IPG 4.8 Unsporting Conduct — Cheating


A person breaks a rule defined by the tournament documents, lies to a Tournament Official, or notices an offense committed in their (or a teammate’s) match and does not call attention to it.

Additionally, the offense must meet the following criteria for it to be considered Cheating:

  • The player must be attempting to gain advantage from their action.
  • The player must be aware that they are doing something illegal.

If all criteria are not met, the offense is not Cheating and is handled by a different infraction.

Cheating will often appear on the surface as a Game Play Error or Tournament Error, and must be investigated by the judge to make a determination of intent and awareness.


  • A. A player alters the results on a match slip without their opponent’s knowledge.
  • B. A player lies to a tournament official about what happened in a game to make their case stronger.
  • C. A player allows their opponent to put a creature into the graveyard even though the creature has not been dealt lethal damage.
  • D. A player notices that their opponent resolved only half of the triggered ability of Sword of Feast and Famine and decides not to call attention to the error.
  • E. A player peeks at another player’s picks during the draft.
  • F. A player adds cards to their Sealed Deck pool.
  • G. A player realizes they have accidentally drawn an extra card, then fails to call a judge in order to avoid a penalty.