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Zach Lesage

How to Prevent Cheating!

Zach goes over some helpful tips to prevent your opponent from potentially cheating against you.

06/10/2019 by Zach Lesage

It Happens

Have you ever been cheated against in a Pokémon tournament? You might not want to think about it, but it has likely happened against you regardless of your answer. Don’t worry, it will all be ok, I have you covered on preventative measures today! While there are no full proof methods, nor can we assume that we will get to a point in the game where nobody cheats, we can start to look into some preventative measures to help us weed out the baddies. The below methods will definitely edge you into the right direction when it comes to preventing cheating against you:

Shuffle and Cut Their Deck

The easiest place to start cheating is to have a manipulated deck. Whether your opponent purposely shuffles important cards to the top of their deck, de-clump cards without shuffling properly, looks at their deck while shuffling, or they have another method of non-randomization, you have the option to shuffle their deck. Shuffling your opponents deck after each action they perform allows for them to have a random deck and the game to be more honest. I can dive I to this a bit further because it isn’t always best to shuffle their deck. I don’t want to contradict myself, but the correct move isn’t always to shuffle their deck. That is because your opponent has the opportunity to cut their deck afterwards, which can give them a final opportunity for manipulation. I like to randomly switch between shuffling, cutting, and doing nothing between my opponents game actions so that they have a more difficult time to potentially manipulate their deck.

Ask Questions

Can I look in your Discard Pile, how many cards do you have in your hand, did you just play that card? These are examples of common questions that I ask when I am playing Pokemon and I highly recommend for you to ask. The key thing to remember is to not accuse your oppoennt or try to waste time by asking too many questions. Perhaps you will see four Welder (UBO; 189)  in their Discard Pile and now they have three, maybe they have an extra card in their hand, maybe you caught them Evolving a Pokemon that was put into play this turn! There are many reasons to ask questions and preventing cheating requires you to ask away.

Keep a Watchful Eye

During your opponents turn, it is wise to watch what they are doing so you are not confused by what they do and we can personally confirm that they played legitimately. I’m sure we have all heard horror stories of players gaining malicious advantages by purposely attaching multiple energy per turn, not discarding the necessary amount of cards with Ultra Ball (SLG; 68) , or even drawing extra cards. It’s not all about asking questions, sometimes its about seeing your opponent cheat against you with your own eyes. If everyone watched their opponent, there would be less cheating going on overall.

Know When to Call a Judge

Ok, so you have followed my rules until now and you are unsure what to do - if you see something sketchy, don’t be afraid to call a Judge. Now I don’t think you should call a Judge for every minor suspicion you have because you will quickly get hated out of the community by being a nuisance to play against, but if you see your opponent double attach an Energy or draw a few extra cards, RAISE YOUR HAND! We have access to some wonderful judges that will gladly help you in any situation that you find yourself in or that you find your opponent in - they are there to help us all out. Check out my FREE article on how to properly interact with a Judge.

Be Vocal

Similar to this article, we need to take a stand against cheating and let it be known that we are not accepting of it in any way. Whether its a local player, a good friend, or one of the best players in the world - CALL THEM OUT! If you know someone did something wrong at an event, call a Judge, don’t be afraid, and don’t be intimidated. It can be nerve-wracking to call a Judge on a professional player for cheating, but the ones who take the high road always win in the end.

Columbus Bound

That is a wrap for today. To update you on where I am at, I am sitting at 1700+ CP right now, I am hard locked for a Day Two invite to the World Championships, and I have hit my full Best Finish Limit (BFL) of eight Regional Championships this season. If you don’t understand how a BFL works, it basically takes your best performances at Regionals into account. I will be attending the Special Event at Origins and I will be going to the 2019 North American International Championships. This season has been a super exciting year for me in terms of Pokémon, life, and growth as a person. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me and I hope that you are all there for the ride! If you want to see more of my journey, follow me on my social media:

Twitch: zlesagepokemon

Twitter: zlesagepokemon

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I also have open slots for coaching so if you are interested, please reach out to me on Twitter or Facebook.


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