More Like a Standing Ballista

You're the Head Judge of a Standard PPTQ and notice a match where Albert has a  in play with no counters on it. You inspect the match and see no other toughness pumping effect keeping it in play, so you step in and ask what's going on. Albert quickly realizes his error, picks up a die and sets it on , showing 1 counter. Albert explains that he has cast Walking Ballista for 1 in each game of this match, and had forgotten the counter when he did so a couple of turns ago. Albert's opponent, Nikki,

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A Latecomer to the Breakfast Club

You are the head judge of a PPTQ and entering into the final round when floor judge Emily approaches you with an appeal. Emily has issued a game loss for Tardiness to Harley. Harley says that they was not in their seat at the start of the round, as they had gone off site with friends for breakfast. Harley protests, “but you announced the last round would end at 5:05, and I was back before that!” What do you do? Judges feel free to answer on Judge Apps!

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The Secrets of Sportsmanship

Amir is playing against Nemo at a large Competitive REL Modern event. On his first turn of the match, Amir plays an Island and puts an unchecked Shadows over Innistrad checklist card onto the table, saying “Delver”, and gets a Delver of Secrets from his box to represent it in play. Nemo calls for a judge and points out the issue with the checklist card. Nemo explains that he doesn't think Amir should be severely penalized, and even offers to give Amir 4 Innistrad checklist cards

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A Monumental Mistake

Amy is playing against Nigel in a Modern PPTQ, with her Eldrazi deck. She controls an , an , and an , and several lands. Amy untaps, draws, then attacks with all of her creatures. While thinking about blockers, Nigel notices that should have triggered and calls for a judge. Amy admits to missing her trigger, but also asks if she can use her Displacer to blink her Skyspawner to make a token to sacrifice. What do you do to fix the situation, and can Amy do what she wants? Judges feel free

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Buried Treasure

Andrea and Norman have presented their decks to each other for Game 1 at their local Modern PPTQ. Norman does a pile shuffle of Andrea’s deck and asks afterwards, ‘So you are playing with 61 cards?’ Andrea replies, ‘What?! No…’ and quickly checks her sideboard: There are 15 cards. They call you over as a judge to help resolve the situation. While checking Andrea’s deck, you find a Treasure token in the same colour sleeve as the deck as part of what she presented. What do you do? Judges

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Champion of What?

Patrick is playing his God-Pharoah's Gift Deck at a Standard 5k event run at Competitive REL. This is Patrick's Deck List 22 LANDS 4 Glacial Fortress 2 Hostile Desert 2 Ipnu Rivulet 3 Irrigated Farmland 5 Island 6 Plains 14 CREATURES 4 Angel of Invention 4 Champion 3 Minister of Inquiries 3 Sacred Cat 14 INSTANTS and SORC. 4 Chart a Course 1 Fumigate 2 Opt 4 Refurbish 3 Strategic Planning 10 OTHER SPELLS 2 Cast Out 4 God-Pharaoh's Gift 2 Legion's Landing 2 Search

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Don’t short-sleeve yourself!

Amy has sat down to play her round 1 match at a Sealed PPTQ against Neve and the round has just begun. Amy calls for a judge because she discovered that she has an extra card in her deck. She knows she has exactly 40 sleeves, but while sleeving, she ended up with an extra card. Amy isn't sure what the extra card is, so you quickly find her decklist and verify that she registered 41 cards in her main deck. Amy doesn't have any extra sleeves, and its now 4 minutes into the round. What do you

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Absento Vanguard

You are head judge of an Ixalan sealed PPTQ. At the end of round 2, a player turns in an  in a matte black sleeve that he found it on the floor. He has no idea whose it is, and there are a couple dozen players with matte black sleeves. When you announce the card has been found, nobody comes to claim it. During round 5, you discover its owner, Peter. Peter confirms that the card is his, but he didn't realize it was missing. That card is registered in the “played” column on Peter's deck

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Grim Speculation

You're the Head and only judge of a Modern PPTQ. Arielle is playing against Nice. Arielle controls a and he activates Liliana's -2 ability, searches and finds a card. She then shuffles her library and puts that card on top of it. Arielle then attacks with a , and Nick blocks with a . They go to combat damage, both creatures die, then Arielle says “draw for Haruspex” and draws a card immediately. Nice reads , points out that the card shouldn't have been drawn, and calls a judge. What do

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