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Final Level 1 Exam
Level 1 Electives
Advanced Comprehensive Rules
L2 Event Management
Level 2 Electives
Final Level 2 Exam
Leadership, Presence, and Charisma
Development of other Judges
Logistics and Tournament Operations
Stress and Conflict Management
Teamwork, Diplomacy, and Maturity
Penalty and Policy Philosophy
Running Digital Events
Digital Event Tools
Digital Magic Tournament Policy
I would like to endors Ivana to become a Judge. She showed exceptional engagement in community.
Shiibi has displayed knowledge and skills that are in -line with the requirements for Level 1. It is my honor to endorse them for Level 1 and I look forward to seeing where their path takes them in the program. <3
*** Penalty and Policy Philosophy
This is a very technical pillar as it relates to Magic documents only. I honestly went through the documents once in the past 2 years and it was very recently before an event in Pisa this month. I discovered that I did not remember many of the remedies or detailed fixes for some of the infractions (Deck problems or HCE for example). But I did remember clearly the philosophy parts of the IPG and by reading them again I found them clearer than before. Probably forgetting the details of intricated remedies, allowed for more space to give to philosophy.
This has been mirrored during the pandemics whenever a judge contacted me for questions. I had difficulties in discussing many rules interactions or specific fixes to mistakes (requiring me to go back to the parts of the needed documents). But I never found the same difficulty in explaining why we were ruling in a specific way or what the goal of a fix should be. For example I recently was asked by a fellow L3 how to fix a situation where a player draws an additional card out of a Brainstorm, puts 2 cards on top and then cracks a fetchland. The L3 judge was focused on findind the best fix (\"OMG the set of cards is no longer existing, so we cannot do anything!\") while I faced the problem from the philosophy side (\"Let\'s work on the final set of cards that is still incorrect but we can negate the advantage\").
While, I believe to still be proficient enough in our PPP, this does not mean that I should still dedicate more time to get updated on what the documents offer us in terms of remedies and other details.
Jo has reached out to me for a recommendation for L1. We have had numerous discussions over the past few months and it has been gratifying to see them progress in confidence and understanding through our online discussions, and their efforts to learn and connect with the community are very much representative of the attitudes I want to see in new judges. Jo is quite remote, and has no local judges to work with and learn from. I have been extremely impressed by their willingness to reach out and discuss judging with people they haven\'t had a chance to meet yet, and they have been very effective at self-learning and development.
I feel comfortable recommending Jo for level 1 based on my observations and look forward to seeing them continue to grow and develop as a part of the judge program.
*** Teamwork, Diplomacy and Maturity
This used to be one of my strengths and I believe I\'ve been nurturing these qualities a lot over the pandemics. My daily job is about leading people and I\'ve been working a lot on enabling new leaders in the company I work for, to mentor them and to place myself as often as possible either in their teams or in a same level relationship. I must confess that I imported many of the ideas from the Judge Program and from my experiences at large events and they do translate exceptionally well. The new leaders in the company grew a lot in these 2 years but above all we all cooperate effortlessly and in harmony. Our large goals are in common and we support each other in achieving them.
I touched base previously with another effort of mine in keeping a relationship with No-Vax friends, people that I care about but I disagree on most things nowadays. I\'ve been a mediator and I\'ve been both a listener and a fact checker. This experience provided me with an infinite amount of opportunities to defuse, accommodate and compromise thus giving me ample grounds to further develop my Diplomacy skills, especially in expressing opposing ideas, facts and opinions to many people who have been on defensive stances for a long period of time.
And finally, well I wasn\'t the youngest person in the judge program 2 years ago and this is not going to change in the future 🙂 Age does not equate to maturity, yet I believe that ageing does provide further insight into maturity.
Something different that I noted in my behavior in the last months is a more relaxed approached to \"holding the ground\" for others, meaning defending constantly people who didn\'t ask me to be defended. This caused me to be more open about what I think about some people and I am still learning on how to be supportive but not in a blind way as before. Sometimes I feel I should shut my mouth, sometimes I see surprised reaction about what I share. It will be a learning curve with my baseline always on being respectful even when publicly not blindly supporting other senior judges.
The hardest part about writing a review for Matthew is making it not sound like hyperbole. The fact is that Matthew brings it all to the table: rules knowledge, policy knowledge, tournament operations knowledge, and bundles them all up with interpersonal skills to the moon and back. Matthew has a heart of gold, and it shows in every interaction. They\'re an asset to each and every event they\'re a part of, no matter the role. I could not imagine ever passing on Matthew for an event.
Melissa has always demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills, a highly useful and beneficial trait for the Judge community. While she does sometimes struggle with rules and policy, I have no doubt she will continue to improve. I offer my endorsement without reservation.
Franco is a great candidate for L1.
When I first met Franco, he still had a lot to learn, but he showed me commitment and his skills have improve considerably. He has shown good knowledge of CR and JAR. An area of opportunity that he has and recognizes is that he must practice a bit more MTR.
He seeks to become a judge in order to create a better gaming environment on his local stores. This is awesome as his store is in a far region of Costa Rica that do not have any judges nearby.
Based on my evaluation of him and seeing his commitment, is that I recommend him for L1.
Mike has been a part of the magic community for years and finally wants to take the step to get more involved and become a judge. Since I know Mike for a long time and know how he behaves in mtg tournaments, I can give him my endorsement with good conscience. Rules-wise mike is fit and the JAR and the turnanemt rules are quickly internalized / taught.
After talking with Jason and interacting with him during an online conference, I feel comfortable endorsing him.
Frank is enthusiastic about judging to help build his local communities and help grow Magic the Gathering with a focus on a welcoming and fun environment. After meeting with Frank to discuss judging, I am confident he will make a great addition to any store or event team and look forward to his contributions towards community building and education of players. For these reasons, I fully endorse Frank to be a Magic judge.
Patrick Narsavage has demonstrated he has the knowledge and demeanor to be a skilled judge.
Work on being more technical in your explanations and practice reps to be smoother in your flow of answers.
Highly Recommend for L1.
Dan Bleck was a judge before me. He helped teach me how to judge at large events way back at my first event in 2014.
I have seen what he\'s capable of and, given time to derust, I know he\'ll be an even better judge than before in no time.
I wholeheartedly endorse Dan Bleck.
Dan is one of the most skilled candidates I\'ve ever had the pleasure of working with. A significant part of that is that Dan was an L2 Judge for years, getting to the stage where he was head judging large PTQ\'s. Time has only improved his soft skills and knowledge, and I wholeheartedly endorse Dan for L1. The list of good things to say is endless. His ability to work with people, knowledge of the JAR, knowledge of the rules, and more is simply peerless - although he\'ll need to brush up on the changes to the IPG if he wants to run Comp REL events again!
Chevanna is a recent member of the Alberta magic community, who, while learning the game, expressed significant interest in how the game functions at a deeper level, including from a rules perspective, policy perspective, and event pragmatics. Because of this, they reached out to me with an interest in becoming a judge.
After getting to know Chevanna, I quickly learned that they are extraordinarily passionate about Magic and their community. They expressed interest in learning WHY certain interactions work the way they do, instead of just how certain things interact. On top of that, it became quite clear to me over time that Chevanna has a great relationship with their local community, and has working relationships with some of their local game stores.
Chevanna also possesses a skill that many judges, including myself, struggle with: being humble and willing to ask for help. No matter how much you try, it is nearly impossible to memorize the entire CR and policy documents. While I feel Chevanna has a good baseline understanding of these documents, what I find more important is knowing where to find this information or knowing when you need to ask for help. In my experience, Chevanna has taken these opportunities in stride and used them to learn and grow, which is a sign of an excellent judge.
Between Chevanna’s passion for Magic and judging, their involvement within the community, their extremely welcoming personality, willingness to grow from their mistakes and being willing to ask for help when needed, I have no doubt in my mind that Chevanna will make an excellent addition to the Alberta judge team.
Alfred has spoken to me wanting to be a judge to become more familiar with the rules and policy. He has shown keen interest in learning particularly the rules. Alfred is welcomed in multiple playgroups and stores as he is an approachable individual who is always willing to assist by attempting difficult ruling questions and pondering about the philosophy of policy by asking what the infraction is trying to fix the broken game state back to be as fair as possible.
Alfred has Head Judged at today\'s Games Haven Legacy event with 50 players at competitive REL. For a 1st time judge, he has exceed expectations of both an L0 and L1 while showing qualities necessary for L2.
Area of improvement is when someone calls for a judge and you are busy with either a judge call or deck check, acknowledging the players calling for you will go a long way as much as I know the event if flooded to the brim. Letting players calling for quite some time might incur some frustration which might result in annoyed players who are much harder to deal with. Also deck checks should not be conducted at the 10 minute clock mark as it will lengthen the round end time which you definitely have realised today. We have also spoken on having your own timer so you can immediately tell players how much time is left, imagine your current location to SK area is a 5 mins weaving walk between players and another 5 mins back! There is also the player diplomacy element, similar to how we should deliver the missed trigger penalty when the player missed their own Chalice. Remember the best method to achieve diplomacy with players is that we are punishing the behaviour / action not the individual when we hand out penalties for infractions.
Seeing how multiple players approaching you at the end of the event thanking you for your hard work is testament enough that you are ready to proceed onto L1. I like how you are able to pinpoint your areas of improvement and also identify that you need to obtain more judging experience to be able to better deliver rulings. Me, Matthew and Jin Yi are all impressed with your 1st time judging and as a Head Judge. Great job today, FRED!
Kenji has spoken to me wanting to be a judge to become more familiar with the rules and policy. He has shown keen interest in learning particularly the rules. Kenji is welcomed in multiple playgroups and stores as he is an approachable individual who is always willing to assist by attempting difficult ruling questions.
Kenji has also Floor Judged at today\'s Games Haven Legacy event with 50 players at competitive REL. For a 1st time judge, he has exceed expectations of both an L0 and L1. Area of improvement is when someone calls for a judge and you are busy with either a judge call or deck check, acknowledging the players calling for you will go a long way as much as I know the event if flooded to the brim. Letting players calling for quite some time might incur some frustration which might result in annoyed players who are much harder to deal with. Also deck checks should not be conducted at the 10 minute clock mark as it will lengthen the round end time which you definitely have realised today. Otherwise great job!
Seeing how multiple players approaching you at the end of the event thanking you for your hard work is testament enough that you are ready to proceed onto L1.
Peter, I\'m happy to give you an endorsement after our conversation about you recertifying. I hope you continue to run great events at your store, and that recertifying helps to bring those events to an even higher standard.
Maddie is a person who I\'ve known for a while through queer circles and has expressed interest in judging for a while. She has a very good intuitive sense for the rules and I expect her to pick things up very quickly.
She has extensive experience in community management which I expect to be very useful in judging.
We\'ve talked a little bit about her hopes for the program and I will continue to help support her in future endeavours.
Flo ist eine herausragende Ergänzung zu unserer Judgcommunity in Wien. Er hilft wo er nur kann und hat definitiv das Potential richtung L2. Mit mehr Praxis bei Competitive Events werden wir auch diesen Weg gemeinsam packen.
I was reached out by a fellow friend ours regarding your interest in becoming a judge. After our conversation, I have no problems endorsing you to take the L1 exam. Your determination is striking, and I always praise those who want to be better in the long term. Please reach out if there\'s anything else I can help you.
Today I got a chance to sit down and talk with Madi to talk about her journey to becoming an L1. She talked about how she got into Magic, how she fell out of it, and how it came back into her life. Through all of this, I listened as this individual talked easily and relatedly engaged herself with the community. Although she is a relative newcomer to the local community, she has involved herself in improving her knowledge and shadowing other judges at the store she works. She has submitted all requirements and, after our conversation, I am confident that she will not only pass the L1, but be a great addition to the community.
Ryan has quickly burst into the Edmonton scene and demonstrated his ability to learn and adapt quickly. He also has a commendable zeal for advancement and improvement.
Ryan has a strong rules foundation that has been paved through careful study and play of the game. For a player that hasn\'t been involved in the game for a very long time, he has gained much rules knowledge simply by asking questions and studying the answers. This is his primary strength: asking questions, accepting correction, and a positive attitude towards learning. His understanding of layers, combat, and triggered abilities is unparalleled for someone with his tenure.
Ryan\'s weaknesses lie in tournament policy, which will be honed in the coming months as we gain more experience with the return of tournament play. Ryan will have to learn procedures related to limited tournaments and being able to proficiently explain to newcomers the structure of a sanctioned event, including how the numbernofnrounds correspond to player totals, drafting procedures, and card legality in various formats.
I have been greatly impressed with Ryan\'s progression and attitude towards judging, and readily welcome him to our ranks as a staple of the community in Edmonton.
I endorse Steven to become an L1 again.
Leone is a judge candidate that I\'ve been working with for a while. He has expressed a lot of interest in becoming a judge and has even attended a few conferences without foil support. He has a serious desire for knowledge and I believe he would be great for the judge program.
Leone still needs some work in some of the less common CR interactions, but I hope to continue to work with him on these and hopefully he will be able to grow into a self-sufficient judge.
After speaking with Gannon I firmly believe him to be a fine candidate for L1.
He\'s doing the work, and is focused on improving his skills and knowledge. He\'ll be a great asset to his local LGS/community in the future.
I even took the time to speak with a mutual (who I respect highly) reaffirmed everything I was already thinking.
For his L1 exam, pass or fail he even showed enthusiasm for an upcoming conference as genuine learning experience.
Matt possesses the skills and knowledge to become a level 1 judge. His temperament and demeanor will allow Matt to make rulings to players in the best possible manner. I highly endorse him for Level 1.
I, Tiago Rôxo Aguiar, a Level 2 judge from Lisbon, Portugal, was asked to write a review on this judge candidate. I had the opportunity to judge a competitive commander tournament with this candidate before I wrote this, so I will be basing my review on what I could see from him.
Guilherme shows a level of rules knowledge beyond the level that I expect to see from an L1. He is also quite good at community building and fostering a positive environment, constantly asking players to adjust to English if any player at the table was not Portuguese and making sure everyone was comfortable and having fun. He has experience running small to mid-size tournaments and will be an asset to any TO who does not.
Areas for improvement
Like all of us, Guilherme also has a few areas where he’ll be able to improve in the future. The first one will be tournament procedures and policy. Even though he’s used to running tournaments and being on the answering side of a judge call, he’s not quite familiar with what the documents say should be done in specific situations (e.g., running the playoff portions of an event without a time limit). This weakness can easily be corrected with study and experience. The other one would be his lack of confidence in delivering rulings. Although Guilherme tends to know what the correct answer is to most rules questions, he still second-guesses himself a bit. This is quite normal for fresh L1s and I’m sure will be a much smaller problem as time goes by.
Given all the information listed above and the fact that I experienced Guilherme\'s determination to not only better himself, but also the communities he is a part of, I can only recommend him for Level 1 and wish him the best in his future judging endeavors. I believe he is at the expected level for an L1 and expect him to easily achieve a higher level in a short period of time if he maintains his views on learning and improving as a judge. Pending your L1 exam result, I welcome you to our community, Guilherme. Welcome to the dark side of Magic!
Sammy is a great candidate who is in this for all the right reasons. Sammy will be a great addition to the judge program and I wish him the best of luck on the exam.
Andrew, first off, I want to deeply apologize for how late this recommendation is coming, but I promise I haven\'t forgotten about it. In our interview back on February 19th at Black Sun Games, we went over several things to see whether or not you would a good candidate for a Level 1 judge.
I told you that there were some areas in the rules aspect, specifically layers, that could be improved on for the exam, but overall, you had a decent grasp of rules knowledge that would be very fitting for an L1. Don\'t be afraid to reference the Comprehensive Rules if you\'re unsure of an answer. Magic\'s a complicated game!
When we went over basic policy, you had a stronger grasp about what is and is not acceptable at Regular REL in an LGS setting according to the JAR. While not perfect, which obviously no one is, I would always recommend a quick readthrough of the JAR both prior to taking the exam and occasionally afterwards, and letting you build upon how you would handle certain situations with field experience. A textbook or document can only teach so much!
What really struck me beyond all expectations was your desire to build upon the local gaming community, especially outside the LGS setting. You mentioned helping to start up school clubs to teach Magic to kids, and as someone who learned Magic in elementary school before these kinds of clubs existed, I think it is a fantastic way to introduce the next generation into the game we all know and love!
We finished off the interview with my asking about any future aspirations after getting certified, and you said you saw judging as an opportunity to grow not only as a judge itself, but also as a person, which is not something that many new judges or candidates can recognize beforehand. I feel that your attitudes regarding community outreach and personal growth are something other judges and even other members of your community can be inspired from and improve on themselves.
After all this praise, I have absolutely no issue to why you shouldn\'t be a Level 1 judge. I look forward to seeing both you and your community grow with you as an L1, and I also look forward to future opportunities to work together! I wish you nothing but the best of luck on the exam!
Zach has been a wonderful influence on the local community always willing to help out and consistently manages to create a welcoming environment for players of all skill types. It is my pleasure after working with Zach to recommend for him to join as one of our members and am positive he will be able to be an asset within the community.
I have known Laurent for many years, his experience has a competitive player and former level 1 judge should be more than enough to allow him to be an excellent level 1 judge again.
Ross, overall you had a very strong interview. You clearly have a desire to improve your store and you have a strong grasp of the rules I\'d expect an L1 to understand. I would recommend you study the JAR a bit closer but otherwise, you were phenomenal. Good luck on your Exam!
Manny is a recent graduate of my April 2022 judge class. He was the first candidate that I accepted, and I did so for a few reasons. First off, Manny has worked at a LGS for about 3 years, managing and running events as a non-judge. He is knowledgable about the rules as well as both reg REL & comp REL policy (to a certain extent), and likely could have passed the L1 test years ago. I honestly thought he WAS a certified judge for a while until he approached me about the class. Secondly, he is going to continue running events, which is a great quality to have in a judge candidate. While many members of my judge class were taking it to improve their knowledge personally, and help out at local store level events, Manny is likely going to pursue L2 immediately upon passing his L1 test, and be able to HJ local events as well as travel to larger events.
Manny has a load of strengths, some of which are listed above. Whereas most judge candidates have a weakness of limited experience, experience is one of Manny\'s largest strengths. But beyond just rules and policy knowledge, Manny has experience with TO software, and scorekeeping as well. Manny has a good rapport with the local gaming community. He is always responsive to questions about events he has knowledge of, and I believe the community already has trust in his ability to run events.
The only weakness I can think of for Manny to work on is his networking skills. He is the quietest member of the discord group I started for my mentees, as well as in the facebook group chat. Manny appears to be a fairly introverted person, and while that doesn\'t affect his ability to digest the rules, or even make rulings based on his knowledge, I feel like it might hamper his ability to apply to events or even just build his brand beyond the LGS that knows him well.
I look forward to seeing Manny work through the L2 material, as he has already said is his intention. If there is a need, I may even start an L1 -> L2 class to help him and other L1s that want to continue their journey.
Hunter has demonstrated an understanding of the comprehensive rules as well as an understanding of the JAR. He knows how to look through each document to find the answers he needs and if in need of help, the resources available to him to find the right answer.
Additionally, he has demonstrated he is mature and can navigate customer service issues with tact.
Building your reputation with your magic community and local store is a very important aspect of being a judge. As a judge, you are a leader in the community and must lead by example. Hunter has shown he is both well-liked and respected.
I believe Hunter is ready to step onto the path of a Level 1 Judge and I hereby endorse him.
After speaking with Justin and interacting with him on Discord, I feel comfortable endorsing him.
After speaking with Sammy and interacting with them on Discord, I feel comfortable endorsing them. They’ve set themselves up very well with their LGS, TO, and players, have a great foundation to build upon, and a good idea of where they’d like to go from here.
Joseph is an experienced judge, previously level 2. He’s judged at least 2 Conventions, 16 PPTQs (12 as HJ), 4 MCQs (floor judge and team lead), 6 large events at Regular REL (SCG, MF, etc.), 12 large events at Comp REL
He wasn\'t sure if he would be able to judge this year and let his membership lapse. He has realized he did want to apply to events. He plans to push on to L2 again, and see what he can learn on the way.
Ho avuto modo di vederti un po\' di volte in azione ai tornei e pian piano sei cresciuto ed hai imparato le basi per diventare un L1
Ci sono pero\' alcuni accorgimenti da fare e te li scrivo qui in modo da lasciare una traccia per valutare i tuoi miglioramenti nel futuro.
All\'inizio di un evento si fa sempre il discorso iniziale. Ricorda sempre di presentarti (soprattutto perchè sono i tuoi primi tornei e i giocatori non ti conoscono). Preparati inoltre il discorso per tempo in modo da non risultare poco sicuro. Non é neanche bello improvvisare perche potresti perderti cose importanti oppure potresti dilungarti troppo perdendo l\'attenzione dei giocatori.
Quando prendi una chiamata assicurati sempre di aver capito bene la domanda e la situazione. non aver paura a chiedere qualche informazione in più o più semplicemente chiedere di ripetere.
I deckcheck sono dei controlli che facciamo a sorpresa dopo che i giocatori hanno presentato i loro mazzi agli avversari. Avvisarli che stiamo per fargli un deckcheck non é una buona idea XD
Tempi e priorità.. Sono cose molto importanti in un torneo e fanno la differenza tra fare un bel torneo liscio e veloce invece di uno lento e problematico. Imparerai con il tempo a capire le giuste tempistiche e le priorità durante un evento.
Durante l\'ultimo evento hai finito il conteggio liste alla fine del secondo turno. erano solo 50 e generalmente si termina questo processo di controllo entro la prima meta del primo turno. Miraccomando per le prossime volte
Detto questo.. hai il mio benestare per diventare un L1!
Ci vediamo presto a qualche torneo
Andrew has been an active member of my mentorship community for some time, and has always demonstrated the attitude and mentality that I would expect from a successful Judge. He always shares positive energy, and a strong desire to learn and improve. Without reservation, I offer my endorsement.
Dylan has been very active in learning and improving his skills as a Judge. While he occasionally struggles with the layers system, he does very well with community building. I wholeheartedly endorse him for L1.
I had the opportunity to know Adelar and I can say he is prepared and motivated to be a L1. He know the rules, he already have a community to work for where he awnser questions, and help players and organizers. I recomend him to L1.
Matt possesses the skills and knowledge to become a level 1 judge. His temperament and demeanor will allow Matt to make rulings to players in the best possible manner. I highly endorse him for Level 1.
Victor is a recent graduate of my April 2022 judge class. When Victor first approached me about attending my classes, he was not even sure he wanted to actively seek out events or judge besides at FNM/store level. His main impetus was to learn the rules better. I let him know that knowing the rules and helping out at FNM is exactly what we want from L1 judges. Victor quickly became the most vocal student, asking questions until he understood every interaction we talked about. At times, he asked questions that were on material that I assured everyone wouldn\'t be covered on the L1 test, but he was still curious about. In fact, as I write this endorsement, he is currently texting me about a question on the practice exam that he did not understand entirely, and wanted a better explanation. Towards the end of the classes, Victor expressed excitement to attend judge conferences in the future and learn even more.
Victor has a curiosity and a drive to understand how the rules work. This will make him a great asset on floor coverage at any event he works. Another strength he possesses is as a member of the community. Victor has been a regular at his LGS for a long time, and even recently was involved in the introduction of Thursday Pioneer night in anticipation of the newest pro tour season coming up. Being a respected member of the community will make it easier for Victor when he starts helping out with FNMs and other events at his LGS.
As far as weaknesses go, the only thing I can think of is lack of experience being a figure of authority in the game of magic. I expect that Victor will need experience to build his confidence. While his answers will likely be right, I think the manner in which he presents that answer will evolve as he becomes more comfortable being in that position. We went over making a ruling in class, and I don\'t doubt Victor will follow the steps and make a good ruling, but confidence in an ability that has never been done before is a tough thing to \"teach\".
PS. As the text chain resolved itself before I finished this endorsement, I find it relevant to add: Victor is already the reason one of the questions on the practice test was updated to better explain the answer because the Rules Champion agreed that the explanation was not good enough. So proactive and curious, as described.
Tim is the shop owner for Dice N Duels in Fernley, NV. I have known Tim for about 4-5 years and he has been running Magic events at his store during that time. He is very knowledgeable about the rules and has been the go-to rules individual. It has only been a matter of time before Tim has finally made the jump to becoming a certified judge. With events starting to fire back up recently, Tim has made the decision to certify as a judge. I have no reservations in Tim becoming a judge and wish him the best with this endeavor.