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

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 removed Tweak to recommendation phrasing mandating examples and clarifying co-authoring Self-review 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, 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 regions, 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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Level Redefinition and L3

Hi all, By now you've probably seen or at least heard of the announcement regarding levels redefinition. So what's changing for L3 testing? What is happening in the redefinition is an affirmation of the core skills of L3, namely being leaders at large events. Excellent event judges who display outstanding and consistent performance at events should get their chance at L3 too. Exceptional community contributors and project members are welcome to apply as before. Overall we want to make sure Read more [...]

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Communication? What communication?

Oh, did I forget to tell you about this? Communication doesn’t count anymore. No more communication. Jokes apart, Communication is going away as an L3 Quality. Why is that? The reason is twofold: No L3 candidate has ever been found deficient in communication. Going through the process is already proof enough that you’re able to communicate efficiently about complex ideas. So removing the Quality has no consequence whatsoever on the testing part. All aspects of Communication we care Read more [...]

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Supplemental Activities – Policy Updates

(Note: Supplemental Activities are no longer a part of the testing process. This article has only historical value.) Supplemental Activities started as a simple idea (Help failing candidates address their deficiencies through concrete activities) and almost immediately met with some harsh realities. However, before making changes, I wanted to gather some information and spend some time refining the current system to ensure that we were solving real problems and not just making new mistakes. Now Read more [...]

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