Competitive Penalties: Players Guide
10 things any player participating to a competitive tournament must know :
This is a summary of some common tournament infractions and penalties. This document does not contain the full definitions and philosophies of the various penalties. If you have a question about penalties and procedures, please talk to a judge. The full documents are available at http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dci/doccenter/home.
The penalties below apply at Competitive Rules Enforcement Level (used at events such as PTQs and the first day of a GP). Tournaments at lower and higher levels may have different penalties.
Most penalties will be upgraded for repeated offenses. Many of these penalties are given for unintentional violations – intentional rules violations are Cheating, penalized with Disqualification. A verbal Caution from a tournament official is a penalty that can be upgraded. You do not need to be playing in order to receive a penalty.
If in doubt, ask a judge.
- Deck/Decklist problems – Game Loss. Examples: too few cards registered, illegal cards in deck, failing to desideboard, having a card that belongs to a previous opponent in your deck.
- Most unintentional game play errors – Warning. Examples: missing a triggered ability, underpaying mana, leaving a dead creature in play.
- Not noticing your opponent make an illegal play – Warning. Both players are responsible for the game state. This penalty will not be upgraded for repeat offenses.
- Not randomizing your deck sufficiently – Warning. Make sure you do not see the faces of the cards while you shuffle, and remember that a pile shuffle alone does not randomize the deck.
- Marked cards or sleeves – Warning or Game Loss depending on the potential advantage gained from the markings.
- Using notes or giving/requesting advice – Match Loss. Do not refer to notes made before the current match during games. Do not make comments on games that are in progress. If you see a rules violation, tell a judge.
- Randomly determining the winner of a match – Disqualification. Rolling a die compromises the integrity of the event.
- Offering or accepting anything as a bribe to another player or official – Disqualification. This includes prize splits in exchange for a concession or intentional draw.
- Unsporting, disrespectful or aggressive conduct – Warning to Disqualification, depending on the situation.
- Lying to a judge – Disqualification. Judges are here to help you. Please help us do that by telling the truth.
- Magic: The Gathering Constructed Grand Prix Day 1 Guide Magic: The Gathering Constructed Grand Prix Day 1 Guide....
- Magic: The Gathering Limited Grand Prix Day 1 Guide Magic: The Gathering Limited Grand Prix Day 1 Guide. Welcome...
- Judge Report : MTG Romania Nationals 2011 After 9 days i post my report of Romanian...
- DKA Gameday report DKA gameday was announced and i was very excited about...
- Edh Championship #2 Finished As of 13 november Craiova EDH Championship #2 has finished....
- [Romania] [Le&Le Games] PTQ Born to the Gods Tg. Mures 15.09.2013
- Romanian WMCQ #2 – Decklists
- Romania World Magic Cup Qualifiers 2013
- [Romania] [GamesStop] PTQ Dragonmaze Bucharest 23.02.2013
- A judge’s Life : GP Bilbao
- MTG Judge Fun: Layers
- Edh Decks: Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
- PTQ GateCrash Sofia *HJ Report*
- MTG Tourney at GamesStop on 3-4 November
- MTG Tourney at Le & Le Games