Finals: Michel Grüner (Germany) vs. Peter Groß (Austria)

[b][i]IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS![/b][/i]

Peter Groß, a two-time YCS Winner, including the first ever Sealed YCS, will now have to go up against Michel Grüner, a National and European champion as well as the first European YCS winner and videogame World Champion. We last saw him at this year’s European Championship where he advanced all the way to the finals after a brief hiatus from the game, only losing to Chris Bountaloudis, the currently reigning European Champion.

Let’s not waste any more time and see how this will go. Both players have shuffled their Decks carefully which means it’s now TIME TO DUEL!

Groß only commented “good to know” when Grüner admitted that he had already been issued a Slow Play Warning earlier this weekend. When Grüner then opted to shuffle his Deck for what felt like the third time, Groß investigated whether that was already another Warning for his opponent. It appears that the gloves came off, even though those players go way back.

Grüner won the die roll and naturally, he opted to go first.
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Michel Grüner wanted to add yet another title to his already impressive resume!
Michel Grüner wanted to add yet another title to his already impressive resume!

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Both players kept their initial 5 and Grüner started with [pog] before setting a Monster and 3 Spell or Trap Cards. “What does my card do again?”, he asked rhetorically, looking at his face-down monster and it was Groß’ first turn.

He invited [trooper] to his party and activated the effect, sending 3 cards to his Graveyard, among them [duality], which caused Grüner to flinch. [trooper] then attacked into [shockto], Groß set 3 and it was back to Grüner.
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That would result in a ton of damage!
That would result in a ton of damage!

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[pho thrasher] came down, ran over [trooper] and Groß drew a card after taking 2100 points of damage.

The Austrian [ns]ed [barbaros] without Tributes and he equipped it with [grarl], making it 2400 ATK for his monster. [coth] then tried to bring back [geaf], play proceeded with the Battle Phase and the goblins were sent into [pho thrasher]. [ris ene] with a discarded [ggg golem] made sure Grüner’s monster would stand this test and Groß then set a spell or trap.

Grüner sent [pho thrasher] into [barbaros] and a [dress] made sure that it was able to strike the monster down. 4200 Life Points remaining for the former Sealed Champion. “Future card advantage!”, Grüner announced, activating [shard]. He then set a monster and Groß used this opportunity to activate [wake].
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Cyber Jar turned this Duel upside down!
Cyber Jar turned this Duel upside down!

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Groß attacked over Grüner’s face-up monster and his second attack ended in [cyber jar]! Grüner got a face-down [mpbh] (face-down) and [pbw] while Groß ended up with [exarion] on his field. He sent it into Grüner’s monster, to which the German had no response, which meant that he went down to 6900 Life Points. In his [mp] 2, Groß set 3 spells or traps, filling all of his Spell and Trap Card Zones, before ending.

Grüner used [mpbh] to then summon [barbaros] Tributing 3 monsters!!! THIS WAS HUGE!
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Groß was looking for an answer in his back row!
Groß was looking for an answer in his back row!

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[bom] turned [barbaros] face-down while [dress] made sure that [exarion] would stay on Groß’ side of the field. Still, Grüner netted a nice advantage this way. That might change again soon, because he had to pass immediately afterwards.

Groß used [prebu] to return his own [barbaros] – this monster was working hard to earn the MVP title in these finals, but it wasn’t clear which side it was fighting for. [zephy] followed, returning [prebu] – quite the combo!
Groß then [ns]ed [slate] and he contemplated whether he was ready to strike or if he should bring back yet another monster. Eventually, he paid another 800 Life Points, [ss]ing [geaf] with the Equipment Spell Card. Grüner didn’t give away whether he was too concerned, continuing in nervous fashion to check his face-down cards.

Groß declared an attack, which caused Grüner to activate [econ], Tributing his set [barbaros] to claim control over Groß’ copy of the monster. That meant that Groß’ offensive efforts were put to a halt and the Austrian passed.
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Grüner's lonely Kycoo seemed like a Spartan in this scenario, staring down the Austrian army!
Grüner's lonely Kycoo seemed like a Spartan in this scenario, staring down the Austrian army!

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[shard] now triggered, netting Grüner 2 more cards. He [ns]ed [kycoo], equipped it with [axe fools] and he then sent it into [geaf], making short use of the squad. Grüner added more back row cards and it was up to Groß once more.

He attacked with [slate] into [kycoo] and Grüner had no response, but Groß didn’t go for the effect of [slate], rather activating [shrink] from his hand! That cost Grüner his monster and suddenly Groß was staring down an open field. [zephy] attempted to deal damage, but [ggg gardna] came down. [barbaros] followed, but Grüner activated [moaa]. [exarion] got switched to [def] and Groß ended.

Grüner now found [blion] and he attacked with it over [zephy].
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And the tide shifted once again, now with Grüner in the driver's seat!
And the tide shifted once again, now with Grüner in the driver's seat!

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“At the end of your turn, [barbaros] will be on my side of the field”, Grüner announced, to which Groß just sarcastically replied: “Thanks for the reminder.”
Grüner then complained about Groß looking over his Graveyard continuously for the past minute, to which the Austrian replied that he’s attempting to memorize all the cards. “Don’t you just want to give up?”, Grüner asked, but Groß wouldn’t give in.

Grüner’s offensive efforts were then put to a halt by [truck], he summoned [desire] in his [mp] 2 and left Groß with nothing. The Austrian drew and shuffled up.

[h2]Michel Grüner claims the lead![/h2]

“I couldn’t recover from [barbaros]”, Groß admitted. “You didn’t see that coming”, Grüner added. With that, we once again went to the shuffling performance of both players that will soon be the stuff of history books.
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Peter Groß still felt confident that he could turn this Duel around!
Peter Groß still felt confident that he could turn this Duel around!

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“You should be careful when you’re shuffling”, Grüner warned his friend. “This can quickly turn into a penalty… I know what I’m talking about…”

Groß then announced that he’d keep his opening 5 while Grüner was searching for [pog]. Despite not having it, he kept as well, announcing that it would be the very next card he’d draw into.

The Austrian kicked things off with [barbaros] and 3 face-down spells or traps and Grüner didn’t draw into [pog].

He [ns]ed [shockto] before setting 4 back row cards.
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The Shocktopus that got summoned on turn 1 was still standing!
The Shocktopus that got summoned on turn 1 was still standing!

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Groß added [tsm] and Grüner had no response for the time being. It attacked into [shockto] and in the Damage Step, the German activated [mwall]. Groß lost his monster and took 800 damage, going down to 7200 Life Points. He was done with his turn after that.

Grüner paid 2000 Life Points, he [ns]ed [pbw] and activated [shard] before passing play.

[bazoo] entered the field and Groß ended, waiting for [mwall] to leave the field.

It did the following Standby Phase after Grüner added a counter to [shard]. He then proceeded with the Battle Phase, sending [pbw] into [bazoo]. [dress] weakened the German’s monster which meant [bazoo] survived the battle relatively unscratched. Grüner then sent [shockto] into [bazoo], which meant both monsters would leave the field.

Back to Groß who scouted his face-down spells or traps before attacking with [barbaros]. Grüner announced that he had to read a card real quick, to which Groß replied “He REALLY is the KING of the Beasts.” Grüner then activated [moaa] and Groß asked: “Did you really need to read the card to make sure it would come back with 3000 ATK?!” and Grüner admitted that this was the case – “better be safe than sorry.”

It was Grüner’s turn again, who now drew 2 for [shard]. He [fs]ed [cyber jar], revealing [pog], [trooper], [barbaros], [ggg golem] and [mpbh]. Groß found [shrink], [zoma], [toonelf], [tasuke] and [trooper]. Grüner summoned all of his monsters that could be summoned in face-down [def] while Groß now had a face-up [tasuke] and [toonelf] together with a face-down monster.

Everyone saw the next move coming: Grüner Tributed everything for [barbaros]!
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Barbaros showed why he was the KING of the Beasts!
Barbaros showed why he was the KING of the Beasts!

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While Groß drew a card for [trooper], this meant that Grüner would pull ahead dramatically in the card advantage war. He activated [pog] and [shard], he set 2 more spells or traps, filling all of his zones and he ended. “I don’t think I can come back from that…”, Groß admitted truthfully.

[zephy] got invited to Groß’ party who then sent it into [barbaros]. That was mostly fine with Grüner who put it reluctantly away. Groß then added 4 face-down Spell or Trap cards while his [barbaros] replaced the one Grüner just lost (effect of [moaa]).

Grüner added [kycoo] and a counter on [shard]. Play proceeded with the Battle Phase and Grüner sent [kycoo] into [zephy]. Groß brought back [tasuke], foiling Grüner’s plan to end the game prematurely. “Where is my [maxx]?!”, Grüner asked no one in particular.
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Zoma was currently the biggest obstacle standing in Grüner's way!
Zoma was currently the biggest obstacle standing in Grüner's way!

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At the end of his opponent’s turn, Groß activated [zoma]. The following turn, he equipped Grüner’s [barbaros] with [grarl] and he declared an attack on it with [zoma], causing Grüner to use [mas] to momentarily steal [tasuke]. This meant Grüner would lose “only” 100 Life Points while Groß lost his monster.

Back to Grüner who drew 2 for [shard] – if he continued in this fashion, deck out might turn into an option for Groß. “Zoma is really annoying!”, Grüner admitted. He had 3400 Life Points remaining and its effect would give him very little room to breathe.
He declared an attack with [barbaros] into [zephy] and now Groß had to think long and hard about a possible response. He knew most of Grüner’s deck and decided that it would be fine to take the damage, which meant he went down to 5300 Life Points. Grüner added [geaf] and he passed.
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Could a suicidal Zoma win the game for Groß?!
Could a suicidal Zoma win the game for Groß?!

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[zoma] attacked [barbaros] and Grüner activated [bom], targeting his own [barbaros]. This meant that he wouldn’t lose the game while Groß got his [barbaros] back.

“Do you have [coth] face-down already?”, Grüner asked, before sending [geaf] into [zoma]. [half c] got activated in the Damage Step, which meant Grüner would lose his monster and fall down to 2700 Life Points. The German activated [stmf] and in his [mp] 2, he Tributed both of his monsters for [desire]. Its effect destroyed [zoma], finally ridding the field of the biggest threat for Grüner.

Groß now seemed like he was left with very little breathing room. He had 3 face-down spells or traps, but no monster. He drew and checked his Graveyard, he went over Grüner’s Graveyard again, announcing that he expected [ris ene], but he activated [coth] nonetheless, returning [barbaros]. It had 3000 ATK and Grüner needed no reminder. It declared an attack and Grüner asked: “You still got [shrink], right?” Before Grüner could even attempt to look through Groß’ Graveyard, the Austrian pointed to one of his set cards, announcing that it was in fact the Quick-Play Spell Card.
Grüner then found [power frame] in his back row, stopping the attack.

[zephy] came back in face-up [def], returning [call] to Groß’ hand. He lost 400 Life Points, set a card to each zone and ended.
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Grüner was going for it!
Grüner was going for it!

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[desire] attacked [zephy] and Groß started shaking his head. “I made a huge misplay… I probably could have won”, he admitted. Grüner, meanwhile, advanced to his [mp] 2, using the effect of [desire] to send [truck] to his oponent’s Graveyard.

[call] returned [barbaros], but Grüner had [econ] to stop it from destroying [desire]. “Book of Moon would have been nice…”, Groß had to admit, while Grüner countered: “It’s not like I started playing this game just yesterday…”

Groß was forced to end and time was called when Grüner drew for his turn. He then used the effect of [desire] again, he equipped it with [axe fools] and that meant it would go up to 4000 ATK. [evo ch] followed, providing Grüner with more than enough power to wrap things up. He attacked, but [bom] turned [desire] face-down, which meant only [evo ch] could deal damage. [shrink] minimized the effect, so Groß went now down to 3950 Life Points while Grüner was still behind with 2700 Life Points. “You can still win in the time out…”, Grüner now realized.

Groß revealed his last face-down card: [waboku]. This meant that Grüner couldn’t deal any more damage in his last remaining turn, which meant that Groß would be declared the winner of this Duel!

[h2]Peter Groß ties the score![/h2]

2 turns for each player remain in today’s competition. Grüner took advantage of the Re-Draw Rule while Groß was fine with the 5 cards his deck provided him with.

Grüner set 3 back row cards and he [ns]ed [blion] before passing play.

[toonelf] was Groß’ answer, together with 4 face-down Spell or Trap Cards.

The German activated [shard], he switched his face-up monster to [def] and added a face-down monster.
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Grüner went for a much more defensive approach, not wanting to go for a risk early
Grüner went for a much more defensive approach, not wanting to go for a risk early

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Both players just learned that we would be playing according to the “sudden death” rule if the Life Points were tied at the end of Groß’ turn, which also happened to be the fourth turn in the game. This might have been the reason for Grüner not attempting to attack.

Groß seemed like he was searching for Toon World, which he obviously didn’t find. He then summoned [geaf], sending it into [blion]. Grüner activated [power frame]. [toonelf] took down [trooper], which meant Grüner would get to draw a card. Groß maxed out on face-down spells and traps.

Back to the German, who set a monster and 2 spells or traps.
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Infinite face-down cards translate to infinite options!
Infinite face-down cards translate to infinite options!

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Groß had a third monster: [hammer]. He then declared an attack with [geaf] into [blion]. In the Damage Step, Grüner activated [dress] on [geaf]! That meant 400 damage for Groß. “You now need to do more than 400 damage before the end of this turn!”, Grüner announced. “Do you have anything else?”
Groß checked his face-down cards frenetically. He looked again and again, but couldn’t find anything to make sure he could still turn this around…

[h2]Michel Grüner is your YCS Brussels Champion![/h2]

Congratulations to Michel Grüner, dethroning the former European Sealed King Peter Groß! Let’s not forget about the impressive performance of the Austrian Sealed god who tore through the field like it’s a piece of cake.

We hope we were able to show you some of the excitement that Sealed Pack Play with Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants can be like and you’ll also realize how skill based this format can be. Take another look at our Sealed Pool Breakdowns to understand how to build the best possible Sealed Deck!

That’s it from the Feature Match table in Brussels this weekend. We hope you’re already excited for YCS London that will be the next European tournament coming to you in just 8 weeks. As always, we’ll be live on site and provide you with all the action, so make sure you’ll join us again!
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