Argument Tier List (Neg) – Rehabilitation > Retribution – NCFCA LD 2017

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Below is an incomplete list of popular arguments and case patterns for NCFCA LD negatives, along with my thoughts on their competitive viability.

If a debater hits an exact copy of himself, I expect the one with the higher-rated arguments to win. This is a good tool for prep, but it can’t predict what will happen in a live round. Take every opponent seriously. An excellent rating does not guarantee victory, and a weak rating does not guarantee defeat. Don’t throw out your case just because of what you read here. Instead, use the feedback to find specific ways to strengthen your case.

Check out the affirmative tier list here.

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Argument Tier List (Aff) – Rehabilitation > Retribution – NCFCA LD 2017

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We’re hitting major competitive season, and it’s time to take a look at the state of the metagame. Below is an incomplete list of popular arguments and case patterns for NCFCA LD Affirmatives, along with my thoughts on their competitive viability.

This is a good tool for prep, but it can’t predict what will happen in a live round. Take every opponent seriously. An excellent rating does not guarantee victory, and a weak rating does not guarantee defeat.

If your case or arguments are given a poor rating here, critically evaluate the feedback. Decide if you agree that my concerns apply to your specific case. Maybe you have a unique spin that makes your version of the argument stronger than normal, or the argument is worth it to set up other arguments you really like. Don’t throw out your case just because it got a low rating in this article. Instead, use the feedback to find specific ways to strengthen your case. [Read more…]

Guest Article: An Interview with Laura Zeitner

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NCFCA Voting Guide 2016-2017: Policy Resolutions

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Let’s take a look at NCFCA’s policy resolution options. [Read more…]

NCFCA Voting Guide 2016-2017: Value Resolutions

The NCFCA resolutions are out. Let’s take a look! [Read more…]

25 Practice Parli Resolutions

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I was honored to write the parli resolutions for a recent Stoa tournament in Washington. They are republished here with permission. Have fun!

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Instance to Time Calculator: How to use the Free Tool every Debater should Have

Debate often involves throwing a lot of statistics at the judge. You want to make the numbers as understandable as possible and you want to present them in the same format whenever possible. You don’t want to say “60% of Americans do this many hours this often per 3 weeks, and 80% do this much per year.” That takes so much cognitive effort to break down that most audiences will give up. Instead, you want to pick a few very powerful numbers and convert them to the strongest possible format. [Read more…]

Stoa Voting Guide 2016-2017: Policy Resolutions

Last but not least in this year’s four voting guides: policy debate. We have three solid options to choose from this year.

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Stoa Voting Guide 2016-2017: Value Resolutions

It’s time for one of the most important decisions facing Stoa value debate: choosing resolution(s)! [Read more…]