This report is a cautionary tale. My name is Mark Carroll and I'm a
level 2 judge. The tournament was Standard at a local store, New
Frontiers in NY USA, and had a prizes of a box of Revised, which made
players a bit more serious than usual. There were 23 players and it
was decided to have 4 rounds of swiss and a Top 8.
Tournament registration went smoothly with a few new DCI members. The
first round pairings were generated, but they stubbornly refuse to be
displayed. After much panic and fiddling around it was discovered that
logging in as administrator solved the problem. Moral: Don't install
DCI Reporter on windows 2000 10 minutes before a tournament.
The four rounds of swiss went smoothly. I had to have a few players
restart their matches for starting early. There were a number of rules
questions, the more complicated involving replenish decks. The
question I remember was involved dueling Parallax Waves while an
Opalesence was in play, I ruled only the last Wave effect to be put on
the stack would remove the other Wave from the game, because of the
When the swiss was over and I was setting up the top 8 and discovered
that my assumptions on how many rounds the tournament should have were
wrong as the program kept telling there were still rounds to go.
Reading the helpme solved the problem. Moral: Don't do something new
without testing it before the tournament. It may be easy to figure
out, but for those few minutes you look like an idiot.
During the first round of the top eight a spectator came up to me to
report cheating he had witnessed. Upon investigation, I found that the
spectator hadn't seen a tutor played that made the "cheating" perfectly
legal. Moral: Tread softly when investigating cheating, it prevents
you from feeling like an oaf afterwards.