12th December 1999
We organize Type I Tournaments each month for more then a year now.
Sometimes they are sanctioned and sometimes not, due to some circumstances
beyond my control. This time I sanctioned the tournament myself, and took
care of everything.
We played 5 rounds of Swiss. I played in the tournament as well, and
therefore we used Three-Judge System. I was the head judge.
At the beginning I was thinking about the REL 2 or 3 for this tournament,
but beacuse a lot of new and young players showed up I had to decrease the
REL downto 1. Most of them play Magic: the Gathering(R) for a month or
two, and giving them a match loss for something they didn't knew about
wasn't a good idea.
The tournament started at 4.30pm, as it was scheduled for. I was playing
Black-Green Land Destruction with Nether Voids.
There was less questions and problems then I expected. I gave only one
caution at the tournament: One of the spectators told me that something is
wrong in one of the ongoing games. The player had in play Tropical Island,
Taiga, Savannah Lions, and Mother of Runes. I asked him how did he played
both of the creatures without a white mana. Neither him nor his opponent
noticed it. He put both creatures into his graveyard, but I told him that
he can't do that, because too much time has passed, and it is better to
leave them where they are, and I issued him a Caution, because it was a
Procedural Error - Misrepresentation, and it was unintentional. He
My friend - Adam "Puzon" Strzelecki was first with his Necro-Machine, I
was second, and my other friend - Michal "Zajac" Krolak was third with a
blue Total Control deck.
Michal was playing 4 Ports, and after tournament he told me that he have
won 4 games using only Ports and tapping opponents' Cities of Brass. Once
again this proved that ports are broken and should be banned in Standard
and Restricted in Classic.
I played against the first place deck after the tournament. All of his
Swamps and some other cards were from Alpha edition, and I saw something
that made me think a little. He used Black-Shield Protectors, but I could
distinguish either that card on top of his deck was from Alpha or other
edition by taking a closer look at the protector. After a little time of
playing (and I really mean a little), you can see a silhouette of a card
on the sleeve, and you'll know if a card is alpha or not. If it will
happen during the tournament in the future I'll tell him to either change
the sleeves to a new ones, or use non-alpha cards. I don't know if this
will be ok with the rules, and I don't think allowing playing with alpha
cards in tournaments was a good idea.
I'd like to hear any opinions about the last paragraph, and if this has
happened to other judges as well.
Marcin Sciesinski - email@example.com