Review Rivalry: How We’re Gonna Beat the Mid-Atlantic

This is a guest post by the wonderful Tony Houst() When Io announced the Review Challenge of 2018, I was giddy with excitement. I love silly competitions and contests, and I love them even more when they have a purpose. Making a game of reviews is also not something I’m a stranger to. In early 2016, I was playing at a PPTQ head judged by my Area Rep, , who was excited that his standby got activated so he could write a review. “I’ve written so many this year, by the end of 2016 I’ll

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Exemplar Wave 11 Highlights

It’s been some time since we’ve highlighted Exemplars in the NE Region, but it has not been far from our thoughts. Exemplar is more than just a congratulatory pat on the shoulder or a few foil cards. It’s a chance for us to highlight actions and behavior in a way that can be shared with everyone. What follows is a small sample of the wonderful Exemplars issued during Wave 11 to the judges in our region. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. I would like to thank for all of the work

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Exemplar Wave 11 Highlights: Chris Stagno

Over the next couple of days, Charles Featherer wants to highlight Exemplars from Wave 11 in our region. Here's one written by Brian Coval about Chris Stagno . I like this one because it shows some pretty clever innovation (great job, Chris!): Chris recently helped a small store hit the big time with his event management experience and creative thinking. The store, a tiny place that seats about 20 comfortably, held an event that hit 80 players. The store had a partnership with a restaurant in

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Recent Program Changes

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of changes within the Judge program. Enclosed you can find information about how we now write reviews, handle disqualifications, and more! Judge Center Update Judge Center (https://judge.wizards.com/) is going through some changes. Currently the system is offline for the next few weeks (tentative release date is 4/4/17). We don't have knowledge of how exactly things will look when the system goes back online, but some functionality has been

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First Time Floor Judging Notes (2 of 2)

I was recently approached about a set of notes put forth by a Judge in Maine, and how great of a resource it could be for judges who are going into an event to be a floor judge. Here is the second, and final, installment of those notes, compiled by . Missed part one? Find it here! Deck checks The deck check is perhaps the least glamorous of the judge's duties. (That actually involve the enforcement of rules. It is marginally more glamorous then pushing in chairs and picking up pack wrappers.

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First Time Floor Judging Notes (1 of 2)

I was recently approached about a set of notes put forth by a Judge in Maine, and how great of a resource it could be for judges who are going into an event to be a floor judge. Here is the first part of those notes, compiled by . There's more to judging than magic. A lot about being a judge is knowing the rules. But it's not everything. How we work, both with the players and other judges, are just as important. All the knowledge in the world isn't going to do you any good if no

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Northeast Judge Swag Update

Voting has now concluded and a winning logo design has been chosen for the new Northeast Judge hoodies! Ripped directly from 's post on Facebook: Attention passengers. The Hype Train is now leaving the station. We're now taking orders for another round of #swag. This time around, we'll have event polos, t-shirts, and hoodies! The polos are largely the same as last time, except now you can have your name embroidered on them as well if you'd like. Both the t-shirts and the hoodies

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Northeast Judge Logo Voting Continues

Voting continues for the upcoming sweatshirt! The results of the vote for the new Northeast logo are in, and wow was it ever close! In fact, it was so close between two of the concepts that we wanted to take it one step further to really find out what the region wants. We know that final designs don’t always come out the way we imagined based on descriptions and sketches; in fact, they tend to come out way better! Or maybe that’s just this time. We’ve had our lovely graphic designer

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