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Top 8 Feature Match: Adrian Cilmi vs Liam Fardell

19.01.2014 | 16:37 |

From 821 Duelists, we are now down to just 8! Adrian Cilmi is a Duelist from Melbourne, who’s gotten this far thanks to his Prophecy Deck. Liam Fardell is from Sydney, and his success has come from his Geargia Karakuri Deck! 2 Duelists, and only one will continue to the Top 4. Which one has what it takes?

Game 1:

Liam won the die roll and elected to go first. His opening hand contained Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”, 2 Geargiarmor, Geargiagear, and Geargiaccelerator.


He drew Geargiagear, Set a monster, then Set 2 Spell or Traps to end his turn.

Adrain began with Spellbook of Secrets, High Priestess of Prophecy, Spellbook of Power, Spellbook of Life, and Mystical Space Typhoon.

He drew The Grand Spellbook Tower. He activated Spellbook of Secrets and searched for Spellbook Magician of Prophecy. He Normal Summoned it, adding Spellbook of the Master. He activated Master, revealing The Grand Spellbook Tower, and searched for Spellbook of Wisdom. He used Mystical Space Typhoon, targeting Liam’s Set Geargiagear, but he activated it, Special Summoning Geargiano and Geargiano MK-II from his Deck! Adrian then revealed The Grand Spellbook Tower, Spellbook of Power and Spellbook of Life to Special Summon High Priestess of Prophecy. High Priestess’ effect banished Spellbook of the Master to destroy Liam’s Set Geargiarmor. Adrian played Spellbook of Power and powered up Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, and then attacked Liam’s Geargiano with Magician. The effect of Spellbook of Power added Fate to Adrian’s hand. High Priestess of Prophecy attacks and destroys Geargiano MK-II. He Set 2 cards face-down, activated The Grand Spellbook Tower, and ended his turn.

Liam drew Iron Call and used his Set Geargiagear! This gave him 2 Level 4 Geargiano MK-II from his Deck. He then Xyz Summoned Gear Gigant X. Adrian played Spellbook of Fate, and banished Spellbook of Secrets and Spellbook of Power to put Gear Gigant X face-down. Liam then Normal Summoned Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”. He activated Iron Call to Special Summon Geargiarmor from his Graveyard! He then Special Summoned Geargiaccelerator, then used Saizan and Geargiarmor to Synchro Summon Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X “Bureido”! Bureido’s effect Special Summoned another Saizan from his Deck. Liam then Synchro Summoned Stardust Dragon using Saizan and Geargiaccelerator. Bureido attacked and destroyed High Priestess of Prophecy, and Stardust attacked Magician, which left Adrian with 5700 Life Points. Liam ended his turn.

Adrian drew The Grand Spellbook Tower, and Bottomless Trap Hole thanks to Tower’s effect on the field. Adrian activated Spellbook of Life revealing his in-hand Tower, banishing Spellbook Magician of Prophecy to Special Summon High Priestess of Prophecy. High Priestess attacks the Set Gear Gigant X, destroying it. Gigant’s effect Special Summoned Geargiano from the Graveyard. Adrian Set 2 cards and ended his turn.

Liam drew a card, Set a monster, then attacked High Priestess of Prophecy with Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X “Bureido”, and then a direct attack from Stardust Dragon puts Adrian on 2900 Life Points. Liam ended the turn.

Adrian drew Maxx “C” and Fiendish Chain from The Grand Spellbook Tower’s effect, and after looking at his hand he conceded the Duel!

Liam’s Stardust Dragon was too difficult for Adrian’s High Priestess of Prophecy to deal with, and Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X “Bureido” provided the offense required to keep her off of the field! Both Duelists were excited to get to the second Duel, and went straight to their Side Decks in order to prepare for it.

Game 2:

Adrian lost the first Duel, and decided to play first. His opening hand contained 2 Spellbook of Secrets, Spellbook Library of the Crescent, Mystical Space Typhoon, and Maxx “C”. He played a Crescent, choosing Spellbook of Fate, The Grand Spellbook Tower, and Spellbook of the Master. Spellbook of Fate was added to Adrian’s hand. He then played Spellbook of Secrets, which added Spellbook Magician of Prophecy. He Normal Summoned the Magician, which added Spellbook of the Master to Adrian’s hand. He played Master, revealing another Spellbook Library of the Crescent, and copied Secrets to search for The Grand Spellbook Tower. He set 2 face-downs, activated The Grand Spellbook Tower, and ended his turn.

Liam started with Mind Crush, Mirror Force, Iron Call, Geargiano, and Skill Drain. He drew Karakuri Strategist mdl 248 “Nishipachi”. He Set 1 monster, Set 4 backrow, and passed the turn. Adrian banished all 3 Spellbooks in his Graveyard(Spellbook Library of the Crescent, Spellbook of the Master, and Spellbook of Secrets) to play Spellbook of Fate, banishing Liam’s set Geargiano.

Adrian drew a card, and put Spellbook of Fate on the bottom of his Deck to draw another card with The Grand Spellbook Tower’s effect. He played Spellbook Library of the Crescent, revealing Spellbook of Eternity, Spellbook of the Master, and Spellbook of Fate. Spellbook of the Master was added to Adrian’s hand. He then played Spellbook of Secrets to search for Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, but Liam used Mind Crush to discard it after Secrets resolved! He then attacked directly with Magician, putting Liam on 7500 Life Points.

Liam drew a card, then Normal Summon Karakuri Strategist mdl 248 “Nishipachi”, and used its effect to switch Spellbook Magician of Prophecy to Defense Position. He then attacked and destroyed the Magician with Nishipachi, and ended his turn.

Adrian drew, then drew another card from The Grand Spellbook Tower’s effect. He played Spellbook of Eternity, targeting his banished Spellbook of Secrets. He then played Secrets and searched for Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, but Liam activated Skill drain by dropping to 6500 Life Points! He then Normal Summoned the Magician and its effect activated, but Adrian Chained Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Skill Drain! Magician added Spellbook of Fate to Adrian’s hand. He then activated Spellbook of the Master, reveal Fate and copying Spellbook of Secrets, and adding Spellbook of Wisdom to Adrian’s hand. He Set Torrential Tribute and Spellbook of Fate, and then ended his turn.

Liam drew a card. He Normal Summoned Geargiano MK-II without activating its effect. He attacked Spellbook Magician of Prophecy with Geargiano MK-II, but Adrian used Spellbook of Fate by banishing Spellbook of Secrets, Spellbook of the Master and Spellbook Library of the Crescent to banish Liam’s set Mirror Force. He moved to his Main Phase 2, and Xyz Summoned Wind-Up Zenmaines in Attack Position. He tried to attack directly, but forgot that he’d attempted to attack previously! He ended his turn.

Adrian drew Maxx “C” and The Grand Spellbook Tower from Tower by returning Spellbook of Fate, and Liam conceded the Duel!

Adrian set up his Spellbook combos extremely quickly, and overwhelmed Liam with a unstoppable amount of Spellbooks! This Match will go to a third round; which Duelist will emerge victorious?

Game 3:

Liam began the Duel with Geargiagear, Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”, Skill Drain, Mind Crush, and Dark Hole. He drew Geargiano, Set 1 monster, and then Set 3 Spells or traps and ended his turn.

Adrian started with Spellbook Library of the Crescent, High Priestess of Prophecy, The Grand Spellbook Tower, Spellbook of Secrets, and Fiendish Chain. He drew Cyber Dragon. He activated Crescent, revealing Spellbook of Wisdom, Spellbook of Fate and Spellbook of the Master. Spellbook of Fate was added to Adrian’s hand. He then activated Spellbook of Secrets and added Spellbook of Wisdom to his hand. He revealed The Grand Spellbook Tower, Spellbook of Wisdom, and Spellbook of Fate to activate High Priestess of Prophecy’s effect in his hand, but Liam Chained Mind Crush declaring “High Priestess of Prophecy”! After High Priestess was discarded, he activated The Grand Spellbook Tower, Set 1 and ended his turn. During the End Phase, Liam used Geargiagear to Special Summon 2 Level 4 Geargiano MK-II from his Deck.

Liam drew Imperial Iron Wall. He Xyz Summoned Gear Gigant X and used its effect, but Adrian used Fiendish Chain. He Normal Summoned Geargiano and Flip Summoned Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”. He Synchro Summoned Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei” and Special Summoned another Saizan from his Deck. He attacked directly with Saizan and Burei, and Adrian fell to 4800 Life Points. He Set Imperial Iron Wall and ended his turn.

Adrian drew Spellbook Magician of Prophecy, then drew Spellbook of Eternity by putting Spellbook of Fate on the bottom with The Grand Spellbook Tower’s effect. He Special Summon Cyber Dragon from his hand, and then, by sending Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”, Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei” and Gear Gigant X to the Graveyard, he Special Summoned Chimeratech Fortress Dragon with 4000 ATK! Gear Gigant X left the field, so Liam Special Summoned Geargiano. Adrian Normal Summon Spellbook Magician of Prophecy and used Spellbook of Power on it. Magician attacked Geargiano with Magician and allowed Adrian to search for Spellbook of the Master. He activated Master and revealed Spellbook of Eternity to copy Spellbook of Secrets, and he added Spellbook Magician of Prophecy to his hand. He set Spellbook of Wisdom and ended his turn.

Liam drew Dark Hole. He Normal Summoned Geargiarsenal, and attacked directly, putting Adrian to 3100 Life Points. He ended the turn.

Adrian drew Cyber Dragon, and then drew Spellbook of Secrets from The Grand Spellbook Tower by putting Spellbook of Power on the bottom of the Deck. Liam activated Skill Drain by paying 1000 Life Points. He Normal Summoned Spellbook Magician of Prophecy and used its effect, but Chained Spellbook of Wisdom in order to allow it to work despite Skill Drain! Adrian searched for Spellbook of Power. He played Spellbook of Secrets to search for Spellbook of the Master. He then played Spellbook of Power and targeted Magician. Then, he played Spellbook of the Master, revealing Spellbook of Eternity and copying Spellbook of Power. He then attacked Geargiarsenal, putting Liam on 6000 Life Points. Adrian searched for Spellbook of Secrets and Spellbook of Life thanks to Spellbook of Power. He Set 1 card and passed the turn.

Liam drew, Set a card and passed.

Adrian drew a card, then drew another card thanks to The Grand Spellbook Tower by putting Spellbook of Power on the bottom of his Deck. He activated Mystical Space Typhoon and destroyed Skill Drain. He then played Spellbook of Life by banishing Spellbook Magician of Prophecy and revealing Spellbook of Eternity, to Special Summon High Priestess of Prophecy from the Graveyard. He attack directly with Magician & High Priestess, leaving Liam with 3000 Life Points.

Liam drew a card and Set a monster, which Adrian banished thanks to Spellbook of Fate during the End Phase.

Adrian drew a card, and then put Spellbook of Fate on the bottom with The Grand Spellbook Tower to draw High Priestess of Prophecy. He played Spellbook of Eternity targeting his banished Spellbook of Wisdom, but Liam had Compulsory Evacuation Device, and used it to return High Priestess of Prophecy to Adrian’s hand! “It’s ok!” he exclaimed. “I’m going to Summon double High Priestess for game!” And he did just that – by revealing the same Spellbooks twice, he Summoned 2 High Priestess of Prophecy, and Liam offered him the handshake!

Adrian Cilmi moves on with a 2-1 victory to the Top 4 at YCS Sydney!