Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Sydney – Coverage Overview

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Here are all of the articles we published for [ycs] Sydney, have a read through and enjoy!
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YCS Sydney 2016 Awards Ceremony

With YCS Sydney wrapping up, let’s take a look at the great prizes our top 4 Duelists received for their fantastic performance this weekend!

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YCS Champion interview

YCS Sydney’s champion has been crowned! Yaowei Zhang bested 857 other competitors to become Sydney’s newest YCS Champion. We took some time to speak to him about his Deck, and he has some exciting things to share about his Deck and his experiences in the event!

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Final Feature Match: Chris Mattiske vs Yaowei Zhang

The moment has finally come – the final match of [ycs] Sydney 2016! Chris Mattiske continued his win streak from the Top 8, putting him within arm’s reach of the first place prize! Yaowei Zhang is a Sydney local, and just like Chris, has made it to the final with his Performapal Performage Deck. With slight variations of the same strategy, who will be the one to win in the end? Let’s find out!

The 2 Duelists began this round with a good handshake. That always sets the mood for a great game!

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Final 1
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Yaowei won the die roll and decided to go first. His opening hand contained [vector], [pp ps], [tth], and 2 [wavering]. He activated [pp ps] and [vector], then used [wavering] to destroy both, deal 500 damage, and add [pp sj] to his hand (Chris 7500). Yaowei Normal Summoned the Joker, and added [pp keyboard] to his hand. He activated Monkeyboard, and used its effect to add [pp guitar] to his hand. He played that too, then Pendulum Summoned 3 monsters: a Joker from his hand, and Pendulum Sorcerer and Vector from his Extra Deck. Sorcerer’s effect destroyed Monkeyboard and itself, and added Monkeyboard and [pp liz] to Yaowei’s hand. He activated Lizardraw and drew a card with Guitartle’s effect, then another by destroyed Lizardraw. He Set 3 backrow cards, Xyz Summoned Evilswarm Nightmare, and ended his turn with 2 cards in hand!

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Chris started the Duel with 2 [pm tricker]s, [pp keyboard], Draco Face-Off and [instant fusion]. He drew a card and played Draco Face-Off, but Yaowei chained his own! Yaowei’s resolved first, putting [vector] into Yaowei’s Pendulum Zone, and [lptd] into his Extra Deck. Chris’ Draco Face-Off Special Summoned Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer, and put his Vector into the Extra Deck. He Special Summoned a [pm tricker] from his hand, but Yaowei used Nightmare to flip it face-down. So he Summoned the second Hat Tricker, which greatly surprised Yaowei! Yaowei used [tth] to destroy both Hat Tricker and the Master Pendulum.

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Chris continued by activating [instant fusion] for [norden] (Chris 6500). Norden Special Summoned Tricker and Nightmare put the Tricker face-down. He then Normal Summoned Vector, then Xyz Summoned [castel] with Norden and Vector. Castel detached both its materials to shuffle Yaowei’s Vector from the Pendulum Zone into the Deck. Chris then activated [pp keyboard] and used its effect, but Yaowei had [wavering]! Yaowei destroyed the two Pendulum Spells (stopping Chris’ search), searched for [pm plush] himself, and dealt 500 damage (Chris 6000). Chris ended his turn without attacking.

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Yaowei drew [pm juggler]. He activated [pp keyboard], and activated its effect to search [pp sj], which he Normal Summoned to add [pp liz]. He then Pendulum Summoned 3 monsters: [pp ps], [pm plush] and [lptd]. Sorcerer’s effect destroyed Evilswarm Nightmare and added [pp sj] to Yaowei’s hand. He then Synchro Summoned [ignister] using [pm plush] and Luster, which he used to Special Summon Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer from the Deck. Yaowei then activated [pp liz], and used its effect to draw a card. Ignister’s effect destroyed [pp keyboard] and shuffled Chris’ Set [pm tricker] into the Deck. He then used 3 of his monster to Xyz Summon [tel ptol], which turned into [cydranova] and then [cydra inf], and when Yaowei used it to steal Chris’ Castel, Chris conceded the Duel and went straight for his Side Deck!

Final 4 Chris

Yaowei takes the first game quickly, powering through his Deck with [wavering] and his Performapal effects to Summon an insane amount of monsters on his second turn. Can he do it again in game 2?

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Chris decided to go first for game 2. He opened with [pm mc], [pp keyboard], [pm tricker], [vanity], and [vector]. He activated [pp keyboard], and used its effect to search [pp liz]. He played that too, then Pendulum Summoned 3 monsters from his hand: Vector, Mirror Conductor and Hat Tricker. Then, he used Lizardraw’s effect to destroy itself and draw a card. Chris Xyz Summoned [tel ptol], then Ranked up into [con ple]. He used its effect detaching a Material to return Monkeyboard to hand. Then he Tribute Summoned [vanity]!

Yaowei started with [instant], [pp guitar], [vector], [tth], and [pm juggler]. He drew [psiblocker]. He Normal Summoned it, and named [pp keyboard] to block it off during the next turn. He Set 1 card and passed.

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Chris drew [pp ps] for turn. “It’s definitely a [tth].” He observed. He attacked [psiblocker] with Vanity’s Fiend, and Yaowei flipped his [tth]. “I knew it!” He smiled and passed the turn.

Yaowei drew [pm clown], then activated [pp guitar] and [vector], and Pendulum Summoned 2 from hand: [pm clown] and [pm juggler]. Then he played [instant fusion] (Yaowei 7000), to Special Summon [norden], which Special Summoned [psiblocker]. He attack directly with all of his monsters except Norden (Chris 3700).

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Yaowei then used those monsters to Xyz Summon [tel ptol], which became [cydranova]. [pm clown] was Special Summoned due to being detached as Material (Yaowei 6000). He then Xyz Summoned [cydra inf], which absorbed the Trick Clown. He then banished [pm juggler] to add [pm tricker] to his hand. He Special Summoned it, Xyz Summoned [kotfi], and detached Hat Tricker to add Jigobyte to his hand. Yaowei ended his turn.

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Chris drew a card, and after a bit of friendly chatter, he played [instant fusion] for [norden] (Chris 2700). He used its effect, but it was negated by Yaowei’s Infinity. He then activated Monkeyboard and used its effect as a joke since it was negated by Vector.

Yaowei drew a card, and as soon as he revealed it, Chris offered him the handshake:

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Final final!

[wavering]!

With that final move, Yaowei Zhang is your newest [ycs] Champion, defeating Chris Mattiske in a Performapal Performage mirror match final!

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We have a new Dragon Duel Champion!

The Dragon Duel event here at YCS Sydney is over, and here is your Dragon Duel Champion! (more…)

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We have a new Public Event Playoff Winner!

The Public Event Playoff is another chance for Duelists to score themselves a fantastic YCS Prize Card outside of the main event! Up for grabs for first place is a Super Rare copy of Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn, one of the first to be awarded in Australia. The event has just finished, so let’s see who’s earned a copy of this amazing card!

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Another Giant Card winner emerges!

ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! is one of the most popular events at the YCS, since the prize is a giant card you can’t get anywhere else! One of the Giant Card events has just finished, so let’s see who’s won a big addition to their collection!

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We have a Giant Card Winner!

One of the most popular Public Events at a YCS is the ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! and at YCS Sydney this is no exception. One of the Giant Card events has just finished, so let’s see who’s won a big addition to their collection!

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Top 8 Feature Match – Chris Mattiske vs Dominic Italiano

We’re getting down to the wire here in YCS Sydney, as we get ready for the Top 8 matches! Dominic Italiano has come from Melbourne, while his opponent, Chris Mattiske, hails from Adelaide. Both of these Duelists have had Feature Matches before, and both competitors have chosen to use Performapal Performages in the tournament. Which of these Duelists will advance to the Top 4 Round?

Dominic won the die roll and decided to go first.

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Dominic’s hand contained [tth], 2 [pp sj], [lptd], and [twisters]. He Normal Summoned [pp sj] and added [pp ps] to his hand. Then, he activated [lptd] and Sorcerer, then destroyed his Sorcerer to add a Sorcerer to his hand. He then activated the second Sorcerer and Pendulum Summon 2 monsters: a Joker from hand, and the first Sorcerer (from his Extra Deck). Dominic used its effect to destroy Luster and the Pendulum Zone Sorcerer to add [pp liz] and [pp guitar] to his hand. Then, he activated Guitartle, then Lizardraw to draw a card from Guitartle, then destroyed Lizardraw to draw another card. He then used his 2 Jokers to Xyz Summon Evilswarm Nightmare! He Set 2 cards and passed the turn.

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Chris started the Duel with Draco Face-Off, [pp guitar], [pp keyboard], [pp ps], and [instant fusion]. He drew [lptd] for turn. Activate [pp guitar], then [pp keyboard], which drew him a card thanks to Guitartle. Then he used Monkeyboard’s effect, but Dominic used [ghost ogre] to destroy it before it resolved! Chris activated Draco Face-Off, and Dominic chained [maxx] to it. [vector] was placed in the Pendulum Zone, and Master Pendulum, the Dracoslayer went to the Extra Deck. He then Pendulum Sumoned 2 monsters: [pp ps] and [lptd] from his hand. Dominic drew Vector with [maxx]. Chris’ Sorcerer destroyed his Pendulum Zone Vector to search [pp sj], and then Nightmare flipped both Luster and Sorcerer face-down. Chris then Normal Summoned the Joker, and added [pp keyboard] to his hand. In the Battle phase, Joker destroyed Dominic’s Pendulum Sorcerer (Dominic 7700). Chris Set 2 backrow cards and passed the turn.

Dominic drew a card, then activated [pp liz]. Guitartle’s effect would have allowed him to draw a card, but Chris chained [wavering]!

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Dominic chained [twisters], discarding Vector to destroy Chris’ Guitartle and his own Lizardraw. Then Wavering destroyed Dominic’s Guitartle and dealt 500 damage (Dominic 7200). Dominic ended his turn.

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Chris drew another [wavering], then Flip Summoned both of his monsters. He then used [pp sj] and [pp ps] to Xyz Summon [106]! He activated Monkeyboard, and used it to add [pp sj], which he Normal Summoned to add [pp liz]. Chris activated the Lizardraw, then Dominic flipped his [tth]! It destroyed the Giant Hand and the Joker. Chris flipped up his face-down [instant fusion], which Special Summoned [norden] (Chris 7000)! It Special Summoned the Joker from Chris’ Graveyard.

“I miss my Giant Hand!” He laughed. He Synchro Summoned [ignister], but Nightmare flipped it face-down. Then, Chris Pendulum Summoned 3 monsters: 2 Jokers and [vector]. He Xyz Summoned [tel ptol], then used it to Summon [cydranova], then Xyz Summoned [cydra inf], and with that, Dominic conceded!

 

Chris had all the right cards at the right time in the first game, with the [wavering] to shut down Dominic’s turn. Can Chris do the same in game 2?

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After both players finished using their Side Decks, they prepared for Game 2. Dominic decided to go first in the second game.

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He began with [lptd], [vector], [pp guitar], [pm plush], and [twisters]. He activated Luster, then Plushfire. He destroyed Plushfire with Luster, to add another Plushfire and Special Summon [pm clown] from the Deck. He then activated Vector, then Pendulum Summoned the Plushfire back. Dominic then Xyz Summoned [tt raffle], Set 1 card, and passed his turn.

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Chris’ opening hand contained [wavering], [pp keyboard], [vector], [lptd], and [pm plush]. He drew [maxx]. Chris activated Plushfire, then activated [wavering]! Dominic chained [twisters], discarding [pp guitar] to destroy Chris’ Plushfire and one of his Pendulums. Wavering destroyed the other, dealing 500 damage, and Plushfire Special Summoned [pm mc] from Chris’ Deck (Dominic 7500).

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“That’s a nice 300 ATK you’ve got there!” Chris exclaimed, using Mirror Conductor’s effect to swap Rafflesia’s ATK and DEF (Chris 7500). Chris Normal Summoned Luster, but Rafflesia used [bth] from the Deck. Chris activated [pp keyboard], then used its effect to add [pp guitar] to his hand. He activated it, and then Pendulum Summoned [pm plush] from his Extra Deck, and [vector] from his hand. In his Battle Phase, [pm mc] destroyed Rafflesia, and Dominic’s [pm clown] Special Summoned itself as it was attached to Rafflesia (Dominic 6500). Plushfire destroyed it, and Vector attacked directly (Dominic 4650). In Main Phase 2, Chris Xyz Summoned [tel ptol], and then [cydranova] into [cydra inf]! He passed the turn.

Dominic drew, Set a monster and passed.

Chris drew a card. He Normal Summoned [pm plush], and in the Battle Phase attacked the Set monster with Infinity. It was [pm plush], which activated its effect, but Infinity negated it! It was then sent to the Graveyard from the Extra Deck. Plushfire then attacked directly (Dominic 3650).

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Dominic drew, Set another monster and passed.

Chris drew a card, and in the Battle Phase he destroyed Dominic’s [vector] with Infinity. Plushfire attacked directly (Dominic 2650).

Dominic drew, then activated [pp keyboard]! He used its effect in the Pendulum Zone, which Chris negated with Infinity. Dominic revealed his [wavering] and conceded!

Chris Mattiske moves onto the Top 4 with Performapal Performages!

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Top 32 Feature Match – Joshua Hole (Performapal Performage) vs Thomson Kuan (Kozmo)

Welome to the beginning of the Top 32 knockout tournament! Joshua Hole has come from Perth with his Performapal Performage Deck, eager to test his Duelling prowess in the home stretch of the tournament. His opponent is Thomson Kuan, a Kozmo player from Melbourne who was the only undefeated player in the Swiss portion of the tournament! Both Duelists have proved their skill to get this far, but only one of them will continue! Which Duelist will it be?

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The two Duelists began the match with a hearty handshake – a fantastic way to kick off the knockout portion of the event! Thomson won the die roll and decided to go first. His opening hand had 2 [teleport], [k town], [upstart] and [oasis]. He started with [upstart] to draw 1 card (Joshua 9000). He Set 1 card, and during his End Phase, he used [teleport] to Special Summon [k tincan] from his Deck, and used its effect to add [k good] to hand, and send [k wick] and [k soar] to the Graveyard (Thomson 7500). He then activated a second [teleport], Special Summoning a second Tincan! He used it to add [k dark] to his hand, and sent [k slip] and [k soar] to the Graveyard (Thomson 7000). He then banished the first Tincan to Special Summon [k good], let the second Tincan be banished by Teleport’s effect, and ended his turn.

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Joshua started with [pm mc], [pm plush], [s str], [pp keyboard] and [wavering]. He drew [vector] for turn. He activated it, and then activated Plushfire. Then he played [wavering], destroying both to deal 500 damage, add [pp guitar], and Special Summon [pm juggler] with Plushfire’s effect (Thomson 6500). He then activated Guitartle, then Monkeyboard, but Thomson used [oasis] to Special Summon [k slip]! It destroyed Guitartle, then Joshua used Monkeyboard to search for [pp sj]. He Normal Summoned the Joker, which added [pp liz] to Joshua’s hand. Then, he Xyz Summoned [castel], and used its effect to shuffle Sliprider into the Deck.

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Joshua then banished his Juggler from his Graveyard to add [pm clown] to his hand. He activated Lizardraw, but Thomson used [k good]’s effect to Special Summon [k dark]! Then, Dark Destroyer used its effect on itself, destroying it. Thomson then banished it to Special Summon [k slip], which destroyed the Lizardraw! Joshua Set 1 card and ended his turn.

Thomson drew [coth]. He activated [k town], then used its effect to add [k tincan] to his hand (Thomson 6400). He attacked and destroyed Castel with Sliprider (Joshua 8700). In Main Phase 2, he Normal Summoned Tincan and moved to his End Phase to use its effect, but it was negated by Joshua’s [s str] (Thomson 5900, Joshua 7200)! Thomson ended his turn.

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Joshua drew [maxx]. He Set a monster and ended his turn. In Joshua’s End Phase, Thomson activated [coth], and Special Summoned [k tincan] again! He used its effect, and added [k slip] to his hand, and sent [k straw] and [k farm] to the Graveyard. Tincan then banished iteslf to Special Summon [k dark], which destroyed itself to Special Summon [k soar] from the Deck. Then Thomson began his turn!

Thomson drew [k slip]. He used [k town]’s effect to return [k dark] to his hand (Thomson 5100). He used [k soar]’s effect, banishing itself to Special Summon [k slip] from his hand. He used it to destroy his own [k town] to add another copy to his hand! He then activated it, and used it to return [k good] from banishment to his hand (Thomson 4700). Then, Thomson Normal Summoned [k good], then attacked Joshua’s face-down Trick Clown with it, which returned itself to the field with its effect (Joshua 6200). Sliprider destroyed it, then the second Sliprider attacked directly (Joshua 3900). Thomson then shuffled 2 Kozmo monsters from his hand into the Deck to draw [maxx] and [k dark].

Joshua drew a card, looked at his hand, and conceded!

Thomson took out Duel one with some extremely intricate plays, using his Kozmo monster’s effects to destroy his own cards to put him further ahead in the Duel. Can he keep it up in Game 2?

 

Joshua will go first in this game.

His opening hand was 2 [pm plush], [pp ps], [pm clown] and [maxx]. Activated [pp ps] and [pm plush], and Thomson immediately used [maxx] to attempt to stop his move. It worked; Joshua Set 1 monster and passed the turn.

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Thomson started with [upstart], [hole], [terraforming], and 2 [maxx]. He drew a card and played [terraforming], adding [k town] to his hand. Then, he played [upstart] to draw a card (Joshua 9000). He Set 1 Spell/Trap card and passed the turn.

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Joshua drew [pm juggler]. He Pendulum Summoned [pm clown] and the Juggler, and then Thomson used a second [maxx] afterwards. He Flip Summoned his [pm plush], then Xyz Summoned [pm trapez] with his other two monsters. He used Trapeze’s effect to allow Plushfire to attack twice. Joshua attacked with Plushfire twice, then Trapeze Magician (Thomson 3500). Plushfire was destroyed thanks to Trapeze, which Special Summoned [pm mc] from the Deck. Thomson’s [maxx] drew him [upstart]. He ended his turn.

Thomson drew [coth]. He played [upstart] to draw a card (Joshua 10000). Then he activated [k town], Set 1 card, and Normal Summoned [k tincan]. In his End Phase, he used its effect to add [k wick] to his hand, and send [k dark] and [k dark ec] to his Graveyard (Thomson 3000). He ended his turn.

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Joshua drew Speedroid Menko. He banished his [pm juggler] to add [pm plush] to his hand. He activated [coth] and Special Summoned [k dark], but Joshua used his own [maxx] to draw a card. Dark Destroyer destroyed Joshua’s [pm trapez], which Special Summoned [pm juggler] from the Deck. The [pm clown] attached to Trapeze was also Special Summoned by its own effect (Joshua 9000). In Main Phase 2, Joshua Normal Summoned [vector], then Xyz Summoned [ma pala] using [pm mc] and Vector. Its effect activated for the End Phase. Joshua then Pendulum Summoned a Plushfire from his Extra Deck, and added [lptd] to his hand with Majester’s effect. At this point, there were 5 minutes remaining in the round, and Thomson decided to concede instead of playing it out!

Joshua had the LP advantage if the game went into time, so Thomson decided to get straight into the final game instead of dragging the second game on. Was it the right decision to make?

 

Thomson decided to play second in this game.

Joshua began with [pp keyboard], [pp liz], [maxx], [twisters], and Draco Face-Off. He played Draco Face-Off, which put [lptd] into the Extra Deck and Special Summoned [vector]. Then, he activated [pp keyboard], which added [pp sj]. He Normal Summoned the Joker, which added [pp ps] to his hand. Then, he activate [pp liz], then he Pendulum Summoned Luster and Pendulum Sorcerer. The Sorcerer destroyed Monkeyboard and Luster, adding [pp guitar] and another Monkeyboard to his hand. He activated Guitartle, then used Lizardraw to draw Speedroid Menko. Then, he Xyz Summoned [tel ptol] and used its effect to detach and Rank Up, but Thomson used [effect veiler] to negate its effect!

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At this point, time was called! Joshua Set 1 backrow card and ended his turn.

TURN 1: Thomson began the Duel with [k dark], [teleport], [hole], [maxx], and [k dark ec]. He drew [coth], then played [hole] to destroy [tel ptol]. He activated [teleport], and Joshua chained [maxx] to it. [k farm] was Special Summoned, and Joshua drew another Monkeyboard. Thomson attacked directly with Farmgirl (Joshua 6500), and Thomson used its effect to add [k town] to his hand (Thomson 7500). In Main Phase 2, he banished Farmgirl to Special Summon [k dark], which destroyed itself to Special Summon [k tincan]. Joshua drew 2 more cards from those Summons. He activated [k town], then used it to return Farmgirl to his hand (Thomson 7200). He then used [k town] to shuffle [k dark ec] and [k farm] into the Deck to draw 2 new cards. He Set 2 cards, then used Tincan’s effect to add [k wick] to his hand, and put [k dark] and [k slip] into his Graveyard (Thomson 6700). Still in his End Phase, Joshua used [twisters] discard Monkeyboard and destroy Thomson’s 2 Set cards!

TURN 2: Joshua drew a card, activated [pp keyboard], drew a card from Guitartle, and used Monkeyboard to search [pp ps]. Thomson used [maxx] after that search. Joshua Pendulum Summoned 5 monsters: 2 [lptd], [vector], [pm juggler], and [pp ps], and Thomson drew a card. The Sorcerer destroyed Monkeyboard and Juggler to search [pp sj] and [pp liz]. Joshua activated Lizardraw, and destroyed it to draw another card, which he played immediately:

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[raigeki]! He banished his Juggler from the Graveyard to add [pm plush] to his hand. He Normal Summoned it, then attacked with all of his monsters to wipe out Thomson’s LP!

A powerful opening move in the final Duel allows Joshua Hole to move onto the Top 16 with his Performapal Performage Deck!

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