Finals: Besnik Kajtazi (Mermail) vs. Alpay Engin (Mermail)
23.02.2014 | 19:33
1208 players showed up for YCS Berlin, making this the third European event in a row that attracted more than 1000 Duelists! After 11 rounds of Swiss and 4 more rounds in the knock out portion of the event, only 2 players remained: Alpay Engin and Besnik Kajtazi!
Alpay Engin has been on quite the roll as of late; 366 days ago, he won YCS Bochum, the back then largest European Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. Ever since, he’s been a regular, finishing one impressive result after another. To add another title to his resume, however, he now needs to overcome Besnik Kajtazi.
While newer followers of the coverage might not be as familiar with him, you shouldn’t mistake him for the underdog; he won tournaments back in 2008 before an illness forced him to take a break from Dueling. Now he’s back, more motivated than ever and he’ll try absolutely everything to stop Alpay’s engine!
Kajtazi went first and he set a Monster together with 2 Spell or Trap Cards.
Engin set 4 and passed play. “Did you side into Chain Burn?”, Kajtazi inquired.
On his following turn, he Flip Summoned Mermail Abysslinde and he attacked with it, with Engin taking the damage. Kajtazi added a back row card before ending. Engin activated Abyss-Sphere, but a Chained Mystical Space Typhoon dealt with it.
Engin felt extremely reckless, activating 2 copies of Reckless Greed. He Summoned Mermail Abysslinde, both players wanted to go searching, but Kajtazi wanted to activate Solemn Warning. That wasn’t possible, however, because of the way the Chain was built; Kajtazi’s effect was last on it.
So he went searching for Mermail Abyssleed while Engin found Mermail Abysspike. He then discarded Mermail Abyssgunde, so he returned Mermail Abysslinde to the field. He added 2 back row cards and passed play.
While Engin was currently ahead, Kajtazi knew that his opponent wouldn’t get to draw any cards the following 2 Draw Phases. He Summoned Mermail Abyssturge, discarding Atlantean Dragoons and returning Mermail Abysslinde to his hand. Atlantean Marksman got added to his hand. He then attacked over Engin’s monsters, this time he could activate Solemn Warning to make sure Engin wouldn’t get to search for Mermail Abysslinde and that meant Kajtazi dropped to 6000 Life Points.
Mermail Abyssturge from Engin met no response, Engin discarded Mermail Abyssgunde and he returned Mermail Abyssocea from his Graveyard. Mermail Abysspike followed, Mermail Abyssocea got discarded again, Engin then sent Mermail Abyssmegalo to his Graveyard after discarding Atlantean Marksman and Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls and this allowed him to destroy Breakthrough Skill in Kajtazi’s back row. Both of Engin’s monsterswere then used to Xyz Summon Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, it equipped itself with Mermail Abyssleed and it attacked over Kajtazi’s remaining monster Mermail Abyssturge.
Kajtazi drew into his fifth card and he Summoned Deep Sea Diva. It got him Atlantean Heavy Infantry, he Summoned Atlantean Marksman and Engin now activated Torrential Tribute, detaching the second material from Number 101: Silent Honor Ark to make sure it would stay on the field. Engin was shaking his head, however, seemingly not happy with the way this Duel progressed.
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls got Special Summoned, but Engin found Bottomless Trap Hole in his back row. 2 more cards in Kajtazi’s hand, 1 more set card for Engin. Dark Hole destroyed Number 101: Silent Honor Ark and Kajtazi passed, Engin revealed his last set card to be Abyss-Sphere and that was when Kajtazi shuffled up in frustration!
Alpay Engin claims the lead!
Wow, what a series of plays from Alpay Engin! First he draws a number of cards and he then finds exactly what he needs to negate any advantage that Kajtazi would have been able to generate in the following turns when Reckless Greed was punishing Engin.
He now had the mental advantage in this match, but it was a little too soon to celebrate just yet.
Kajtazi went first once again and he Special Summoned Mermail Abyssteus, discarding Mermail Abyssleed. He added Mermail Abyssgunde to his hand, Mermail Abysspike got Special Summoned, Mermail Abyssgunde got discarded and Atlantean Marksman was added to Kajtazi’s hand. He got rid of Mermail Abysspike to strip Engin off a Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls in his hand and Kajtazi was close to flipping the table…
Engin on the other hand seemed to have the time of his life. Kajtazi then went for Mermail Abyssgaios, he set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and he ended.
Engin set 3, Abyss-Sphere from Kajtazi got him Mermail Abysslinde, it left the field and that meant that Mermail Abysspike would get Special Summoned. Atlantean Marksman got discarded, Genex Undine was added to Kajtazi’s hand and Engin lost Bottomless Trap Hole.
Genex Undine was Normal Summoned and Engin seemed not too happy. Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls was sent to Kajtazi’s Graveyard while Genex Controller got added to his hand.
Genex Undine attacked and Engin activated Abyss-Sphere. Solemn Warning countered it; Engin then took the damage from the attacks and he was left with 2400 Life Points. Kajtazi passed play.
Besnik Kajtazi ties the score!
It was hard to tell who had the mental advantage now. Besnik Kajtazi had just completely dismantled Alpay Engin’s Mermail Deck in the second game, but even then he seemed to have some sort of bad luck, discarding a Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls to the Graveyard and all. Could he focus once again and end up winning this match in the final Duel of the day?!
Engin went first and he went through his options quickly, discarding Mermail Abyssmegalo to Special Summon Mermail Abyssteus. This got him Mermail Abyssocea, he got rid of Mermail Abyssteus, Mermail Abysslinde got added to the field and Mermail Abyssgunde followed. Mermail Abyssocea and Mermail Abyssgunde were used to Special Summon Mechquipped Angineer, Engin set a Spell or Trap and he ended.
Kajtazi got the ball rolling with Mermail Abysspike, discarding Atlantean Marksman. This caused Engin to activate Torrential Tribute; he Chained Mechquipped Angineer to make sure it would stay on the field. Genex Undine got added to Kajtazi’s hand while Engin went searching for Mermail Abyssleed. Kajtazi set a Spell or Trap and ended.
Engin switched Mechquipped Angineer to Attack Position and he declared an attack with it. Kajtazi took the damage and when Mermail Abyssleed attacked, Kajtazi used Abyss-Sphere while Engin Chained Maxx "C". Mermail Abysslinde got Special Summoned, this triggered a replay, Engin attacked once more and now Kajtazi went searching for Mermail Abyssmegalo. Engin drew another card for the effect of Maxx "C". He added 2 back row cards and passed play.
Genex Undine hit play and Engin had no response. Atlantean Dragoons were sent to Kajtazi’s Graveyard and he added a Genex Controller to his hand. He then went searching for Mermail Abyssmegalo. He Special Summoned it next, discarding Mermail Abyssgunde and Mermail Abyssleed. Engin discarded Maxx "C" so he drew a card.
Kajtazi added Abyss-Sphere to his hand, he Special Summoned Mermail Abyssleed back to the field and that meant another card for Engin. Kajtazi now had to briefly check his Extra Deck before he proceeded; he used the effect of Mermail Abyssleed, Tributing Mermail Abyssmegalo, which then cost Engin Atlantean Marksman.
Attacks followed with Mechquipped Angineer using its effect so nothing happened. In Main Phase 2, Kajtazi overlaid for Number 11: Big Eye, he claimed control over Mermail Abyssleed while Engin had drawn another card for Maxx "C". Kajtazi set a back row card and ended.
Engin attacked with Mechquipped Angineer over Genex Undine. He added 2 back row cards and wanted to end, Kajtazi activated Abyss-Sphere, but a Mystical Space Typhoon from Engin’s hand foiled that plan.
It was now or never for Besnik Kajtazi. He discarded Mermail Abysslinde for Mermail Abyssteus, but Debunk got activated. Kajtazi then went for Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree and Engin shook his head. Number 11: Big Eye made sure Mechquipped Angineer would now be fighting for Kajtazi, play proceeded with attacks and Mechquipped Angineer connected. When Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree attacked, Engin flipped Abyss-Sphere over to which Kajtazi responded with Maxx "C". Time out was called. Engin added Mermail Abyssturge, Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree attacked over it, Number 11: Big Eye connected and Kajtazi ended.
Engin activated Reckless Greed. He then Special Summoned Aqua Spirit, he activated Abyss-squall and a flurry of Summons later, he had a field featuring Abyss Dweller, Mermail Abyssgaios, Aqua Spirit and Mermail Abysspike. He then overlaid the latter 2 for Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, it got rid of Number 11: Big Eye, attacks followed and Kajtazi was left with nothing but a card in hand.
Kajtazi drew for his last turn. Engin immediately discarded Maxx "C", much to Kajtazi’s dismay. He thought about his options, but with just 2 cards in hand, there was nothing he could do to turn this game around.
Alpay Engin is your YCS Berlin Winner!
Exactly 1 year after his impressive victory at YCS Bochum, Alpay Engin does it again and goes on and wins a second YCS! February certainly is his lucky month or maybe it’s the home town advantage in Germany. We’ll probably find out in some of the tournaments to come, but let’s focus on the here and now rather than the future.
Congratulations again to Alpay Engin, your YCS Berlin Winner!