Top 64: Sebastien Ma (FRA – HAT) vs. Mirko Dolce (ITA – Dragons)
29.06.2014 | 13:25
We have done quite a bit of thinning over the course of the last 30 hours. We are now left with just 64 Duelists – the most successful out of the 1057 that showed up yesterday morning to compete for the title of European Champion 2014.
Among them are France’s Sebastien Ma and Mirko Dolce from Italy. Ma is a strong believer in the HAT archetype while Dolce puts his trust in the Dragons this weekend.
Dolce won the die roll with a 2, barely beating Ma’s 1 and he went first. I was expecting a Madolche Deck, but he disappointed in that particular regard, kicking things off with Upstart Goblin and drawing into Card Trooper. He played it, 2 copies of Cards of Consonance and Foolish Burial hit the Graveyard, he added a back row card and ended.
Trade-In allowed Dolce to draw 2 cards, Cards of Consonance did the same (with The White Stone of Legend hitting the Graveyard), Blue-Eyes White Dragon got added to Dolce’s hand thanks to the effect of the discarded Dragon Tuner and Dolce then Normal Summoned Debris Dragon. Breakthrough Skill foiled that plan, but Dolce wasn’t out of options just yet with 6 more cards in hand.
Soul Charge brought back Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Card Trooper.
Ma responded with Double Cyclone and Dolce Chained Book of Moon to flip Ice Hand face-down. Artifact Moralltach triggered, it got Special Summoned, it destroyed Card Trooper, Dolce drew a card and he then activated A Wingbeat of Giant Dragon, which cost Ma Call of the Haunted in his back row with Blue-Eyes White Dragon returning to his hand.
Dolce eventually blew up the field with Black Rose Dragon and he then ended.
Ma found Pot of Duality, he picked a Trap, set it and he passed. He only had 2 cards on the field and none in hand.
Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms returned to the field on Dolce’s turn. He then had to check both his Graveyard and his Extra Deck to make sure that he would get it right; he first attacked into Dimensional Prison, he then brought back Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders, The White Stone of Legend joined it on the field and before you knew it, a very shiny Stardust Dragon entered the field. Dolce set a back row and he ended.
The French Duelist once again simply set a back row card.
Dolce pulled ahead and fast! He activated Burial from a Different Dimension to return Mythic Tree Dragon, Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms and Black Rose Dragon to his Graveyard. Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms then Special Summoned itself back to the field, Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders followed suit, Dolce added Kuribandit and everything attacked, leaving Ma on just 2500 Life Points.
In Main Phase 2, Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack hit play and it immediately detached, but Breakthrough Skill made sure its effect wouldn’t work. Kuribandit then left play in the End Phase after Dolce had set a back row card and he added Phoenix Wing Wind Blast to his hand.
Mind Control helped Ma to claim control over Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack. He then used its first effect so he would get to add 2 Tokens, he then Tributed one to destroy Stardust Dragon, but in response, Stardust Dragon left the field for its own effect. Ma couldn’t really do anything else after that and he shuffled up.
Mirko Dolce pulls ahead and wins the first game!
Sebastien Ma had to hope that his opponent would forget about the effect of his Synchro Monster so he would still have a chance to win this particular game. That wasn’t meant to be and that’s why he would now have to win 2 Duels in a row to advance to the Top 32!
Traptrix Myrmeleo kicked things off for Ma in the second Duel. He added Bottomless Trap Hole to his hand and he then activated Pot of Duality, finding Artifact Sanctum, Compulsory Evacuation Device and Dimensional Prison. He added Artifact Sanctum to his hand, he then set 3 back row cards and that concluded his opening turn.
The following turn, both monsters were used to Special Summon Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh. It took out Dolce’s back row! Possibly a great read from Ma. He then set 3 more Spell or Trap Cards, which meant he now controlled 4 and that concluded his turn.
Ma had applied lots of pressure in this game so far and Dolce now had to come up with something. He tried to fight back with Gold Sarcophagus, banishing Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms, which in turn allowed him to add Debris Dragon to his hand. He Special Summoned Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders and Ma found Bottomless Trap Hole in his back row.
Dolce then shifted gears; he added a card to each zone before ending. Artifact Ignition took out Malevolent Catastrophe in the End Phase and Artifact Moralltach got added to Ma’s back row.
The following turn, Ma Xyz Summoned Abyss Dweller; he activated the effect of Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh to take out Dolce’s remaining monster and the Italian immediately saw the writing on the wall, accessing his Side Deck.
Sebastian Ma ties the score!
Both players shook hands once again before the final Duel would start.
Dolce then started with Cards of Consonance, sending The White Stone of Legend to his Graveyard, he added Blue-Eyes White Dragon to his hand and he immediately followed it up with Trade-In. Another 2 cards from his Deck and a Graveyard slightly fuller than before – exactly what the Dragon Duelist wanted. Or maybe not, since Soul Charge emptied his Graveyard, returning Blue-Eyes White Dragon and The White Stone of Legend to the field.
Both were then used to Synchro Summon Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon, he Normal Summoned Kuribandit, he added a back row card and during the End phase, Trade-In got added to his hand while Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls, Mythic Tree Dragon, Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms and Cards of Consonance got added to his Graveyard.
Traptrix Myrmeleo allowed Ma to add Bottomless Trap Hole to his hand. He then activated Necrovalley (!), he set 4 back row cards and he ended.
Artifact Sanctum in Dolce’s Draw Phase got Ma Artifact Moralltach. He used it to destroy Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon and it left play. Dolce then advanced to his Main Phase, where Trade-In (with Blue-Eyes White Dragon) allowed him to draw 2 cards. Dragon Shrine was next, sending Flamvell Guard and Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders to his Graveyard. He went up to 2 back row cards and he passed.
Ma now Tribute Summoned Artifact Beagalltach. Both monsters were used to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh. This cost Dolce Malevolent Catastrophe and Dragon Shrine. An attack followed and Dolce was left with only 3400 Life Points.
Even outside of the Gravekeeper Deck, Necrovalley seemed to be an excellent card. At least as long as you were up against Dragons that made heavy use of it. Dolce activated Gold Sarcophagus and he went looking for Mystical Space Typhoon, but did he really have 2 more turns?! He set a monster.
Ma used Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh, destroying one of his own Spell or Trap cards and the set monster. He added Ice Hand and attacks were supposed to follow, but Swift Scarecrow bought the Italian another turn.
Dolce drew and he revealed his hand – all monsters, none of which could protect him from the next set of attacks and with his Graveyard getting shut down by Necrovalley, there was nothing he could do to turn this game around.
Sebastien Ma advances to the Top 32!
An excellent Side Decking Strategy as well as his flawless play allowed Sebastien Ma to turn this match around and end up winning 2 – 1. We will see him again in the Top 32 while Mirko Dolce’s dream of becoming the European Champion had just been shattered.