Finals: Peter Gross (Twilight Dragons) vs. Jack Bruun (Dino Rabbit)

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[b]IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS![/b] After 9 rounds of Swiss and 4 more rounds in the Knock Out Portion, spread over the full duration of 2 days, we’re finally able to start the last match of the day! It’s one of Austria’s finest players, Peter Gross – a former National Champion who topped the YCS several times before – vs. arguably Swedens most successful player, Jack Bruun! He can make history by becoming the youngest YCS Winner of all times, so let’s see if he can pull it off!
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Gross was running Twilight Dragons while Bruun is running a Dino Rabbit Deck again. “41?”, Gross asked surprised when he pile shuffled his opponent’s Deck and Bruun confirmed his question.
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The younger Duelist was allowed to go first; not because Gross let him, mind you, he had to win a die roll for it first.
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Jack Bruun could become the youngest YCS Winner of all times!
Jack Bruun could become the youngest YCS Winner of all times!

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Bruun set a card to each zone and passed the turn.
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Gross set a monster and play was back to Bruun.
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The Swedish Duelist [ns]ed [kabaz] and declared an attack. He sent it into [eclipse]. It banished [dad] from Gross’ Deck. That concluded the turn.
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Bruun started drawing additional cards, courtesy of Maxx "C"!
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Gross [ns]ed [tgu] and Bruun asked if he was going to claim priority. He did and that’s when Bruun discarded [maxx]. He drew a card after [tgu] [ss]ed a second copy to the field.
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Gross used both of his [tour guide]'[s] to Xyz Summon [20]. Bruun drew another card. Gross detached one of the Xyz Materials and then attacked over [kabaz]. That worked and Bruun lost 400 Life Points. Back to Bruun!
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He considered [fs]ing his monster and Gross asked: “[snowman]?” – [snowman] it was, destroying [20]. One set monster later, play was back to Gross who rejoyced: “Still no [rabbit]!”
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The Austrian Duelist [ss]ed [dfd], he used its effect and that allowed him to banish [redmd] while [lpd] and [eclipse] were sent to his Graveyard. It also cost Bruun his [kabaz]. [sorcerer] was [ss]ed next, with Gross banishing 2 more Dragons from his Graveyard. He banished [dfd] to [ss] [redmd]!
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Those Dragons thought it was about time to melt some Snowmen!
Those Dragons thought it was about time to melt some Snowmen!

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Gross’ Dragons were working overtime, churning out one huge monster after another! [redmd]'[s] effect got negated by [chalice], but that didn’t stop Gross from attacking with it over [snowman], leaving Bruun with 4400 Life Points. [sorcerer] attacked over [kabaz] and play proceeded with [mp] 2. Gross activated [reborn], bringing back [lpd]. He also [ns]ed [rai oh] and passed the turn.
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“Yeah, that’s game!”, Bruun announced after drawing for his turn.
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Peter Gross is only one win away from becoming a YCS Winner!

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Now we know what Peter Gross meant when he told us in his Top 8 Profile that the Deck doesn’t have troubles [ss]ing huge monsters to the field – which in turn gives Dino Rabbit Decks quite the headache. Could he pull it off one more time? We would know in just a minute!
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Could Peter Gross lead Twilight Dragons to a title?!
Could Peter Gross lead Twilight Dragons to a title?!

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Bruun was allowed to go first again and this time he had to hope for the all important [rabbit]. “How many Rabbits did you play in the Swiss?” – “3”, Gross replied. “Good match-up?” – “BEST MATCH-UP! That’s why I’m playing the Deck”, Gross shot back with a smirk on his face.
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[rabbit] was [ns]ed and it left the field right away again. 2 [kabaz] came out, but they didn’t stay there for long, trading places with [laggia]. That concluded the opening turn.
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Gross had [ryko], [tgu], [recharge], [lpd], [gorz] and [bom]. He activated [bom], targeting [laggia]. That worked. [recharge] was activated next, sending [ryko] to the Graveyard along with [mst] and [maxx]. [tour guide] was [ns]ed, this helped Gross to add a second copy, he went for [17], detached one Xyz Material and attacked with his beatstick over the face-down [laggia]. This all worked the way intended.
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Troublesome Monster? Let Tour Guide take care of it for you!
Troublesome Monster? Let Tour Guide take care of it for you!

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This time it was Bruun who [ns]ed [tgu] and he [ss]ed [sangan] to the field. “Will you go for [leviair]?”, Gross asked, as he would then allow Bruun to perform the following moves right away, saving some time that would otherwise be spent shuffling Decks. “No”, Bruun answered. He Xyz Summoned [zenmaines], attacked into [17] and during the End Phase, it was only [zenmaines] that remained on the field.
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“Go for game?”, Bruun asked after Gross considered his next play a little longer. “I’m not sure, you might have [gorz]!”, Gross replied. Did he really hold on to all the cards he needed if Bruun wouldn’t have [gorz]?[br]
He discarded [electric virus] and attacked directly with [zenmaines]. No response from Bruun. During [mp] 2, Gross Tributed [zenmaines] to Tribute Summon [dfd].
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Pot of Avarice was supposed to jumpstart Bruun's comeback!
Pot of Avarice was supposed to jumpstart Bruun's comeback!

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Bruun activated [poa], returning the monsters you can see in the picture above to his Deck, drawing into 2 more cards. “How many Normal Monsters?”, Gross asked. “5”, Bruun replied. If it was an honest reply, we would only get to know a little later. He set a card to each zone and passed the turn.
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Gross went for it again! He [ns]ed [tgu] and Bruun had no response. He [ss]ed [sangan] to the field, checked his Graveyard real quick and followed it up with [lpd], [ss]ing it, banishing [tgu] and [electric virus] from his Graveyard.
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Gross mustered up an army of Dragons, supported by Fiends!
Gross mustered up an army of Dragons, supported by Fiends!

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Gross attacked with [lpd] into Bruun’s face-down monster: [snowman]. It destroyed [lpd]. [tgu] attacked directly, [sangan] followed and last in line was [dfd]. Only 1100 Life Poins remaining for Bruun! During [mp] 2, Gross [ss]ed [zenmaines], but Bruun now flipped [tt]! This cost [zenmaines] both of its materials, but it stuck around for another turn. Gross only had 2 more cards left in his hand.
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Bruun had to muster a comeback and fast! He didn’t risk it all, setting a card to each zone and passing the turn.
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Gross now [ss]ed [bls]! He used its effect, banishing [gellenduo] for good. He discarded [gorz] and [rai oh], [ss]ing [lpd] back to the field!
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Bruun knew it was over and revealed his poor hand!
Bruun knew it was over and revealed his poor hand!

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He switched [zenmaines] to [atk] and attacked into an open field. Bruun had nothing, revealing 4 Normal Monsters and [reborn] in his hand, which he extended right after to congratulate Peter Gross on his fulminant win!
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Peter Gross is your YCS Toulouse Champion!

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Quite an impressive performance by Peter Gross this weekend! Only rarely have we seen a player dominating a final in such stunning fashion! No one expected Dragons to win an event, just like no one expected Dark World to take down YCS Long Beach. What will happen next in this format? It’s obviously impossible to tell. All we can do is tell you to not stop innovating as you might be the next Duelist who’s coming out on top of the competition with a unique Deck choice!
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Today, it was Peter Gross, one of Austria’s finest Duelists. Congratulations again and we hope to see you all again in Milan for the European Championship a little later this year!
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