Round 1: Roman Kieser (Prophecy) vs. Lukas Prinz (Zombies)

“What are you famous for or why should I know you?”, Lukas Prinz inquired prior to the start of the match. “I won a National Championship in Switzerland”, Roman Kieser replied. “Oh, I only remember the National Champions of the larger countries…”, Prinz let out.
If that wouldn’t help motivating Kieser to show his skills to a much larger audience, I don’t know what would! And with that, we’re about to kick off things in the first round of YCS Berlin!

I picked the Match because Prinz told me earlier that he’s running Zombies again. He’s somewhat known for playing the archetype since it carried him all the way to the Top 8 at YCS Paris. He also added a few more strong finishes at the YCS events in America, so let’s see how this goes.
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Roman Kieser was the 2011 National Champion in Switzerland!
Roman Kieser was the 2011 National Champion in Switzerland!

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Kieser won the die roll and he opted to go first. He drew 6 cards, activated [sb cres] and [temp] and [sb sec] followed. [sb master] got him yet another Spellbook and before ending his turn, he activated the effect of [temp] to [ss] [sb world]; he activated the Field Spell Card [tgst], he added 3 back row cards and that concluded a truly amazing start!

Prinz set a monster and he added 2 Spells or Traps. “Mermails, huh?”, Kieser asked. “Maybe”, Prinz replied.
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A great start by Kieser gave Prinz a hard time!
A great start by Kieser gave Prinz a hard time!

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[tgst] was supposed to draw Kieser a card, but a [mst] foiled that plan. [sb mag] hit the field, this got Kieser [sb power], he activated [sb sec] to search for [sb fate], he activated [sb power], targeting [sb mag] and it attacked into [goblin zombie]! Prinz searched his Deck for [zombie master], Kieser added [sb sec] to his hand and [sb world] attacked directly. In [mp] 2, [sb master] copied [sb sec], this got Kieser another [tgst] and after adding another back row card, he passed play.

[zombie master] got Normal Summoned and Kieser had to consider his response for a short while. Kieser opted not to respond right away, Prinz then discarded [mezuki], attempting to bring back [goblin zombie], but [sb fate] (banishing [tgst], [sb master] and [sb cres]) made sure that wouldn’t work the way Prinz wanted. [bol] then attempted to bring back [goblin zombie] and that worked.
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The Zombies wouldn't stay in the Graveyard!
The Zombies wouldn't stay in the Graveyard!

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Kieser used the effect of [tgst] to pull even farther ahead. He then added another [sb mag] which got him [sb ete]. He activated it, [sb master] returned to his hand, [upstart] further thinned out his Deck, [sb sec] got him [sb fate] and [sb master] followed, copying [sb power]. That gave [sb mag] enough ATK to overcome [goblin zombie] in battle, Kieser searched his Deck for a Spellbook while Prinz added another [zombie master]. A fifth back row card concluded the turn for the former Swiss National Champion.
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A MST tried to clear the path for Prinz' Zombie Army!
A MST tried to clear the path for Prinz' Zombie Army!

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A [mst] in Prinz’ back row destroyed [sb fate]; he knew exactly where it was since Kieser Set it during his last turn after searching for it. Kieser chained it, so Prinz chained his second back row card as well, flipping [temp] face-down with [bom].

[zombie master] came down, [goblin zombie] returned to the field while [dad] got discarded, this allowed Prinz to [ss] [lchain], but Kieser had a [fiendish] to make sure Prinz couldn’t add more cards to his Graveyard. That concluded the first Duel with Prinz shuffling up.

[h2]Roman Kieser claims the lead![/h2]

Prinz wasn’t happy with the way things unfolded in the first Duel. After an impressive start from Kieser, Prinz never caught up and after only a few quick turns, he now had to fight an uphill battle with his opponent leading.

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Lukas Prinz was now fighting an uphill battle!
Lukas Prinz was now fighting an uphill battle!

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Both players wasted no time exchanging cards between Main and Side Deck, hinting that they knew exactly what they were doing. Prinz then decided to go first for a change and he did so with a set monster and 2 back row cards.

Kieser set 3 Spell or Trap Cards before passing play.

[goblin zombie] got [fs]ed and it attacked directly. This meant that [sb cres] got sent to Kieser’s Graveyard, a good hit for Prinz.

Another 1100 damage and this time [sb sec] hit the Graveyard. Prinz added a face-down monster for good measure.

Kieser had a fourth back row card and he lost [sb master] the following turn. Prinz didn’t perform any other actions.

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Prinz was playing Deck Destruction in this Duel!
Prinz was playing Deck Destruction in this Duel!

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[mst] destroyed [bom], with Prinz chaining it to flip his [goblin zombie] face-down. Another [mst] destroyed [warning], Kieser then [ns]ed [temp], he activated [sb power], attacked over [goblin zombie] with it and that jumpstarted his engine! He searched his Deck for [sb sec], he [ss]ed [hpop] with the effect of [temp] in [mp] 2, it destroyed [blue oni], Kieser filled up his back row so he was left with 3 cards there and that concluded the turn.

[hole] destroyed [hpop] and [zombie master] came down for Prinz. It fell into a [bth], Prinz set a card, but [dust] destroyed his [malevolent catastrophe].
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The Malevolent Catastrophe got introduced to the match in game 2!
The Malevolent Catastrophe got introduced to the Match in game 2!

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Kieser had [sb ete] and [sb sec], [sb mag] got [ns]ed and that meant he would get to add [tgst] to his hand. He activated the Field Spell Card before passing.

Prinz found [zombie world], but it was immediately met with [sb fate]. Kieser was now missing protection, however, so another [zombie master] for Prinz allowed him to bring back [blue oni]. This got him [lchain], he detached [blue oni] and that in turn allowed him to send [mezuki] to his Graveyard. It didn’t stay there, however, banishing itself so [blue oni] would return to the field. Prinz made the most of it, detaching another material, he then had the necessary monsters on the field for a second [lchain] and we were seeing a huge combo unfold that left Prinz with the following field:
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Prinz unleashed a huge combo with Blue-Blooded Oni and Lavalval Chain!
Prinz unleashed a huge combo with Blue-Blooded Oni and Lavalval Chain!

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Once again, Prinz went for an Xyz-Summon, this time adding [cowboy] to his hand. A [bol] was then about to return [zombie master], but Kieser shuffled up before the Zombie climbed out of the Graveyard for yet another time…

[h2]Lukas Prinz ties the score![/h2]

A great comeback for Lukas Prinz that seemingly came out of nowhere. With his back against the wall he found a weak spot in Kieser’s defenses, unleashing a great combo to provide him with enough damage to wrap things up in the second Duel! That gave Prinz all the momentum, but Kieser on the other hand had the advantage of going first in the last Duel.

Hr [ns]ed [temp] and [sb sec] followed. This got him [sb wisdom], [temp] then left play, [sb world] hit play and Prinz commented: “Wow, your hand must be truly horrible!”
Kieser set 4 back row cards and ended his turn.

Once again, Prinz set a monster and 2 Spell or Trap Cards.
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The Mystical Space Typhoons were flying low - that indicated rain!
The Mystical Space Typhoons were flying low - that indicated rain!

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Prinz lost a [mst] during his End Phase thanks to a [mst] from Kieser. While the Swiss Duelist was tempted to attack, he seemed to be a little afraid of a possible [malevolent catastrophe], so he activated [sb sec] first. [sb mag] got [ns]ed, another [sb sec] got added to Kieser’s hand, he activated [tgst] and passed play.

Prinz was seemingly satisfied or at least not giving away any disappointment. He thought about his options for a little while before ending.

[tgst] provided Kieser with another card. He activated [sb sec], he once again searched for [sb mag] before [ns]ing it, this got him [sb master], he copied [sb sec] and that provided him with his last [sb sec]. He switched the [sb mag] that was summoned the turn before to [def] before ending.

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Did Kieser have this one in the bag already?!
Did Kieser have this one in the bag already?!

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Once again, [tgst] put in some work for Kieser. He added a back row card, switched the second [sb mag] and he ended.

Prinz didn’t perform any actions.

Kieser drew another extra card with his Field Spell Card, [upstart] gave Prinz a little more room to breathe while Kieser found added yet another card to his hand, [sb sec] then got Kieser [sb mag], but a [fiendish] made sure that was all the searching Kieser would be doing for the time being. Or so Prinz thought, since a [dust] destroyed the Continuous Trap Card. Kieser added 2 more back row cards and he ended with 5 cards in hand.

Prinz drew into his fifth card. He [ns]ed [mezuki], [blue oni] got [fs]ed and both were then used to Xyz Summon [eek]! This could have been the turning point, however, [warning] made sure it never hit the field, much to Prinz’ disappointment.
The Zombie player activated [bol] to return [blue oni], he followed it up with [irs] and this seemed huge. Kieser had no response for the time being, so Prinz added 2 more copies of [blue oni].
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Prinz wasn't out of options just yet thanks to Blue-Blooded Oni!
Prinz wasn't out of options just yet thanks to Blue-Blooded Oni!

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2 of them were used to Xyz Summon [lchain], it activated its effect, but [wrath] made sure that plan didn’t succeed. [mezuki] provided Prinz with a second [blue oni] and a [dust] in response cost Prinz a [lance]. He then used his 2 remaining monsters to [xyz] another [lchain], a [fiendish] attempted to stop it from doing any shenanigans, but a timely [lance] straight from Prinz’ hand made sure he still had a shot! He searched his Deck for [mezuki], sent it to his Graveyard, he could then build a second [lchain] and repeat the move, [blue oni] returned for yet another time and Prinz now added [101]. It used its effect to attach itself with [sb world].
Attacks followed, leaving Kieser with no field and time was called at this very moment.

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Suddenly it was Prinz sitting in the driver's seat!
Suddenly it was Prinz sitting in the driver's seat!

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Kieser drew 2 cards in the first of 4 extra turns thanks to his [tgst]. That meant he had 7 in hand and he revealed 4 of them: [hpop] and 3 Spellbooks. [bth] tried to deal with it, but [sb wis] from Kieser’s hand made sure it would stay on the field.
A second [priestess] followed and Kieser had to give his next move some thought. He used their effects to strip [101] of its Material, [sb cres] then searched Kieser’s deck for [sb life], [sb master] and [sb fate] with one of them getting added to his hand. It was probably [sb life], which got activated right after, returning [sb world] to the field. The effect of the second [priestess] now took care of [101], [sb sec] then got Kieser [sb master], he activated it, flashing [sb power] in his hand to search his Deck once again. He activated [sb power], it attacked over [lchain], the following attacks left Prinz with no field and Kieser added [sb ete] to his hand. He activated it, returning [sb wis] to his hand, he set 3 back row cards and ended after [xyz]ing [sack].

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The third time really was the charm - another comeback, this time for Kieser and that concluded the Duel!
The third time really was the charm - another comeback, this time for Kieser and that concluded the Duel!

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“1 out…”, Prinz said. He found a good card in [foolish], it sent [bone crusher] to his Graveyard, [bftdd] returned his 3 [mezuki]!!!
…and that meant [bone crusher] returned to the field, destroying [sb wis] before Prinz realised his mistake, not activating [bftdd] a turn earlier, which would have made all the difference. He saw no further options that could turn this game around and offered the handshake.

[h2]Roman Kieser wins the Match![/h2]

“How did you end up playing Zombies?”, Kieser asked. “I put this Deck together like a year ago, but I only had 1 [mezuki] back then. I thought that the [lchain] combo is way too good to not play the Deck, but it was missing too many important cards. Now with the new list, it’s a viable choice again and I think it can do rather well this weekend.

Let’s see if we’ll come across Lukas Prinz again a little later this weekend and if he can climb the ladder and follow Roman Kieser’s footsteps.
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