Feature Match: Top 4 of the Dragon Duel

17.07.2016 | 12:24 |

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 the Underworld Squire and tribute for Majesty's Fiend.


Opening Hand


Shaun activates Pendulum Call and puts Dragonpit Magician and Oafdragon Magician to his hand. He follows up by placing both in his Pendulum zone. He finishes his turn by setting one monster and a Spell/Trap.

Leonardo only attacks and sets another monster and passes.




Another Pendulum Call adds Xiangke Magician and another Oafdragon Magician to Shaun’s hand. Leonardo doesn’t seem impressed. He Pendulum Summons both and attacks over Majesty's Fiend. The normal Summon of Performapal Skullcrobat Joker to add Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon is Shaun’s last move.

Pantheism of the Monarchs is Leonardo’s first action. He continues by reading the Xiangke Magician, which is Italian by the way, and takes time to think his turn through. He banishes Pantheism of the Monarchs and shows Shaun three Tenacity of the Monarchs one of them is added to his hand and he searches for The Monarchs Stormforth with it. He activates Return of the Monarchs and Summons Kuraz the Light Monarch over Gem-Knight Lazuli. He forms the Chain in a manner that Shaun can’t respond to the effect of Kuraz the Light Monarch.




Afterwards Leonardo sets a Spell/Trap and passes.

Shaun starts his turn by discarding a magician to destroy Leonardo’s Spell/Trap. He wants to Pendulum Summon and move to his battle phase but at the end of Main Phase Leonardo wants to Summon Ehther the Heavenly Monarch. The first Ehther the Heavenly Monarch is negated, but with the second he tributes Xiangke Magician and Summons Erebus the Underworld Monarch to his field.




Shaun is checking his Extra Deck but has to pass his turn. In the End Phase Prime Material Dragon enters the field.

Leonardo starts off by checking his Extra Deck. He’s considering his options and banishes his second Pantheism of the Monarchs to get Return of the Monarchs to his hand. He follows with Tenacity of the Monarchs searching a second The Monarchs Stormforth. Return of the Monarchs is activated and Edea the Heavenly Squire enters the field searching Eidos the Underworld Squire. This earns Leonardo a second tribute Summon. He activates The Monarchs Stormforth and tributes Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon to Summon Erebus the Underworld Monarch. In order to complete the effect he sends Prime Material Dragon and Frost Blast of the Monarchs to his Graveyard.




Erebus the Underworld Monarch puts Oafdragon Magician back into Shauns Deck taking care of his scales. The following attacks clear Shaun’s field. Leonardo sets 1 Spell/Trap 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.

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

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


Shaun opening hand


He normal Summons Performapal Skullcrobat Joker and searches Performapal Monkeyboard, which in turn searches for Performapal Odd-Eyes Unicorn. He activates both scales and Pendulum Summons 2 monsters.

Eidos the Underworld Squire is Leonardos first play. He sets 4 Spell/Trap and in the End Phase Shaun returns Performapal Skullcrobat Joker and Eidos the Underworld Squire to their hands with Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin

He Summons Performapal Skullcrobat Joker once more to search his signature card Xiangke Magician. Leonardo tries to take out Shaun’s scales with Mystical Space Typhoon but he can complete it once more. Twin Twisters remove Leonado’s backrow and he takes 6300 points of damage from the following attacks.

Leonardo draws an extra card due to Prime Material Dragon. He’s now at 4 cards in hand and Summons Edea the Heavenly Squire. He gets Eidos the Underworld Squire to the field and sets two more backrow cards. In the End Phase Shaun recycles Performapal Skullcrobat Joker once more which prompts Leonardo to scoop.

A short Game 2 shows us the power of Pendulum Summons!

Leonardo starts with a very bad opening hand. He sets 4 Spell/Trap and has to pass.


Leonardo opening hand


Shaun tributes Archfiend Eccentrick as a scale and hits Mystical Space Typhoon. Performapal Monkeyboard gets destroyed by Twin 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 Material Dragon followed by first blood.

Leonardo is down to topdecking. He draws into Edea the Heavenly Squire that searches Eidos the Underworld Squire. He has to pass after that. Still in the End Phase Majespecter Unicorn - Kirin send backs Eidos the Underworld Squire.

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.

Congratulations! Shaun will go to Worlds!