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Round 9: Danny Jackson (Gravekeepers) vs. Jacob Schoonover (Lightsworn)

25.03.2012 | 18:55 |

Round 9! Britain’s Danny Jackson faces off against Jacob Schoonover from Lincoln, California. Jackson’s doing well with Gravekeepers here whereas Schoonover’s been demolishing opponents with Lightsworn! Both Duelists are x-1 at the moment and need to win to get closer to Top 64, so let’s get right to the action!



Danny Jackson travelled over 3000 miles to get here!




Schoonover started the Match with Card Trooper, sending Wulf, Lightsworn Beast, Pot of Avarice and Charge of the Light Brigade to the Graveyard, Summoning Wulf for free.

Jackson discarded Gravekeeper's Commandant to add Necrovalley to his hand and activate it. He Summoned Blackwing - Gale the Whirlwind, halved Wulf’s ATK and ran over Trooper (Schoonover drew a card). Jackson Set 3 and then played Royal Tribute! Wulf, 2 Necro Gardnas and Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner went to the Graveyard! Jackson followed up with Pot of Duality, adding Mirror Force to his hand and Setting it.

Schoonover turned Wulf, Lightsworn Beast to Defense Position and passed.

Jackson ran over Wulf with Gale and set a monster.

Schoonover activated Dark Hole and Jackson let it through (losing his Set Gravekeeper's Spy). He Summoned another Card Trooper and boosted its ATK before attacking directly.

Jackson flipped Gravekeeper's Stele over, adding Gravekeeper's Commandant and Spy to his hand before Setting a monster.

Schoonover used Trooper’s effect again, losing Heavy Storm, Royal Decree and Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress! He Set a card which was destroyed by Mystical Space Typhoon in the End Phase.

Jackson Flip Summoned Gravekeeper's Spy, Summoned Gravekeeper's Assailant and Normal Summoned Gravekeeper's Recruiter. Assailant attacked over Trooper and his other 2 monsters attacked directly. Jackson set 1 card to finish.

Schoonover activated Solar Recharge, discarding Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter to draw 2, sending Royal Decree and Tragoedia to the Graveyard. He Set a monster.

Jackson Normal Summoned Gravekeeper's Commandant and attacked with Recruiter. The flipped Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter destroyed Necrovalley. Spy attacked directly and 2 Necro Gardnas kept Schoonover safe! In Main Phase 2 Jackson Xyz Summoned Steelswarm Roach and passed.

Schoonover made light of his current situation; “Why can’t you Summon Utopia like normal people…”, obviously stymied by that Steelswarm Roach (maybe he drew Judgment Dragon?). He Summoned Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner, discarded Foolish Burial to target the other copy, and Jackson responded with Fiendish Chain, which was enough to seal the Duel!



1-0 to the UK!



Jacob Schoonover's Lightsworn Deck can pack a punch!




Schoonover kicked off Duel 2 with Garoth, Lightsworn Warrior and a Set card.

Jackson Set Spirit Reaper and Solemn Warning.

Schoonover Summoned Aurkus, Lightsworn Druid and 4 cards to the Graveyard in the End Phase, including a Wulf, Lightsworn Beast, which was Summoned!

Jackson Set another Spell/Trap.

Schoonover played Charge of the Light Brigade and added Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress to his hand. He Summoned Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner, discarded Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress to target it, and Jackson responded with Solemn Warning. He then Summoned Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning and flipped Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror! Schoonover declared an attack with Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, but lost all 4 of his monsters to Mirror Force!


Oh no!




Jackson Set 2 more cards.

Schoonover Summoned Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress which was flipped down with Book of Moon. Schoonover followed up with Judgment Dragon though, and attempted to clear the field, but Fiendish Chain prevented that from happening. He set a Spell/trap.

Jackson flipped Spirit Reaper over and took down Lyla before Setting a Spell/Trap.

Schoonover set a monster.

Jackson Set a Spell/trap.

Schoonover Flip Summoned Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter to destroy Fiendish Chain, but Judgment Dragon was then negated by another one! Schoonover sent back 5 monsters with Pot of Avarice and drew 2 cards. He set another Spell/Trap.

Jackson set a Spell or Trap.

Schoonover turned Ryko to Defense Position and passed.

Jackson passed.

Schoonover activated Solar Recharge, discarding Wulf, Lightsworn Beast to draw 2 cards and send 2 more to the Graveyard. He Set a Spell/Trap.

Jackson Set a monster and was hit with Royal Decree in the End Phase!

Schoonover activated Judgment Dragon again and Jackson Chained Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Decree! Schoonover Summoned another Judgment Dragon! Finally he cleared the field and Summoned yet another one! That was enough to tie the Match!



It’s all square!



Royal Tribute wins games!




Jackson started with Pot of Duality, adding Gravekeeper's Recruiter to his hand. He Set a monster and a Spell/Trap.

Schoonover played Solar Recharge, discarding Wulf, Lightsworn Beast. He followed up with Charge of the Light Brigade to add Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress to his hand and fill his Graveyard with more monsters. He Summoned Lyla and Jackson cleared the field with Torrential Tribute. Schoonover set 2 cards.

Jackson discarded Gravekeeper's Commandant to get Necrovalley and play it. He Set a monster and the rest of his hand before flipping Royal Tribute! Schoonover lost 3 monsters and Jackson flipped up Gravekeeper's Stele to get back 2 monsters.

Schoonover passed.

Jackson Summoned Gravekeeper's Recruiter and was hit by Torrential Tribute and Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror.

Schoonover passed again.

Jackson Summoned Gravekeeper's Commandant and attacked directly.

Schoonover Summoned Jain, Lightsworn Paladin and crashed it into Commandant.

Jackson Summoned Gravekeeper's Recruiter, Set a card and flipped another Royal Tribute! Nothing went this time though. Recruiter attacked directly.

Schoonover Summoned Card Trooper, boosted it and ran over Recruiter.

Jackson Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh and took down Trooper.

Schoonover set a Spell/Trap and played Dark Hole.

Jackson Summoned Gravekeeper's Descendant and attacked directly.

Schoonover set a monster and when Jackson revealed the Gravekeeper's Assailant the Match was done!



Danny Jackson presses ahead in the quest to make Top 64!



Both Duelists discussed Side-Deck strategies after the Match!