I don’t commonly post links to articles on magic sites, but this one is worthy of the linkage. Some (very few) were complaining about the way the Melbourne preleases were run, so one of the important players from the region posted this article as a response. One of the paragraphs is worth quoting though:
“Things happen at pre-releases that aren’t as frequent at higher level events. Firstly, there are a lot of mistakes made by players due to the cards being new and unfamiliar. This presents an opportunity for players to become more accustomed to calling judges and more importantly, to gain experience at interacting with judges. Don’t try and resolve issues that come up yourself; it’s a bad habit and will only get you in trouble at other events. When you call the judge over, you will get a chance to gain knowledge about the rulings process and how to relate your side of situations in a credible way. I see people get the short end of the stick in tournaments all the time because they were either confused about whether they should have called a judge in the first place, or unable to relate their questions to a judge in such a way to get the information or ruling that they needed. If you are playing in your normal tournament area, calling a judge can have the additional bonus of giving the judge experience in answering questions, which means that if they happen to be judging the next PTQ in your area, you will be more likely to receive a correct and fair ruling from them.”
Read the full thing here.