Round 3: National Champion Mini-Mega-Awesome Feature Match(es)
29.06.2013 | 17:10
National Champions from all over Europe have travelled to Frankfurt this weekend in an attempt to uphold their country’s honour and make history by becoming the first Duelists to ever win their National Championship and the European title in the same year. We’ll be catching up with some of the National Champions over the course of the weekend, letting you know what they’re playing and how they’re getting on in the tournament!
Considering how popular the ‘mega feature’ from Lille was, I’m going to bring you a slightly less ambitious ‘mini mega feature’ – featuring four of the National Champions.
Spaniard Rodrigo Togores needs no introduction – his record at National and European level is difficult to rival, with championships and top fours all over the place. This round he was paired against his friend, Soner Gungor, in a Dragon Ruler mirror match on table 89. Both Duelists were undefeated heading into this round so one friend would have an unblemished record and one would be licking their wounds after this match!
Table 136 saw Austrian Nico Prokic and his Constellar Deck go up against Dragon Rulers. As I arrived at the table Prokic was already shuffling up his cards for game two – despite having a [pwwb] for the opponent’s [sack] a [storm] taking out his three cards was too much to deal with. The second game looked a bit more promising with three set backrow and an [iiw], but his opponent played two [rejuv] and spent an [mst] at the [ep] to take his hand size down to six and deal with the Iron Wall; a win-win situation!
A turn later [eev] had dealt with Prokic’s remaining threats and unable to take his opponent’s Dracossack off the field, he offered the handshake.
[h2]Nico Prokic will continue with a 1-1-1 record.[/h2]
Germany’s reigning champion Duc Tran was competing on table 186 with a 1-1 record. He’s playing Spellbooks and was looking to overcome a Dragunity Dragon Ruler Deck. As I joined the table a [dux] was attacking over a [jowgen], allowing [vajrayana] to hit the field. It was for nothing though, as [sb fate] allowed a 3300atk [kycoo] (thanks [sb hall]) to take the game.
Table 230 played home to Alain Ly from France, packing Evilswarm. Rather than explain in detail how game one went, here’s a handy picture:
As you can see, Ly is not the one with a [sb jud] active, searching his Deck as a result of [sb sec]. He’s the one with one card left. It didn’t end too well.
The second game was slightly more in Ly’s favour – an early [ophion] supported by backrow was enough to cut off the Spellbook player’s hand of relatively dead cards. I’ll return for game three!
Back to table 89: Togores’ [a gaios] wasn’t enough to stand in the way of Gungor’s  and [blaster]. Especially when a [veiler] came down and turned Blaster into a [scrap d].Togores didn’t quite have enough to mount a sustainable comeback, ending with a [tdrag] and [redox] on the field.
Gungor punished him next turn as his field evolved in to [crimson blader], Scrap Dragon, Big Eye, [tidal] and Togores’ Redox! It was more than enough damage to end the first game.
A quick check back on table 186 sees Duc Tran open with a [sb jud] play that left him with [jowgen], [sb mag], [sb tower] and a set [sb fate] and [sb wisdom]. His opponent passed and on the following turn as a result of the cards searched from Judgment the turn before, Tran was able to put the hurt on – a combined 11 counter on [sb hall] with two Spellbook Magicians and a Jowgen – backed up by the protection was just too much to handle.
[h2] Duc Tran wins 2-0 and advances with a 2-1 record.[/h2]
Table 230 again for game three in Alain Ly’s match: his opponent makes a play with Spellbook of Judgment but Ly has the [droll] to completely lock down the turn. A revealed Wisdom was likely one of the two cards set to support [kycoo] as Ly began his turn.
[hole] baited out the Wisdom leaving Ly free to use [mst] on the other set card – a Fate as presumed. He summoned [ev castor] and [ev helio], attacked over the Kycoo and made Ophion in [mp2]. After searching for [i pand] it was as good as over – the Spellbook player had few cards in his hand after being shut down on his previous turn and couldn’t recover.
[h2]Alain Ly continues his quest for glory with a 2-1 record![/h2]
Back to the game crowded by many – Togores vs Gungor. Game two started the same as game one – with an [a gaios] and Redox from Togores. A momentary glance away was fatal as on second look the tabes had turned. Gungor had utilised an [econ] and taken Gaios, Blaster and Redox were on the field, and Togores had activated [maxx]. He [xyz]ed [sack] and it’s effect was negated by [veiler]. Gaios returned to Togores in the [ep].
Gungor played [vane]. Togores Summoned a smaller Dragon and used his own Controller to take hold of Dracossack. It tributed itself for it’s effect, destroying Emptiness in the process. His own Dracossack and pressed for damage.
Gungor used Blaster to destroy Gaios, and revived Tempest and Redox. Another Dracossack appeared(!) and Veiler combined with a token to make [arm], met by a Veiler from Togores. Time was called in this turn, so now it was all about the damage. Tidal was reborn, and along with Armory Arm took out Togores’ tokens before both Dracossacks crashed – Gungor still had tokens and therefore didn’t lose his. In his [mp2] he banished the Tidal with [7ss] and played [rejuv].
Togores played [sarco] for Blaster, searching another which he discarded for [lightning]’s effect, [ss]ing Tempest. He Summoned Tidal from the graveyard and the following Dracossack was met by an Effect Veiler. Tempest and Redox hit the field, and joined together to make [gdtc]. Togores wanted to run through a token for damage but Gungor avoided it with [chalice]. Armory Arm bit the dust and it was back to Gungor.
He finished it off quickly – an [electric virus] pinched Dracossack, and [hole] cleared the field of everything but Gungor’s double trouble Draco duo. The resulting damage was enough to finish the match, and Togores would have to battle through the rest of the Swiss rounds with a 2-1 record!
[h2]Check back later to see how more National Champions are doing![/h2]