134 players attended this function, which the hotel space easily
accommodated. While not perfect registration proceeded good enough to
start round 1 by 10:58. A shortage of pens, players who new their DCI
number, players who could write well enough for another human being to
read, players making last minute deck list, etc all slowed but did not
cripple the registration process.
Thomas Pannell (level 3) was the Head Judge along with myself (level 1,)
Tyler Sexton and a new Judge who's name escapes me. The new Judge took
his level 1 test in the same crowded, noisy room as the main event, no
easy task. He was discouraged at first taking the test, I tried to
encourage him and gave him the advice that the rules were a LOT easier to
read after you have taken your first test. On a very positive note for
me, Thomas has agreed to test to other level 1 candidates here in Atlanta.
We are woefully short staffed for Certified Judges for the size of the
Atlanta magic community.
A suggestion for the people who generate the player registration sheets,
the top 3 lines should be DCI number, First Name, Last Name. This will
make your data entry person much happier as this is the order for data
entry. I am going to create a form with 8 large blocks for a DCI number,
15 medium blocks for First Name and 15 medium blocks for Last Name. We
will see how well these work at the JSS this weekend. I am going to print
these on 3 whole punch stock.
Has anyone tried stapling a blank deck sheet under a blank registration
form? I was once again astounded by how many players failed to understand
they must turn in both documents for a tournament. I am undecided if 2
sheets stapled together will add or reduce confusion. Regardless I am
placing a HUGE block on the deck sheet for Last Name Initial above the 8
large blocks for DCI number.
While I understand the appeal of placing the main event in front and side
events to the back of your function space, I would recommend that side
events be placed to the side, not rear of the function space. Player foot
traffic always causes problems toward the front, and I would just assume
that judges do not have to yell through the event to tell side players
where booster draft X is starting.
The players were great this tournament, with more positive feedback from
happy players than angry feedback from disgruntled players. 50 minute
rounds went smoothly as follows:
Round 1 10:58 AM
Round 2 12:08 PM
Round 3 13:14 PM
Round 4 14:21 PM
Round 5 15:27 PM
Round 6 16:28 PM
Round 7 17:35 PM
Round 8 18:40 PM
RULINGS I MADE (Nothing unusual)
1) Enchantress allows you to draw a card when an enchantment is played,
regardless if it was countered.
2) Undiscovered Paradise returns to your hand during your next untap
phase, not at end of turn. There must be some folk lore out there that
Undiscovered Paradise has been errata to EOT. Not a problem for me since
I had loaded the 23 Feb Oracle text on my (not the DCI Reporter) Laptop.
3) Playing instants "picked up via Necopotence" during end of turn before
4) Negator blocked by Negator: Placing Negator damage on the stack then
pinging the Negator with a Masticore to sacrifice 1 (not 5) permanents.
5) No damage from Mana Vault with Necropotence in play.
6) Creature with 0 toughness buried as a state based effect (several
7) No player has priority while Undiscovered Paradises are returning to
8) Trample damage Negator vs. Warrior En Cor. Player must do at least 2
damage to Warrior before trampling to player.
9) Replenish resolving places all enchantment (comes into play) effects on
the stack before any player may add to the stack.
10) Global vs. Local Enchantments (this one surprised me at a Pro Tour
11) Cannot sacrifice permanents after Pox resolves for Life and Land but
before creatures are sacrificed (I used the ";" vs. "." explanation.
I explained case #9 to the player for about 5 minutes before calling
Thomas over to explain the same thing with a different voice. In my
judging style I try to explain how the rules work, speaking in complete
sentences. Thomas explained to the player why he could not play the card
he wanted to play. Maybe players prefer this method.
Please e-mail me if listing my rulings on a tournament report:
A) need more detail
B) are just fine
c) are a waste of your time
Top 5 most asked questions (and how I plan to fix them next time:)
1) What time is it?
I had posted when each round ended on the wall behind the desk.
Unfortunately there was no clock in the room. I will fix that problem
weekend at the JSS.
2) Where can I get something to eat?
Thomas had decided to play though the 8 rounds of Swiss in order to finish
the playoffs before noon. This modified the above question to "Where can
I get something to eat before the next round starts." I plan to have maps
to local fast food restaurants at the JSS.
3) Is Nemesis legal?
Some players (especially the players from small markets) seem to have
heard this "two month rule." More folklore. I will place a notice with
the eligible card sets for Standard at the entrance.
4) Are you buying cards?
Remind me to place a large sign over the head of any dealer, and place
them far away from the registration desk.
5) Are you signing up booster drafts?
See above #4.
If any other Judge could send me their top five rules questions I am
planning to post a top 25 FAQ at the entry to my next event.
Level 1 Judge
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