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Top 32: Carl Manigat (Hieratic) vs. Joshua Schmidt (Mermails)

23.02.2014 | 14:54 |
I was happy to welcome a "new face" to the Feature Match table for the Top 32: Carl Manigat. He's following Samuel Pedigo's lead and trying to win an event on foreign soil, however, to do so he must now overcome Germany's veteran Joshua Schmidt, a former World Championship competitor! Manigat brought something exotic with him: Hieratic Dragons. Schmidt on the other hand was settling on something more popular: Mermails. With that said, let's see if the exotic choice could give Manigat the edge or whether Schmidt's experience would prevail!

 

Schmidt's 5 was enough to beat Manigat's 3 and the German opted to go first. Schmidt started with Mermail Abyssteus, discarding Mermail Abyssleed. Mermail Abysspike followed with Mermail Abyssgunde getting sent to the Graveyard, another Mermail Abyssgunde was searched for and got added to Schmidt's hand, Mermail Abyssleed then cost Manigat Hieratic Dragon of Eset from his hand, Schmidt overlaid both of his monsters to Xyz Summon Mermail Abyssgaios and after a Spell or Trap, it was Manigat's turn. He set 2 and Abyss-Sphere got activated by Schmidt who searched for Mermail Abysslinde.

 

Manigat was about to start a flurry of Special Summons!

Manigat was about to start a flurry of Special Summons!

 

Manigat now went over his Extra Deck before he Summoned Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit. Hieratic Seal of Convocation followed, which helped him add Hieratic Dragon of Su to his hand, which then got Special Summoned. Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit left the field and Flamvell Guard entered it. Both monsters were then used to Special Summon Black Rose Dragon, which attempted to wipe the field! That was fine with Schmidt and Manigat lost Reckless Greed he set earlier. Mermail Abyssteus got Summoned, Mermail Abysspike followed, Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls got discarded and Schmidt started searching his Deck, finding Dragunity Corsesca and adding it to his hand. With 2 monsters in face-up Defense Position, he passed play.

 

Hieratics are one of the Decks where the Dragon Rulers are still fitting in perfectly!

Hieratics are one of the Decks where the Dragon Rulers are still fitting in perfectly!

 

Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders got Special Summoned and it took down Mermail Abyssteus. Play was back to Schmidt. The German Special Summoned his own Dragon Ruler back from his Graveyard, he then Normal Summoned Atlantean Marksman and that caused Manigat to access his Side Deck!

Joshua Schmidt takes the lead!


This time it would be Manigat going first and he did so with a set Spell or Trap before passing.

 

Manigat was able to move faster than lightning!

Manigat was able to move faster than lightning!

 

Upstart Goblin gave Manigat a welcome Life Points increase, Mermail Abysslinde got Normal Summoned and it attacked directly. Schmidt added 2 back row cards and he passed with 3 cards in hand. Manigot seemed to have a couple of options, but he decided to take it slow and only add a face-down monster.

 

It might not count as a Mexican standoff, but it was a standoff nonetheless!

It might not count as a Mexican standoff, but it was a standoff nonetheless!

 

This forced the game into a stalemate, with Schmidt switching his monster to Defense Position and adding a back row card rather than attacking. It was hard to tell who was gaining more of an advantage because of the slow pace. Manigat now added another back row card, which was revealed to be Mystical Space Typhoon in his End Phase since Schmidt's copy took it down. A second set monster for Schmidt. Reckless Greed provided Manigat with even more options. He Summoned Hieratic Dragon of Eset and Schmidt had no response. Hieratic Seal of Convocation followed, this got him Hieratic Dragon of Su as well as Luster Dragon in face-up Defense Position. Needle Ceiling got activated, seemingly stopping Manigat's combo dead in its tracks; both players still had a face-down Defense Position monster.

 

A Needle Ceiling wiped the board!

A Needle Ceiling wiped the board!

 

Schmidt went searching since his Mermail Abysslinde got destroyed and he found Mermail Abyssleed. Manigat then banished Hieratic Dragon of Su and Hieratic Dragon of Eset to Special Summon Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos. He Flip Summoned Flamvell Guard, he went for Crimson Blader, but Solemn Warning made sure it never hit play. Dark Hole then completely wiped the field and Manigat passed play. Mermail Abyssgunde got discarded so Schmidt could Special Summon Mermail Abyssteus. Mermail Abyssleed got ressurected and Mermail Abysslinde also joined Schmidt's field. All of his monsters attacked directly, leaving Manigat on 1600 Life Points. Schmidt proceeded with Main Phase 2, Special Summoning Mermail Abyssgaios. He set a back row card and ended. Manigat didn't draw for his turn, but Upstart Goblin allowed him to thin out his Deck. He Special Summoned Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit and this time it was Schmidt discarding Maxx "C". Hieratic Seal of Convocation was next and Hieratic Dragon of Su got added to Manigat's hand.

 

Both players were now putting their money on the heavy hitters!

Both players were now putting their money on the heavy hitters!

 

Manigat had to consider his following play carefully. Thanks to the Maxx "C" that drew him plenty of cards the turn before, he was still not out of options. He seemed like he went over a couple of options before settling on Tributing Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit to Special Summon Hieratic Dragon of Su. Schmidt drew a card for Maxx "C". Flamvell Guard got added to Manigat's field. Luster Dragon also joined Manigat's field which made it 3 draws for Schmidt's Maxx "C". This seemed to have turned into a situation of "go big or go home" already... Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos got Special Summoned and then, together with Flamvell Guard, it was used to Synchro Summon Scrap Dragon. Manigat set a Spell or Trap and he destroyed it for the effect of Scrap Dragon. He then went on and Special Summoned Constellar Ptolemy M7 and then some...

 

Schmidt had a million cards in hand, but nothing to stop this!

Schmidt had a million cards in hand, but nothing to stop this!

 

He declared attacks, waiting whether Schmidt had found something like a Gorz the Emissary of Darkness that could buy him another turn. Alas, it never came, so we now needed to play a third game!

Carl Manigat goes big and ties the score!


We've seen this before when Samuel Pedigo went "all in" with his Geargia Deck despite his opponent drawing plenty of cards. Sometimes, your only out is to put it all on the line and risk it all. Why try to survive for a few more turns when it's only becoming more and more likely that your opponent can assemble his combo when you can instead try to wrap things up right away? Schmidt started the third game in a much less aggressive fashion, only setting a monster and 2 Spell or Trap Cards. Manigat had a Spell or Trap of his own, but Hieratic Seal from the Ashes got destroyed by Mystical Space Typhoon.

 

Schmidt was pulling ahead and fast!

Schmidt was pulling ahead and fast!

 

Schmidt had Atlantean Marksman and he Flip Summoned Mermail Abysslinde. Manigat dropped Maxx "C", he took the damage, but Schmidt opted against Special Summoning. Manigat added Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit. Schmidt was a little surprised it was his turn again already; he added Mermail Abysspike, not activating its effect. Mermail Abysslinde then declared an attack and Manigat dropped a second Maxx "C"! Schmidt lost his monster and he Special Summoned Mermail Abyssleed. Manigat drew. Mermail Abyssleed attacked over Hieratic Dragon of Tefnuit, Atlantean Marksman followed suit and Schmidt Special Summoned Atlantean Heavy Infantry, Mermail Abysspike's attack connected and when Manigat attempted to buy himself another turn with Swift Scarecrow, a Debunk from Schmidt's back row crushed the dreams of the American!

Joshua Schmidt advances to the Top 16!


Despite a double Maxx "C", Carl Manigat couldn't quite follow the example that Samuel Pedigo had set in Turin. In the end, a Debunk was all Schmidt needed to wrap things up in just 2 turns in the final Duel!