Round 7: James Johnson (USA) vs. Mike Bittrich (Germany)
For our last Feature Match of the day, we picked James Johnson who’s from the US, but currently living in Amsterdam. Bittrich on the other hand is a German player who came close before, so maybe he can go all the way this weekend? In just a moment, we’d know, so let’s see how this goes!
Johnson [ns]ed [tardy] and he added 2 back row cards before passing.
Bittrich found [geaf] among his opening 6, he then set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and play was right back to Johnson.
He used [quake] to shift [geaf] to [def] before [ns]ing [bull blader]. He attacked with it over [geaf] before [tardy] dealt 2200 points of damage to Bittrich, who was now left with 5800 Life Points.
The German recovered with [rhyno], sending it straight into [bull blader]. [successor] got activated, but Bittrich had [kunai] to make sure that he could clear the field of the opposing monster. Neither player took damage thanks to [bull blader]'[s] effect.
Back to Johnson, who now invited [rhyno] to his party. He dealt more damage to Bittrich, who now only had 1800 Life Points left!
Bittrich [ns]ed [luster] and he had an Equip Spell Card for it, but when Johnson flipped [moaa], the German immediately went for his Side Deck.
[h2]James Johnson takes the lead![/h2]
In the second Duel, it would be Bittrich going first. He thought for a brief moment whether or not to use the Re-Draw Rule and he eventually decided that it would be a good call. Johnson on the other hand was happy with his initial 5.
Bittrich then recruited [gaf] and he had a face-down spell or trap.
Johnson had [grace], further improving his hand, he set a spell or trap of his own and [ccd] concluded his turn.
[mataza] came down and Johnson immediately asked: “3 Equips?” – “Well, yeah, that would be great…”, Bittrich mused, but he instead used [aau] to bring back [pgiant] that Johnson discarded earlier courtesy of [grace].
All the attacks connected, leaving Johnson on just 900 Life Points!
Bittrich added 2 back row cards before passing.
[tardy] came down and Johnson also set [econ] and yet another Spell or Trap Card.
Bittrich summoned [valley], banishing it and [gaf] to draw 2 cards. Play proceeded with the Battle Phase and [pgiant] was sent into [tardy]. Johnson didn’t feel like risk losing to some Quick Play Spell Card, so he used [econ] to switch his opponent’s monster to [def]. Bittrich added a third face-down card before passing.
[tardy] attacked over [pgiant] and after setting a monster, Johnson passed.
Bittrich found [geaf], attacking with it into [tardy]. [kunai] in the Damage Step by Bittrich was met by a [dress] from Johnson, also targeting [geaf]. Bittrich then chained [ris ene] to force through as much damage as possible.
Johnson gave it a lot of thought, but he had to admit that there was nothing he could do, which meant Bittrich just tied the score!
[h2]Mike Bittrich comes back and equals the score![/h2]
Quite the chain in that last turn, with both players throwing everything on the table that they had left.
“Wow, those Goblins…”, Johnson commented on Bittrich’s deck, who admitted that he was lucky to have opened them.
We then proceeded with the third and final Duel of the game, with only Johnson having the option to take advantage of the Re-Draw Rule. He quickly decided to do so since he wasn’t satisfied with his initial 5.
He then set [treeborn] and passed play.
Bittrich had [duality], which got him [tardy]. He [ns]ed it, added 3 back row cards and ended.
[quake] turned [tardy] sideways and Johnson then [ns]d [agk]. [treeborn] got [fs]ed and declared an attack into [tardy], but [windstorm] foiled Johnson’s plan! With both of his monsters getting switched to [def], Johnson was forced to end his turn.
Bittrich added [ngs] and cleared Johnson’s field.
[treeborn] returned and Johnson just shook his hand. “Bad hand?”, Bittrich asked and Johnson admitted that this was the case before using [econ] during the Standby Phase to take control of [tardy]. [treeborn] returned for a second time and [tardy] then attacked into [ngs]. Johnson Tributed both of his monsters for [desire] during [mp] 2, destroying Bittrich’s monster with its effect.
Bittrich had [valley] to buy himself some more time, which caused Johnson to use the effect of [desire] for a second time. The American added 3 back row cards and ended.
Bittrich added a second back row card and passed play.
[pgiant] came down and Johnson wasted no time declaring an attack. [coa] however stopped it dead in its tracks.
Bittrich tried to recover with [rhyno], which caused Johnson to flip [half shut]. This way, he kept both of his monsters.
[desire]'[s] effect got used a third time, clearing the path for a direct attack of [pgiant]. This meant first blood, with Bittrich going down to 5800 Life Points.
[reborn] brought back [ngs] who made short use of [desire]. [unicorn] then got used on [ngs].
Johnson added [tardy] before declaring an attack with [pgiant]. During the Damage Step, [successor] was supposed to make sure Johnson’s monster would come out on top, but [mow] foiled that plan. Johnson lost his monster only temporarily, however, since he returned it to the field with [rope] – “Best card!”, Bittrich commented.
That meant Bittrich was left without a field, but he rebuilt with [geaf], attacking over [tardy]. He also equipped it with [unicorn].
[treeborn] returned during Johnson’s Standby Phase and he followed it up with [forwar] shortly after. It dealt 600 damage after [pgiant] cleared the path.
Bittrich only set a monster.
Johnson’s next attack revealed it to be [dandy], which meant Bittrich would get to see yet another turn. He didn’t draw into what he needed, though, which meant that James Johnson just secured his spot for day 2!
[h2]James Johnson advances to Day 2![/h2]
I’m glad we were able to go out with a bang and at the same time setting the stage for more epic Dueling tomorrow. Keep in mind that all players will receive a fresh pool of cards tomorrow, so the standings might get turned upside down over the course of the next 3 rounds!