Disqualification in Round 15

Posted in Event Coverage on November 4, 2017

By Wizards of the Coast

In Round 15 of Pro Tour Ixalan, competitor Yao Zile was disqualified for using an improper method to determine the outcome of the match. The following is a statement from the tournament's head official:

"Yao Zile and his opponent, Luis Scott-Vargas, reached the end of extra turns in a match that would, if played to the end of that turn, result in an unintentional draw. Both players revealed their hands and discussed a possible outcome of who would win based on the available information at the end of that game.

At that point, Yao mentioned that he needed a specific card to win, so he revealed the top cards of his deck to see if it would influence the decision of whether or not to concede.

In tournament policy, a player can only use information that he has access to already through naturally playing a game of Magic to discuss possible outcomes of a match.

Yao, in arguing his case of his possibility to win, revealed cards from the top of his deck to discuss the outcome of a match. Because of this, the ruling was made that he used an improper method to determine the outcome of the match. The penalty resulted in a disqualification of him from the tournament."

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