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Date(s) - 2021 Dec 11
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NRG Series

Staff Solicitation

Nerd Rage Gaming is excited to present the staff solicitation to work at the NRG Series Milwaukee Trial Weekend on December 11-12, 2021. For more information on this event, please visit the MTG Melee pages for Saturday or Sunday.

Saturday: $5,000 Legacy Trial; Head Judge Elliot Raff

Sunday: $5,000 Modern Trial; Head Judge Landon Liberator

Please read the entire solicitation before applying.


We are accepting applicants for many different roles at this event. You may apply for more than one role. In your application, please specify which role(s) you are applying for.

  • Floor Judge: We will be accepting approx. 8 floor judges for each day.
  • Standby: We will be accepting a limited number of judges in a standby role. More information about this role can be found below.
  • Coverage Spotter: We will be accepting one coverage spotter each day, compensated at the same rate as a floor judge (L1 comp if uncertified).

All Staff: All judges are expected to act in a professional manner as a representative of Nerd Rage Gaming Ltd. All staff members are expected to arrive at the venue by 8:30 AM (venue opens to the public at 9:00 AM). Staff members should be wearing a Magic Judge black shirt, NRG Series judge shirt, or Regional polo shirt along with an undershirt, black belt, black pants, black socks, and comfortable, close-toed shoes. The typical shift will cover all rounds of Swiss. This shift will last approximately 8-10 hours, with a full-round break and a half-round break given at the head judge’s discretion.

Floor Judge: Roles that this staff member may be asked to do include, but are not limited to:

  • answer calls and deliver rulings at Competitive Rules Enforcement Level.
  • answer calls and deliver rulings at Regular Rules Enforcement Level (side events).
  • conduct deck checks at Competitive Rules Enforcement Level.
  • assist with basic scorekeeping duties.
  • help maintain a safe play environment consistent with Nerd Rage Gaming standards.

Coverage Spotter: Roles that this staff member may be asked to do include, but are not limited to:

  • answer calls and deliver rulings/penalties at Competitive Rules Enforcement Level.
  • learn and use Nerd Rage Gaming software to track player’s life totals and other in-game information.
  • assist coverage by communicating between the commentators and the feature match area.
  • help maintain a safe play environment consistent with Nerd Rage Gaming standards.

All staff members will be compensated based on their role and level of expertise. They will receive their compensation in the form of check upon the conclusion of the event and must complete appropriate tax paperwork (W-9 for US citizens). Judges may opt to receive store credit or product instead of cash compensation. Store credit can be spent at the vendor booth, in-store, or at Judges may elect to take product of the most recent Standard set at $80/box. So, for example, an L1 floor judge can choose between $125 paid via check (pending tax form completion), $125 in store credit, or 57 packs of the recent Standard set. Please contact the Judge Manager at least 10 days before the event if you’d like to receive your compensation in product or store credit.


Cash Compensation

Floor Judge (L1)


Floor Judge (L2)


Floor Judge (L3)




Coverage Spotter

Same rate as FJ by level. $125 if uncertified

All judges also receive NRG Judge Rewards points upon the conclusion of the event. Head Judges and Scorekeepers will receive 10 points per day, and all Floor Judges receive 5 points per day. More information about the NRG Judge Rewards program can be found here.

Nerd Rage Gaming uses standby roles at some of our events in order to be able to adjust the size of our judge staff based on attendance. Standby judges should come to the event ready to play with a deck of the appropriate format, but should also bring their judge uniform in case attendance exceeds our expectations. Should a standby not be needed to judge, they will receive free entry into the main event. Should a standby judge become activated, they will be compensated at the typical floor judge rate based on their level. We will try to notify standby judges in advance if we anticipate them being activated, but all activation decisions will be based on the tournament organizer’s discretion at the event. Please specify in your application if you would be willing to accept a standby role.

  • All questions or comments about this application can be directed to NRG Judge Manager Max Kahn at
  • Applicants should be notified regarding their acceptance within 72 hours of the application window closing.
  • We expect applications for all NRG Series events to be fairly competitive. If you apply and are not accepted, please apply again in the future!
  • COVID-19 Policy:This event will be run in accordance with any COVID-19 health and safety protocols as directed by the venue, municipality, state, and country. All staff members must be fully vaccinated, including judges. All attendees are required to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth while inside the venue.All non-staff attendees must be fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series or a single-dose vaccine) or present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event (for this event, a test date of October 20, 2021 or later). Non-staff attendees must bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result to the venue and present it when requested by a tournament official. Non-staff attendees that fail to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result will be removed from the venue without refund.Do not attend if you or a member of your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The NRG Series reserves the right to modify our policies as we see fit up to the day of the event. We also reserve the right to cancel this event at any time.Should this event become canceled due to COVID-19, all entry fees will be automatically refunded. However, Nerd Rage Gaming Ltd. is not responsible for covering any outside costs incurred by event attendees, such as hotel, travel accommodations, or other purchases. We urge attendees to only book travel that is 100% refundable.
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