Round 5: Tom Keenan (Constellar) vs Richard Schaber (Constellar)

After recovering from the near-death experience of bringing you four feature matches in one round, I’ve selected young Irish Duelist Tom Keenan to be the round five feature match. Tom is 14 and won the Irish Dragon Duel in 2011; he’s playing in the main event today with a 3-1 record using Constellars. His opponent is 15-year-old Richard Schaber from Stuttgart, who also decided that Constellars would be the best Deck this weekend. Only one would progress with a 4-1 record and in a strong position for the remainder of the day, while the other will be on the bubble. It’s time to (shuffle thoroughly and) Duel!

These young Duelists were both geared up for their first mirror match on the day – after both having faced three consecutive matches against Spellbooks. They sat next to each other in an earlier round so there were no surprises to be had on either side! High roll was the method of choice and Keenan chose to start.
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Young Irish Duelist Keenan would need to pull out all the stops to win the mirror match!
Young Irish Duelist Keenan would need to pull out all the stops to win the mirror match!

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[rota] searched a [con pol], which was [ns]ed. [con kaus] followed and made both level five, for [con ple]. A set card concluded his turn.

Schaber activated [ff tenki] for his own Kaus. He decided to set two and pass, and in his [ep] Pleiades bounced a set.

Keenan played his own Tenki, searching [ff bear]. It was Summoned and successfully attacked, setting a Tenki from Deck. Pleiades hit for 2500 and Keenan passed.

LP 8000-3800

A second Tenki from Schaber was played, and he thought carefully – considering the cards in his hand – before picking a Bear. It was [ns]ed and the effect was used, sending a Tenki as a cost. [fchain] foiled it and two more sets from Schaber concluded the turn.

Keenan’s Bear attempted to destroy Schaber’s but [veiler] put a stop to that. He flipped his set Tenki searching Kaus and Summoned it. In his Battle Phase, Keenan attacked with Pleiades, which was met by [ced]. It’s effect was chained to bounce his opponent’s Bear and attacks from Kaus and Bear followed. Schaber knew [cowboy] was coming next and he had nothing to stop it, so we move to game two!
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You could almost describe this as "a flurry of Summons"!
You could almost describe this as 'a flurry of Summons'

[h2]Tom Keenan wins game one in the Constellar mirror match![/h2]

[ff tenki] searched Kaus and [con pol] allowed it to hit the field. Pleiades was next and it’s effect returned Tenki to Schaber’s hand. Three [st]s were his follow-up play and it was back to the Irish Duelist.

Keenan started with Tenki but it was thwarted by a [mst]. [bom] set Pleiades and Keenan attempted to Summon Pollux. [sw] put an end to that and two backrow was the conclusion of the turn.

Schaber attempted to Flip Summon [con ple] but tasted his own medicine when it ran into a Solemn Warning. Keenan’s last [st] was targetted by [mst], but it was a Typhoon of his own and destroyed [ced]. Tenki searched Kaus and [con she] was Summoned. It searched [con som] – 700 damage followed and Schaber passed, although on his next turn Keenan only set a [st].

Sombre and Kaus were both Summoned, and Kaus switched Sheratan to level four. Once [omega] was [xyz]ed we were on to game three!
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Keenan could do nothing to stop the imminent onslaught!
Keenan could do nothing to stop the imminent onslaught!

[h2]German Duelist Ricahrd Schaber pulls a game back – this is going to the wire![/h2]

Keenan started with [con alg] and Kaus, making a Pleiades. Two backrow followed, and Schaber responded by Summoning a Pollux. The additional [ns] was Algiedi, which [ss]ed another Algiedi – although that one was met with a [bth]. In the Battle Phase Algiedi attacked Pleiades, which used it’s effect on Pollux before [honest] took it out.

Keenan played [con she] to search Sombre. He passed with two backrow set.
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These Decks are so similar they even keep their field the same!
These Decks are so similar they even keep their field the same!

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Schaber Summoned Pollux and [xyz]ed [omega]. He used the additional [ns] from Pollux to add Kaus to the mix, and attacks were made, leaving the LP at 2300 for Keenan, 8000 for Schaber. In the [ep] [mst] took out [ced].

Keenan Summoned Sombre and then Algiedi, but [vane] from Schaber put a halt to his plans. He could only pass.

[hole] from Schaber secured it! He chained Omega’s effect and the resulting damage was enough to secure a 4-1 record!

[h2]15-year-old Richard Schaber moves on with the strongest chance of making day two![/h2]

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