This thread reminds me to never test in and become a judge. The amount that frequent players try to act like they have an authority on rules, rulings, and tournament proceedings without any formal training is staggering, and the extent to which people let emotions on their play or their attacent to a tournament mix with their judgements regarding the former shows a severe lack of perspective. I just don't have the mental stamina nor desire to fight through that.
@Katzby was head judge for the event and I ask you to take a moment and ask yourselves if you even know what that means, especially on the scale of organization and his level of interaction with so many aspects of the event, only one of which is unprompted statements of concern of a player doing well. The fact that he has come here and given a very clear case of the facts he's seen, what was analyzed of Joe's play/shuffling/card choice and the steps taken for the sake of fair play has more than cleared up my mind on any issues in the precedings. Not because I see him as an authority and not because I take his word for thinking there was no cheating, but because every reasonable action to safeguard was taken and no actual unambiguously malicious manipulation was observed despite much accusations and hearsay from people in this thread. No one has ever been DQ'd on "I feel like he's shuffling lotus to the top" and I don't think it's starting now.