Round 10 Feature Match: Christian Böttcher (Anti-Meta) vs Rozza Valerio (Dragon Ruler)

It’s day two! Premier events are not only about your skill on the Duel field, but they’re also a test of consistency and endurance: two qualities that would need to be displayed by our featured Duelists this round: Christian Böttcher and Rozza Valerio. Böttcher is from Berlin while Valerio hails from Italy. This Duel would see Dragon Rulers up against every popular Deck’s nightmare: the Anti-Meta Deck!

Böttcher started us off – opening with [tt], [safe zone], [tkr], [kycoo], [bom] and [night]. He studied his hand, considering the best play bearing in mind he didn’t know what Deck his opponent was using. He summoned the Thunder King and set Safe Zone before passing play to the Italian.

Valerio banished [droll] and [tidal] to [ss] [tdrag] from his hand and declared an attack. Böttcher debated whether or not to activate Safe Zone and decided it was the best play, taking 500 damage in the process. [mp2] saw [sarco] banish [storm] and with two cards in hand it was back to the German.

Böttcher drew [sj] and set the Assailant and Book of Moon, switching Thunder King to defence. Tempest returned to his opponent’s hand as he motioned for Valerio to go ahead. He passed.

Kycoo was next for Böttcher, poking for 1800 damage. Two more cards were set including the [sj], used to counter Heavy Storm on the next turn.

LP 3750-6200

With his Spell and Trap removal negated, the Italian had to banish two Dragon Rulers to Summon[blaster], attacking in to a [mf]. Kycoo hit him next turn and banished the Blaster from the graveyard, and Valerio’s only reply was to set a Monster.

It was revealed to be [maxx] on the next turn as Böttcher flipped Night Assailant, destroying it. He [ns]ed [mole] and when he [xyz]ed [30] the Italian started picking up his cards, ready for game two.
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A lesson in how to shut down Dragon Rulers!
A lesson in how to shut down Dragon Rulers!

[h2]Böttcher’s anti-meta Deck picks up a quick game one victory thanks to Thunder King and Kycoo![/h2]

Both players shuffled up for game two. One of Valerio’s sleeves ripped in the process and was quickly replaced, and we proceeded with the Italian starting us off. [7ss] banished Blaster and allowed him to draw two cards, searching another Blaster. [sarco] did the same with [redox]. [card d] was next and Böttcher chained the [maxx] from his hand, losing Thunder King, Kycoo, [reborn] and [hole]. Valerio discarded five Dragons in the process, making sure he announced this to his opponent. It would be no shock to the German if a certain Spell card was to make an appearance! [lightning] [ss]ed Tempest from the Deck and a [st] was set before [rejuv] for seven. Valerio discarded down to six in hand and passed.
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Valerio had barely any Deck left...and it was his first turn!
Valerio had barely any Deck left...and it was his first turn!

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Böttcher didn’t seem impressed with his new hand as a result of Card Destruction and Maxx “C”. His [mst] took out Valerio’s set Typhoon, and he activated [zombie world], setting a [st]. This meant all of the Monsters in his graveyard would become Zombies and therefore he would need to remove specific elements to Summon his Dragon Rulers!

…well, that would have been the plan. Heavy Storm forced that idea back to square one and on to game three.

[h2]Valerio pulls back with a huge first-turn set up and overwhelming options.[/h2]

Böttcher started in game three, with [pod] revealing another Duality, Typhoon and Zombie World, the latter of which his opponent took the time to read properly this time. He opted to take the second Duality and summoned Kycoo, setting two cards.

[storm] dealt with these – Typhoon and [iiw]. [7ss] banished Tempest from hand searching [lightning] from the Deck. He confirmed that Böttcher had three cards in hand before activating Dark Hole. LIghtning [ss]ed Tempest from Deck and Dragons were banished from the graveyard to Summon Tidal – one of which was a Blaster and replaced itself. He Tribute Summoned Blaster and attacked, activating a [rejuv] for four.

Böttcher did not look happy in the slightest.

He activated Duality revealing [bth], Kycoo and Maxx “C” – picking Bottomless but taking slightly too long to make his decision for the table judge’s liking and receiving a slow play warning.
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A tough choice - which would Böttcher pick?
A tough choice - which would Böttcher pick?

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Böttcher activated Zombie World and set one card, the Bottomless. Typhoon dealt with it and two copies of Tidal were banished to [ss] another from hand. With the Blaster already on the field that was enough to finish off Böttcher’s remaining 5200 LP! He would need to win his next round to ensure he proceeded to the tpo 64!

[h2]Italy’s Rozza Valerio continues with only one loss – a shoe-in for the top cut![/h2]

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