Well, since Merlin is all over the forum again and gives his opinion to about every other thread than this one, it can be assumed that he has abandonded this for whatever reason.
Merlin really had a lot of possibilities to give at the very least a status update (sth like: 'Sorry guys, rl happened and i couldnt judge, gonna do it this weekend' or whatever).
Show must go on, so I suggest that someone else judges this challenge. I don't really want to judge another persons challenge, but for the sake of the card design challenge game I would offer to do it. If it is okay with the rest of you guys.