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Final Feature Match: Mat Collins vs. Noel Garde

21.11.2010 | 19:03 |

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 TIME TO DUEL!!!

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

 


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

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


 

Collins activated Pot of Duality, revealing Dark Hole, Pot of Avarice and Caius the Shadow Monarch. He picked the Monarch, placed a monster face-down on the field and passed.

Garde Summoned King Tiger Wanghu and Collins quickly checked the effect. The Tiger attacked the Set monster: Dandylion! 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 King Tiger Wanghu's effect. He opted to pass without making any plays.

Garde attacked with King Tiger Wanghu and it dealt 1700 damage, Gorz the Emissary of Darkness was supposed to come down, but Solemn 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.

 


I eat Plants for breakfast!

I eat Plants for breakfast!


 

King Tiger Wanghu attacked again, but Debris Dragon survived the attack and Garde took 300. He passed.

Collins had Pot of Duality, revealing Glow-Up Bulb, Cold Wave and Book of Moon. It was a tough decision for him, but he eventually went with Book of Moon. He Tributed Debris Dragon for Caius the Shadow Monarch and this time Garde used Solemn Judgment to negate the Summon. He fell to 2850 Life Points. Collins Set Book of Moon and was done with his turn.

King Tiger Wanghu attacked and Collins flipped Book of Moon. Garde Set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and play was back to Collins.

The Brit Summoned Lonefire Blossom and used its effect to get another copy out of his Deck. This got him Dandylion; Garde had no response and Collins passed.

Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo came down. Another card Collins certainly didn’t like to see.

 


A King Tiger's best friend!

A King Tiger's best friend!


 

King Tiger Wanghu was Flip Summoned. Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo attacked and Collins used Effect Veiler to negate its effect. That didn’t help as his Tokens still bit the dust, King Tiger Wanghu's effect was active again, after all.

Pot of Duality got Collins Dark Hole. He activated it and Garde put his monsters away. Spore was Set together with another Book of Moon and it was up to Garde once more.

The French Duelist simply Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Collins did the same.

Doomcaliber Knight was Summoned on Garde’s side of the field. It attacked, but Dimensional 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 Monster Reborn, targeting Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo. He sent it into Spore, but Collins had Mirror Force! We couldn’t hear a word as the cheers from the crowd were too loud! Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo was destroyed and Garde Set another monster in Main Phase 2.

Collins was sitting with his back against the wall. He Summoned Lonefire Blossom and Tributed it after some thought to search his Deck for Tytannial, Princess of Camellias. Garde checked his face-down spells and traps twice and thought about his response. He flipped Torrential Tribute! This cleared the field.

Pot of Duality revealed Doomcaliber Knight, Thunder King Rai-Oh and Banisher of the Radiance. “It’s already Christmas!?”, Collins remarked. Thunder King Rai-Oh was picked, Summoned and it attacked. Collins flipped Book of Moon to see another turn.

Spore returned to Collins’ field in the following turn. He Tributed it for Caius the Shadow Monarch and removed Thunder King Rai-Oh. He attacked directly and Garde activated Mirror Force.

He had another Pot of Duality, revealing Doomcaliber Knight, Banisher of the Radiance and Bottomless Trap Hole. He checked Collins’ Graveyard briefly.

 


Duality is a welcome addition to every Anti Deck!

Duality is a welcome addition to every Anti Deck!


 

Doomcaliber Knight was picked, Summoned and it attacked. Collins was left with 2700 Life Points.

He drew into Pot of Avarice! He chose Debris Dragon, Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, Caius the Shadow Monarch, Dandylion and Lonefire Blossom as his targets. He shuffled the monsters back into his Deck and drew 2 cards. Charge of the Light Brigade followed and after rowing Debris Dragon, Lonefire Blossom and Caius the Shadow Monarch, Collins got Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter from his Deck. He Set Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter and passed.

Garde had Nobleman of Crossout! 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. Doomcaliber Knight attacked directly and Collins was left with 800.

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

Back to Garde, who Summoned Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo. He attacked with Doomcaliber Knight and this revealed Collins’ face-down monster: Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. Doomcaliber Knight's effect kicked in, so Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter couldn’t destroy Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo. The jurassic monster attacked directly and this was enough for Garde to win the Duel!

 

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

 

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.

 


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!


 

Collins’ opening move was an activation of Foolish Burial, sending Dandylion to his Graveyard. This got him 2 Fluff Tokens, he Summoned Lonefire Blossom next, Tributed it to bring out Tytannial, Princess of Camellias, he Set a Spell or Trap and passed.

Garde started with Pot of Duality, revealing Nobleman of Crossout, Dimensional Prison and Royal Oppression. He picked the Spell Card and Set a card to each zone.

Caius the Shadow Monarch came down after a Fluff Token was Tributed. Garde flipped Torrential Tribute, but Collins committed half his Life Points to force this move through: He Chained Solemn Judgment! This time, it were the British fans that went wild! Caius the Shadow Monarch removed Spirit Reaper, then play proceeded with the Battle Phase. Caius the Shadow Monarch was sent in first, dealing 2400 damage. Tytannial, Princess of Camellias followed and after taking 2800 damage, Garde Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness! This got him an impressive 2800 / 2800 Token! Collins activated Monster Reborn in Main Phase 2 and used it to Special Summon Lonefire Blossom once more. He Tributed it for a Glow-Up Bulb from his Deck!

 


Could Glow-Up Bulb secure the win for Collins?

Could Glow-Up Bulb secure the win for Collins?


 

Glow-Up Bulb together with the remaining Fluff Token was Tuned to Formula Synchron. The Synchro Tuner was then Tuned together with Caius the Shadow Monarch to Scrap Dragon. Glow-Up 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 Dandylion!!! 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!

 

Mat Collins combos Glow-Up Bulb, Dandylion and Scrap Dragon to equal the score!

 

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.

 


Collins was far from being out of options!

Collins was far from being out of options!


 

Pot of Duality revealed D.D. Crow, Book of Moon and Nobleman of Crossout and Garde picked Nobleman of Crossout. He Set a card to each zone and passed.

Collins also had Pot of Duality, revealing Foolish Burial, Lonefire Blossom and Cyber Dragon. He found the happy medium and picked Lonefire Blossom after some thought. Glow-Up 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 Banisher of the Radiance. Collins responded with Torrential Tribute, (face-down on Garde’s side of the field: Spirit Reaper).

In the following turn, Collins got Lonefire Blossom and Tributed it, but Solemn Warning from Garde made sure he couldn’t search his Deck. Collins Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

Garde had Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo and attacked, but Book of Moon flipped it face-down. He Set a Spell or Trap Card and passed.

Collins returned Glow-Up Bulb to the field. He Tributed it for Caius the Shadow Monarch, targeting the Set monster. Garde responded with Bottomless Trap Hole, so the field was empty once more.

In the following turn, Garde Summoned King Tiger Wanghu and attacked directly.

 


Collins pushing forward!

Collins pushing forward!


 

Callins made sure to get it right and checked the effect of King Tiger Wanghu. He then Set a Monster Card and passed.

Nobleman of Crossout was used to remove Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter from game. 1 more copy was removed from Collins’ Deck. King Tiger Wanghu attacked directly, Garde Set a Spell or Trap Card and play was back to Collins.

The Brit checked his Graveyard before activating Dark Hole. King Tiger Wanghu left the field. Sangan was Summoned and attacked into Dimensional Prison. The best possible answer and the French fans were screaming from the top of their lungs.

Collins Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Garde had Doomcaliber Knight, but Bottomless Trap Hole sucked it up. Another Spell or Trap Card 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 Dandylion for Caius the Shadow Monarch. Torrential Tribute was Chained, but after this Chain resolved, 2 Token hit the field.

Pot of Duality revealed Solemn Judgment, Solemn Warning and Nobleman of Crossout. Garde didn’t seem to be too pleased and picked Solemn Judgment. This concluded his turn.

Collins simply Set a Spell or Trap Card.

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 Dragon. Garde had no immediate response, so Dandylion returned to the field. Together with a Token and the Tuner, a Synchro Summon of Scrap Dragon was performed – the card that won Collins the last Duel! A direct attack cost Garde 2800 Life Points and Gorz the Emissary of Darkness came down. The 2 Fluff Tokens that entered the field after Dandylion was used for the Synchro Summon stuck, but the one remaining from the last time Dandylion was sent to the Graveyard bit the dust so the Token went down.

 


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

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


 

Garde had Smashing Ground, he switched Gorz the Emissary of Darkness to Attack Position and took down a Token. He set 2 cards to his back row. Collins had 2 (!!!) Mystical Space Typhoon and he wiped the cleared the way!

In his following turn, he kicked things off with Pot of Avarice. “Collins! Collins!” chants from the crowd! He drew 2 more cards, so he was up on 3! Lonefire Blossom came out and it was Tributed to bring out another copy. Tytannial, Princess of Camellias was Special Summoned to the field. It was sent into Gorz the Emissary of Darkness and Garde took 100 damage.

3 cards in Garde’s hand after he drew for his turn. He checked both Graveyards and activated Dark Hole. A huge roar from the crowd! He followed it up with Monster Reborn! Welcome to last year’s banned list! King Tiger Wanghu returned to the field and it attacked directly, reducing Collins’ Life Points to 2900.

Cyber Dragon was Special Summoned. It attacked over King Tiger 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 Nobleman of Crossout for the monster and Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Cyber Dragon attacked into Dimensional 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 Dandylion for Caius the Shadow Monarch. Solemn Warning made sure the Monarch never hit the field, but the 2 Tokens still stuck. Back to Garde.

King Tiger Wanghu once more and one Token went down.

Pot of Avarice 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 Cyber Dragon, attacked over King Tiger Wanghu, and Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Garde drew and Set a monster.

 


Spore + Cyber Dragon = Brionac. Brionac = WIN!

Spore + Cyber Dragon = Brionac. Brionac = WIN!


 

Collins drew and Summoned Spore. This meant this Duel was over (Spore + Cyber Dragon means Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier, Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier with one card left on his hand means nothing would stop Collins from attacking directly with the Synchro Monster)!!!

 

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

 

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!