A Yu-Gi-Oh! competitive champion was discovered to have cheated during a Hatti Grand Championship tournament, the largest Yu-Gi-Oh! the 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 misdemeanours, 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:
メリュシークでトップ割拠を確定させるシーン pic.twitter.com/kFQKjfLksQ— ぺぴゃ🇹🇼 (@pepyadon) 26 tháng 11, 2018
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!