Judge Gift

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The Judge Gift cards, also known as Judge Promos, are handed out or mailed to official judges for judging at Magic: The Gathering tournaments and events.

Description[edit | edit source]

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 (Eighth Edition onward) card frame, or original card frame for select cards that were printed originally with the new card frame.

Since 2000, the DCI symbol was used as expansion symbol for these cards. Each card also has a watermark in its foil. First a shooting star was used, but starting in 2004 this also became the DCI symbol. In 2011 both reverted to the shooting star.

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 printing, and Vampiric Tutor was repeated in the 2018 printing.

Card list[edit | edit source]

A 2009 Judge Gift with the DCI symbol .
A 2013 Judge Gift with the shooting star .
A 2014 Judge Gift in Phyrexian text.
Archie the Owl, the Judge's Familiar representing wisdom. 2020 expansion symbol and watermark.

Starting with Armageddon in 2004 and ending with the basic lands from 2014, all Judge Gift cards were printed with the Eighth 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.

Year # Code Name New foil Alternate art Notes
1998 Lightning Bolt {Tick}
1998 Stroke of Genius {Tick}
1998 Gaea's Cradle {Tick}
1999 Memory Lapse {Tick} Mailed gift.
2000 Counterspell {Tick} {Tick} First use of the expansion symbol
2000 Vampiric Tutor {Tick} World Championships Brussels. No flavor text.
2001 Ball Lightning {Tick} US Nationals in Orlando. Alternate flavor text.
2001 Oath of Druids {Tick}
2002 Hammer of Bogardan {Tick} Pro Tour Osaka.
2002 Tradewind Rider {Tick} Pro Tour Houston. Alternate flavor text.
2003 1/3 G03 Intuition {Tick} [1]
2003 2/3 G03 Argothian Enchantress {Tick} Grand Prix Brussels.
2003 3/3 G03 Living Death {Tick} Pro Tour Yokohama.[2]
2004 1/6 G04 Armageddon {Tick} {Tick} Grand Prix Chicago. First use of the watermark
2004 2/6 G04 Balance {Tick} {Tick} Mailed gift.
2004 3/6 G04 Time Warp {Tick} Grand Prix Chicago.
2004 4/6 G04 Phyrexian Negator Grand Prix Chicago.
2004 5/6 G04 Deranged Hermit Mailed gift
2004 6/6 G04 Hermit Druid {Tick} Grand Prix Chicago.
2005 1/4 G05 Gemstone Mine {Tick}
2005 2/4 G05 Regrowth {Tick} Pro Tour Honolulu.
2005 3/4 G05 Sol Ring {Tick} Pro Tour London.
2005 4/4 G05 Mishra's Factory {Tick} Pro Tour Los Angeles. Autumn version.
2006 1/4 G06 Exalted Angel {Tick} World Championships in Yokohama.
2006 2/4 G06 Grim Lavamancer {Tick} World Championships in Yokohama.[3]
2006 3/4 G06 Meddling Mage {Tick} Pro Tour Charleston.
2006 4/4 G06 Pernicious Deed {Tick} World Championships in Yokohama.
2007 1/5 G07 Ravenous Baloth {Tick}
2007 2/5 G07 Cunning Wish {Tick}
2007 3/5 G07 Yawgmoth's Will {Tick}
2007 4/5 G07 Vindicate {Tick}
2007 5/5 G07 Decree of Justice {Tick}
2008 1/5 G08 Orim's Chant {Tick}
2008 2/5 G08 Mind's Desire {Tick}
2008 3/5 G08 Demonic Tutor {Tick} {Tick}
2008 4/5 G08 Goblin Piledriver {Tick} Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur.
2008 5/5 G08 Living Wish {Tick} First widely released in 2009.
2009 1/10 G09 Dark Ritual {Tick} In 2009, judges were urged to participate in events and help build new retailers running FNM's.[4]
2009 2/10 G09 Maze of Ith {Tick} {Tick}
2009 3/10 G09 Stifle {Tick}
2009 4/10 G09 Survival of the Fittest {Tick} {Tick}
2009 5/10 G09 Burning Wish {Tick}
2009 6/10 G09 Bloodstained Mire As a special offer to activate the judges, the Onslaught fetchlands became available.[4]
2009 7/10 G09 Flooded Strand
2009 8/10 G09 Polluted Delta
2009 9/10 G09 Windswept Heath
2009 10/10 G09 Wooded Foothills
2010 1/8 G10 Sinkhole {Tick} {Tick}
2010 2/8 G10 Natural Order {Tick}
2010 3/8 G10 Phyrexian Dreadnought {Tick}
2010 4/8 G10 Thawing Glaciers {Tick} {Tick}
2010 5/8 G10 Land Tax {Tick} {Tick}
2010 6/8 G10 Morphling {Tick}
2010 7/8 G10 Wheel of Fortune {Tick} {Tick}
2010 8/8 G10 Wasteland {Tick}
2011 1/8 G11 Bitterblossom {Tick}
2011 2/8 G11 Sword of Fire and Ice Old (pre-Modern) card frame
2011 3/8 G11 Vendilion Clique {Tick}
2011 4/8 G11 Entomb Officially released in 2014, after being said it was 'unlikely this promo card would ever see the light of day'.[5][6]
Delay was likely due to Premium Deck Series: Graveborn containing a foil Entomb and also being released in 2011.[7]
2011 5/8 G11 Mana Crypt {Tick} {Tick} No watermark. First use of the shooting star as expansion symbol.
2011 6/8 G11 Dark Confidant Old card frame. No watermark.
2011 7/8 G11 Doubling Season {Tick} First reuse of shooting star as watermark.
2011 8/8 G11 Goblin Welder
2012 1/8 Judge Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed {Tick} [8]
2012 2/8 Judge Flusterstorm {Tick} [8]
2012 3/8 Judge Noble Hierarch Old card frame.
2012 4/8 Judge Karmic Guide {Tick}
2012 5/8 Judge Sneak Attack {Tick} {Tick}
2012 6/8 Judge Karakas {Tick} {Tick}
2012 7/8 Judge Sword of Light and Shadow Old card frame
2012 8/8 Judge Command Tower {Tick}
2013 1/8 Judge Swords to Plowshares {Tick}
2013 2/8 Judge Bribery {Tick} [9]
2013 3/8 Judge Imperial Recruiter {Tick}
2013 4/8 Judge Crucible of Worlds Old card frame.[9]
2013 5/8 Judge Genesis Without tombstone symbol.[10]
2013 6/8 Judge Overwhelming Forces {Tick} [11]
2013 7/8 Judge Vindicate {Tick} [10]
2013 8/8 Judge Show and Tell {Tick} {Tick} [11]
2014 1/9 Judge Karador, Ghost Chieftain {Tick} [5]
2014 2/9 Judge Greater Good {Tick} Announced in May 2014 after reaching the milestone of 5000 judges.[12]
2014 3/9 Judge Riku of Two Reflections {Tick} [12]
2014 4/9 Judge Force of Will {Tick} {Tick} Every Judge who certified another judge after 2005 received a Force of Will for each judge certified (up to 4).[12]
2014 5/9 Judge Hanna, Ship's Navigator {Tick} [12]
2014 6/9 Judge Sword of Feast and Famine Old card frame.[12]
2014 7/9 Judge Nekusar, the Mindrazer {Tick} [12]
2014 8/9 Judge Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite Phyrexian text. Phyrexian symbol as watermark.[12]
2014 9/9 Judge Oloro, Ageless Ascetic {Tick} [12]
2014 1/5 Judge Plains {Tick} {Tick} Full-art. Part of a cycle of basic lands illustrated by Terese Nielsen, Announced in August 2014.[13]
2014 2/5 Judge Island {Tick} {Tick} Full-art.[13]
2014 3/5 Judge Swamp {Tick} {Tick} Full-art.[13]
2014 4/5 Judge Mountain {Tick} {Tick} Full-art.[13]
2014 5/5 Judge Forest {Tick} {Tick} Full-art.[13]
2015 1/8 Judge Temporal Manipulation {Tick} {Tick} Announced in 2016.[14]
2015 2/8 Judge Shardless Agent {Tick} Announced in 2016.[14]
2015 3/8 Judge Rishadan Port {Tick}
2015 4/8 Judge Ravages of War {Tick} [15]
2015 5/8 Judge Damnation Centered text. Non-Planar Chaos timeshifted card frame.[15]
2015 6/8 Judge Dualcaster Mage {Tick} [15]
2015 7/8 Judge Feldon of the Third Path {Tick} [15]
2015 8/8 Judge Wasteland {Tick} [15]
2016 1/8 Judge Stoneforge Mystic {Tick} Never released officially. The illustration was reused for the 2016 Stoneforge Mystic (Grand Prix)
2016 2/8 Judge Mana Drain {Tick} {Tick}
2016 3/8 Judge Azusa, Lost but Seeking {Tick}
2016 4/8 Judge Command Beacon {Tick}
2016 5/8 Judge Mystic Confluence {Tick}
2016 6/8 Judge Imperial Seal {Tick}
2016 7/8 Judge Defense of the Heart {Tick} [16]
2016 8/8 Judge Zur the Enchanter {Tick} [16]
2017 1/8 Judge Avacyn, Angel of Hope {Tick}
2017 2/8 Judge Capture of Jingzhou {Tick}
2017 3/8 Judge Gaddock Teeg {Tick}
2017 4/8 Judge Homeward Path {Tick}
2017 5/8 Judge Doran, the Siege Tower {Tick}
2017 6/8 Judge Prismatic Geoscope {Tick}
2017 7/8 Judge Spellskite {Tick}
2017 8/8 Judge Pendelhaven {Tick}
2017 9/8 Judge Rules Lawyer {Tick}
2018 1/8 Judge Merchant Scroll {Tick}
2018 2/8 Judge Vampiric Tutor {Tick}
2018 3/8 Judge Nin, the Pain Artist {Tick} New legendary card frame.
2018 4/8 Judge Commander's Sphere {Tick}
2018 5/8 Judge Teferi's Protection {Tick}
2018 6/8 Judge Lord of Atlantis {Tick}
2018 7/8 Judge Rhystic Study {Tick}
2018 8/8 Judge Food Chain {Tick}
2019 1/8 Judge Mirri's Guile {Tick} [17]
2019 2/8 Judge Sliver Legion {Tick} New legendary card frame.
2019 3/8 Judge Mox Opal New legendary card frame.[17]
2019 4/8 Judge Isolated Watchtower {Tick} Last Judge Program card.
2019 5/8 Judge Monastery Mentor {Tick} First Judge Academy card.[18][19]
2019 6/8 Judge Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow {Tick} [18][19]
2019 7/8 Judge Chalice of the Void {Tick} MTGO art. New-to-paper art.[18][19]
2019 8/8 Judge Reflecting Pool {Tick} MTGO art. New-to-paper art.[18][19]
2020 1/10 Judge The 2020 promos are all tutors.[20] First use of Archie the Owl as expansion symbol and watermark.[21]
2020 2/10 Judge Enlightened Tutor {Tick}
2020 3/10 Judge Spellseeker {Tick}
2020 4/10 Judge Demonic Tutor {Tick}
2020 5/10 Judge
2020 6/10 Judge Gamble {Tick}
2020 7/10 Judge
2020 8/10 Judge
2020 9/10 Judge
2020 10/10 Judge

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana (August 25, 2003). "DCI Promo Intuition". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana (May 05, 2003). "DCI Promo Living Death". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley (July 26, 2011). "Grim Lavamancer's Friend". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b Wizards of the Coast (January 11, 2010). "DCI Judges and Friday Night Magic". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b Trick Jarrett (February 03, 2014). "Entombed for Karador". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Eric Sorensen (March 13, 2012). "Ask Wizards". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. The Magic Libaries. (January 13–16, 2013.) Judge Foil 2011 #4 of 8 Found!
  8. a b Monty Ashley (December 13, 2011). "The 2011 (sic) Judge Foils". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b Trick Jarrett (April 05, 2013). "New Judge Promos". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. a b Trick Jarrett (August 28, 2013). "Vindicated Genesis". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. a b Trick Jarrett (June 19, 2013). "Overwhelming Tell". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. a b c d e f g h Trick Jarrett (May 8, 2014). "Celebrating the Judge Program!". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  13. a b c d e Wizards of the Coast (August 4, 2014). "Judge Promo Basic Lands". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  14. a b Blake Rasmussen (March 22, 2016). "The March 22, 2016 Update". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  15. a b c d e Blake Rasmussen (March 23, 2015). "Judge Promos Coming Soon". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  16. a b Blake Rasmussen (September 27, 2016). "The September 27, 2016 Update". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  17. a b Magic Judges (April 10, 2019). "We have a gorgeous new pair of judge foils to share with you today". Twitter.
  18. a b c d Nicolette Apraez (July 29, 2019). "Judge Academy FAQ". Judge Academy.
  19. a b c d E. Raff (September 18, 2019). "Check out these new judge promos". Twitter.
  20. Gavin Verhey (December 4, 2019). "Check out the first 4 Judge Academy promos of 2020!". Twitter.
  21. Sara Mox (December 3, 2019). "You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello". Judgeacademy.com.