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Mekka - Copenhagen Gaming Center, Denmark

Michael Kastberg

I was not originally asked by the event organizer to help judge the tournament, I simply voluntered to help, once I saw how many people had turned up. The head (and at that time only) judge was Martin Beck (Lv. III), and I figured that he would have his hands full, if he was both to make rulings, hand out warnings and take in result as the matches ended. So I gave up my pre-registration in order to have the oppotunity to judge under his supervision.

Due to the troubles of dealing with all the people that had turned up for the event, we where a bit delayed. Something like one and a half hour! We had to bring extra tables and chairs from other rooms, and that took a considerable amout of time, since these were, well, less accessable...

But we ended up with almost 60 people in the tournament, which, by the way, was a seven round swiss event, with sealed-deck being the format.

But we got started, and it went just fine from there. At least to begin with. I walked along the tables, and checked that all players had written their name and DCI number on the registration papers. Last tournament we had several warning concerning deck lists. Amasingly, everybody had done it right...

The tournament went on for awhile, with no real problems. Only there was a minor misunderstanding. Some of the players were under the impression, that when time was called, the current turn, would not be a part of the six turns. But this was easily corrected, we just adressed the issue before allowing round 2 to begin.

The few questions that did came up, was mainly about the way that 6ed. worked. Timing of spells and activated abilities, are still a problem for some people. Even some of the regular tournament players. But it seems like just about everyone, has a good understanding, of how the stack works during combat. There was only a few interesting problems:

A player calls me over, and asks me, if a Phyrexian Ghoul could be sac'ed to itself. My quick response was a: "Sure", and I walked away, as it seemed like the players had gotten the answer they were looking for. But I should have collected more information, since they now thought, that it was possible to sac' the Phyrexian Ghoul to itself and put four damage on the stack. I think I learned an important lesson there.

Another minor problem that arose was, when a player wanted to make sure just how cards like Planar Collapse worked. Apparently, the card had been ruled two different ways, during a tournament the player had participated in recently. I told him, that PV would only be sacrificed, if its condition was also true when the psudo-spell resolved from the stack. This was based on rule:

410.8. Triggered abilities with a condition [for example, "When(ever) <trigger>, if <condition>, <event>"] check for the condition to be true as part of the trigger event; if it isn't, the ability doesn't trigger. The ability checks the condition again on resolution. If it's not satisfied, the ability does nothing.

Since the sac' is a part of the resolution, then even though the trigger is on the stack, PV should not get sac', if the condition is no longet true on resolution.

Nothing really spectacular happend, until, I think it was during round 6, where we disqualified two players. It went like this: I was walking through the room, waiting for somebody to require my help. One of the players comes up to me, and tells me, that I should probably watch a match at a particular table. The player had player at the table next to them, and had seen one of the player cheat. At least he felt very sure, that he had cheated (taking back lifepoints, when his opponent was not looking). The player had adressed this to the cheating player, who had told him not to interfere, and just mind his own buisness. So I sad down, and watched the game. It was during the second game, and it quickly ended. The score was now 1-1. But there where only a few minuts left. The players started to talk in swedish, and since I don't understand one word of swede, my thoughts drifted for a few moments, while they where shuffling and talking. Suddenly another player, also watching the game "woke me" and told me that the players where about to use a dice, in order to determind, who should win the game, and thereby the match. I quickly adressed the situation to the players, and asked them, what the dice was to be used for. One player asked:"Can't we just roll a dice?" with a small grin on his face. I said that Collusion was illegal, and that I would have to disqualify them from the tournament, if they proceded. They then started talking in swede again. I should, of course, have instructed them to conduct the remaining part of the match in english. At that point a player asked me a question, and I turned my head one second. The two players tried to take advantage of that, and quickly tossed the dice, covering the result with their hands. But it was too late. I saw it. No doubt. I called the Head Judge (Beck) and explained the situation to him. He told the players, that they had already been warned, and therefor disqualified them. His first disqualification ever.

This was pretty much the highlights of the event, at least from a judging point of view. The rest went smooth. But my God, it was late when we finished...

Michael kastberg, Lv. II judge, Denmark

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