Konami is cracking down on poor hygiene at its official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tournaments, with the implementation of a new rule that penalizes players if they or their clothes are “dirty or bad-smelling.”
The new rule, posted to the official Yu-Gi-Oh! blog as part of a wider tournament policy update, can be found under a subsection labeled “Hygiene.” It reads: “This is a new section, requiring all persons attending a tournament to be clean and wear clean clothing. If you or your clothing is excessively dirty or bad-smelling, you can be penalized.”
The new rule appears to be a welcome policy update, judging by players’ reactions online. A post linking to the new policy on the Yu-Gi-Oh! subreddit is overwhelmingly, if not entirely, filled with messages of support. “Best timeline,” reads the post’s top comment.
Another comment, however, poses a valid question: How will the smell rule be enforced? It’s likely that will be left to the discretion of the judges, though the subjectivity of stink may lead to controversy.
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