I wish to thank the many of you who are taking partial sponsorship on behalf of those who would not have bee able to receive sponsorship otherwise. A great many of you were willing to do this.
If anyone is no longer available, please let me know. If anyone wishes to volunteer, also please let me know.
For those with Full or Travel-only sponsorships you will be contacted by April 12th with instruction on when to start and how to book your travel. Please wait until you receive instructions as travel is currently busy with finalizing Prague travel. However please respond within 48 hours to the travel service.
Those of you volunteering or room-only the details are below for the venue and hotel.
Charleston Area Convention Center
Halls B & C
Embassy Suites Hotel Airport-Convention Ctr North Charleston
We are responsible for all judges at this event; main event, Duel Masters Championship, and side events. Expect to work at least one full day not on the main event and you may be reassigned to different teams or positions at need. Please read Judging Side Events: The myth, by George Michelogiannakis, Level 3.
Sheldon Menery is Head Judge for the Pro Tour event. He will be in communication with you directly before May 26th with any questions, requests, or requirements he has. Toby Elliott will shadow Sheldon throughout Friday and Sunday – please direct any appeals to the Head Judge and not to Toby.
We will also be holding the Duel Masters North American Continental Championship on Sunday. Dorian Redburn will Head Judge this event and run the open qualifier on Saturday as well. Judging Duel Masters is much like judging Magic. For details I encourage you all to read: Judging Duel Masters - Dorian Redburn & Scott Marshall
I will be arranging for Regional Judges present seminars on Sunday. Topics will be announced later. Not everyone will be able to attend as we have finals, Duel Masters Championship, and side-events. Additional seminars or small group discussions may occur during the event provided we have time and man-power.
Those of you being tested for level three will be contacted in advance by Scott Marshall to fill out a questionnaire. You should take time to encourage senior judges to write evaluations on you into the Judge Center in the coming weeks. You will undergo a written test Friday (one or two on Saturday). Should you fail the written it is extremely unlikely you will be promoted unless the follow-up interview finds great fault with the test itself. A follow-up interview will happen regardless of your test score in order to evaluate your readiness.
Judges fill in for other positions as well at the event. Judges perform these roles instead of a random volunteer because it allows me to bring additional judges to the event. Some of these roles may include; crowd control for the Pro Lounge, entering decklists for coverage, setting up tables/chairs/table-clothes, watching over the artist area during their lunch, etc… We will rotate these duties every 2-4 hours if called upon to do them.
All judges will please perform whatever tasks are required of them. Judges are expected to review at least one other judge per their own level over the weekend for entry into the Judge Center afterwards.
- Level 4+ judges are present to evaluate other judges. They generally will be involved in interview and occasionally observing on the floor or in side-events.
- Level 3 judges may be used in interviews. They will be evaluating the floor and sides judges and evaluating their team leads or acting as team leads. They are to be direct mentors.
- Level 2 judges will be evaluated on the floor by senior judges. They should avail themselves of the experience around them and ask questions of the judges around them and share experiences.
- Level 1 judges will mainly function at side-events but may be rotated into the main event for experience.