Feature Match: Top 4 of the Dragon Duel

We are here at the semi-finals of the Dragon Duel Championship. We are transmitting live on stream and the other Feature Match is on written coverage. It’s Leonardo Pesci from Italy versus Shaun Aliwalas from Ireland.

Leonardo wins the die roll and will start Game 1 by summoning [eidos] and tribute for [m fiend].
[abstand]Opening Hand[abstand]
Shaun activates [p call] and puts [dragonpit] and [oafdra mag] to his hand. He follows up by placing both in his pendulum zone. He finishes his turn by setting one monster and a [st].

Leonardo only attacks and sets another monster and passes.
Another [p call] adds [xiangke] and another [oafdra mag] to Shaun’s hand. Leonardo doesn’t seem impressed. He pendulum summons both and attacks over [m fiend]. The normal summon of [pp sj] to add [odd eyes] is Shaun’s last move.

[pantheism] is Leonardo’s first action. He continues by reading the [xiangke], which is Italian by the way, and takes time to think his turn through. He banishes [pantheism] and shows Shaun three [tenacity] one of them is added to his hand and he searches for [stormforth] with it. He activates [rotm] and summons [kuraz] over [lazuli]. He forms the chain in a manner that Shaun can’t respond to the effect of [kuraz].
Afterwards Leonardo sets a [st] and passes.

Shaun starts his turn by discarding a magician to destroy Leonardo’s [st]. He wants to pendulum summon and move to his battle phase but at the end of Main Phase Leonardo wants to summon [ehther]. The first [ehther] is negated, but with the second he tributes [xiangke] and summons [erebus] to his field.
Shaun is checking his Extra Deck but has to pass his turn. In the End Phase [prime] enters the field.

Leonardo starts off by checking his Extra Deck. He’s considering his options and banishes his second [pantheism] to get [rotm] to his hand. He follows with [tenacity] searching a second [stormforth]. [rotm] is activated and [edea] enters the field searching [eidos]. This earns Leonardo a second tribute summon. He activates [stormforth] and tributes [odd eyes] to summon [erebus]. In order to complete the effect he sends [prime] and [m frost] to his graveyard.
[erebus] puts [oafdra mag] back into Shauns deck taking care of his scales. The following attacks clear Shaun’s field. Leonardo sets 1 [st] and passes.

Shaun draws to one card in hand and has to pass his turn without any actions.

Leonardo turns all his monsters to attack and wipes out Shaun’s lifepoints.

[h2]Leonardo’s Monarchs show what they are capable off! He takes Game 1 in a commanding fashion.[/h2]

Both players are instantly grabbing their Side Boards. Both seem like they really know what they are doing as if they were very well prepared for the Match-Up.

Shaun will start Game 2
[abstand]Shaun opening hand[abstand]
He normal summons [pp sj] and searches [pp keyboard], which in turn searches for [pp uni]. He activates both scales and pendulum summons 2 monsters.

[eidos] is Leonardos first play. He sets 4 [st] and in the End Phase Shaun returns [pp sj] and [eidos] to their hands with [ma kir]

He summons [pp sj] once more to search his signature card [xiangke]. Leonardo tries to take out Shaun’s scales with [mst] but he can complete it once more. [twisters] remove Leonado’s backrow and he takes 6300 points of damage from the following attacks.

Leonardo draws an extra card due to [prime]. He’s now at 4 cards in hand and summons [edea]. He gets [eidos] to the field and sets two more backrow cards. In the End Phase Shaun recycles [pp sj] once more which prompts Leonardo to scoop.

[h2]A short Game 2 shows us the power of Pendulum summons![/h2]

Leonardo starts with a very bad opening hand. He sets 4 [st] and has to pass.
[abstand]Leonardo opening hand[abstand]
Shaun tributes [af ecc] as a scale and hits [mst]. [pp keyboard] gets destroyed by [twisters] in order to foreclose the effect. Shaun completes his scales yet again and pendulum summons 3 monsters to the field.
The first attack is blocked by [prime] followed by first blood.

Leonardo is down to topdecking. He draws into [edea] that searches [eidos]. He has to pass after that. Still in the End Phase [ma kir] send backs [eidos].

Shaun starts his turn by pendulum summoning 2 more monsters to the field and attacks.

After Leonardo sees his next draw he throws his cards on the table in frustration. He was very close to a Worlds invite but unfortunately his deck failed him in the end.

[h2]Congratulations! Shaun will go to Worlds![/h2]

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