Magic: The Appealing

Hi, my name is Bernie Hoelschen. I'm a level one judge, and I've been playing Magic since about 1994. I have wanted to write articles about aspects of Magic: The Gathering tournaments and judging for some time, and decided that the first topic I would write about would be appeals and the appeals process for players. What is an appeal? An appeal is the process by which a player can ask for confirmation or clarification from another judge regarding a ruling they have received. Appeals are covered Read more

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Welcome to your first GP

Is your first Grand Prix or tournament held at REL (Rule enforcement level) competitive ahead of you? Then this document might just be what you need to read. I want to take the time to welcome you. Many people feel nervous and that these events are very daunting  Here are a few tips and tricks directly from a Judge that hopefully can calm your nerves and just in general help you have a better time.     0. Call a judge Do you think something went wrong, need help, Read more

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Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease Announcement Helper and Leaflet

The Customer Service Project is back with a tool to try to make your announcements something players will return for again and again. Our goal is to make our interactions with players more positive, and bring a focus on how the players experience our events. We return to Ravnica, land of guilds and endless cityscape. Announcement Guide Leaflet       Credits Read more

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Card of the Month – Hadana’s Climb

Sultai Energy, or Sultai Constrictor, is a deck that has recently reappeared in Standard. The deck plays different creatures that enter the battlefield with +1/+1 counters on them, or that can earn them (e.g., ). We add to the mix, and we notice that flipping is definitely feasible. The ability of the gives flying and +X/+X to a creature, which at this point should already be big, and allows us to win the game in a few attacks - ideally, in a single one. Hadana’s Climb Hadana's Read more

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Card of the Month – Angrath, The Flame-Chained

Silently, without too much clamor, this card begins to appear in some Standard decks. If our opponent plays Rakdos or Grixis colors, we should not be surprised by this Minotaur … Angrath is also an interesting multiplayer card - the first and third abilities hit "each opponent," and the second one is what it takes to launch an unexpected attack. Angrath is one of the first planeswalkers with the legendary supertype printed on paper (we underline "printed"). Here’s a brief summary Read more

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