Round 3: Albader Bader (Bujin) vs. Marcus S. (Chain Burn)
“This is my first tournament, so go easy on me”, Bader Albader asked prior to the start of the match. He came all the way from Kuwait together with 14 of his friends. Since it’s a national holiday in Kuwait this weekend, they decided back in December to take the day off and fly over.
“It was quite interesting to apply for a visa and tell them that we wanted to go here to play Yu-Gi-Oh!, but they were OK with > we take a vacation < and apparently we can stay for a full year. I like this country!"
His opponent is one of the many Germans in attendance today: Marcus S.. He told me that he is a little scared of playing in a Feature Match, but I told him that his opponent might just be as scared as him, so he could even use it to his advantage. Let's see how this would go…
Marcus S. rolled a 6, causing Albader to complain: “Come on, man, I’m a visitor!” He couldn’t quite match it with a 3.
Marcus S. then kicked things off, setting a back row card and [ns]ing [ccd] and activating its effect.
Albader started with [bujin yam], he attacked with it, but [fader] stopped the attack. [kaiser col] got activated in [mp] 2, Marcus S. confirmed the effect text real quick again, Albader added a second copy for good measure, he added 2 more back row cards, he added [bujin crane] to his hand during the End Phase and he discarded [bujin turtle] for the effect of [bujin yam].
Marcus S. used [legacy] to draw another card, he then had [duality], revealing another copy, [chain strike] and [scarecrow], finally giving away once and for all what he was playing. 5 cards came down, “oh my” was the call from Albader’s side of the field and Marcus S. ended.
Albader attacked over [fader] and during the End Phase, he discarded [bujin hare].
Marcus S. passed right away.
Another [fader] bought Marcus S. more time. Albader was frustrated and he discarded [bujin centi] during the End Phase after adding another back row card.
Marcus S. used [jar of greed] to draw a card, he replaced the Spell or Trap and passed.
[bujin crane] got [ns]ed and Marcus S. activated [ojama trio]!
[bujin crane] attacked over [fader], which worked, [bujin yam] dealt first damage, leaving Marcus S. with 6200 Life Points.
On his following turn, the German Set [just desserts] before ending. It got destroyed by [mst], however and Albader smiled proudly.
He then [xyz]ed [bujin susa], he [ns]ed [ff bear], he wanted to enter the Battle Phase, but [roar] foiled that plan. In [mp] 2, [bujin susa] allowed Albader to add another [bujin turtle] to his Graveyard.
[lava golem] got [ss]ed, Tributing [bujin susa] and [ff bear]. Marcus S. then went up to 5 back row cards again and he passed play.
Albader activated [duality], he [ns]ed [bujin yam], he attacked with [lava golem], but Marcus S. activated [dwall]. He then Chained [secret barrel], [chain strike], [acc for] and a second [chain strike] – that meant game!
[h2]Marcus S. claims the lead![/h2]
One might imagine that when you have to deal with 40 ° C in the shadow on a daily basis, a burner deck might be the last thing you want to face when you’re heading off to some colder regions like Germany in February, but no such luck for Bader Albader…
Albader started with [bujin yam], he set a Spell or Trap Card and during the End Phase, he added [bujin crane] to his hand, discarding [bujin turtle].
Marcus S. set 4 cards before passing.
[ff bear] got [ns]ed and it attacked into [dwall], but a [decree] in response seemed to be the perfect answer. Marcus S. had no response, so he took 1600 damage, [tenki] got added to Albader’s back row and he flipped it face-up in [mp] 2, adding [bujin mika] to his hand. He then went on and Xyz-Summoned [bujin kagut], used its effect, he Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
Marcus S. set 3 cards, going up to 5 face-down Spell or Traps again.
Albader wasted no time, declaring an attack and Marcus S. took the damage, which left him with 3100 Life Points.
Marcus S. found [ccd] and he used it to go looking for answers.
Back to Albader, who attacked once again, but Marcus S. activated [roar]. He Chained [legacy], [secret barrel], [mst] and [chain strike], dealing 2000 damage with [chain strike], 1800 damage with [secret barrel], drawing a card and making sure he wouldn’t take any more damage this turn.
Albader set a back row card before passing play.
Marcus S. set 4 cards again.
Albader attacked, but [waboku] got activated. Marcus S. simply Chained 2 copies of [reckless] and [just desserts], which meant he would draw a couple of cards and deal a little bit of damage. Marcus S. then wanted to drop a [scarecrow], a card he drew, however, it wasn’t clear that he wanted to respond to the change of phases earlier when he activated [waboku] rather than the attack declaration. Since he never stated this (and it is otherwise assumed that the players agree on moving to a certain phase / step if they don’t explicitly state something else), the judge ruled that he no longer had the chance to discard [scarecrow], which cost him the game.
[h2]Albader sends us to a deciding Duel, tying the score![/h2]
Marcus S. had the perfect start, setting 5 back row cards before ending.
[tenki] got activated and Marcus S. was fine with that. Albader added [bujin yam] to his hand, he [ns]ed [bujin yam] and Marcus S. had no response. He took the damage, Albader set 3 back row cards and in the End Phase, he added [bujin crane] to his hand, discarding [bujin hare].
Marcus S. activated [reckless] and Albader c=Chained [decree]. [fairy wind] got Chained, [acc for] was next and 2 (!) copies of [chain strike] followed. This meant that Albader took 2400 damage from the first [chain strike], another 2000 from the second, 1800 damage from [fairy wind] and Marcus S. would also draw 4 (!) cards! What a blowout!
He then activated [duality], revealing [ccd], [secret barrel] and [scapegoat], adding the Trap Card to his hand. He [ns]ed [cobra] and attacked with it, adding another copy to his hand. Marcus S. then set 3 back row cards before ending.
A desperate [mst] tried to destroy [secret barrel], but Albader only hit a [mst] in the German’s back row. When he drew, [secret barrel] got activated and that meant game, set and match for Marcus S.!
[h2]Marcus S. wins the Match![/h2]
An amazing start in the third game left Bader Albader no chance to turn things around with Marcus S. staying undefeated in today’s competition.
Albader was quickly offering the handshake and congratulating his opponent on the win. He also gave him mad propz for not settling on one of the more popular Decks.