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Interaction of Continuous Effects, Layers 1-6

This article is a modified version of a presentation by during the December 2017 SEA Region Judge Conference. Grizzly Bears and Yargles aside, there are a lot of cards in Magic: the Gathering, each with their own unique effects. It’s part of the reason why this game is so fun and exciting, but sometimes you’d wonder if there’s an easier way to figure out what happens when someone tries to cast Invert on your Deep Freeze-d Ghalta with three +1/+1 counters on it. This article (and the next)

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Blood Moon, Progenitor of Dependency

Good day Judges, We're all very much familiar with the card , and and L2 judge from Singapore, would like to guide us as we delve deeper into the Sun and Moon. In this final segment of the Sun & Moon series, we come to look at the final piece of the puzzle:. You can refer to the All about Alpine Moon or The Blood Sun by clicking on their respective hyperlinks. So let’s start with its most updated Oracle Text: Nonbasic lands are Mountains. Yup 1 sentence 4 words but a

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L1 Judges, the Frontliners

Known to many as Store Judges or House Judges, the scope of Level 1 judges largely revolves around a local game store. Since they make up a huge portion of the program, they often serve as the face of the program for their local community. When Grand Prix Trials have been discontinued, some people have noticed that there had been a decline in L1 judge activity, and though it may seem true for some, there's a good number of L1 judges still doing great work for their community. We were able to

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Judge Project – Why should you be part of one

Projects, that one word may bring a lot of memories during your school and college days, and it may even be true at your workplace. A project would require a lot of effort and deadlines which may seem be to be a deadly combo. Now, imagine my reaction when I was still a judge candidate... What???? PROJECTS!!!! But after I became a certified judge, I can't seem to stop myself from volunteering to be part of a project that interests me. After a few years in the program, something

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When Being Just a TO Doesn’t Cut It

Just around a month ago, we had Thai Nationals 2018. As the owner of Hobby Bugong, the store that received the honor to run this year’s Nats, I had quite a fun experience I’d love to share. Running Nationals was never easy, and I knew that from the beginning. Nonetheless, there is no way I would turn this chance down. This year we had a crazy increase in player count: from 144 players in 2017 to 222 players! I was actually aiming at around 30% increase from last year so this 56% increase was

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Delving Deeper – Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle

Commander 2018 release date is just a few days away, are you excited? I know I am. Just like any other release of a new product, there would be new cards that's really worth delving into. You gotta admit during spoiler season, some of your friends have already asked you how does a certain card work? L2 judge will help us know more about a certain slumbering Kraken known as . Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle is a special card. Is it a land or not a land? Let’s refer to the release

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SEA Region, Wave 13 Exemplar Highlights

Hello everyone, Wave 13 went live last June 25, 2018. Just like previous waves, published exemplar nominations highlight rockstar judges from various judge programs and our region definitely has a good number of exemplar nominations. Our blog featured some of the rockstar judges and their "exemplary actions" from our region in Wave 12, and the same is true for Wave 13. In this write-up, we will feature the nominees and this time around we asked them their thoughts about the nomination or the

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Delving Deeper… All about Alpine Moon

Good day Judges, This year marks the return of Core Set and just like any other sets, Core Set 2019 showcases some cards that needs to be looked into and for this set L2 judge from Singapore, would like to guide us as we delve deeper into the red enchantment known as the Oracle Text and Additional Rulings So we have WOTC printing another but mini variant of the “Moon” effects in Core 2019. Let’s see the oracle text of Alpine Moon: As enters the battlefield, choose a nonbasic

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Judging Abroad – GP Beijing 2018

Judging in a GP can be an exciting - albeit frantic - experience. Between taking care of thousands of players and making sure everyone in your team gets along together, how does a judge cope? And what happens if you throw in a language barrier to the challenge? interviews two judges from the Southeast Asia region who have recently attended GP Beijing (5-7 May 2018), to pick their minds on judging in a non-English speaking country. Wendra Kamadjaja is a Level 2 Judge from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Casual Lunch Meeting in Bangkok

With the release of Dominaria, we judges have to update our knowledge with new card’s abilities, interactions, and new policies. That sounds utterly boring right? We have a way to make it more interesting, and what could be more interesting than a buffet! We all met at “In the Middle”, which was located right in the middle of Bangkok (no pun unintended). This meeting wasn’t only for updating our knowledge, but it was also for our Judge Manager Smith to hand out exemplar promos from

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