I had to speedily churn out this next
article before the weekend, since my experiences at
Columbus seem to have ignited a firestorm of
controversy. Pojo's main page is back alive, and
threads on the forums were raging about the topics
that I discussed in article four. Let me go over a
few of them, and then we'll run some insightful
message board posts and e-mails.
First, I want to publicly apologize to Fili Luna for
including him in the proceedings yesterday. I did
not even realize those comments were included in the
original article, and I should have edited them out
immediately. Nothing he has done while I was gone
has involved me, so unless I get people coming out
and telling stories about his dirty play, I
shouldn't have pointed the finger.
The "private sources" were actually
extremely legitimate, but private and would
amount to hearsay in the people's court. Sorry Fili,
I did not mean to denigrate your skill as a player
or personality at all. You are a pro.
players are suggesting I wrote the article because I
lost at the Shonen Jump, and because I did not place
in the top sixteen. Nothing could be further from
the truth. I actually am used to missing the cut at
Shonen Jumps (it has become a rather regular habit
for me since I quit hardcore, competitive play), and
I don't mind losing to players at all. While I have
sharp wins over top players in Metagame coverage, I
have just as many losses. I have never called out a
Rather, I chose to write the article
because of a few reasons.
a) Numerous players came to me the
second the match was over and told me to count the
deck, I had been cheated.
b) He drew the *exact* same hands and
knocked out Chris Simoes and Dale Bellido, two
friends, from contention. He then knocked out
another great player, Augustin Herrera, from
contention in the top sixteen with a clearly stacked
with Texas duelists alerted me to his history of
stalling for time. I then recalled what he always
did in the past, and realized it had continued even
after I quit. I find the clear stalling,
rule-sharking, and stacking to be appalling.
In essence, I am laying my reputation
as a public Yu-Gi-Oh figure on the line against any
cheaters who sully the game. I remember the good old
days (cue good old days)...
Hearken back to the Good Beautiful
Days of Yu-Gi-Oh Monsters...
*cue pretty music*
Team Comic Odyssey ruled the land.
Traveling from Shonen Jump to Shonen Jump, with a
legitimate cadre of polite, sincere duelists,
Odyssey stormed the top eights of numerous events
with nary a cheat in sight.
Belongings were not closely
guarded. The packs of filthy thieves that started
cropping up at East Coast Shonen Jumps were not
present at the time, and beautiful times were had by
all. Birds chirped in the alcoves above the museums,
football stadiums, and grassy meadows that UDE hired
to stage each Jump at.
Placing in the top eight of an
event actually *meant something*, before it was
diluted by dirty cheating and foul play. After
twenty Shonen Jumps, how many players had multiple
top eight finishes? Ryan Hayakawa, T, Wilson Luc,
Jae Kim. How many had two multiple top eight
finishes in a row? So few.
Three in a row was unheard of. In
fact, any player who top eighted three in a row was
a guaranteed cheater (this theory turned out to be
true). I would see players *CRY* when they missed
the cut of a top eight. It used to mean something...
*Greensleeves fades from the audio
Now we are in a filthy apocalypse
where Ms. Hedberg has deserted us, Jerome Mchale has
long, shiny, glorious hair, and the robots have
Someone mentioned I picked the wrong
time to come back to the game. I do agree! I have
never seen so much cheating, stealing, and violence
at Yu-Gi-Oh events. Matt Peddle steps outside of
Columbus and *literally sees men with ski masks
ready to rob him and Lazaro.* I have numerous people
come up to me with their binders stolen.
Certain players have their flights
booked from L.A to Ohio just to go on stealing
sprees. All of this left me quite speechless. So
when I lay my honor on the line to battle the filth
surrounding the game we all know and love, you can
better believe I'm bringing legitimacy to the table.
Do you remember when you opened your
first starter deck? And normal summoned Blue Eyes
White Dragon from the Kaiba Starter Deck with no
tribute costs, while your opponent had to hold his
2500 attack Dark Magician from the Yugi starter deck
and cry. Drawing to the one Man Eater Bug?
The very first pack I opened, Magic
Ruler, contained a rare Monster Recovery. What did I
do? I ran to Pojo and desperately searched their
COTD, hoping for a Monster Recovery review to read
and learn from. I admired Nickwhiz and Someguy.
Nowadays, players go straight into
being good. Sites like Pojo and Metagame have made
the game so much easier to learn. However, a lot of
the grimier players from the streets learn to
hustle, to cheat, to steal, to lie, and to rob. I
see this all the time at the convention where Hugo
Adame runs his booth.
And UDE sits there ignoring cheaters,
ignoring disqualifications, and refusing to lift a
finger to help out the legit. What about the
hometown duelist who was eagerly seeking his spot in
the SJC spotlight? What if the native Ohioan (pity
the Ohioan, for Columbus is a wasteland), who can
only attend three jumps out of the year, is cheated
in round 8 on the bubble by a Jason Holloway, then
has his binder stolen during round 10?
Don't worry Mr. Ohio, I will fight
for you. Without further ado, here are testimonials
for my product.
I'll name one person I saw
cheating. I was walking by Jason Halloway like round
2-round 3 of SJC Columbus as he was siding for g2
after he just won (no one else was around) and I saw
a backwards Sarcophagus, Crush, Dimension Fusion,
and some other cards I can't name offhand. He saw me
looking so he obviously turned them back around but
thats what I
-Message Board Poster
I saw this as he was siding in
his t16 match against augustin. I saw Sarcophagus,
and Dimension Fusion upside
-DgZ Poster confirming the first poster's account
Note: Flipping cards around is a
common way to cheat. As you touch and shuffle a
deck, you can feel the ruffles of the opening of the
card sleeve and where it differs on cards that are
turned around (with no ruffles). This also leads to
opponents cutting to the flipped around cards, since
they have more precise gaps.
Yeah, to me... it was
depressing watching Holloway cheat Jae so blatantly
and then be so quick to shake Jae's hand and say
-DgZ Poster and Metagame Writer
im sure what he did to Jae
wasnt as bad as what he did to Agustin. G1 (2 due to
the game loss Holloway got) his opening turn
consists of triple allure triple ddraw (discarding
Disk + Dasher) reborn disk set crush card =\.
-Message Board Poster
Holloway is pretty shady
player. Like when watching his top8 and top4 match,
from about 20 feet away, i could tell where his
crush card was and trap dustshoot was, and yet the
judges can't do anything about this. It is so
blatently obvious its rediculous.
-Message Board Poster
Note: These are all different people
corroborating accounts, before my article was
printed. They have no incentive or reason to slam
i can definitely back up the
assertion that Holloway cheats. I've played him at
locals/SJCs/regs for years now and have personally
witnessed him stack, draw extra cards, stall and if
he's playing a good player, he'll get you on any
technicality possible, eg. rulings, and especially
not presenting a fusion deck.
-E-mail from a Texas Duelist
Lol Holloway does cheat, at SJC
Durham, every time he cut back his deck, he'd draw
-Pojo Message Board User
at durham last year i played
holloway like round 5 and he self cut into 1st turn
crush both games, i had to side in decrees b/c i
knew he stacked crush
-E-mail from a Duelist
Thank you for writing JK4: Touring
SJC Columbus and the Filth I Saw.
Holloway cheated against me at SJC
Durham last and gave me my 3rd
loss, ruining my day. Going in to
the match I was already aware he
cheated with self cutting his deck
(before they changed the policys)
I pile shuffled his deck and sure
enough he did a self cut on his
deck. He went first and set one
of each only to play crush card on
spirit reaper during my draw phase
(a definite misplay on his part). I
opening with a amazing hand
consisting of Cyber Dragon,Zombie
Hunter,Heavy Storm, and Trapdustshoot but
his crush card wrecked it. After
he won that game I was so sure he was
stacking the crush card to the top
of his deck I sided in 2 copies of
royal decree just to counter it. I
drew into a decree on my first turn
and set it, Next turn sure enough
he set 2 of each and ended. He
tried the same play on my again in
my next draw phase but I chained
royal decree. He made every effort
to prolong the game and kept asking
me to show him my graveyard and
kept asking me for the amount of cards
i had in my hand. I managed to
overcome him in that duel. Going into
the third game I decided that I
would be better off if i didn't
shuffle his deck and simply cut it
to prevent him from self cutting
it. As fate would have it, he
later managed to draw CCV again within two turns and
win.When he won the match i felt as though the very
game itself had betrayed me.
-Email from a frustrated
I have to say I agree. At the
Jump in Philly when Perfect Circle started to take
off twice he played sitting next to me and I can say
that once with a little kid and again with an older
guy (I myself am one) he stalled and rule sharked
until his opponents seemed to just give up. It was
terrible, this is a fun game that I got into from
playing me son and its cats like this that ruin the
experience for novices and veterans alike. I am
very surprised you were digusted enuff to call the
guy out!!! Props for the boldnest.
-Email from a
I just find it funny how literally
EVERY SINGLE PLAYER that you talk to from Texas/the
south that has never been on a team with Stalloway
says he cheats. literally. ask any one of us except
for Spicer, Fili, McNeely etc. and you'll all get
the same result.
the guy cheats. case closed. I've
seen it. I've heard about it. he's not even a very
good player. stop trying to defend him.
-former Pojo Featured Writer
I can tell you right away though
game three i was stacked. First turn he goes destiny
draw malicious, remove malcious to grab another,
then destiny draws again discarding disc then sets
crush card virus and mind crush. He activated the
crush in my draw phase and then activated mind crush
to get rid of my trooper. So i set 1 and end, and so
he mysticals me and flips survivor and summons
another 1 and deals 3600 damage and then sets goats
-A US National Champion
At SJC Indy, in round 8, Stallaway
and Scurry were playing. I had just lost quickly to
Ryan Murphy, so I was watching the two play. The
whole time, Shane was upset over Jason stalling for
time. There's 5 minutes left, game 3, Holloway has
more life points. He has one card in hand and one
set monster. He keeps asking for the time left, the
There are three minutes left, the
judge tells him to make a play. Holloway begins
arguing for two minutes, the stall-away chants
begin, and Jason gets a game loss for deliberately
holding the game.
-A respected Canadian duelist
Both me and my brother Ray noticed
during the feature match at SJC Houston that Jason
turns his side-deck cards face-down so he can always
know where they are for game 2 and 3. We saw him do
this at nationals as well.
-Multiple SJC day twoer from Northern CA.
I hope all the people who felt I was
moving impulsively, or did not have enough support
and evidence, can sleep easy now.
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