Open Weekend: Minneapolis

Organizer: Jared Sylva
Judge manager: Star City Games
Event type: Star City Games Tour
REL: Competitive
Format: Mixed Formats
Event date(s): May 26, 2018-May 27, 2018
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
1301 2nd Ave S
Exhibit Hall D
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Applications accepted through: April 23, 2018

Event Information

Thank you for your interest in joining us at Open Weekend: Minneapolis. 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!


Modern Open Head Judge: Rob McKenzie - Level 3 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Modern Classic Head Judge: Ken Bearl - Level 2 - Saint Francis, Minnesota
Standard Classic Head Judge: Erin Leonard - Level 2 - Grapevine, Texas
Rules Enforcement Level: Competitive
Note: For 2018, 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 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.
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 will 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.
  • Level 2 Judges will receive $175/day staffed.
  • Level 3 Judges will receive $225/day staffed.
Judges receive an SCG Tour playmat matching the Open event format.
Judges can also apply for a Keystone position for this event, which includes the roles of Open Head Judge, Classic Head Judges, Saturday Side Events 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 annual 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 within the previous year, 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, April 23rd, 2018. 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. Open Weekend: Minneapolis staff will be announced on, or before, Friday, April 27th, 2018.
Information on room blocks and local hotels will be located in the Event Fact Sheet as it becomes available.


Staff Members

Name Level Region Role
Rob McKenzie
Level 3 (Judge Academy) USA - North Head Judge
Jacob Milicic
Level 3 (Judge Academy) USA - North Team Lead
Bryan Spellman
Level 3 (Judge Academy) USA - Northwest Floor Judge
Patrick Vorbroker
Level 3 (Judge Academy) USA - Midatlantic Staff
Johnpaul Adams
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - Midatlantic Staff
Ken Bearl
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Head Judge
Erick Carlsted
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Sean Carstensen
Level 2 (Historical) USA - North Floor Judge
Mike Combs
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Patrick Cool
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Angus Davis
Level 2 (Historical) Canada Floor Judge
Chad Divine
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Leon Henderson
Level 2 (Historical) USA - Great Lakes Floor Judge
Robert Kajer
Level 2 (Historical) USA - North Floor Judge
Liberator L.
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Erin Leonard
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - South Head Judge
Dan Milavitz
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Andy Peterson
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Graham Schofield
Level 2 (Judge Academy) Canada Floor Judge
Samantha Short
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - Central Floor Judge
Blake Smith
Level 2 (Historical) USA - North Floor Judge
CoriAnn Theroux
Level 2 (Historical) USA - Central Floor Judge
Tom Wanous
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Ward Warren
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - Midatlantic Staff
Karl Weisling
Level 2 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Dan Barnard
Level 1 (Historical) USA - North Floor Judge
Renee "Lady" Buhr
Level 1 (Judge Academy) USA - Great Lakes Floor Judge
Joshua Dillard
Level 1 (Historical) USA - Northwest Floor Judge
Eli Halterman
Level 1 (Historical) USA - North Floor Judge
Tommy Lee
Level 1 (Judge Academy) USA - North Floor Judge
Steve Peterman
Level 1 (Judge Academy) USA - Midatlantic Staff
Ryan Pickar
Level 1 (Historical) USA - North Floor Judge
Kali Anderson
Uncertified USA - Midatlantic Staff
Star City Games
Uncertified USA - Midatlantic Tournament Organizer
Ruth Reimer
Uncertified USA - North Staff