Judge Gift cards

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The Judge Gift cards were handed out or mailed to judges for judging at magic tournaments and events. All of the cards are foil, and for some cards it's the first available printing in foil. For many cards, the Judge Gift printing was the first time they were printed using the then-current (8th Edition onward) card frame, or original card frame, for select cards that were printed originally with the new card frame. Starting with Armageddon in 2004 and ending with the basic lands from 2014, all Judge Gift cards were printed with the 8th Edition to Conspiracy card frame, unless otherwise noted. Starting with the 2015 promos, all cards were printed using the newest card frame (Magic 2015 onward), unless otherwise noted.

As with most printings, cards are printed with the current Oracle rules wording at the time of the printing. Vindicate's 2013 printing marked the first time the same Judge Gift card was printed again, albeit with different artwork. Wasteland was repeated in the 2015 printings.

A list of Judge Gift cards is below.

1998[edit | edit source]

1999[edit | edit source]

  • Memory Lapse — 1999 Judge's Rewards Mailed Gift (New Foil).

2000[edit | edit source]

2001[edit | edit source]

  • Ball Lightning — 2001 Judge's Rewards at US Nationals in Orlando (New Foil, Alternate Flavor Text).
  • Oath of Druids — 2001 Judge's Rewards (New Foil).

2002[edit | edit source]

  • Hammer of Bogardan — 2002 Judge's Rewards at Pro Tour Osaka (New Foil).
  • Tradewind Rider — 2002 Judge's Rewards Pro Tour Houston (New Foil, Alternate Flavor Text).

2003[edit | edit source]

2004[edit | edit source]

  • 1/6 G04 Armageddon — 2004 Judge's Reward Card at Grand Prix Chicago (Alternate Art, New Foil).
  • 2/6 G04 Balance — 2004 Judge's Rewards Mailed Gift (Alternate Art, New Foil).
  • 3/6 G04 Time Warp — 2004 Judge's Reward Card at Grand Prix Chicago (New Foil).
  • 4/6 G04 Phyrexian Negator — 2004 Judge's Reward Card at Grand Prix Chicago.
  • 5/6 G04 Deranged Hermit — 2005 Judge's Rewards Mailed Gift.
  • 6/6 G04 Hermit Druid — 2004 Judge's Reward Card at Grand Prix Chicago (New Foil).

2005[edit | edit source]

  • 1/4 G05 Gemstone Mine — 2005 Judge's Reward Card (New Foil).
  • 2/4 G05 Regrowth — 2006 Judge's Reward at Pro Tour Honolulu (New Foil).
  • 3/4 G05 Sol Ring — 2005 Judge's Reward Card at Pro Tour London (New Foil).
  • 4/4 G05 Mishra's Factory — 2005 Judge's Reward at Pro Tour Los Angeles (New Foil, Autumn Artwork).

2006[edit | edit source]

  • 1/4 G06 Exalted Angel — 2005 Judge's Reward Card at World Championships in Yokohama (Alternate Art).
  • 2/4 G06 Grim Lavamancer — 2005 Judge's Reward Card at World Championships in Yokohama (Alternate Art).[3]
  • 3/4 G06 Meddling Mage — 2006 Judge's Reward Card at PT Charleston (Alternate Art).
  • 4/4 G06 Pernicious Deed — 2005 Judge's Reward Card at World Championships in Yokohama (Alternate Art).

2007[edit | edit source]

2008[edit | edit source]

  • 1/5 G08 Orim's Chant — 2008 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art).
  • 2/5 G08 Mind's Desire — 2008 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art).
  • 3/5 G08 Demonic Tutor — 2008 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, New Foil).
  • 4/5 G08 Goblin Piledriver — 2008 Judge's Reward Card at Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur (Alternate Art).
  • 5/5 G08 Living Wish — Judge's Reward Card - first widely released in 2009 (Alternate Art).

2009[edit | edit source]

In 2009, judges were urged to be active, participate in events and help build new retailers running FNM's. Older judge promos were offered, but a cycle of the Onslaught fetchlands were also available.[4]

2010[edit | edit source]

  • 1/8 G10 Sinkhole — 2010 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, New Foil).
  • 2/8 G10 Natural Order — 2010 Judge's Reward Card. (New Foil).
  • 3/8 G10 Phyrexian Dreadnought — 2010 Judge's Reward Card (New Foil).
  • 4/8 G10 Thawing Glaciers — 2010 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, New Foil).
  • 5/8 G10 Land Tax — 2010 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, New Foil).
  • 6/8 G10 Morphling — 2010 Judge's Reward Card (New Foil).
  • 7/8 G10 Wheel of Fortune — 2010 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, New Foil).
  • 8/8 G10 Wasteland — 2010 Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art).

2011[edit | edit source]

Entomb was officially released during the 2014 cycle of Judge reward cards[5] after being said it was 'unlikely this promo card will ever see the light of day'.[6] Delay was likely due to Premium Deck Series: Graveborn containing a foil Entomb and also being released in 2011.[7]

2012[edit | edit source]

2013[edit | edit source]

Show and Tell Judge Gift

The Judge Promo's for 2013 were showcased per pair over the course of 2013, with Bribery and Crucible of Worlds in April[9], Show and Tell and Overwhelming Forces in June[10], and Vindicate and Genesis in August.[11]

2014[edit | edit source]

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Judge Gift, in Phyrexian text.

Eight of the nine Judge's Rewards cards for 2014 were announced in May 2014 after reaching the milestone of 5000 judges. Every Judge who certified another judge after 2005 received a Force of Will for each judge certified (up to 4).[12]

In August 2014, a cycle of foil full-art basic lands illustrated by Terese Nielsen were announced.[13].

  • 1/5 Judge Plains — 2014 Special Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, Full Art)
  • 2/5 Judge Island — 2014 Special Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, Full Art)
  • 3/5 Judge Swamp — 2014 Special Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, Full Art)
  • 4/5 Judge Mountain — 2014 Special Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, Full Art)
  • 5/5 Judge Forest — 2014 Special Judge's Reward Card (Alternate Art, Full Art)

2015[edit | edit source]

Five of the eight Judge's Rewards cards for 2015 were announced in March 2015.[14] Two others were announced in March 2016.[15]

2016[edit | edit source]

Two were announced in September 2016.[16]

2017[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana. (August 25, 2003.) "DCI Promo Intuition", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  2. Magic Arcana. (May 05, 2003.) "DCI Promo Living Death", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Monty Ashley. (July 26, 2011.) "Grim Lavamancer's Friend", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (January 11, 2010.) "DCI Judges and Friday Night Magic", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  5. a b Trick Jarrett. (February 03, 2014.) "Entombed for Karador", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  6. Eric Sorensen. (March 13, 2012.) "Ask Wizards: 03/13/2012", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  7. The Magic Libaries. (January 13-16, 2013.) Judge Foil 2011 #4 of 8 Found!
  8. Monty Ashley. (December 13, 2011.) "The 2011 (sic) Judge Foils", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  9. Trick Jarrett. (April 05, 2013.) "New Judge Promos", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  10. Trick Jarrett. (June 19, 2013.) "Overwhelming Tell", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  11. Trick Jarrett. (August 28, 2013.) "Vindicated Genesis", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  12. Trick Jarrett. (May 8, 2014.) “Celebrating the Judge Program!”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Wizards of the Coast. (August 4, 2014.) “Judge Promo Basic Lands”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Blake Rasmussen. (March 23, 2015.) “Judge Promos Coming Soon”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Blake Rasmussen. (March 22, 2016.) “The March 22, 2016 Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Blake Rasmussen. (September 27, 2016.) “The September 27, 2016 Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.