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Semi Finals: Besnik Kajtazi (Mermail) vs. Aris Samaras (Geargia)

23.02.2014 | 19:30 |

We’ve made it to the semi finals and this is where Besnik Kajtazi needs to overcome Aris Samaras to keep his dream of becoming a YCS Winner alive! Kajtazi is running Mermails while Samaras pilots the only Geargia Deck left in competition.

 


Besnik Kajtazi had the time of his life!

Besnik Kajtazi had the time of his life!


 


Kajtazi set 2 back row cards.

Samaras used Upstart Goblin, he Summoned a monster, but Bottomless Trap Hole took care of it. He set 2, but Mystical Space Typhoon took down Geargiagear.

Kajtazi then Special Summoned Mermail Abyssmegalo, Mermail Abysspike also hit play and that left Samaras with just 3900 Life Points.

 


Samaras tried to push his engine into high gear!

Samaras tried to push his engine into high gear!


 


Geargiarsenal got Samaras Geargiarmor, it went face-down and he passed.

Mermail Abyssmegalo's attack ended in Book of Moon. Kajtazi added more back row cards.

Geargiarmor got Flip Summoned, bur Solemn Warning dealt with it. Geargiano Mk-II was met with Bottomless Trap Hole and Samaras was shaking his head violently. Kajtazi seemed to have all the answers.

When he started to Special Summon monsters again the following turn, Samaras decided it would be better we proceeded with game 2.


Besnik Kajtazi takes the lead!


Kajtazi was in full control of the first match, much to the dismay of his opponent Aris Samaras. He was hoping that he could start assembling his combo a little more reliably in the second game and he started with Thunder King Rai-Oh and 2 back row cards.

 


Aris Samaras represented Greece with pride!

Aris Samaras represented Greece with pride!


 


Kajtazi set 2 Spell or Trap Cards before ending his turn.

Thunder King Rai-Oh attacked, Kajtazi activated Abyss-Sphere, but Mystical Space Typhoon from Samaras’ back row negated it. The Greek set a card to each zone before passing. Mystical Space Typhoon destroyed Dust Tornado and play was back to Kajtazi.

He passed without performing any actions.

 


Rai Oh had given Samaras the opportunity to unleash his combo!

Rai Oh had given Samaras the opportunity to unleash his combo!


 


Samaras went for it! Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" entered play, Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00x "Bureido" followed, he did some quick calculations and Kajtazi complained: “What do you need a calculator for…”

 


Kajtazi's hand that got completely shut down by Rai Oh!

Kajtazi's hand that got completely shut down by Rai Oh!


Aris Samaras ties the score!


Sometimes, 1 card is all it takes to make such a big difference. After Kajtazi went on and explained how good his hand was if it weren’t for the Thunder King Rai-Oh, Samaras commented with a smile on his face: “That’s why it’s limited.” And with that, we were ready to start the all-deciding Duel!

Kajtazi went first and he Summoned Mermail Abysspike, discarding Mermail Abyssleed. He searched for Mermail Abyssgunde, Aqua Spirit got Special Summoned and Samaras discarded Maxx "C". Kajtazi didn’t perform a Xyz-Summon after that, he set a Spell or Trap and ended.

 


Kajtazi opted not to Special Summon any more monsters after Maxx "C"!

 


Samaras set a card to each zone, but he lost Dust Tornado to Mystical Space Typhoon.

Kajtazi now performed an Xyz-Summon and he got out Bahamut Shark. He attacked over Geargiarmor which got Samara Geargiaccelerator. Kajtazi then Summoned Mermail Abysstrite in Main Phase 2, he considered following it up with Mermail Abyssmegalo, but he eventually opted against it.

Samaras Summoned Geargiano Mk-II, Geargiarmor came back, Geargiaccelerator followed, then Genex Ally Birdman, then Geargiaccelerator again!

 


The Karakuris pulled out all the stops!

The Karakuris pulled out all the stops!


 


Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" hit play, this got Samaras Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 "Saizan", he flipped Geargiarmor face-down and Flip Summoned it again, that allowed him to add Geargiaccelerator and he added Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00x "Bureido".
He was still not done, though, following all of this up with a second Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei", switching Mermail Abysstrite to Attack Position. Attacks followed, clearing Kajtazi’s field, although Mermail Abysspike got Special Summoned. Kajtazi was on 6800 Life Points, he discarded Atlantean Heavy Infantry, adding Genex Undine to his hand and destroying the second Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 "Burei" for the effect of Atlantean Heavy Infantry. He took more damage courtesy of Geargiarmor, Samaras set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Kajtazi.

 


'Comeback time!', courtesy of Genex Undine!

'Comeback time!', courtesy of Genex Undine!


 


Genex Undine sent Atlantean Marksman to Kajtazi’s Graveyard (destroying Mystical Space Typhoon) and allowing him to add Genex Controller to his hand. Mermail Abyssmegalo was next with Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls and Mermail Abyssgunde and Samaras let out a huge sigh. Kajtazi Special Summoned Mermail Abysstrite back to the field, he searched his Deck for Abyss-Sphere and he also brought back Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. Samaras was shaking his head.

 


This match had been turned upside down completely!

This match had been turned upside down completely!


 


Number 11: Big Eye allowed Kajtazi to claim control over Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00x "Bureido", attacks followed and now it was Samaras who was left with no field. Abyss-Sphere got set and Kajtazi ended after this monster of a turn!

Samaras only set a monster.

Number 11: Big Eye helped Kajtazi claim control of Geargiarmor, Kajtazi Flip Summoned it, announcing his intention to activate the effect, he attacked with everything he had and Samaras went down to 2000 Life Points.

The Greek drew for his turn, but there was nothing that could turn this around and he extended his hand.


Besnik Kajtazi advances to the finals!


What a great comeback for Besnik Kajtazi who seemed like he was standing with his back against the wall at some point. He had the perfect answer, however, making the most of his various options to turn the field upside down thanks to the powerful Number 11: Big Eye!