Round 3: Umut Serin (TUR) vs Oliver König (GER)

We’ve made it to round three in good time today and now have another great Feature Match to look forward to. Umut Serin is this years’ Turkish National Champion although he lives in Germany… but is a Turkish national! Work that one out yourself. His opponent is Oliver König from Ravensburg in South Germany. Both Duelists have one win and one loss so the winner here would be far more likely to progress through the later stages of the tournament!

Both players shuffled thoroughly – as both were German speaking it was a relatively pleasant affair with some nice small talk about where they play. Serin rolled a 1 and threw his arms up in a “what can you do?” manner – and once again when König rolled a 6!

The Turkish champion was here with his Mermail Deck while his German opponent was here with Madolche.
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Umut Serin was looking to progress with Mermails!
Umut Serin was looking to progress with Mermails!

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König started things off with [engelee]. It was tributed to bring out [mad hoot] which pulled out [mad eis] and [m ticket] was added and activated. Two set backrows concluded the first turn – a strong opening.

Serin drew to six and discarded [a mark] to Special Summon [a teus] in [atk]. Marksman sniped a [wiretap] while Abyssteus fished out [a pike]. He Summoned [a ocea] and brought out [linde] and [a gunde] before using all three of them to [xyz] [tel]. It declared an attack on Hootcake but was met with a [prison]! That was a lot of hard work from Serin which all amounted to nothing! He entered his [mp2] and activated [hole] which meant both Madolche monsters went back in to the Deck and Ticket allowed König to search another [engelee]. [moulin] was next and stole the [engelee] and an [instant fusion] from König’s hand, leaving him with two cards. Serin passed.

König drew and Summoned [mad hoot]. It Banished [engelee] to Summon [mad eis] and search [mad chat]. He set another backrow before passing.
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Moulinglacia stood in the way of the Madolches!
Moulinglacia stood in the way of the Madolches!

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Serin simply drew and passed his turn with no play and just [moulin] on the field.

König Summoned [mad magi] which searched a third [engelee] to the German’s hand. Magileine and Messengelato were used to [xyz] [101] and take [moulin] from Serin. Hootcake was used, Banishing the Magileine to [ss] [mad miau]. The two combined to [xyz] [leviair] which detached to [ss] a Banished [engelee]. It used the effect to [ss] another Hootcake from Deck and everything attacked! It was a total of 5900 damage and play was back with Serin.
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A strong play from König to swing the game in his favour!
A strong play from König to swing the game in his favour!

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[a pike] was Summoned, discarding a second copy to search [a mark]. Serin set a [st] and activated [allure] but when he didn’t draw a Dark Monster instantly conceded! It was a desperation play and didn’t come through for the Turkish native in the end.
[h2]Oliver König takes the first game with some strong Madolche plays![/h2]

The players chatted a little while Side Decking and the atmosphere was very pleasant – neither were overly stressed and just wanted to enjoy the day which was conducive to a great Dueling environment. It looked like Serin was using his Side Deck to alter a few cards more than König was but would it be effective? We would soon find out with game two!
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The German Duelist decided Madolche was the best Deck for this weekend.
The German Duelist decided Madolche was the best Deck for this weekend.

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Serin started things off in the second game by fist-bumping his opponent in a great show of sportsmanship and setting three backrow cards and a Monster.

König only set two backrow and a Monster but in his Main Phase [sphere] was used to bring out [linde]. It was destroyed in the [ep] and [ss]ed [a pike] which discarded [a leed] to search [undine].

Serin drew for his turn and Summoned the [undine] he had just searched. He sent [a mark] to search out his [controller] and Marksman destroyed a set [fiendish]. [linde] was flipped and used with Undine to [xyz] [gt alucard] and destroy a set [prison]. [sphere] flipped and got another [a pike] which, along with the other, made [dweller] and detached so that the set [icehand] couldn’t activate.
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A very strong opening from the Turkish champion!
A very strong opening from the Turkish champion!

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König went on the defensive, setting a Monster and two backrow.

Serin drew and used Alucard to target a [fiendish] which was chained on Dweller. Dweller’s effect was used in response and it was switched to defence before Alucard ran over another Ice Hand.

Serin set another backrow and passed, while König Summoned a newly drawn [firehand] and attacked over Dweller.

Alucard went to defence and Serin set a third [st] before passing.

[mad chat] was activated and König revealed his last card in hand, [mad hoot], by Summoning it. The effect was activated and Ice Hand was Banished to [ss] [mad eis] and search out a [m ticket].
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König had turned things around sharpish!
König had turned things around sharpish!

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König entered his Battle Phase and Serin thought for a moment before agreeing to progress. Hootcake attacked Alucard and [mst] in response destroyed [mad chat] thus reducing the ATK back to 1500 and dealing damage to König. Without a Monster big enough to beat over the Ghostrick he proceeded to [mp2] and [xyz]ed his own [dweller] using everything other than his Hootcake. Serin sat back in his chair, exasperated at his lack of options. “Nothing” he said, fed up. König passed his turn.

Alucard went straight to attack and beat over the Dweller before Serin set a third backrow. He was relieved that the Dweller was gone but knew that Hootcake would be able to use it’s effect again on the next turn.

He was right to think that, as Dweller was Banished from the Graveyard and [mad eis] came out. It was met with [bth] and König still added [mad chat] to his hand. It was activated and shuffled back the Madolche’s in his Graveyard enabling him to add [engelee] to his hand thanks to Ticket. Hootcake went to attack over Alucard but [malevolent] was activated! It was an absolute catastrophe for König as it wiped the [st]s on the field including [mad chat] which once again reduced the attack of Hootcake. König ended with nothing!

Serin Summoned [a pike] and on seeing it König shuffled up his cards as the score was evened!
[h2]Serin pulls back a very tight game two thanks to a huge Malevolent Catastrophe![/h2]

Time was called just as the players drew their hands for game three and so there would be five additional turns after König’s first. He Summoned [engelee] and [ss]ed [mad hoot] in [def]. It searched [mad eis] which got [m ticket]. It was activated and König set a backrow to accompany it before passing.
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Serin's strong game two opening had been returned in kind!
Serin's strong game two opening had been returned in kind!

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Serin discarded [ahi] for [a teus] and König had a [maxx]. Abyssteus was placed in Attack Position and Ticket was destroyed. [a pike] was searched and Summoned, discarding an [a mark] and destroying a set [prison] before fishing an [a gunde] out from the Deck. [mind control] took König’s [mad eis] and he attacked Hootcake with both of his Monsters for fun. In [mp2] König’s Monster was placed under [103] as a material along with Abysspike.

König drew and used the effect of Hootcake – Serin responded with his own [maxx]. He looked at me despairingly and exclaimed that it was his sixth card – if he had drawn it on the first turn it would have provided far more of an advantage. [mad miau] was [ss]ed in Defence and Serin drew a card. König set a card in both zones, unwilling to give any more advantage to Serin, and shuffled his Hootcake back in to the Deck in the End Phase.

Serin drew and pondered his options before Summoning [linde]. In the Battle Phase he sent [103] to attack over a set [firehand] which destroyed Abyssteus. Abysslinde attacked over [mad miau] which went back in to the Deck.
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König would have to make his final turn count.
König would have to make his final turn count.

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Play was back with König on his last turn of the standard overtime proceedings. He needed to deal some damage this turn if he wanted to stand a chance of winning the game so considered his options carefully before Summoning [engelee]. It was used to [ss] a [mad hoot] from the Deck which was used to Banish [engelee] and Summon [mad magi] in Attack Position. [mind control] took Abysslinde which was used with Hootcake to [xyz] [leviair]. It bought back [engelee]. Ice Hand and Magileine were used to [xyz] [101] and take [103] from Serin. ARK and Leviair both attacked for 3900 and König played [mad chat] before passing.
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...and that's what he did! A great power play.
...and that's what he did! A great power play.

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Serin drew on what would be the final turn of the match and fanned out his Graveyard to assess his options. He had four cards in hand and needed to clear König’s impressive field and deal at least 3900 damage to stay in the game. He decided there was no way he could do it and offered his opponent a handshake!

[h2]Oliver König sees off the Turkish National Champion in a tense 2-1 victory![/h2]

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