Finals: Samuel Pedigo (Geargia) vs. Konrad Grünewald (Dragon Ruler)

Welcome all my honored guests
to the ultimate duel with the best of the best
At my invitation you’ve come to compete
for the honor of suffering the final defeat

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– from “Face Up, Face Down”
sung by Pegasus, part of “Yu-Gi-Oh!: [i]Music to Duel By[/i]”

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If this amazing song by the creator of Duel Monsters himself doesn’t get you excited about this epic match, then I don’t know what will. In our final feature match of the day, Konrad Grünewald will go up against Samuel Pedigo!

It’s Germany vs. the US, a European player trying to claim the title on home soil against an American visitor, Dragon Rulers against Geargias and with all that and more, we’re on! It was TIME TO DUEL!!!
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Konrad Grünewald felt like the underdog in this match, but he wouldn't go down without putting up a fight!
Konrad Grünewald felt like the underdog in this match, but he wouldn't go down without putting up a fight!

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Pedigo won the die roll and naturally, he wanted to go first. He set 4 back row cards and ended.

Grünewald thought about his possible openings, he then activated [ravine] and he discarded [blaster] to also add [tempestd] to his Graveyard. He set 2 back row cards before ending. [g gear] got activated and Grünewald had no response, so Pedigo [ss]ed [g mk2] and [geargiano] from his Deck to the field.
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The Geargia Trap helped Pedigo to improve his position momentarily!
The Geargia Trap helped Pedigo to improve his position momentarily!

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On his following turn, Pedigo summoned [g accel] and he used it and [g mk2] to [xyz] [ggx]. Grünewald wanted to read the card again; good news for Pedigo. A [warning] got activated after he realized that this might be one of the better cards from Pedigo’s Extra Deck, the Texan then checked his face-down cards and he then activated another [g gear]. Grünewald had [maxx].
2 [g mk2] hit play and one of them and [geargiano] were used to [xyz] [ggx]. It allowed Pedigo to search his Deck for [birdman], he then used a [call] to bring back [g auto], [birdman] returned it to his hand, he [ss]ed it again and Grünewald drew card after card for [maxx]. Pedigo set a monster, he then used [birdman] and [g auto] to [ss] [burei], this then got him [248], he flipped [armor] with its effect, searhching his Deck for [g accel].
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Pedigo simply decided that cards in his opponent's hand wouldn't matter...
Pedigo simply decided that cards in his opponent's hand wouldn't matter...

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He went on and [synch]ed a second [burei], this then got him [313] and he now felt like that was enough to proceed with attacks. Grünewald put a card on the table from his hand, but it was neither [scarecrow] nor [fader], so Pedigo’s gamble paid off big time!

[h2]Samuel Pedigo takes the first Duel![/h2]

It didn’t seem like Pedigo would go for the gamble right away; he carefully considered whether he had any other real out to win the first game. After he drew the conclusion that an all-in attack with several Synchro Monsters was the way to go, he ignored that Grünewald might be holding on to 15 cards in his hand, simply summoning monster after monster and risking it all. A brave decision that got him the win, but then again, it was Thanksgiving, right?
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Samuel Pedigo didn't just play like a Poker player, he also looked like one!
Samuel Pedigo didn't just play like a Poker player, he also looked like one!

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Grünewald started with 5 face-down Spell or Trap Cards and the players watching the game on the big screen immediately booed him for it. They really wanted the underdog Deck to win this one.

[armor] hit the field and Grünewald had no response. It attacked, but [break] destroyed it, with a Dragon Ruler getting sent to the Graveyard. Pedigo set 2 back row cards, with [call] getting hit by [mst].

Grünewald didn’t perform any actions. [g gear] got activated during the End Phase, much to Grünewald’s dismay. 2 [g mk2] hit the field.
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Pedigo's Geargiagear seemed to kill all of the remaining motivation that Grünewald had left!
Pedigo's Geargiagear seemed to kill all of the remaining motivation that Grünewald had left!

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On the following turn, Pedigo activated [upstart]. He then summoned [313] before using it and one of the [g mk2][s] to [synch] [bureido]. [fchain] got activated to make sure it wouldn’t have an effect, so an attack with [g mk2] followed and Pedigo passed play.

Grünewald drew into a second card. He discarded both copies of [redox] to return [blaster] from the Graveyard, with Pedigo discarding [maxx] and Grünewald attacked with the Dragon Ruler over [g mk2].

[geargiano] got Pedigo [armor]. He set a back row card and ended. During his opponent’s Draw Phase, he flipped [iiw].

Grünewald was forced to pass without performing any actions.

Pedigo drew into [bandit]. He also had [maxx] and [birdman] in his hand, so not exactly what he seemed to be looking for. [birdman] got [ns]ed and Grünewald discarded [maxx]. [bureido] then got switched to [def], [armor] attacked, [birdman] followed and in [mp] 2, Pedigo set [bandit].

Grünewald didn’t perform any actions.
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Pedigo brought out Burei and Grünewald flipped Skill Drain!
Pedigo brought out Burei and Grünewald flipped Skill Drain!

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[sd] countered the effect of the Synchro Summoned Monster, so Pedigo simply attacked with it before passing play. Grünewald drew, he still didn’t find an answer to the [iiw] lock and that’s when he extended the hand.

[h2]Samuel Pedigo is your YCS Turin Winner![/h2]

Both players shook hands and exchanging pleasantries after the match concluded, with Samuel Pedigo needing a few more moments before he realized what had just happened.

One of his friends helped him to break out of his state, congratulating him on the win and causing him to smile for the minutes that followed. Then a stream of players rushed into the Feature Match area, all eager to get their Game Mats signed by the fortunate winner!

Congratulations again to Samuel Pedigo, your YCS Turin Winner!
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