Judge’s Tower: APNAP Time!

Chris Cornejo Judge's Tower

APNAP (Active Player/Non-Active Player) is one of those little rules things underpinning Magic that serves to hold everything together without drawing too much attention to itself. It’s one of the many bits that lets the game function without becoming a tangled mess of unclear priority passes, garbled timing, and…The Batch. For anyone who played prior to the Sixth Edition rules …

Judge’s Tower: Turn it Up

Chris Cornejo Judge's Tower

When it comes to Magic, I fully subscribe to a school of thought that isn’t the most…friendly: Magic is inherently a zero-sum game. In any given game, there’s a certain amount of fun to be had, and I want to make sure that I have the most fun that I can every time I play. I can think of almost …

Judge’s Tower: It’s Just A Phase

Chris Cornejo Commander, Judge's Tower

We’re less than two weeks away from the release of Commander 2017 (which, incidentally, you can preorder here), and players are already asking questions about new cards and mechanics. As a rule, when I’m judging an event, I try not to answer too many questions from whatever Commander games may be going on nearby, as it’s very easy to get …

Judge’s Tower: Playing with Layers, Pt. 2

Chris Cornejo Judge's Tower

Once more, with feeling! We’re looking at layers again today, mostly because there’s still a lot of weirdness that goes on with the different layers interacting with one another. Getting the order of operations down can be a little tricky, but it’s worth hammering home. So, to start, a quick review of what the layers are, along with examples of …

Judge’s Tower: Paying Dues, Pt. 1

Chris Cornejo Judge's Tower

Like any other game or hobby, Magic requires that you pay some dues before you can really get the most out of it. There’s a decently high barrier to entry, as even learning the basic rules of the game can seem daunting when you’re just starting out. But once you’ve put in the time and effort required to really dig into …

Judge’s Tower: Red Moon Rising

Chris Cornejo Judge's Tower

Hey all, welcome back to Judge’s Tower! Enough of you liked the last one of these I wrote, so as promised (or threatened, depending on your point of view), today we’re going to deal with one the bigger “rules headache” cards out there – Blood Moon! At first glance, Blood Moon seems innocuous enough. Just four simple words of Oracle …

Judge’s Tower: Serenity Now

Chris Cornejo Judge's Tower

Hello, and welcome to the Judge’s Tower! Judge’s Tower is a Magic format for self-deprecating people (more info about which can be found here: http://judgetower.pdxmtg.com/), the point of which is that everything you do must be done absolutely correctly within the rules; the only way to lose is the get something wrong. I’m Chris, a Level 2 judge at Mox Boarding …