Round 10: Peter Groß (Mermail) vs. Michel Co (Harpies)
27.04.2014 | 13:12
Michel Co was close to panicking just now; he looked at the pairings and found himself at table 17. Apparently there was a little mix-up when it came to entering his results from the last round since he had won it, which would leave him on 24 points rather than the 21 that the pairings listed.
A short investigation at the scorekeeper’s desk followed, but the round was already underway. It resulted in a cross pairing, which meant that Co and his Harpie Ladies now had to go up against the legendary Peter Groß and his Mermail Deck. While it wasn’t a “bubble match” any longer like I had hoped for when I first picked Co for the feature match, I still thought this would be worth a read, so forgive me for following my instincts here. I promise you an entertaining match as well as a first look at a few pages of an upcoming bestseller! If that doesn’t get you to click on the “more” button, I don’t know what will…
[upstart] was Co’s opening move. He drew a card while Groß now went up on 7000 Life Points. He drew a second copy, activated it, [ccd] was next and after he set 2 Spell or Trap Cards, he passed play.
Groß [ns]ed [a pike] and he discarded [a mark] as a cost, searching his Deck for [undine]. [a mark] then took down [h party]. [a pike] attacked, in [mp] 2, Groß added 2 back row cards and that concluded his opening turn.
[hhg] got activated and [h dancer] got summoned. It triggered [hhg], which destroyed Co’s own [h sign]. A [swa n] that got chained to the trigger of [hhg] caused Co to summon a second [h dancer], which cost Groß [tt] and because of the way the chain was built, he couldn’t chain it.
Co attacked, taking down [a pike] and in [mp] 2, he activated [egotist] and then went for [dweller].
[mst] got rid of Co’s [tt]. [undine] got summoned then, [dweller]'[s] effect got activated when [tidal] was sent to the Graveyard and Groß also added a [genex controller] to his hand.
Co used [pod] and he saw [h sign], [h party] and a third card that no one remembered since Co immediately picked [h party]. He summoned [h dancer], attacks followed and in [mp] 2, [h dancer] returned to Co’s hand. He set 2 Spells or Traps and passed play.
When Groß drew, Co immediately activated the effect of [dweller] again. “I want to see how you react to that”, Groß thought out loud. He chained [bts] to the effect of [dweller], [tidal] then came back during the [mp], [genex controller] got [ns]ed and both monsters attacked, leaving Co without monsters and on 4100 Life Points. In [mp] 2, Groß went for [leo] and he ended.
[h queen] got Co another [hhg]. He then summoned [h chan] and he followed it up with [h lady 1]. [ibz] came out and Groß asked why [h party] didn’t get activated when there were more Harpies on the field. “I can chain”, Co replied and he did just that…
[hhg] got activated, [ibz] then took down [leo] and Groß then just asked “Is this game?” – “Yes, yes!”, Co let out excitedly.
[h2]Michel Co takes the lead![/h2]
Co considered siding into [bsots], but he opted against it. He wanted to not lose too much focus.
Now, sit back and relax and enjoy an exclusive first look at the upcoming bestseller “Collecting information like a Pro – a Yu-Gi-Oh! Guide by Peter Groß”. The Austrian champion openly asked his opponent: “What cards are actually bad against you?”, to which Co replied: “I will tell you after the match. I think I’m the only Harpie player who will advance.”
Groß, ever the good sport, happily agreed to that. If it wouldn’t give him the advantage now, it might do so later. You can learn quite a few things from this Duelist, you should totally get this book.
“Pick a card”, he then told Co, offering him 2 face-down cards. “Why?”, Co asked. “Because I have to side it out”, Groß replied. He would let luck decide what was working best in this match it appeared… or he simply didn’t know better (it may even have been 2 copies of the same card).
Groß thought for a long time before he just set a Spell or Trap Card.
Co set 3, he advanced to [mp] 2 after both players announced all the phases together and he then added a [df]. “It works… sometimes”, he explained.
Groß used [mst] to destroy [df]. He then attempted to [ss] [tidal]. He now had to ask whether he could take a peek at the card that Co had picked during the siding out procedure since he wasn’t sure whether he had the target he was looking for still in his Deck. This was hilarious!
[a pike] returned to the field and its effect got activated. [a drag] and [a gunde] were now in the Graveyard. [undine] got searched, “please no [megalo]!”, Co explained, Groß catered to his wish, [a pike] attacked and play was back to Co.
[upstart] drew him another card and he ended.
[undine] got [ns]ed by Groß. This sent [a mark] to the Graveyard, which cost Co a [tt]. He went down to 3600 Life Points after the attacks connected and it was his turn once again.
He went up to 4 back row cards and ended.
Groß [ns]ed [a linde]. Co had no response. [undine] attacked and [mf] got activated – one of the new cards that had been set the previous turn. Groß chained [amc]. This meant he would end up with [a pike] on the field. He discarded [a mark] for its effect and this got him another [undine]. [a mark] took down a set [egotist], [a pike] connected and that made it 2000 Life Points for Co. [moulin] got [ss]ed in [mp] 2, but [fiendish] made sure it wouldn’t do too much damage.
[h lady 1] got [ns]ed and it attacked. Groß activated [bts] and Co then accessed his Side Deck.
[h2]Peter Groß ties the score![/h2]
This would be the last Duel in the Swiss portion of the event. Co started with 2 back row cards.
Groß made a face, seemingly not too happy with the opening 6 his Deck had dealt him. He set 2 as well before summoning [a teus], discarding [tidal]. [fiendish] stopped it and a [sd] followed. “I set them first so in case you had [mind crush], you wouldn’t get to see my hand”, Groß explained (more on that particular subject in chapter 7 – correct play procedure in high level tournaments).
[h queen] got [ns]ed on Co’s turn. [df] followed and it attacked over [a teus], which left Groß with 7800 Life Points. [fiendish] left the field with the Water Monster, Co then replaced it with a face-down Spell or Trap Card and that concluded the turn.
Nothing happened the following turn.
Another attack made it 5900 Life Points for Groß.
The same cycle repeated; Groß was now on 4000 Life Points.
The Austrian was up on 5 cards in his hand and he once again passed without performing any actions. [mst] then destroyed [bts], a second copy destroyed a second [bts], another [h queen] got summoned, attacks followed, Co then showed a [cowboy] and Groß extended the hand.
[h2]Michel Co overcomes Peter Groß![/h2]
“Against me, only [maxx] and [veiler]”, Co explained, letting Groß know about his Side Decking options. “Is this good?”, Groß then asked, showing a [horn]. “No”, Co replied smiling. “Maybe if I have a lot on the field?”, Groß tried, but Co remained stern, repeating his simple “No” for a second time.
Groß then showed [mind]. “It’s good, but what can you side out?”, Co asked. “That’s why I had you pick!”, Groß explained. These two definitely seemed to be on the same page. The conversation continued a little longer; it was quite the spectacle. Let’s see how they’ll get along when they meet again in the knock out portion of the event.
Michel Co wanted to thank his friends from Epita that helped him making it here this weekend!