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Nemo is a bright magic player with a good approach to the game and players around them. They have passed the core competencies and I think would make an excellent L1.

Stephen Hagan, 2021/12/01

Introduction

Brett was on staff for the Face to Face Games Tour weekend on the 27th-28th of November, 2021. He had already completed all the other formal requirements to advance to L2, but the COVID shutdown prevented him from being able to secure a written recommendation based on observation at a Comp REL event.

As Head Judge, I assigned Brett the role of floor team judge for the Saturday Modern Open event (which was capped at 128 players) and the floor lead role for the Sunday Open (which had 110). On Saturday he would be working under floor lead Sierra Black, an experienced L2 judge, while on Sunday she would be a floor judge on his team. My goal was to give him an opportunity to observe a veteran judge in the role of floor team lead before taking on the role himself.

My evaluation of his readiness for L2 is founded primarily on his performance on Sunday, and is based on my own observations as well as feedback from Sierra, and from Maxime Emond, who was my Appeals Judge on both days.

My rubric for L2 evaluation hinges on four key areas of competence: Rules and Policy Knowledge, Tournament Logistics, Diplomacy, and Mentorship. In each category I assign a grade of Exceeds Expectations, Pass, or Needs Improvement. In order to earn his recommendation, Brett had to earn either a Pass in all four categories, or at most one Needs Improvement which was offset by one Exceeds Expectations.

 

Rules and Policy Knowledge

Grade: Pass

Brett has shown substantial improvement in his rules and policy knowledge since I first met him as an L1. Although I did not have a chance to observe him deliver many rulings myself, the feedback from Sierra indicated that the calls she observed were correct. I was also present when another floor judge approached Brett to ask him a tricky rules question, which several of the other L2s on staff had missed, and Brett got it substantially right on the first try. Given that Brett had already passed the L2 Exam before applying for this event, I am more than satisfied that he has earned a pass in this category.

 

Tournament Logistics

Grade: Pass

Brett made a valiant effort in his first attempt at a team lead role. Notably, he recognized that there was a significant issue with the way the room had been laid out for Saturday’s event: the way the tables were numbered meant that half the main event players had an obstructed view of the main stage, where I was standing during my announcements, because of two giant pillars in the event hall. Brett suggested renumbering the room such that this would not be an issue on Sunday, which was a simple and effective solution.

When it came to actual implementation, however, Brett somewhat struggled in taking on a leadership role and delegating appropriate tasks. On Sunday morning, he allowed his whole team to leave for coffee/bathroom breaks, and took on the task of renumbering the room himself. As we were not pressed for time in the morning, allowing his team to get coffee was not itself a problem, but he should have waited until they returned so as to coordinate the task as a team effort. As others pointed out, it would also have been a good idea for him to gather his team for a team meeting after the all-hands meeting was finished, but he omitted to do this.

Also, Brett was not as proactive as I would have liked in managing end of round procedure. Thanks to EventLink, the tools at our disposal far exceed anything we had before, making it easier to manage outstanding tables. Despite this, rather than come to me with updates at the end of the round as Sierra had done the day before, Brett remained on the floor and I had to come seek him out for updates. On several occasions, Maxime noticed and informed me of tables with no reported score and no players at the table before Brett brought it to my attention, so I had no idea whether he was aware of it and taking care of it or whether I had to make an announcement summoning the players. A key aspect of the role of floor lead is being the Head Judge’s eyes on the floor, which requires timely communication of relevant facts. This is something Brett should aim to improve in the future.

It must nevertheless be borne in mind that the bar I set for Brett was a high one—higher than most L2 candidates could reasonably be expected to meet. I myself was certainly not held to such a standard when I was a candidate for L2, so it would be unfair to hold it against him. Although I think that Brett has substantial room to improve in this area, I am satisfied that he has met the baseline requirements for L2 in the Tournament Logistics category.

 

Diplomacy

Grade: Exceeds Expectations

All the feedback I received from Sierra, Max, and the other floor judges who worked with Brett unanimously indicated that diplomacy in interactions with players and judges alike is one of Brett’s strong suits. I can personally attest to this, having worked with Brett in the past; even at this event, when he made the suggestion to renumber the room (a suggestion which, if I am honest, I should have thought of myself), he was polite and unassuming. In interactions with players he appears confident, but is not hesitant to consult with other judges when he is genuinely in doubt. Diplomacy is an area where many other judges struggle, but I think Brett has it down. I would suggest he consider making a seminar on the topic for a future judge conference, if he is so inclined, as I think many of us could learn from his example.

 

Mentorship

Grade: Pass

Brett has been active in his local community since before the pandemic and mentoring others who were seeking to become judges. For this event itself, thanks to his input I was able to staff a judge candidate of his on side events on Saturday (who then earned his L1 recommendation).

Unfortunately, neither I nor Max nor Sierra were really able to observe Brett giving substantive feedback to others. Also, just as Brett did not hold a team meeting at the start of the day, he likewise did not hold a team debrief at the end. Of course, simply giving feedback for feedback’s sake would be entirely artificial and not a good metric of an L2 candidate’s mentorship capacity, but as a team leader I would be very surprised if there were really a lack of material for him to use to come up with constructive feedback after a seven round shift.

Given his community involvement I am prepared to give him a pass in this category, but I would like to see him work on developing his in-event mentorship as well. To that end, I would strongly recommend he look to Eric Pare for guidance, who is very astute in giving relevant constructive feedback in real time at events.

My one word of caution: as his mentor, it is understandable that some of my own mentorship philosophy might have rubbed off on Brett. I hold my own strong opinions on the best approach to training new judges, and I get the sense from some of our conversations that Brett somewhat shares my opinions (though perhaps not to the same degree). However, it is important that Brett should not feel constrained to follow in my footsteps. There are many valid approaches to mentoring strong judges, and I would encourage Brett to grow into his new role as an L2 by reflecting on how he wants to structure his own training regimen for judge candidates.

 

Conclusion

Brett did an admirable job as floor team lead, especially considering that this was his first major event since the start of the pandemic, as well as his first time working in a team lead role. I am very proud of Brett’s hard work and dedication to self-improvement over the past several years, and I am glad to welcome him to the Montreal L2 community. I look forward to working with him in the future, and wish him all success in his judging career.

 

 

Robert Hinrichsen, 2021/11/30

Berry is an employee of my favorite card shop, Guild Gaming. Their store builds such a great community of players, that you can hardly help but be pulled in. They are known for running events that emphasis good times and fun; my confidence that a new player would return to their events couldn’t be higher.

Berry excels with logistical work. She is able to multitask, and problem solve on his feet. They will often have multiple events and games launching at the same time. Her ability to keep all flipping rounds and moving is something great for her players.

Berry provides great customer service to the players.

During our interview, we went over some judgement calls that a Judge might have in an event, like when is a search completed, out of order sequencing, when a attack is declared, when a trigger is could be considered missed, and basic policy documents like the JAR and MTR. Her knowledge seemed okay in these areas, and I would look for him to improve in this knowledge. I am confident she will. Her passion really shines through.

Berry has completed the lessons and tests associated with Judge Academy to satisfy his requirements for Level 1. I believe if he concentrates on rule interactions, perhaps attends a physical conference for judge calls or investigations, he will be exceptional soon. I am excited for her continued improvement and involvement in this community.

pjkraker, 2021/11/30

Amberleigh is the manager of my favorite card shop, Guild Gaming. Their store builds such a great community of players, that you can hardly help but be pulled in. They are known for running events that emphasis good times and fun; my confidence that a new player would return to their events couldn’t be higher.

Amberleigh excels with logistical work. She is able to multitask, and problem solve on his feet. They will often have multiple events and games launching at the same time. Her ability to keep all flipping rounds and moving is something great for her players.

Amberleigh provides great customer service to the players.

During our interview, we went over some judgement calls that a Judge might have in an event, like when is a search completed, out of order sequencing, when a attack is declared, when a trigger is could be considered missed, and basic policy documents like the JAR and MTR. Her knowledge seemed okay in these areas, and I would look for him to improve in this knowledge. I am confident she will. Her passion really shines through.

Amberleigh has completed the lessons and tests associated with Judge Academy to satisfy his requirements for Level 1. I believe if he concentrates on rule interactions, perhaps attends a physical conference for judge calls or investigations, he will be exceptional soon. I am excited for her continued improvement and involvement in this community.

pjkraker, 2021/11/30

Jordan is the manager of my favorite card shop, Guild Gaming. Their store builds such a great community of players, that you can hardly help but be pulled in. They are known for running events that emphasis good times and fun; my confidence that a new player would return to their events couldn’t be higher.

Jordan excels with logistical work. He is able to multitask, and problem solve on his feet. They will often have multiple events and games launching at the same time. His ability to keep all flipping rounds and moving is something great for his players.

Tommy takes most judge calls in the store. I have watched him give solid rulings on the floor and give great customer service to the players.

During our interview, we went over some judgement calls that a Judge might have in an event, like when is a search completed, out of order sequencing, when a attack is declared, when a trigger is could be considered missed, and basic policy documents like the JAR and MTR. His knowledge seemed okay in these areas, and I would look for him to improve in this knowledge. I am confident he will. His passion really shines through.

Jordan has completed the lessons and tests associated with Judge Academy to satisfy his requirements for Level 1. I believe if he concentrates on rule interactions, perhaps attends a physical conference for judge calls or investigations, he will be exceptional soon. I am excited for his continued improvement and involvement in this community.

pjkraker, 2021/11/30

Está review corresponde al torneo competitivo que arbitramos el 7 de Noviembre.

La sensación que dejaste arbitrando fue muy buena, se te vió bastante fluido y cómodo con las tareas que hay que realizar antes, durante y tras un torneo de estas características.

Tu nivel de reglas y la aplicación de las mismas están a un nivel muy alto, se nota que conoces el formato así como las interacciones más habituales entre las cartas.

La manera de tratar a los jugadores y al TO son también las adecuadas, dando la impresión siempre que estás ahí para ayudar.

Lo único que veo en lo que puedes mejorar es llevando los tiempos del torneo, adelantandote un poco a posibles retrasos y procurar que sea más fluido el tiempo total de las rondas, pero seguro que con un poco más de práctica dominarás también este area.

Creo que serías un gran activo para esta nuestra comunidad como Level 2, te animo a serlo.

Monti, 2021/11/30

Daniel is a former L1 with GP experience who was working towards L2 prior to the pandemic. Now that things are starting to open up again, he\'d like to get recertified. As of late, he\'s been judging 3-4 times a month for FNM at his LGS. 

Given his past experience, assuming he passes the L1 exam, I submit my endorsement of him for L1. 

Hank Wiest

L2 - USA East

QuestingWiest, 2021/11/30

Tambra is the owner at Gate City games and provides an excellent physical location for all things magic. 

Brian Clark, 2021/11/29

Tambra is a great TO and will be an excellent resource for the judge community. 

Brian Clark, 2021/11/29
Jos has displayed a passion for growing and guiding his local community, a willingness to grow from feedback and coaching, and comes with high regards from one of our local L1 Mentors - Michael Fletcher. We believe Jos would make an excellent addition to our local judge community and noted his primary reason for wanting to become a judge, as a desire to help others in the same way his mentors have helped him.
Ben Petrila, 2021/11/29

Zach is interested in creating a great learning environment for newer players. They want to be the go to person for their local area and to help introduce players to the OP system. He wants to build up to doing larger events, but wants to focus on their local community. In our talks, they mentioned the importance of a good first impression. They had already completed all JA modules before reaching out to me. It appears they are already doing the job of an L1 and this will just codify their skills. I look forward to seeing what Zach can do with their local community. 

Ben Petrila, 2021/11/29

Rambo is an active MTG player since 2019 and he decided to be a judge last year, however, there is no event can be held because of COVID.
Finally, there is a 2-day event last weekend (27-28 Nov 2021), in the event, he completed tasks assigned well, he shows enthusiasm in judging and he is a good team player cooperating with the other judges.
Rambo still need more practice for further improvement, he can also be stronger in his rules knowledge.
His performance in these two days is fairly satisfactory, so I endorse him to Level 1.

Nash, 2021/11/29

This is a placeholder till I can write a new one.

Shawn Johnson, 2021/11/28

Wisley já tem quase uma década de trabalho com RA em sua comunidade, sempre ajudando sua comunidade a compreender melhor o jogo.

Ele está apto para ser um bom juiz por ter a vontade de se aprofundar nas regras e o desejo de ajudar sua comunidade.

Lucas Horta, 2021/11/28

I am happy to endorse Tristan. I have no doubt that they will be an asset to their community and JA as a whole.

Lando, 2021/11/27
Tambra\'s biggest weakness is her biggest strength as a TO and LGS owner. Over all the only negative connotations are her struggle to singularly focus on the event at hand. She is very aware of this and can describe the actions she would do well to my satisfaction to correct this in the future.  Her plans are to help with correct rulings in her shop, support the local Judge community by providing space for physical conferences and to keep events and players moving in positive directions. Overall practice taking calls and confidence in her delivery are the 2 main aspects to practice.   
Brian Clark, 2021/11/27

I endorse Dillon for L1

Gray, 2021/11/27

I spoke with Nemo at length at a local event in St. Louis and found them to be a fantastic candidate for judging. They\'re interested in providing a good player experience, have a solid understanding of Magic\'s rules, and possess a positive attitude that will serve them well at any tournament. These observations were backed up by other folks who know Nemo, who were quick to note that Nemo is pleasant, competent, and trustworthy. I think Nemo will have a great time as a judge, and I hope to hear about their future successes!

Eric Levine, 2021/11/27

Today I\'ve had a very pleasant conversation with Anniek for my L1 endorsement. We talked about a host of different items, ranging from motivation for becoming a judge to how bigger events are organized and compensated, and the different opinions about judges giving technical answers. 

I can recommend everyone to have a chat with Anniek, I\'ve certainly gotten a lot of new insights and information which will surely help me to become a better judge. 

Dinges44, 2021/11/26

Hey Youp,

I\'m endorsing you because you showed me that:

  • You have a passion for mtg rules, as this was the first thing that got you interested in becoming a judge
  • You are involved in a local community. Even if there is no store in your home town you run small tournaments. And you have a good impression of what the stores further out (like in maastricht, roermond and eindhoven) are doing. You are clearly in touch with the local magic scene. You are even interested in helping a local store build their community.
  • You came to me with questions about how to handle certain judge situations, showing that you care about doing a good job on more than just the rules.

Good luck, and maybe I\'ll work with you on some future tournament 🙂

Anniek, 2021/11/26

Josh has proven himself a capable individual in terms of being able to run events and will be an excellent judge for his local community.

Mike, 2021/11/26

the judge I had most ask about rule.

That why he searches so  much and re-ask correct or not.

the effort is exemler.

but he hadn\'t registered as judge at event.

larkblue, 2021/11/26

Linton Júnior tem exercido a função de RA ativamente a alguns meses. Período esse que tem realizado processo de mentoria ativa, sempre trazendo perguntas, questões relativas ao programa, politicas e regras de MTG.
Tem atuado especialmente no tangente a integrar a sua comunidade local, hoje bastante dividida em formatos e com baixa adesão de novos jogadores. Já tendo uma boa relação com o TO local e tendo a confiança da comunidade.


Linton é ainda de uma região isolada dos grandes centros, que hoje não conta com juízes ativos, sua formação será importante para sua comunidade quanto para o programa.
Durante nossa ultima entrevista demonstrou um bom tato para investigações e reagiu muito bem a cenários reais que o coloquei como forma de entender o conhecimento das policys.
Ainda confunde alguns detalhes dos documentos, o que é natural considerando o tempo de amadurecimento necessário. Neste sentido, continue com estudos que seu futuro será grande. 

Leonardo Leal, 2021/11/25

Review sobre el Regional de Cáceres del 20/11/21:

Buenas! Como ya te comenté, el balance general de como llevastes el torneo fue muy positivo, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta el largo parón.

Los puntos débiles que noté fueron el speach inicial, que fue un tanto desordenado y le faltaban algunos puntos... y el speach del TOP8... y como comentamos la solución pasa por simplemente hacerse una chuleta para revisar mientras los haces.

Los deckchecks fueron bien de tiempo pese a que se que son una de tus criptonitas, de modo que eso muy bien.

Se te nota también segura y fiable al dar rulings y sanciones así que ahí todo genial como siempre.

Buen trabajo en general. Sigue así.

Ivy

Iván R. Molia Asenjo, 2021/11/25

Ethan is very personable and knowledgeable about the rules. He offers great customer service and would be an ideal face for the judge community. He is well known and liked amongst his peers and I am proud to endorse him for a level 1 judge. 

Joe, 2021/11/24

This is an L2 recommendation for Guillermo.

Rating: Good

Highlights /

Knowing Guillermo online for a long time, he joined my team in a competitive 200-player tournament to be assessed for a potential level-up.

At every stage of the tournament, he was an excellent choice of judge. 

He has all the qualities necessary for a L2 judge, and was able to demonstrate them during this tournament.

His guidance within the squad immediately gave him the aura of an excellent referee upon his arrival.

His ease in understanding the Comprehensive Rules is a major asset, he is a reliable resource to answer complex questions.

Having reviewed the documentation extensively, he has a correct approach to the required philosophy. Applying the right penalty and the right remedy to the right infraction is sometimes not an easy thing and he knew how to be perfectly capable of it.

Being sufficiently experienced in the management of a tournament, he received the position of head judge during a round. Despite a certain calm in the room at this precise moment of his shift, he was able to correctly manage the tournament and correctly delegate the ancillary tasks without showing excess.

He was also placed in the position of head judge during a side event and went very well from start to finish, from the registration of players to the final of the side event as well as the prize-giving.

Trustworthy and of high technical merit, Guillermo already possesses all the qualities of a Level 2 and will know how to adapt easily to his new role within the community.


Areas for improvement /


It is imperative to understand that each call to a table is a potential investigation and that it must be analyzed with good intelligence and under the prism of possible abuses. I recommend you to read and to analyze the many tournament resources and reports available on JudgeApps, as well as to participate in as many seminars as possible on the subject of policy.

This will only be beneficial to you and may erase the few gaps that you might experience otherwise.

In terms of placement within a team: you must understand that if you are put in a position involving leadership and managerial capacity, this responsibility is given to you because you have the capacities.
You have to know how to place yourself within the team and, while benefiting from the qualities and experiences of each of your coworkers, keep your position as leader.

Conclusion : 
With all my confidence, you deserve to level up without delay.

Jordane Lacombe, 2021/11/23

Henrique is preprered to be a judge. he jnows the rules and policies and even during the pandemic he helped his communitie in online events and forums.  I know him and saw his skills attending players and anwsering questions.  He will be a good new blood for our communitie.

Dudao, 2021/11/22

Sam is a fast-learning and keen RA with great intentions! He still has a bit to learn, but his rules knowledge is easily enough to become certified. I was impressed by the fact that he has already approached his local store and they have asked him to run an event!

Keep it up!

Tyrone Phillips, 2021/11/22

I wholeheartedly offer my endorsement for L1.

Gray, 2021/11/21

I haven\'t met Harju in real life, but we chatted in discord and had an interview via webcam. He was recently moved from a small town to a bigger one for studies. With his new LGS, he was asked to certify himself as a judge for local events, and so that they can maybe arrange something bigger in the future.

Harju has experience in handling rules questions in commander tables, and his knowledge in card interactions and magic rules in general is on a good level for an RA. What he lacks is experience in handling situations in regular sanctioned events such as FNM. He has a good grasp in MTR, shortcuts and such, but not so much in JAR. However, when I asked how he would approach different situations that could happen in FNM, some of them involving problems in communication or unhappy players, he had good ideas how to resolve those situations. Most importantly, he seemed to have adopted core judge values: neutrality, professionalism, customer service, letting people play magic.

So despite no field practice (due COVID-19), I would endorse him to take the final L1 exam.

Juha, 2021/11/21

The future judge shows skills like:
-A very good knowledge of card interactions.
-Basics skills for running small events like prereleases and FNMs

The area where the judge can improve are the following:
-Giving rulings (Just a little bit more confidence)
-Announcements in General (Still just confidence)

Taking all these points into account and after my little interview with him, I recommend him for the judge program as a possible level 1 judge and I will keep mentoring him giving him the tools so he can become the best judge he can be.

Diego B, 2021/11/20

I would endorse Tara for Level I based on my friendly interactions with her, the way I\'ve observed her interact with the magic community, and her drive to become more knowledgeable of the rules and tournament procedures in order to help out her local game store. She is outgoing, level-headed, and friendly with other players and event staff, and once she has proven out her rules knowledge, she\'ll make a good addition to the Cedar Rapids and Iowa community judge staff.

 

Josh Schroeder, 2021/11/20

Adam is a superb Judge to have around the shop! He has always been very friendly, attentive, compassionate, and has a love for the game. Adam knows the in-and-outs of the rules like the back of his hand and has offered to teach groups of children from four years old on up to adults. He is committed to making tournaments enjoyable, entertaining, and run smoothly! His professionalism and sociability exceeded our expectations!! 5 of 5 stars

DoomCowGames, 2021/11/20


I was a bit surprised when you contacted me for endorsement a couple of weeks ago,
but I was happy to see someone steps up as a judge.

before the event:
I had a chat with both of your LGS owners. They mentioned some things that impressed me:
- you are very active in the shop\'s group chat and passionate about the rules.
- you have an extensive knowledge about the rules of the game
- when you don\'t understand about a question about the rules, you google them.
these are the examples of good quality judges.

during the event:
every rules questions asked to you during the event, you can answer it clearly.
i notice that you are a bit awkward, because it is your first time judging an event.
the best way to deal with this is by doing it. the more you do it, the easier it get.

Keep up the good work and keep improving yourself.
I hope you can be a good addition to the Surabaya\'s Judge Community. 

Sugeng Hartawan, 2021/11/20

I have personally observed this candidate on a VOW pre-release at Café FOMO in Montreal on friday November 12th. This candidate was dual hatting the event, as TO and HJ. 

The candidate showed a good understanding of tournament operations as well rules knowledge. He was adequately prepared for this pre-release and had definitely looked up the mechanics and possible questions that might arise in this particular set.

The following will be noted as areas of improvement.
1- Answering a question on a 50/50. A question that came up during the event was about Thalia + Disturb. The question asked was about the disturb cast being taxed by Thalia. The candidate responded that yes, which I confirmed. After the fact he \'joked\' with his friends about how he had answered on a 50/50. While I do understand the nature of the joke, I think jokes like this should not be made too often, especially at the onset of one\'s judging experience as it can lead to doubt from the players.
2- Lengthy opening announcement. This candidate went through every mechanic in the set and explained them before the event, even returning mechanics from Midnight Hunt. While I accept that this was done with good intentions, his announcement quickly outstayed it\'s welcome. Credits to this candidate as he noticed it in the middle of his announcements and sped up for the last mechanics. 
3- Lack of follow through. This one comes with experience. A player asked a basic question about how trample and combat damage works, which the candidate answered accurately. However the candidate walked away from the table after the call. About 10 seconds later, as I was observing the match, they proceeded to make game decision based on an improper understanding of how trample actually worked. When basic questions are asked, it is recommended to stay around the area, if possible, to make sure the answer was understood and that play proceed in a coherent flow. 

Despite those 3 areas, I find that this candidate is, in knowledge, reputation and tournament operation, ready for his L1 test.

 

Maxamix, 2021/11/19

This judge has proven themselves in store to be worthy of endorsement for level 1.

Mark Dragstra, 2021/11/19

Ethan displays a competent knowledge of the rules. He learns quickly and is able to effectively learn new material given to him. I would recommend learning to gather more information to find out what players are really asking and confirming what is happening with all players before making changes or giving a ruling. I feel these will come with practice and experience and would recommend him for L1.

Jeremiah, 2021/11/18

 have had multiple conversations with this potential judge.  I have high hopes for them in the program and look forward to seeing how they progress in their tenure as a M:TG Judge

Chase Shank, 2021/11/18

Rules: 

A

Policy:

C

Community:

A

Inclusivity:

A

Growth Mindset: 

B+

 

Spin,

Overall you had an excellent interview. You are obviously knowledgeable about the game and the rules, going so far as to tell me about your favorite rules interactions with a fantastic gusto. You also have clear goals to help your community and you\'ll certainly be ready to help your local game store. I would encourage you to review policy a bit more but once you\'ve done that, I think you can be a fantastic L1. Congratulations!

Ryan Freeburger, 2021/11/18

Rules: 

A

Policy:

C

Community:

A

Inclusivity:

B

Growth Mindset: 

A

 

Beau, you\'re obviously very involved with your local game store and your local community. You\'re confident and very knowledgeable about the rules. I would encourage you to review the Regular REL Policy a bit more before you judge any events but I expect once you do that, you\'ll be an excellent L1. Congratulations!

Ryan Freeburger, 2021/11/18

Steven

Rules Knowledge: 

B+

Policy Knowledge:

C-

Community: 

A-

Inclusiveness: 

A

Growth Mindset:

A

 

Steven, when we first interviewed you weren\'t up to standard with the policy but were very good with the other four markers. After we interviewed again, you obviously went home and extensively prepared for our conversation and obviously knew the policy back and forth. Well done. You\'ll be a fine L1. 

Ryan Freeburger, 2021/11/18

You have a good grasp of the rules and have a good intuition when you think you have gone to far and need to step back and refocus.  The latter is good instinct to have.   Take some time to relook at deathtouch as two of the scenarios we discussed you had a bit of pause on that mechanic.

Your explanation are overall good, but will be smoother with more active practice.  

I am happy you are able to make the right decision when presented with tough social situations.

You have shown great initiative at the Book Rack and please let me know if you need help in helping them get off the ground.

I gladly give you a L1 Endorsement.

Minh Vu

pharmacistjudge, 2021/11/17

You have a good grasp of the rules and have a good intuition when you think you have gone to far and need to step back and refocus.  The latter is good instinct to have.   Take some time to relook at deathtouch as two of the scenarios we discussed you had a bit of pause on that mechanic.

Your explanation are overall good, but will be smoother with more active practice.  

I am happy you are able to make the right decision when presented with tough social situations.

You have shown great initiative at the Book Rack and please let me know if you need help in helping them get off the ground.

I gladly give you a L1 Endorsement.

Minh Vu

pharmacistjudge, 2021/11/17

Trent had a made a lot of progress toward the L1 path before reaching out to me. He has always wanted to judge and is interested in local events. He has expressed interest in working Comp REL events as well. The initiative to start the process, getting up to the RA test before reaching out show how interested they are in the program. As they are local and as events return, I hope to have a chance to work with them in person and help them grow toward what they want from the judge program. 

Ben Petrila, 2021/11/17

James is someone who is an invaluable asset to whatever community he is a part of. I initially certified him for L1 under the old program, and am delighted to see him return. His customer service skills are exemplary and his energy is infectious. I have no doubt he will be an excellent ambassador for his community and for Magic.

earaff, 2021/11/17

I have worked with Kevin many, many times, serving as Judge of Regular events while he served as Scorekeeper. When Kevin is given the opportunity to take judge calls, he has shown an excellent understanding of Judging at Regular. His instincts towards finding the primary issues with a broken game state and fixing it so that players can return to the game is without parallel. His customer service and community building prowess is equally above reproach. My major bit of constructive feedback for Kevin would be to spend some time focusing on the things \"L1\'s aren\'t supposed to know.\" The application of continuous effects, for instance. It\'s important that, while we don\'t expect L1\'s to have an intimate knowledge of which layer is before any other, Kevin understands which kinds of questions are questions about layers, so that he can find the appropriate answer.

That said, I am more than happy to endorse Kevin for L1.

Joe Curran, 2021/11/16

I am giving my endorsement for this candidates advancement.  When I asked about why they want to be a judge their answers were candid and I believe they\'ll be a great member of the Newfoundland  judge community. 

Alex F, 2021/11/15

Okan competent and fluent in the rules and policy, he is enthusiastic about being a judge and wants to be a pillar of his community. I believe he has the potential to be a good judge.

qwr1000, 2021/11/15

Ross is a enthusiastic member of his local magic community and that is reflected in his attitude towards judging.
He has an intuitive knowledge of the underlying rules of magic as well as a good ability to quickly navigate the Comp Rules for answers when he is unsure. Ross is working on his tournament rules and policy knowledge and is using this to support his TO to run a variety of different types of event. He wants to help build the local community and provide a safe space for players of all ages and backgrounds. Ross has put time into developing his rules knowledge from home during COVID-19 and has shown great dedication which has been a boon to his local store now events have returned. I beleive he is an asset to his community and so am happy to recommend him for Level 1. 

 

 

imtilley, 2021/11/15

Owen has shown great promise at being a judge. He is able to handle complex rules discussions, run events, and show great customer service to players.
These skills were demonstrated to me when we judged a Crimson Vow prerelease together.

There are some areas where Owen could improve. Namely:

  • Self-confidence: Owen knows a lot, and is capable of much. However, Owen quite frequently uses self-deprecating language/humour, which I believe leads to low self-esteem. This can lead to players not relying on him for accurate information.
  • Public speaking and announcements: Owen gave great announcements during the prerelease. He does need to work on his projection, and not rushing with his words too much. This will simply take practice.
  • Watching magic: Developing the \"spider-sense\" of judging is crucial, and watching games in progress is the best way to advance this skill. Additionally, it also serves as a way to reduce the incentive of players to cheat. At several points throughout the event, I had to remind Owen to continue watching matches, rather than sitting at the judge-desk or browsing singles.

However, with this all said and done, I believe Owen is ready to advance to the position of Level 1, and I give him my endorsement for that.
Owen: I believe you can be a great judge. You\'ll nail that L1 test!

Donald Sutherland, 2021/11/15




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