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APAC Championship

Miguel Suaco

Miguel A. Suaco (Level I)
Report on APAC Championships
July 7-9, 2000
Plaza Hollywood Mall, Hong Kong

My first APAC Championship as a judge. With around 133 players and 12 rounds over two days before the top 8 finals, I was suprised at the clean way the event run.

Day One was booster Draft of the Masques Block with a redraft after round three. Day two was 6 rounds of Standard, Prophecy legal.

There were tons of judges. It was a sea of red shirts (the staff shirts)during the first two days with about 30 judges helping out several more senior judges. Chris Zantides was head judge.

I worked under Mark Brown of Australia and our staff did the usual deck checks, patrol, and logistics help (e.g. setup and cleanup, handing out player packs, etc.). I was amazed at the efficiency of the staff. Some other judges and I compared notes about how much we can learn from the various judging styles and organization management. Among the observations were how well Adrian Teh's organization efficiency blended with Ron Foster's public relations skills, etc. I do dream of making level 3 someday but this event shows that I have much to learn, especially about the organization and management aspect of judging.

Ran into several near problems. The first of which was the way a player during the draft selected his cards in the most skilled way. Literally skirting the edges of making a second choice. He would put cards he was considering to draft face down on the table one at a time. Then he would pick those up and obviously have a hard time selecting. The only reason why he was never accused of changing his decision was that only at the last second, he would place his selected card in a different pile (the selected cards).

Another near problem was that in day two, I caught a player separate his lands and nonland cards during the sideboard process. He pile shuffled then rifle shuffled. I was relieved when the opponent shuffled his deck. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with his shuffle... just the seeding he did in between rounds because I personally think that it creates an unfair advantage. I'm glad opponents may shuffle the other person's deck.

Still on the shuffle, a player approached me when his opponent shuffled his deck after a search effect asking if it was legal. I said yes, the opponent may shuffle your deck and you have the option of a final cut.

Finally, another "basic" ruling that a lot of judges don't know is that when a match gets timed out, they still write "1" on the draw column. A player disbelieved me saying that another judge awarded a draw in a previous match instead of the "0" I was awarding. Ron Foster came over and explained how the draw affects the ratings calculation for tiebreakers.

Speaking of tiebreakers on that situation (a 1-1-0 record for the match), I'm wondering how to record it on the DCI Reporter. Day 2 of the APAC was the first time I used DCI Reporter so I didn't get a chance to browse around all the functions. Thankfully, I didn't screw up in inputting the data. Can't wait for my own CD.

I guess that's it for now. Kudos to the staff for making it a fun and educational experience. I honestly believe I'll be ready for level 2 soon but do think I'm a long way off from making level 3. Comments, questions, and violent reactions may be pointed to suackie@excite.com



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