Finals: Peter Gross (Twilight Dragons) vs. Jack Bruun (Dino Rabbit)
15.04.2012 | 17:51
IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS! 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!
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.
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.
Bruun set a card to each zone and passed the turn.
Gross set a monster and play was back to Bruun.
Gross Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld and Bruun asked if he was going to claim priority. He did and that's when Bruun discarded Maxx "C". He drew a card after Tour Guide From the Underworld Special Summoned a second copy to the field.
Gross used both of his Tour Guide From the Underworld's to Xyz Summon Number 20: Giga-Brilliant. Bruun drew another card. Gross detached one of the Xyz Materials and then attacked over Kabazauls. That worked and Bruun lost 400 Life Points. Back to Bruun!
He considered Flip Summoning his monster and Gross asked: "Snowman Eater?" – Snowman Eater it was, destroying Number 20: Giga-Brilliant. One set monster later, play was back to Gross who rejoyced: "Still no Rescue Rabbit!"
The Austrian Duelist Special Summoned Darkflare Dragon, he used its effect and that allowed him to banish Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon while Lightpulsar Dragon and Eclipse Wyvern were sent to his Graveyard. It also cost Bruun his Kabazauls. Chaos Sorcerer was Special Summoned next, with Gross banishing 2 more Dragons from his Graveyard. He banished Darkflare Dragon to Special Summon Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon!
Gross' Dragons were working overtime, churning out one huge monster after another! Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon's effect got negated by Forbidden Chalice, but that didn't stop Gross from attacking with it over Snowman Eater, leaving Bruun with 4400 Life Points. Chaos Sorcerer attacked over Kabazauls and play proceeded with Main Phase 2. Gross activated Monster Reborn, bringing back Lightpulsar Dragon. He also Normal Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh and passed the turn.
"Yeah, that's game!", Bruun announced after drawing for his turn.
Peter Gross is only one win away from becoming a YCS Winner!
Now we know what Peter Gross meant when he told us in his Top 8 Profile that the Deck doesn't have troubles Special Summoning 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!
Bruun was allowed to go first again and this time he had to hope for the all important Rescue 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.
Rescue Rabbit was Normal Summoned and it left the field right away again. 2 Kabazauls came out, but they didn't stay there for long, trading places with Evolzar Laggia. That concluded the opening turn.
Gross had Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, Tour Guide From the Underworld, Solar Recharge, Lightpulsar Dragon, Gorz the Emissary of Darkness and Book of Moon. He activated Book of Moon, targeting Evolzar Laggia. That worked. Solar Recharge was activated next, sending Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter to the Graveyard along with Mystical Space Typhoon and Maxx "C". Tour Guide From the Underworld was Normal Summoned, this helped Gross to add a second copy, he went for Number 17: Leviathan Dragon, detached one Xyz Material and attacked with his beatstick over the face-down Evolzar Laggia. This all worked the way intended.
This time it was Bruun who Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld and he Special Summoned Sangan to the field. "Will you go for Leviair the Sea Dragon?", 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 Wind-Up Zenmaines, attacked into Number 17: Leviathan Dragon and during the End Phase, it was only Wind-Up Zenmaines that remained on the field.
"Go for game?", Bruun asked after Gross considered his next play a little longer. "I'm not sure, you might have Gorz the Emissary of Darkness!", Gross replied. Did he really hold on to all the cards he needed if Bruun wouldn't have Gorz the Emissary of Darkness?
He discarded Electric Virus and attacked directly with Wind-Up Zenmaines. No response from Bruun. During Main Phase 2, Gross Tributed Wind-Up Zenmaines to Tribute Summon Darkflare Dragon.
Bruun activated Pot of Avarice, 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.
Gross went for it again! He Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld and Bruun had no response. He Special Summoned Sangan to the field, checked his Graveyard real quick and followed it up with Lightpulsar Dragon, Special Summoning it, banishing Tour Guide From the Underworld and Electric Virus from his Graveyard.
Gross attacked with Lightpulsar Dragon into Bruun's face-down monster: Snowman Eater. It destroyed Lightpulsar Dragon. Tour Guide From the Underworld attacked directly, Sangan followed and last in line was Darkflare Dragon. Only 1100 Life Poins remaining for Bruun! During Main Phase 2, Gross Special Summoned Wind-Up Zenmaines, but Bruun now flipped Torrential Tribute! This cost Wind-Up Zenmaines both of its materials, but it stuck around for another turn. Gross only had 2 more cards left in his hand.
Bruun had to muster a comeback and fast! He didn't risk it all, setting a card to each zone and passing the turn.
Gross now Special Summoned Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning! He used its effect, banishing Gellenduo for good. He discarded Gorz the Emissary of Darkness and Thunder King Rai-Oh, Special Summoning Lightpulsar Dragon back to the field!
He switched Wind-Up Zenmaines to Attack Position and attacked into an open field. Bruun had nothing, revealing 4 Normal Monsters and Monster Reborn in his hand, which he extended right after to congratulate Peter Gross on his fulminant win!
Peter Gross is your YCS Toulouse Champion!
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!
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!