Gender bias in the L3 advancement process

I would like to introduce a great analysis by Nicolette Apraez & Anniek van der Peijl about the impact of gender in the L3 advancement process. The analysis is based on global data and paints a picture from a new perspective on the advancement process. Matteo Abstract We conducted a research project to investigate whether there is gender bias in the L3 advancement process. This project covered 3 main lines of investigation: Data from panels conducted between 2012 and 2017 A questionnaire Read more [...]

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New face!

Hi all, Effective now will be answering communication you send to l3.testing.manager@gmail.com, in addition to who’s handling checklists-related matters. Matteo will in particular handle panel scheduling. Please welcome him! Daniel

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Recommendations: The People & The Interactions

Today, guest writer George Gavrilita shares his experience finding judges to recommend him for L3. He has a lot of tips, so enjoy! Part I: The People I’m George Gavrilita, and I’ve had the luck to work with 6 different senior Judges from 4 different regions on recommendations for the L3 checklist. Today I’ll try to explain why starting early with recommendations is vital for your L3 process, and give you some tips on what kind of mentors you’re actually looking for, and what you can Read more [...]

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A Phantom Vizier

What does a complete real-life investigation look like? Today I'm showing you an interesting one I had to handle at GP Las Vegas. This was taking place in the Modern GP. The floor judge had separated the players and told me one was accusing the other of having played a Vizier of Remedies then taking it back to his hand. Here's a picture of the board state I took shortly after starting: Before reading on, please take a few minutes to think about what you would do. What would you Read more [...]

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Self-Reviews: Reasons and Solutions

Today, guest writers George Gavrilita and Aruna Prem Bianzino continue developing the method they exposed in Self-Reviews: Asking the Right Questions. This article is a follow up to Self-Reviews: Asking the Right Questions. The idea of the method presented in that article is to let the L3 Quality Definitions guide you, and answer questions inspired by every single sentence of the definitions. Putting your answers together, you would get a Self-Review. While this is a great method to Read more [...]

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Self-Reviews: Asking the Right Questions

Want to submit a self-review, but struggling to write it? Today, guest writers George Gavrilita and Aruna Prem Bianzino propose a method to help you get started or get unstuck. A Self-Review for your L3 Checklist should analyse yourself through the lens of the nine L3 Qualities. The articles describing them are great, but going from them to a Self-Review may be as hard as climbing a mountain. At the same time, we are also evaluating ourselves: not the easiest of tasks. Luckily, we can Read more [...]

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Why self-reviews?

Hi all, On a couple occasions recently, an L3 checklist was returned citing an insufficient self-review, even though the self-review had previously been validated by the Verification Committee. Let me explain why this is happening and clarify the purpose and standards of the self-review. Self-reviews are a great tool to check where you are and where you’re going. It’s a useful exercise to do either periodically or after significant events. It helps you formulate a self-development plan Read more [...]

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Failing better

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho Hi all, Failing is hard. It's even harder when you're failing but don't know until the last moment. This can happen when testing for level 3. You've been underprepared in an area that doesn't reveal itself until you've submitted your L3 checklist. You're working on your pre-event interview, an in-depth process where many aspects of your judging ability are examined. Your interviewer sees Read more [...]

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Pro Tours

Hi all, As you may have heard from your local L3, from now on some Level 2 judges might be selected at Pro Tours. Before you get all worked up, let me explain how it works and the reason behind this. First of all, the number of slots is quite limited - no more than 2 Level 2s can be part of a Pro Tour's staff. Second, the expectation is that these judges will test for level 3 at the Pro Tour. Third, there is no application process - these judges are contacted directly by the L3 Testing Manager Read more [...]

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