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Top 8: Alpay Engin (Mermail) vs. Mattia Graziuso (Fire Fist)

23.02.2014 | 17:34 |
Only 3 more wins! That's what's on the minds of Mattia Graziuso and Alpay Engin. They have both come far, even though they've taken a very different approach. Engin, one of the most successful Duelists of our time, made it here with Mermails while Graziuso has come this far with Fire Fist. They seemed to be in quite the hurry, so let's skip the introductions (we got Top 8 Profiles for that, after all) and let's get right to it.

 

Mattia Graziuso was ready to get his game on!

Mattia Graziuso was ready to get his game on!

 

Engin kicked things off with Mermail Abysspike, discarding another copy to add Atlantean Marksman to his hand. He Special Summoned Aqua Spirit, both monsters were then used to Xyz Summon Bahamut Shark, he detached Mermail Abysspike, added Mermail Abysstrite, he set 2 back row cards and that concluded the turn. Fire Formation - Tenki was met with a Mystical Space Typhoon so Graziuso wouldn't get to search his Deck. A Fire Formation - Gyokkou then took care of Engin's other face-down Spell or Trap, the Italian Summoned Traptrix Myrmeleo to add Bottomless Trap Hole to his hand, he activated Fire Formation - Tensu, Normal Summoned Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear and it allowed him to destroy Mermail Abysstrite. This meant that Mermail Abysspike would return to the field, Atlantean Marksman got discarded for its effect and Engin searched his Deck for Mermail Abyssgunde. Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear attacked over Mermail Abysspike and in Main Phase 2, Graziuso went for Number 101: Silent Honor Ark to get rid of Bahamut Shark.

 

Graziuso found a perfect solution for his problems in Number 101: Silent Honor Ark!

Graziuso found a perfect solution for his problems in Number 101: Silent Honor Ark!

 

Mermail Abyssocea got Summoned, Mermail Abysslinde followed and that then meant Engin could Special Summon Mermail Abyssturge. He brought back Mermail Abysspike and seemed like he realized he had just made a mistake, but he went on regardless, discarding Atlantean Marksman to add Mermail Abysslinde to his hand, destroying a Forbidden Lance that got Chained, targeting Number 101: Silent Honor Ark. Engin Special Summoned his own copy of Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, it was met with Bottomless Trap Hole and it detached a Material so it would stick on the field. Graziuso attacked and both monsters detached a Material. He set a card. Engin Summoned, but his monster received a Solemn Warning. He now attacked with Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, so both monsters left the field. Graziuso passed play without performing any actions. This gave Engin the opening he needed. He finally freed his back row card which was revealed to be Abyss-Sphere, this then allowed him to go off big time and after a flurry of Special Summons, he was left with the following field:

 

Alpay Engin unleashed the forces of the ocean to take the first game in a storm!

Alpay Engin unleashed the forces of the ocean to take the first game in a storm!

 

Graziuso accessed his Side Deck.

Alpay Engin takes the lead!


This time it would be Graziuso to start the game and he found a Coach Soldier Wolfbark with Pot of Duality. He added it to his hand, Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear hit play, he added 2 back row cards and it was up to Engin for the first time in this Duel.

 

Why so serious, Alpay? You're doing mighty fine!

Why so serious, Alpay? You're doing mighty fine!

 

The German set 4 back row cards and passed. Fire Formation - Gyokkou shut down one of them, Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear attacked and Engin took the damage. "Ouch!", Engin announced - Graziuso probably found the right target. Fire Formation - Tenki followed and got Graziuso Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla; The Italian Summoned the monster, but that's when Engin activated Overworked. A Book of Moon saved Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla for the time being. Mermail Abysslinde attempted to hit the field, but Solemn Warning made sure that never happened. Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla took care of Breakthrough Skill, Coach Soldier Wolfbark followed, it brought back Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear and Graziuso now Xyz Summoned a Abyss Dweller.

 

Abyss Dweller continued to prove that it's one of the best weapons against Mermails!

Abyss Dweller continued to prove that it's one of the best weapons against Mermails!

 

Engin only added 2 more back row cards. Coach Soldier Wolfbark got switched to Defense Position. Abyss Dweller attacked and Engin dropped to 4600 Life Points. Graziuso set a Spell or Trap and ended. Mermail Abysspike got Normal Summoned and it discarded Mermail Abyssgunde. Effect Veiler stripped it off its effect, the effect of Abyss Dweller got Chained, but Engin also Chained Breakthrough Skill. Graziuso now Chained Maxx "C", so when the Chain resolved, Mermail Abysslinde got Special Summoned and the Italian drew a card. "This is not good...", Engin commented. He attacked over Coach Soldier Wolfbark and ended. Mystical Space Typhoon targeted Mystical Space Typhoon and Engin Chained it to destroy Fire Formation - Gyokkou. Graziuso Chained another Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy the card that would have been "free": It was yet another Mystical Space Typhoon.

 

Alpay was in a pretty desperate position just now...

Alpay was in a pretty desperate position just now...

 

Banisher of the Radiance seemed like a great play for Graziuso who then attacked over Engin's monsters. Engin passed, Graziuso activated a Fire Formation - Tenki the next turn and that's when Engin accesses his Side Deck.

Mattia Graziuso ties the score!


Engin started the last game with Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls, attempting to Special Summon Mermail Abyssteus. Mermail Abyssocea followed, but Graziuso discarded Maxx "C" at that point. Mermail Abysslinde got Special Summoned, Mermail Abyssteus left the field, Mermail Abyssgunde also joined Engin's party and he then Xyz Summoned Mechquipped Angineer. Another card for Graziuso.

 

This was Engin's start in the final Duel!

This was Engin's start in the final Duel!

 

Pot of Duality got Graziuso Fire Formation - Gyokkou. He activated it, locking down 1 of the 4 cards Engin had set the previous turn, he Summoned Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear and it attacked Mermail Abysslinde. Engin detached a material from Mechquipped Angineer so it wouldn't get destroyed. Fire Formation - Tensu got activated and Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Bear's effect destroyed it right away again so Graziuso could get rid of Mechquipped Angineer. Graziuso set 3. Engin drew, he set a fifth back row card and he passed play. Pot of Duality got Graziuso Forbidden Lance, also revealing Bottomless Trap Hole and another copy of Pot of Duality. Fire Formation - Tensu got activated and Engin activated Full House! Graziuso wasn't happy, but the parts of the crowd that were rooting for Engin disagreed. Graziuso lost his back row, he set a Spell or Trap and ended.

 

That Full House felt more like a ROYAL FLUSH!!!

That Full House felt more like a ROYAL FLUSH!!!

 

Engin activated Reckless Greed, he then brought back Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls, Mermail Abysslinde got switched to Attack Position, Atlantean Marksman came down and he attacked. This got him Atlantean Dragoons, he then filled up his back row and he passed for his turn.

 

Alpay had once again assembled a huge army of Mermails!

Alpay had once again assembled a huge army of Mermails!

 

Graziuso drew and he didn't find an out.

Alpay Engin advances to the Semi Finals!


Wow, that Full House certainly felt more like a Royal Flush! Engin got rid of 5 (!) opposing cards while only losing 1 of his own, a great trade that single-handedly won him this match!