Semi Finals: Konrad Grünewald (Dragon Ruler) vs. Joshua Schmidt (Dragon Ruler)
Only 2 more matches are standing between Konrad Grünewald, Joshua Schmidt, Samuel Pedigo and Jan Oliver Gross and the highly desired title of the Winner of the YCS.
We decided to put the spotlight on the match between Konrad Grünewald and Joshua Schmidt who are now duking it out in the semi finals.
Grünewald kicked things off with [ravine], sending [tidal] to the Graveyard and adding [tempestd]. He then banished both to [ss] [blaster], adding more Dragon Rulers to his hand. He set a card and passed.
Schmidt only set a back row card.
Grünewald activated [ravine] again, discarding [tempestd], also sending [redox] to his Graveyard. He was pulling ahead fast in this match if Schmidt’s expression was any indication. The 2 Dragon Rulers in the Graveyard then got banished to special Summon [blaster] once again and Schmidt discarded [maxx].
[consonance] allowed the former World Championship competitor to draw into more cards. He then added 2 more back row cards before ending.
[mtd] got summoned and [mwd] followed. Both were then used to [xyz] [helio]. Its effect got activated and Grünewald Tributed it together with [redox] from his hand, but [wrath] made sure Schmidt wouldn’t fall behind even further.
Grünewald didn’t seem to like this result too much, so he now brought back [blaster], banishing [redox] and [mwd], searching his Deck for a new Dragon Ruler. He discarded it ([redox]) right away again for [ravine], adding [corseca] to his hand. He still wasn’t done, banishing [redox] and [mtd] to [ss] [tidal]. Its attack got stopped by [fader], play then proceeded with [mp] 2 and Grünewald [xyz]ed [sack]. A [break] by Schmidt made sure it wouldn’t stay on the field for long, though. Grünewald set a back row card and ended.
This was Schmidt’s opening, it seemed. He couldn’t quite take advantage, though, only setting a spell or trap and passing. [pwwb] returned it to his Deck, so Grünewald could now wrap things up.
When he activated [consonance], drawing into more Dragon Rulers, Schmidt accessed his Side Deck.
[h2]Konrad Grünewald won the first game![/h2]
Schmidt went first, setting 2 spells or traps. Grünewald added 3 cards to his back row as well.
Schmidt passed without performing any actions and Grünewald then seemingly pulled ahead with [7ss], banishing [tempestd].
[ravine] hit play, Schmidt discarded [tempestd] and he searched for [corseca]. He then used [consonance] with [corseca] to draw more cards, [7ss] followed, with [tidal] getting banished and another getting added to Schmidt’s hand and that concluded the turn.
Grünewald added a third back row card and ended.
Another [7ss] helped Schmidt to further thin out his Deck. He discarded [tidal] for the effect of [ravine], sending [trigon] to his Graveyard. He still had 6 cards in hand, much to the dismay of Grünewald. [tempestd] and [corseca] then got banished so [tidal] could return from the dead, but [crow] made sure it got banished instead.
Schmidt then [ns]ed [debris] instead and Grünewald discarded [maxx]. [trigon] returned to the field, both monsters attacked directly and in [mp] 2, Schmidt went for [afd]. He destroyed his own [ravine] to gain 1000 Life Points, searching his Deck for another copy.
Grünewald [ss]ed [redox] from his hand,banishing [tempestd] and [corseca]. He added [tempestd] to his hand. He summoned [corseca] and both of his monsters were Tuned to [scrap dragon]. Grünewald targeted one of his set spells or traps and one of Schmidt’s and after Schmidt opted not to chain, Grünewald chained [pwwb], targeting [afd]. Schmidt chained [mst] on another back row card of Grünewald, so both players lost 2 cards.
Schmidt played [ravine], he ditched [blaster] to also add [tempestd] to his Graveyard, he then used [electric virus] on [scrap dragon] and Grünewald immediately shuffled up.
[h2]Joshua Schmidt ties the score![/h2]
A great Side Deck tech by Joshua Schmidt allowed him to steal the victory in the second Duel. Let’s see if he could do it again in the third.
Grünewald set 3 back row cards. Schmidt had [ravine], discarding [tidal], but [mst] negated the effect.
[consonance] then allowed Grünewald to draw into [tempestd], which he used with [7ss] to add another copy from his Deck to his hand.
Schmidt had a second [ravine] and he discarded a Dragon Ruler again to trigger its effect, but Grünewald had [pwwb] for the Field Spell Card and [transmig] to empty Schmidt’s Graveyard!
Schmidt passed and Grünewald continued his roll, activating [ravine] and then using [7ss] with [tempestd]. He then had [debris], bringing back [trigon], with Schmidt responding with [maxx]. Both tiny monsters attacked, leaving Schmidt on 6500 Life Points.
Schmidt didn’t perform any actions.
Grünewald went for [afd], he then [ss]ed [redox], banishing [redox] and [debris] from his Graveyard, searching his Deck for [corseca]. He used the effect of the Synchro Monster to destroy his own Field Spell Card, gaining 1000 Life Points and searching his Deck for another copy, activating it.
He then Special Summoned a flurry of monsters to the field to wrap things up.
Schmidt thought he would get to see another turn, flashing a [fader]. Grünewald flipped the answer in his back row: [warning]! Schmidt immediately extended the hand.
[h2]Konrad Grünewald advances to the finals![/h2]
Joshua Schmidt revealed the cards that he was stuck with in this final match. There seemed to be nothing he was able to do, while Konrad Grünewald drew into all the answers he needed. Now he only had to do it one more time in the finals of YCS Turin where he will face Samuel Pedigo from the USA and his Geargia Deck!