Round 8: Alpay Engin (Dragon Ruler) vs Zdravko Kaishev (Evilswarm)

YCS London is the largest European YCS of all time. Before this, that title belonged to YCS Bochum back in February, where German Duelist Alpay Engin was the winner. He’s here today with his Dragon Ruler Deck trying to reach the top cut of yet another event. His opponent is youngster Zdravko Kaishev, 12 years old from Bulgaria. He’s using his Evilswarms in a bid to out-manoeuvre the Dragons. Who will be successful in the first round of day two?

Engin started things off with [coc] to pitch [f guard], drawing two. He activated [ravine] and used it’s effect, discarding [blaster] to send [redox] from the Deck to the Graveyard. He revived Redox by Banishing Blaster and a [maxx] from the hand and used the fire dragon to search another. [debris] was [ns]ed and [ss]ed Flamvell from the Graveyard. The Redox and Guard combined to [synch] [scrap dragon] and Engin set a card before passing.
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This is Kaishev's first YCS - now he faces his toughest opponent so far!
This is Kaishev's first YCS - now he faces his toughest opponent so far!

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[allure] was first for Kaishev, Banishing [ev helio]. he [ns]ed [ev castor] and used it’s effect to [ns] [ev mand]. They were used to [xyz] [ddw]. It attacked over Debris then attempted to use the effect in [mp2] to destroy itself and Scrap Dragon, but was met with [veiler]. Kaishev set his hand – four [st]s – and passed.

Engin drew and pitched Blaster for Ravine to send [tdrag] to the Graveyard. Scrap Dragon’s effect was used, sending Ravine and a chained [mst], destroying Engin’s set [return]. The Dragon attacked and ran straight in to [prison]. In [mp2] Tempest and Debris were Banished in an attempt to [ss] Blaster, but [vane] put an end to that plan. Tempest searched Debris. Engin set a Monster and a [st] and passed.

Kaishev drew and [ns]ed [tkr]. he considered using [ddw]’s effect but instead passed, choosing to keep his [vane] on the field.
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Total lockdown from the Bulgarian!
Total lockdown from the Bulgarian!

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Engin drew to one in hand and set it, a backrow. Kaishev added another backrow and passed. Engin passed again – as did Kaishev.

Another pass from Engin led to another [st] from Kaishev and another turn of draw-go ensued.

Kaishev drew and flipped [mst] on a chained [6s]. Engin called five and six and lady luck was on his side – he drew five cards! Remember folks – 60% of the time, it works every time. Kaishev used [ddw] to destroy Engin’s set [vane] and [ns]ed [ev kery]. It got back Castor and it was Summoned, making an [ophion]. Debris fell in battle, and Thunder King attacked directly.

Engin drew and played [7ss] Banishing Tidal. ravine was next, discarding another Tidal to send a Tempest from Deck. Engin set four [st]s and passed.

Kaishev drew and wanted to end his Main Phase straight away, but Engin had [break], discarding Tempest. A [i pand] stopped that plan, and another Break on the Chain met a second Pandemic! A [scarecrow] stopped the attacks.

Engin drew and played another [7ss], before Summoning [trooper], sending three from the Deck and then attacking in to [ophion] to draw a card. It was all over on the next turn as Kaishev [ns]ed [rabbit] and Engin picked up his cards and started Side-Decking!

[h2]Young Bulgarian Duelist Zdravko Kaishev takes the first game thanks to Evilswarm Ophion![/h2]

Both players quickly shuffled and were in to game two. Engin would start things off. He activated Ravine and discarded Tempest to send Blaster. He Banished them both to [ss] Tidal from hand and searched another Blaster and a [corseca]. The latter was [ns]ed and [scrap dragon] hit the field. A backrow ended the turn.

Kaishev had [ev castor] and a Heliotrope to combine and make [ddw]. Engin thought before playing [pwwb] discarding Blaster to spin the Xyz Monster. Kaishev set his hand again, four [st]s.
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Wing Blast made sure Engin was able to stay in control!
Wing Blast made sure Engin was able to stay in control!

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Engin used Scrap to destroy his Ravine and a set [vane] before attacking for 2800. He set his freshly drawn [6s].

Kaishev passed and on the next turn Dragon was used to destroy a set [sw] and his chained Sixth Sense which lost him [debris] and [mst] from the top of his Deck. Two were Banished for Blaster including Tidal – [bth] dealt with the Blaster and Tidal searched another. He Summoned [snipe] and had to pitch twice to deal with Kaishev’s last card, a set [iiw]. He attacked and then flipped his set [return] which was more than enough to seal the win!

[h2]YCS Bochum winner Engin equalises things with a powerful Return from the Different Dimension play![/h2]

The young Bulgarian would start things off in the decider by setting four backrow cards and ending.

Engin began with [7ss] Banishing Tidal to draw two and search another. He shuffled four cards before setting them to his [st] zones and passing.

[ev castor] and [ev mand] were up for Kaishev. He attacked with both successfully and then attempted to [xyz] [ophion] in [mp2] but it was met by [break] discarding Tidal.
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Engin looks to add another title to his resumé!
Engin looks to add another title to his resumé!

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Ravine was Engin’s play, discarding Blaster to send Tempest from the Deck. Tidal and Tempest were Banished in an attempt to bring back Blaster, but [vane] was next. Engin thought and then flipped [decree]! There was more though… he chained [return]! An unbelievable series of events and the Bulgarian Duelist knew there was no way he could survive the imminent onslaught!
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Over before it started! Return Chained to Decree to secure the win
Over before it started! Return Chained to Decree to secure the win

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It was all over so quickly! Engin showed how experience in big events can help you keep your cool under pressure and by planning out his move in advance really turned things around.

[h2]Alpay Engin moves on with a 7-1 record and a good chance of making the top cut![/h2]

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