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Finals: Michel Grüner (GER) vs. Sami Sekkoum (UK)

17.07.2011 | 19:39 |

IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS! After leaving more than 570 Duelists behind them, Germany’s Michel Grüner and the UK’s very own Sami Sekkoum were sitting across each other, fighting for the title of European Champion! Who would gain the upper hand? Grüner’s Tengu Plants or Sekkoum’s Gravekeepers? Just a few more minutes and we know who’s gonna be your European Champion 2011!


Both players took their time shuffling the Decks. Grüner won the die roll and opted to go first!

 

Could Michel Grüner add another title to his impressive resume?

 


He took quite some time considering his opening move and Normal Summoned Reborn Tengu. That concluded his turn.


Sekkoum drew into his sixth card, Set a Monster and 3 Spell or Trap Cards and passed right back.


Grüner was up on 6 cards in his hand once more; he Normal Summoned Spore which hit the field. Both his monsters were Tuned to T.G. Hyper Librarian – it didn’t take him long to decide which Synchro Monster to bring out! Another Reborn Tengu hit the field and Sekkoum responded with Torrential Tribute. That destroyed both of Grüner’s monsters as well as Sekkoum’s Gravekeeper's Recruiter. Sekkoum added Gravekeeper's Commandant to his hand and Grüner revealed his Deck – he was not having another copy of Reborn Tengu in it! He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.

 


Michel Grüner's T.G. Hyper Librarian was supposed to come back!

Michel Grüner's T.G. Hyper Librarian was supposed to come back!


 


When Sekkoum discarded Gravekeeper's Commandant to search his Deck for Necrovalley, Grüner Chained Call of the Haunted, returning T.G. Hyper Librarian to the field. Sekkoum Normal Summoned Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind and attacked over the Synchro Monster after halfing its ATK!


Play was back to Grüner, who Normal Summoned Reborn Tengu and declared an attack. It ended in Dimensional Prison and Grüner passed.


Sekkoum activated Gravekeeper's Stele to return Gravekeeper's Commandant and Gravekeeper's Recruiter to his hand. Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind attacked directly and Grüner considered a response. He Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness after giving it some thought. Dark Hole in Main Phase 2 wiped the field, Gravekeeper's Descendant came down and Sekkoum was done with his turn.

 


Grüner tried to protect his Life Poins with a Set Monster!

Grüner tried to protect his Life Poins with a Set Monster!


 


Grüner only Set a monster.


Sekkoum Normal Summoned Gravekeeper's Recruiter, Tributing it for Gravekeeper's Descendant's effect. Grüner showed his Sangan. That meant both players would get to search their Decks with Sekkoum adding another Gravekeeper's Recruiter to his hand and Grüner finding Lonefire Blossom. Gravekeeper's Descendant attacked directly, leaving Grüner with 4600 Life Points remaining.


In his following turn, the former YCS Winner activated Giant Trunade. He Normal Summoned Lonefire Blossom, Tributing it for its own effect. He found himself another Lonefire Blossom, Tributing that too and again thinking about what to get. Sekkoum complained about Grüner’s pace. The German explained he was tired and Sekkoum suggested: “Dandylion?”

“Why should I take Dandylion?”, Grüner asked, seemingly shocked. He brought out Glow-Up Bulb. He then Tributed it to activate Enemy Controller, gaining control over Gravekeeper's Descendant. Spore came back with its own effect, removing Lonefire Blossom from Grüner’s Graveyard. He Tuned both monsters to Scrap Dragon, attacked directly and play was back to Sekkoum.

 


Ever since Scrap Dragon hit the field, the Duel seemed to turn in Grüner's favor!

Ever since Scrap Dragon hit the field, the Duel seemed to turn in Grüner's favor!


 


Sekkoum Set a card to each zone and added Necrovalley to his field for good reason.


Grüner Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld and opted to use its effect. That got him a second copy of the Fiend. He destroyed the newly Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld to destroy the Set Dimensional Prison on Sekkoum’s side of the field. An attack with Scrap Dragon followed, destroying Gravekeeper's Recruiter. Sekkoum first picked Gravekeeper's Assailant, but then changed his mind and opted to add Gravekeeper's Recruiter to his hand.

Grüner claimed that Sekkoum already selected his target. A judge ruled that Grüner was right, so Gravekeeper's Assailant was added to Sekkoum’s hand, who not felt like appealing. Tour Guide From the Underworld attacked directly, Grüner Set a Spell or Trap and passed.


Gravekeeper's Assailant was Normal Summoned. It declared an attack into Tour Guide From the Underworld and Grüner considered his response. Sekkoum opted not to use the effect of Gravekeeper's Assailant and it destroyed Tour Guide From the Underworld in battle. Back to Grüner!

 


Scrap Dragon was taking the Gravekeepers apart, 1 by 1!

Scrap Dragon was taking the Gravekeepers apart, 1 by 1!


 


Scrap Dragon was sent into Gravekeeper's Assailant, destroying it. Grüner Set a second Spell or Trap.


Pot of Duality from Sekkoum got him Mirror Force. He Set a card to each zone and passed.


Grüner drew into his second card. He checked the Life Poins again; Sekkoum was on 3400. He brought back Glow-Up Bulb, sending Pot of Avarice from the top of his Deck to the Graveyard. He used Scrap Dragon's effect, destroying Glow-Up Bulb to get rid of Necrovalley.

That cleared the way for Monster Reborn, which got Grüner back Gorz the Emissary of Darkness. He Normal Summoned Effect Veiler and Tuned both of his monsters to Stardust Dragon. Scrap Dragon then attacked, but Sekkoum flipped Mirror Force. Grüner Chained Stardust Dragon's effect, Tributing it, so the attack concluded and Gravekeeper's Spy got Sekkoum Gravekeeper's Recruiter from his Deck.

Stardust Dragon returned to the field during the End Phase and Grüner passed – it was an intense Duel!


Sekkoum drew for his turn, but saw no way to make a comeback in this Duel!

 


Grüner's opening hand in the first Duel - Royal Tribute would have meant an instant win for Sekkoum!

Grüner's opening hand in the first Duel - Royal Tribute would have meant an instant win for Sekkoum!


 

Michel Grüner is only 1 win away from becoming the European Champion 2011!

 


Both players immediately started to proceed with Side Decking. Sekkoum asked Grüner to not take too much time, he would like to finish the Match in the regular time and not have it decided by the Time Out procedure. Ironically, Grüner was finished first, asking Sekkoum if he felt like counting the Side Deck.

 

Sami Sekkoum had to step up his game to become European Champion!

Sami Sekkoum had to step up his game to become European Champion!

 


Both players exchanged some pleasentries during shuffling. Sekkoum opted to kick things off in the second Duel and he did so with a Set monster, he also Set a card, discarded Gravekeeper's Commandant to search his Deck for Necrovalley before activating it and playing Royal Tribute! Grüner only lost Lonefire Blossom, however, so this Duel was far from being over!


Grüner Set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps.


Sekkoum Flip Summoned Gravekeeper's Spy and Grüner responded with Solemn Warning. Sekkoum hat Solemn Judgment, though, forcing through the effect. He searched his Deck for Gravekeeper's Recruiter and proceeded with the Battle Phase. Gravekeeper's Recruiter destroyed Sangan and Grüner searched his Deck for Debris Dragon. Gravekeeper's Spy attacked directly, so Grüner was left with 4300 Life Points. Sekkoum Set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Grüner.

 


Ever seen a Dragon handicapped by Necrovalley?

Ever seen a Dragon handicapped by Necrovalley?


 


Debris Dragon was Normal Summoned, but its effect couldn’t be used. Mind Control secured Grüner control over Gravekeeper's Recruiter, he Tuned both his monsters to Ancient Fairy Dragon and destroyed Necrovalley. He attacked over Gravekeeper's Spy with the Synchro Monster, Set a second Spell or Trap and passed.


Sekkoum Set a card to each zone and added Necrovalley.


Grüner used the effect of Ancient Fairy Dragon again, gaining yet another 1000 Life Points, destroying the second copy of the Field Spell Card.


Sekkoum drew into Seven Tools of the Bandit – he revealed his only Set card: a second copy of the Counter Trap Card – and extended his hand!

 

Michel Grüner is your WCQ: European Championship 2011 Winner!

 


Michel Grüner found the perfect answer in Ancient Fairy Dragon, while Sami Sekkoum didn’t draw into the cards he needed. Some spectators thought the Duel was already over when Sekkoum activated Royal Tribute turn 1, but Grüner proved them all wrong and came out winning the Match!