Round 7 Feature Match: Stefan Schwierz vs. Vagelis Ferkos
We have another great match in store for you for the final round of day 1 of YCS Milan. Facing each other will be Stefan Schwierz, running Gravekeepers and Vagelis Ferkos, relying on the power of Synchro Plants with some Monarchs.
Synchro Plants seem to be all over the place today, so it’s refreshing to see Duelists trying out different strategies against them. Stefan Schwierz is one of only 15 players trying their luck with Gravekeepers, one of the oldest archetypes in the game. He won the die roll and opted to go first.
[duality] revealed [necrovalley], [veiler] and [gk des]. [gk des] was picked, [necrovalley] was activated, [gk des] was Summoned and Schwierz ended his turn by Setting 2 spells or traps.
Ferkos Set a monster and 2 Spell or Trap Cards of his own before passing. [decree] was activated during the End Phase and Schwierz entered his turn.
He flipped [magical dimension], Tributed [sangan] that he Set before, Summoned [gk ass] and destroyed the Set [debris] on Ferkos’ side of the field. [gk des] dealt 1700 damage (push thanks to [necrovalley]) and [gk ass] followed, dealing another 2000 Damage. [spy] was searched for [sangan]'[s] effect and Schwierz was done.
Ferkos simply Set another Spell or Trap Card.
Schwierz attacked with both of his monsters and passed once more.
Was Ferkos in trouble due to [decree] and [necrovalley]? It seemed so and Schwierz felt like trying, so he sent his monsters in again. Ferkos flipped [bom], but it wasn’t enough to stop the second attack. He revealed 2 copies of [caius] in his hand and shuffled up.
Stefan Schwierz gains an early lead thanks to [decree] and [necrovalley]!
We haven’t seen so much side decking before, but the Gravekeepers feature some unique effects that are hard to come by. Ferkos thought long about possible answers and Schwierz also seemed like he had more good cards waiting in his Side Deck. Let’s see how this goes in the second Duel.
Ferkos went first this time and Set a Monster together with 2 Spell or Trap Cards.
[gk com] was discarded so Schwierz could search his deck for [necrovalley]. He Normal Summoned [recruiter] and attacked into [ryko]. The Flip Effect Monster destroyed [necrovalley] and Schwierz entered his Main Phase 2. He discarded another copy of [gk com] and activated his second [necrovalley]. He Set a spell or trap and ended.
[lonefire] came down for Ferkos, it searched another copy, this was Tributed too and out came [tytannial]. Schwierz flipped [tt] and searched his deck for [gk ass].
In the following turn, Schwierz Summoned [gk des] and attacked, but [mf] was activated. [magical dimension] was Chained, but Schwierz must have mixed something up as the [visionary] he Special Summoned was still destroyed by [mf]. He passed his turn.
Ferkos flipped [debris] and attacked directly ([i]I must have missed a turn where next to nothing happened, but [debris] was Set [dash] sorry![/i]).
Schwierz had no actions.
Ferkos Set another spell or trap, attacked with [debris] and play was back to Schwierz.
[stele] returned [gk com] and [recruiter] to Schwierz’ hand. He Summoned [recruiter], but [trap hole] was used to destroy it right away again. Schwierz searched his deck for [recruiter]. [gk com] was discarded to get another copy of [necrovalley] and Schwierz passed.
[debris] struck again for 1000 damage and Ferkos was already done. He had plenty of cards on his hand, but held onto them.
Schwierz Set a monster and passed.
[noc] was activated, but [enemy] was Chained so Schwierz wouldn’t lose all his remaining copies of [spy] (he Tributed the Set monster to gain control over [debris] for the turn). Ferkos passed.
Schwierz Set a Monster Card and passed.
Now, Ferkos had [mst] to get rid of [necrovalley]. This opened up a number of plays that weren’t possible before. One of them being an activation of [poa] that returned 5 monsters to his deck. He had [debris], but Ferkos used [veiler] to counter the effect. [lonefire] hit the field, another copy came out, this was also Tributed and [dandylion] was Special Summoned. Together with [debris], it was Tuned to [brd] and 2 Tokens entered the field.The effect of [brd] flipped [recruiter] face-up, [debris] was Tuned with both monsters to [iron chain] and attacks followed. [brd] took down [recruiter] and Ferkos searched his deck for another copy. [iron chain] followed and Schwierz was left with only 100 Life Points. Ferkos Set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and he ended his turn.
[duality] got Schwierz [stele]. He activated [hole] to destroy both Synchro Monsters, activated [necrovalley], followed it up with [stele] and this got him [spy] and [gk ass]. He Set a monster face-down and passed.
Ferkos Set a monster and was done with his turn.
Schwierz flipped [spy], this got him [gk des], which destroyed [bth], but [tt] was Chained to wipe the field. [gk ass] came down next and attacked into [hamster]. This got Ferkos [ryko] which he Set face-down. Schwierz knew he had just lost the Duel and shuffled up his cards.
Vagelis Ferkos equals the score!
Who would have thought that the last Duel of the day would be such a thriller?! Both players needed the win to start day 2 in a more or less comfortable position and still have some chances of making it to the knock out portion of the tournament.
Schwierz started again and Set a card to each zone.
Ferkos took a little longer to consider his opening move, then he Set a monster and 2 spell or traps. [decree] was flipped face-up during the End Phase.
Play was back to Schwierz who Tributed [sangan] for [caius]. He removed [hamster], searched his deck for [spy] and attacked directly.Ferkos was left with 5600 Life Points, Schwierz activated [necrovalley] and he passed.
Ferkos had no actions.
[recruiter] came down and both monsters attacked successfully. Schwierz Set a Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.
[hole] wiped the field, [recruiter] searched out a second copy and Ferkos Set a monster.
Schwierz activated a [hole] of his own, he Summoned [recruiter] and attacked with it. [bom] tried to flip it face-down, but [magical dimension] was Chained, which allowed Schwierz to dodge the Quick-Play Spell! He Special Summoned [gk ass] and attacked for the win!
A great finish by Stefan Schwierz who moves on to day 2!
Stefan Schwierz claimed that his opening was simply too strong so there wasn’t much his opponent could do. [decree] and [sangan] together with [caius], followed up by a [magical dimension] for the win was quite something.
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