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It’s Morphin’ Time!

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I have to imagine that if you go back a month or two, I've likely written a post with this exact same title. I would check, but I'm too damned excited to bring you the glad tidings I have for you today and no one googles my free side posts anyway, except for that one about the anime sleeves and the neckbeards. Or the one about the South Park Episode. Or the one about Ari Lax.

Speaking of Ari Lax, Ari Lax won't be getting any more "Woops. I accidentally Day 2 after all!" judge calls because of an opponent not revealing a morph dude. Why? I'll let Toby Elliot tell you why.

Effective immediately, failing to reveal your morph is now a Warning. A non-morph played as a morph, unless it’s caught by the player almost immediately, remains a Game Loss.

Say whaaaaat? This is a great compromise for a really sticky situation that caused a lot of players a lot of grief. So what's the rationale for the change?

So, yeah, that’s a long explanation as to why sometimes the simplest things are incredibly hard to change if they have the philosophy pulling in other directions. We’re always looking for ways to make things better, but it has to be done in a consistent, coherent way, even if doing so presents a challenge. Hopefully this will cut down on the feel-bads at Competitive events, without opening much of an opportunity for abuse of the morph hidden information.

The Judge Blog Article detailing the changes was updated over the weekend much to the relief of a lot of players who thought the clunky rule and its Draconian enforcement went too far and made for too many hurt butts. The new policy will help a lot with the feel-bads and shows that the judge community really thought about this rationally. It's unlikely too many people will risk a game loss or disqualification by making a fake Scathe Zombies that the opponent could uncover at any moment and more likely that there is less potential for abuse than the original penalty indicated. This is a positive change, solves a problem that bugged a lot of the community unobtrusively and shouldn't upset anyone. I mean, it obviously WILL upset a lot of people in this community. It just shouldn't. Nice work, judge community!

Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on Gatheringmagic.com. He is also the Community Manager at BrainstormBrewery.com and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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