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Semi Finals: Konrad Grünewald (Dragon Ruler) vs. Joshua Schmidt (Dragon Ruler)

01.12.2013 | 17:45 |
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.

 

Konrad Grünewald signalling that he wanted 2 more wins now!

Konrad Grünewald signalling that he wanted 2 more wins now!

 

Grünewald kicked things off with Dragon Ravine, sending Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls to the Graveyard and adding Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms. He then banished both to Special Summon Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos, adding more Dragon Rulers to his hand. He set a card and passed. Schmidt only set a back row card. Grünewald activated Dragon Ravine again, discarding Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms, also sending Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders 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, Dragon Ruler of Infernos once again and Schmidt discarded Maxx "C". Cards of Consonance allowed the former World Championship competitor to draw into more cards. He then added 2 more back row cards before ending.

 

Grünewald had everything he needed it seemed

Grünewald had everything he needed it seemed

 

Mythic Tree Dragon got Summoned and Mythic Water Dragon followed. Both were then used to Xyz Summon Hieratic Sun Dragon Overlord of Heliopolis. Its effect got activated and Grünewald Tributed it together with Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders from his hand, but Divine 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, Dragon Ruler of Infernos, banishing Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders and Mythic Water Dragon, searching his Deck for a new Dragon Ruler. He discarded it (Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders) right away again for Dragon Ravine, adding Dragunity Corsesca to his hand. He still wasn't done, banishing Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders and Mythic Tree Dragon to Special Summon Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. Its attack got stopped by Battle Fader, play then proceeded with Main Phase 2 and Grünewald Xyz Summoned Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack. A Raigeki 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 Card and passing. Phoenix Wing Wind Blast returned it to his Deck, so Grünewald could now wrap things up. When he activated Cards of Consonance, drawing into more Dragon Rulers, Schmidt accessed his Side Deck.

Konrad Grünewald won the first game!


 

Joshua Schmidt had topped numerous times, but never won. He now had to win 2 Duels in a row to accomplish this goal!

Joshua Schmidt had topped numerous times, but never won. He now had to win 2 Duels in a row to accomplish this goal!

 

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 Sacred Sword of Seven Stars, banishing Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms. Dragon Ravine hit play, Schmidt discarded Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms and he searched for Dragunity Corsesca. He then used Cards of Consonance with Dragunity Corsesca to draw more cards, Sacred Sword of Seven Stars followed, with Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls getting banished and another getting added to Schmidt's hand and that concluded the turn.

 

Schmidt finally found some ways to speed up his Deck as well!

Schmidt finally found some ways to speed up his Deck as well!

 

Grünewald added a third back row card and ended. Another Sacred Sword of Seven Stars helped Schmidt to further thin out his Deck. He discarded Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls for the effect of Dragon Ravine, sending Trigon to his Graveyard. He still had 6 cards in hand, much to the dismay of Grünewald. Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms and Dragunity Corsesca then got banished so Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls could return from the dead, but D.D. Crow made sure it got banished instead. Schmidt then Normal Summoned Debris Dragon instead and Grünewald discarded Maxx "C". Trigon returned to the field, both monsters attacked directly and in Main Phase 2, Schmidt went for Ancient Fairy Dragon. He destroyed his own Dragon Ravine to gain 1000 Life Points, searching his Deck for another copy. Grünewald Special Summoned Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders from his hand,banishing Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms and Dragunity Corsesca. He added Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms to his hand. He Summoned Dragunity Corsesca 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 Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, targeting Ancient Fairy Dragon. Schmidt Chained Mystical Space Typhoon on another back row card of Grünewald, so both players lost 2 cards. Schmidt played Dragon Ravine, he ditched Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos to also add Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms to his Graveyard, he then used Electric Virus on Scrap Dragon and Grünewald immediately shuffled up.

Joshua Schmidt ties the score!


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 Dragon Ravine, discarding Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls, but Mystical Space Typhoon negated the effect. Cards of Consonance then allowed Grünewald to draw into Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms, which he used with Sacred Sword of Seven Stars to add another copy from his Deck to his hand.

 

The Field Spell Card got replaced immediately!

The Field Spell Card got replaced immediately!

 

Schmidt had a second Dragon Ravine and he discarded a Dragon Ruler again to trigger its effect, but Grünewald had Phoenix Wing Wind Blast for the Field Spell Card and The Transmigration Prophecy to empty Schmidt's Graveyard! Schmidt passed and Grünewald continued his roll, activating Dragon Ravine and then using Sacred Sword of Seven Stars with Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms. He then had Debris Dragon, bringing back Trigon, with Schmidt responding with Maxx "C". Both tiny monsters attacked, leaving Schmidt on 6500 Life Points. Schmidt didn't perform any actions. Grünewald went for Ancient Fairy Dragon, he then Special Summoned Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders, banishing Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders and Debris Dragon from his Graveyard, searching his Deck for Dragunity Corsesca. 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.

 

A Solemn Warning decided the match!

A Solemn Warning decided the match!

 

Schmidt thought he would get to see another turn, flashing a Battle Fader. Grünewald flipped the answer in his back row: Solemn Warning! Schmidt immediately extended the hand.

Konrad Grünewald advances to the finals!


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!