• This penalty is appropriate when a player has minor markings on one or very few cards in his or her Deck that show no significant pattern. If the markings are on the sleeves, the player should be required to change the sleeves so that the entire Deck matches. If the cards themselves are marked, the player must replace the cards. It is appropriate for a judge to allow a player to change the sleeves in between rounds as to not hold up the current match. It is important for judges to understand that a pattern should not be presumed merely because the card(s) marked are “good” cards.
  • A player has two random sleeves in his or her Deck with minor wear and tear, The two cards in the sleeves bear no pattern.
  • A player has three cards in his or her Deck with minor bends that can be noticed through the sleeves. The three cards bear no pattern.
  • This penalty is appropriate when a player has a significant number of cards marked and a judge notices a pattern. This penalty should be applied if the Head Judge determines that the pattern is unintentional. Although this infraction assumes the marking is unintentional, any markings on a card or sleeve can give a significant advantage to a player, so it carries a heavier penalty. It is very important for a Head Judge to investigate further to make sure the markings are not intentional.
  • A player has 12 sleeves with what seems to be wear and tear on the top left corner. Eight of the 12 cards are all of the same type. The Head Judge determines the markings were made accidentally due to the way the player holds his cards.
  • A player has 14 cards turned upside down in his Deck during a mid-round Deck Check, ten of which are monsters. The Head Judge determines these cards made up the player’s Graveyard during the previous game, and the player unintentionally shuffled them back in the wrong direction.

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