Top 16 Feature Match: Luke Smythe vs Claudio Kirchmair
[p]We’re at Top 16 now, with Britain’s Luke Smythe taking on Austria’s Claudio Kirckmair. Both Duelists are quite experienced and successful. While Smythe is working in Ireland at the moment, and finished second in the country’s National Championship, Kirchmair on the otherhand has made the playoffs of several YCS events and competed at the World Championship. This should be a great Duel to watch.[/p]
[div]Smythe started with [slate] and a Set card.
Kirchmair Summoned [gaf] and attacked [slate], destroying it. He Set 1 card to finish.
Smythe played [trooper] and boosted it to 1900 ATK before attacking [gaf]. He was halted by [cylinder].
Kirchmair drew 2 cards for [pog] and Summoned [skull], destroying [trooper] in battle. He Set a card.
Smythe Set [snowman] and [ced].
Kirchmair attacked into the Snowman and rolled a 2, losing his [skull]. He Sumoned [toonelf] in [mp2] and Set 2 cards.
Smythe Set [tt] and [penguin].
Kirchmair attacked but was stopped by [fchain]. He Summoned [valley] in [mp2] and banished his monsters to draw 2 cards.
Smythe flipped [penguin] and returned it to his hand before Summoning [kong], which attacked directly.
Kirchmair Summoned [blion] and it went back to his hand due to [ced].
Smythe attacked with [kong] again.
Kirchmair Summoned [blion] and tried to attack [kong] again, this time destroying it.
Smythe drew and Set [ryko].
Kirchmair destroyed the Ryko with [scrush] and [blion] attacked directly. Kirchmair set a monster.
Smythe played [coh] but [gardna] was safe! He Set a monster and [st] to finish.
Kirchmair Summoned [zephyros] and negated [tt] with [bribe] to protect his monsters. He [xyz]ed [zen] and declared an attack with [blion]. [penguin] was flipped and Kirchmair revealed the [fchalice] to secure the Duel.[/div]
Kirchmair wins Duel 1!
[div]Smythe opened Duel 2 with a Set monster and Set [st].
Kirchmair Summoned [gaf] and attacked the [ryko], which destroyed it. He Set a card.
Smythe Summoned [slate] and attacked directly. Kirchmair let it through and Smythe set a [st].
Kirchmair set a monster.
Smythe Summoned [t45] and was stopped by [nwheel]. [slate] attacked [squirm] which destroyed it. “16 turns to go!” remarked Kirchmair.
Kirchmair Summoned [yaksha] and declared an attack (bouncing [ced] to Smythe’s hand), but when he attacked [blast] was played. He forced the attack through with [chalice]. [yaksha] returned to his hand.
Smythe Summoned [ashen] and attacked directly before Setting 2 [st]s.
Kirchmair Summoned [yaksha] again and sent one of the Set cards back. He declared an attack and Smythe activated [ashen]’[s] effect to win the battle. Kirchmair set a card.
Smythe used [bait] to destroy [bribe]. He attacked directly with [ashen] and Set a card.
Kirchmair [ss]ed [tricky] and passed.
Smythe activated [coh] and took [tricky]. He entered his Battle Phase and Kirchmair activated [half]. Smythe chose not to end his Battle Phase and attacked directly.
Kirchmair commented “The strongest card is gone now. I just need to win.”. He then contemplated his options and potential ways of doing that before Setting a monster.
Smythe Summoned [chiron] and attacked with [ashen], destroying the [tricky] with its effect in battle. [ced] was negated by [sj] and [chiron] was destroyed when it attacked [ryko]. He Set a card and passed.
Kirchmair passed and conceded next turn when Smythe revealed a monster.[/div]
We’re going to Duel 3!
[div]9 minutes remained in the round as Kirchmair opened Duel 3. “Now I just need more luck, the first Duel was great.” He started the Duel with a Set monster and [st].
Smythe played [trooper] and boosted it to 1900 ATK, destroying [zephyros]. He Set 2 cards to finish.
Kirchmair Summoned [ape] and took down Trooper.
Smythe drew [t45] and [ss]ed [fortress]! He then [ns]ed [slate] and entered his Battle Phase. Fortress destroyed [ape] and [slate] attacked directly.
Kirchmair revived [ape] with [prem] and bounced the Spell Card back to his hand to revive [zephyros] (a strong combo, especially in Sealed Play). He then Summoned [yaksha] and sent a Set card back to Smythe’s hand. Kirchmair Summoned [pearl] and after the Battle Phase all 4 monsters were in the Graveyard.
Smythe Summoned [kong] and attacked directly. He set a card. 2 minutes remained.
Kirchmair played [prem] and revived [pearl]. It destroyed [kong] in battle and Kirchmair Set a monster.
“You have game?” “No, unfortunately not” Smythe replied as he Summoned [breaker]. He tried to destroy [prem] but [chalice] was Chained to stop it. Breaker destroyed the [thb] which revived itself.
Kirchmair played [pog] to draw 2 cards as time was called. He weighed up his options and played [uws], equipping it to [thb], which turned to Attack Position. [thb] declared an attack on Breaker and it went through as [pearl] attacked directly. Kirchmair Set a monster and [st].
Smythe Set a monster.
“Maybe you have Torrential…” Kirchmair remarked as he drew his card. Pearl attacked and [penguin] was flipped, with Pearl and [thb] leaving the field. Kirchmair Summoned [toonelf] in [mp2].
Smythe played [ashen] and was hit by [ring]. With both Duelists on 2000 Life Points Smythe weighed up his options before responding with [blast] to force a Draw![/div]
Time for Duel 4!
[div]Duel 4 was started with a die roll. Kirchmair won it with a 3 to Smythe’s 1. Each Duelist would get 2 turns and highest Life Points wins.
Kirchmair started the decider with 2 Set [st]s and a Set monster.
Smythe [ss]ed [cydra] and followed up with [slate]. [cydra] attacked [ryko] which destroyed [slate]. Smythe set 2 cards.
Kirchmair began his final scheduled turn, Setting a monster and [st]. Smythe activated [ced] in the End Phase and Kirchmair’s monster was sent back to his hand.
Smythe attacked with [cydra] and secured his seat in the Top 8![/div]
Luke Smythe heads to the Top 8 after an unprecedented 4 Duels!
[p]Despite the defeat, Kirchmair was happy with how his weekend went. “Maybe I should have played more aggressively in the Top 16.” He liked the Sealed Play format though, remarking that the strongest Duelist would win the majority of the time, which was shown in the Top 32 which had many experienced players.[/p]