Miscommunication? You need to make a decision!

There are a few situations that can severely damage a game despite no player committed an actual infraction. One of the most common is a disagreement on the current game state following a below average, not to say inexistent, communication, while no CPV was committed.     The instinctive reaction: Backing up   In these situations, it is tempting to rewind the game state up to the last moment both players agreed on what happened. However, I’ll be blunt: This almost

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Backing up : Philosophy and Methodology

The MIPG states that, when a Game Rule Violation happens, there are two possible options: “[…] Perform the fix specified unless a simple backup is possible” “Otherwise, a backup may be considered or the game state may be left as is.”   This raises quite a few questions: When is a backup “simple” enough? When should a judge consider a backup as opposed to leaving the game state as it is?   When I’m consulted for a backup as a L3+ judge or when

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Handling end of matches

Especially at GPs, where the stakes are high, the chances that two players end up in a situation where it would be beneficial for them to commit Bribery or Improperly Determining a Winner are high as well. If you would like more information about these two infractions, I wrote this article a while ago.   Be active, not passive Since Bribery and Improperly Determining a Winner are infractions that can be identified even if the player was not aware that they did something illegal, it’s

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Reporting a Looking at Extra Cards penalty

Today we would like to focus on the purpose of writing comments for penalties resulting from Looking at Extra Cards (LEC). All LEC infractions are very similar: A player saw a card he should not have seen If the card was unknown, it will be shuffled back into the random portion of the deck.   However, the impact of the infraction on the game can greatly vary. Let’s take two currently classic examples: The turn before, Nicholas killed Andy’s . No player even notices Andy

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