rommania asked: Alan has Griselbrand in graveyard and casts reanimate. Neither player marks the life total change. Alan then pays to draw 7 cards, both players mark the change. He then does it again and both players mark the change, only now realizing that he shouldn't have been able to draw the second time. What's the ruling? I say it's too broken to fix, failure to maintain game state to both, probably also a GRV to Alan, if not drawing extra cards.
(Assuming we’re at Competitive REL)
We can’t make any partial fixes here, so we either rewind all the way to Reanimate’s resolution (putting 14 random cards from Alan’s hand back on top of his library) or we leave the game as it is. This one is a tough call, but I’m inclined to rewind here. Yes, Alan has a lot of information he shouldn’t have, but both players are responsible for making sure that the game proceeds in a legal fashion, and I’d rather have 7 known cards on top of his library than in his hand. I’m sure plenty of judges would disagree with me, though.
As for infractions, Alan gets a warning for a game rule violation, and his opponent gets a warning for failure to maintain gamestate. (FtMGS is never ever awarded to both players. It’s a non-upgradable warning given to the opponents of players making game play errors who don’t catch those errors in time. We award FtMGS so that we can track it over time and see if any player is “allowing” a lot of sloppy play from their opponents.)
Thanks, Charlotte! This one was bothering me and I was flip-flopping on the ruling a bit (for the record, I did originally suggest rewinding all the way, when discussing this hypothetical with another judge).
I also apparently can’t ask via a side blog.
xynxox asked: I want to become a judge, but what if there's no judges anywhere near my area, or what if judges around never seem to have time to help me out, what can I do?
Contact your Regional Coordinator!
Regional Coordinators are the judges in charge of overseeing large areas and making sure that judges and judge candidates in those regions have the resources they need.
If you’re having trouble contacting your Regional Coordinator, let me know in a message including your name, location, and email address and I’ll be happy to help put you in touch.
I just wanted to point out that there is an initiative in the judge community to provide remote judging assistance. I’m not sure how far along it is yet, but it’s certainly something a group of us have thought of.
The idea is to help with exactly this; bringing up new judge communities in areas where judges are sparse or not there at all.
midnightlibrary asked: So there are a number of library cards in Magic (Library of Lat-Nam, Library of Alexandria, etc.), but the only two librarians are an orc and a horror (not exactly who I'd want in charge of a library). What's the deal? As a librarian who plays Magic I'd love for their to be more librarians in future sets!
You’re forgetting Phyrexian Librarian from Unhinged. : )
But a librarian horror fits right in to the Night Vale universe.
Now that the hubbub is over and people have played at pre-releases and stuff, what do people think of Born of the Gods so far? How about how it interacts with Theros?
I still think Tromokratis is just way too fun to play. In limited it’s strong and really isn’t that hard to make it to 7 mana. In 2HG it’s actually bananas, because the defending TEAM has to be able to block with all creatures. What a monster.
I also called an awesome combo that I got to see in action while judging:
Arbiter of the Ideal + Tromokratis
The player was essentially top-decking at this point, inspired the Arbiter right into Tromokratis. That was game for their opponent.
I like the set a lot and can’t wait to see more interactions with it.
Deathrite Shaman banned in Modern.
Wild Nacatl and Bitterblossom unbanned in Modern.
Oh, also, Sylvan Primordial is banned in Commander. And here’s the explanation:
It’s been almost a year since the banned list for Commander was altered, as we feel the format continues to grow, games are reasonably diverse where their players want them to be, and we want to keep the banned list as short as practical.
That said, there is one card which has drawn an increasing amount of ire over the past year. We feel Sylvan Primordial is causing far more problems than its contributions justify, and that the format will be better off without it. It meets many of the heuristic markers for a banned card, insofar as it invalidates many other creatures as search targets and causes arguments about whether its use is degenerate or reasonable. It can be easily accelerated into on turn 4 or 5 (before players are expected to have extensive defenses or threats online), at which point it turns a reasonable ramp deck into uninteresting games.
If the card was just a big ramp, or just utility destruction, or just spot land destruction, it would likely be fine but by combining both factors it becomes ubiquitous, frequently overwhelming, and repetitive. After some debate in previous seasons, the committee members all voted in favour of removing it from the format.
I am sad about Deathrite Shaman being banned in Modern, but it kind of had to happen.
As the weekend approaches (and comes early, from my perspective, for some), I wish everyone good luck at their pre-release events. Hope everyone enjoys!
I’ll be talking about cards again once I’ve played with BNG this weekend.
Hoping to pull a Mogis and Tromokratiss. Those look to be my favourites at the moment.
Next week at the Prerelease is my first actual judging experience. Any advice for a new judge? lol
Be sure you are comfortable with the BNG rules enough to explain it to people. You’ll probably get some weird questions and a lot of people asking how specific things (Inspired and Tribute, in this set) work.
Read the “judging at regular” document (since I assume your location isn’t running some sort of weird competitive pre-release).
And, most importantly: have fun!
I may have not been looking hard enough, but it seems to me that I’m the only person not completely in love with the idea of a Magic: the Gathering movie.
Knowing what I know of Hollywood adapting things onto the silver screen, I can’t say I have very high hopes. Here’s to hoping they prove me wrong though.
You aren’t the only one who thinks this might not be a good thing. I hope that they treat it with some respect, but I know that it will most likely not be what everyone is expecting.
There is almost too much stuff to work with, so it becomes difficult to narrow it down. Then there’s the part where this will most likely be a large movie franchise (at least if it does well), like Harry Potter. In that case, do we hope for coherence across the films? Do we follow a single planeswalker’s adventures through the multiverse?
We will all have to wait and see how this pans out and hope for the best, but I don’t think everyone is honestly head over heels with the idea of a big-screen magic movie/s.