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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Staying L2, Staying Awesome

Wondering whether L3 is for you? Will anyone think less of you if you don't go for it? (spoiler: no). Guest columnist Dustin de Leeuw provides a fresh look at this sometimes difficult question! Please enjoy. There are a lot of articles dedicated to the Road to L3, and almost every Judge Conference has a seminar on this topic. However, the other side of the medal hardly ever gets the attention it deserves, so this article focuses on why for some people the road to L3 may be just a distraction. Read more [...]

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Supplemental Activities discontinued

Hi all, We are stopping Supplemental Activities effective now and here's why. One big goal of the Level 3 testing process is ensuring transparency and fairness of the testing process. Another one is efficient allocation of testing and mentoring resources, the needs of which have been continuously changing in the last couple of years. After supporting Supplemental Activities for about 3 years and looking back at the results, it appears that they're not the best investment of resources we Read more [...]

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L3 checklist changes

(Note: The L3 checklist further changed. This article has only historical value.) Hi all, As has long been overdue, the level 3 checklist is modified to better fit the New World Order. First of all, here's a summary of the changes. You can find detailed explanations for the changes below, and the new full checklist at the bottom of this post. Review check reduced to 6 from 10, but excludes certification reviews Certification can be L1->L2 Region requirements to recommendations Read more [...]

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No, really, how do I improve at investigations?

The point of my last post is that most rulings are investigations. It's not because you think one of the players might be cheating that you investigate - it's the other way around. You investigate in order to fix the game, and occasionally you might stumble across a hint that a player is cheating. But the vast majority of investigations are just that - finding out what happened. The Mystical Tutor team made a very interesting presentation on this topic that I encourage you to study. Credit goes Read more [...]

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About recommendations

Hi all, I have a couple topics for you today. Checklist changes are on the way, I know you’re waiting, they’re still being worked out and won’t be that big. L3 Maintenance The New World Order said about maintaining L3 in 2016, among others: Judge at least four Premier Events (RPTQ, WMCQ, Grand Prix, Pro Tour, World Magic Cup) per calendar year. Not doing so will create a flag for this level status to be reviewed. There’s been some concern about what will happen in remote Read more [...]

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Team change

Hi all, First of all I'd like to welcome our latest addition to the L3 testing team - is now leading the Verification Committee, in charge of handling L3 checklists. The full team is now: at self-reviews, Sophie at VC, at Pre-Event Interviews, and at Supplemental Activities. Today I'd like to tell you about some steps in the L3 testing process which used to require a level 4+ judge. There were three of these: - the Team Leader check was given by L4+ Grand Prix Head Judges. The reasoning Read more [...]

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