From judge mama, Julia
I understand there is a new “trend” among some players: Placing Token Cards into your Extra Deck zone.
Some may protest they are doing it in complete innocence, however most seem to be doing this with the intention of misleading their opponent about the nature of their Extra Deck.
I’ve seen various people try to argue that this is a “legitimate mind game” and not disallowed by Konami Tournament Policy.
Perhaps these people do not read, because it is most definitely disallowed by Konami Tournament Policy.
Please review the following:
KDE TCG Tournament Policy v1.3
It is your responsibility to relay accurate information at all times. You should clearly communicate your actions during game play, and ask questions of your opponent or a tournament official if you are unsure about something. You are obligated to notify an opponent if he or she fails to follow any game rules, including effects he or she may be playing incorrectly. Failure to do so may result in penalties.
Players should request the assistance of a judge at the time an issue arises, rather than afterwards.
Players may not retract moves once they have committed to them.
KDE TCG Tournament Policy v1.3
G. Game State
Players are responsible to accurately represent the Game State at all times, and truthfully answer questions about any aspect of the Game State that is considered to be public knowledge.
Both players must indicate to one another all components of their Deck. Depending upon the game, this can include a Main Deck, Side Deck, and Extra Deck.
Cards must be laid out according to the pattern established by a game’s Game Mat. Players may not create their own layouts unless it is deemed necessary by the Head Judge due to a disability, etc. All cards, including in-play cards, Decks, etc., must be kept in their appropriate areas.
Players may not shift the positions of cards once they have been played to the field, unless directed to do so by a card effect or game mechanic. If a player requires tokens or counters, the player should use a sufficient quantity of tokens or counters to accurately represent each game effect.
Players should never use any object (including cards) for a token or counter if it could be mistaken for another game element.
Keeping track of Life Points for the game must be done in view of both players.
Players must keep their hands and cards visible and above the table at all times.
KDE Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Tournament Policy v1.3
E. Public Knowledge
The following items are considered to be public knowledge, unless a card effect says otherwise. Duelists must answer questions involving the following topics truthfully. Failure to do so may result in a Disqualification penalty.
• The number of cards in a Duelist’s hand
• The number of cards in a Duelist’s Deck (this includes the Main Deck, Side Deck, and Extra Deck)
• The number and names of the cards in a Duelist’s Graveyard and face-up banished cards
• Both Duelist’s current Life Point totals
• Any notes taken by either Duelist during a Duel
• Information printed on a specific, named card.
KDE Penalty Guidelines v1.3
H. Unsporting Conduct
4. UC—Cheating: (Disqualification)
This penalty is appropriate when a player is caught cheating at an event. This is the most severe penalty a Head Judge can give. KDE shows no tolerance towards cheating and takes this infraction very seriously. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally misrepresenting the game state, rules, or tournament polices. It also includes reporting inaccurate information or lying to tournament officials. Bribery and collusion are considered to be cheating.
If you don’t like to read policy (shame on you) hey, there’s always the Rulebook.
Page 5, Section 6 – Extra Deck
“Place your Extra Deck face down in this space.”
Do not put your Token Cards in your Extra Deck zone. They are not Extra Deck cards, they do not belong there.
You are not playing a “mind game” with your opponent, you are misrepresenting the Game State. Let’s be blunt, you are cheating.
It is not up to your opponent to double check and make sure you are not cheating, it is up to YOU to not cheat in the first place.
If you are caught cheating, you will be Disqualified.
TL;DR: you cannot put tokens in the extra deck to make players believe you’re not playing Monarch.