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

18.12.2011 | 18:44 |

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 Evolzar Dolkka and Evolzar 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!

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!


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!


Xiao won the die roll and would go first in the last match of the day. Pang had Thunder King Rai-Oh, 2 Pot of Duality and 2 Rescue Rabbit. Xiao on the other hand needed Gold Sarcophagus to try and find Tour Guide From the Underworld; he Normal Summoned Sabersaurus, set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.

Pang drew into Book of Moon and he Normal Summoned Rescue Rabbit. Solemn Warning was used after the activation of its effect, which meant it would get banished. Pang wanted to activate Pot of Duality next which was fine (the Special Summon was negated) and he hit Mirror Force, Neo-Spacian Grand Mole and Sabersaurus. Pang considered his pick for a short time and opted to pick Mirror Force. Xiao complained: "I MADE YOU main that Mirror Force!" He set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.

Xiao attacked with Sabersaurus and the attack went through. In Main Phase 2, Xiao Normal Summoned another Sabersaurus, however, Book of Moon turned it face-down. Another Spell or Trap was set and play was back to Pang.


Rabbit was easily the most important card in this match!

Rabbit was easily the most important card in this match!


A second Rescue Rabbit was Summoned, which was fine with Pang. When the effect was used, Xiao flipped his second Solemn 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.

Tour Guide From the Underworld came back to Xiao's hand. He Flip Summoned Sabersaurus and Pang used Maxx "C" in response. Evolzar Laggia was Special Summon. Tour Guide From the Underworld followed. This meant Leviair the Sea Dragon for Xiao. He brought back Rescue Rabbit with Leviair the Sea Dragon's effect and then he Special Summoned Evolzar 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 Mirror Force, I'll use Evolzar Laggia!" – Pang checked the damage and realized he just received the beating of a lifetime!


Ping Xiao takes an early lead!


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 Solemn 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!


Ping Xiao needed only one more win to become a YCS winner!

Ping Xiao needed only one more win to become a YCS winner!


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. Rescue Rabbit was Normal Summoned on Pang's first turn. He Tributed it to bring out 2 copies of Sabersaurus which he already turned sideways when they hit the field to signal that he was going for an Xyz Summon. He also had Solemn Judgment, Tour Guide From the Underworld, Maxx "C", Gorz the Emissary of Darkness and Fiendish Chain. He set 2 back row cards after Xyz Summoning Evolzar Laggia and passed.

Xiao set 2 Spells or Traps and play was right back to Pang.

Tour Guide From the Underworld came down on Pang's turn and he negated Fiendish Chain from Xiao with his Evolzar Laggia. This meant that Tour Guide From the Underworld's effect would in fact go through and another copy came out of Pang's Deck. Both Fiends were used to Special Summon Leviair the Sea Dragon. He then brought back Rescue Rabbit, which got banished right away again to Special Summon 2 copies of Sabersaurus. "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 Forbidden Lance on the last attack and added: "You need Solemn Judgment!" – Pang flipped it face-up. On to game 3!


Nathan Pang equals the score!


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.

Xiao kicked things off and he asked: "Would you prefer knife or bullets?" Bullets it was, as he Normal Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh and set a Spell or Trap.


Pang had a couple of aces up his sleeve!

Pang had a couple of aces up his sleeve!


Pang had Solemn Warning, 2 Tour Guide From the Underworld, Maxx "C", Mind Control and Dimensional Prison. He went for Tour Guide From the Underworld, which hit the field and allowed him to bring out the last copy. Both were used to Special Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines and before Pang could decide on the battle position, Xiao sacked Thunder King 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.

Rescue Rabbit was Normal Summoned and Xiao used Solemn Warning on the effect activation. Xiao set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Pang.

He had another Tour Guide From the Underworld and this got him Sangan. He then used both Monsters to Xyz Summon Leviair the Sea Dragon. Sangan was detached and that got Pang Rescue Rabbit (the one Xiao used the turn before). He Tributed it for 2 copies of Kabazauls, however, Bottomless Trap Hole banished both of them!


The Normal Monsters were met with Bottomless Trap Hole!

The Normal Monsters were met with Bottomless Trap Hole!


That concluded the turn! Xiao drew Mind Control from the top and activated it. The crowd broke into applause! He used the effect to convince Leviair the Sea Dragon that his side of the field was to be preferred. He activated the Xyz Monsters's effect and Pang discarded Maxx "C". Rescue Rabbit came back to the field and Xiao said: "That means 2 extra cards for you..." – he Special Summoned 2 copies of Kabazauls with the effect of Rescue Rabbit and used them to Special Summon Evolzar Laggia. It hit the field and Pang drew the second card just like Xiao predicted. That left Pang with 5 cards in his hand!
Xiao considered trying to make a final push even though it meant Pang would draw even more cards thanks to Maxx "C". If his attempt to seal the deal would be foiled, he would certainly be overwhelmed by Pang's many cards.
Xiao said he was missing only 500 damage to win the game for certain (as Leviair the Sea Dragon couldn't attack); he Normal Summoned Kabazauls and used Monster Reborn to bring back Thunder King Rai-Oh. That meant yet another card for Pang.
Kabazauls attacked and Pang activated Dimensional Prison. Evolzar Laggia detached the Xyz Material Monsters to negate the effect. Kabazauls' attack went through and Pang dropped to 4300. Pang declared an attack with Evolzar Laggia next, dropping Pang to 1900. He declared an attack with Thunder King Rai-Oh and Pang realized that he just lost the match.

"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 Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo 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!


Ping Xiao is your YCS Brighton winner!


Despite Pang trying to play mind games with Xiao when he acted like he forgot about his opponent's Thunder King 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 the Emissary of Darkness).

Congratulations once again to Ping Xiao for overcoming 724 other competitors and winning Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Brighton!