Obviously it was disappointing for many people to see how the finals played out with the 2 prize penalty costing Shintaro a game he very likely would have won. The real question is whether or not the penalty was justified. Because Shintaro had been previously warned of slow play that day a 2 prize penalty was the correct call, assuming the call should have been made at all. For a moment I want to review the interactions that went on in that round, as well as the interactions that occurred during the previous matchup between Shintaro and Tord. Shintaro Vs. Henry (Finals) 19:10 - Shintaro begins promotion decision. 19:16 - Shintaro begins surveying opponent's discard pile. 19:40 - Shintaro ends surveying opponent's discard pile. 19:41 - Shintaro begins surveying his own discard pile. 19:52 - Judge interaction with Shintaro, which is then translated by translator. (0:42 between start of promotion sequencing and judge interaction) 20:07 - Shintaro resumes after judge interaction and translation. 20:21 - Judge interaction and translation occur again. (0:14 between play and judge interaction) 20:22 - Judge interaction resolved and play resumes. 20:33 - Promotion resolved by Shintaro (0:11 between play and promotion) 20:37 - Shintaro halted in play and notification by judges of penalty begins. Shintaro Vs. Tord (Semi-finals) 22:58 - Tord's deck is cut after action and begins decision on attack. 23:13 - Tord surveys opponent's discard pile. 23:12 - Tord ends survey of opponent's discard pile. 24:00 - Tord retreats out of decision to attack. (1:02 with no interaction from judges) What these numbers present are clearly different. First, is the fact that Shintaro was only given 42 seconds before a judge interaction, whereas Tord had 1:02 without any interaction from the judges. I'm not sure if the same judges were judging both matches, but regardless Tord did receive more time than Shintaro. Second, is the fact that judges interacted with Shintaro 2 times in the same amount of time that Tord received no interaction whatsoever. The total time of Shintaro's decision was indeed longer at 1:27 vs. 1:02, however when the interaction times are taken into account about 16 seconds of Shintaro's sequencing was interaction between judges and translator. This means the times for decision were actually 1:11 vs 1:02, which is very difficult to discern the difference between when not staring at a stop watch. Third, what stands out to me is not necessarily the fact that Shintaro was penalized, as he did delay after each interaction, and his total time excluding interactions did surpass 1:00, but rather the fact that Tord was not even issued a warning. If you watch the video of Tord's sequencing there are long periods where Tord takes no action of any kind (i.e. discard survey, question, movement of cards). Let me clarify that this post is not in any way meant to disparage any of the players who worked hard to get there and played a grueling schedule, or even the judges who had to make difficult real time decisions, but simply to examine whether the same rules were applied fairly to different players. From what I saw in real time and what I found in examining both the videos, they were not. I would be curious to see what you guys thought of the match. Opinions aside though, numbers don't lie.