Round 8: More National Champion Mini-Mega-Awesome Feature Matches!

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THI.. wait, too early. That’s tomorrow! In the mean time it’s 11pm, and it’s the final round of Swiss for the day. With the energy of a tiger and heart of a lion, I’m back once again with another mini-mega-awesome feature match – or three. Let’s take a look at which National Champions are still in contention and how they’re getting on.

Table two sees two of the UK’s heavyweight’s going at it – National Champion Tom Paine takes on Simon He in a Dragon Ruler mirror match. This will surely be the one to watch for spectators.

Slovenia’s Miha Flisek will take on a Spellbook Deck with his Dragon Rulers on table 5, while only slightly further down is Belgian champion Jean Lous Bernard. His Spellbook Deck will play against Dragon Rulers. Let’s do it!

Game one

Simon He started out with a turn one [sack] in defence, spawning tokens and ending. Paine managed to put a Dracossack of his own on the field, making a wiley play by tributing it for it’s own effect to take out one of He’s tokens. It became clear what he wanted to achieve with his turn when he then started flooding the field with Dragons again, ending up with a [redox] and [crimson blader], attacking through He’s token and Dracossack and making Blader’s effect live. Cliff hanger!
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How woud He get over the live Crimson Blader!?
How woud He get over the live Crimson Blader!?

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Table five started with Flisek’s opponent opening strongly with a [sb jud] play coupled with [sb sec]. His opponent set up for next turn but Flisek opened strongly himself – cycling through Dragons and getting a [11] on the field. It didn’t last long though as [bth] made short work of it. [rejuv] in the [ep] took him to six cards and he passed. On the next turn, [jowgen] made an appearance although [blaster] was able to deal with that. With the ability to [ss] returned to him, Flisek put three Dragon Rulers on the field and ended with a Dracossack. It was all for nought, though, as on the next turn [sb fate] was the icing on the cake as two copies of [hpop] and a [dnix] finished off his LP.
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I'm not great at maths but even I know that's over 8000!
I'm not great at maths but even I know that's over 8000!

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When talking about opening well as a Spellbook player, few openings are better than Bernard’s. Spellbook of Judgment and Secrets along with support in hand meant he ended his turn with [sb mag], [sb tower], a set Fate and all of the cards he wanted in his hand…

…at least, that is, until [card d] ruined things. [ss]s ran riot until a few turns later, Bernard was flipping [pwwb] to send [tidal] to the top of the Deck and save his LP from dwindling to zero. [kycoo] helped by [sb pow] went over a Dracossack a few turns later and backed up by Fate and Wisdom, his opponent couldn’t mount enough of an offense to survive.
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Kycoo is a great way of (ghost) destroying Dragons
Kycoo is a great way of (ghost) destroying Dragons

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Meanwhile He was mounting a comeback with [card d] – using [reborn] on Dracossack. He managed to swing the momentum in his favour, and on the following turn he flipped [vane] to make sure he remained in control. Paine couldn’t deal with the pressure and it went to game two!

[h2]Bernard takes game one while Flisek and Paine will both need to start their comebacks quickly![/h2]
Game two

Flisek opened with more options available to him in game two. Despite a [maxx] somewhat upsetting his rhythm he still managed to [rejuv] to six in hand. His opponent managed to get a [hpop] and [jowgen] on the field at the end of his first turn. Flisek wasn’t hanging around in this game though – [storm] took out his backrow and [fusilier] was Summoned to attack over Jowgen. In his [mp2] he got a Big Eye on the field, took Priestess and made a Dracossack, spawned tokens and passed. There was no way back for his opponent and he knew it – so things went to game three!

Looking to the left saw Paine ending his first turn of game two. He’d discarded lots of Dragons and had a Redox set, before playing Rejuvination up to six in hand. One of those was a [maxx] which he thought would upset He’s next turn. It didn’t stop him from going for the win. He played [card d] and Summoned enough Dragons to make a Big Eye. He took Redox and flipped it, Summoning Veiler and making a [colossal]. Blaster worked it’s way on to the field, and [reborn] on another Blaster sealed the deal. He was half-expecting to attack in to a [scarecrow] with all the cards he’d given Paine with Maxx “C”, but the attack was successful and Paine’s record took it’s first blemish of the tournament!
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This field would be the end of Paine's unbeaten run in the tournament!
This field would be the end of Paine's unbeaten run in the tournament!

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Bernard’s second game was a bit of a grind. He slowed the Dragon Ruler player’s first turn plays with a Maxx “C” and then flipped [summon limit] on the next turn. This would be really disparaging if not for the fact the Dragon player could still summon a Redox and Tempest and attack to push damage through. Bernard started to make a comeback with a Kycoo and Jowgen – but [tsuku] reclaimed the ability to [ss] and with no protection Bernard knew it was over and on to a decider!

[h2]Tom Paine comes unstuck by Simon He while Flisek and Bernard are headed to game three![/h2]

Game three

Game three for Flisek was relatively short lived. His opponent started with Judgment, [df] and two other Spells – ending with two backrow, a Spellbook Magician, Jowgen and the Fissure…

… Flisek had Heavy Storm! Wisdom was chained to protect Jowgen from Spells while Fate set the Magician. Time was called and Flisek set two cards that would be the end of the Spellbook player: [fusilier] and [eev]! There was no way back – even being able to flip the Magician and search a fate – on the next turn [mst] and a [ns]ed Fusilier dealt with the field, and when the opponent cycled his Magician for a [sb power] to get over the Fusilier, [bom] sealed the match.

Back on table 22 and time was called after Bernard had opened with Judgment, [upstart] and Secrets. He set up with a Kycoo in the [ep], ready to combo off on his next turn. Unfortunately his opponent had other plans and discarded [puppet] to take control of Kycoo. Bernard chained Fate before he lost the chance and turned his Magician face-down. His perfectly set-up hand ended up in the graveyard thanks to Card Destruction, and a chained [rejuv] meant thath the Dragon player could Summon a Dragon Ruler and attack, returning Kycoo in the [ep].
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Would Kycoo be able to get over the ominous field of Dragon Rulers?
Would Kycoo be able to get over the ominous field of Dragon Rulers?

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Bernard played Judgment, and then Secrets searching Power. [droll] ensured that the rest of his turn was locked down, and going for damage he activated the Power and copied it with [sb master] to push through over Reactan. He set four and Summoned Jowgen. [hole] was flopped from the opponent and Wisdom protected Kycoo. Blaster banished two Dragons from hand to [ss] itself, the two banished Dragons replacing themselves with smaller equivalents. When it attacked, Wing Blast put it on top of the Deck. [mp2] saw Stream Summon Tidal, and Summon Limit was activated. A chained Typhoon did little but prompt the activation of a second set Limit!

However, the Dragon player passed and Bernard was unable to overcome the 3600 LP difference between the two players. He would have to continue with a 6-2 record!

[h2]Flisek turns the match around to come out victorious while Bernard is on the bubble![/h2]

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