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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!
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Besnik Kajtazi only had to win one more Match!

Besnik Kajtazi only had to win one more Match!


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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 [fs]ed [a linde] and he attacked with it, with Engin taking the damage. Kajtazi added a back row card before ending. Engin activated [a sphere], but a chained [mst] dealt with it.
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Engin felt rather reckless and wanted to end things sooner rather than later!

Engin felt rather reckless and wanted to end things sooner rather than later!


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Engin felt extremely reckless, activating 2 copies of [reckless]. He summoned [a linde], both players wanted to go searching, but Kajtazi wanted to activate [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 [leed] while Engin found [a pike]. He then discarded [a gunde], so he returned [a linde] to the field. He added 2 back row cards and passed play.
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Engin would start to lose the advantage because of the Reckless Greed drawback, so he had to hurry!

Engin would start to lose the advantage because of the Reckless Greed drawback, so he had to hurry!


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While Engin was currently ahead, Kajtazi knew that his opponent wouldn’t get to draw any cards the following 2 Draw Phases. He summoned [sturge], discarding [a drag] and returning [a linde] to his hand. [a mark] got added to his hand. He then attacked over Engin’s monsters, this time he could activate [warning] to make sure Engin wouldn’t get to search for [a linde] and that meant Kajtazi dropped to 6000 Life Points.

[sturge] from Engin met no response, Engin discarded [a gunde] and he returned [a ocea] from his Graveyard. [a pike] followed, [a ocea] got discarded again, Engin then sent [megalo] to his Graveyard after discarding [a mark] and [tidal] and this allowed him to destroy [bts] in Kajtazi’s back row. Both of Engin’s monsterswere then used to [xyz] [101], it equipped itself with [a leed] and it attacked over Kajtazi’s remaining monster [sturge].
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Silent Honor Ark put Alpay in a strong position!

Silent Honor Ark put Alpay in a strong position!


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Kajtazi drew into his fifth card and he summoned [diva]. It got him [ahi], he summoned [a mark] and Engin now activated [tt], detaching the second material from [101] 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] got [ss]ed, but Engin found [bth] in his back row. 2 more cards in Kajtazi’s hand, 1 more set card for Engin. [hole] destroyed [101] and Kajtazi passed, Engin revealed his last set card to be [a sphere] and that was when Kajtazi shuffled up in frustration!

[h2]Alpay Engin claims the lead![/h2]

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] was punishing Engin.
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Alpay Engin had won exactly 1 year before, could this be his lucky day?!

Alpay Engin had won exactly 1 year before, could this be his lucky day?!


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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 [ss]ed [a teus], discarding [a leed]. He added [a gunde] to his hand, [a pike] got [ss]ed, [a gunde] got discarded and [a mark] was added to Kajtazi’s hand. He got rid of [a pike] to strip Engin off a [tidal] 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 [a gaios], he set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and he ended.
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Kajtazi didn't enjoy what he saw when Engin discarded Tidal!

Kajtazi didn't enjoy what he saw when Engin discarded Tidal!


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Engin set 3, [a sphere] from Kajtazi got him [a linde], it left the field and that meant that [a pike] would get [ss]ed. [a mark] got discarded, [undine] was added to Kajtazi’s hand and Engin lost [bth].

[undine] was [ns]ed and Engin seemed not too happy. [tidal] was sent to Kajtazi’s Graveyard while [controller] got added to his hand.
[undine] attacked and Engin activated [a sphere]. [warning] countered it; Engin then took the damage from the attacks and he was left with 2400 Life Points. Kajtazi passed play.

[a pike] came down for Engin and he discarded [ahi]. [a gaios] activated its effect and that’s when Engin started accessing his Side Deck.

[h2]Besnik Kajtazi ties the score![/h2]

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] 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 [megalo] to [ss] [a teus]. This got him [a ocea], he got rid of [a teus], [a linde] got added to the field and [a gunde] followed. [a ocea] and [a gunde] were used to [ss] [angi], Engin set a Spell or Trap and he ended.
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A great start for Engin in the final Duel of the Day!

A great start for Engin in the final Duel of the Day!


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Kajtazi got the ball rolling with [a pike], discarding [a mark]. This caused Engin to activate [tt]; he chained [angi] to make sure it would stay on the field. [undine] got added to Kajtazi’s hand while Engin went searching for [a leed]. Kajtazi set a Spell or Trap and ended.

Engin switched [angi] to [atk] and he declared an attack with it. Kajtazi took the damage and when [a leed] attacked, Kajtazi used [a sphere] while Engin chained [maxx]. [a linde] got [ss]ed, this triggered a replay, Engin attacked once more and now Kajtazi went searching for [megalo]. Engin drew another card for the effect of [maxx]. He added 2 back row cards and passed play.
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Engin was currently ahead, but Kajtazi wasn't out of options just yet!

Engin was currently ahead, but Kajtazi wasn't out of options just yet!


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[undine] hit play and Engin had no response. [a drag] were sent to Kajtazi’s Graveyard and he added a [controller] to his hand. He then went searching for [megalo]. He [ss]ed it next, discarding [a gunde] and [a leed]. Engin discarded [maxx] so he drew a card.

Kajtazi added [a sphere] to his hand, he [ss]ed [a leed] 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 [a leed], Tributing [megalo], which then cost Engin [a mark].
Attacks followed with [angi] using its effect so nothing happened. In [mp] 2, Kajtazi overlaid for [11], he claimed control over [a leed] while Engin had drawn another card for [maxx]. Kajtazi set a back row card and ended.
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Kajtazi was on to something, after all all good things come in threes!

Kajtazi was on to something, after all all good things come in threes!


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Engin attacked with [angi] over [undine]. He added 2 back row cards and wanted to end, Kajtazi activated [a sphere], but a [mst] from Engin’s hand foiled that plan.

It was now or never for Besnik Kajtazi. He discarded [a linde] for [teus], but [debunk] got activated. Kajtazi then went for [leo] and Engin shook his head. [11] made sure [angi] would now be fighting for Kajtazi, play proceeded with attacks and [angi] connected. When [leo] attacked, Engin flipped [a sphere] over to which Kajtazi responded with [maxx]. Time out was called. Engin added [sturge], [leo] attacked over it, [11] connected and Kajtazi ended.

Engin activated [reckless]. He then [ss]ed [a spirit], he activated [squall] and a flurry of summons later, he had a field featuring [dweller], [a gaios], [a spirit] and [a pike]. He then overlaid the latter 2 for [101], it got rid of [11], attacks followed and Kajtazi was left with nothing but a card in hand.
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What a comeback for Alpay Engin!

What a comeback for Alpay Engin!


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Kajtazi drew for his last turn. Engin immediately discarded [maxx], 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.

[h2]Alpay Engin is your YCS Berlin Winner![/h2]

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!
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