Tournament Error — Slow Play

IntroductionSlow Play is an oft misunderstood infraction in the Magic Infraction Procedure Guide. It is one of the few infractions that are largely subjective. How much time is too long to take a game action? What if the board state is extremely complicated? What if it's an empty board? Before we start answering these questions, we need to take a look at how the MIPG defines Slow Play to get a starting point.TARDINESS, STALLING OR SLOW PLAY?By Matteo CallegariThere are three different infractions

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Game Play Error — Failure to Reveal

Note: This article is slightly outdated as the corresponding section of the MIPG has since been merged with Game Rule Violation. However, the philosophy described in there is still valid. Magic: the Gathering is a game of hidden information. Failure to Reveal (FtR) is the infraction that enforces playing correctly with hidden information. Failure to Reveal is one of the least well understood penalties in the entire Magic Infraction and Procedure Guide (MIPG). Difficulties arise in part because

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Tournament Error — Deck/Decklist Problem

Lost cards, illegal decklists, failures to desideboard are all common mistakes. Knowing how to fix them properly is indeed very useful, but there's many branches to follow to apply the rules correctly. and walk you through the reasoning.The Rule The Exploration:Areas of ApplicationDeck/ Decklist problems cover a number of different issues: Discrepancies between the deck and the decklist. The deck and/ or the decklist fail to comply with tournament or format rules, for example by containing

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Game Play Error — Game Rule Violation

Game Rule Violations (GRV) are the most common infractions players can commit. Their impact on the game varies can be none but can also drastically change the course of the game. Why does the infraction work the way it does? How should a judge deal with it? brings us to the depths of this pretty large infraction.What is a Game Rule Violation?DefinitionIt is easiest to define this infraction by outlining what it isn't. While most infractions can be recognised by certain specific characteristics, this

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