|Foreign BD at PT-LA (side event)
Feb 7, 2000
PT LA Side Events area - Long Beach, CA USA
OK, here is a rather dull judging report. This was an 8-person booster
draft with foreign cards. It was originally intended to be an English-only
draft, but all players agreed to foreign cards, so foreign cards it was. I
was a bit nervous about this, as I don't read Asian languages, but there
were enough bystanders who volunteered to translate that I didn't see it
as a problem (all I needed was help in identifying cards which I didn't
recognize from the artwork). As it turned out, this was never an issue.
The most difficult part of the draft was rounding everyone up; I had 2
players disappear, and had to find replacements for them. Everyone was a
bit bleary-eyed, as this was the last draft of the event, starting around
3:00 a.m., but we were all game to go...
I wasn't called upon to make any judging calls for my event, but a nearby
draft seemed to have lost their judge, so I was called upon to make
rulings for that draft as well. They weren't difficult rulings - e.g. why
you can only use Rootwater Thief's triggered ability once per combat.
While I was a bit uneasy about acting in a judge capacity for an event for
which I was not an official judge, I thought that the sorts of rulings I
was called upon to make (just explaining how cards worked) was acceptable.
If there had been a more serious bit of judging to be done (involving any
sort of dispute between players), I would have made sure that either the
official judge of that event was found, or if that proved impossible, see
to it that I was instated as a judge for that event.
I wandered from match to match during the event, and didn't observe
anything which required my intervention. I did observe the power of the
Preditor and of Lin Sivvi (Lin Sivvi proved more potent). Happily (from a
judging standpoint), the final round went rather quickly, as we were in
danger of prematurely terminating the round as a result of getting kicked
off of the boat at 6:00 a.m. We just beat the deadl ine, and went
stumbling happily home...