Round 5: Niels Kühnberger (Dragon Ruler) vs Nathan Mills (Dragon Ruler)

Here is another of our Feature Matches from yesterday!

Round five sees famous Dragon Duelist Niels Kühnberger take on Hull’s Nathan Mills. Kühnberger recently returned from Las Vegas where he came fourth in the Dragon Duel World Championships. He lost the roll with his own traitorous die and Mills would start.

Mills opened with [ravine] and tossed [trigon] to send [redox] from the Deck to the Graveyard. He set two backrow and passed.

Kühnberger used a blind [mst] on Mills’ set Typhoon and used [7ss] to Banish [blaster] and draw two searching another Blaster. [coc] was next and pitched [corseca], before his Ravine was played over Mills’. Blaster was pitched to send his own Redox to the Graveyard. Mills activated [6s] and lost four cards from the top of his Deck, including a [tdrag]. Redox hit the field for the young Duelist in defence and he passed with four cards in hand.
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Nathan Mills is on home soil here in England!
Nathan Mills is on home soil here in England!

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Mills [ss]ed [blaster] by removing a Tempest and Redox, searching for both after Kühnberger drew a card for his [maxx]. [debris] and another Redox were added to the hand and he set a card before passing. Kühnberger’s Redox returned to the hand.

He drew and pitched Tempest for Ravine, sending [tidal] from the Deck to the Graveyard. He [ss]ed Redox again by removing Maxx “C” and Tempest, searching out another Tempest. He passed with four in hand again and Blaster returned to the Northern English Duelist’s hand.

Mills [ns]ed Debris and Kühnberger had another [maxx]. Trigon came back and turned into [afd], but when it hit the field Kühnberger had [tt]. Mill continued with [terraforming] to search and activate his own Ravine, and then discarded Redox to send Tempest from the Deck. His last two cards in hand were revealed to be [7ss] and Blaster, which combined to draw two cards and search another Blaster. Mills passed with no more plays.

Kühnberger started with a Sword to Banish Redox, searching another. He played Ravine which meant Mills’ left the field, and used it to pitch the Redox he just searched and send Trigon from the Deck. He [ns]ed [debris] and used it to revive Trigon, and when it hit the field [pwwb] from Mills sent Debris packing to the top of the Deck.
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This could have been nasty if Wing Blast wasn't there to save the day!
This could have been nasty if Wing Blast wasn't there to save the day!

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Kühnberger was left with his Ravine, Trigon and four in hand to Mills’ two in hand. He considered his options and revived Tidal by removing Tempest and Blaster, searching [f guard]. It was quickly discarded for [coc] and his Monsters made direct attacks, leaving Mills on 4900. Two backrow passed play back to the Englishman.

Mills banished Tempest and [afd] in an attempt to revive his Blaster but was in vain as it was met with [vane]. Tempest still searched [debris] and Mills passed, with Tidal returning to the hand.

Kühnberger used [7ss] to Banish his Tidal and searched another from it. Ravine was next, discarding that Tidal to send a Blaster. The young German had managed to work his way through most of his Deck. Redox was [ss]ed from the hand and Blaster was [ss]ed from the Graveyard by banishing a Tempest which searched a Debris. Attacks followed in to a [scarecrow] and [sack] followed. It spawned tokens and Tributed one to destroy his own Trigon. Kühnberger had a huge number more cards than his opponent and he kept the pressure on by setting three [st]s.

Mills drew to four in hand and flicked through his Graveyard before deciding to [ss] Redox. Kühnberger’s third [maxx] drew a sigh as the Earth Dragon sat in defence. Mills [ns]ed [corseca] and [synch]ed [colossal fighter]. He attempted to Deck out his opponent by attacking into Dracossack but [break] ended that plan. In [mp2] Blaster was revived and Kühnberger had five cards left in Deck. A set [st] ended the turn.
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Banished cards everywhere!
Banished cards everywhere!

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Kühnberger drew and immediately used [mst] on the backrow. It was revealed to be [chalice], chained on Dracossack. That was how Mills planned on Decking out Kühnberger on his last turn! Dracossack lost it’s effect but still paid the cost of detaching Blaster. Redox returned from the grave and Debris was Summoned with no effect. [star eater] came down and then Blaster returned. The resulting damage was more than enough to end the game!

[h2]Germany’s 13-year-old Duelist takes the first game![/h2]

Both players shuffled and Side-Decked. Although this is the first Dragon mirror match we’ve seen both Duelists have rigorously tested for this situation so were well prepared. Mills would start us off for Game Two.

[tdrag] was first, discarding itself and [debris] to search a [tidal], which was discarded with another to send [redox] from the Deck to the Graveyard. A set [st] ended the turn with two cards in hand.
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The young German said Vegas was a great trip for him!
The young German said Vegas was a great trip for him!

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[ravine] was first for Kühnberger, pitching [trigon] but meeting [mst]. Another Ravine discarded [blaster] to send [redox] from the Deck and he considered his plays. His in-hand cards were Blaster and Tempest and he tried to revive Redox by banishing the Tempest in the Graveyard and Blaster from hand. [crow] put an end to that but [f guard] and [debris] were still searched. Debris got Trigon back and made [afd], destroying Ravine and giving Kühnberger 1000 LP. He searched another Ravine. Fairy Dragon was in defence so he passed with three in hand.

Mills [ss]ed Redox from the Graveyard by Banishing [maxx] and Tempest. He searched [corseca] and [ns]ed it, making [crimson blader] and using [econ] to switch [afd] to attack. It attacked over and he activated [forest] before Setting his last card, a [st], and passing.

Kühnberger used Blaster to destroy Blader and passed.

Tidal was revived for Mills who then [ss]ed Tempest from the hand, Banishing Redox and searching another. Kühnberger took the 5000 damage and [sack] was made in [mp2], spawning tokens.
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Wild Dracossack appeared!
Wild Dracossack appeared!

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Kühnberger set a Field Spell card and revived his Blaster, attacking over a token. He Banished it with [7ss] in [mp2] and then set his hand – three backrow cards.

Mills detached Tidal to spawn two tokens and after seeing three and a half minutes left on the clock, Kühnberger decided to conceed and even the odds by starting fresh in Game Three.

[h2]Nathan Mills evens the score to make it one a piece![/h2]

Kühnberger was to go first in the last game, which was destined to reach overtime early on. He quickly played [7ss] Banishing Tidal to draw two and search another. He set two backrow and passed. Tidal and Tidal were discarded but [debunk] put an end to that. A backrow ended Mills’ turn.

Kühnberger discarded Blaster and Trigon to destroy a chained [6s], which lost him Tidal from the top of his Deck. When [debris] tried to bring back Trigon [crow] ended that idea. Kühnberger forgot to attack and set a second [st] before passing.

Mills [ss]ed Tidal by Banishing a Redox – he was met by [vane] but had the [mst]! Kühnberger chained [maxx] and searched another Redox. Tidal attacked over Debris leaving Kühnberger on 6400. Debris was next and [star eater] was [synch]ed.
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How to get around Star Eater...
How to get around Star Eater...

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Kühnberger activated [6s] and lost four cards from the top of his Deck. He played Ravine and discarded Blaster to send Tidal from the Deck. He [ss]ed Redox in defence and then revived Blaster too. A Banished Tempest searched Debris and both Dragons became a defence position [11]! Star Eater changed sides and Tidal was [ss]ed. Debris was [ns]ed and all of a sudden there were two Star Eaters on the field! They attacked and left Mills on 1600! A huge move from the young German.

It was all down to this. Mills drew and knew he had to make it count on this turn otherwise it was all over!
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...make your own and steal the opponent's!!
...make your own and steal the opponent's!!

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He [ss]ed Tidal and attacked over Big Eye, still in the Battle Phase he activated [econ]! Star Eaters clashed heads and in [mp2] Redox was [ss]ed in defence. It was all Mills had! He passed.

Kühnberger revived his Redox by Banishing a Tempest and took a Corsesca from the Deck. He Summoned Blaster by Banishing a Tidal and searched another. Corsesca was [ns]ed and [aoz] hit the field! Mills knew it was over and conceded straight away!

[h2]Nils Kühnberger wins the final game and will continue with a 4-1 record![/h2]

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