Round 8: Joshua Schmidt (Dragon Ruler) vs. Martin Francis (Hieratic)

We are heading right into the last round of Day 1. While a lot of players are going quite well in this tournament, a few of them struggle a little bit and now desperately need a win. Some of these struggling players are actually well known like Joshua Schmidt, 3rd placed Duelist of World Championship 2012. His opponent Martin Francis instead is doing a lot better than he expected. It is his very first YCS. Both players currently have 5 wins under their belt, so they definitely need another win to stay in competition. But who will win? The experienced? The newcomer?

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Francis came from England to participate at YCS Turin.

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Francis started and ended immediately without any further action.

Schmidt discarded [tidal] and [tidal] sending [tdrag] to the Graveyard. He then Special Summoned [blaster], removing [tdrag], searching [tdrag]. He then Normal Summoned [corseca] and attacked with both Monsters, after Francis discarded [maxx]. Schmidt then Special Summoned [scrap d] and Set 1 Spell or Trap ending the turn.

This lead to Francis drawing a card and Normal Summoning [eset]. Schmidt took the time to read that card and then discarded [maxx], too. Francis activated [convo], searched for [su], Special Summoned [su] and then [wattail]. Schmidt started drawing cards thanks to [maxx]. Francis then activated the effect of [su] and tried to destroy a [return]! Schmidt Chained it and Special Summoned [tidal] and [tdrag], paying 4000 Life Points. Since Francis discarded [nebthet], he was able to Special Summon Labrodite Dragon. Schmidt drew again.

Francis then Special Summoned [atum] and [redmd] and [nebthet]. Schmidt was drawing cards like crazy. Franics used the effect of [nebthet] destroying [tidal] and Special Summoning another Watttail. He then Special Summoned [con ptol], took rdmd back to his [hand], Special Summoned by banishing [atum] and Special Summoned [eset]. Then he Special Summoned [61], destroyed [scrap d] and inflicted another 2800 of damage to Schmidt’s Life Points. He Special Summoned [gaia dragon], attacked [tdrag] with [redmd] and tried to [sealo] the game with [gaia dragon]. But Schmidt Special Summoned [fader] to safe the day!

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He now was way up in card advantage. He Special Summoned [tidal], Normal Summoned [debris] bringing back [influence dragon] he discarded earlier thanks to [tdrag]. He then Special Summoned [blaster] and [trident]! He also Special Summoned [arm] and equipped it to Trident Dragon. Because Trident Dragon was able to attack three times he could bring Francis’ Life Points down to 0 in a mere of seconds!

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[h2]Joshua Schmidt takes the lead![/h2]

Both Duelists were trying to seal the deal in just one turn. But thanks to [fader] and [maxx] Schmidt was able to survive the assault of Francis and win this game.

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Can Schmidt win another game to win the Match?

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So everything was up again for Francis to start game 2. He did this by just ending his turn once again!

Schmidt did this as well and did nothing, too.

Francis Set 1 Spell or Trap ending the turn.

Schmidt discarded 2 [blaster] and destroyed a [mst]. He then ended without further actions.

Then Francis Set 1 Spell or Trap again and ended.

[blaster] was Special Summoned by banishing [redox] and [tidal] from Schmidt’s [hand], searching new copies from the Deck. Schmidt then Normal Summoned [b]Flamvell Guard[/b] and attacked with his monsters. He Synchro Summoned [scrap d], destroyed itself and a [lance] of Francis. Schmidt ended by setting 1 Spell or Trap.

This [drain] was destroyed by [mst] in Francis’ turn.

Schmidt activated [7ss], banishing [redox] searching [redox]. He then Special Summoned [blaster] banishing [tidal] and [scrap d] searching [tidal]. [blaster] made an attack an play was back to Francis.

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Francis Special Summoned [tefnuit] and thought a bit about his next move. He was down to 2300 Life Points and had to do something. He then Tributed [tefnuit] to Tribute Summon another [tefnuit]. Before he could Special Summon [b]Watttaildragon[/b], Schmidt discarded [maxx] so he could draw 1 card. But again Francis wasn’t afraid of “going all in”. He Special Summoned [con ptol] and used it to get back his [tefnuit]. He then took [blaster] with [electric virus]. Francis banished [blaster] for [redmd], giving Schmidt another [blaster] and a free draw. He then Special Summoned Watttail and tried to attack for game. But again Schmidt had a [fader] to survive.

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Schmidt played [ravine], [blaster] and [tidal], but while [blaster] was stopped thanks to [debunk], [tidal] then hit the field. Schmidt then Normal Summoned [influence dragon] and again got [arm] and [trident] to the field. Again Trident Dragon can win the game in just one turn, since Francis once again was not able to [ddraw] a [fader] on its own despite playing it in his deck.

[h2]Joshua Schmidt wins the Match![/h2]

By claiming his 6th victory today, Joshua Schmidt stays in competition and still has a small chance to make the top cut.

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