What is a Deck Check?

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You’re at a Magic event, and you sit down for your match across from you opponent. You go through your pre-game routine: pulling out your playmat, deck box, and life pad. You remove your deck from the deck box and begin shuffling. The Head Judge announces for the round to begin and with shuffling done, you present your deck to …

Draws and Determining a Winner

Frank Chafe Strategy

You’re facing off against your opponent in an all too intense match of Magic: The Gathering, and time gets called signaling the end of the round. The match is tied one game apiece, and you hear the judge say, “Ladies and gentlemen, that is time in the round. You have five additional turns with which to resolve your match.” Many …

12 Tips for your First GP

Frank Chafe Strategy

With GP Vegas on the horizon, I’d like to talk a bit about GP’s and how you can prepare for them. Oftentimes, going to a Grand Prix is an experience – you’ll carpool out to a tournament with some of your closest friends and spend every night playing Magic in your hotel room until the wee hours. And as fun as …

What is REL?

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Many of us play Magic: The Gathering at our local game stores. Some of us may even go to the occasional Friday Night Magic (FNM) to test our newest decks. There’s a world of tournaments outside of FNM, however, and today, I’d like to talk to you about some of these events and what you can expect from them. You …

The Importance of Calling a Judge

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Welcome to The Judge Corner, a column designed to explain some things in that happen in the Magic Judge world and show how those things are important to you, the players. We’ll cover new mechanics, changes to rules and policy, why and how judges do deck checks, and other relevant things to help improve your play and your interactions with judges …