Round 7: Alpay Engin (Mermail) vs. Michael Ciplak (Fire King)

This is the last round in today’s competition and naturally, that translates to “this is where it counts the most” (today – expect to see this phrase getting recycled tomorrow). We invited two real powerhouses to our Feature Match, both with 15 points each: Alpay Engin and Michael Ciplak. This means Germany vs. Austria, Mermail vs. Fire Kings, two time YCS Winner vs. infinite time Top 8 participant. Who would come out victorious and stay on track of making it to the Top 32 of yet another YCS?
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By now, Alpay Engin is more than used to posing for close-up photographs!
By now, Alpay Engin is more than used to posing for close-up photographs!

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Ciplak was the one to kick things off and he did with just a face-down Spell or Trap.

Engin [ns]ed [a ocea], which got stopped by [fiendish]. Engin set 2 back row cards and ended.

Back to Ciplak, who activated [fk ons], which in turn got him [fk hgar]. “I will lose because I’m forced to put my Graveyard in an unusual place”, Ciplak remarked, referring to the judge enforcing the players using the actual zones. “It’s great, I got a new excuse!”
Then, [fk bar] followed and both monsters attacked, leaving Engin with no field. Ciplak’s High Avatar left the field in the End Phase, but it then traded places with [fk bar].
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Michael Ciplak's Fire King High Avatar Garunix was the clear all-star so far!
Michael Ciplak's Fire King High Avatar Garunix was the clear all-star so far!

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Engin felt greedy, activating [reckless]. Next in line was [a teus] which got [ss]ed in face-up [def]. Engin then asked “will it destroy itself again?”, referring to [fk hgar], to which Ciplak replied: “No, unless you use a powerful spell like [ground]!”
Engin didn’t play that particular powerful card and he kept complaining about Ciplak’s overpowered cards. Ciplak explained that [fk bar] was in fact called “Barong Obama” and he gave an explanation right away: “He’s the President! He’s that good.” Everyone had a laugh and Engin seemed to lose focus (more on that later). He then set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps before passing.

Ciplak added [fk ons] to his hand and he then [ns]ed [f dog]. This caused Engin to flip [tt] and Ciplak chained [fk circle]. That meant that [fk bar] and [fk hgar] traded places before [tt] resolved. Engin on the other hand lost a face-down [a gunde], which got him [a pike]. He also added a [a linde] to his field while [undine] got added to his hand.

Once again, Ciplak had [fk hgar]. Engin summoned [a pike], discarding [a mark], trying to destroy Ciplak’s face-down card. The Austrian chained [fk circle]; that meant he now had [f dog] on the field; his monsters were apparently playing musical chairs!
Engin added [sturge] and both monsters were used to [xyz] [dweller]. It attacked, Ciplak was left without a field and Engin passed play, immediately detaching for [dweller].
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After Bottomless left the field, the path was clear for a crucial Rekindling!
After Bottomless left the field, the path was clear for a crucial Rekindling!

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Ciplak wanted to come back with [fk ons], but [warning] foiled that plan. [mst] followed, taking out Engin’s remaining face-down card: [mst]. This then cleared the path for a DEVASTATING [rekindling]!
It laid waste on Engin’s plans of taking this first Duel; Ciplak was only starting to Special Summon monsters when Engin was already getting busy accessing his Side Deck, knowing exactly what would be following…

[h2]Michael Ciplak takes the lead![/h2]

Both players exchanged strategic advice in between rounds, with little of it being that valuable.
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Wytze Kluitenberg had Michael Ciplak's back!
Wytze Kluitenberg had Michael Ciplak's back!

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Engin started the second game, summoning [a pike] and discarding [a linde], adding [undine] to his hand. [a spirit] was next and both monsters were then used to [xyz] [bahamut] which in turn got him [atrite]. He added a back row card and ended.

When Ciplak set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps, Engin inquired whether he was now playing against Geargia. Ciplak didn’t even flinch.

That changed when [undine] came down the following turn, with Engin stepping on the gas and also switching [atrite]. It attacked into [fk yak], attacks with the remaining monsters followed, [bahamut] then detached its Xyz Material during [mp] 2 and this meant that Engin would get to add a second copy of [atrite].
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Fire King High Avatar Garunix laid waste to Alpay's field that ended up in the Graveyard!
Fire King High Avatar Garunix laid waste to Alpay's field that ended up in the Graveyard!

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A [dust] during the End Phase destroyed [bth], which cleared the path for [fk hgar], which returned to the field, wiping Engin’s entire field! [tthn] was used to negate Engin’s [atrite], so Ciplak was staring down an empty field. He invited [wolfbark] to his party, returning [fk yak], both were then used to [xyz] [dweller] and the following attacks left Engin with 3600 Life Points.

[tidal] got [ss]ed, banishing [bahamut] and [undine] from Engin’s Graveyard. It attacked over [dweller] after it used its effect. Ciplak was left with 3300 Life Points, Engin set a monster for good measure and he passed play.
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Garunix was getting ready to end yet another Mermail Monster!
Garunix was getting ready to end yet another Mermail Monster!

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[fk hgar] attacked over the set [a linde], which got Engin a [a pike] from his Deck (in face-up [def]). He discarded [a mark], adding [a gunde] to his hand. [tidal] returned to Engin’s hand after Ciplak set a Spell or Trap Card.

5 cards in hand for Alpay Engin who seemed to be in a perfect position to turn this game around just now. He went through some calculations in his hand, but he was lacking some crucial piece to finish his combo.
He [ss]ed [tidal] once more, [a ocea] followed suit and Ciplak discarded [maxx] so he would get to draw a card when [a linde] hit the field. [dust] rid the field of [a sphere] and it was Ciplak’s turn again!
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Garunix wouldn't stay down and continue to plague Engin!
Garunix wouldn't stay down and continue to plague Engin!

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[fk hgar] attacked over [a pike], Ciplak added a back row card and he passed play.

Engin once again checked his Graveyard. He attacked with [a linde] into [fk hgar] and a [debunk] made sure it wouldn’t allow him to search. [tidal] came down for a third time, [undine] got added to the field and another [maxx] allowed Ciplak to once again draw a card when Engin went for [leo].

The Austrian added 2 back row cards before ending.

Engin had [a pike] and he considered discarding [a gunde] to search his Deck. He figured he was out of options, though. [tidal] hit the field for yet another time. Ciplak was starting to do calculations, not the best sign. [warning] negated [tidal]'[s] summon and when Engin declared an attack, Ciplak used [dust] first to destroy [debunk] – “not with me!”, Ciplak said proudly. Engin misread this sign in the worst way possible, immediately extending the hand and offering the win to Ciplak…

[h2]Michael Ciplak overcomes Alpay Engin![/h2]

After both players had signed the result entry slip, Ciplak dropped the pokerface. There was a question high on his mind: “Why did you give up right away?” – “I only had 2400 Life Points left; [fk hgar] would return again and wipe the field, wouldn’t it?” – “No, not exactly”, was all Ciplak had to say to that, close to being at a loss for words, which was then met with an “Ooh.” from Engin who now realized that he might have given away a win.

Wytze Kluitenberg came over, asking his friend Michael Ciplak: “What happened?”
“Alpay happened”

You couldn’t summarize the match in less words. Or more fittingly for that matter.
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Michael Ciplak putting on an imaginary crown - after all, he's the king of the Fire Kings!
Michael Ciplak putting on an imaginary crown - after all, he's the king of the Fire Kings!

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Apparently Ciplak’s earlier attempt to involve Engin in a conversation paid huge dividends a little later on. He now had another crucial 3 points while Engin would have to fight hard to remain in competition this weekend after his error!
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