Policy Documents

The following collection of documents serves as a body of knowledge and reference material for all Magic Judges.

Comprehensive Rules

The Comprehensive Rules of Magic is a reference document that holds all of the rules and possible corner cases found in Magic. It is NOT meant to be read beginning to end; instead it’s meant to be consulted when specific rules questions come into play.

Tournament Rules

The purpose of this document is to provide the infrastructure used to run Magic: The Gathering (“Magic”) tournaments by defining appropriate rules, responsibilities, and procedures to be followed in all DCI-sanctioned Magic tournaments.

Digital Tournament Rules

This document will provide a similar infrastructure to the guidelines provided by the Tabletop MTR, but with a focus on digital tournaments and the unique challenges that come with running an event with players spread out all over the world.

Infraction Procedure Guide

The Infraction Procedure Guide provides judges the appropriate penalties and procedures to handle rules violations that occur during a tournament held at Competitive or Professional Rules Enforcement Level (REL), as well as the underlying philosophy that guides their implementation. It exists to protect players from potential misconduct and to protect the integrity of the tournament itself. Rules violations usually require a penalty or they are unenforceable. Tournaments run at Regular REL use the Judging at Regular REL document.

Digital Infraction Procedure Guide

This document provides judges with the appropriate penalties and procedures to handle violations that occur during a tournament using Magic: The Gathering Arena (or MTG Arena), as well as the underlying philosophy that guides their implementation. It exists to protect players from potential misconduct and to protect the integrity of the tournament itself.

Judging at Regular Rules Enforcement Level (REL)

Most players play for fun and see a tournament as a social event. Regular Rules Enforcement Level encourages a welcoming atmosphere and friendly competition. The ‘Judging at Regular’ document is designed to help judges with the mindset and techniques to create amazing experiences for their communities at this rules level.