Top 32: Chris Bountaloudis (Evilswarm) vs. William Pedigo (Geargia)
01.12.2013 | 14:21
We’ve performed a second cut so there are only 32 Duelists remaining in YCS Turin. 2 of them are the reigning European Champion, Chris Bountaloudis and William Pedigo who came all the way from America. Bountaloudis is bringing Evilswarm to the table while Pedigo is piloting a Geargia Deck. This is definitely going to be interesting.
On the sideline, Bountaloudis received some heavy support from his fellow countryman, many of whom came close to also reaching the Top 32, e.g. Kimon Tsitsiridis.
The Greek kicked things off, [ns]ing [ev helio] before adding 4 back row cards.
Pedigo set 3 and added 3 back row cards.
Bountaloudis didn’t waste any time, attacking with [ev helio] in [armor], which allowed Pedigo to search his Deck for [g auto] after he lost his monster. Not performing any more moves, Bountaloudis passed. [call] was supposed to bring back [armor], but [empty] foiled this plan of the American.
After only setting a back row card, Pedigo took the first damage courtesy of Bountaloudis’ [ev helio]'[s] attack. A fifth back row card for the European Champion.
Pedigo set a monster and it was revealed to be [g auto], returning [armor] to his hand. Bountaloudis had played another [ev helio] before attacking, so the American was left with 4100 Life Points.
Once more, Pedigo only set a monster, so the next flurry of attacks left him with a little more than 2000 Life Points. When he couldn’t do anything else on his following turn and Bountaloudis summoned a third monster, we went to game 2.
[h2]Chris Bountaloudis takes the first game in just a few minutes![/h2]
It seemed like William Pedigo was really unlucky in this first match since he never found an answer to [empty], effectively stopping him from pulling off any of the Geargia combos. He never appeared too frustrated, though, keeping his calm and staying focused. Hopefully, this would help him recover after this early beating.
Pedigo started the second Duel with [g arsenal], with Bountaloudis immediately discarding [maxx]. An [armor] entered the field and went face-down, Pedigo then set 2 spells or traps and ended.
[ev helio] came down and it attacked successfully over [armor], with Pedigo adding [geargiano] to his hand. 4 faceback row cards and play was back to the frequent traveller.
Pedigo discarded [redox] and [geargiano], which allowed him to get back [g arsenal]. He followed it up with [g auto] and he then [xyz]ed [ggx]. Bountaloudis activated [mistake], but a chained [mst] made sure Pedigo would still get something out of his Xyz Monster. Or so he thought, but Bountaloudis also found [fchain] in his back row to negate the effect. Pedigo set a monster and ended.
Bountaloudis had 2 [mst] to clear Pedigo’s back row. This didn’t look good for the American.
He added [ev kery] and he then attacked over [armor], with Pedigo searching for [g mk2]. Both of Bountaloudis’ monsters were then used to Xyz Summon [ophion], he detached an Xyz Material, adding [i pand] to his hand and setting it immediately.
Pedigo drew into his third card. He activated [upstart], so Bountaloudis gained 1000 Life Points. [g mk2] got summoned and it returned [geargiano]. No response.
Both monsters were then used to [xyz] [zenmaines] and it was sent into [ophion]. Pedigo took 1050 damage, he set a back row card and during the End Phase, he destroyed a set [lance] with the effect of [zenmaines].
Bountaloudis attacked over [ggx]. This got Pedigo [geargiano] back. The Greek added a spell or trap and ended. [g gear] then got Pedigo 2 copies of [g mk2] which he added to his field.
He drew into another [upstart], activating it right away. 5 digit Life Points for Bountaloudis! The 2 [g mk2] were then used to [xyz] [ggx], [g auto] got added to Pedigo’s hand and he [ss]ed it, leaving him with this field.
[pearl] got [xyz]ed next, [zenmaines] then attacked into [ophion], with Pedigo falling down to 5650 Life Points, [pearl]'[s] attack over [ophion] didn’t succeed since [lance] foiled that plan and Pedigo then set a back row card before getting rid of his opponent’s Xyz Monster with [zenmaines]’ effect.
Bountaloudis only set a second back row card before ending.
Pedigo seemed like he was gaining the upper hand here now. He checked his Graveyard and Extra Deck before detaching the remaining material from [ggx], returning [g arsenal] to his hand. He attempted to summon it next, but Bountaloudis had [warning]. Pedigo considered responding. “If you have Seven Tools, it’s game”, Bountaloudis announced. Pedigo then flipped his back row card and in fact, it was the Counter Trap Card.
[h2]William Pedigo equals the score![/h2]
No player opted to perform any Side Decking between games. We had a little more than 15 minutes remaining on the clock, so there was a good chance we would finish here in time.
For the final game, it would be Bountaloudis going first and he did so activating [rota], adding [ev castor] to his hand. He played it, [ev thun] followed, this meant [ophion], it got him [i pand] from his Deck, he then set not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 (!) back row cards and ended.
Pedigo started to thin out his Deck with [upstart]. He also had 4 spells or traps and passed. [i infect] got flipped and this got Bountaloudis [ev kery].
On his following turn, the Greek used the effect of [ophion], but [fchain] stopped that from succeeding. [ev kery] was then supposed to enter the field, but [warning] dealt with it.
Pedigo [fs]ed [armor] and Bountaloudis flipped a [fchain] of his own. Pedigo gave this some thought, but he had no response. He then summoned . Next, both of his monsters were used to [synch] [bureido], Bountaloudis flipped a [bth], but [bandit] made sure it would stay on the field. Pedigo now searched his Deck for , he summoned it in [atk], switching it to [def] right after and drawing a card. He then flipped [mst] (keep in mind he could have activated the card way, way earlier, but he saved it for this moment!), but [i pand] got chained.
[bureido] then attacked over [ophion], Pedigo set a back row card and he ended.
Bountaloudis checked both Graveyards, taking his time, but then he shifted gears. [mst] destroyed [bandit] and [rabbit] then got him 2 [ev helio]. He attacked over  before advancing to [mp] 2, where he went for [ddw] to get rid of [bureido]. The board was empty.
Pedigo only set 2 back row cards. Bountaloudis also set a spell or trap. Another back row card for the American.
Bountaloudis drew and he seemed to be on to something, checking both Graveyards again. He then [ns]ed [ev mand], attacking with it and leaving Pedigo on 3400 Life Points.
[upstart] didn’t really improve Pedigo’s position. 5 minutes were remaining in the round. Pedigo then used [mst] to destroy Bountaloudis’ last back row card, a [ced] that he chained to return [ev mand] to his hand.
[g arsenal] got summoned then, attacking directly, leaving the Greek on 8050 Life Points. In [mp] 2, it got Tributed so [armor] would hit the field, Pedigo flipped it face-down and that concluded the turn.
This game had turned into quite the thriller. Bountaloudis now used the effect of [i infect] to get [ev kery]. He then Summoned it to the field, used its effect to return [ev helio] to his hand, [mst] destroyed a set [rivalry] and [ev helio] got Summoned. [armor], which got destroyed in battle, got Pedigo [g mk2]. The following attack left the American on 1850 Life Points. The European Champion considered performing more Summons in [mp] 2, but he eventually opted against it.
Things looked rather different on Pedigo’s side of the field, who had [g arsenal] and [g mk2] to add [geargiano] to his field. It also left it right away again so eh could return  to the field, but it didn’t stay there long either, leaving it so [burei] could get [ss]ed from the Extra Deck. This got Pedigo another  from his Deck, so suddenly, he sported a decent enough field.
[burei] attacked Bountaloudis’ monster, with the Greek returning it to his hand with [i infect]. So [burei] now had to attack over [ev helio], with Bountaloudis dropping to 7400 Life Points.
On his following turn, he drew into [mst], but [g gear] got chained, [ss]ing 2 [g mk2] to Pedigo’s side of the field. That seemed like bad news for Bountaloudis who was only holding on to [ev kery]. He summoned it, [ced] returned it to his hand and that seemed like the decision maker in this game. Bountaloudis checked his Graveyard again, he used [i infect] to search his Deck for [ev mand], he summoned it, attacked over one of the [g mk2] and he then passed play.
Pedigo had to wrap up things now since time had been called on his previous turn. “You got it?”, Bountaloudis asked and Pedigo replied: “No, unfortunately not.”
He checked his Extra Deck before [xyz]ing [ggx], he detached  to return [g mk2],  then also returned from the dead, both monsters were then used to [ss] another [burei], but Pedigo didn’t get to special summon anything from his Deck. He attacked with the first [burei] over [ev mand] and then his other monsters followed, so Bountaloudis dropped to 1450 Life Points. Pedigo was still on 1850, so he was ahead.
Bountaloudis drew and…
… extended the hand.
Not what he was looking for.
[h2]William Pedigo overcomes Chris Bountaloudis![/h2]
Bountaloudis admitted that he had probably made a mistake in this match, but he’s not that familiar with the exact workings of the Geargia Deck. This crucial advantage helped William Pedigo to secure a seat in the Top 16, but I’m rather certain he’ll also be hoping for a different opposing Deck.