Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Competitive Champion Barred From Tournaments For Cheating

posted on by Kim Morrissy

A Yu-Gi-Oh! competitive champion was discovered to have cheated during a Hatti Grand Championship tournament, the largest Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament in Japan. The tournament's blog posted the results of their investigation on Tuesday, stating that a player named "Hitsuji" was found to have:

  • manipulated the order of the cards in his deck
  • not shuffled his deck properly throughout the match
  • drawn cards without shuffling

As a result of these misdemeanors, Hitsuji has been barred indefinitely from participating in the Hatti Grand Championship and in any tournaments related to the Hatti Championships.

A video was posted on Twitter showing Hitsuji performing a false shuffle:

Hitsuji doesn't appear to think he was cheating, stating in a tweet: "Although it's true that the video shows me not doing a deck cut, I didn't deliberately change the top card on the deck." However, he later posted an apology, stating: "Regardless of the results of the investigation into my illegal play, I apologize for causing inconvenience to the Hatti Championship organizers and to my opponent Ucchi."

Hitsuji, whose real name is Ryosuke Tsujimura, previously won the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships in 2017.

Source: Hatti Championship official blog via Yara-on!

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