Finals: Nathan Pang (Dino Rabbit) vs. Ping Xiao (Dino Rabbit)

[p]32 hours, 725 competitors and 14 rounds of Dueling action and all that remained were 2 players from the UK. Nathan Pang and Ping Xiao now had a shot at glory to forever go down in Yu-Gi-Oh! history! Both players have unleashed the power of both [dolkka] and [laggia] time and again this weekend, but only one of them would leave this table with an Ultra Rare [blood mefist], a brand new notebook and some additional prizes! Who could manage to stay more focused? Who would have the luckier draw? Or in other words: Who would become the winner of YCS Brighton? We’ll know in just a few more minutes!
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Despite the extra pressure of sitting in the finals of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championships Series with hundreds of players watching their every move, both players were able to keep a cheery mood. They’ve been playing each other a million times before in local tournaments, so they knew each other’s strenghts and weaknesses inside out. You could call it a friendly competition, but that might change as soon as it was TIME TO DUEL!
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Nathan Pang already won a UK Nationals. He wanted to become a 2 time Champion!
Nathan Pang already won a UK Nationals. He wanted to become a 2 time Champion!

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Xiao won the die roll and would go first in the last match of the day. Pang had [rai oh], 2 [duality] and 2 [rabbit]. Xiao on the other hand needed [sarco] to try and find [tour]; he [ns]ed [saurus], set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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Pang drew into [bom] and he [ns]ed [rabbit]. [warning] was used after the activation of its effect, which meant it would get banished. Pang wanted to activate [duality] next which was fine (the [ss] was negated) and he hit [mf], [mole] and [saurus]. Pang considered his pick for a short time and opted to pick [mf]. Xiao complained: “I MADE YOU main that [mf]!” He set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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Xiao attacked with [saurus] and the attack went through. In [mp] 2, Xiao [ns]ed another [saurus], however, [bom] turned it face-down. Another Spell or Trap was set and play was back to Pang.
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Rabbit was easily the most important card in this match!
Rabbit was easily the most important card in this match!

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A second [rabbit] was summoned, which was fine with Pang. When the effect was used, Xiao flipped his second [warning]!!! He explained that he drew into it the turn before! “You are so lucky!”, Pang complained, but there was nothing he could do. “If I would have went first, you were so screwed!”, Pang followed it up.
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[tour] came back to Xiao’s hand. He [fs]ed [saurus] and Pang used [maxx] in response. [laggia] was [ss]. [tour] followed. This meant [leviair] for Xiao. He brought back [rabbit] with [leviair]'[s] effect and then he [ss]ed [dolkka]. Xiao explained: “This is the most ridiculous play I’ve ever done…”, but he still went for it. He declared his attacks and added: “If you go [mf], I’ll use [laggia]!” – Pang checked the damage and realized he just received the beating of a lifetime!
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[header]Ping Xiao takes an early lead![/header]
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Forced to go second, there was nothing Nathan Pang could do to find a way out of all the pressure that Ping Xiao applied from early on. Thanks to 2 copies of [warning], Xiao never gave Pang a chance to get back into the game which meant he’s only 1 win away from becoming a YCS Winner!
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Ping Xiao needed only one more win to become a YCS winner!
Ping Xiao needed only one more win to become a YCS winner!

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Naturally, Pang opted to go first in this Duel. He was hoping for the same hand he had in the first Duel and it seemed like he got close. [rabbit] was [ns]ed on Pang’s first turn. He Tributed it to bring out 2 copies of [saurus] which he already turned sideways when they hit the field to signal that he was going for an Xyz Summon. He also had [sj], [tour], [maxx], [gorz] and [fiendish]. He set 2 back row cards after Xyz Summoning [laggia] and passed.
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Xiao set 2 Spells or Traps and play was right back to Pang.
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[tour] came down on Pang’s turn and he negated [fiendish] from Xiao with his [laggia]. This meant that [tour]’s effect would in fact go through and another copy came out of Pang’s Deck. Both Fiends were used to [ss] [leviair]. He then brought back [rabbit], which got banished right away again to [ss] 2 copies of [saurus]. “That’s 8000 on the board if you want to attack me!”, Xiao said. “You might be lying!”, Pang replied jokingly. He checked it twice before declaring his first attack. Xiao flipped [lance] on the last attack and added: “You need [sj]!” – Pang flipped it face-up. On to game 3!
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[header]Nathan Pang equals the score![/header]
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Wow, it felt like that Duel was over in just a second. Let’s see if Xiao will be able to pull off an opening just as impressive or if Pang can overcome the disadvantage of going second.
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Xiao kicked things off and he asked: “Would you prefer knife or bullets?” Bullets it was, as he [ns]ed [rai oh] and set a Spell or Trap.
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Pang had a couple of aces up his sleeve!
Pang had a couple of aces up his sleeve!

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Pang had [warning], 2 [tour], [maxx], [mind] and [prison]. He went for [tour], which hit the field and allowed him to bring out the last copy. Both were used to [ss] [zenmaines] and before Pang could decide on the battle position, Xiao sacked [rai oh]. Pang acted like he didn’t see that coming and Xiao wasn’t quite sure wheter to believe him or not. Pang set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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[rabbit] was [ns]ed and Xiao used [warning] on the effect activation. Xiao set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Pang.
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He had another [tour] and this got him [sangan]. He then used both Monsters to Xyz Summon [leviair]. [sangan] was detached and that got Pang [rabbit] (the one Xiao used the turn before). He Tributed it for 2 copies of [kabaz], however, [bth] banished both of them!
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The Normal Monsters were met with Bottomless Trap Hole!
The Normal Monsters were met with Bottomless Trap Hole!

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That concluded the turn! Xiao drew [mind] from the top and activated it. The crowd broke into applause! He used the effect to convince [leviair] that his side of the field was to be preferred. He activated the Xyz Monsters’s effect and Pang discarded [maxx]. [rabbit] came back to the field and Xiao said: “That means 2 extra cards for you…” – he [ss]ed 2 copies of [kabaz] with the effect of [rabbit] and used them to [ss] [laggia]. It hit the field and Pang drew the second card just like Xiao predicted. That left Pang with 5 cards in his hand![br]
Xiao considered trying to make a final push even though it meant Pang would draw even more cards thanks to [maxx]. If his attempt to seal the deal would be foiled, he would certainly be overwhelmed by Pang’s many cards.[br]
Xiao said he was missing only 500 damage to win the game for certain (as [leviair] couldn’t attack); he [ns]ed [kabaz] and used [reborn] to bring back [rai oh]. That meant yet another card for Pang.[br]
[kabaz] attacked and Pang activated [prison]. [laggia] detached the Xyz Material Monsters to negate the effect. [kabaz]’ attack went through and Pang dropped to 4300. Pang declared an attack with [laggia] next, dropping Pang to 1900. He declared an attack with [rai oh] and Pang realized that he just lost the match.
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“I thought you didn’t have enough for the kill?”, Pang asked in astonishment. “I was 500 away from a guaranteed win!”, Xiao replied as he revealed [pachy] in his hand. Pang couldn’t believe it – he had everything on his hand to take total control of the Duel if he would only see another turn, but that was never meant to be!
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[header]Ping Xiao is your YCS Brighton winner![/header]
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Despite Pang trying to play mind games with Xiao when he acted like he forgot about his opponent’s [rai oh], Xiao came out winning in this very exciting Duel. Both players made some amazing plays and had to risk playing into cards that would basically mean they would outright lose the Duel ([gorz]).
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Congratulations once again to Ping Xiao for overcoming 724 other competitors and winning Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Brighton!
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