"However, like FrigginRizzo and some others have mentioned, I don't think intent of cheating should even be an issue. Fear had an extra card in his hand, he gets penalized. Bam, period. Whether or not he accidently mixed his sideboard with his deck, whether or not he was losing and the card was not going to win him the game, shouldn't matter. I would say the only thing that seems out of whack is the penalty of a year's suspension, and like I said before, a history of preceeding punishments for similiar (and not so similiar) infractions would be useful." I haven't been entirely clear... I'm not arguing in favor of or against Ed Fear. I don't care if he cheated or not. I know he had an extra card in his hand. Yes, he should be punished for that. Yes, the DCI has the right to punish him. No, it does NOT appear that the DCI followed due course in their investigation - That's where I get involved. I don't care about the event itself, I care about the response to the event.