Final Feature Match: Mat Collins vs. Noel Garde

It all came down to this! After 7 hours of Swiss on Saturday, an additional 3 rounds today and 4 more rounds in the Knock Out portion of the tournament, there were only 2 Duelists remaining in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Milan! Mat Collins from the UK and Noel Garde from France succeeded over 929 other Duelists! It couldn’t have been much more epic! It was [b]TIME TO DUEL!!![/b]

It was Collins who won the last die roll of the day; his 3 was enough to match Garde’s 2.

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 Mat Collins is only one win away from becoming a YCS Winner!
Mat Collins is only 2 wins away from becoming a YCS Winner!

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Collins activated [duality], revealing [hole], [poa] and [caius]. He picked the Monarch, placed a monster face-down on the field and passed.

Garde Summoned [wanghu] and Collins quickly checked the effect. The Tiger attacked the Set monster: [dandy]! This meant the Tokens would leave the field right away again! The first cheer from the crowd! 3 spells or traps went face-down and play was back to Collins.

The Brit was holding onto a number of monsters that would all fall victim to [wanghu]'[s] effect. He opted to pass without making any plays.

Garde attacked with [wanghu] and it dealt 1700 damage, [gorz] was supposed to come down, but [warning] stopped the powerful Fiend and sent it to the Graveyard! There seemed to be French Duelists in abundance in the hall as they went wild once more.

All Collins could do was Set a monster.

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I eat Plants for breakfast!
I eat Plants for breakfast!

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[wanghu] attacked again, but [debris] survived the attack and Garde took 300. He passed.

Collins had [duality], revealing [bulb], [cold wave] and [bom]. It was a tough decision for him, but he eventually went with [bom]. He Tributed [debris] for [caius] and this time Garde used [sj] to negate the Summon. He fell to 2850 Life Points. Collins Set [bom] and was done with his turn.

[wanghu] attacked and Collins flipped [bom]. Garde Set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and play was back to Collins.

The Brit Summoned [lonefire] and used its effect to get another copy out of his Deck. This got him [dandy]; Garde had no response and Collins passed.

[pachy] came down. Another card Collins certainly didn’t like to see.

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A King Tiger's best friend!
A King Tiger's best friend!

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[wanghu] was Flip Summoned. [pachy] attacked and Collins used [veiler] to negate its effect. That didn’t help as his Tokens still bit the dust, [wanghu]'[s] effect was active again, after all.

[duality] got Collins [hole]. He activated it and Garde put his monsters away. [spore] was Set together with another [bom] and it was up to Garde once more.

The French Duelist simply Set a spell or trap.

Collins did the same.

[dck] was Summoned on Garde’s side of the field. It attacked, but [prison] removed it from game. 3 cards remaining in Garde’s hand, but no more actions this turn.

Back to Collins, he Flip Summoned [spore] and attacked directly for 400 Damage. He Set a back row card and ended.

Garde activated [reborn], targeting [pachy]. He sent it into [spore], but Collins had [mf]! We couldn’t hear a word as the cheers from the crowd were too loud! [pachy] was destroyed and Garde Set another monster in Main Phase 2.

Collins was sitting with his back against the wall. He Summoned [lonefire] and Tributed it after some thought to search his Deck for [tytannial]. Garde checked his face-down spells and traps twice and thought about his response. He flipped [tt]! This cleared the field.

[duality] revealed [dck], [rai oh] and [radiance]. “It’s already Christmas!?”, Collins remarked. [rai oh] was picked, Summoned and it attacked. Collins flipped [bom] to see another turn.

[spore] returned to Collins’ field in the following turn. He Tributed it for [caius] and removed [rai oh]. He attacked directly and Garde activated [mf].

He had another [duality], revealing [dck], [radiance] and [bth]. He checked Collins’ Graveyard briefly.

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Duality is a welcome addition to every Anti Deck!
Duality is a welcome addition to every Anti Deck!

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[dck] was picked, Summoned and it attacked. Collins was left with 2700 Life Points.

He drew into [poa]! He chose [debris], [gorz], [caius], [dandy] and [lonefire] as his targets. He shuffled the monsters back into his Deck and drew 2 cards. [charge] followed and after rowing [debris], [lonefire] and [caius], Collins got [ryko] from his Deck. He Set [ryko] and passed.

Garde had [noc]! Collins had one more copy of the Flip Effect Monster left in his Deck and it was removed from play. Both players were allowed to check their opponents’ Deck for any additional copies, so now they knew the contents of their respective Decks. [dck] attacked directly and Collins was left with 800.

In the following turn, Collins Set a card to each zone.

Back to Garde, who Summoned [pachy]. He attacked with [dck] and this revealed Collins’ face-down monster: [ryko]. [dck]'[s] effect kicked in, so [ryko] couldn’t destroy [pachy]. The jurassic monster attacked directly and this was enough for Garde to win the Duel!

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Noel Garde is only one win away from winning the YCS Milan!

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Both players wasted no time and checked the contents of their respective Side Decks. Garde was finished boarding first and shuffled his cards while Collins took some more time to exchange cards.

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Noel Garde relied on his Anti Deck and made it to the finals!
Noel Garde relied on his Anti Deck and made it to the finals!

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Collins’ opening move was an activation of [foolish], sending [dandy] to his Graveyard. This got him 2 Fluff Tokens, he Summoned [lonefire] next, Tributed it to bring out [tytannial], he Set a Spell or Trap and passed.

Garde started with [duality], revealing [noc], [prison] and [ro]. He picked the Spell Card and Set a card to each zone.

[caius] came down after a Fluff Token was Tributed. Garde flipped [tt], but Collins committed half his Life Points to force this move through: He Chained [sj]! This time, it were the British fans that went wild! [caius] removed [reaper], then play proceeded with the Battle Phase. [caius] was sent in first, dealing 2400 damage. [tytannial] followed and after taking 2800 damage, Garde Special Summoned [gorz]! This got him an impressive 2800 / 2800 Token! Collins activated [reborn] in Main Phase 2 and used it to Special Summon [lonefire] once more. He Tributed it for a [bulb] from his Deck!

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Could Glow-Up Bulb secure the win for Collins?
Could Glow-Up Bulb secure the win for Collins?

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[bulb] together with the remaining Fluff Token was Tuned to [fsynch]. The Synchro Tuner was then Tuned together with [caius] to [scrap dragon]. [bulb] returned to the field thanks to its own effect and left it right away thanks to [scrap dragon]'[s] effect. This helped Garde to get rid of the powerful Token!

Garde Set a monster together with 2 spells or traps and passed.

Collins Set a monster and used [scrap dragon]'[s] effect to clear the way for a final attack. The face-down monster turned out to be [dandy]!!! So he would have been able to destroy more cards on Garde’s field in the following turns! We couldn’t even get that far as Garde already shuffled up his cards!

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Mat Collins combos [bulb], [dandy] and [scrap dragon] to equal the score!

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What a comeback from Mat Collins! He used all the tools his deck provided him with to force through a lethal attack that won him the Duel. We went on with the last Duel of the day! Garde wanted to start this and he wasted no time.

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Collins was far from being out of options!
Collins was far from being out of options!

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[duality] revealed [crow], [bom] and [noc] and Garde picked [noc]. He Set a card to each zone and passed.

Collins also had [duality], revealing [foolish], [lonefire] and [cd]. He found the happy medium and picked [lonefire] after some thought. [bulb] was Summoned and Garde had no response. Collins Set 2 spells or traps and play was back to Garde.

He drew into his fifth card, checked his face-down cards on the field and Normal Summoned [radiance]. Collins responded with [tt], (face-down on Garde’s side of the field: [reaper]).

In the following turn, Collins got [lonefire] and Tributed it, but [warning] from Garde made sure he couldn’t search his Deck. Collins Set a spell or trap and ended.

Garde had [pachy] and attacked, but [bom] flipped it face-down. He Set a spell or trap and passed.

Collins returned [bulb] to the field. He Tributed it for [caius], targeting the Set monster. Garde responded with [bth], so the field was empty once more.

In the following turn, Garde Summoned [wanghu] and attacked directly.

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Collins pushing forward!
Collins pushing forward!

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Callins made sure to get it right and checked the effect of [wanghu]. He then Set a Monster Card and passed.

[noc] was used to remove [ryko] from game. 1 more copy was removed from Collins’ Deck. [wanghu] attacked directly, Garde Set a spell or trap and play was back to Collins.

The Brit checked his Graveyard before activating [hole]. [wanghu] left the field. [sangan] was Summoned and attacked into [prison]. The best possible answer and the French fans were screaming from the top of their lungs.

Collins Set a spell or trap.

Garde had [dck], but [bth] sucked it up. Another spell or trap was Set.

This time, Collins simply Set a monster.

Garde had no actions on the following turn.

Back to Collins, who drew into his second card. He Tributed [dandy] for [caius]. [tt] was Chained, but after this Chain resolved, 2 Token hit the field.

[duality] revealed [sj], [warning] and [noc]. Garde didn’t seem to be too pleased and picked [sj]. This concluded his turn.

Collins simply Set a spell or trap.

Nothing happened on the following 3 turns. Garde was up on 5 cards in his hand and Collins had 3.

In his following turn, Collins Summoned [debris]. Garde had no immediate response, so [dandy] returned to the field. Together with a Token and the Tuner, a Synchro Summon of [scrap dragon] was performed [dash] the card that won Collins the last Duel! A direct attack cost Garde 2800 Life Points and [gorz] came down. The 2 Fluff Tokens that entered the field after [dandy] was used for the Synchro Summon stuck, but the one remaining from the last time [dandy] was sent to the Graveyard bit the dust so the Token went down.

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Smashing Ground - it's never ever a bad card!
Smashing Ground - it's never ever a bad card!

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Garde had [ground], he switched [gorz] to Attack Position and took down a Token. He set 2 cards to his back row. Collins had 2 (!!!) [mst] and he wiped the cleared the way!

In his following turn, he kicked things off with [poa]. “Collins! Collins!” chants from the crowd! He drew 2 more cards, so he was up on 3! [lonefire] came out and it was Tributed to bring out another copy. [tytannial] was Special Summoned to the field. It was sent into [gorz] and Garde took 100 damage.

3 cards in Garde’s hand after he drew for his turn. He checked both Graveyards and activated [hole]. A huge roar from the crowd! He followed it up with [reborn]! Welcome to last year’s banned list! [wanghu] returned to the field and it attacked directly, reducing Collins’ Life Points to 2900.

[cd] was Special Summoned. It attacked over [wanghu] and once the attack concluded, the crowd went wild! You had to be there! A monster was Set and Collins was done.

Garde had [noc] for the monster and Set a spell or trap.

[cd] attacked into [prison]. Collins Set a monster.

Garde drew into his only card. He Set it to his back row and ended.

Collins considered Flip Summoning his Set monster. He checked Garde’s Graveyard first and then Tributed [dandy] for [caius]. [warning] made sure the Monarch never hit the field, but the 2 Tokens still stuck. Back to Garde.

[wanghu] once more and one Token went down.

[poa] for Collins and another chant. He was going at 200 mp/h and nothing could stop him at this point! He drew 2 more cards, Special Summoned [cd], attacked over [wanghu], and Set a spell or trap.

Garde drew and Set a monster.

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Spore + Cyber Dragon = Brionac. Brionac = WIN!
Spore + Cyber Dragon = Brionac. Brionac = WIN!

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Collins drew and Summoned [spore]. This meant this Duel was over ([spore] + [cd] means [brionac], [brionac] with one card left on his hand means nothing would stop Collins from attacking directly with the Synchro Monster)!!!

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Mat Collins is the winner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Milan!

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This final couldn’t have been much more epic! The tension built up everytime the crowd wasn’t going wild was just too intense (granted, that didn’t happen too often, but still…)! Collins’ deck didn’t let him down when he most needed it!

Congratulations to Mat Collins once again, winner of the YCS Milan!

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