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Why is there no ruling to offset Mandatory Loops?

There is no reasonable way to eliminate all mandatory loops, so this rule would still be needed for loops that can't be eliminated. For simplicity, it's better to just have the one rule. The biggest ...
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How common are offensive words in tournament Scrabble play?

Short answer: HO is used rather often. LEZ, ABO, GOY are the next most common. Methodology: I have a database of about a million games played on a popular internet Scrabble server played under the ...
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Why is there no ruling to offset Mandatory Loops?

The rule is necessary. Limiting purely mandatory loops to a certain number of repetitions is impractical, especially for paper Magic, and it is potentially game-distorting. Magic the Gathering is ...
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How did Andrea Mengucci receive a game loss for incorrectly registering his card on arena?

The player (Andrea Mengucci) wrote a wrong card to his decklist after the draft. This constitutes as a decklist problem. The fact that the tournament is partly played on MTG Arena, doesn't matter here....
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Why is "All that remains" banned from Android: Netrunner World Championships?

There is nothing banned in All That Remains. This exception was added in the update to the Tournament Rules for the World Championship to clarify that because it was being released so close to the ...
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What happens if I lose a match due to time in a single-elimination game, but I have a Platinum Angel on the battlefield?

First a small disclaimer: I'm not a judge. This answer is combined from information I found from Platinum Angel's rulings, comments of MTG judges from the Internet and common sense. For example a head ...
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How did Andrea Mengucci receive a game loss for incorrectly registering his card on arena?

Andrea Mengucci clarified this on his twitter just a few minutes ago: People at home. I don’t have 2 Archon of Sun’s Grace. I have 2 of the uncommon Archon. That was the mistake in deck ...
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In what category of information are timestamps?

There is a simple answer here that resolves all of the conflicts: timestamps are free information if and only if it makes a difference to the current game state. Otherwise, it is private. The Magic ...
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What actions constitute passing priority?

I disagree with the ruling made by the floor judge. I also disagree with upgrading the penalty to a warning. Ruling First, let's get some terminology down: You are the controller of the trigger. I ...
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Can my opponent and I decide on a victory condition to avoid a draw?

Bribery and Collusion do not really factor into this. If there is no agreement (or offer) to exchange something of value for a particular match result, there is no bribery. "Collusion" is not ...
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Are players permitted to resolve errors between themselves, without involving a judge?

As far as I can tell, there is no specific rule in the tournament rules that requires a player to call a judge when a rule is broken. All it says is that a player is responsible for Calling ...
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How are bridge hands chosen, at top tournaments? What's the motive?

All bridge players "know" that the hands are cooked. They all have their own ideas how. Each person's ideas are different. They're all wrong. Mostly this is because humans, and bridge ...
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What number is so large that one would never wish to have named a larger number?

There isn't one. The question you're asking is a bit like asking this: My friend and I can both eat infinite numbers of hotdogs. What number of hotdogs do I have to eat such that my friend can't then ...
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What requires MTG players to remind their opponents of “may” parts of effects?

The Magic Judge Blog version of that IPG section has a more detailed description of why those examples are problematic: In each of these examples, a player takes an action or fails to take an ...
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How do you run a short multiplayer Conspiracy draft tournament?

Since multiplayer games tend to run longer than single-player matches, it's hard to do as many rounds as you would for e.g. a standard pod of 8. The scheme we've come up with at my LGS is to run two ...
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Brackets for tournament in a three player game

It's virtually identical to 2-player games, except there are two "loser" brackets instead of one, and an extra game could be needed because you can get into a situation where everyone lost twice. ...
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Can anyone tell me who Mr. Suitcase is?

Unfortunately, there was never any one person known as Mr. Suitcase. Mr. Suitcase is old-school slang for someone with a lot of cards. More likely than not this was just some random guy who was kind ...
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Can I look up the text of my foreign cards on my phone in MTG tournaments?

At Regular REL, you might get permission from the Judge, at any higher REL it is forbidden. 2.12 Electronic Devices At Competitive and Professional Rules Enforcement Level during drafting, deck ...
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What board and card games have full-time professional players?

Duplicate bridge certainly has full-time professional players who earn their living playing, although most of them are also teachers, and play with students for pay. There at least used to be ...
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In Magic: the Gathering, how often on average do the top players make day 2 of a tournament?

I asked professional player Raphael Levy and he said platinum-level pros win about 65% of their matches at this level (it drops to 60% at pro tour level). To reach day 2 one needs 7-2 or better, and ...
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What board and card games have full-time professional players?

I won't give a list since a list will keep changing. Rather, I'll give a method to find these games. Go to https://www.twitch.tv/, which is the most popular platform used by streamers to stream ...
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What board and card games have full-time professional players?

There are a number of Magic: the Gathering players who derive all their income from the game, whether that be: A direct contract from Wizards of the Coast, given to the players with the best ...
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What should I prepare for a Star Wars X-Wing tournament?

According to the current X-Wing Tournament Regulations (as of now, that's Version 1.2.1, effective November 1, 2016), you must have the following items: Ship models Bases Pegs Pilot cards (all from ...
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What should I prepare for a Star Wars X-Wing tournament?

UPDATE: So I finished my first tournament last Saturday (1:3 W:L, Place 9 out of 14). Here is my experience regarding the things I brought: Too much copies of the build, three are enough (one for the ...
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Intentionally Not Announcing Triggered Abilities Until Just Before They Would Be Considered Missed

This would not qualify as cheating. In the example, Tower of War's Exalted trigger creates a continuous effect that modifies Bear Cub's power and toughness. These are not visible changes, so they are ...
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What number is so large that one would never wish to have named a larger number?

There isn't a specific number that generally applies, or a way to phrase it, other than "high enough". Assuming player B has a non-infinite combo which they will fire after/in response to ...
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How do you run a short multiplayer Conspiracy draft tournament?

Last time we held a multiplayer tournament at my local store, we followed a procedure similar to the one below. It worked well, and was significantly shorter than the typical "Swiss draft followed by ...
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Which tournament format best emphasizes winning (as opposed to avoiding last place)?

In researching a scoring system for our own tournaments I modified the latest F1 scoring system (2015). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Formula_One_World_Championship_points_scoring_systems#...
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How do I create an account with Wizards of the Coast if I have a very old DCI number without activation code?

The website http://wizards.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2301/=1 Actually answers this question, but not quite obvious. It says numbers shorter than 10 digits have been converted and that you ...
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Would hypnotizing your opponent be against the Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament rules?

From a link on the page that ConMan so helpfully provided: Penalties are carried out in the event of rule violations which may cause hindrance to others and/or disruption of the event. Please ...
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