MagicFest Phoenix 2019

Organizer: CFB Events
Judge manager: CFBEvents Staff Manager
Event type: Grand Prix
REL: Competitive/Professional (GP)
Format: Sealed Deck
Event date(s): Oct. 25, 2019-Oct. 27, 2019
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Applications accepted through: Aug. 2, 2019

Event Information

CFB Events is excited to invite you to join an amazing community of people who will create some tremendously fun Magic: the Gathering experiences for guests of MagicFest Phoenix featuring the Grand Prix on October 25th - 27th, 2019. This application will allow you to apply to be a Judge or Operations Team Member for this event.

Please be sure to read the entire application carefully before applying. The application window will close at 11:59 PM (23:59) CST on Friday, August 2nd, 2019.


In an effort to create opportunities for as many people as possible, we are offering two day positions (Friday/Saturday & Saturday/Sunday) in addition to three day positions. Applicants available for two day positions will be given higher priority than those only available for three day positions.


Most operations positions are three day commitments which require availability from Friday morning at 8:00 AM (8:00) through Sunday evening at 8:00 PM (20:00). Judges interested in joining the Friday staff are required to be available at 1:00 PM (13:00) at the latest, and for those applying to a Sunday position, the expectation is that you'll be available until at least 8:00 PM (20:00).


As you are answering the application questions, please select only those groups of days for which you are available to work.



Please note that you may apply for multiple roles, and may have more than one role over the course of the weekend. If you are selected as a judge, you may be asked to take on operations tasks if needed.



Judge Leads are staffed exclusively through the CORE application and Lead applications are not be available on individual event postings. You can read more information here:



Scorekeepers are staffed exclusively through a seperate Scorekeeper application (similar to CORE) and applications are not be available on individual event posting. You can read more information here:



If selected for a judging role, you may be asked to do any of the following:


If selected to judge, you will be expected to work a minimum of two days, either Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. Some number of judges will be selected to work all three days. Judges interested in joining the Friday staff are required to be available at 1:00 PM (13:00) at the latest, and for those applying to a Sunday position, the expectation is that you're available until at least 8:00 PM (20:00).


Judges working towards their Day Two Team-Lead-In-Training Position (“TLTP”) will receive the regular Floor Judge compensation rate. The judge assigned to supervise and assess a candidate for the TLTP certification will be selected from CORE Leadership.


Judges who have received the TLTP certification and are chosen to Team Lead on the Main Event will receive an extra box of the most recent Standard set in addition to their regular compensation for each day they are a Team Lead on the Main Event.



If selected for the Operations Team, you may be asked to work in one or more of the following areas:


Most Operations Team Members will be expected to work all three days, although a few may be scheduled to work Saturday and Sunday only.



The typical shift length is 10-12 hours with a one hour lunch break and at least one thirty minute break.  Typical shift length for leads is 10-14 hours with a one hour lunch break and at least one thirty minute break. Please note that leads on the main event are expected to work all of the rounds on Day One and through the end of the Top 8 on Day Two. In order to give us flexibility in scheduling the event, all Operations Team members are expected to be available from 8:00 AM (8:00) Friday morning until at least 8 PM (20:00) on Sunday.


If you are selected for this event, you are responsible for monitoring the event forum for important news prior to and during the event.



We will need help on Thursday to assist with preparing the hall and other miscellaneous setup. Anyone selected to join us on Thursday will receive $150.00 plus two Booster Boxes or $270.00 for the day. Lunch will be provided.


This shift starts at 10:00 AM (10:00) on Thursday and continues until the room is fully set up for the MagicFest. This typically takes between ten (10) and twelve (12) hours. Our goal is to be completed by 8:00 PM (20:00). However, the shift can go later if all of the setup tasks are not complete. If you select this as an option, please be prepared for physical tasks, and please make sure you are available for the full day.



We always appreciate having a hard working and fun-loving crew to tear down the hall and pack up the equipment with us on Sunday night. The Strike shift will start at 4:00 PM (16:00) on Sunday and will go until the MagicFest is completely packed up (generally Midnight, (00:00), occasionally later). This shift has a 30 minute break. If selected, you will receive $300.00 plus two Booster Boxes or $420.00 for the shift. Please note that being selected for Sunday Strike means you won't be selected to be a judge or operations staff on Sunday morning; no staff member is meant to be scheduled to work two shifts in one day.


Please be prepared for physical work, both in your attire and capabilities. Lifting and loading are a large part of the duties. Because of this, you are free to wear whatever attire allows you to be the most comfortable and safe while doing this work. Please be aware that you will also be late in attending the staff party, which starts at 9:00 PM (21:00), but we always save a little extra cheer of for the Strike Team to celebrate a job well done!



Staff members will receive both monetary and product compensation per day worked, as shown in the table below. If requested, CFBE will arrange sale of a staff member’s product to a third party prior to the MagicFest; this request must be submitted along with the staff scheduling survey, seven (7) weeks before the event. The default compensation rate is the mix of payment and product and staff members who fail to fill out the survey or fail to indicate that they prefer the all payment option will receive the payment plus product option. Please note that arranging sale of the product is an all or none decision and CFBE will not arrange partial sale of an individual staff member’s product.



Payment + Product* Option (Daily Rate)

All Payment Option (Daily Rate)


Judge Staff

$150 + 2 boxes



Operations Team

$150 + 2 boxes



Event Setup Team

$150 + 2 boxes


Thursday Only

Event Strike Team

$300 + 2 boxes


Sunday Only

* Product will be in the form of boxes from the most recent standard set.



Please note that all staff are independent contractors and will be required to complete appropriate paperwork which includes a contract with CFB Events for this MagicFest.


You can see a copy of a blank contract here:


Please also note that all selected applicants will be checked against the National Sex Offender Registry located at



We love celebrating the hard work and fantastic job our team does at each and every event.  As usual, there will be a post event staff party with desserts, drinks, and lots and lots of drafting!  The party runs from 9:00 PM (21:00) until at least 12:00 AM (0:00) on Sunday night after the event. Information and location will be provided to staff during the weekend.  We hope that everyone on staff will be able to stay and join us for the festivities!

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
John Alderfer
Level 3 USA - Northeast Staff
Eric Dustin Brown
Level 3 USA - Midatlantic Staff
Abraham Corson
Level 3 USA - Midatlantic Appeals Judge
CJ Crooks
Level 3 USA - Midatlantic Staff
Nate Hurley
Level 3 USA - South Floor Judge
Jonah Kellman
Level 3 USA - Northeast Floor Judge
James Do Hung Lee
Level 3 USA - Northwest Floor Judge
Scott Marshall
Level 3 USA - Northwest Floor Judge
Eliana Rabinowitz
Level 3 USA - Northeast Floor Judge
Bryan Spellman
Level 3 USA - Northwest Floor Judge
Jason Wong
Level 3 Canada Floor Judge
Steven Zwanger
Level 3 USA - Midatlantic Head Judge
Alice Araujo
Level 2 Brazil Staff
Michael Arrowsmith
Level 2 USA - South Floor Judge
Diego Bolaños
Level 2 Hispanic America - North Staff
Will Bumgardner
Level 2 USA - Southwest Scorekeeper
Ryan Darris
Level 2 USA - Southwest Staff
Jeffrey Emery
Level 2 USA - Northeast Floor Judge
Casey Hogan
Level 2 USA - Northwest Staff
Isaac King
Level 2 USA - Southeast Floor Judge
Klaus Lassacher
Level 2 German-speaking countries Floor Judge
Matt Newnam
Level 2 USA - Southeast Scorekeeper
Krystal Rose
Level 2 USA - Northwest Floor Judge
Andrea Wallace
Level 2 USA - South Staff
Garth Beavers
Level 1 USA - South Staff
Kami Hann
Level 1 USA - Southwest Staff
Kyle Hilliar
Level 1 USA - South Staff
Yeremia Iman
Level 1 USA - Southwest Staff
Dess Knight
Level 1 USA - North Staff
Ellen Petrila (Jackson)
Level 1 USA - Northwest Scorekeeper
Joseph Sapp
Level 1 USA - Southwest Staff
Chris Wong
Level 1 USA - Southwest Scorekeeper
Ayrea Hurley
Uncertified USA - South Scorekeeper
Ashley Kurtz
Uncertified USA - Northeast Staff
Vanessa Nguyen
Uncertified USA - Southwest Staff
CFBEvents Staff Manager
Uncertified USA - North Judge Manager