Round 1: Tom Paine (Infernity) vs. Morgan Hollinder (Dragons)
It’s round one of the UK Nationals and today we saw Tom Paine’s Infernity versus Morgan Hollinder’s Dragons!
“Yes I won last years Nationals!” said Paine in response to my question “Oh dear, I’m going to do something stupid now I’m in a Feature Match!” His opponent was a little shaken by this and Paine responded by putting him at ease, it’s Hollider’s first Nationals and Paine told him it’s all good fun!
They shared their good luck wishes and they shook each other’s hands. They had a bout of rolling the same number several times before Hollinder got things underway!
Hollinder played [coc] discarding white stone and set a [fd] [st]!
Paine played [upstart] and Normal Summoned [monk]! He pitched [upstart] and Hollinder discarded a [maxx]. [arma] was Special Summoned and [styg] was sent to the Graveyard, he set two [fd] [sts] and ended.
Hollinder set a [fd] Monster.
[night beam] destroyed [pwwb] and another [arma] was Normal Summoned who sent [archfiend] to the Graveyard. [styg] was removed and [necromancer] entered the field. He set another [fd] [st]. [archfiend] was Special Summoned and [barrier] entered Paine’s hand. He overlaid into , flipped [vane] and detached from  targeting [vane]! He attacked and destroyed Hollinder’s [fd] [f guard].
Hollinder played [shrine] pitching [blaster] and an [f guard]! [tidal] is discarded along with [mwd] to get [redox] to the Graveyard and he then Normal Summoned [kuribandit]. He set two and used [kuribandit] to get a [pwwb] to hand.
During Paine’s Standby Phase Hollinder activated [sd]! He activated [foolish] and [styg] was sent to the Graveyard. He overlaid into [leviair]! He attacked directly and Hollinder accepted defeat!
[b]Paine won game one![/b]
“I’ll go first” said Hollinder.
“Again?” replied Paine “You didn’t win last time when you went first! I choose to go second so I can attack first!”
Hollinder played [coc] getting [white stone], not hitting what he needed.
“Again?!” proclaimed Paine as he checked that Hollinder has no [bewd] in his Deck. He played [shrine] and sent [f guard] and [blaster] to the Graveyard. He set a [fd] [st] Summoned [kuribandit]. He had a tough choice but in the end took [soul charge]!
Paine’s [night beam] took out a [mst] and he set three [fd] [sts], his plan of attacking first on turn two didn’t quite go to plan.
Hollinder activated [soul charge] targeting [mtd], [blaster] and [f guard]. [f guard] and [blaster] tuned into a [stardust] and [mtd] is Special Summoned. He overlaid into [ddknight] and ended his turn.
Paine set another [fd] [st].
[blaster] attempted to be Special Summoned but was [debunk]ed! Hollinder attacked directly and finished his turn.
Paine played [rota] and Normal Summoned [arma] bringing [styg] to the Graveyard. He played [instant fusion] and Special Summoned [darkfire]! [maxx] was discarded in response and Paine overlaid into !
Hollister complained the about how he would get over  and set two [fd] [sts].
Paine does nothing and ends. “You could have a [pwwb] and that would make me sad.”
Hollinder seriously thought about Tribute Summoning [bewd] but doesn’t and ends.
Paine set another card.
Hollister sets a card.
Paine does nothing, they’re locked in a stand off! Hollister waited for Paine’s End Phase and used [ddknight]’s effect on itself.
Hollister activated [ddknight] during the Standby Phase on itself, he played [soul charge] and attempted to create [helio]! It was sent flying by a [ced] back to the Extra Deck. He played [kuribandit] and brought [shrine] to hand.
Paine played [upstart] and activated ! He asked if it’s okay and picked up the dice! He rolled a six and destroyed himself! Paine scooped his field up and conceded.
[b]Hollister won game 2![/b]
Paine activated [upstart] and Normal Summoned [arma], bringing [styg] to the Graveyard. He Special Summoned a [styg] and overlaid into [lchain]. He detached and get [archfiend] to the Graveyard and a [foolish] took [necromancer] to the Graveyard. [launcher] threw [necromancer] and [archfiend] to the field and [styg] Special Summoned another [archfiend]. The effect of [archfiend] brought [barrier] to hand. He overlaid with two [archfiend]s into and activated the effect on [necromancer]! He set three [fd] [sts] and ended.
Hollister was a little overwhelmed by that first turn and played [shrine]. He sent [f guard] and [tidal] to the Graveyard. He played [7ss] removing [tdrag]. Paine activated [barrier] and he played [kuribandit]. “You can do 8k next turn…” he muttered. He Special Summoned a [blaster] targeting [mwd] with his banished [tidal]. He attacked with [blaster] and he was [infbreak]ed! In the End Phase [kuribandit] activated, Hollister took [mst] to his hand. [white stone] was sent to the Graveyard and [bewd] entered his hand.
Paine detached on  and targeted his [fd] [st]. He Special Summoned [archfiend] and attacked, nearly decimating Hollister. In [mp2] he overlaid into [dweller] and detached on [chain] bringing [archfiend] to the top of the Deck.
Hollister extends his hand.
[b]Paine won 2-1![/b]