Round 7: Joshua Schmidt (GER) vs Alexander Weiss (GER)

With the finish line for the day somewhat in sight, we head into round seven with one of the most accomplished European players, Joshua Schmidt, taking on Alexander Weiss. Both are from Germany and know each other so this should be a relatively relaxed match. A loss here puts one Duelist on the bubble so the element of competition will definitely be there.

Weiss won the roll and Summoned [lonefire]. It got another which got [s herm]. [s char] resolved and Weiss played [s mount] and a [s prin] found it’s way on to the field. [ddknight] was next and Weiss passed.
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Schmidt has multiple premier event top 4 appearances
Schmidt has multiple premier event top 4 appearances

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Schmidt played [upstart] and discarded [tidal] and [a drag] for [a megalo]. It was hit by a [veiler] but Dragoons still resolved to search [ahi]. It was Summoned and sent to the Graveyard as a cost for the effect of [a megalo], destroying Mount Sylvania. Tidal was [ss]ed and [gaios] was [xyz]ed. It traded off with Felgrand and Schmidt passed.

Weiss Summoned [kuribandit] and attacked with it. In his [mp2] he played another copy of [s mount] and discarded another Hermitree to put [s kom] on the top. In the End Phase, [bts] stopped Bandit.

Schmidt revived Tidal and attacked over the Bandit.

Weiss used [s mount] to put [s sag] on top then Summoned [s marsh] to pull off some shenanigans that resulted in [star eater] hitting the field and attacking over Tidal.
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Star Eater gobbles up any Mermail constellations
Star Eater gobbles up any Mermail constellations

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Schmidt discarded [a leed] for [a teus] searching [linde]. It was Summoned and rammed in to [star eater] to search out another [a teus] in [def]. Tidal was revived in [mp2] and combined with one of them to make [11] and take the [star eater]. He set a card. In the End Phase [s mount] excavated a [s herm] which allowed Weiss to pick his next card.

Weiss drew it and played [fertilizer] to get [lonefire] in [def]. It was hit by a [bts] from Schmidt which prompted Weiss to end his turn, knowing full well that he wouldn’t survive the following onslaught.

He was temporarily helped out by an [upstart] from Schmidt who assessed his options. He Summoned [a pike] and played his last card in hand – [allure]. Both players laughed as he drew [controller] and threw it into his Banished pile. He made attacks with everything and did a lot of damage (see below).
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Number 11: Big Eye really turned the table for Schmidt
Number 11: Big Eye really turned the table for Schmidt

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Weiss drew and played [s char]. It revealed his worst fears – that he couldn’t get over Schmidt’s field. We were heading in to game two!

[h2]Joshua Schmidt takes the first game things to a big play with Number 11: Big Eye![/h2]

Weiss started game two with a similar play – [lonefire] into another finding [s herm]. [s mount] discarded [s che] to put [s prin] on top. Hermitree excavated it – but Schmidt had the [crow].

He could only set two [st] – one of which got blasted by an excavated [s kom] in the End Phase – revealed to be an [a sphere].
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Alexander Weiss was convinced Sylvans were the way to go today
Alexander Weiss was convinced Sylvans were the way to go today

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Weiss used [s mount] to put [s kom] on top before using Hermitree to destroy the other [st] – another Sphere! It was chained to bring out [linde] which [ss]ed [a pike], discarding [a mark] (with no target) to search [undine]. Hermitree ran over Abysspike and Weiss set a [st].

[undine] from Schmidt sent [a drag] to search [a mark] and [controller]. [soul charge] cost him 3000 LP to return [linde], [a pike] and [a drag]. Abysspike pitched [a mark] to take out Weiss’ set [mst] and [a gunde] was added to hand. A seriously strong turn for Schmidt’s Mermails. It continued with Dragoons and Abysspike [xyz]ing [101] which took Hermitree. Dragoons searched out [a megalo] since it was detached and the Schmidt turned his [linde] and Undine in to [angineer]. [moulin] was next and stole two cards from Weiss including [fertilizer].

No Battle Phase meant he passed to Weiss who whiffed in the End Phase on his [s mount]. He drew to three in hand.
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Angineer was playing a game of 'protect the field'!
Angineer was playing a game of 'protect the field'!

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[s mount] pitched [s prin] to stack [s marsh] on top of the Deck. Weiss used [soul charge] to pay 4000 LP and fill his field with two copies of [lonefire], [s che] and [s pri]. Cherubsprout milled the [s marsh] and Angineer lost a material. to protect [moulin] but was destroyed in the process. One [lonefire] [ss]ed a [s herm] and Princess used her effect to put herself on top of the Deck. She was excavated with Hermitree and Weiss attempted to use her effect as well as [ss] his [s sag]. A judge was called and it was ruled that there was no timing issue so the [s sag] hit the field. [alsei] was [xyz]ed by using a Hermitree and Princess. Weiss called [fertilizer] with the effect and Schmidt chained [bts]. [lonefire] [ss]ed another [s sag] and both whiffed with their effects.
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Soul Charge had given both players huge momentum swings
Soul Charge had given both players huge momentum swings

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[orea] was next and the effect excavated [s sag] returning [moulin] to the hand. Weiss passed.

Schmidt discarded [a gunde] to [ss] [a teus] and returned [a pike] to the field. [a turge] was searched and Summoned, discarded [a megalo] to return [a gunde]. [lchain] was next and sent [tidal] from the Deck to the Graveyard. It was revived and [moulin] was [ss]ed again, forcing Weiss to drop his hand. The swings in this game were unbelievable. [11] was [ss]ed in [def] and took Weiss’ [alsei]. He called a random card to make sure his top card was sent to the Graveyard and then detached a material to send [orea] back to the Extra Deck.

Weiss whiffed with his [s mount] in the End Phase and drew to one in hand with his only card on field [s mount]. Schmidt shrugged at him as is to say “what can you do?” and it was a good question: the field he was facing was quite immense. Weiss had a plan though and set his topdeck to the backrow.

..it was revealed as [rivalry]! In Schmidt’s Draw Phase it was flipped and would have caused many problems for the serial YCS-topping German… if his own topdeck wasn’t [mst]! It was placed on the chain and Weiss offered the handshake.
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Schmidt's flopped Mystical Space Typhoon was enough to win the game!
Schmidt's flopped Mystical Space Typhoon was enough to win the game!

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How crazy – both players had huge field swings on their respective turns and [11] turned out to be the difference in both games! A double [moulin] play from Schmidt also forced Weiss to drop many cards from his hand including a key [fertilizer] which could have saved him the second game.

[h2]Joshua Schmidt continues on with a 6-1 record while Alexander Weiss is on the bubble![/h2]

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