UKISA in April/May 2019

Quick introduction from : The UKISA leadership team has made an effort to communicate more regularly and do its best to share conversation topics and decisions with the wider region. We've been pretty bad at it in the past (sorry!) but I hope that some of the efforts we're making are well-received, and tick the box of trying to involve more of the region in the discussion. One of the things that was raised at our leadership conference in March was the insular nature of Discord, so we implemented

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UKISA’s Upcoming Competitive REL Events

Hi all! Some cool announcements are happening, and I just wanted to address a couple of concerns that tournament organisers, judges, and players had brought to my attention. This is the most recent announcement that's happened: MODERN HORIZONS SCHEDULING Today new scheduling has opened in WER. In next couple of days we will be creating an article on magic.wizards.com about the launch of European Modern Series – a series of events based in WPN stores featuring Modern and Modern Horizons

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Changes in the West!

Hi all! There have been some changes in the Area Captaincy of the West (which, for the record, is for judges in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire). has served the area for a significant amount of time, and while stepping up his judging activity to the international stage, has found himself in the position where he would like to pass on the reins. Bristol-based will be the poor soul attempting to fill Guy's boots, but I'm excited about what she can bring to the role in

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“What are you looking at?!” – Body Language in Judging

Picture the scene: you're judging at a prerelease, you get a call, and you have to tell someone an interaction doesn't work how they want it to. No sweat. You've seen other judges do this tons of times and no-one seems to get upset by it. But somehow when you do it you find the player getting belligerent and disagreeing with you, even though you said all the same things you've heard other judges say in this situation. Where did you go wrong? Now maybe you just got that player. Maybe they were

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New South Africa Area Captain – Clint Lee!

Hi all! I'm very pleased to announce the new Area Captain for South Africa. We had a number of skilled applicants apply, and due to the nature of South Africa, I truly believe that they could all have done a wonderful job in the role. I asked for some information in the application announcement, and combining that with my own knowledge of the candidates, information from the outgoing Area Captain, and the local Level 3s, I'm happy to announce Clint Lee as the new AC for South Africa. Congratulations,

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UKISA Hoodies – Round 2 – 48 hours left!

Hi everyone! Just a quick notice to mention that there are now enough hoodie orders to close the order form. I'm going to give any stragglers a couple of days to get things sorted, and accept any order made on or before Friday 16th. After that date, payment information will be shipped out, and as soon as I can, make the order. I'll do my best to get everything sorted by Liverpool, but no promises. For anyone still lacking that information, please check out the form link: HERE. Thanks! Jack

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UKISA Judge Maintenance – 2018

Hi, friends! The end of 2018 approaches, and with it, a new batch of maintenance. Most of you realise, that when you took a judge exam and interview, you were agreeing to a level of activity for that level, that we generally assess at the end of each calendar year. I'm going to quickly explain how this works for each level, along with anything you need to do. Level 1 Judges As some of you may have experienced last year, we started using JudgeApps event data (as well as additional

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UKISA State of the Region 2018

Hi friends, For those of you who were unable to attend, I gave a "State of the Region" presentation at the National Conference in Peterborough. I wanted to share this with you just in case people missed stuff -- I like to make presentations without text, but a lot of these should be relatively self-explanatory, talking about retiring Area Captains, new Area Captains, regional swag, some regional stats, and some obligatory cat pictures. Any questions about this one? Clarifications you want

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