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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Seas the Moment

Ajit is playing against Niko at a Modern PPTQ. Ajit casts  targeting Niko's  and says “Trigger, draw a card”. Niko stops Ajit from drawing, floats one white mana, then allows to resolve. Ajit thinks for a minute, then says “Go to Combat?” Niko taps one  and casts  targeting Ajit's . The players put their cards into their graveyards, then Niko calls for a judge, and says “Ajit missed his Spreading Seas trigger.” What do you do? Judges feel free to answer on Judge Apps!

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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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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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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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Back to the Drawing Board

With 12 minutes left in the last swiss round of a PPTQ you're head judging, two players, Allison and Nate, call you over. They tell you that they intentionally drew their match during game 5, and didn't know how to report it. You ask what happened, and Allison tells you, “Well, we're best friends, and we both make Top 8 if we draw and the match at the next table doesn't draw. We both know this, so after we each won a game we intentionally drew the next two after about 10 turns. The next

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