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Round 3 Feature Match – Joseph Wagstaff (60 card Pendulum Kozmo) vs James Ho (Burning Abyss)

16.01.2016 | 12:22 |

Round 3 is underway here in Sydney, and we’ve got 2 undefeated Duelists hoping to keep that streak alive! Joseph Wagstaff has come from Cairns, with an innovative 60-card Deck featuring Kozmos, Performapals, and Magicians! James Ho is from Sydney, bringing his tried and true Burning Abyss to the party. Will the innovative nature of Joseph’s Deck or the reliability of James’ Burning Abyss win in this Duel?

Joseph won the die roll and elected to go second. James’ opening hand contained Fiendish Rhino Warrior, Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss and Horn of Heaven. He Normal Summoned Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Special Summon Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, then used them to Xyz Summon Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. Dante detached Graff to send Horn of Heaven, Tour Guide From the Underworld and Fiend Griefing to the Graveyard. Graff Special Summoned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Deck with its effect. James then Set 2 backrow cards and passed the turn.

Joseph started with 2 Performapal Camelump, Emergency Teleport, Quaking Mirror Force and Call of the Haunted. He drew a second Quaking Mirror Force. He Set all of his Spells and Traps, then a Camelump, and passed the turn. In his End Phase, James used Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss, Tributing Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss and Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to destroy Joseph’s Quaking Mirror Force, Call of the Haunted, and Emergency Teleport. Cir Summoned Dante from the Graveyard, and Dante added Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from James’ Graveyard to his hand.

 

Joseph drew a card, and immediately regretted it. “No way, did I really just do that? I forgot my Scarm search!” He’d forgotten to search with Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss after it was sent to the Graveyard while attached to Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss! He switched Dante to Attack Position, Normal Summon Fiendish Rhino Warrior, then attacked into the Set Performapal Camelump, taking 400 damage (James 7600). In Main Phase 2, he Xyz Summoned Downerd Magician with Dante, and Set 1 card to end his turn.

Joseph drew and Normal Summoned Performapal Skullcrobat Joker, but James used Horn of Heaven! He sent Downerd Magician to negate the Summon of Skullcrobat and destroy it, while the attached Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss returned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to James’ hand. Joseph passed.

James drew a card, then Normal Summoned Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss. He Xyz Summoned Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss, and used its effect, detaching Graff and sending 2 Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss and Quaking Mirror Force to the Graveyard. Then, Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss allowed him to Special Summon Cagna, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Deck. Dante attacked Performapal Camelump, but Joseph had Quaking Mirror Force to flip James’ monsters face-down! James Set a card to his backrow and ended his turn.

 

Joseph drew Kozmo Goodwitch. He considered his Extra Deck options before Normal Summoning Performapal Camelump. He then attacked the Set Cagna, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, which sent Good & Evil in the Burning Abyss to James’ Graveyard with its effect. In Main Phase 2, Joseph Xyz Summoned Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and ended his turn, but James used Raigeki Break, discarding Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to destroy his Set Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss! Cir’s effect Summoned Dante, the attached Fiendish Rhino Warrior sent Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Deck to the Graveyard, and Dante added Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to James’ hand. Then Scarm added another monster to James’ hand.

James drew a card, then banished Good & Evil in the Burning Abyss from his Graveyard, sending Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to the Graveyard to add Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to James’ hand. Graff Special Summoned Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Deck with its effect. Then, James Normal Summoned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Xyz Summoned his final Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. He detached Cir to mill Draghig, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, Dark Hole and Skill Drain. Cir’s effect Special Summoned Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss from the Graveyard, and the sent Draghig put The Traveler and the Burning Abyss on top of the Deck.

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James then used his 2 Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss to make Number F0: Utopic Future! He attacked Joseph’s Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon to take it, then attacked Joseph directly with his two monsters (Joseph 3000). James Set 2 card and passed the turn.

Joseph drew a card, then Normal Summoned Kozmo Goodwitch! James was very surprised. Joseph paid 500 Life Points (2500) to put Number F0: Utopic Future face-down. Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon detached an Xyz Material to steal 500 ATK from Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss, raising it to 3000 ATK. He then attacked Dante, which added Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to James’ hand. Kozmo Goodwitch attacked the Set Number F0: Utopic Future, only to have it be flipped face-up and protected by its effect! He ended his turn.

 

James drew the The Traveler and the Burning Abyss he put there last turn. He Normal Summoned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, which was sent to the Graveyard due to effect. However, its effect Special Summoned Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss again. He switched Number F0: Utopic Future to Attack Position, attacked Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon, and used it to destroy Kozmo Goodwitch, then attacked directly with Dante (Joseph 300). James Set 1 card and passed the turn.

Joseph drew Kozmo Dark Destroyer. He Normal Summoned Kozmoll Wickedwitch and switched Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragonto Defence mode.

James drew a card and smiled. “You’re not gonna like this!”. He Normal Summoned Barbar, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, and it was sent to the Graveyard immediately, where he could use its direct damage effect to end the Duel!

James closes out the first game by slowly grinding out advantage with Dante and Number F0: Utopic Future, before ending it with some hard to stop direct damage. Can he continue this in Game 2?

 

After a couple of minutes of Side Decking, the Duelists are ready for Game 2.

James will take the first move again in this game.

He began with Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, Rubic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, Crane Crane, Bottomless Trap Hole and The Traveler and the Burning Abyss. He Normal Summoned Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, then Special Summoned Rubic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Xyz Summoned Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. He then detached Scarm to send 2 Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Fiendish Rhino Warrior to the Graveyard. Warrior sent Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to the Graveyard, which Special Summoned Cagna, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Deck. During the End Phase, Scarm added Tour Guide From the Underworld to James’ hand.

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Joseph opened with 2 Kozmo Farmgirl, Wisdom-Eye Magician, Call of the Haunted and The Monarchs Stormforth. He drew Oafdragon Magician, and activated The Monarchs Stormforth. He Tributed Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss to Normal Summon Oafdragon Magician. Dante added Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to James’ hand. Oafdragon destroyed Cagna, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, which sent Good & Evil in the Burning Abyss to the Graveyard. Joseph ended his turn.

James drew a card, then banished Good & Evil in the Burning Abyss to send Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and add [firelake] to his hand. Graff Special Summoned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Deck. Then, James Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld, destroying Cir in the process. Cir Special Summoned Dante from the Graveyard, while Tour Guide Special Summoned Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Deck. He Xyz Summoned another Dante, and used its effect to detach Scarm and send Soul Charge, Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, and Horn of Heaven to the Graveyard. He attacked Oafdragon Magician with Dante, then directly with the second (Joseph 6600). He changed them to Defence position with their effects, Set 1 card, and added Barbar, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss thanks to Scarm’s effect in the End Phase.

 

Joseph drew a card and Normal Summoned Kozmo Farmgirl. He Set 1 card and passed the turn. In the End Phase, James used Fire Lake of the Burning Abyss, targeting Kozmo Farmgirl and Call of the Haunted. Joseph used Farmgirl’s effect to banish herself and Special Summon Kozmo Dark Destroyer! The Dark Destroyer had no monsters to destroy, but the 2 Dantes added Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Graff, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to James’ hand. James then used Traveler to return both the Dantes to the field!

After a long End Phase, James began his turn. He drew and Normal Summoned Crane Crane! The Crane Crane Special Summoned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Graveyard, and James Xyz Summoned his third Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss. His other two Dantes Xyz Summoned Number F0: Utopic Future. The new Dante detached Crane Crane to send Raigeki Break, Phoenix Wing Wind Blast and Dark Hole to the Graveyard. He attacked Kozmo Dark Destroyer with Number F0: Utopic Future, stealing it. He then hit Joseph with it and Dante for 5500 damage (Joseph 1100). In Main Phase 2, James made Downerd Magician in Defence Position using his Dante. He then ended.

 

Joseph drew Solemn Warning – not the best draw here! He Normal Summoned Wisdom-Eye Magician, and attacked and destroyed Downerd Magician with it. Dante added Cir to James’ hand, while Cir Special Summoned Dante again. He Set 1 card and passed.

James drew a second Crane Crane! He Special Summoned Rubic, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, then Synchro Summoned Virgil, Rock Star of the Burning Abyss. Virgil used its effect, discarding Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss to shuffle Joseph’s Set card into the Deck. Cir Summoned Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss from the Graveyard, which was destroyed due to Number F0: Utopic Future. Farfa then banished the Wisdom-Eye Magician until the End Phase. After taking the Kozmo Dark Destroyer with Number F0: Utopic Future, an attack from Virgil sealed the deal!

James Ho moves on undefeated with his Burning Abyss Deck!