Round 8: Soner Güngör (Mermails) vs Andreas Moeller (Gravekeeper)

This is the last Swiss round of day one! Soner Güngör does not need much of an introduction – he has made the top cut of more events than it is easy to remember; but seems to always be the bridesmaid and never the bride with the title of YCS Champion still eluding him. Andreas Moeller came here today from Denmark with his Gravekeeper Deck that I will look closer at in a Deck Analysis after this match.

This was a bubble match with both players having a 5-2 record. It means the loser has the luxury of a lie-in tomorrow morning while the winner would be back for 9am sharp – although they have more of a chance of winning the YCS than the guy that gets knocked out.

I think I’d prefer the lie-in, but there’s no rest for those seeking glory.

Moeller won the die roll although Güngör spent the next three minutes rolling the Dane’s die trying to determine if it rolled anything other than a one and six. Spectators couldn’t contain their laughter as Güngör rolled a huge variety of numbers but still looked unconvinced.
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Güngör made me go to great lengths to cover the logo on his top
Güngör made me go to great lengths to cover the logo on his top

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He set a monster and two backrow before passing. Güngör began with [upstart] and then a second to generously gift Moeller 2000 Life Points. He Summoned [pike] and discarded [a mark] to search [gunde] and used the Marksman’s effect. He asked Moeller if he was playing Mermail or Geargia in an attempt to work out if the set monster was an [a linde]. He decided to pop it anyway and it was revealed to be a [spy]. Güngör recoiled and attacked with the Abysspike.

Moeller set a monster and as he ended his Main Phase Güngör played [a sphere] to search [a linde]. It was destroyed and [ss]ed [sturge] and discarded [gunde] to get back his [linde].
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It looked like Gravekeepers were about to be six feet under! (ba dum dish)
It looked like Gravekeepers were about to be six feet under! (ba dum tish)

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Güngör drew and used his [sturge] and [pike] to [xyz] [dweller]. Abysslinde went to atk and Dweller attacked the set monster after activating it’s effect. It was a [spy] and [ss]ed [recruiter] in def. Güngör shoved his [linde] at the Recruiter which was destroyed thanks to the atk boost from Dweller. In [mp2] Güngör Summoned [a ocea] and used it’s effect, [ss]ing another [a linde] in def, destroying his and getting a [sturge], discarding [a mark] for a chained [chain] to negate [dweller].

It was a lot to take in. Here’s Güngör’s field just so you can keep up:
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I trekked to the opposite side of the table to bring you this action shot.
I trekked to the opposite side of the table to bring you this action shot.

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[stele] was first for Moeller, picking back a [recruiter] and [spy]. He set a monster and second [st] before passing back.

Güngör drew to three in hand. [a ocea] used it’s effect to [ss] [gunde], destroy [a linde] and [ss] a [pike]. “Thinking whether or not to use the effect” Güngör declared before scratching his head and flicking his hand cards a bit more. He decided against it and offered his Deck to his opponent to shuffle. [mqangineer]and [ddw] hit the field next and the Wolf used it’s effect, giving itself up to destroy a set [recruiter] which searched for a [gk com]. Güngör used his Normal Summon to play [a linde] and turned his Dweller to def. Abysslinde and Angineer attacked to leave Moeller on 5100 and set a third backrow card.

Moeller’s first play was predictably to discard [gk com] and search for a [necrov]. it was activated and he set a monster and [st] to give him three face down in total along with the Chain. He passed with two in hand.

Güngör switched his Dweller to atk and Abysslinde to def before passing.

Moeller Flip Summoned his [spy] and it was met by [bts]. Moeller thought for a moment, confirming that Angineer can use it’s effect to target itself before he flipped [bandit]. [recruiter] was Summoned from Spy.
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Things were slowly looking better for the Danish Duelist
Things were slowly looking better for the Danish Duelist

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“Thinking on the Summon” said Güngör before letting it through. Recruiter attacked Dweller and Güngör used it’s effect, chaining [mst] on the [chain]. Moeller had a second [chain] but Güngör had a second [mst]! Both monsters went down in the battle.

Spy attacked over [a linde] which fetched a [pike], discarding [gunde] to fish out [a mark]. Güngör attempted to use the effect of [gunde] but was reminded that [necrov] was still on the field. In [mp2] Moeller Summoned [gk des] and gave up Spy to destroy Güngör’s set [squall] – he activated it but knew it would be negated. Moeller ended with two cards in hand.

Güngör set a backrow and passed.

Moeller Summoned [recruiter]. It was poked at [pike] to indicate an attack and Angineer saved it. In [mp2] Recruiter was sacrificed for Descendant which destroyed a chained [a sphere] dumping [a megalo] in the Graveyard. Moeller searched a [gk com] and used it to get a spare [necrov]. He passed after setting a second card.

Güngör Summoned [a drag] and [xyz]ed [eek]. He had only one card left in his hand but [eek] went off successfully and destroyed Moeller’s field!
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Such destruction..much damage!
Such destruction..much damage!

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Moeller played [hole] and [necrov] before setting his last card – a [bth]. He passed and Güngör drew to two cards. He passed.

Moeller set his drawn card – a monster. Güngör discarded [tidal] and [a mark] to send [a megalo] from his Deck to the Graveyard. Marksman destroyed the set [spy]. He set his last card to his backrow.

Moeller drew in to [gk heret] which he Summoned and used to attack. Güngör passed and ate another 1800 to the face. Moeller set a [st].

Güngör somewhat in vain flipped [reckless] on his turn but gave a nonchalant shrug of approval at the second card he drew. It was revealed to be [mst] which took out [necrov]. [tidal] returned by banishing [dweller] and [a drag] but was Banished by [bth]. [hole] took care of Heretic and Güngör passed after setting his last card.

Moeller drew a [gk ass]and poked with it. In his End Phase Güngör flipped another [reckless] and gave the same expression as before at the second card. He attempted to Summon [a spirit] but was blasted by [sw]. He set another backrow.
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A lone Assailant looked to finish off the Duel!
A lone Assailant looked to finish off the Duel!

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Moeller poked with [gk ass] again to leave Güngör on 1200. He passed without playing his drawn card. Güngör couldn’t draw because of [reckless] but in his turn flipped [a sphere] to get [teus]. It attacked over the Assailant and passed.

Moeller Summoned [gk com] and set his last card, a [prison]. Abyssteus was destroyed in the End Phase.

Güngör conceded knowing that he couldn’t stop the attack on the following turn!

[h2]Moeller and the Gravekeepers take a huge game one win after a very rocky start[/h2]

Game one took 35 minutes so there was not long left to complete the round. Both Duelists were keen to get on as quickly as possible and used their Side Decks in record time.
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Moeller was exhausted after the first game but needed to go in for the kill!
Moeller was exhausted after the first game but needed to go in for the kill!

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Güngör started game two by discarding [sturge]to [ss] [teus] in def. He searched [gunde]. [tidal] and [gunde] were discarded to send [a megalo] to the Graveyard and [gunde] retrieved it. Both monsters combined to make [sack] and tokens were spawned. Güngör set two of his remaining three cards to his backrow and passed.

Moeller’s first move was to discard [gk com] and search a [necrov]. He Summoned [recruiter] and played [necrov], attacking a token. Two backrow were set and play was back with Güngör.

[sack] made more tokens, one of which was sacrificed to use it’s effect. [chain] put an end to that and Güngör passed.

Moeller Summoned [gk des] and poked his monsters at the tokens to destroy them in battle before having [bts] hault his Descendant in [mp2]. Recruited search [gk ass] and he passed.
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A strong start soon dwindled for the Mermails
A strong start soon dwindled for the Mermails

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Güngör flipped [reckless] in his turn as time was called on the round. He had five cards in hand as well as his Dracossack. It’s effect was used to tribute itself and destroy [necrov]. [pike] was Summoned and discarded [a drag] to search both [a mark] and [gunde]. Dragoons and Abyssteus were Banished to [ss] Tidal which met a [bth]. Abysspike attacked over Descendant and a backrow was set.

Moeller drew to four in hand. He had [stele] to return a [gk com] and [recruiter]. The former was discarded to grab a [necrov] and the latter was Summoned. [necrov] was next and the Recruiter ran over Abysspike. Moeller had no backrow.

Güngör couldn’t draw thanks to his earlier draw power in the form of [reckless]. He had to rely on his four in-hand cards and one set [st]. He checked on the LP situation, his 7600 to Moeller’s 7900. It was imperative that he started to do some damage before he was out of turns. [a sphere] was his play, getting [a ocea] in def. It was joined by [a mark] and the two were used for the [xyz] of [leviair]. [a drag] returned from the Banished depths and Recruiter went down to get [gk heret]. Güngör passed.

Moeller Summoned [gk ass] and attacked over Leviair. He set a backrow.

Güngör went on the defensive. He was 1400 ahead and needed to keep it that way. He switched Dragoons to def and set a monster.
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Would Moeller chance it all on a Photon Papillioperative?
Would Moeller chance it all on a Photon Papillioperative?

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Moeller drew and thought hard. He checked through his Extra Deck. He seemed to be considering [papi] as his best option but it all came down to the atk of Güngör’s set monster. It was incredibly tense!

Moeller Summoned Descandant. He went for it! [papi] came down! Güngör realised what was about to happen and after checking the atk of his set monster conceded! Moeller had managed to do it and would move on to tomorrow!

[h2]Gravekeeper’s best Mermails and move on to the second day of the tournament![/h2]

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