Yes, preventing. But let's start with detection and identification! We've all had to deal at least once with these situations where two players disagree on enough elements about the game that one of them is probably lying. That's what is often referred to as a "he said/she said situation" - a term created so long ago that it should totally disappear in favor of "they said/they said situation". Detecting Lying? Before moving further down the road, it's important to assess
A Floor Judge Investigation
I've written numerous articles about investigations that you can find at various places on this blog. Nearly all of them are written from the HJ point of view and while I selfishly believe they're instructive, I'm under the impression they don't achieve as much as they could. Indeed, like I've pointed in this article, there is no good HJ investigation without a great FJ investigation. This week-end at the WMC, I've happened to be on the Floor watching a match, during which a mistake occurred.
Investigating, step 0: Knowing when to investigate
Note: All of the scenarios described in this article are based on real life situations. However, some of them have been edited so as to serve better the needs of this article. They are in no way meant to be a public statement about investigations that have been led. A while ago, I published an article named Investigating: The Role of the Floor Judge, one of its first sentences reading: “Judges detect issues, analyse situations and then make the decision whether a situation is worth
Investigating Life Totals corrected to an incorrect number
Life totals discrepancies happen many times. With Fetchlands, Shocklands and Painlands being heavily played and the fact players are often more focused on the card they cast than on the lands they tap for mana, the odds players end up tracking their life totals incorrectly are high. This means that the potential for this to be abused is fairly high. Intentionally tracking an incorrect life totals is — almost — always Cheating. Cheating with own life totals Let’s