Round 5: Sergio Cavaliere (Hieratic) vs. Thomas Nezereau (Mermail)

In case you read our Overview of the Creative Decks in Round 4 article, you’ll be aware of Sergio Cavaliere piloting a Hieratic Deck today!
His Round 5 opponent is Thomas Nezereau, who’s relying on the power of the Mermail archetype. Could the Hieratic Dragons win the race between these 2 explosive Decks?
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Would Sergio Cavaliere's streak hold the opposition of the Mermail Deck?
Would Sergio Cavaliere's streak hold the opposition of the Mermail Deck?

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Cavaliere won the die roll and opted to go first. He set a back row card and ended. Nezereau matched it with a Set monster and play was back to Cavaliere. He passed without performing any actions.

On the fourth turn, Nezereau used [mst] to get rid of [decree], which seemingly gave him something to think about. He [ns]ed [diva], to which Cavaliere responded with [maxx]. [amark] entered the field, both allies were tuned to [catastor] and it dealt the first damage, leaving Cavaliere on 5800 Life Points. No shenanigans ([gorz], [trag] and the like) followed, so play was back to Cavaliere.
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The Hieratic crazyness began!
The Hieratic crazyness began!

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[eset] hit the field, it was Tributed for [nebthet] and that triggered the effect of [eset], allowing Cavaliere to [ss] [meteor dragon] from his Deck. He ditched another copy of [eset] for the effect of [nebthet], destroying [catastor]. The effect of [eset] also triggered, which allowed Cavaliere to [ss] [luster dragon 2] to his side of the field.
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It seemed like Cavaliere had a magic bag full of Dragons, all eager to come out!
It seemed like Cavaliere had a magic bag full of Dragons, all eager to come out!

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Both Normal Monsters were then used to [xyz] [atum], this allowed Cavaliere to [ss] another copy of [nebthet] from his Deck, he used its effect to Tribut the other copy on the field that had already used its effect, destroying [linde], which allowed Nezereau to [ss] [pike] from his Deck. It missed its timing, however, thanks to the other effect of [nebthet], so Nezereau was in a much worse position than he wanted to be.

It was still Cavaliere’s turn. He now used [convo], adding yet more dragons, [su] came down and after another flurry of Special Summons that were impossible to keep track of, his field looked like this:
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The Dragons didn't just flood the field, they also started to pile up in the Graveyard!
The Dragons didn't just flood the field, they also started to pile up in the Graveyard!

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More Special Summons! Both [61] and [redmd] hit the field, [birdman] followed, returning [redmd], but it didn’t stay there for long, coming down once again and in the end, Cavaliere suddenly made [gottoms] and [gaia dragon] (seemingly) appear out of nowhere!
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Some call it a Feature Match, I call it the "Dragon Photo Diary"...
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If it weren’t for [gorz], the Duel would have been over right then and there. Still, Nezereau was forced to use it early on, so Cavaliere could attack over both [gorz] and the token and in [mp] 2, he used the effect of [gottoms] to strip Nezereau of a card from his hand: [linde]. Nezereau let out a sigh.

Cavaliere eventually passed, Nezereau drew, but it wasn’t what he needed, staring down a field of impressive Dragons and Xyz Monsters and he decided that it would be better to continue with game 2!

[h2]Sergio Cavaliere unleashes the Hieratic Dragons and takes the lead![/h2]

Wow, what a game! It was impossible to keep track at times with Cavaliere Special Summoning one dragon after another. Could he do the same in the second game?!
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Thomas Nezereau's Mermails needed to up the ante to keep the pace with the Hieratic Dragons!
Thomas Nezereau's Mermails needed to up the ante to keep the pace with the Hieratic Dragons!

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This time it was Nezereau starting the game, with [pike] discarding [adrag] to add both [megalo] and [linde] to his Hand. He Set [mst] and [asphere], concluding the turn.

Cavaliere had to think about his opening for a little while. He summoned [eset], Tributed it for [su], the effect of [eset] kicked in, allowing him to [ss] [luster dragon 2] from his Deck. He used the effect of [su], Tributing [nebt] from his hand, to which Nezereau chained the targeted card: [asphere]. Cavaliere chained [mst] from his hand to destroy the other Set card, hitting an [mst]. [linde] hit and left the field, allowing Nezereau to [ss] [megalo].
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Watch and pay attention and you'll see more Dragons appear and Water Monsters disappear...
Watch and pay attention and you'll see more Dragons appear and Water Monsters disappear...

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[meteor dragon] came down and both Normal Monsters were used to [ss] [atum]. Cavaliere wasted no time, activating its effect to also add [nebt] to his side of the field. He Tributed [su], getting [dragoncurse] from his Deck, then he used both monsters to [xyz] [61] and that allowed him to get rid of [megalo], leaving Nezereau without a field. 2 copies of [gaia dragon] were next, attacks followed and that left Nezereau on 400 Life Points!
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Double Gaia Dragon Attack!
Double Gaia Dragon Attack!

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Nezereau was standing with his back against the wall. He tried to sport a comeback with [diva] and when Cavaliere didn’t respond, you could tell Nezereau was starting to get his hopes up high. He added [ahi] and (thanks to its effect) [amark] to his side of the field and Tuned all of his Monsters to [gungnir]. He discarded 2 cards, leaving Cavaliere without a field!

He attacked directly and Cavaliere revealed the last card in his hand:

[gorz]!

All Nezereau could do was extend the hand.

[h2]Sergio Cavaliere overcomes Thomas Nezereau’s Mermails 2 – 0![/h2]

This match is definitely among my personal favorites for this weekend. What an impressive performance by Sergio Cavaliere who dismantled his opponent’s Mermail Deck seemingly with ease! If Nezereau wouldn’t have attacked with [gungnir], he might have been able to master a comeback, but thanks to [gorz], Cavaliere was able to walk away victorious!
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