Understanding Out-of-Order Sequencing

Magic is a complex game. With over 12,000 unique cards and a hefty set of Comprehensive Rules, it’s not reasonable to expect players to have complete mastery over the precise rules behind every action they’re taking in the game. As a result, tournament Magic has codified a policy known as Out-of-Order Sequencing (OoOS for short). In a nutshell, OoOS permits players to perform actions without adhering to the strictest sense of the rules, as long as the sequence is still clear and arrives at

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Tournament Tuesday: Zone-Change Triggers

As we covered last week, there's been a few changes in the Missed Trigger policy recently. Today we're gonna cover one that's had a little confusion even among judges: Zone-change triggers. First, I'll start off with a link to Toby Elliot's article about what the trigger changes mean for players, because you guys are players, and frankly he did a far better job of putting these changes into player-speak than I could even attempt in this post: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2013/02/03/gatecrash-policy-changes-for-players/ Second,

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Tournament Tuesday: Triggers at Regular REL

As some of you may know, there was recently a little bit of an update to the Missed Trigger rules. Nothing so far-reaching as the last few; mainly, the new rules exist to clear up exactly WHEN a trigger is considered missed, because there were some that were kind of weird with the MT rules as they were! But for now, we're going to focus on one thing that a lot of people are happy about: Bringing some of the Missed Trigger rules changes over to Regular REL. Up until now, you always had to remind

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Tournament Tuesday: Changes to the Missed Trigger Policy

Taking a little break from the Return to Ravnica previews, we'll do our normal Tournament Tuesday tip. NOTE: All of this only matters at Competitive REL and higher—stuff like PTQs and GPTs and GPs—and it won't go into effect until October 1st. At your local FNM and at the Return to Ravnica prerelease this weekend, you're still required to point out your opponent's triggers, and they'll still happen even if you'd prefer they didn't, just as they have for a long time now. And at any Competitive

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