Not. A. Gimmick. – GP Cleveland’s All-Women Judge Team

[Editor’s note – Hi there, folks! As I've done in the past, this is a guest post from another member of our community. wrote this and I'm honored she asked me to host it here. Meg's perspective is one we …
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Applying a Lens of Clarity to the US Southeast Suspensions

I've been asked by some folks, both directly and indirectly, to help the broader judge community understand some of the internal workings and decisions which led to the suspensions of several US-Southeast judges. If you've been under a rock or …
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Judges and Social Media: Abiding by Wheaton’s Law

[Editor's note - Hi there, folks! I asked a fellow judge who prefers to remain anonymous if they'd take on this topic in a guest post. So, the words below aren't mine, but only edited by me. They also include …
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Misconduct/Conflict Resolution Sphere Year In Review

2014 has been a year of significant change both for me personally and in my sphere of the Judge Program. I moved from the cozy, familiar drought-parched environs my Bay Area upbringing to the drizzly, foreign rainforest of Seattle. I …
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Why Investigations Are Like Fight Club

[Note from your usual host: Eric "Raging" Levine is one of the foremost investigators and DQ'ers in the Judge Program, so I asked share his thoughts on how best to approach the problems associated with public discussions about investigations. This …
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Unsporting Conduct – Major FAQ Edition

Welcome back! If you're reading this, you've probably already read last week's post on the changes to Unsporting Conduct - Major here. If not, I'd recommend it in order to put this FAQ in context. These are just some of …
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Updating Unsporting Conduct – Major

Unsporting Conduct - Major underwent a significant update in the latest Magic 2015 iteration of the Magic Infraction Procedure Guide. Rather than illustrate it with a whole bunch of saucy stories about players and spectators and judges being jerks to …
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love GP Richmond

The Grand Prix in Richmond looms large in my mind and the minds of many Judges this week. Its scale as a single event will probably eclipse any in the history of our game or any game like it. Comparisons …
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The Value of Timely Reinforcements

JUDGE! Your nerves might be frayed from higher-than-expected turnout and a late...shift the night before, but this call is yours. "Can I Misdirection my opponent's Cruel Ultimatum?" You stare at the cards before you. Across the table, the player's opponent …
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Adventures in Unsanctioned Peacekeeping

[shadowy film noir voiceover] It was a dark and stormy night at Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House in San Francisco. [/shadowy film noir voiceover] OK, I actually don't know what the weather was like. I'm not in this story yet, …