MTG: Event Awareness

MTG: Event Awareness

Most events run smoothly: players arrive, register, round pairings are posted, calls get answered, results are collected and entered, final pairings are posted, and prizes are distributed. But in some events, something unexpected happens, and that nice and easy routine gets derailed, which can cause discomfort for players and staff (such as delays), threaten the […]

MTG: Teams at a Large Event

MTG: Teams at a Large Event

When one starts judging, they probably do so as a standalone judge. We know that as long as events are small enough, a single judge can handle all the tasks needed: cut a few slips, announce the round, answer some questions. As the tournament grows in number of players, it will also grow in terms […]

MTG: Planning to Lead

MTG: Planning to Lead

“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower The first time I heard this quote was at Pro Tour Nagoya 2011, from Head Judge Scott Marshall. That moment changed my approach to event preparation forever. If “plans are worthless”, why “planning is everything”? The truth is, reality is unpredictable and no plan […]

MTG: LTO Self-Review

Now that you have taken and passed the required Logistics and Tournament Operations courses, it’s time to reflect! Self-Evaluation is a skill that is easy to start and difficult to master. The key to self-growth on your way to Level 3 is to be honest with yourself about where your strengths and weaknesses are, and […]