Shahar, I Am So, So Sorry!!!

I thought about finding a cute image to go with this opening text, but I don't want to belittle a serious situation.  Bottom line, I failed the trust of a good person, Shahar Shenhar, and nothing I can say or do can offset that.  I've already apologized to him, in person, at the event, but this apology really needs to extend its scope to anyone who can read this (and most of those who won't). There's been plenty of talk about the situation, on reddit and other forums, and - like so many internet Read more [...]

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Tournament Reports! (or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb)

You may have noticed, lots of Tournament Reports are being written and shared.  You see, there's this requirement, for L2 judges to maintain their level, that includes writing - you guessed it! - a tournament report. At first, I was worried that it'd just be a lot of noise - more reasons to turn off Notifications, or maybe mass-delete e-mails (and risk missing something).  I was also worried that, in my role as Moderator, I'd be a very, very busy boy.  Well, it's true that there's been a noticeable Read more [...]

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L4+ Summary – more of that +

So, by now, many of you have noticed that we have a new L5! I'm guessing that some of you might be curious how that came to pass... Well, it all started when one of the other L4s sent me a post that basically read "Why the BLEEP isn't Kevin already L5?!" OK, that might not be an exact quote... in fact, it wasn't anything like that, it was a very carefully crafted explanation of why they thought Kevin deserved a promotion.  I had been thinking along the same lines, so I passed that recommendation Read more [...]

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L4+ Summary, Sep-Oct 2013

Yes, it has been a very busy two months - not just for me, but for the L4+ in general.  During these last two months, we've had about 550 messages and almost six dozen different topics.  But enough with the sympathy-seeking, we know we won't get it (and probably don't really deserve it - heh!) ... instead, here's the highlights of our e-chats! Of course, I'll be condensing - a lot! - so you don't risk brain cramp while reading.  And in that vein, I'll just mention that we had discussion ranging Read more [...]

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L4+ Summary, August 2013

...so, where did I leave off in July's summary?  Oh, yeah - we were talking about the change in philosophy re: deck list counting and judge priorities (customer service #1)... that was still a hot topic, as we moved into... August - despite the laziness and vacations associated with summer (apologies to our Southern Hemisphere readers) - was a fairly active month, with over 250 messages, 40 different threads.  We talked about GPs in Rimini, Calgary, Warsaw, Kitakyushu, and the WMC in Amsterdam; Read more [...]

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L4+ Summary, July 2013

Another twenty dozen e-mails, more than two dozen topics ... yep, just another month in the life of L4+ judges.  Oh, and, we might have run a few GPs, too.  And we discussed Kansas City, Miami and Houston... but more on that, later. We also discussed some more things that happened in Vegas.  Here's a fun one: when does the round officially end - when the clock runs out? or, when the announcement is made over the PA?  We agreed that, if the players are watching the clock, or if there's a judge Read more [...]

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L4+ Summary, June 2013

June claims to have 30 conversations and 212 messages (and I've deleted a few "me too"s). First, the tidbits (i.e., the stuff I can quickly gloss over while you wait for the juicy parts): Jeff Morrow updated us on the status of L3 testing, and we discussed candidates' progress; you'll notice a few new L3s at our last few events - we been busy! We agreed that Pardic Dragon is (a) really bad when you Suspend him, and (b) probably not a serious concern, even though a non-zero number of players Read more [...]

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L4+ Summary, May 2013

Just 161 messages for the merry month of May, and only a couple dozen new topics.  In fact, this threatens to be the least interesting of my summaries - and I've just started this blog!  Perhaps blogging about our doings doomed us to the Land of the Ordinary and Mundane? In fact, there really isn't anything earth-shattering or even moderately interesting that I can share.  I could pretend that we're busily discussing all sorts of super-sekrit plans ... but even that didn't happen (much), in Read more [...]

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April L4+ Summary

April was a quiet month, only about half as many messages (176) as in March (375)... but we still touched on 42 different topics.  (Note that these numbers do not represent scientific or statistically accurate or whatever official-sounding words I could throw out there...  I'll admit to destroying - rarely regenerating! - some number of "me too!" messages.) So, what's new in the world of L4s & L5s & Andy (oh my)?  Surprisingly, most of this month's discussion continued unfinished discussions Read more [...]

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