|Standard using 3-judge rule-Orem, UT
Format: Standard (using the 3-judge rule)
Location: Games People Play, University Mall, Orem, UT
Rounds: 3 + Top 4
Judges: Head: Me
Second: Cole Thomas
Third: Ben Hakanson
So I get to the mall for today's tournament, and have fun playing my
proxied Bargain and Acc. Blue decks while we wait to get 8. Eventually, we
barely get there, and the mad scramble to borrow cards begins. We get
everybody registered, and I figure out the judging situation. I am the
certified judge there, so I make myself head; Cole has been Third judge a
lot when we play drafts, and no one else has any experience, so I make
second and Ben third (since he is a decent player, and knows the rules
I get everybody into the computer, and Ben (Jones, a person who works at
store) takes everybody's money, and we get started.
This round runs semi-smoothly. The first 2 rounds, we have to wait for a
long time because Ben (Jones) and Cole are the two people responsible for
the store, so while one plays, the other has to help customers.
The only problem is when I slip up in my game. My opponent attacks with a
Flesh Reaver, and I block with a Nightwind Glider. I go to adjust his die,
and he asks about the damage. I say it's prevented, and he says "So the
Reaver actually deals 0, right?" I agree, and re-adjust his die.
There were no problems in this round, only a funny situation in my game.
(Jones) is playing Green, and attacks with a Rancored Llanowar Elf and
Treetop Village. I block with my Defiant Falcon, and when he goes to
Symbiosis the 2 (which I knew he had in his hand from a Land Grant), I
Cho-Manno's Blrssing on his Elf!! Laughs all around.
This round went somewhat faster, since Cole and Ben J. took an intentional
draw (since they were the only 2-0's) and went to have a store meeting. No
problems here either.
The cut to top 4 went well also, since there was a clear break at 6 match
I get to play Cole, and Ben J. gets Ryan. 2 matches of Green vs. Rebel.
In my match, I have to hand out the first warning I have ever given at the
store. I had a Ramosian Sargent out (3,T : get a rebel w/converted mana
2 or less), and while Cole is Plowing my lands under and Fallow Earthing
lands, when I have 3 mana, I am getting Gliders (3 converted mana cost). I
am about to win the game when I notice the problem (and Cole hadn't
either, as well as Ben H. (the third judge watching the match)). I
only give notices for everything short of intentional cheating at the
but my error sped up the game greatly, so I give myself a warning
Ben H. gives it, since Cole and I are playing). (I said it was a
game-altering error, but Cole disagrees and thinks I would have won
Ben asks afterwards, "Am I supposed to correct that if I see it?" I answer
yes. (A good teaching moment, since this (I think) is his first judging
Cole ends up winning the next 2 games handily, so I don't feel as bad
Ben J. wins, so we have a match of the employees in the finals, which Cole
All in all, a great time was had by all. See you at regionals in Salt
Level 2 Judge