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Round 2: Patrik Rieder (Mermail) vs Simon Gotama (Constellar)

22.02.2014 | 14:30 |

Welcome to round two of YCS Berlin. The last European Champion of a YCS was crowned in London back in October (Turin’s winner was from Texas) and he’s with us for this round: Patrik Rieder. He is here today with his Mermail Deck in an attempt to add a second YCS title to his list of accolades – while opponent Simon Gotama from Hamburg will attempt to throw a Constellar-shaped spanner in the works. This is an interesting Match for a number of card-interaction reasons so let’s see what happens!

After rolling two die it was decided that Gotama would be first to play and after a short wait for the announcement that Round two was underway, we got going.
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Gotama would be looking to de-throne YCS London champion Rieder.

Gotama would be looking to de-throne YCS London champion Rieder.


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He started things off with [ff tenki] to search [con kaus]. [con pol] was Summoned and [con kaus] followed. They both became level five and [con ple] was [xyz]ed. Two set [st]s finished his turn.

Rieder’s opening hand contained an [upstart] which was first. He set four cards to the backrow and a monster before entering his End Phase, in which Gotama flipped [mst] to destroy a copy of [reckless].

[pod] was first on the next turn, revealing [tkr], [sw] and [ff tenki]. Warning was chosen and Gotama shuffled the other two back in to his Deck before Rieder had the final shuffle. [con she] was Gotama’s Normal Summon for the turn and it was met with [tt] from Rieder. [con ple] was used in response to bounce [con she] and [con som] was searched. Rieder’s monster was [a linde] and [pike] was [ss]ed in [def]. It discarded [teus] and searched [gunde]. A pretty reasonable outcome from the former champion’s perspective! (It is noted by the table Judge after the match that Abysspike should not have had its effect)
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Rieder got a lot of value from his Torrential Tribute

Rieder got a lot of value from his Torrential Tribute


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Gotama set a second backrow and passed.

Rieder’s first move after drawing was to flip his [reckless] which was his second copy and would have resulted in him drawing a whole heap of cards if that [mst] wasn’t played in his last End Phase. [upstart] was next and Gotama went to 10,000 LP.

[a megalo] was next, discarding a second Abyssmegalo and [gunde]. Abyssmegalo fished out [squall] and Abyssgunde returned the second Abyssmegalo to the field. [pike] turned to [atk] and went for a direct hit, scoring some damage. Both [a megalo] were cautiously pushed forward to signal attacks after and were also successful, leaving Gotama on 3600.

[mp2] saw [sack] hit the field in [def] courtesy of the two copies of [a megalo] and it was met with [ced] on the Summon. Rieder held another copy of [reckless] and [squall], and had a set [a sphere] which he flipped. His opponent thought for a second and read it to double check before flipping [sw]. Rieder set his two cards.

Gotama Summoned [con pol] and used it to attack [pike]. He had three cards in his hand and in [mp2] he Summoned [con kaus] before [xyz]ing [dweller].
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A watery <i>return</i> for Rieder's monsters

A watery return for Rieder's monsters


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Rieder was allowed to go and flipped his [squall]. [a linde], [teus] and [a megalo] returned in defence and the two Level 7 monsters combined to become [11]! Gotama knew he wouldn’t survive and offered the handshake for the first game.
[h2]Patrik Rieder takes game one thanks to a heavy Trap Card lineup![/h2]
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Both players used their Side Deck, pausing occasionally to look at the ceiling deep in thought. I used this method myself but didn’t seem to get any better predictions about what would happen in the second game. I guess there’s only one way to find out – let’s carry on.
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We asked Rieder how he felt about his chances

We asked Rieder how he felt about his chances.


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Gotama would start things off in game three and was up against Rieder’s hand of [mst], [a linde], [a pike], [hole] and [a sphere]. [rota] was first and searched [con pol]. It was Summoned along with a second copy and both were useful in synthesising the [xyz] of [dweller]. Three set cards ended Gotama’s play.

Rieder activated [hole] and Gotama checked his backrow two…no, three times before deciding on [lance] to save his monster. [a linde] was Rieder’s Normal Summon for the turn and was nudged forward by a finger to signal an attack, before Gotama flipped [ced]. Rieder set three cards.

Gotama drew to two in hand. He didn’t have a huge amount of card advantage but had the Dweller which can spell doom for Mermails almost independently. He poked with the Dweller and set a second backrow before passing.

A flipped [mst] took out the newly set [sw] before Rieder flipped one of his remaining two cards, [a sphere]. [trap stun] was Gotama’s remaining card and it halted Rieder’s plan. He set another backrow and ate 1700 to the face on Gotama’s turn. It was his only play.
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Trap Stun really puts in the hurt on this backrow situation

Trap Stun really puts in the hurt on this backrow situation


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On his turn Rieder flipped the [a sphere] he had set just previous, and [ss]ed [asturge]. It was picked up and flicked at Dweller to signal a trade-off, and the Dweller’s effect was used in response. Rieder set a monster – his [a linde] – before passing.

Gotama Summoned [con som] and retrieved [con pol], Summoning it. The two became one as [omega] was [xyz]ed. He left it in [atk] and passed with one s/t and one in hand.

Rieder flipped [reckless] and Summoned [pike]. [gunde] was discarded and [a mark] was fished out from the Deck (see what I did there?) while [asturge] returned from the Graveyard. Marksman was discarded and Gotama’s [prison] was destroyed. [asturge] and [pike] became [lchain] and [tidal] was sent to the Graveyard. [a linde] was Flip Summoned and Tidal returned.
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Omega was in trouble.

Omega was in trouble.


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In the Battle Phase, [a linde] went in to Omega and became an attack position [a leed]. Attacks followed over Omega and in to Gotama’s LP before the Dragon Ruler and Abyssleed became [gaios]. Gotama couldn’t find a way past the field on his next turn and offered Rieder the handshake – the former YCS Champion would be continuing in the tournament with a 2-0 record!
[h2]Patrik Rieder’s Mermails win 2-0![/h2]