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Round 9: Michael Ciplak (Fire King) vs Dilan Demongeot (Mermails)

23.02.2014 | 10:42 |

Welcome to day two of YCS Berlin. We’ve played eight rounds so far with three more to come today before we cut to the top 32 players. For round nine we’ve got Austrian Duelist Michael Ciplak and his Fire King Deck taking on France’s Dilan Demongeot and his Mermails. Both of these Duelists are on a 7-1 record so the loser would have to win out the rest of the day to be in with a chance of making the top cut while the winner would be almost able to cruise through.

Demongeot won the roll and decided to start things off. He opened with [pike] discarding [teus] to search out [gunde]. It was [ss]ed by discarding [gunde], searched another Abyssgunde and returned the first [teus] with the effect. The two were bought together to [xyz] [sack] and Tokens were spawned. [a spirit] was [ss]ed and came together with [pike] to [xyz] [lchain]. It sent [tidal] to the Graveyard and Demongeot set a backrow.

Ciplak used [ff tenki] to search [fk yak] which was Summoned and attacked over Chain. He set three backrow and passed.
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A very strong open for both Duelists

A very strong open for both Duelists


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Demongeot used [sack] to Tribute off a Token and destroy a set [bth]. He spawned more Tokens and passed.

[fk yak] attacked one and Ciplak passed back.

[sack] sacrificed another Token to destroy [mf] and Demongeot set a monster.

[fk yak] attacked the last Token and Ciplak set another [st].

Dracossack destroyed a set [fk circle] and [teus] was [ss]ed by discarding [gunde]. It searched another Abyssgunde and a second Abyssteus was revived. Another [sack] was made and Tokens were spawned, with Ciplak’s last set card, another [fk circle] going down.

[fk yak] attacked a Token. More were made on the next turn and destroyed a set [mst] which was activated on a chained [reckless].
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Demongeot was picking off cards with Dracossack

Demongeot was picking off cards with Dracossack


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Demongeot Summoned [pike], discarded [gunde] and searched an [a mark] as well as reviving a [pike]. [dweller] was Summoned and [a linde] was flipped. [fk yak] went down in battle and on the next turn Ciplak conceded unable to overcome the Frenchman’s strong open!

[h2]Demongeot takes an early lead thanks to a huge amount of destruction![/h2]

Ciplak went straight in to the Side Deck. You can’t help but feel he would have had a huge amount of control over that game if it wasn’t for the consistent removal ability of [sack] which sat on the field picking off his backrow one by one and biding Demongeot time to build a strong field.

The Austrian would start us off in the second game and did so with [ff tenki] to get [fk yak]. It was Summoned and he set two backrow.
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Ciplak opened well for game two.

Ciplak opened well for game two.


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Demongeot drew to six and [ss]ed [teus] in def by discarding [a drag]. He got two searches and picked [pike] as well as [a mark]. The [pike] was Summoned and discarded the Marksman to search another, destroying a set [bth]. [a spirit] was Summoned and [dweller] was next. It attacked the [fk yak] and destroyed it. A set [st] ended the turn but was revealed to be [a sphere] by a [dust].

Ciplak shook his head at his hand and set a backrow and monster. [a linde] was Summoned by Demongeot and in the Battle Phase Abysslinde attacked [fk gar] after Dweller activated it’s effect before Ciplak took a Dweller attack to the face. Demongeot set a backrow.

Ciplak Summoned [wolfbark] and used it’s effect to return [fk yak].
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WARNING: Xyz Summon imminent!

WARNING: Xyz Summon imminent!


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[ff tigerking] was next and searched [ff tenki], activated to find a second [wolfbark] from the Deck. Tiger King activated it’s effect and Dweller was chained – although it fell in battle soon after. Ciplak ended with his one backrow and two copies of Tenki.

Demongeot drew and paused to think. He checked the number of cards in Ciplak’s hand – two – and flicked through his Extra Deck. He played [mst] on a chained [fk circle] which sacrificed Tiger King in aid of a def position [fk yak].

[fk yak] went down in battle and discarded [fk bar] as a result. Ciplak activated [mst] quickly on a set [debunk] before searching [fk ons] and playing it to get [fk hgar]. He Summoned [wolfbark] and retrieved [fk bar] before making another [ff tigerking]. A third [ff tenki] was searched and got his final Wolfbark.
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Fire Kings were bringing the pain!

Fire Kings were bringing the pain!


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In the Battle Phase Tiger King attacked [a linde] and Demongeot searched himself a [sturge], discarding a Marksman to get another Abysslinde. The Abyssturge went down.

In Demongeot’s standby phase everything was destroyed including Tiger King, which made use of all of the face-up [ff tenki]s to bring out [fk yak] and [fk bar] from the Deck.

Demongeot went all in, discarding [a linde] and [gunde] to [ss] [a megalo] searching a [a sphere] and returning a [teus]. [a gaios] hit the field and attacked over [fk bar] before he set the Sphere and passed.

Ciplak was in a much better position. He drew to three in hand and confirmed that the card searched by Abyssmegalo on the previous turn was [a sphere]. Demongeot had no cards other than the [gaios] and Sphere so the Austrian knew exactly what he was up against. After checking his Extra Deck to assess his options it was decided that the best play would be to Summon his third and final [wolfbark]. It retrieved a Barong from the Graveyard. Wolfbark and Yaksha made [ddw] which detached but was met by [gaios]. Ciplak was reminded he couldn’t attack with his large monster and passed.
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Abyssgaios threw a watery spanner in the works

Abyssgaios threw a watery spanner in the works


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[a gaios] was met with [chain] and Demongeot passed back. Ciplak went to use [ddw] but was met with [bts]. [fk hgar] attacked in to the Gaios and bought out a Barong. The two of them became [101] in [mp2] and took the Gaios. Demongeot used his Sphere to get a [a linde] and then [teus] which sat in def. Ciplak had used a [maxx] on it and a couple of turns went by of setting backrow and [dust]ing.

Eventually Demongeot Summoned [genex controller] which was met by [tt] and [101] saved itself. He ate some damage and on the next turn Demongeot conceded and took things to game three with four minutes left in the round.

[h2]This one would go all the way thanks to some clever Xyz plays from both Duelists![/h2]

We were shuffled up and ready to go with just under three minutes to play. Demongeot went first and Summoned [undine] to get a [genex controller] and send [a drag] to the Graveyard getting a [a mark]. He set two cards – [debunk] and [a sphere] and passed.
[fk ons] was first and retrieved [fk hgar] from the Deck. It attacked the Undine which went down in battle. Ciplak set four and Demongeot used [a sphere] to get [pike] via [a linde]. Ciplak had [maxx] and Pike discarded [a mark] to search another, destroying a set [fk circle] in the process. In the Standby Phase [dust] took care of [debunk] and [fk hgar] returned to destroy the Pike.
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Ciplak would draw for every time Demongeot Special Summoned

Ciplak would draw for every time Demongeot Special Summoned


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A lot happened in a short space of time as both Duelists were playing fast to avoid the time trap. It couldn’t be avoided though as time was called in Demongeot’s turn. He Summoned [pike] and used the effect to discard [a mark] and search [a linde] and destroy a set [mst]. [teus] was [ss]ed by discarding [gunde] and another was searched – Ciplak had [maxx] and would draw all of the cards this turn. Abyssgunde returned Abysslinde in def and Demongeot set a backrow before letting Ciplak go.

He drew to four in hand and played [ff tenki]. It searched a [fk yak] which was Summoned. Abyssteus and Abysspike went down in battle and Ciplak added to his set cards which now totalled two.

Demongeot flipped his set card – [hole]! He searched [sturge] from the [a linde] and discarded [gunde]. Abyssturge didn’t make the cut as [veiler] stopped it from retrieving a Marksman, while [gunde] successfully revived a [pike]. Demongeot had his two level four monsters and three cards in hand. He wanted to use his monsters for an [xyz] but it transpired Ciplak was still thinking on the Summon – meeting Abysspike with a [bth]. It mattered little as Demongeot Summoned another and attacked before [xyz]ing [dweller].

It was activated in Ciplak’s Draw Phase. He had [fk ons] to bring out [fk hgar] which attacked over the Dweller and then [fk circle] to bring his other [fk hgar] and attack directly. The two switched in Demongeot’s Standby Phase.
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Fire King tag team!

Fire King tag team!


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This would be Demongeot’s final turn of the Duel and he looked at his hand of [mst], [a linde] and [genex controller] before realising he would not be able to deal the 1800 points of damage needed to push him ahead! He dropped his hand on the table and shook his opponent’s hand; prepared for life on the bubble for the remainder of the Swiss portion of the tournament.

[h2]Fire Kings beat out Mermails in round nine and Michael Ciplak goes on with a 8-1 record![/h2]