Round 1 Feature Match: Kevin Langenberg (NED) vs Matthew Bagley (UK)
28.06.2014 | 12:57
We start the day with two great matches for you. Over on the Live Stream you can see last year’s European Champion Chris Bountaloudis start his quest to become the first Duelist to retain this title. On the written Feature Match table I have the hometown Champion, Kevin Langenberg, who is looking to improve on his status as National Champion and progress on to the World Championships in Rimini later this year.
Langenberg has settled on using Spellbooks for this event. In his National Championship he played with the same Deck and was successful there so is hoping that he will have similar success on a European scale.
His opponent is 14-year-old Matthew Bagley from the UK, playing a Lightsworn Deck with Dragon Rulers.
After a short but informative player briefing we got underway in the first round! A die roll saw Bagley’s 2 better Langenberg’s 1 and we were off.
[recharge] was first sending three cards to the Graveyard including [blaster]. [raiden] sent two and a couple of sets passed play.
[sb cres] got [sb fate] and [sb secrets] fished out [sb master]. [justice] was Summoned and Master copied Secrets for [sb eternity]. [sb fate] was used to Banish [raiden] and Justice attacked for 1600. Langenberg set two and in his End Phase used Justice to search [hpop] and [sb secrets].
Bagley flipped [needlebug] which got hit by [wiretap] and passed.
Langenberg played [sb secrets] to search [sb wisdom] announcing “safety first!”. He revealed three Spellbooks for his [hpop]. It hit a [bts] with the effect and a second [hpop] was next. [sb eternity] fished [sb master] which copied Eternity to grab [sb fate]. [gardna] stopped one attack while the other was successful. [sb tower] and another two set backrow ended Langenberg’s turn strongly.
Bagley drew but saw no way out with all boss Monsters in his hand! He conceded and both players went into their Side Decks to tweak their builds for the second game.
[h2]The Dutch National Champion takes the first game![/h2]
Bagley started the second game by setting three [st] and a Monster.
Langenberg Summoned [justice] and activated [sb power]. He set two [st]s and in the End Phase used Justice. He lost his [horn] to [mst] and Bagley had two copies of [needlebug] to fill the Graveyard with ten cards including [redox] and a copy of [wulf]. [hpop] and [sb secrets] were fished out.
[ryko] was flipped on Bagley’s turn to target Langenberg’s chained [reckless]. [wyvern] was Summoned and combined with [wulf] to [xyz] [lchain]. He detached Wyvern to send [blaster] to the Graveyard. Bagley went to Banish with Wyvern’s effect but Langenberg looked through his Graveyard and decided he couldn’t win this game.
[h2]Matthew Bagley evens the score![/h2]
Langenberg started game three with [sb mag] to search out [sb secrets]. It found [sb master] which got [sb tower] by revealing [sb power]. Tower was played and two [st]s were set.
A blind [mst] from bagley hit a chained [reckless] and Bagley set a monster.
Langenberg skipped his Draw Phase but got a draw from Tower. He played [df] and [sb power]. Magician attacked in to a [ryko] which destroyed the Fissure before filling the Graveyard. Langenberg searched Secrets and then Summoned [justice], set all but one cards in his hand and searched [hpop] and [sb secrets].
Bagley Summoned [wyvern] and then [collapserpent]. Langenberg responded with [sb fate] to Banish the Wyvern. The Dragon attacked over Magician and Bagley ended.
Langenberg drew and was looking at a hand of three copies of [hpop]! He played Secrets to get Eternity and passed.
Bagley played [soul charge] to bring back a previously ‘yarded [ehren], paying 1000 LP. His two Level 4 Monsters looked like they would make a promising [xyz] and Bagley didn’t disappoint, bringing out [lchain]. Langenberg responded with [tt] and Bagley passed with no field and three cards in hand.
Langenberg drew and used Tower to net another card. He played [sb eternity] for [sb secrets] and searched [sb mag], Summoning it and getting another copy of Secrets. Magician attacked for a hard-hitting 500 (Bagley really wished he hadn’t paid for that [soul charge] now!) and Bagley’s LP went to 6500.
Bagley Summoned [lyla] which was met by a [bth]. He Banished two from the Graveyard for [blaster] and then Banished a [jd] from his hand and [redox] from the Graveyard for his [tidal]. Langenberg had a [sw] which he chose to use, taking his LP to 4700. [blaster] attacked Magician for some more damage and Bagley passed.
Tower got Langenberg an extra card and he played Secrets. “Let’s try it again.” He searched and Summoned [sb mag] and fetched [sb eternity]. A set backrow – taking him to two in total – and passed. Blaster returned to the hand.
In Bagley’s turn Langenberg used [crow] to Banish Tidal from the Grave and Bagley had a [kuribandit]. He picked [needlebug] and lost a Wyvern in the process, Banishing a [jd] from the Deck.
Langenberg knew he needed to act now so flipped his [reckless]. He finally had three Spellbook cards in his hand so revealed all three copies of [hpop]! Bagley didn’t have a [gardna] in the Graveyard so he knew there was no way to stop the impending onslaught!
It was looking tentative for Langenberg for a while but thanks to a Trap lineup capable of halting Bagley’s big plays he was able to hold on until drawing into the Spellbooks he needed for a huge power play!
[h2]Dutch Champion Kevin Langenberg starts the tournament off with a win![/h2]