A lot of markings on the back of sleeves are not caused by wear of shuffling but by rough movement when putting a card in a sleeve. This can be prevented easily and allows you to use your sleeves much longer for tournament play! Watch the video to see what to look out for exactly.
Category: Rules and Policies for Players
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
Gambling, Bribery, & Inappropriately Determining a Winner in Magic: The Gathering
Let's take a minute to talk about gambling, bribery, and improperly determining a winner at sanctioned Magic Tournaments, in hopes that players can avoid these unfortunate situations.
Card of the Month – Blood Sun
Loved and hated by equal, it will surely bring some headaches to Standard. Blood Sun is, clearly, a tribute to Blood Moon. Let's discover its secrets in the new Card of the Month.
No DQ for You!
This time on the Player Experience blog Charlotte explains to us how to avoid being disqualified from any Magic tournament.
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
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
Diversity and inclusion in MTG communities
Is Magic for everyone? Yes but... Monica helps us removing the "but".
Sleeves and artwork: A tournament guide
Do you want to know if you can play that wonderful altered card you got? What about that misprint you traded last week? Is my deck fine to play at this weekend tournament? Miky clears out all our doubts here! (And, well, ask the Head Judge!)
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