Top 4: Peter Gross (Mermails) vs. Lorenzo Santoni (Mermails)

27.04.2014 | 19:41 |

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?!

Game One

Santoni splashed Mermails all over his field.

Santoni splashed Mermails all over his field.

Gross won the roll and took the first turn. He played Mermail Abyssteus discarding Atlantean Marksman and Summoned Mermail Abyssocea. He Special Summoned Mermail Abysshilde and Mermail Abysspike then overlaid into Mechquipped Angineer! He detached Mermail Abysshilde and brought out Mermail Abysspike and then overlaid for Abyss Dweller. He set one face-down Spell/Trap and ended.

Santoni played Genex Undine and Abyss Dweller detached. Santoni put Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls in the Graveyard and Genex Controller into his hand. He set threeface-down Spell or Trap Cards.

Gross played Genex Undine and Santoni gave it a Solemn Warning! He attacked with no responses from Santoni. It’s a big hit to Santoni’s Life Points, Gross would have looked proud if he wasn’t showing a straight poker face.

In Santoni’s turn he detached for Abyss Dweller and Breakthrough Skill is activated. He then played a Reckless Greed, a desperate move against Gross’s sudden wave of Xyz Monsters. He sets a face-down Monster and activated Dark Hole.

Mechquipped Angineer’s effect activates and he’s not destroyed. Santoni Special Summoned Mermail Abyssleed using Mermail Abysshilde and contemplates his next move. He Special Summoned two Aqua Spirit and overlaid them into a Abyss 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 Abyss-squall and Special Summoned Mermail Abyssteus and two Mermail Abysspikes. He plays Mind Control and Santoni chuckles “It’s game!” and got onto the next game.

Game Two

Gross is going all in on big plays

Gross is going all in on big plays

“Good luck!” said Gross as Santoni began. He played Mermail Abysspike discarding Mermail Abyssocea and got Genex Undine to hand. He banished Mermail Abyssocea and Special Summoned Aqua Spirit which he overlaid into a Bahamut Shark. He used the effect and Gross responds with a Maxx "C". Santoni used the effect of Bahamut Shark and Xyz Summoned Mermail Abysstrite.

Gross discarded Atlantean Marksman to Special Summon Mermail Abyssteus. He Special Summoned Mermail Abyssocea and Tributed Mermail Abyssteus to Special Summon Mermail Abysshilde and Mermail Abysslinde. He overlaid into Tri-Edge Levia . He used the Effect and targeted Bahamut Shark. He set two face-down Spell or Trap Cards and ended.

Santoni entered the Main Phase and Summoned Mermail Abysspike. He used the effect and Gross responded by negating with Tri-Edge Levia . Atlantean Marksman activated after being discarded and destroyed Aquamirror Cycle which is activated in response and returns Tri-Edge Levia to the Extra Deck. He set Mermail Abysstrite to attack and attacked directly, very slowly. Gross sighs as Santoni entered Main Phase 2. He set a face-down Spell/Trap and finished his turn.

Gross played Dark Hole and Santoni Special Summoned Mermail Abysspike. He Summoned Mermail Abysslinde and attacked Mermail Abysspike.

Santoni played Dark Hole and used the effect of Mermail Abysslinde. Mermail Abysslinde Summoned Mermail Abysspike and Mermail Abysspike discarded Mermail Abysspike which allowed Gross an Genex Undine to hand. Santoni played his own Genex Undine and got Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls in the Graveyard and Genex Controller to hand. He banished two cards and Special Summoned Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. He attacked and was met with Abyss-Sphere. Mermail Abyssleed hit the field with a splash before sinking into the Graveyard at the end of the turn.

Gross played Genex Undine got Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls to the Graveyard and Genex Controller to hand. He discarded Atlantean Heavy Infantry for Mermail Abyssteus and destroyed Santoni’s Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. He brought Mermail Abysslinde to hand and banished two Monsters for his own Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls! He attacked for massive damage and then overlaid into Mermail Abyssgaios.

Santoni discarded Mermail Abyssleed for Mermail Abyssteus and got Mermail Abyssgunde to hand. He played Abyss-Sphere and got Mermail Abysspike to the field. He discarded Mermail Abyssgunde and Summoned Mermail Abysspike. He overlaid into Number 101: Silent Honor Ark and Gross conceded in fear of time on the round!

Game Three

Gross went first and set four face-down Spell/Trap. A safe turn.

Santoni set a face-down Monster Card and Gross responded with a Abyss-Sphere bringing Mermail Abysshilde to the field. Santoni discarded Atlantean Marksman and Axe Dragonute for Mermail Abyssteus. He declared the Chain He played Breakthrough Skill on Mermail Abysshilde. Axe Dragonute got Atlantean Heavy Infantry to hand and he attacked. Gross got Mermail Abyssleed to the field.

Gross played Genex Undine getting Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls to the Graveyard and Genex Controller to hand. He attacked with Mermail Abyssleed and then banished two Monsters to Summon Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. He overlaid into Number 11: Big Eye and detached to take Santoni’s face-down Genex Undine. He overlaid and Summoned Mechquipped Angineer.

Santoni shuffled his hand, almost as if he was expecting the cards to change and Summoned Mermail Abysslinde. He attacked Mechquipped 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.

Gross Wins 2-1!