This article is rated Experience Level 4. This article is perfect for the new tournament player.
I can understand, I’ve been there. Looking at the wonder of a tournament with excitement and nervousness, apprehension mixed with determination. You notice things that are very different than your previous exposures. Decklists, discussion of counterplay, the speed of play. All of it is new.
One aspect that has bothered a good portion of new players for as long as TCGs have been around is hand shuffling. It seems unnecessary as an action, creates a very slight noise that can bother players with sensitive ears, and can be an action that from an outsider’s perspective, seems rife for cheating possibilities. It has over the years been an action that, while small, has caused a small number of players to leave competitive or tournament communities. Why does it exist, and what purpose does it serve?