Round 1 Feature Match – Riley Cartwright-King vs Kentaro Takahata

Welcome to Round 1 of [ycs] Sydney 2016! Our first two Duelists are eager to test their skills in the first major event of the year in the Oceanic region. Riley Cartwright-King has travelled all the way from Darwin with his Buster Blader Magician Deck, while Kentaro Takahata is a Sydney local, playing a creative Deck making the most of his WATER monsters. Who will end this round with a victory, and kick-start their quest for a Day 2 result? Let’s find out!

Riley called heads on the coin flip and won the flip; he decided to go second. Kentaro’s opening hand contained a strange mix of cards: Sylvan Guardioak, Gigantic Cephalotus, Heavy Mech Support Platform, Penguin Soldier, and A Legendary Ocean. He went first, Set a monster and passed the turn.

Riley began with Pendulum Call, [wavering], [busterb], Oafdragon Magician, and Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman. He drew [odd eyes] for turn. He activated Pendulum Call, discarding [busterb] to add Dragonpit Magician and Wisdom-Eye Magician to hand. He activated both of them, then Normal Summoned Buster Whelp to add Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman to hand. Then, he Pendulum Summoned Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman, Oafdragon Magician and [odd eyes]!

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Riley then used Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman and Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman for Buster Dragon! He used its effect to Special Summon the Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman a second time. He then entered his Battle Phase, and used the Destruction Swordsman to attack Kentaro’s Set Penguin Soldier! The Soldier returned Buster Dragon to the Extra Deck, and Oafdragon Magician to Riley’s hand. [odd eyes] attacked Kentaro directly (Kentaro – 5500.) Riley Set 1 Spell/Trap card and passed the turn.

Kentaro drew a card and activated A Legendary Ocean. He Set a monster and ended his turn.

Riley drew a card, Set a Spell/Trap Card, then used Wisdom-Eye Magician’s effect to destroy itself and place Oafdragon Magician into the Pendulum Zone in its place. Oafdragon Magician used its effect to add Wisdom-Eye back from the Extra Deck to Riley’s hand. Riley then used his active Dragonpit Magician, discarding Wisdom-Eye to destroy Kentaro’s A Legendary Ocean. Then, he Pendulum Summoned another Oafdragon Magician, adding back the Wisdom-Eye again! He then Normal Summoned Dragon Buster Destruction Sword, and used it to with [odd eyes] for [ignister]. He used its effect, destroying Dragonpit Magician to shuffle Kentaro’s Set card into the Deck. Attacks from Oafdragon Magician, [busterb] and [ignister] wipe out Kentaro’s remaining LP!

Riley’s strategy came together perfectly in Game 1, giving him a huge lead over Kentaro. Can he keep it up in Game 2?

After a gentleman’s agreement to not use their Side Decks, the Duelists are ready for Game 2! Kentaro chose to go second in this Duel.

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Riley opened with Pendulum Call, 2 Oafdragon Magicians, Performapal Skullcrobat Joker, and Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman. He Normal Summoned Skullcrobat, and added Wisdom-Eye Magician to his hand with its effect. He activated Wisdom-Eye and Oafdragon Magician, then used Wisdom-Eye to destroy itself and play Dragonpit Magician from the Deck. Oafdragon then added Wisdom-Eye back to Riley’s hand. Riley then ended his turn by Pendulum Summoning Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman.

Kentaro’s hand contained 2 Mecha Sea Dragon Plesion, 2 Penguin Soldiers, and Deep Sea Diva. He drew and activated A Legendary Ocean, which allowed him to Normal Summoned Mecha Sea Dragon Plesion. Kentaro used it to attack and destroy Peformapal Skullcrobat Joker (Riley 7300), then he Tributed it to destroy Riley’s Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman! He ended his turn.

Riley drew a card and activated Pendulum Call, discarding Wisdom-Eye Magician to add another Wisdom-Eye and a Dragonpit Magician to his hand. He then Pendulum Summoned [odd eyes], Dragonpit and Oafdragon Magician. He attacked with all 3 monsters, dropping Kentaro to 2300 LP. He ended his turn.

Kentaro drew a card. He Normal Summoned [diva], and Special Summoned Atlantean Attack Squad from his Deck. He attacked with the Attack Squad, destroying Riley’s Dragonpit Magician (Riley 6000) to end his turn.

Riley drew a card, then Normal Summoned Buster Whelp of the Destruction Swordsman! He added Destruction Swordsman Fusion to his hand. He then Synchro Summoned Buster Dragon using the Whelp and his [odd eyes], which also Special Summoned Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman from his Graveyard! Then, he played Destruction Swordsman Fusion, using Kentaro’s Atlantean Attack Squad (which was changed to a Dragon thanks to Buster Dragon) along with Riley’s Buster Blader the Destruction Swordsman to Fusion Summon Buster Blader, the Dragon Destroyer Swordsman!

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He then Pendulum Summoned [odd eyes] and Dragonpit Magician, then used them to Xyz Summon Red-Eyes Flare Metal Dragon! Attacks from this massive group of monsters wiped out the remainder of Kentaro’s LP!

Kentaro Takahata’s WATER Deck failed to make a splash, but Riley Cartwright-King will charge forward with his Buster Blader Magician Deck!

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