Final: Tom Paine (Infernity) vs Ben Sherman (Mermail)
It’s the final and as my German colleague usually says; [i]it all comes down to this![/i] Ben Sherman is here playing his Mermails versus last year’s National Champion Tom Paine! Let’s get to it!
Sherman went first and played [teus] discarding [dragon ice]. He [ns]ed [a ocea] to the field and Special Summoned [teus], which Special Summoned [sturge] and [hilde] and sent [teus] to the Graveyard. He [xyz]ed [angineer] and detached [hilde] turning itself to [def]. Next, he Special Summoned [pike] and discarded [gunde]. [pike] added [undine] to hand and [gunde] Special Summoned [teus]. Sherman [xyz]ed [lchain], using it to put [tidal] into the Graveyard. He banished two cards and put [tidal] into play, then [xyz]ed [gaios] before setting a [fd] [st].
Paine played [upstart] and [night beam]ed a [bts]. He played [styg] and activated [instant fusion]. He played [darkfire] and resisted the urge to make . He didn’t resist the urge long though and [xyz]ed . Paine detached a material and the crowd roared. He rolled a one and halved his own LP, setting a [fd] [st] to finish.
Sherman’s [lchain] got [fb arch] to Graveyard. [undine] was [ns]ed and [ahi] went to the Graveyard. Paine conceded right after.
Paine set one Monster Card and one [fd] [st] on his opening turn.
Sherman’s [mst] destroyed [mst]. He set five (!) [fd] [sts] and ended.
Paine flipped [styg], attacked and [a sphere] was activated, [mst] was chained. [night beam] destroyed [mf] and a second [night beam] destroyed [mst].
Sherman played [diva] and Special Summoned [a mark]. He Synchro Summoned [armades] and ended.
Paine set two [fd] [sts].
Sherman set one [fd] [st] and attacked!
Paine set another [fd] [st].
Sherman attacked again!
Paine set one [fd] [st] and played [rota] bringing [arma] to hand. He played it and got [archfiend] to the Graveyard before [ss]ing [necromancer]. In the End Phase [decree] was activated.
Sherman played [pike] discarding [adrag] and got [undine] and [ahi]. He attacked to clear Paine’s field.
Paine got [necromancer] and played [archfiend], [archfiend] in turn got [launcher]. [launcher] was played and got another [necromancer]. [leviair] was [xyz]ed and the effect was activated.  is then [xyz]ed; its effect activated on a [fd] [st]. Paine then attacked, clearing Sherman’s field in revenge!
During Sherman’s Standby Phase [mst] destroyed a [decree]. [undine] was [ns]ed but was met with a [sw]. He played [a sphere] and [vane] was chained.
Paine attacked directly and set a [fd] [st].  activated its effect on [leviair].
Sherman set one [fd] Monster and one [fd] [st].
[arma] was Summoned and [decree] was chained. [linde] was destroyed in the attack and [megalo] hit the field.
Paine drew his last card, looked at his opponent and offered the handshake.
[b]Ben Sherman is the new UK National Champion![/b]