Semi-Final Feature Match: Michel Gruner (Dragon Ruler) vs Rozza Valerio (Dragon Ruler)
30.06.2013 | 21:11
With the top eight matches now out of the way, the atmosphere was far more relaxed going in to the semi-finals. While there are still prizes, pride and glory on the line, both Duelists are heading to Las Vegas and so were prepared to just have a good, fun match. Michel Gruner is a previous European Champion and wants to make history by adding a second title. Rozza Valerio was featured earlier and is back looking a little less tense!
Gruner won the roll and used Reactan, Dragon Ruler of Pebbles to which Maxx "C" was Chained. Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders hit the field and Sacred Sword of Seven Stars banished Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls to draw, searching out a Stream, Dragon Ruler of Droplets. He passed, unwilling to Special Summon any more this turn.
Valerio used Gold Sarcophagus to banish Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms, replacing it with a Tempest. He used Reactan to Special Summon Redox in defence position. He activated Super Rejuvenation and drew two in the End Phase.
Lightning, Dragon Ruler of Drafts was used to Summon Tempest in attack and a second Maxx "C" from Valerio really halted his plans. Gruner studied his hand and Graveyard and pitched two for Burner, Dragon Ruler of Sparks, Summoning Blaster. Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack was the next invite to the party, and it spawned Tokens before tributing itself to destroy the Italian’s Redox. Confirming which Dragon Ruler effects he hadn’t yet used, he banished Tempest and Reactan from the grave to Summon Tidal, using Tempest’s effect to search Dragunity Corsesca. It was Summoned and along with the Tokens Synchro Summoned Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei".
There was enough damage on the field to take the game, and prompted by Gruner’s Battle Phase, he conceeded!
Michel Gruner was one step closer to the final!
Gruner asked if he could go first, and the Italian denied with a grin on his face.
Valerio drew his opening hand – he had drawn two copies of Obelisk the Tormentor! Not a great start, as he passed with the remainder of his hand being Maxx "C", Breakthrough Skill, Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos and Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms.
Gruner discarded two Tidals to send a Blaster to the Graveyard and removed it with a Tidal for Redox, searching a replacement. He used Super Rejuvenation to draw two cards and ended.
Valerio used Burner to bring out Blaster by discarding Tempest. He used his in-hand Blaster by banishing the two he’d discarded to Special Summon it, searching another Tempest. Both Blaster’s became a Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack and Gruner considered his options before deciding to let it though. The effect to spawn Tokens was met with Effect Veiler and Valerio could only set hit Breakthrough Skill before passing back.
Burner was met with a Maxx "C" – which Gruner had called before even reaching for his Deck. Redox was revived by banishing Burner and Tidal, which sought out a Stream. Gruner thought about Xyz Summoning a Dracossack but elected instead for Number 11: Big Eye in defence. It’s effect was negated by Breakthrough Skill. Once again confirmed which Dragon Rulers had and hadn’t been used, Gruner stared thoughtfully at his five card hand. Dark Hole was the next play and a set backrow concluded the turn.
Maxx “C” had improved the Italian’s hand and he dicsarded Tempest to use Reactan’s effect – but Gruner had Vanity's Emptiness! It completely stopped Valerio in his tracks and he passed with no further plays.
Gruner passed back, confident that Emptiness could see him through another turn. Valario went the somewhat aggressive route, Summoning a Stream and attacking for a whopping 1600 damage.
Gruner activated Super Rejuvenation which sent Emptiness to the Graveyard. He tried to use Stream’s effect but realise he had no Tidal or Stream left in Deck! “Sad, sad, sad times” he said. He took his procedural warning on the chin and returned the two Dragons to his hand. Tidal was Special Summoned from the hand by removing Redox and Blaster. He used Redox to search a Reactan but didn’t use Blaster – he had plans to use it’s effect later in the turn! Reactan bought out a Redox in defence position and with two cards left in his hand, attacked over Stream with Tidal. Both Monsters turned into a defence position Dracossack which spawned two Tokens. He was Rejuvinated in the End Phase for two cards.
Valerio banished Blaster to Special Summon Tempest, searching out a Burner. Gruner responded in kind with Maxx "C". Burner bought out Blaster, discarding Redox in the process. Redox revived itself and the three Dragon Rulers sat ominously on the field in attack position. Valerio banished Breakthrough Skill from the Graveyard to negate Dracossack and ran over it and a Token before Summoning the mighty Obelisk the Tormentor in Main Phase 2! Super Rejuvenation gave him some cards and he passed back. The crowd were crazy for the Egyptian God Card of myth and legend!
Gruner revived Tidal by removing Redox and Reactan, using Redox to add another Reactan to his hand. it was discarded with Stream to Special Summon Redox in defence, which combined with Tidal to Xyz Summon Dracossack. It spawned Tokens and he Summoned Dragunity Corsesca! Valerio wanted a minute to think things over before letting it through. He Synchro Summoned Black Rose Dragon and used it’s effect. Valerio’s Effect Veiler was no use! Book of Moon turned the Dragon face-down and made sure it’s effect continued. Dracossack was the only card on the field to survive. Blaster was Special Summoned and when attacks were declared Swift Scarecrow protected the Italian’s Life Points. Sacred Sword of Seven Stars banished Blaster in Main Phase 2 and drew Gruner two cards before he passed.
Life Points 6400-7000
Valerio drew and took a moment to consider plays, checking Gruner’s hand size and Graveyard as well as his own before settling on Dark Hole to clear Dracossack. Time was called as valerio was banishing two Dragons for Blaster – met by Gruner’s Maxx "C". Redox also came back into play, and Tempest followed shortly after – one of the banished cards was Tidal which replaced itself in the Italian’s hand. Gruner was up to seven in hand while Valerio’s Monsters were flooding the field. Did the German have a Scarecrow of his own?
…he didn’t! There was enough damage on the field to end the game and Gruner shuffled up – this would go to a sudden death third game!
New policy states that in sudden death players must again roll to see who begins, and the outcome was that Gruner would begin. Each Duelist would have two turns before Life Points would be calculated, it’s simple: whoever had more Life Points would be the winner!
Gruner Special Summoned Redox from the hand in defence by banishing Maxx "C" and Tidal, searching a Stream with Tidal’s effect. A set Spell/Trap joined it as Valerio began his first of the two turns. He would have an extra turn to attack than Gruner so this was really his chance to put in the groundwork to win the match.
Valerio used Blaster to destroy Gruner’s set Book of Moon, which he Chained to set Redox. Reactan was next and Summoned a Redox in defence. Redox in the grave returned to the field and Valerio had a few options. He could Xyz Summon or Normal Summon the Effect Veiler in his hand to Synchro Summon! He decided the Veiler would be more use in his hand so went for Number 11: Big Eye, using it’s effect to target Redox. Gruner had a Veiler though and Valerio passed with no further play!
Gruner used Stream, discarding Lightning to Special Summon Tidal from the Deck. Redox was Flip Summoned and Gruner looked at his last card in hand before deciding to Xyz Summon Dracossack. It detached Tidal for the effect but Veiler put an end to that plan. Tidal revived itself and Gruner’s last card was Monster Reborn! It bought back Effect Veiler, Synchro Summoning Crimson Blader. Seeing that the Blader would run over Big Eye and make it’s effect live the Italian sighed and offered the handshake!