Quarter Finals Mega Feature
29.06.2014 | 18:15
While the final is usually the most important match of the day, most players will not feel that way today. The Quarter Finals decide who will be attending Worlds and represent Europe and who will have to drive home knowing that he came as close as humanly possible, but who couldn’t quite go all the way, running out of steam at the very last mile.
We didn’t want to focus on just one single match that was going on, so instead we were doing another Mega Feature! Here are all quarter finals in a gigantic feature match (apart from the one that you were hopefully watching on the Live Stream while it was underway).
On table 1, Eugen Heidt had an OK start with Genex Undine and 2 back row cards. Peiris tried to pull ahead with Rescue Rabbit, but Breakthrough Skill made sure it wouldn’t be able to Tribute itself. He then set 3 back row cards.
Even though the match between Marcel Burri and Dominic Böhmer had started just a few seconds ago, Burri’s Graveyard was already close to matching the size of his Deck! Apparently the Lightsworn Deck was pulling all the stops just now and this was looking good for the Swiss Duelist!
Peiris had just found Evilswam Mandragora with the help of Upstart Goblin and Evilswarm Heliotrope followed. He attacked over Genex Undine, Heidt was left without a field, in Main Phase 2, Evilswarm Ophion hit play and Heidt let out a big sigh; he activated Breakthrough Skill to make sure Peiris wouldn’t get to search his Deck.
I turned around again and now Burri’s Graveyard did in fact not just match his Graveyard, it was already larger! Judgment Dragon entered play and it wiped the field, Red-Eyes Wyvern followed, he was able to Special Summon yet another Dragon and Böhmer started accessing his Side Deck.
Marcel Burri 1 – 0 Dominic Böhmer
Back to Peiris, who had just managed to add a second copy of Evilswarm Ophion. This time he was allowed to search his Deck, he added 3 back row cards and he ended. This was looking horrible for Heidt who could only set a card to each zone.
He bought himself another turn with Forbidden Lance, but he was left with just 750 Life Points. He didn’t find an answer on top of his Deck and that’s when both players shuffled up.
Piyal Peiris 1 – 0 Eugen Heidt
Maybe you were wondering why we haven’t mentioned the game between Marcello Barberi and Niccoló Mazzoleni thus far. The reason are our dedicated volunteers that did a Deck Check prior to the start of the match which put them a little behind when compared to the other players.
Böhmer had just shifted gears, inviting the first Gear Gigant X to his party. He went on and Special Summoned a second copy, but Burri had Xyz Universe to punish him for that, which meant that he would get to Special Summon Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand! What an excellent counter! Böhmer was shaking his head in frustration and he had to check his Extra Deck to try and find an answer.
Mazzoleni now had High Priestess of Prophecy on the field, he added The Grand Spellbook Tower and 2 more back row cards. This was putting Barberri under a lot of pressure.
A Soul Charge allowed Böhmer to bring back 4 of his Geargia monsters and he simply unleashed a second flurry of Special Summons! After Burri had blocked the first big attempt of his opponent, he now seemed slightly annoyed that his great effort seemed to have been in vain, but he wasn’t defeated just yet. Böhmer Xyz Summoned Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, but Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand detached its Xyz Material to make sure it would stay on the field. So far, advantage Burri.
I went back to table 3 where Piyal Peiris was seemingly seeing in the driver’s seat in the second game. Heidt fought back with Mermail Abysspike, however, and together with Atlantean Marksman, it destroyed Peiris’ set Dimensional Prison.
On his following turn, Heidt added Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls and Genex Controller to his field. Both were used to Synchro Summon Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree. It attacked Evilswarm Castor and Mermail Abysspike followed, leaving Peiris with 5850 Life Points.
Evilswarm Thunderbird came back in the following Standby Phase and Peiris added Evilswarm Kerykeion. Bottomless Trap Hole banished it, however. Peiris activated his last card in hand: Soul Charge. He brought back 2 copies of Evilswarm Castor.
Going back to the second table, the table Judge had to hand out a Warning to Barberri, who had earlier in the tournament already received a Warning for the same infraction. Therefore, the penalty got upgraded to a Game Loss! That was unfortunate for the Italian player, but he could still turn this match around!
Niccoló Mazzoleni 1 – 0 Marcelo Barberi
On table 1, Böhmer was staring at Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree. With 2 copies of Number 101: Silent Honor Ark on the field already, it didn’t seem like he had too many outs against the big monster.
He found 2 Level 4 Geargia monsters, however, which allowed him to Xyz Summon Number 80: Rhapsody in Berserk.
“That’s game”, Burri admitted.
Marcel Burri 1 – 1 Dominic Böhmer
I turned around and the match on table 3 had just concluded with both players shuffling already…
Eugen Heidt 1 – 1 Piyal Peiris
Abyss-Sphere proved to be the crucial card, Heidt explained. That was all the information we got since both players then focused on the game again.
Mazzoleni seemed to be having a hard time in the second game against Marcello Barberi. Mazzoleni found Justice of Prophecy, he added 2 back row cards and he would have been able to unleash quite a few combos if it weren’t for a well-timed D.D. Crow from Barberi.
Abyss-Sphere and Mermail Abysslinde got countered by Peiris’ Debunk. Heidt Special Summoned Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls and Peiris’ Evilswarm Thunderbird left the field. Genex Controller followed suit. We had to leave the table for a second…
Marcel Burri goes to Worlds!
A big Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand had just decided the third and deciding Duel between Marcel Burri and Dominic Böhmer! A great victory for Switzerland, which locked up their superstar for the World Championship!
In the meantime, Heidt had invited Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree to his party. Peiris had 3 back row cards and still Evilswarm Thunderbird.
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls returned to the field, attacks followed and Peiris lost his monster (since his Life Points were rather low by this point). He was left with 1550 Life Points. An attack with Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls followed and…
Peiris had no response!
Eugen Heidt 2 – 1 Piyal Peiris!
This left us with just one match: Marcello Barberi vs. Niccoló Mazzoleni.
Mazzoleni was hard at work thinning out his Deck with Spellbook Magician of Prophecy and Spellbook of Secrets. He found Spellbook of Power and this helped his monster to attack over Genex Undine. He had 3 back row cards and he passed play.
Genex Controller got Normal Summoned and it attacked into Spellbook Magician of Prophecy. Spellbook of Fate got activated in response, flipping Spellbook Magician of Prophecy face-down. This way, Mazzoleni didn’t take any damage. Atlantean Marksman got discarded so Mermail Abyssteus could get Special Summoned. Atlantean Marksman took down one of the 2 back row cards of Mazzoleni and the other was revealed to be Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare; now only a Field Spell Card and Genex Controller remained on the field.
High Priestess of Prophecy hit play. A second copy followed and this decided the game!
Niccoló Mazzoleni 2 – 0 Marcello Barberi!
This concludes our Mega Feature of the Quarter Finals. You now know 3 of the 4 competitors for the World Championship and if you have been watching the live stream on Twitch, you will even know the name of the fourth.
We will be right back with our coverage of the Semi Finals, so stay tuned and wait for more!