Finals: Marcel Burri (SWI – Lightsworn Dragons) vs. Eugen Heidt (GER – Mermail)
29.06.2014 | 19:54
Today, it might, indeed, not “all come down to this” – after all, both of these players have already secured their ticket for the World Championship. Still, there’s a prestigious title on the line and since both of these players have already come thus far, they wanted to now go all the way and make their journey home all the more enjoyable with a title in their luggage.
Eugen Heidt was playing Mermail, a Deck that few players expected to see in Day 2 (too often), let alone in the finals of this year’s European Championship (at all)! He has never advanced to the knock out portion of an event as large as the European Championship before, but maybe this was the reason why he was so hard to make out?!
Marcel Burri, from Switzerland, on the other hand, has tasted glory before. He is a former National Champion and with every event he attended, he has come closer to scoring a big win at a major event like the YCS. He already made it to the knock out rounds in both Berlin, Paris and Leipzig, but he was never among the final 8, so he flew a little under our radar.
With the introductions now out of the way, let’s get this party started!
Heidt was kicking things off with Genex Undine. He sent Genex Controller as well as Atlantean Dragoons to his Graveyard. He set 2 back row cards after adding another monster to his hand and he ended.
Burri had drawn into Kuribandit, Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn, Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner, Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress and Rainbow Kuriboh. He Normal Summoned Kuribandit, he wanted to advance to the End Phase, but Breakthrough Skill made sure that Kuribandit would get to stay on the field just a little longer.
Play was back to Heidt, who thought for a short while before he Special Summoned Mermail Abyssleed to the field, discarding Mermail Abysspike. Mermail Abyssmegalo followed and Mermail Abyssgunde got sent to the Graveyard, returning Mermail Abysspike. He also added Abyss-Sphere from his Deck to his hand.
He Tributed a monster so Mermail Abyssmegalo would get to attack twice. Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls returned to the field and play proceeded with the Battle Phase.
Burri bought himself a little more time with Rainbow Kuriboh! Or so he thought, since Forbidden Lance came down from Heidt’s hand, making sure that Mermail Abyssmegalo would in fact get to attack twice!
Eugen Heidt claims the lead on his second turn!
The German didn’t feel like giving Burri any more time than necessary; on the very first turn when he was allowed to attack; on his second, he already wrapped things up and came one step closer to becoming your European Champion 2014!
Burri had drawn into Honest, Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, Kuribandit, Judgment Dragon and 2 copies of Solar Recharge in the second game.
Burri activated Solar Recharge with his only target and Judgment Dragon and Kuribandit were sent to his Graveyard. He Normal Summoned another copy of Kuribandit and this time, he was allowed to fill his Graveyard; Mystical Space Typhoon, 3 Lightsworn Monsters and Needlebug Nest were sent there. He added Mystical Space Typhoon to his hand and without a field, he passed play.
Heidt checked the contents of his opponent’s Graveyard before committing to a play. He Normal Summoned Mermail Abysspike and he discarded Mermail Abyssteus. He had 2 back row cards, he attacked directly and Burri took 1600 points of damage.
Burri was still lacking a Lightsworn Monster to activate his second Solar Recharge. He had Lightray Daedalus, however. Black Horn of Heaven made sure it never hit play, Burri then set Phoenix Wing Wind Blast and without performing any other actions, he ended.
Heidt added Genex Undine and it allowed him to send Atlantean Dragoons to his Graveyard while he added Genex Controller to his hand. He also got to add Mermail Abyssmegalo to his hand thanks to the effect of Atlantean Dragoons. Attacks followed and Burri made a face. He took the attack from Genex Undine, but Rainbow Kuriboh stopped Mermail Abysspike.
Finally, a Solar Recharge target. Burri went digging, he then checked his Graveyard and lastly, he attempted to Special Summon Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos. He attacked over Mermail Abysspike, dealing first damage to Heidt, He Normal Summoned Kuribandit and Heidt had no response, so Burri added a second back row card. Abyss-Sphere got activated before the beginning of the End Phase, but Phoenix Wing Wind Blast returned it to the top of Heidt’s Deck. Breakthrough Skill was Chained to make sure Kuribandit would hang around and with that, it was finally Heidt’s turn again.
Heidt Normal Summoned Genex Controller. This got him Ghostrick Alucard. It destroyed Mystical Space Typhoon. Soul Charge then brought back Mermail Abysspike and Atlantean Dragoons. Atlantean Heavy Infantry got discarded for the effect of Mermail Abysspike. Mermail Abyssgunde got added to Heidt’s hand. He took out Kuribandit; next, he Xyz Summoned Number 101: Silent Honor Ark. He added Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord to his field to add insult to injury and this match seemed all but decided! He added a back row card and passed.
Burri was now down to 2 cards in his hand thanks to Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord. He still had a Graveyard full of cards and among them a few Dragon Rulers, so maybe he could come back after all?! He returned Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders to the field but the 2 cards in his hand were Judgment Dragons and he was lacking the necessary amount of Lightsworn Monsters in his Graveyard!
Heidt discarded Mermail Abyssgunde and Mermail Abysslinde for Mermail Abyssmegalo's Special Summon. “1 Rainbow Kuriboh in your Graveyard?”, Heidt checked. “Yep”, Burri replied, disappointed.
Heidt considered what to do next for a short time, then he went for Number 11: Big Eye. This got him Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders. He declared attacks and Burri immediately extended the hand.
Eugen Heidt is your European Champion 2014!
Breakthrough Skill and Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord were the 2 defining cards in this match. Breakthrough Skill stopped Burri’s Kuribandits that would have otherwise allowed him to fill his Graveyard and send enough Lightsworn Monsters there so he could eventually come back with Judgment Dragon.
Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord made sure that Burri was left without any options whatsoever when he was already hanging in the ropes rather badly.
Mermails have taken down the European Championship and Eugen Heidt is the mastermind that was able to pull their strings and ride them to victory. Congratulations again to Eugen Heidt, your European Champion 2014!