Round 3 Feature Match: Vincent Ralambomiadana vs Umut Serin
Vincent Ralambomiadana is no stranger to big occasions. He travelled all the way to the United States to win SHONEN JUMP Championship Columbus last year, and just last month finished 2nd in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Videogame World Championship in Los Angeles. His opponent is Umut Serin, a Turkish Duelist who now lives in Germany and has won several major tournaments here. This is a classic X-Saber versus Infernity matchup with 2 very experienced Duelists, so it’s bound to be full of explosive action!
Ralambomiadana chose to go first, rolling a 4 to Serin’s 2. He started the Match with Pot of Duality, revealing another Duality, Enemy Controller and Giant Trunade. He took Trunade, Set a monster and Set Mystical Space Typhoon to finish.
Serin Summoned Dark Grepher and activated its effect, sending Infernity Beetle from his hand to the Graveyard to send Infernity Archfiend from his Deck to the same location. Grepher attacked into Ralambomiadana‘s XX-Saber Emmersblade, allowing the French Duelist to Summon XX-Saber Darksoul from his Deck in Defence Position. Serin ended his turn with that.
Ralambomiadana drew Torrential Tribute, asked how many cards were in Serin’s hand (3), and flipped his Set Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Infernity Inferno, which was Chained. Serin discarded Infernity Necromancer to send another Infernity Archfiend to his Graveyard. Ralambomiadana Summoned XX-Saber Fulhelmknight, Tuned it with his Level 3 Darksoul for Goyo Guardian, and attacked Dark Grepher, Special Summoning it to his side of the field. He then Set 2 Spells or Traps, and added another Fulhelmknight to his hand in the End Phase with Darksoul’s effect.
Serin Set a monster and a backrow to empty his hand before playing ZERO-MAX. After some serious thought he decided to Summon Infernity Necromancer from his Graveyard, destroying nothing with Zero’s effect (as Necromancer had 0 ATK). Necromancer got him an Archfiend from his Graveyard, and Serin added Infernity Launcher to his hand with Archfiend’s effect. He activated it, sent it to the Graveyard and Special Summoned Infernity Beetle and his other Archfiend (which got him an Infernity Barrier from his Deck). Ralambomiadana responded with Book of Moon, flipping Beetle face-down so that Serin couldn’t Synchro Summon. Serin set Barrier and ended, he couldn’t attack because of ZERO-MAX’s effect.
Ralambomiadana drew Dark Hole and activated Giant Trunade, sending all Spells and Traps back to both players’ hands. He Summoned Fulhelmknight, turned Grepher to Attack Position and entered his Battle Phase. Goyo Guardian took down Necromancer, and Ralambomiadana Summoned it. Fulhelmknight ran over Beetle, letting Ralambomiadana Summon his XX-Saber Darksoul from his Graveyard. Dark Grepher destroyed Plaguespreader Zombie in battle as well. In Main Phase 2, Ralambomiadana Synchro Summoned Mist Wurm (Necromancer + Darksoul + Fulhelmknight), sending Serin’s 2 Infernity Archfiends back to his hand. Ralambomiadana added X-Saber Pashuul to his hand with Darksoul’s effect in the End Phase .
The Lifepoints stood at 6900-8000, with Ralambomiadana leading. Serin Summoned one of his Infernity Archfiends and sent the other to the top of his Deck to Summon Plaguespreader Zombie from his Graveyard. He Synchro Summoned Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier (Level 6) and discarded Barrier and Necromancer, considered sending Goyo Guardian back to Ralambomiadana’s Extra Deck, but sent Mirror Force and Torrential Tribute away instead (he was worried about Bottomless Trap Hole, which would leave him with no monsters). Serin then activated another ZERO-MAX to Summon Infernity Necromancer from his Graveyard (“Well played, good move” was the response from Ralambomiadana). Necromancer got Serin and Infernity Beetle, and both Duelists agreed it was Serin’s only viable option. Serin Tributed his Beetle for 2 more from his Deck, and checked both Graveyards to see how many Warriors were present (Ralambomiadana had 2 to Serin’s 0, he was considering Summoning Colossal Fighter at this point). He Synchro Summoned Ally of Justice Catastor (Necromancer + a Beetle). He couldn’t attack due to ZERO-MAX, so he Tuned Brionac and his other Beetle together for Infernity Doom Dragon destroying Goyo Guardian and dealing 1400 Life Points of damage to Ralambomiadana before ending his turn.
Ralambomiadana drew Solemn Judgment, Normal SummonedX-Saber Pashuul, and brought out his own Brionac (Tuning Pashuul with Dark Grepher) discarding Torrential Tribute and Dark Hole to clear Serin’s field. He attacked with Brionac and Mist Wurm for 4800 Life Points (bringing Serin down to 2100), Set his Solemn Judgment and ended.
Serin asked if Ralambomiadana had Solemn Judgment Set, Ralambomiadana revealed it, and Serin conceded.
Vincent Ralambomiadana wins a very tactical Duel 1!
Serin opted to go first in Duel 2. He Normal Summoned Dark Grepher, discarded Infernity Necromancer and sent Infernity Archfiend to his Graveyard. He Set 2 Spells or Traps and end his turn with 2 cards in-hand.
Ralambomiadana 3 Spells and Traps on his turn.
Serin drew and played Mystical Space Typhoon, destroying Book of Moon. Infernity Inferno was then flipped, and Ralambomiadana Chained Trap Stun (Serin couldn’t discard anything as Inferno’s effect doesn’t have a cost). Serin activated One for One, discarded Infernity Mirage to Summon another one from his Deck, and Tributed it to Summon Archfiend and Necromancer from his Graveyard. Archfiend got Serin Infernity Beetle, which was Summoned and Tributed for 2 more. He made 2 Synchro Summons after this, first for Splended Rose, and then Goyo Guardian. Necromancer’s effect activated next, bringing back Archfiend which got Serin his Infernity Launcher from his Deck. He activated it and Ralambomiadana immediately destroyed it with Mystical Space Typhoon. Archfiend, Splended Rose and Goyo all attacked and Ralambomiadana was suddenly on 1200 Life Points.
Ralambomiadana drew Pot of Duality and played it. He revealed 2 XX-Saber Fullhelmknight and a XX-Saber Emmersblade. He added the Emmersblade to his hand and Set it.
Serin Set a Spell/Trap, and Necromancer Summoned Infernity Beetle from Serin’s Graveyard. He Synchro Summoned Infernity Doom Dragon (Splended Rose + Beetle), destroyed Emmersblade with its effect and Ralambomiadana conceded!
Umut Serin levels the score with 2 minutes to spare!
Ralambomiadana went first in Duel 3 Summoning Thunder King Rai-Oh, before Setting Solemn Judgment and Solemn Warning.
Serin played Dark Hole, destroying Rai-Oh, and then Set 3 Spells or Traps.
Ralambomiadana drew Solemn Warning just as time was called. 3 turns would remain after this one, and the Duelist with higher Life Points would win the Match. Ralambomiadana Normal Summoned XX-Saber Boggart Knight and activated its effect with priority. Serin Chained Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Solemn Judgment. Ralambomiadana Special Summoned XX-Saber Fulhelmknight with Boggart Knight’s effect, and Serin had no response. Ralambomiadana then Summoned XX-Saber Faultroll, Synchro Summoned X-Saber Urbellum (Fulhelmknight + Boggart Knight)in Defence Position and brought back Fulhelmknight with Faultroll’s effect. Ralambomiadana attacked with Fulhelmknight and Faultroll (he feared Mirror Force, but Serin didn’t have it Set) to bring Serin down to 4300. Ralambomiadana ended his turn.
Serin drew, activated Infernity Inferno, and discarded Hero’s Rule 2 and Infernity Beetle to send Necromancer and Archfiend to his Graveyard. ZERO-MAX came down next, but Ralambomiadana negated it with Solemn Warning (Ralambomiadana paid 2000 Life Points, but still led by 1700). Serin ended.
Ralambomiadana, drew XX-Saber Darksoul and checked Serin’s Graveyard. He turned X-Saber Urbellum to Attack Position, attacked with all of his monsters, and the match was over!
Vincent Ralambomiadana comes out on top after an exhilarating 3 Duels!
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