list – some comments and making it somewhat longer
Watson sent a list to this forum explaining some of the
terms used in Magic. The list should be very useful
for beginners and DeQuan did a good job. Though as a
judge I felt compelled to point out some things about
this list and I have a couple of words to add as well.
I’ll quote a complete entry of DeQuan and put my
comments under it.
WEAVE - Place your
lands throughout your deck every two to four cards
before shuffling. This is supposedly done to help
distribute your mana whenever you are shuffling.
Mana weaving is not disallowed by the rules.
But when I see a player do this I will always make sure
they make sure their deck is sufficiently randomized
afterwards. If I have doubts about the randomization
process I will step in and check to see if my concerns
are warranted. I will talk more about randomization
PILE SHUFFLE - A method of shuffling where
you lay cards out in front of you face down, generally
in piles of six or eight.
Although the term is misleading pile
shuffling is not considered shuffling. Any technique
used to shuffle which is reversible is not good. Pile
shuffling is used by almost all competitive players
somewhere in the shuffling process. So it is ok to pile
shuffle your deck as long as you are using a different
shuffling method for randomizing it.
RARE DRAFT - Take every possible rare that
passes you during a draft.
A better description would be: Every pick in
a draft which was done for the card “cash” value
instead of the card “play” value for your deck.
RIFFLE SHUFFLE - The shuffle method in
which cards are held in either hand and layed one over
another rather quickly. This is the popular way to
shuffle among casual card players.
Riffle shuffling is the preferred way to
randomize your deck. After seven riffle shuffles your
deck should be “perfectly” randomized.
STALL - Taking an excessive amount of time
to play out your turn to try and stretch out the game to
hit the time limit and get a win or draw.
putting this in a list with terms make it looks like
they are excepted practices. Stalling is not so I wanted
to add something. In the penalty guidelines there are 2
offenses listed which are relevant. SLOW PLAY, which is
described as, unintentionally playing too slow. The
penalty for this offense is a caution at lower REL’s
and a warning on higher REL’s. CHEATING – STALLING
Intentionally playing slow in order to take advantage of
a time limit. The penalty for this offense is a warning
at lower REL’s and disqualification on higher REL’s.
In the next part of this article I would like
to add some more useful terms (IMO)
BEAR – Used to describe 2/2 creatures with
2 casting cost. Refers to the good old Grizzly Bears.
BYE – When you have a “Bye” you don’t
have to play in that round, but are awarded a full win
for that round.
CONSTRUCTED – A format in which you need your own deck of at least 60 cards.
COUNTER – A) Any spell with the words
counter target spell on it somewhere. B) To use such a
spell as mentioned in A. C) A small bead or something to
represent an effect on a card. For instance a +1/+1
counter on a creature.
LIMITED – A format in which cards are
provided by the organizers with which you need to built
a deck of at least 40 cards.
MISE – Being lucky. Ex. “I mised the
REL – Rules Enforcement Level. This is an
indication of the importance of the tournament and the
way the judge will penalize offenses. The lowest REL is
1 and the highest is 5.
this has helped, Happy Gaming,
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