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Europe Central Digital Mock Tournament #1

Game:Magic The Gathering
Region:Europe - Central
Date/Time (Europe/Berlin):Date(s) - 2021 Feb 06
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
Date/Time (Europe/Berlin):Date(s) - 2021 Feb 6
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Categories:Judge Conference
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Europe Central Digital Mock Tournament #1

Welcome to the first digital mock tournament. This is a conference in the form of an online tournament, well actually 3 tournaments. The goal is to get all judges familiar with judging/admin(ing) a competitive online tournament by doing so in a controlled environment. Controlled means that there are no players flaming about mistakes on reddit, but there should be happening more than at a normal tournament.

What do you need?

You need to have done the Digital IPG and Digital MTR courses on Judgeacademy and passed the quizzes for those modules. You’ll need a microphone, discord, an MTG Melee account, and an MTG Arena account.

What will happen? (aka Schedule)

You’ll be put into 3 groups, called A, B, and C the day before the conference.

Times are subject to change as we might get delayed during the day.

At 9.00 am CET we start the day with a briefing on MTG Melee and how we run bigger online tournaments.

At 10.30 CET  we will start with Tournament A. In Tournament A, group A will be the admin team and group B and C will play two rounds of an Arena tournament and will get prompts about “mistakes” they should make or problems they’ll have.

After this tournament there will be a 1 hour break to get some lunch in.

At 13.30 CET we will start Tournament B, with group B as admins. A and C will be playing.

After that we will have a 30 minute break to recharge.

At 16.00 CET we will start Tournament C, with group C as admins. A and B will be playing.

After finishing the tournament we will meet again for a debriefing and feedback, which can hopefully happen at 18.30 CET.

Please note that this schedule is optimistic, but I seriously hope to be finished at 20.00 even with delays.

What do you get?

You get some hands on experience on the inner workings of a competitive online tournament mentored by experienced judges, which includes customer service, mtgmelee usage, and arena trouble shooting, as well as applying the digital IPG and MTR.

What about Foils?

Judge Academy supports this conference and thus every participant that is a certified L1+ judge with Judge Academy will receive foils. To be eligibile for foils, you have to be admin in one of the tournaments and play in the other two. Playing is equally important as without players, the tournament won’t work.

Can I help somehow without fully participating?

If you for example just want to play in one or more of the tournaments, you’re gladly encouraged to do so. There will be no foil support for that, but I’ll be thankful and will try to find some digital goodies as a thank you. It obviously can also be a nice way to experience a tournament on melee and arena for the first time, if you haven’t done already.

You can also just drop in to the mtgmelee briefing in the morning.

How can I apply?

You can apply just by clicking on the button on the bottom of this page. As this conference is limited to 30 participants (teams of 10 admins are already huge), applications are limited to Europe Central until January 17th. After that it is open to judges around the globe. As I want to have the full amount of judges, I will keep a waiting list and kindly ask you to cancel as soon as you know that you are not able to attend.

Anything else?

I know that an 11 hour conference is a lot of time, especially in a digital environment, but all other alternatives were even worse. I hope the breaks make it more enjoyable and with the playing times, it is hopefully not too taxing all day.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email (locu (ät] gmx [döt) de) or as Locu#1351 on discord.



Christian Gienger

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