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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Out-of-Order Sequencing

We all know that Magic is a complex game. There are thousands of unique cards, and these cards are governed by a ton of very boring rules (a loooot of pages of rules). Magic is also a game with actions and decisions and the order in which players must do these is detailed in the (again) unfathomable mountain of rulings. It can be quite difficult to perform every single play in a perfect manner. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see players do actions in an incorrect order that, by the rules, Read more

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Triggers in Competitive Events

. . . . What do all of these multi-format all-stars have in common? Their power comes from triggered abilities. What is a Triggered Ability? A triggered ability is anything that happens because something else happened — it might be that you started a certain part of the turn, another permanent entered or left play, your opponent drew a card, or nearly anything else. Triggered abilities are usually worded as “When/whenever/at (time), (do a thing).” Examples include: “When enters Read more

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How to register your deck for a tournament and not die trying

 A decklist is the list of all the cards you are playing in a tournament, both in your main deck and your sideboard. Decklists are used in constructed and limited tournaments alike; the difference is that in a limited tournament you would use a checklist of the set you are playing, and in a constructed tournament a simple sheet of paper would do (even though there are official deck registration sheets provided by Wizards of the Coast if you want to use them). Keeping that in mind let’s move Read more

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