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JudgeCast #204 – Magic 2019 Core Set

Prepare for your prerelease! There are no new mechanics, but there are plenty of fun interactions still to be had as we peruse the most interesting cards from the Magic 2019 Core Set release notes! Stuff we talked about: Lots of cards from the Release Notes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/core-set-2019-release-notes-2018-06-22 JudgeCast Layers episodes: #197 – https://judgecast.com/archives/1245 #199 – https://judgecast.com/archives/1257

1hr 47mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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JudgeCast #176 – Hour of Devastation Release Notes

Settle in as Brogan, Bryan, and Jess bring you everything you need to know about Hour of Devastation. Learn about the Afflict mechanic as well as the pseudo-return of Embalm and Exert. We also go over all our favorite new cards and tell you what tricky rules to watch out for. Be sure to check out the full release notes.

1hr 30mins

7 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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JudgeCast #179 – Commander 2017 Run-Down

In this episode, we discuss the Commander format and the perks and quirks of cards in the new Commander 2017 decks. What happens if your cat is enchanted by a rat? How does phasing even work? How does Commander Damage work, Generally? Find out all of this and more in this episode of JudgeCast. Commander 2017 Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2017-edition-release-notes-2017-08-11

1hr 26mins

18 Aug 2017

Rank #3

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JudgeCast #173 – On This Episode, Replace Episode 45

The JudgeCast team reprises an episode from five years ago by tackling replacement effects. If you would skip this episode, instead don’t! Replacement effects rules on Yawgatog: http://yawgatog.com/resources/magic-rules/#R614

1hr 9mins

19 May 2017

Rank #4

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Judgecast #237 Eldraine Policy Updates and Judge Academy First Impressions

Join Brogan and Bryan as the go over the virtual flood of Throne of Eldraine Policy Updates, and then spend the rest of the episode discussing impressions of the first week of Judge Academy.


15 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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JudgeCast #184 – What are Special Actions?

This episode we tackle special actions in the Comp Rules. They’re not just for Leonin Arbiter anymore! Other rules episodes we referenced: Steps of casting a spell (JC #71) https://judgecast.com/archives/531 Morph (JC #99) https://judgecast.com/archives/707 State-Based Actions (JC #147) https://judgecast.com/archives/974


20 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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JudgeCast #216 – Top Ten Judge Call Mistakes

We return to the countdown format as we trek through 10 common mistakes judges make (most of which we’ve made ourselves) and talk about how to avoid them.


20 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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JudgeCast #189 – Things a New L1 Should Know

A new Judge can have lots of questions about the Judge program. Brogan, Bryan and Jess try to answer all the questions you have, and even a few you didn’t know you had. How do I get a Shirt? What is Judgeapps? How do I find other judges? What is this Code of Conduct I have to agree to? What is that squeaking sound? And many more!! Referenced Links: Judging at Regular – https://judgecast.com/docs Judge Code of Conduct – https://blogs.magicjudges.org/conduct/magic-judge-code/ Judgeapps – https://apps.magicjudges.org Official Announcements – https://apps.magicjudges.org/forum/71/ Your email settings – https://apps.magicjudges.org/notifications/settings/ Level Definitions – https://blogs.magicjudges.org/o/judge-levels/


15 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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JudgeCast #228 – The Many Mechanics of Modern Horizons

Brogan and Bryan team up with the Once and Future L2 Erik Aliff to discuss Future Sight 2, AKA Modern Horizons. In our Finest Hour, we outlast the nay-sayers and persist through all 45 mechanincs that appear on cards in Modern Horizons. We were hellbent on getting through all of them and created a 2 hour monstrosity of an episode. To accomplish this task, we delved into old show notes and dredged up old rules, and attempted to overload your senses with bad puns. ‘Snow Joke.

1hr 54mins

8 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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JudgeCast #209 – Top 8 Problematic Triggered Abilities

You won’t believe number 3! Or maybe you will. Yeah, you probably will. JudgeCast picks their list of worst triggered abilities in Magic. We look at why triggers have sometimes caused problems in tournaments starting with Horizon Spellbomb and ending with… Well, you’ll just have to listen and find out! Creative Commons Media used in this episode: “Tech Rythmic Sound” Copyright © 2011 Varazuvi www.varazuvi.com “Intro Brass One” by klankbeeld Both found on www.freesound.org

1hr 4mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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JudgeCast #198 – Dominaria Release Notes!

The rules are changing, but the sky isn’t falling. Along with new mechanics and weird cards, Dominaria brings with it rules changes that have caused the errata of many, many Magic cards. Additionally, we go card-by-card over some of the most interesting interactions in the set. Listen in as we explain it all! Links: Dominaria Release Notes (.docx): http://media.wizards.com/2018/downloads/DOM_Release_Notes/EN_MTGDOM_ReleaseNotes.docx Dominaria templating changes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-frame-template-and-rules-changes-2018-03-21 Dominaria Comprehensive Rules Changes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-comprehensive-rules-changes-2018-04-13 Dominaria Oracle Text Changes https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-oracle-changes-2018-04-13

1hr 28mins

20 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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JudgeCast #229 – Hidden Card Error – Because… Narset

Special Guest Matt Williams (a.k.a Billy Willy) joins Brogan and Bryan to go over the ins-and-outs of the most complicated infraction in the IPG, Hidden Card Error. They discuss Tournament Scenarios, how to recognize HCE, what the fix is, and how to deliver the ruling, and flexi-discs.

1hr 11mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Judgecast #240 Richmond+

For this episode we bring in Jonah Kellman to help us talk about MagicFest Richmond+ and how having a Mythic Championship attached to a GP impacts things. We also discuss Oko fallout, Mystery Boosters, and alterations of lands.


1 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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JudgeCast #171 – AlmondCat Release Notes

We are once again joined by Brogan King as we talk about the newest Magic set, AlmondCat! Oh wait… Amonkhet! Yeah, that one. We discuss the mechanics, what we love, what we hate, and some Madness Weirdness. And, of course, we go through a ton of interesting cards and rules interactions. Amonkhet Release Notes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/amonkhet-release-notes-2017-04-14

1hr 33mins

20 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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JudgeCast #221 – Triggers are Wonderful Things

This episode, we discuss the ins and outs of the rules around triggered abilities. Avoid common rules pitfalls and learn weird corners like the infamous “to your graveyard from anywhere” triggers. Send your questions to JudgeCast@gmail.com!

1hr 12mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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JudgeCast #201 – Two-Headed Giant of Four Eyes.

On this episode we talk about everything 2HG, including the upcoming Battlebond supplemental set!  We also introduce Judge Tales: record and send us your favorite judge stories to be on the show! Last, but certainly not least, we ask you what Jess should do with the newly acquired www.bprill.com! 2HG quick reference: https://blogs.magicjudges.org/2hg/faq/ Battlebond Release Notes (Unavailable when we recorded): https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/battlebond-release-notes-2018-06-01

1hr 14mins

1 Jun 2018

Rank #16

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JudgeCast #187 – Turn-Based Actions

Brogan, Bryan, and Jess break down all the turn-based actions that occur in Magic, even the ones no one knows about! Did you know there are special ones just for the beginning of combat step and the precombat main phase? Other related episodes and stuff mentioned in the show: Steps of a Turn – JudgeCast #52 – https://judgecast.com/archives/425 Combat Phase (more in-depth) – JudgeCast #72 – https://judgecast.com/archives/573 Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny – https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/285267


17 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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JudgeCast #188 – Wait, Wait, Don’t Spell Me

CJ Shrader joins us as Brogan hosts JudgeCast’s new game show, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Spell Me.” She asks the team questions about Unstable mechanics and cards, and the team gives their best answer (along with some not so accurate ones).  Check it out! Unstable Release Notes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-faqawaslfaqpaftidawabiajtbt-2017-11-22

1hr 13mins

2 Dec 2017

Rank #18

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JudgeCast #167 – Parts of a Card

On this episode, we’re joined by the amazing Billy Willy to discuss the numerous parts of a card. Find out about the rules for illustrations (yes, there’s a rule for that!) and how set symbols used to be relevant in the game! Bprill reminisces about the good old days before color indicators and tells you about his new puppy, pictured below.  You can more or less follow along in the comprehensive rules section 2, also titled “Parts of a card“.

1hr 7mins

24 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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JudgeCast #210 – Guilds of Ravnica Release Notes

Join us as we discuss the new mechanics and interesting cards in Guilds of Ravnica! Check out the full Release Notes here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/guilds-ravnica-release-notes-2018-09-20

1hr 47mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #20