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Top 4 Feature Match: Sebastian Soika vs. Mat Collins

21.11.2010 | 17:30 |

Only 4 players were left in the tournament; Sebastian Soika from Germany and Mat Collins from the UK were 2 of them and they had to face each other, fighting for a ticket to the finals!

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Sebastian Soika dreamt of becoming a YCS Winner!

Sebastian Soika dreamt of becoming a YCS Winner!


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Collins won the die roll and opted to go first. He activated [duality], revealing [warning], [bom] and [caius]. He picked the Counter Trap Card and shuffled his deck. He Set a monster and 2 spells or traps and passed for his turn.

Soika also Set a monster and 2 Trap or Spell Cards.

It was time to pick up the pace, Collins decided. He activated [cold wave], offered [sangan] as a Tribute to bring out [caius] and this got him a huge cheer from the crowd! He removed [dandy] with [caius]'[s] effect, searched his deck for [lonefire], attacked directly for 2400 damage and passed!

Soika Set another monster and play was back to Collins.

He tried to Summon [lonefire], but [warning] foiled his plan. 3600 Life Points left for Soika. [reborn] was activated next, making sure [lonefire] would eventually hit the field! It didn’t stay there for long, though, as it was Tributed for its own effect to search another copy out of Collins’ deck. Next, he Tributed it to Special Summon [tytannial]. The big Plant attacked, but [bom] was activated to flip it face-down. [caius] didn’t attack as Collins passed after that move. Interesting.

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These were Soika's remaining options.

These were Soika's remaining options.


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Soika had 4 cards in his hand, but decided to flip [ryko] first. He targeted [caius] with its effect, but [veiler] was discarded to make sure the Monarch would stay on the field (that was probably the reason why Collins didn’t attack with [caius] the turn before). Soika Set a card to each zone and passed.

[tytannial] was Flip Summoned and Soika revealed [tt]. [sj] was Chained to negate the trap and [tytannial] attacked over [ryko]. [caius] attacked into [trooper] and Soika drew a card. Collins Set another back row card and ended.

4 cards in Soika’s hand; he Summoned [debris] and brought back [trooper]. Collins thought for a bit, checked his face-down cards and he activated [bom] to flip [trooper] face-down. Soike checked his Graveyard [dash] did he have [reborn]? He didn’t, and after some consideration, he shuffled up his cards.

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Mat Collins is only 1 win away from advancing to the finals!

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Both players were done with the side decking in no time.

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Mat Collins was standing with one foot in the final already!

Mat Collins was standing with one foot in the final already!


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Soika Set a monster and 2 spells or traps.

[sangan] was Normal Summoned and attacked into [dandy]. Collins was hoping for [ryko]. He Set a card to his Spell or Trap Card Zone and ended, but Soika flipped [decree]!

The following turn, [bulb] was Summoned and together with a Token, it was Tuned to [fsynch]. Soika drew a card, he used the effect of [bulb] to return it to the field and ripped [dandy] from the top of his deck!!! This got him 2 more Tokens and plenty of options! He brought out another [fsynch], drew another card, Set a spell or trap and passed with 4 monsters on the field.

Collins Normal Summoned [lonefire]. He asked if the Summon would be OK; a funny question as [decree] was face-up on the field. If he could have forced Soika into a crucial error like activating [warning] here, he would gain a huge advantage. Soika didn’t fall for it, though, [lonefire] brought out another copy and after it left the field, Collins had a face-up Defense Position [spore] right next to his [sangan]. He Tuned both of his monsters to [arm] and searched his deck ([sangan]'[s] effect) for [debris]. That was all fine with Soika who had no response. [arm] attacked into [fsynch]. Collins passed and play was back to the German.

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Caius on the right would come down next!

Caius on the right would come down next!


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He Tributed a Fluff Token for [caius] and removed [arm] from the game. Play proceeded with the Battle Phase and the Monarch dealt 2400 points of damage. Soika was done with his turn. Would we see the first Synchro Summon during an opponent’s turn next?

We didn’t, as [hole] was activated to clear the field. [trooper] was Summoned and its effect hit [dandy], so Collins got 2 Fluff Tokens “for free”. [lonefire] in the Graveyard was removed from game to bring back [spore], but Soika used [bom] to flip the Tuner face-down. [trooper] attacked directly and Collins passed.

Soika now had [poa] and it allowed him to return to [fsynch]'[s] to his Extra Deck and 3 more monsters to his Deck. He drew 2 and was up on 6 cards in his hand. He Summoned [trooper] and used the effect, but didn’t get so lucky [dash] [lonefire], [crow] and one more card weren’t too much help. [trooper] attacked over [spore], Soika Set a spell or trap and passed.

Collins’ [trooper]'[s] effect was used and also hit nothing. A Fluff Token was Tributed for [caius] and it removed [trooper] from the game. Attacks followed, but Soika used [bom] to flip the Monarch face-down.

In the following turn, Soika Summoned [debris]. This got him [dandy] and he Tuned both to [brd]. He activated the effect of the Synchro Monster to blow up the field, Collins drew a card as his [trooper] was destroyed and Soika was left with 2 Fluff Tokens. He Set 2 spells or traps and passed.

Now it was up to Collin to Summon [dandy]. He activated the effect and Soika discarded [veiler]! An attack followed, but [mf] was a good answer! Collins Set a Spell or Trap Card and was done.

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I can almost smell the gasoline already...

I can almost smell the gasoline already...


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[spore] was Normal Summoned and Tuned together with a Fluff Token to [fsynch]. Soika drew into a fresh card! He activated [reborn] and targeted [lonefire] in Collins’ Graveyard. That would be a win win for Soika either way [dash] even if Collins would use [crow] to remove the target, he would lose his own [lonefire]! [lonefire] hit the field and as always, it left it immediately again. Soika brought out a copy of his own, he Tributed that as well and he Special Summoned [tytannial]. Collins NOW wanted to activate [warning], but it was to late ([tytannial] hits the field on resolution, he had to activate his Counter Trap on ACTIVATION of the Special Summoning effect).

We were still in the same turn. Soika checked his Graveyard and then attacked directly, halfing Collins’ Life Points and leaving him with 2800.

Collins Summoned [debris]. He brought out [dandy] and Soika had no response. Both monsters were Tuned to [brd] and everything left the field. Tokens came out for Collins, he Set a spell or trap and passed.

It seemed like Soika wasn’t pleased with himself. He Summoned [dck] and attacked a Token. [bom] was used to flip it face-down.

Collins had [duality], revealing [debris], [mf] and [call] [dash] the problem was choice! The Brit picked [call], Tributed both his Fluff Tokens for [tytannial] and attacked over [dck]. He Set a card to his back row and passed.

Soika drew into his second card:

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Could Pot of Avarice get Soika back in the match?

Could Pot of Avarice get Soika back in the match?


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He Set a monster and play was back to Collins.

He had a [poa] of his own to return [crow], [debris], [caius], [veiler] and [ryko] to his deck. After drawing 2, he was left with 3 cards in his hand. [duality] was next and it revealed [caius], [reborn] and [veiler]. Collins went for [caius]; did he have what he needed to win this Duel already as he passed [reborn]? He Tribute Summoned [caius], removing [ryko]. He attacked directly and Set a spell or trap.

Soika drew and Set the drawn monster.

[caius] attacked over [dck]. He flipped [call] and Soika extended his hand! “Thank you Sami, for the [call]!”, Collins said.

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Mat Collins advances to the finals!

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An epic battle with a stunning finish. Mat Collins knew exactly what he was doing and how his deck worked; he didn’t commit to a single mistake and claimed the win!

Soika realized his mistake after the Duel [dash] he should have Tuned [fsynch] and [caius] to [stardust]. Collins [hole] that eventually allowed him to turn the tides in the Duel could have been negated and Soika might have claimed the win in that game.

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