The Reflex

I learned something new yesterday, and I wanted to share it with folks, since evidence suggests you’ll all get to learn it too! (Note: this is for judges. It’s irrelevantly technical for everyone else). There’s also an IPG update to go with it, but it won’t have much impact. The reflexive trigger change was one […]

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Policy Changes for Ixalan

Avast me hearties! I’ll bet you were all expecting a Dinosaur-size update here. Think of all the jokes! Alas, it’s more merfolk-sized; a solid set of changes, but not one to get judge-Timmies excited. Let’s drive pirate jokes into the ground, instead! Rrrrremembering “When you do” Triggers Rrrrrecent triggers in Amonkhet are of the form […]

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Desperate, But Not Serious

Triple warning: this piece has very little to do with judging. It is going to scoot all over the place in service of a central premise. Also, I’m not speaking on behalf of Wizards, just providing the perspective of someone involved in all levels of OP (and Commander). I have an ARAM record of 1880-1844. […]

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Policy Changes for Hour of Devastation

After a few super-sized updates, I’m pleased to report that the Hour of Devastation tournament document update is… not all that devastating. All the changes are the sort of thing that would usually end up in the “Other Notes” section. If you’re going to skip an update this year, here’s the one. See you in […]

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Policy Changes for Amonkhet

We’ve got a new infraction that changes almost nothing, and a two-word change with deep implications. We’ve got wholesale revision to the most commonly-invoked shortcut, and a new type of relatively rare unmissable trigger. We’ve got new rules for identifying cards, and old rules about not helping others do so. More HCE! More about sets! […]

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Do Not Pass Go

Recently there’s been a rise in questions about the processes around going to combat. I think it’s due to the presence of Vehicles, though they’re no different than creature lands, and we’ve had those in every format for quite some time. Since people are talking about it again, this is an opportunity to explain why […]

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Policy Changes for Eldritch Moon

If you plan to skip a policy update this year, here’s the one for you. A few things have been moved around, some sentences have been rewritten to be clearer, especially for non-native English speakers, and a few small corners have been addressed. Really, all the excitement is over with the Grand Prix Trial announcement. […]

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