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

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.
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Besnik Kajtazi had the time of his life!
Besnik Kajtazi had the time of his life!

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Kajtazi set 2 back row cards.

Samaras used [upstart], he summoned a monster, but [bth] took care of it. He set 2, but [mst] took down [g gear].

Kajtazi then [ss]ed [megalo], [a pike] also hit play and that left Samaras with just 3900 Life Points.
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Samaras tried to push his engine into high gear!
Samaras tried to push his engine into high gear!

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[g arsenal] got Samaras [armor], it went face-down and he passed.

[megalo]'[s] attack ended in [bom]. Kajtazi added more back row cards.

[armor] got [fs]ed, bur [warning] dealt with it. [g mk2] was met with [bth] and Samaras was shaking his head violently. Kajtazi seemed to have all the answers.

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

[h2]Besnik Kajtazi takes the lead![/h2]

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 [rai oh] and 2 back row cards.
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Aris Samaras represented Greece with pride!
Aris Samaras represented Greece with pride!

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

[rai oh] attacked, Kajtazi activated [a sphere], but [mst] from Samaras’ back row negated it. The Greek set a card to each zone before passing. [mst] destroyed [dust] and play was back to Kajtazi.

He passed without performing any actions.
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Rai Oh had given Samaras the opportunity to unleash his combo!
Rai Oh had given Samaras the opportunity to unleash his combo!

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Samaras went for it! [burei] entered play, [bureido] followed, he did some quick calculations and Kajtazi complained: “What do you need a calculator for…”
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Kajtazi's hand that got completely shut down by Rai Oh!
Kajtazi's hand that got completely shut down by Rai Oh!

[h2]Aris Samaras ties the score![/h2]

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 [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 [a pike], discarding [a leed]. He searched for [a gunde], [a spirit] got [ss]ed and Samaras discarded [maxx]. Kajtazi didn’t perform a Xyz-Summon after that, he set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Kajtazi opted not to Special Summon any more monsters after Maxx "C"!
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Samaras set a card to each zone, but he lost [dust] to [mst].

Kajtazi now performed an Xyz-Summon and he got out [bahamut]. He attacked over [armor] which got Samara [g auto]. Kajtazi then summoned [atrite] in [mp] 2, he considered following it up with [megalo], but he eventually opted against it.

Samaras summoned [g mk2], [armor] came back, [g auto] followed, then [birdman], then [g auto] again!
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The Karakuris pulled out all the stops!
The Karakuris pulled out all the stops!

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[burei] hit play, this got Samaras [313], he flipped [armor] face-down and [fs]ed it again, that allowed him to add [g auto] and he added [bureido].
He was still not done, though, following all of this up with a second [burei], switching [atrite] to [atk]. Attacks followed, clearing Kajtazi’s field, although [a pike] got [ss]ed. Kajtazi was on 6800 Life Points, he discarded [ahi], adding [undine] to his hand and destroying the second [burei] for the effect of [ahi]. He took more damage courtesy of [armor], Samaras set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Kajtazi.
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'Comeback time!', courtesy of Genex Undine!
'Comeback time!', courtesy of Genex Undine!

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[undine] sent [a mark] to Kajtazi’s Graveyard (destroying [mst]) and allowing him to add [controller] to his hand. [megalo] was next with [tidal] and [a gunde] and Samaras let out a huge sigh. Kajtazi [ss]ed [atrite] back to the field, he searched his Deck for [a sphere] and he also brought back [tidal]. Samaras was shaking his head.
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This match had been turned upside down completely!
This match had been turned upside down completely!

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[11] allowed Kajtazi to claim control over [bureido], attacks followed and now it was Samaras who was left with no field. [a sphere] got set and Kajtazi ended after this monster of a turn!

Samaras only set a monster.

[11] helped Kajtazi claim control of [armor], Kajtazi [fs]ed 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.

[h2]Besnik Kajtazi advances to the finals![/h2]

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 [11]!
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