Open Weekend: Pittsburgh

Organizer: Jared Sylva
Judge manager: Riki Hayashi
Event type: Star City Games Tour
REL: Competitive
Format: Mixed Formats
Event date(s): June 29, 2019-June 30, 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd
Hall D
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Applications accepted through: May 27, 2019

Event Information

Thank you for your interest in joining us at Open Weekend: Pittsburgh. Below, you will find all the information you'll need to be a judge at our event. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at We look forward to working with you!


Team Modern Open Head Judge: Patrick Vorbroker - Level 3
Modern Classic Head Judge: Graham Schofield - Level 2
Legacy Classic Head Judge: Max Kahn - Level 2
Rules Enforcement Level: Competitive
Note: For 2019, all applications for Open and Classic Head Judge positions will be part of the Tour Keystone Program.


Judges at Open Weekend events are expected to prepare for each event by reviewing the Comprehensive Rules, Magic Tournament Rules, Infraction Procedure Guide, and Judging at Regular REL documents. These documents can be found at the Magic Judges Document Center. As certified representatives of the Magic Judge Program, judges are expected to behave in a professional manner at all times. Judges are expected to arrive on time and in appropriate attire to begin judging at the start of their assigned shifts.
Judges are expected to arrive no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, and 8:30 am on Sunday, and those on a Full Shift are expected to stay until the conclusion of the Swiss rounds. If you anticipate being unable to arrive on time or needing to leave before 7:00 pm please include that information in your application.
NEW: Judges can also apply to work a Partial Shift on Saturday and/or Sunday. These shifts have the same morning call time as above and last 6 hours with a 1-hour lunch break. The end times for the shifts are Saturday: 3:00pm; Sunday: 2:30pm with some flexibility depending on the specific needs of the event(s).
Judges at the Open Weekend will be provided a judge shirt, which is expected to be returned at the conclusion of the event. The Judge should arrive with black pants, black belt, and black, comfortable shoes. During breaks, or any other time that a judge is off duty, judges should remove or cover their judge shirt.


All judges will be required to sign an agreement for their work at a Open Weekend. Compensation will be in the form of a check, which will be provided at the end of your final shift of the weekend or mailed out after the event. International judges can choose to receive their compensation in the form of a PayPal payment after the event. Judges will be required to fill out a valid W-9 (domestic) or W-8 BEN (international) US tax form in order to receive their compensation.
  • Level 1 Judges will receive $125/day staffed for a Full Shift and $65/day staffed for a Partial Shift.
  • Level 2 Judges will receive $175/day staffed for a Full Shift and $90/day staffed for a Partial Shift.
  • Level 3 Judges will receive $225/day staffed for a Full Shift and $115/day staffed for a Partial Shift.
Judges receive an SCG Tour playmat matching the Open event format (judge's choice for Team Opens).
Judges can also apply for a Keystone position for this event, which includes the roles of Open Head Judge, Open Support Judge, Classic Head Judges, Saturday Side Events Lead, Unified Deck Checks Lead, and L3 and L2 Floor Judges. For more information on Keystone, please read here.


In addition to submitting an application ("Apply Now!" at the top of the page), we ask that all applicants complete a GoogleForm with additional questions. Applications without either of a completed GoogleForm response or a Judgeapps application will not be considered.
As per the Wizards Play Network (WPN) policy posted in the Magic Rules and Documents, is required to perform background checks on all public facing staff, including judges, contracted to work at our events. After event applications close, but before staff selection, all judges who have not already done so, will be asked to provide both the necessary information, and consent, required for's third-party organization to conduct a background check. Please note that these forms must be completed and returned by their respective deadline(s) if you wish to be considered for a contracted judge position at a event.
If your judge level is not currently correct on JudgeApps when you apply please mention this in your application and ask the person who tested you to update this before the application window closes.
The application window for this event will close at 11:59 PM Eastern time on Monday, May 27th, 2019. Judges wishing to apply for this event after the application window has closed will need to contact us at  
Please note that late applications will be considered at a lower priority than those received during the official application window.
Due to staff needs, judges may be accepted for one or two days. There are questions in the GoogleForm to indicate your preference, and requirements to attend, in your application.
Staff for this event will be announced on or before Friday, May 31st, 2019.
Information on room blocks and local hotels will be located in the Event Fact Sheet as it becomes available.


Staff Members

Note: As you are not on staff for this event, some users may be hidden from the staff list, in accordance with their privacy settings. You can always see the full staff list if you are either part of the staff yourself, or otherwise, after the event is over.

Name Level Region Role
Eliana Rabinowitz
Level 3 USA - Southwest Appeals Judge
Jared Sylva
Level 3 USA - Midatlantic Staff
Patrick Vorbroker
Level 3 USA - Midatlantic Head Judge
Johnpaul Adams
Level 2 USA - Midatlantic Staff
Benjamin Harris
Level 2 USA - Midatlantic Floor Judge
Max Kahn
Level 2 USA - Central Head Judge
Abby Kraycar
Level 2 USA - Midatlantic Team Lead
Sean Linkous
Level 2 USA - Midatlantic Staff
Meg Rickman
Level 2 USA - Midatlantic Team Lead
Graham Schofield
Level 2 Canada Head Judge
Matthew Westfox
Level 2 USA - North Floor Judge
Steve Peterman
Level 1 USA - Midatlantic Staff
Gail Senatore
Level 1 None Staff
Star City Games
Uncertified USA - Midatlantic Tournament Organizer