09/24/2019 by Zach Lesage
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, your boy Zach Lesage has you covered on preventative measures today! While there are many methods, and we can hopefully 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:
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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-clumps 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 into 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.
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. 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.
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 Fiery Flint (DM; 60) , 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.
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, which is linked here, on how to properly interact with a Judge.
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 sponsored player for cheating, but the ones who take the high road always win in the end.
Well that’s a wrap for today. I will be writing more articles heading into my first Regionals of the new season, Atlantic City, to help all of you succeed at that event. We have big plans here at 60Cards and I hope you can absorb as much information from some upcoming exciting news. As for me, I finished registering and booking flights for every major event in North America (and Latin American Internationals) all the way up until San Diego! I’m excited to play Pokémon, prove to myself that I am one of the best players in the game, and see all of my friends who play this game. After going 3-1-1 at Worlds Day Two to 3-3-1, it took me a couple of days to come down from the level of disappointment that I felt. While I can’t be certain that I will have a fulfilling finish at Worlds this year, or any tournament for that season, i will use my hope as a fuel to push myself as far ahead as I can. I have already earned 285CP and I don’t plan on stopping soon. Anyways, as I continue on my Pokemon adventure, feel free to follow me on all of my social media.
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Fiery Flint (DM; 60)
Welder (UBO; 189)
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