to take the opportunity to expound on some of those changes as we all prepare to enter an exciting 2019. First, starting with Judge Conduct Committee cases opened in 2019, the Program Coordinators will be working with the Judge Conduct Committee Lead in a new modified appeal process. Once the JCC has concluded its investigation and communicated the result to the affected judge, that Judge

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Statement on Pro Tour qualifying system changes

  Wizards of the Coast has announced some major changes to Organized Play (or should we say E-Sports and Competitive Gaming?). These changes of course affect the Judge Program as well.   The major change is that Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers are going away next year. As these events are what Level 2 is currently built to support, many judges are probably asking what this means for their own judging activities, as well as the Program’s level structure in general. The short

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