Yu-Gi-Oh! players will now be punished if they smell bad under new hygiene rules

Published: 6/Apr/2019 14:02 Updated: 6/Apr/2019 14:36

by Daniel Cleary


The Popular Trading Card Game, Yu-Gi-Oh has officially added hygiene rules in latest tournament policy update, surprising everyone.

What is ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’?

Yu-Gi-Oh! is best known for its list of popular animated TV series’ which features the characters competing in the card game with strategic monster duels.

The strategy game also has an active competitive scene and live tournaments taking place about once per month with the most recent one taking place in Dusseldorf as part of the Championship Series events.

Konami/Yu-Gi-Oh!Thomas Rose winning Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Dusseldorf 2019

Yu-Gi-Oh!’s new hygiene rules

In the latest tournament policy update by Konami, which was released on April 3, one of the rules caught fans of the game off guard with just how bizarre it was.

The tournament policy latest update featured many rule changes such as credential requirements and unacceptable behavior updates, however, it was the newest subsection ‘Hygiene’ which had player surprised.

The paragraph ‘Subsection I. Hygiene’ requires all those attending the event to “be clean and wear clean clothing.” and then goes on state that penalties can be enforced if not properly adhered to.

“If you or your clothing is excessively dirty or bad-smelling, you can be penalized.”

Konami’s new tournament policy update changes.

Despite feeling that hygiene at Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments is important, many fans of the game are concerned about this new policy update and are wondering how these rules would be enforced.

One user on Reddit was asking how the judges would officiate this new rule and suggested them implementing “Smell checks” stating that it will lead to “some hilarious and cringe situations” as a result.


Other users were questioning how Konami would train judges on what is and isn’t acceptable to be allowed to attend one of these events and if there would be some kind of scale to determine who could potentially receive a penalty.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.