Players are responsible for:
- Behaving in a respectful manner toward tournament officials, other tournament participants, and spectators and refraining from unsporting conduct at all times.
Examples of behavior which are considered unsporting are found here. Players are otherwise expected to treat others with some level of respect.
- Maintaining a clear and legal game state.
Playing Magic can sometimes be complex, sometimes stressful, and sometimes frustrating, but still that’s not an excuse for a judge not penalizing a player for playing unclearly. Comprehension, legality and clarity are the most important things in a Magic game, for they can be the difference between no penalization and a Disqualification. There is a specific section about Maintaining the Game State in the IPG.
- Complying with announced start times and time limits.
Tournaments are always organized to run in a timely fashion, and Tournament Officials (judges and organizers) look to keep them running smoothly and quickly. If no extenuating situations appear, players are expected to follow every time limit to keep the tournament flowing. There is a specific section about Tardiness in the IPG.
- Calling attention to any rules or policy infraction they notice in their matches.
Judges can’t be everywhere all the time, so players are encouraged to cooperate in maintaining a legal and clear game. Any rules and/or policy infraction should be pointed out to any judge as soon as noticed. This way we can all enjoy of a healthy and correct game! Failing to notice mistakes quickly may lead to Warnings (see IPG 2.6), and intentionally ignoring them can be much worse (see IPG 4.8).
- Bringing to a judge’s attention any offers of bribery, wagering, improper game result determination, and any discrepancies in their tournament match record.
This is a very important responsibility. Players are required to inform a judge immediately if they are offered a bribe, or asked to record an improper game result. Failing to do so may result in a severe penalty for both the player offering and the player who did not call attention to the illegal action. Additionally, any errors that have been made in results entry should be brought to a Tournament Official’s attention as soon as they are noticed.
- Informing the DCI of any discrepancies in their overall match history, rankings, or Planeswalker Points as soon as they become aware of it. If players believe there is an anomaly in their match history, ranking, or Planeswalker Points they should refer to the Magic: The Gathering Event Appeals Policy, located at http://wpn.wizards.com/en/document/magic-event-appeals-policy.
Sometimes the Planeswalker Points or the ranking system gets flooded with information or due to a malfunction may show the incorrect position and/or quantity of points. If this should happen, any player may report the mistake or the malfunction in order to correct it. Wizards of the Coast and the DCI are always looking forward to feedback from the community.
- Having a single DCI membership number. Individuals holding more than one number must contact Wizards of the Coast Customer Service at http://www.wizards.com/customerservice so that their numbers can be merged.
The DCI membership number is a player’s identity for tournaments and organized Magic: The Gathering events. Without one, a player can’t get registered in any DCI-sanctioned event. Also, every result and every point earned will go the account linked to that membership number. That is why it’s important to have only one DCI number.
- Refraining from enrolling in tournaments they are not allowed by policy to participate in (e.g. the winner of a Magic: The Gathering Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier is barred from playing in further Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers that season).
Some tournaments award invitations to other events or have participation restrictions based on level, players’ invitation history, or other factors. Players are required to be aware of their eligibility and should not intentionally enter events they are ineligible for.
- Being familiar with the rules contained within this document.
Yes, judges do know how to handle rules and how to interpret them. But players are responsible for at least know something about the rules contained in the game. After all, if they don’t know how to play Magic, why would they go to a Magic tournament? Notice, this is stated in the MTR, but not in the IPG. We expect players to know and adhere to Tournament Rules, but they don’t need to know what infraction or penalties are. Some violations of the MTR, such as Bribery, Collusion, and Improperly Determining a Winner, all involve penalties that will be applied whether or not the players know the relevant rules.
- Being physically present for the tournament. Players are not permitted to register for a tournament solely to collect participation Planeswalker Points.
Every player must be physically present at the time of the tournament to be counted as a participant, because grinding Planeswalker Points implies playing those events in which one is registered.
A player must bring the following items to a tournament in order to participate:
- A physical, visible, and reliable method to maintain and record game information (tokens, score counters, pen and paper, and so on).
Players are responsible for maintaining a clear and legal game state. Therefore players must bring items that help keep a clear game state — e.g., pen and paper for life totals, dice for counters and actual mana pool, tokens, etc.
- A valid DCI membership number registered in the participant’s name. New players may register for DCI membership when enrolling in the tournament.
The DCI number identifies players at events, so every player must have his or her DCI number registration. It’s not necessary to have the card physically at hand for tournament enrolling, but it is also helpful.
- Any materials specifically required for a particular tournament format, such as assembled decks and/or decklists for constructed tournaments.
Some tournaments require players to have certain items in order to play, e.g., a decklists and constructed decks. Decklists help maintain an event’s integrity and provide information about the decks played at the tournament and their legality.
Players retain their responsibilities even if a judge provides them with extra assistance.
The individual members of a team are considered players, and are equally responsible for required tournament procedures, such as accurately filling out their match result slips. Players are only responsible for the games they play themselves and not separate games being played by their teammates, but are expected to point out rules violations they observe in their teammates’ matches.
Players who do not fulfill their responsibilities may be subject to penalties and review by the DCI. Wizards of the Coast and the DCI reserve the right to suspend or revoke a player’s membership without prior notice for any reason they deem necessary.