Round 2: Pete Ward vs. Lee Brook

[p]Round 2 pits two well-known UK Duelists against each other! Pete Ward was the 2009 Dragon Duel National Champion, while Lee Brook has made the playoffs at numerous UK National Championships. Ward’s running T.G. [drain] while Brook has brought Karakuri to the table. Let’s see how they got on![/p]

Pete Ward is playing T.G. today.

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[div]Brook won the die roll and chose to go first, Summoning [tkr] and Setting a Spell or Trap.

Ward destroyed Thunder king with [hole] and Summoned [tengu]. Brook contemplated flipping his Set card before allowing Tengu to attack directly. Ward Set 1 Spell or Trap to finish.

Brook played [mst] and [em1] was destroyed. “TGs…..” Brook suddenly knew what he was up against. He [ss]ed [cydra], [ns]ed [224] and used its effect to Summon [313]. He Synchro Summoned [00x] and Summoned [177] before Synchro Summoning [barkion]. Bureido took down the Tengu, Barkion took down the second (Attack Position) one and Ward Summoned his third from the Deck.
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Barkion and Bureido take on a Tengu!

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Ward drew [rhino] and weighed up his options. He Set a monster, turned [tengu] to [def] and ended his turn.

Brook summoned [mole] and bounced away the Set monster! Barkion destroyed [tengu] and [00x] attacked Directly.

Ward Set a monster and a Spell/Trap.

Brook Summoned Grand Mole again and Ward flipped [tt] to try and clear the field. [barkion] negated the Trap Card ([cydra] and [mst] were banished from Brook’s Graveyard) , Grand Mole bounced away Ward’s monster, and Brook’s other monsters sealed the Duel![/div]
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Lee Brook takes the lead!

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Lee Brook is aiming to make the playoffs of another major event.

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[div]Ward chose to go first in Duel 2, activating [duality] to reveal [drain], [sj] and [warwolf] (taking [drain]). He Set…. FIVE Spells and Traps and ended his turn!

Brook Set 3 of his own on his turn.

Ward passed.

Brook Set a 4th card.

Ward passed again.

Brook Set his fifth Card in a Duel that had seen no monsters played so far.

Ward made no plays on his turn, and Brook passed on his turn also.
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Please let one of those be Straight Flush!

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A monster! Ward Summoned [rhino]…. which was promptly destroyed by [bth].

Both Duelists passed their turns again, obviously trying to make sure everything was safe before breaking the deadlock.

Brook was the first to blink and flipped [decree] in his Standby Phase. He [ns]ed [tkr] and attacked directly. Ward flipped [prison] to clear a space in his back row and took 1900 points of damage. Brook set a 5th Spell or Trap to complete his turn.

Ward drew and tried to destroy [decree] with [mst], but Brook flipped another one! Ward had [duality] in his hand but couldn’t play it because of [tkr], so he Summoned [warwolf] instead and Set a Spell or Trap. In the End Phase, Brook destroyed the newly Set card ([hotpants]) to keep his Decree safe.

Brook drew [mole], played it and Ward responded with [warning], knowing it would be negated (clearing more back row space perhaps?). Mole and [tkr] attacked, the latter directly.

Ward drew [cydra]! He Summoned it and Brook tribute [tkr] to negate it. Ward Summoned [warwolf] and attacked for 1200.

Brook played [duality], revealing [smash], [177], and [cydra] (which he added to his hand). He Summoned [mole] and sent [warwolf] and it back to both Duelists’ hands.

Ward activated his own [duality], showing Brook [mst], [drain] and [horn]. He added [mst] to his hand before Summoning [warwolf] and attacking directly. (Brook was leading at this stage, 5600 vs. 2200) In Main Phase 2, Ward destroyed [decree] with [mst] and Set a Spell or Trap.
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Brook decides what to Side Deck in between Duels.

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Brook played [storm] to try and simplify the game, but Ward responded with [road]! Storm was negated and Ward Summoned [sdd] from his Extra Deck. Brook activated [gozen] (before instantly realising he played it too late; he could have stopped [sdd] from hitting the field) and Ward sent Warwolf to the Graveyard. Brook [ss]ed [cydra]. Ward tried to destroy it with [bth], but Brook used [ced] to send [cydra] back to his hand. He Summoned [mole], declared an attack, and Ward flipped [drain]! Grand Mole was forced to continue its attack and ran straight into Ward’s [sdd]. Brook Set a Spell or Trap and ended his turn.

Ward drew [tt] and attacked directly with [sdd] before Setting [warwolf].

Brook attacked Warwolf with [cydra] and when it was flipped face-up in the Damage Step, [gozen] sent it to the Graveyard. Brook Set a monster and ended.

Ward’s [sdd] took down [cydra], reducing Brook to 1100 Life Points. Ward Set his 5th Spell or Trap.
Brook Summoned [919] and Ward cleared the field with [tt], goes through (the Set [313]was also destroyed). He them [ss]ed [tkr] with [reborn]and tried to attack for game, but Ward saved himself with[call]! [warwolf] was Summoned, and became stronger in the Damage Step due to [hotpants]! Ward drew a card for the effect of Horn and won the Duel on the following turn.[/div]
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Ward evens the score!

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[div]Brook started Duel 3 with 6 minutes left on the clock. He played [duality] and revealed [sj], [neutron] and [mst], taking the latter. He Summoned a different Neutron, Set 2 Spells or Traps and added [224] to his hand in the End Phase.

Ward [ns]ed [barbaros] (1900 ATK) and destroyed Neutron in battle. He Set 3 Spells or traps but Brook activated [decree] in the End Phase!

Brook Summoned [224], and then [177] with its effect (adding [919] to his hand) before Synchro Summoning [beast]! Beast took down Barbaros and Brook ended his turn in a commanding position.
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No Spells and Traps for you!

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Ward drew [mst], tried to activate [hole] and Brook attempted to negate it with [beast]. Ward Chained [call], Brook let it go, and Ward Chained with [mst] targeting the Decree! Brook Chained his own (Set) [mst] to destroy Call, and when the Chain resolved he immediately realised his error ([beast] can negate multiple cards in a single Chain). Ward set a monster.
Brook Summoned [mole], which was negated by [warning]. [beast] took down Ward’s Set [striker], [rhino] was added to Ward’s hand in the End Phase.

Ward drew [duality], [ns]ed Rhino and passed.

Brook Summoned [919] and destroyed Rhino with [smash] as Time was called. Ward added a [striker] to his hand in the End Phase and had only 5 more turns to mount a comeback.

Ward drew [warwolf] and [ss]ed it after [ss]ing Striker. He Synchro Summoned [catastor] and its effect took care of Brook’s Karakuri monster.

Brook Summoend [177], adding [224] to his hand. Inashichi had to attack, and Catastor destroyed it automatically.
Ward drew [rhino] and summoned it. Catastor destroyed [beast], and Rhino attacked directly, but Brook had [gorz]! He Summoned it in defense Position, along with a 2000 ATK and DEF Token. Ward activated [duality] to reveal [prison], [book] and [drain], adding [bom] to his hand.

Brook lead the Duel by 4100 Life Points and reinforced his defences with a Set monster and Spell or Trap. Ward had no way out and offered the handshake![/div]
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Lee Brook comes out on top in a thrilling encounter!

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