Top 4: Peter Gross (Mermails) vs. Lorenzo Santoni (Mermails)
Welcome to the semi-finals! Peter Gross’s task today was a tall order… It’s the top 4 feature match and he faces off against Lorenzo Santoni! It’s a Mermail mirror match! I predicted this! Will Peter play the Mighty Mermalian Monsters he needs or will Lorenzo play his Fish of Fury in time?!
Gross won the roll and took the first turn. He played [teus] discarding [a mark] and Summoned [a ocea]. He Special Summoned [hilde] and [pike] then overlaid into [angineer]! He detached [hilde] and brought out [pike] and then overlaid for [dweller]. He set one [fd] [st] and ended.
Santoni played [undine] and [dweller] detached. Santoni put [tidal] in the Graveyard and [controller] into his hand. He set three[fd] [sts].
Gross played [undine] and Santoni gave it a [sw]! He attacked with no responses from Santoni. It’s a big hit to Santoni’s [lp], Gross would have looked proud if he wasn’t showing a straight poker face.
In Santoni’s turn he detached for [dweller] and [bts] is activated. He then played a [reckless], a desperate move against Gross’s sudden wave of Xyz Monsters. He sets a [fd] Monster and activated [hole].
[angineer]’s effect activates and he’s not destroyed. Santoni Special Summoned [leed] using [hilde] and contemplates his next move. He Special Summoned two [a spirit] and overlaid them into a [dweller]. Gross showed a flicker of emotion for the first time, his steely facade breaking.
Gross laid out his Graveyard and surveyed his options. “I could have won last turn, I made a mistake I guess”. He played [squall] and Special Summoned [teus] and two [pike]s. He plays [mind] and Santoni chuckles “It’s game!” and got onto the next game.
“Good luck!” said Gross as Santoni began. He played [pike] discarding [a ocea] and got [undine] to hand. He banished [a ocea] and Special Summoned [a spirit] which he overlaid into a [bahamut]. He used the effect and Gross responds with a [maxx]. Santoni used the effect of [bahamut] and Xyz Summoned [atrite].
Gross discarded [a mark] to Special Summon [teus]. He Special Summoned [a ocea] and tributed [teus] to Special Summon [hilde] and [linde]. He overlaid into [tri-edge levia]. He used the Effect and targeted [bahamut]. He set two [fd] [sts] and ended.
Santoni entered the Main Phase and Summoned [pike]. He used the effect and Gross responded by negating with [tri-edge levia]. [a mark] activated after being discarded and destroyed [amc] which is activated in response and returns [tri-edge levia] to the Extra Deck. He set [atrite] to attack and attacked directly, very slowly. Gross sighs as Santoni entered [mp2]. He set a [fd] [st] and finished his turn.
Gross played [hole] and Santoni Special Summoned [pike]. He Summoned [linde] and attacked [pike].
Santoni played [hole] and used the effect of [linde]. [linde] summoned [pike] and [pike] discarded [pike] which allowed Gross an [undine] to hand. Santoni played his own [undine] and got [tidal] in the Graveyard and [controller] to hand. He banished two cards and Special Summoned [tidal]. He attacked and was met with [a sphere]. [leed] hit the field with a splash before sinking into the Graveyard at the end of the turn.
Gross played [undine] got [tidal] to the Graveyard and [controller] to hand. He discarded [ahi] for [teus] and destroyed Santoni’s [tidal]. He brought [linde] to hand and banished two Monsters for his own [tidal]! He attacked for massive damage and then overlaid into [gaios].
Santoni discarded [leed] for [teus] and got [gunde] to hand. He played [a sphere] and got [pike] to the field. He discarded [gunde] and Summoned [pike]. He overlaid into  and Gross conceded in fear of time on the round!
Gross went first and set four [fd] [st]. A safe turn.
Santoni set a [fd] Monster Card and Gross responded with a [a sphere] bringing [hilde] to the field. Santoni discarded [a mark] and [a drago] for [teus]. He declared the chain He played [bts] on [hilde]. [a drago] got [ahi] to hand and he attacked. Gross got [leed] to the field.
Gross played [undine] getting [tidal] to the Graveyard and [controller] to hand. He attacked with [leed] and then banished two Monsters to summon [tidal]. He overlaid into  and detached to take Santoni’s face-down [undine]. He overlaid and Summoned [angineer].
Santoni shuffled his hand, almost as if he was expecting the cards to change and summoned [linde]. He attacked [angineer] and he detaches to change it to defence. He shaked Gross’s hand. “I played so bad!” he says “No I played so bad, I shouldn’t have won!” replied Gross, modestly.
[b]Gross Wins 2-1![/b]