Round 4: Michael Ciplak (AUS – Herald) vs. Mirco Engel (GER – Geargia)
Michael Ciplak is no stranger to top competition. Unlike many other known players, he’s often picking a Deck that few people have on the radar. His run with Fire Kings has finally come to an end, he left both the Battlin’ Boxers as well as his [cd] OTK Deck at home too and that’s why he’s running a [herald] Deck today!
His opponent is Mirco Engel from Germany who also came close before, but he doesn’t sport a record as impressive as Ciplak. All of that might change today, however, so let’s see how this game will unfold.
Ciplak kicked things off with [sonic bird], which got him [ara], he activated it, [ss]ed [herald] and he passed.
[hole] got countered by the effect of [herald], Engel then added [g arsenal] and [g auto] to his field and [g arsenal] attacked over [sonic bird]. In [mp] 2, he overlaid his monsters for , he set 2 and he ended.
[rites] got Ciplak another [herald], he then [ns]ed [aratama] and it was met with [bts]. That caused another activation of [herald].
[nikitama] got added to Ciplak’s hand, he ended his turn and [aratama] returned to his hand.
 activated its effect and once again, Ciplak chained the effect of [herald]. [bts] got banished from the Graveyard so Engel would finally get rid of [herald], he then [ns]ed [g mk2], this got him [g auto] back, he attacked and ended.
Ciplak was nonplussed; he [ns]ed [aratama] once again, netting him [izanami]. He followed it up with [ara], which got him a fresh [herald], just like before in face-up [def]. With that, he ended his turn.
“2 or 3 cards in your hand?”, Engel asked. “4”, Ciplak replied. His Deck was apparently doing what it was supposed to. Engel then added a card to each zone before passing.
[aratama] got Ciplak another copy of [nikitama]. He attacked into [prison] and Engel let out a sign of relief – “finally, it’s gone!”
 tried to take down [herald], but Ciplak chained its effect. A second [bts] from Engel got chained, but Ciplak simply chained the effect of [herald] again. [g armor] then allowed Engel to search his Deck for [g mk2]. It also hit play, it brought back [g arsenal], Engel then went for [ddw] and he destroyed it to make sure [herald] would finally leave play.
More Xyz Summons followed; the 2 copies of [g mk2] got Engel , he detached a Material, attacked, Ciplak was left with 2000 Life Points and after setting a Spell or Trap Card as well as flipping [g armor] face-down again, it was back to the Austrian.
He only set a monster.
[g armor] got Engel [g mk2]. He added it to the field, it brought back a copy from his Graveyard and before Engel could even announce that he was going for [gt alucard], Ciplak shuffled up.
[h2]Mirco Engel takes the lead![/h2]
“You wanna know why he wins? [bts]!”, Ciplak explained, seemingly unhappy. “Is it this good against your Deck?”, a surprised Engel asked, causing Ciplak to make a face that told a rather one-sided story.
With that, we were ready for the second game, where once again the Austrian superstar would go first.
Once again, Ciplak had [sonic bird] to search for [ara].
Engel set a monster and 4 [sts] – certainly a strong start for a Geargia Deck!
Ciplak [ns]ed [manju] and this got him [herald]. He followed it up with [ara], sending [megami] to his Graveyard and Engel activated [tt] after it hit play. A second copy of [megami] was sent to the Graveyard for the first [herald] activation.
[calk] got summoned, it attacked over [g armor], which got Engel [g auto] and that concluded the turn.
Engel set a card to each zone.
Ciplak [ns]ed [aratama]. This got him [nikitama]. He proceeded with the Battle Phase.
[g auto] got destroyed in battle, Ciplak used the effect of [herald] to make sure Engel wouldn’t get to add a card to his hand, he discarded [nikitama], Ciplak set a Spell or Trap Card, but his [mst] got destroyed by Engel’s copy during his End Phase.
Just like he did before, Engel set a card to each zone – this game was all defense for him so far.
[manju] got [ns]ed and Engel flipped [bts]. The Austrian had to ponder over this one for a bit, he then activated the effect of [calk] and that meant he was able to add [herald] to his hand. [kristya] was supposed to follow suit, Engel flipped [bth], but Ciplak negated it with the effect of [herald], while the effect of [kristya] allowed him to return [nikitama] back to his hand.
Minutes after the attacks connected, the dust still hadn’t settled…
[h2]Ciplak ties the score![/h2]
A great comeback for Michael Ciplak who dominated the second game start to finish. [kristya] is certainly a very strong choice in the current metagame were most Decks rely entirely on their Special Summons.
Engel started with 2 copies of [upstart] in the final Duel. He then set a monster as well as 4 [sts].
Ciplak found [sonic bird] and Engel flipped [macro]. Ciplak didn’t seem impressed. He added [ara] to his hand, Engel read over it again and then it was back to Engel. Or rather it was supposed to; [g gear] got him [geargiano] and [g mk2].
Engel [fs]ed [g armor] and this got him [g auto]. He then proceeded with a [xyz] and [ggx] hit play. It detached and Engel went searching for another [g auto]. He [ss]ed both copies of [g auto], another Xyz Summon followed and this got him the second [ggx]. Just like before, Engel detached for the effect of [ggx], he added the last [g auto] from his Deck to his hand, but it wouldn’t stay there for long, also joining the fray. Engel hit the repeat button for yet another time and the third copy of [ggx] got him [g arsenal].
2800 Life Points remained after all of Engel’s monsters connected. In [mp] 2, [g arsenal] left play so [g armor] would hit the field, it flipped itself face-down and that concluded the turn.
Ciplak had a hand full of cards, but not that many Life Points remaining and Engel was of course far ahead on the field.
The Austrian tried to come back with [nikitama]. [yaksha] followed suit and it tried to return a set [bth] to Engel’s hand. Engel simply chained the Trap Card and that’s when Ciplak extended the hand.
[h2]Mirco Engel takes the win![/h2]
Michael Ciplak was seemingly disappointed after the outcome of the game. He had a [mst] in hand, but he didn’t activate it first before summoning [yaksha]. He wouldn’t take the 50 / 50, but he might have gotten lucky and that would have allowed him to come back from this seemingly unwinnable situation with the help of [eek].
Sometimes, you have to take your chances rather than trying to go for maximum card advantage!