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This page lists all the projects that currently exist within the judge program. Additionally finished and future projects are listed here.

Pages for the projects will be created in the future.

Current Projects

  • Conference Content (Judge Conferences) - George Trichopoulos
    We have had many different seminars, workshops, etc. over the years. Those seminars most of the time end up forgotten in a hard drive or at best in our wiki. In both cases the reusability of our seminars is pretty low, and that is what this project wants to change.
  • Judge Contests (Recognition) - Steven Briggs
    This new initiative will give every judge an opportunity to participate, and through participation judges will have the opportunity to earn lovely, shiny, awesome Judge Foils. Each contest, which will be hold periodically throughout the year, will have a different theme or idea centered around it.
  • Premier Event Staff Lists / Judge Photos - Staff Photos at GPs (Communication Infrastructure) - David de la Iglesia, Rick Salamin, Kenny Koornneef
    The main goal is to give judges attending Premier Events a simple way to put a face to the names of their fellow judges, publishing a web page with the profile pictures of the event staff as soon as the staff list is ready. The project recruits volunteers to take staff photos and photos of judges to be uploaded to the Judge Center. It is also a repository for Premier event staff lists.
  • (Communication infrastructure) - Matteo Callegari, Simone Zanella, Mirko Console, Riccardo Tessitori
    A website dedicated to judge related content, including the judge wikis, main program announcements, several recognition pages, several information sharing tools, and the links to all the online resources. It started its development in 2012. Contact information:
  • DCIJudge list Summaries (Communication Infrastructure) - Stefan Ladstätter
    The DCIJUDGE mailing list is one of the most important channels of communication among the 2000+ certified judges to discuss judging-related topics of all kinds. The monthly summaries are a service for those of us who are unable to follow the 180+ posts per month, either due to time constraints or language barriers. They were started in January 2011, and a group of almost twenty judges are working on them every month, writing, editing, publishing, translating and podcasting.
  • Rulebook (Examination Content) - Charlotte Sable
    Maintaining the rulebook at so that links in Judge Center answers click through to correct information. The rulebook is also an excellent online version of the Comprehensive Rules.
  • Seminar Library (Judge Conferences) - Christian Gawrilowicz
    The Seminar Library is a repository for all presentations held at various judge conferences and/or other events.
  • Judge Wiki Administrator (Knowledge Management/Documentation) - Tasha Jamison
    To support documenting judge practices on the wiki by improving the infrastructure. Fights spam, creates templates, and documents best practices and help techniques to support: editing by all judges; finding information easily by all users; porting information from other sources to the wiki.
  • Judge Article Metadata (Knowledge Management/Documentation) - Tasha Jamison
    This project generates metadata pages for published judge articles on the Judge Wiki. The project has two aims: to make judge articles easier to find; and to support the Judge Article of the Year competition.
  • Judge Article Index (Knowledge Management/Documentation) - Philip Schulz
    The Judge Article Index is designed to help the reader find information on judge articles quickly and easily. It catalogues and summarises judge articles to provide an overview of published articles and their topics.
  • Judge Wiki (Knowledge Management/Documentation) - Christian Gawrilowicz
    The Judge Wiki is the number one resource to collect the knowledge of the Judging Community. In it articles, best practices, projects and the history of judging are collected.
  • Oral Judge History (Knowledge Management/Documentation) - David Hibbs
    This entails collecting stories from long-time judges about some of their experiences with judging events including how and when they were certified and other interesting factoids. These can then be added to the Wiki page about the person and/or linked to the event.
  • Training Level 3 Qualities (Level 3 Judges, Rules Education) - Christian Gawrilowicz
    The aim of this project is to identify existing material (articles, seminars, …) for training of the Level 3 Qualities. If necessary, additional material will be solicited.
  • Welcome to Level 3 (Level 3 Judges) - t.b.d.
    This project tries to make the transition form L2 to L3 easier for the promoted judge. The idea is to provide the new L3 with some guidance and a contact for questions of any kind. After about 6 months the new L3 is ready to become a mentor on his own.
  • Level 3 List Summaries (Level 3 Judges) - Ingrid Lind-Jahn
    The L3 summary is a monthly synopsis of topics and discussions that occur on the L3 list. Its main function is to allow busy judges to get a quick idea of what a topic is about and then decide quickly whether or not the judge should read the entire thread topic.
  • My first Review (Level 3 Judges, Mentorship) - Riki Hayashi
    The goal of this project is to make Judge Center reviews more accessible to newer judges who are thinking about writing their first review. Presenting an array of first reviews written by other judges should provide a more realistic barometer for first-time reviewers, as well as provide examples of the types of feedback to give.
  • Review form design (Mentorship) - Gavin Duggan
    Currently a discussion with an international group of L3/L4s to redesign the Review/feedback form.
  • Judge Booth (Recruitment/Outreach) - Michael Wiese
    A Judge Booth is a table set up at an event, usually a Grand Prix or Nationals, staffed with friendly and knowledgeable judges who invite players to come and speak to them. They are generally armed with some rules and policy questions to quiz players with, expertise about Organized Play and the Magic Judge program, and hopefully some trinkets to give away.
  • IRC #mtgrules (Recruitment/Outreach) - Johanna Virtanen
    It's a 24 hours a day rules Q&A service for players, judges and TOs.
  • Rules Tip Blog & Twitter Feed (Recruitment/Outreach) - Chris Richter
    The MTGRules Tip Blog is ongoing project to post short and simple Magic game and tournament rules tips for both players and other judges. Each day when a blog post goes up, the title of that day's post and a link to it goes up on Twitter. The blog focuses on using examples and cards from standard legal sets to make it as accessible to new players. Ideas for tips or volunteers to help with writing or maintaining the blog are always welcome.
  • MagicJudges Twitter Feed (Recruitment/Outreach) - Stefan Ladstätter, Bryan Prillaman
    The account "MagicJudges" was created near the end of 2009 and is used to inform the audience about the judges' point of view at big events like GPs, PTs and National Championships. Since these events are worldwide events, we solicit volunteers from the judge staff list to tweet.
  • SCGJudges Twitter Feed (Recruitment/Outreach) - Kali Anderson
    The SCG Judge Twitter is designed to help educate players on rules education/policy knowledge, provide players a resource to ask questions to judges, to help distribute important notifications about the judge program, and to recruit judges to apply for events. Every so often, we run "Tweetorials" about rules interactions for players to participate and learn someting new.
  • Judge Article of the Year (Recognition) - Christian Gawrilowicz
    This yearly project uses votings and other tools to determine the best Judge Article written within a given year.
  • Judge Anniversaries (Recognition) - Johanna Virtanen
    The featured judges are chosen from the judges who have their anniversary that month, by the Regional Coordinators. For each chosen judge, one of the RCs or a close friend of the judge then writes a short introduction about the judge and his or her career, accomplishments and special interests. Given the lifetime of the Magic Judge Program, we're currently celebrating 10th and 5th anniversaries since L1 certification and 5th anniversary since L3 certification (compiled by Shawn Doherty).
  • Judge of the Week (Recognition) - Jason Wong
    This project features judges from all over the world for one week. A short interview, and some biographical data are published and the featured judge chooses the next one.
  • Magic: The Judging (Rules Education) - Paul Smith
    Once a week, certain areas of the Comprehensive Rules (and also sometimes of the MIPG) are explained in detail in a live show on U-Stream.
  • Card of the Week (Rules Education) - Irina Samonova
    Every week one interesting Magic cards is put under the microscope.
  • 2HG FAQ (Rules Education, Policy) - Fabian Peck, Eric Levine
    Maintain an up to date FAQ on 2HG rules and tournaments.
  • Judge Academy (Rules Education) - Justin Turner
    The judge academy is the idea that there will be a wiki page for anything and everything a judge needs to know for a tournament or exam to rise in judge level. The vision is to have classes, how-to's, videos and more on comprehensive rules, policy and tournament operations. The goal is to have real tournament consistency and make it easier on everyone to get the knowledge necessary on the Judge Academy instead of handed down by word of mouth at large events.
  • The Knowledge Pool (Rules Education) - Ben McDole
    The Knowledge Pool is a new project aimed at creating topics for discussion on DCIJUDGE-L. We will be creating and posting scenarios regularly to provide you all with more opportunities to discuss, learn and enjoy DCIJUDGE-L!
  • Rules by Example (Rules Education) - Matteo Callegari
    All the rules of Magic with lots of illustrated examples. This manual has been written for Level 1 candidates who want to learn Magic rules technically and professionally to pass Level 1 test, and for those who want to use their rules knowledge in real games and tournaments to solve complex play situations without the need of knowing all corner cases and rules.
  • Translations (Rules Education) - Juan Del Compare
    Coordinates the translation of content in the following areas: Judge Center DCIX (UI and questions), DCI documents (CR, MIPG, MTR, JaR, PEIP), Summaries of DCIJudgeList, the Judge Classes and various other documents and resources.
  • Cranial Insertion (Rules Education) - Eli Shiffrin
    Magic's longest running rules column. Cranial Insertion is published every Monday in several languages to educate players on the game and tournament rules. Currently published on
  • Format Guides (Rules Education)
    The intention for the guides is to offer answers and explanations for the more common/trickier questions and game interactions in bulletin points, on a card-by-card or interaction basis.
  • Rules-L moderation (Rules Education) - Daniel Kitachewsky
    The MTGRULES mailing list gives you access to the same team of experts who writes the FAQs, to get ultimate answers to any rules question you may have. My job is to write the answers in a clear fashion, often expanding a bit on the original question. I usually leave 24 hours before answering so that the list can be used for testing your own knowledge. Need a fast answer? Go to #mtgrules!
  • Scorekeeping documentation (Scorekeeping) - Tasha Jamison
    This project aims to document scorekeeping practices to support scorekeepers of all levels.
  • Event application platform (Technology Solutions) - Jason Lemahieu
    This is a future replacement for the event application system, and a few other components, of DCIFamily. (Jason Lemahieu - Project Manager; James Bennet - Technical Lead; Alexei Gousev - Lead Developer; Fabian Peck - Testing Lead)
  • MTGJudge Apps (Technology Solutions) - Alexei Gousev
    The MTGJudge project is an iPhone and Android app available free of charge on both app stores that provides the latest oracle text and rules and policy documents. At this point, I don't have plans to add any major new features, but I'll continue to keep the app up to date. For anyone familiar with programming that wants to help out, the source code is available at, and I would be glad to accept your help.
  • How to test a L1 (Testing and Promotion) - Fabian Peck
    Instructions for new L2s on the process of testing someone for L1 from start to finish.
  • Post Test Surveys (Testing and Promotion) - Filipe Fernandes
    This project has created a web-based survey that will be given to anyone who takes an L1 exam. The project is now extending its scope to anyone who has administered an L1 exam or anyone who has taken or administered an L2 exam. These surveys provide valuable feedback about the testing process.
  • L3 Promotion Process Management (Testing and Promotion) - Daniel Kitachewsky
    The first part was a redefinition of the Level 3 testing process done by Jeff Morrow, the second part is the management of this process (Jeff then Daniel).
  • GP Travel Guides (Tournament Operations, Professional and Competitive) - Ben McDole
    This project is meant to give judges a great breakdown of the event they're going to travel to! We want to welcome judges and show them the best places to eat, the best ways to get around the city, and of course the best ways to relax! (Sergio Pérez Marcos is responsible for Europe.)
  • Trapped Decklists (Tournament Operations, Professional and Competitive) - Daniel Beaupre
    Sometimes TOs want to modify their limited decklists in a way that is not easily recognizable. Within this project decklists are prepared for all the TOs who can't do it themselves and are distributed.
  • GP Decklists Tournament Operations, Professional and Competitive) - Pietro Lombardi
    Within this project the limited decklists for GPs are prepared and Riccardo Tessitori distributes them to the respective head judges.
  • Decklist Experimentation (Tournament Operations, Professional and Competitive) - Fabian Peck
    Trying all sorts of different things and modifying decklists to reduce errors and make things more efficient.
  • Foldable Judge Booklet (Web Content) - Martin Köhler
    The judge booklet provides a foldable short reference of the most important things (penalties, layers, etc.) for judges at events. It can be customized for personal needs and is available in different languages.
  • Documents for Handhelds (Web Content) - Ryan Stapleton
    This is a approach of taking the document data and converting to several formats that are readable by many different devices. This approach allows the documents to be available to the widest audience as possible. I also advertise works of others that have created applications that target specific devices (IOS and Android).
  • GP Blogging (Web Content) - Adam Cetnerowski
    With the changes to high-level events, the Judge! Newsletter was retired. In it's place, we're trying nimbler forms of communication - one of them is a judge blog. It includes judge-centric coverage of the event: interesting rulings, promotions, interviews with judges and staff. Any judge attending the event is welcome to contribute.
  • MagicJudges Facebook (Web Content) - David de la Iglesia
    This Facebook page features regular updates including news, announcements, projects, pictures from big events, links to articles, podcasts and sometimes even fun stuff about judging.
  • JudgeCast (Recruitment/Outreach) - CJ Shrader, Jess Dunks, Bryan Prillaman
    JudgeCast is a podcast for judges and players, to discuss rules, rules and policy updates, answer listener questions, discuss tournament operations, and other Judging-related fun. Production is most often through a recorded skype call which is later edited to include bumpers and interviews. Distribution through MTGCast. Has a Facebook page with 900+ fans. You can find new episodes on If you have have an idea for a topic, email it to

Projects on hold

  • Preparation Review (Mentorship) - Ute Kronenberg
    Especially for experienced L2 it can be hard to get good feedback. In order to make it easier for people to improve, this project helps to create review pairs/triples, with two L2s and an L3 who helps the two L2s to come up with helpful reviews about each other after the event.
  • Policy by example (Rules Education) - Mirko Console
    The purpose is the create documents to help judges learning the IPG better. And this with a lot of concrete examples.
  • CR Examples (Rules Education) - Adrián Estoup
    This project has the objective to generate an example for each rule in the Comprehensive Rules. Sometimes is hard understand a rule reading just the theory, why not add examples? This project is open to all the judges who want to add examples.
  • Flashcards (Rules Education) - Ryan Stapleton
    This is a project that has flashcards for questions related to the CompRules, IPG, JAR and MTR. These cards are designed to help newer judges and also serve as a refresher for others.
  • Judge Files (Technology Solutions) - Matteo Callegari, Fabio Ivona
    A project to collect all relevant documents a judge may need when working at a tournament. Developing a java software to easily download the documents while filtering on several categories.
  • Judge Articles (Web Content) - Tom Fowler
    The project seeks to collect articles submitted by judges, edit them, and display them for the global community. Judge articles can cover any aspect of what we do and do not have to be "technical" in nature.

Possible future Projects

  • Pin Maps (Regional Coordinators) - Sean Catanese
    Creating a map of judges and stores, also showing WPN locations of various levels. This should allow for RCs to coordinate outreach to stores in their region, allow RCs to find the closest judge to a store asking for assistance (for instance, a store needing a L2+ to help mentor/certify an employee), and allow judges to find stores which may have opportunities to judge.
  • Compensation Survey (Tournament Operations, Professional and Competitive) - Sean Catanese
    Collect information that would help judges and retailers know what's typical to ask for or offer in comp for various types of events.

Finished Projects

  • Level 1 Standards (Testing and Promotion) - Nick Sephton
    During 2011, the Judge Program went through a revision of most its levels to accurately set the role and place they should have to satisfy the needs of OP. As such, the L1 Standards project was started in order to make sure the requirements and needs were accurate for the worldwide community.
  • Level 2 Standards (Testing and Promotion) - Damián Hiller
    During 2011, the Judge Program went through a revision of most its levels to accurately set the role and place they should have to satisfy the needs of OP. As such, the L2 Standards project was started in order to make sure the requirements and needs were accurate for the worldwide community. This project makes revisions of available content and refinement of requirements every couple of months.
  • How to test a L2 (Testing and Promotion) - Damián Hiller
    Instructions for new L3s on the process of testing someone for L2 from start to finish.
  • Judge Jeopardy (Judge Conferences) - Mirko Console
    The goal was to create a game of Jeopardy for Judge Conferences with the purpose to create a community feeling in a funny way.
  • Guide to WER (Scorekeeping) - Eric Levine
    The WER guide is a comprehensive document detailing all the functions of Wizards Event Reporter and instructions on how to best use them. The project is finished, but updates and training videos might follow.
  • Judge! Newsletter (Web Content) - Adam Cetnerowski
    After each Pro Tour an online magazine with some coverage from the event, recognition of judges, and other interesting stuff was created.
  • Welcome to Level 1 (Recruitment/Outreach) - Edwin Zhang
    The aim of this project was to provide information for brand new judges, to connect them with the family, and give them ideas on what they can do next.
  • TO Information Package (Knowledge Management/Documentation) - Fabian Peck
    Assembling all the links and documents the judge program has into one place. Data handed over to Alexei Gousev.
  • Magic Tournament Rules (Policy) - Nick Sephton
    The aim of the project was a full rework of the Magic Tournament Rules (MTR), including moving material between MIPG, JaR, UTR, and MFR.

Defunct Projects

  • MTG Archive (Web Content) - Alexei Gousev
    Collect links and documents useful for judges. Further development was stopped due to lack of demand.
  • Ribbon Bars (Recognition) - Oli Bird, John Carter
    This project had the goal of creating electronic "badges" for various achievements. These badges would have been shown in the user profile of DCIF. This project was started in the pre-sphere aera.
  • Coordinated Reviews (Mentorship) - Jared Sylva
    Coordinated Reviews were a coordinated effort by two Level 3s at a Grand Prix style event to provide in depth feedback and constructive criticism to a Level 2 judge who was interested in improving. The Coordinated Review consisted of each Level 3 being assigned to the level 2's team at one point over the weekend, making observations, comparing and combining them then presenting them to the level 2 on site and following up with a written review. Similar to Level 3 panels, Coordinated Reviews attempted to provide suggested ways to work on observed areas for improvement.
  • Team Leading Structures (Tournament Operations Professional and Competitive) - Richard Drijvers
  • Nationals Organisation (Tournament Operations, Professional and Competitive) - Johanna Virtanen
    An attempt was made to coordinate the head judges for various European Nationals. Obsolete with the introduction of Regional Coordinators.

How to start a successful project?

  1. Check on this page if someone else might already be working on something similar (if yes, contact this person, and offer to work together).
  2. Think about what Sphere your project could/should belong to.
  3. Contact this sphere's leader and tell him/her about your project.
  4. Create an entry here on this list (or ask your sphere leader or Christian Gawrilowicz to do this).

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Christian Gawrilowicz, the designated sphere leader, or your Regional Coordinator.