Earlier this week we announced the first voted class of the Magic Judge Hall of Fame, the 2008 Class, covering judges certified in 1998 and earlier.
Congratulations to the 2008 Class:
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting detailed bios for each of these judges, with stories from their career and details of their impact on the history of judging and Magic. If you knew some of these judges and want to contribute, reach out to us at email@example.comFull voting results
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As a reminder of the rules, judges appearing on less than 10% of ballots (in yellow) for three consecutive rounds of voting will be removed from future ballots.
In addition, there are a few updates on the Magic Judge Hall of Fame. See below for these.
We mentioned at launch that each inductee would get a memento of their entry into the Magic Judge Hall of Fame. That’s still true, and we’re working with Wizards of the Coast to choose something that’s just right. We’ll announce more details once they’re ready.
One piece of feedback we received about the first round of voting was that, even with the help of the Magic Judge Hall of Fame JudgeApps forum, some voters who hadn’t been around for as long found it hard to research the eligible judges. This was a particularly hard ballot due to the long time since some of these judges were active.
We’ve taken that on board and are starting a project to provide short bios for as many candidates as possible. Watch this space for more details on that.
Updates to timings for future ballots
After some feedback, we decided to move the close of voting dates for the two announced waves (the 2011 Class and 2014 Class) back, from Fridays to the following Mondays. This is because many voters are attending Grand Prix on Fridays and may miss their final deadline; by moving to Mondays we hope to make it easier to ensure that everyone gets a chance to express their voice.
Updates to the list of eligible judges
Due to improvements in how we were looking for former Level 3 judges, we have identified many more eligible candidates. Some of these were certified in 1998 or before, but not before the 2008 Class window opened. We will be adding those judges to the ballot for the 2011 Class.