Round 8: Vid Gruden (SLO – Bujin) vs. Dogay Kamar (TUR – Dragons)

The air is getting ever thinner at the top tables, but we still found two Duelists who haven’t dropped a single match this weekend: Vid Gruden from Slovenia and Dogay Kamar from Turkey.

Kamar is the reason why we picked this particular match since he is running Dragons this weekend; a Deck that is still not quite out of fashion, even though it’s trailing behind the more popular archetypes.
Gruden on the other hand is putting his trust in a Bujin Deck that has already crushed the dreams of quite a few accomplished players. So far, he always found the tools he needed to come out successful, but could he do the same when he would go up against such an exotic Deck?

Kamar won the die roll after a tie, his 4 was enough to beat Gruden’s 2.
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Dogay Kamar is piloting Dragons this weekend!
Dogay Kamar is piloting Dragons this weekend!

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Kamar started with [kuribandit], he added a face-down [st] before he revealed [trade in] while [white stone] triggered, allowing him to add [bewd] from his Deck to his hand. He also sent another [kuribandit], [redox] and [upstart] to his Graveyard.

Gruden kicked things off with [pod], revealing [bujin hare] which he quickly picked – both players knew what their respective opponent was playing. [bujin yam] got [ns]ed, it attacked directly, making it 6200 LP for Kamar, Gruden then added 2 [sts] and in the End Phase, he added [bujin crane] to his hand and he sent [bujin hare] to his Graveyard.
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Kamar started to assemble monsters in his Graveyard with the help of Dragon Shrine!
Kamar started to assemble monsters in his Graveyard with the help of Dragon Shrine!

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[shrine] allowed Kamar to further set up his Graveyard, sending [f guard] and [tidal] there. [trade in] followed and he continued to work through his Deck. This provided him with all the things he needed; [soul charge] brought back [bewd], [tidal], [redox] and [white stone]. He then Synchro Summoned [aesd] and [11] hit play as well. Gruden thought about a possible response and he eventually flipped [bom], flipping [11] face-down. Kamar now activated [upstart] – an interesting choice, he then added [mtd], [mwd] followed suit and together they were used to [ss] [ddknight]. [foolish] then sent [blaster] to his Graveyard and he passed play.
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The field of the Dragon Duelist was very threatening at this point!
The field of the Dragon Duelist was very threatening at this point!

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[mind] allowed Gruden to take control of [11]. He [fs]ed it, detached for its effect, which allowed him to also make [ddknight] switch sides, however, Kamar chained the effect of his remaining Xyz Monster to foil this plan. [bujin mika] got summoned then and it attacked into [ddknight]. [bujin crane] and [honest] made sure that this attack was more than lethal and Kamar started accessing his Side Deck.
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What a finish from Gruden!
What a finish from Gruden!

[h2]Vid Gruden takes the lead![/h2]

Vid Gruden now only had to win one more Duel to maintain his perfect record!
Vid Gruden now only had to win one more Duel to maintain his perfect record!

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Once again, it would be Kamar to go first. He immediately checked his Extra Deck, thinking about his possible options before he activated [shrine], filling his Graveyard. [soul charge] brought back [f guard] and [redox] and [mwd] followed suit. Next in line was a Synchro Summon of [sdd], both monsters were then used to [xyz] [ddknight] and that concluded the turn.

[pod] revealed [honest], [bujin yam] and [bujin ara]. He gave it some thought before he added [bujin yam] to his hand, he [ns]ed it, he added 2 back row cards and [ddknight] negated the effect of [bujin yam] during the End Phase.

On Kamar’s following turn, he detached for the effect of [ddknight] and he then attacked successfully over [bujin yam]. [redox] returned from the Graveyard, [white stone] followed, another [sdd] was supposed to enter play, but [horn] dealt with it before it could. Kamar added 2 back row cards and he passed.
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As soon as you blinked, you missed the Xyz Summon of at least 2 monsters!
As soon as you blinked, you missed the Xyz Summon of at least 2 monsters!

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Gruden attempted to find an answer with [tenki], but Kamar chained [mst]. Gruden then added a face-down monster.

Kamar drew into another [soul charge] and just a split second later, he sported quite the field; [sdd] stayed while [scrap dragon] followed suit after [white stone] and [redox] returned to the Graveyard. [sarco] was next, banishing [influence dragon]. [redox] then returned to play with [sdd] and [bewd] getting banished, [influence dragon] got summoned, it also left play right away again and that meant [leo].
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Dragons Assemble!
Dragons Assemble!

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Kamar activated the effect of [scrap dragon], he chained [burial] to return quite a few monsters to his Graveyard, he set a fresh [st] and that concluded a very epic turn!

[pod] got Gruden [tenki], he activated it, searched his Deck for [bujin mika] and added it to his hand. It got [ns]ed and Kamar had no response. It then declared an attack into [scrap dragon] and Kamar had no response; [bujin crane] made sure that the attack would succeed, which meant Kamar would leave [scrap dragon] and he was left with 2000 Life Points.
During the End Phase, [bujin mika] allowed Gruden to add [bujincarnation] to his hand and he then passed play.

Kamar didn’t even look at the card he drew; he immediately checked his Graveyard again – all the “interesting” cards were there. He banished [scrap dragon] and [bewd] to return [redox] to the field, [foolish] sent [blaster] to his Graveyard, but it didn’t stay there long, also returning to play and that then meant [11]. It claimed control over [bujin mika] and play proceeded with the Battle Phase.

“That’s game!”, Gruden admitted.
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That meant game in the second Duel!
That meant game in the second Duel!

[h2]Dogay Kamar ties the score![/h2]

A furious comeback from Dogay Kamar who went down to 2000 Life Points, but Special Summoning several huge Dragons made all of this well worth a trade. Obviously, he wanted to do this again in the last game, but Gruden had a thing or two to say about that.

For the first time in this match, it would be Vid Gruden to go first. He had [tenki], he added [bujin yam] to his hand, he advanced to the End Phase and he added [bujin mika] to his hand while [bujin hare] got sent to his Graveyard.
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Kamar had plenty of options in the final Duel!
Kamar had plenty of options in the final Duel!

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[upstart] marked Kamar’s opening. He then followed it up with [consonance], discarding [white stone], he found a second copy and he discarded [f guard] and after working through one fourth of his Deck, he further thinned it out with [shrine], sending [tidal] to his Graveyard. He didn’t seem to be too pleased with the fact that he had drawn into [f guard]. Infinite Dragons in his Graveyard meant infinite options; he activated [soul charge] and he brought back [tidal], [f guard] and [white stone].
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A big Soul Charge play helped Kamar gain the upper hand!
A big Soul Charge play helped Kamar gain the upper hand!

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He then took a moment to think about his next move, but he eventually settled on a Synchro Summon of [colossal]. [tidal] returned to the field, together with [f guard], it allowed Kamar to also add [sdd] to his side of the field and that concluded the turn.

Gruden [ss]ed [bujin hir]. He added [bujin mika] and play proceeded with the Battle Phase.
[bujin hir] attacked into [sdd] and [bujin crane] got sent from Gruden’s hand, making sure the Synchro Monster ended up in the Graveyard. In [mp] 2, [ddw] got [xyz]ed and it Tributed itself to make sure Kamar was left with no field. Gruden added a Spell or Trap Card and in the End Phase, he added [bujincarnation] to his hand.

Play was back to Kamar and he first opted to draw a second card this turn, courtesy of [upstart]. He confirmed that he had 4500 Life Points left before he activated [shrine], sending [tempestd] to his Graveyard. Once again, he had to confirm the contents of his Graveyard to make sure he wouldn’t miss an option. He then activated [soul charge] to return [colossal], [tempestd] and [tidal] to his field. 1500 LP remaining. The 2 Dragon Rulers overlaid to [xyz] [draco]. A [warning] made sure it never hit play; Gruden was now on 8000 Life Points again. [tempestd] [ss]ed itself, the effect of [redox] allowed Kamar to search his Deck for [mtd], he summoned it, [mwd] followed suit and both were then used to [ss] [ddknight].
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Once again, the Dragon Duelist made sure he sported quite the field!
Once again, the Dragon Duelist made sure he sported quite the field!

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No Battle Phase meant that play was now back to Gruden. The Slovenian Duelist accessed his Extra Deck and he went over the contents several times. He summoned [bujin crane] to the field and he then [xyz]ed [ddw]. It left the field again so [colossal] would also leave the field. [bujincarnation] then allowed him to perform the next Xyz Summon, this time with [susanowo] hitting play. It detached an Xyz Material and this allowed Gruden to add [bujin crane] to his hand. [susanowo] attacked over the remaining Dragon Ruler, Gruden added a [st] and that concluded the turn.

[ddknight] against [susanowo] was the current situation on the field. Kamar went over the contents of his Graveyard again – it was like a living being, changing turn for turn. [ddknight] attacked [susanowo], [bujin hare] got banished, but the effect of [ddknight] got chained, making sure that the Bujin boss monster would leave the field. Kamar ended.

Now Gruden had to check the contents of his Graveyard and he followed it up with a closer look at his Extra Deck again. [bujincarnation] brought back [bujin hare] as well as [bujin yam] and both were then used to [xyz] [susanowo] again. It activated its effect and Kamar chained the effect of [ddknight]. Gruden set a [st].
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We had seen this before, hadn't we?!
We had seen this before, hadn't we?!

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We were back to square one: [ddknight] against [susanowo] on the field. That would change momentarily when Kamar [ss]ed [tempestd] back to the field. He followed it up with [debris] which returned [f guard], a Synchro Summon of [scrap dragon] was next and Gruden had to think about his response; he activated [horn].
Kamar was still behind in Life Points and we were already in the overtime for the round. He was clearly nervous and thinking hard about his possible outs. He couldn’t come up with anything that would turn the tide in this match and he eventually extended the hand.

[h2]Vid Gruden remains undefeated![/h2]

A very friendly, but certainly intense match between these two master Duelists. Both wished each other good luck for the last round; they had already secured their ticket for Day 2, but another win would get them that much closer to the cut for the knock out rounds.
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