The Finals: Stefano Memoli (Fire Fist) vs. Alpay Engin (Wind-Up)
24.02.2013 | 19:28
IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS!!! In less than an hour, we will know who would become the winner of the largest European Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament OF ALL TIMES!
Alpay Engin came close back in YCS Barcelona. After an unfortunate round 1 loss, he went on and started an impressive streak that lasted up to the quarter finals where Stephan Sluis ultimately eliminated the German from competition. Just like he did in Barcelona, Engin is relying on Wind-Ups today; he called it "paying the Deck the respects it deserved" since he doesn't expect it to show up at the top tables come March the 1st.
Stefano Memoli on the other hand is no stranger to competition at the highest Level either. He's the reigning European Champion, he won a National Championship in his home country of Italy and he's participated in 2 World Championship - you can't collect much more high Level experience than that! Let's get this party started!
Both players claimed that they weren't too nervous; they had both beat their expectations and even though they really want to win this event, they'll be happy no matter in which place they end up.
Memoli won the die roll, both players shook hands and Pot of Duality started things. Memoli saw Dark Hole and 2 monsters and he thought for a bit before adding Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear to his hand. He passed without performing any other actions.
The first turn for Engin who was rather quick to set a monster as well as a Spell or Trap Card.
Memoli Normal Summoned Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon, he set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.
Engin added another Spell or Trap Card, which got destroyed by Mystical Space Typhoon during the End Phase.
Memoli now Normal Summoned Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear, Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon attacked over Sangan, with Engin adding Wind-Up Magician to his hand and Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla took a direct shot, triggering its effect. Memoli added Fire Formation - Tenki to his hand and when he activated it in Main Phase 2, the effect of Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon kicked in, allowing Memoli to set Fire Formation - Tensen to his back row. He then attempted to Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King, but Solemn Judgment foiled that plan. Engin was on 3.400 Life Points as a result of the costly activation.
Memoli then activated Monster Reborn to bring back Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon, to which Engin Chained Maxx "C". The German drew a card while the Italian suddenly had a field presence again; the European Champion added a back row card and he ended.
Heavy Storm cleared Memoli's back row, but not before he Chained his trap to make sure Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon would receive a huge ATK boost. Wind-Up Factory, then Wind-Up Magician. When Engin revealed Wind-Up Shark, Memoli responded with Effect Veiler!!! A great answer, making sure Engin couldn't go too crazy. Still, he got to search his Deck thanks to the effect of Wind-Up Factory and he added another Wind-Up Shark.
He then went on and Xyz Summon Maestroke the Symphony Djinn, he activated its effect to shrink the Fire Fist monster and the following attack made sure only Engin had cards left on the field.
Memoli Normal Summoned Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla and he added 2 back row cards to rebuild. Engin used the effect of Maestroke the Symphony Djinn to flip Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla face-down. He Normal Summoned Wind-Up Rat in Main Phase 2, but Effect Veiler came down immediately. The players now had a disagreement whether Engin gave his opponent a chance to respond to the Summon or if he flashed Wind-Up Shark right away. The judge ruled that Memoli was wrong to discard Wind-Up Shark right away and that he didn't give Engin a chance to Special Summon Wind-Up Shark first; this meant Engin was allowed to Special Summon Wind-Up Shark and search his Deck for Wind-Up Rat thanks to Wind-Up Factory.
Engin then announced that he wanted to activate the effect of Wind-Up Rat and Memoli gave this some consideration. He used Effect Veiler. Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity hit the field, followed by Wind-Up Magician, another Wind-Up Shark came down, followed by a Wind-Up Magician from Engin's Deck and that left him - for the time being at least - with the following field:
Wind-Up Shark changed its Level, which triggered the effect of the newly Summoned Wind-Up Magician; Engin then went for Photon Papilloperative, he added Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh, to which Memoli responded with Forbidden Lance. Engin was fine with that and he ended his turn.
Memoli Flip Summoned Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla. He then went into the tank and contemplated his possible follow-up plays. Eventually, he opted to attack over Wind-Up Rat, which allowed him to add Fire Formation - Tenki. He then activated it, searching his Deck for Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear. He Normal Summoned it, used its effect in Main Phase 2 to get rid of both Fire Formation - Tenki and Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity, he then performed an Xyz Summon for Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King, he searched his Deck for Fire Formation - Tenki, setting it and he passed, but not after detaching a Xyz Material.
Engin activated Pot of Avarice, earning a cheer from the crowd. Engin then activated the effect of Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity, which got negated by Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King, but Engin would still get to trigger Wind-Up Factory. He searched for Wind-Up Rabbit, he used the effect in the opposing Draw Phase to trigger Wind-Up Factory once again, this time adding Wind-Up Shark to his hand.
Memoli had Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon to which Engin responded with Torrential Tribute. Fire Formation - Tenki allowed Memoli to search his Deck for Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear, he set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.
Play was back to Engin, who now Normal Summoned Wind-Up Rat. He attempted to bring back Wind-Up Magician with the effect of Wind-Up Rat, but Fiendish Chain negated the effect. Still, Wind-Up Factory triggered once again, which meant that Engin would get to add another Wind-Up Shark to his hand. He then went for Wind-Up Zenmaines, he followed it up by 2 Wind-Up Shark, both of them attacked directly and in Main Phase 2, Engin Special Summoned Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon, detaching a Material to get rid of Fire Formation - Tenki.
Memoli drew for his turn and then started to put cards from his Graveyard back to his Extra Deck. A clear indication of a concession.
Alpay Engin claims the lead!
The tempers were running wild in the first Duel at a few occasions, but in the end, both players calmed down again with Alpay Engin coming out on top.
Engin Normal Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh and dealt 1.900 points of damage with it. He set 2 Spells or Traps of his own.
Sangan came down and dealt 1.000 to Memoli. Engin added a back row card.
Pot of Duality revealed 3 monsters for Memoli and he wasn't happy: Gene-Warped Warwolf, Effect Veiler and a Fire Fist monster. He added Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear to his hand, Normal Summoned it and he attacked Sangan. Dimensional Prison foiled that plan.
Dust Tornado destroyed Rivalry of Warlords. Tour Guide From the Underworld followed, but Effect Veiler stripped it off its effect. Engin then went for his Extra Deck and he Xyz Summon Number 17: Leviathan Dragon. He detached Sangan, attacked with it to drop Memoli to 2.600 Life Points and he ended.
Engin detached Tour Guide From the Underworld from Number 17: Leviathan Dragon. Before he advanced to the Battle Phase, Memoli dropped Effect Veiler. Engin had no fear and he still declared the attack! Memoli had no response and he lost his only monster. Engin set a monster.
Memoli Normal Summoned Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon and he added another back row card.
Engin attacked with Number 17: Leviathan Dragon over it.
Memoli added yet another back row.
Engin Flip Summoned Wind-Up Magician. He Normal Summoned another copy from his hand and then went for his Extra Deck, Special Summoning Maestroke the Symphony Djinn. Monster Reborn brought back Sangan, which also worked. Memoli seemed like he had nothing. Engin went for it...
Memoli just commented: "It's enough!"
Alpay Engin is your YCS Bochum 2013 Champion!
Even though Stefano Memoli fought hard and tried to stop Alpay Engin from unleashing the devastating combos of the Wind-Ups, Engin found a way to pick the lock of Memoli's defenses and he ended up the first YCS winner in 2013! It's been a great conclusion of the September 2012 format and we look forward to welcoming you back to YCS Lille in April!