Round 7 Feature Match: Peter Gomez vs. George Botos

Welcome to another truly international Feature Match! This time it’s Peter Gomez from Denmark, facing George Botos from Greece. I picked this match because rumor has it that Gomez is playing E-Heroes. George Botos is putting his faith in his Blackwing deck, which so far proved to be the right choice for the event, pushing him to a 5 – 1 record.

Gomez won the die roll and opted to go first. He Summoned [stratos] to the field, which brought him a copy of [prisma] from his deck. He Set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and passed.

 

Peter Gomez, playing Elemental Heroes!
Peter Gomez, playing Elemental Heroes!

 

Botos activated [whirlwind]. He Summoned [gale], but Gomez used [mst] to get rid of the Continuous Spell Card, denying Botos the chance to gain an early lead! Gale’s effect was used on [stratos] and the little Blackwing ran over the E-Hero. Botos Set 2 spells or traps and play was back to Gomez.

He Special Summoned [cd] and declared an attack on [gale]. Botos showed [icarus], destroying [cd] and one of the Set Spell or Trap Cards on Gomez’ side of the field. Gomez Set a monster and passed.

[sirocco] came out next and allowed Boros to Special Summon [bora] thanks to its own effect. He attacked with [bora] and revealed [snowman eater]! The effect of the Aqua monster destroyed [sirocco] and Botos was done with his turn.

[miracle fusion] from Gomez was met with [ro]! After this counter counter Botos who drew into his second limited card (after [whirlwind]) early which could make all the difference in a close Duel. However, Gomez wasn’t out of options yet. He Summoned [prisma] and revealed [terra firma] for its effect, a card some Duelists might have seen the first time today. Botos might have been one of them, reading the card text before allowing [ocean] to be Sent to Gomez’ Graveyard. [prisma] was sent into [bora] and both monsters were destroyed as a result of battle. After Setting a Spell or Trap Card, Gomez was done with this turn.

Botos Summoned [blizzard] and attacked directly. He passed without any further actions.

Gomez simply Set a spell or trap and passed. Both players upped the ante in terms of playing speed.

Botos attacked again and play was back to Gomez.

The Danish Duelist Set another Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.

It was the 3rd time that [blizzard] could take a bite out of Gomez’ Life Points. Botos passed.

In the following turn, Gomez finally drew a Monster. He Set [king of the swamp] and ended.

Gomez had [icarus] and Tributed [blizzard] to get rid of the Set [king of the swamp] together with one of Gomez’ spells or traps. Next, he Summoned [kalut] and attacked directly. Gomez was fine with that, but the look on his face changed when Botos revealed another copy of [kalut] in his hand that allowed him to seal the deal in the first Duel (he discarded [kalut] for its effect during the Damage Step to increase the attack of the Kalut on the field)!

 

Kalut for the win!
Kalut for the win!

 

George Botos’ is leading!

 

We haven’t seen some of the cards that were shown in that first Duel in quite a while. Or in some cases: Ever. Let’s see which other aces those Duelists hold up their sleeves and if Peter Gomez finds a way to start a comeback in this match!

 

George Botos came all the way from Greece!
George Botos came all the way from Greece!

 

The first Duel took little more than 8 minutes. Peter Gomez decided to kick things off in the second Duel and he did so by activating [e call] to add [stratos] to his hand. He Summoned the E-Hero and added [alius] to his hand. He Set 2 spells or traps and passed.

[cd] was Botos’ response. The Summoning of the Monster was successful and the Dragon attacked over [stratos], dealing 300 points of Battle Damage. Botos Set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and passed.

E-Heroes love company, Reborn made sure Stratos didn't feel too lonely!
E-Heroes love company, Reborn made sure Stratos didn't feel too lonely!

Those cards returned to his hand in the following turn, when Gomez activated [trunade]. He followed it up with [reborn], bringing out [prisma]. He used its effect and revealed [cyber twin], sending a copy of [cd] to his Graveyard. Next, he Special Summoned [cfd] by sending [cd] on Botos’ side of the field and his own [prisma] (its name was “Cyber Dragon” thanks to its own effect and Botos had a “Machine-Type monster” (the other [cd])) to the Graveyard. I don’t know if Botos saw that coming! Gomez attacked directly in the open field and dealt 3800 points of damage!

Botos had [whirlwind] and Summoned [kalut], which allowed him to search his deck for [gale]. The Tuner came out in face-up Defense Position thanks to its own effect, it halfed the attack of [cfd] and [kalut] attacked over it. Botos Set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and passed.

Gomez had [alius]. He declared an attack with [stratos] into [gale], but Botos flipped [mf]. Gomez Chained [trap stun], however, Botos Chained [sj] to force [mf] through and wipe Gomez’ field! Gomez passed without another action.

[gale] was switched to Attack Position. Botos declared an attack with [kalut] and Gomez used [hero blast] to get rid of [gale], return [alius] to his hand. He took 1400 damage. In Main Phase 2, [bora] came out and Botos had [mst] to deny Botos’ his [whirlwind] search.

Gomez was up and he Normal Summoned [alius] before attacking over [bora] (200 points of damage for Botos).

One E-Hero vs. lots of Blackwings!
One E-Hero vs. lots of Blackwings!

[blizzard] came out and revived [gale] from the Graveyard with its effect. [gale] halfed the attack of [alius] with its effect, then Botos decided to proceed with his Battle Phase. He sent [kalut] into [alius], but Gomez discarded [honest] – I didn’t see that coming, this deck is full of unique ideas! Botos had no good answer and simply passed after losing [kalut].

Gomez Summoned [ocean]. He rammed [alius] in [gale] and [ocean] ran over [blizzard]. There was no card left on Botos’ side of the field.

Botos tried to set up future combos again and Set a card to each zone before passing.

[ocean]’s effect triggered during the Standby Phase of Gomez and returned [stratos] to its owners hand. The flexible E-Hero was Summoned next and Gomez opted to activate the first effect of the E-Hero, destroying Botos’ Set spell or trap. Botos chained it: [icarus], however, he still had no chance to survive the turn without any form of defense, so Gomez equaled the score!

 

Peter Gomez wins thanks to an Honest that NO ONE saw coming!

 

The uniquenes of Gomez’ deck is playing a huge role in this match. I wasn’t fast enough to take a picture of Botos’ face when he lost his [kalut] to [honest], but let’s say he didn’t look amused. Still, Blackwings are hard to make out as they have so many win options that you sometimes feel like you can’t handle them all. Could Peter Gomez pull off another huge turn and overcome the Winged Beasts?

Botos started the third and final Duel in this match. Let’s take a look at his opening hand:

 

Gomez' opening hand in the final Duel!
Gomez' opening hand in the final Duel!

 

[duality] got him [bora], also revealing [tt] and [kalut]. Next, 3 Spell or Trap Cards were Set and play was up to Gomez. One of those spells and traps was [delta crow]. If he could trick Gomez into Setting several Spell or Trap Cards, this card could seal the deal for Botos early on!

The Danish player activated [mst] and hit [delta crow]! This was huge! [prisma] was Summoned, [terra firma] was revealed for its effect and [ocean] was sent to the Graveyard. [prisma] attacked, but [kalut] made sure [bora] would survive another turn and dish out some more damage!

After Setting a Spell or Trap Card, Gomez passed.

[bora] attacked directly. Botos saw no reason to perform any more actions and play was back to Gomez.

Gomez used [mst] and hit [warning] – jackpot! He Summoned [alius], but Botos flipped [bth], however, Gomez Chained [tt] to clear the field!

Botos wanted to up the ante once more and tried to Summon [blizzard]. Gomez wasn’t fine with that and showed his copy of [warning]. Botos Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

 

Solemn Warning, buying some valuable time!
Solemn Warning, buying some valuable time!

 

Gomez Set a spell or trap of his own and passed.

Botos Summoned [blizzard] and used the effect to return [bora] to the field. He attacked directly with the Tuner and passed.

Gomez used [trunade] to get rid of the threating face-down Spell or Trap Cards in Botos’ backrow. He Special Summoned [cd] and attacked over [bora]. He Set a spell or trap and ended.

Gomez simply Set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and ended.

It's not that easy to overcome Cyber Dragon!
It's not that easy to overcome Cyber Dragon!

Gomez sent [cd] into [blizzard]. No [kalut] this time, so Gomez could deal the first damage to his opponent (800). Could he go the long distance and turn this Duel around?

Botos passed after Setting a third spell or trap. Play was back to Gomez.

He simply attacked directly and passed.

Botos was in desperate need for a monster. He drew into [duality], his chance to pick the best out of these 3 cards: [bth], [mf] and [icarus]. This wasn’t what Botos wanted to see. He picked [mf] and shuffled his deck. He added the card to his hand, shuffled the two cards he was holding and Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Gomez attacked with [cd] and Botos flipped [mf]. No surprises here. Gomez Set a Monster Card and passed.

Botos had [hole], then he Summoned [kalut] and attacked directly. Gomez flipped [hero blast], but Botos Chained [bom] to flip his Blackwing face-down. Still, Gomez was allowed to add [alius] to his hand.

Gomez Summoned [alius] and attacked, but [icarus] bought Botos another turn and destroyed both a Set [bth] and the E-Hero. Gomez had to pass.

Botos Set a spell or trap and passed.

Gomez used [e call] to snatch [stratos] from his deck. He Summoned it to the field, but Botos had [warning], one of his few outs in this situation!

Botos passed without actions.

Gomez had [honest], however, [tt] cleared the field.

Botos revealed his first copy of [allure]. He drew 2 more cards and removed a Dark monster. He then Summoned [blizzard] to the field and tried to prove again that it works well with [gale]. All Gomez could do was Chain [hero blast], destroying [blizzard] and returning [alius] once more. Dejá-vù!

[alius] was Summoned next turn and attacked [gale], but Botos had another [icarus]! Gomez couldn’t believe it! “This card is too annoying!”, he complained.

Botos Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Gomez Set a spell or trap of his own.

Gomez Summoned [vayu] and attacked into [mf]. He Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Pretty much nothing happened the following turns with both players continuing to Set spells or traps.

Botos Set his 3rd Spell or Trap Card.

Gomez passed without an action. On the one hand, nothing was happening, on the other, the game couldn’t have been much more exciting!

Gomez had [bora], but [bth] was supposed to suck it in. Botos had an answer and Chained [bom]!

On his following turn, he brought out [cd], but [ro] negated the attack! [alius] was next and it was supposed to attack into the face-down [bora], but Botos negated the Summon with [sj]! It was amazing how many answers we saw in this tight Duel!

Play was back to Botos once more. He Set a spell or trap and flipped [bora]. It was returned to his hand with [ced]. He flipped [whirlwind] and Gomez decided to check his opponents Graveyard. He was fine with the activation of the Continuous Spell, [bora] hit the field once more and Botos was allowed to add another copy of [kalut] to his hand.

Gomez announced: “If I draw a monster, I’ll win!” He drew… [alius]! The crowd went crazy!!! He flipped another copy of [ced], returning Botos’ only monster back to his hand. He Summoned [alius] and attacked directly for the win!

 

Peter Gomez turns the Duel upside down and wins the match!

 

Gomez answered my new favorite question about the key play in the last Duel and suggested [hero blast]. He said that without it, he wouldn’t have survived long enough to eventually win the match! Sometimes, it can be as simple as that!

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