Top 8 Feature Match: Dan Nelson vs. Bradley Craig

Our Top 8 Feature Match pits Dan Nelson against Bradley Craig! Dan Nelson doesn’t have a lot of experienced with the Advanced Format, but he’s extremely familiar with all of the cards in Battle Pack: Epic Dawn. That familiarity has given Nelson the edge over a lot of his opponents throughout the weekend. But Bradley Craig is looking to knock Nelson out of the tournament right here! Only one of these Duelists can advance to the Top 4!

Duel One

Dan Nelson
Dan Nelson

Nelson opened up with Battle Fader, Solemn Judgment, Prideful Roar, Luster Dragon, Magic Cylinder, and Fighting Spirit. He passed.

Nelson's opening hand in Duel 1.
Nelson's opening hand in Duel 1.

Craig activated Pot of Duality, revealing Blast with Chain, Snowman Eater, and The Tricky from the top of his Deck. He added Snowman Eater to his hand and shuffled the other 2 cards back into his Deck. He Set a card to each zone and then ended his turn.

Nelson drew Doomcaliber Knight! He Summoned it and then attacked Craig’s face-down Snowman Eater. Snowman Eater tried to destroy Doomcaliber Knight, and Doomcaliber Knight Tributed itself to negate Snowman Eater’s effect and destroy Snowman Eater. Nelson Set Solemn Judgment before ending his turn.

Craig Summoned Toon Gemini Elf and ended his turn.

Nelson drew Abyssal Kingshark. He Normal Summoned Luster Dragon and attacked Toon Gemini Elf, destroying both monsters. Nelson Set Solemn Judgment and ended his turn.

Craig Set a monster and passed.

Nelson drew Archfiend Soldier. He Summoned it and attacked Craig’s face-down monster, revealing Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter! Ryko destroyed Archfiend Soldier and sent Bait Doll, Blast with Chain, and Burden of the Mighty from the top of Craig’s Deck to his Graveyard.

Craig Summoned Ape Fighter! He attacked Nelson directly, and Nelson dropped down to 6100 Life Points.

Nelson drew another Abyssal Kingshark next turn. He equipped it with Fighting Spirit and then attacked Ape Fighter.

Fighting Kingshark
Fighting Kingshark

Craig tried to use Compulsory Evacuation Device to return Abyssal Kingshark to Nelson’s hand; but Nelson negated it with Solemn Judgment by paying half of his Life Points!

Craig Summoned Goblin Attack Force next turn and attacked Abyssal Kingshark. Fighting Spirit went to the Graveyard and protected the Kingshark. Nelson dropped down to 2750 Life Points. Craig Set a card to his back row before ending his turn.

Nelson drew Gravitic Orb next turn. He Summoned a second Abyssal Kingshark and then attacked with his Kingsharks. One Kingshark attacked and destroyed Goblin Attack Force, and then the other Kingshark attacked Craig directly, dropping him down to 6200 Life Points.

Craig Set a card to each zone and passed.

Nelson drew Zaborg the Thunder Monarch!

Shark Attack!
Shark Attack!

He attacked Craig’s face-down Hedge Guard with a Kingshark and lost 400 Life Points. Nelson Set  Gravitic Orb before ending his turn.

Craig Tributed Hedge Guard to Summon Airknight Parshath and then attacked Abyssal Kingshark; but Nelson used Magic Cylinder to negate the attack and deal 1900 points of damage to Craig.

Nelson drew Tragoedia next turn! He Flip Summoned Gravitic Orb and used its effect to switch Airknight to Defense Position, and then Tributed his Orb to Summon Zaborg! Nelson destroyed Airknight Parshath with Zaborg’s effect, and then attacked directly with his first Kingshark. Craig activated Reckless Greed, hoping to draw something useful; but when he didn’t, two attacks from the Kingsharks and an attack from Zaborg wiped out Craig’s last 4300 Life Points.

Electric Shark
Electric Shark

Dan Nelson uses his Abyssal Kingsharks to defeat Bardley Craig in the first Duel! Craig will be going first in Duel 2!

Duel Two

Bradley Craig
Bradley Craig

Craig Set a monster and passed his first turn.

Nelson opened up with Blast with Chain, Book of Moon, Solemn Judgment, Tour Guide From the Underworld, Archfiend Soldier, and Caius the Shadow Monarch.

He Summoned Archfiend Soldier and attacked Craig’s face-down Snowman Eater; Snowman Eater destroyed the Archfiend with its effect. Nelson Set Solemn Judgment before ending his turn.

Craig Summoned Yaksha and activated its effect to return Solemn Judgment to Nelson’s hand. Then he attacked directly with Yaksha to drop Nelson down to 6100 Life Points. He activated Pot of Duality in Main Phase 2, revealing United We Stand, Compulsory Evacuation Device, and Mystical Space Typhoon from the top of his Deck. He added Compulsory Evacuation Device to his hand and shuffled the other 2 cards back into his Deck.

Craig Set a card to his back row before ending his turn and returning Yaksha to his hand.

Nelson drew Interdimensional Matter Transporter next turn. He Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld and activated its effect to Special Summon Gravitic Orb from his Deck. He Set Solemn Judgment, Interdimensional Matter Transporter, Blast with Chain, and Book of Moon before ending his turn.

Craig activated Pot of Greed to draw 2 cards. Next, he Summoned Ape Fighter and attacked Tour Guide From the Underworld. Nelson lost 900 Life Points and his Tour Guide was destroyed. Ape Fighter gained an additional 300 ATK as well, due to its effect.

Nelson drew King Tiger Wanghu next turn. He Tributed Gravitic Orb to Summon Caius the Shadow Monarch and activated its effect to banish Craig’s Ape Fighter from the Duel. Craig lost 1000 Life Points due to Caius’s effect. Next, Nelson attacked and destroyed Snowman Eater.

Craig activated Tribute to the Doomed by discarding Freed the Matchless General, trying to destroy Caius.  Nelson flipped Interdimensional Matter Transporter to try to banish it; but then Craig flipped Compulsory Evacuation Device to return Caius to Nelson’s hand!

Save the Monarch!
Save the Monarch!

Craig Summoned Yaksha next, returning Solemn Judgment to Nelson’s hand with its effect. He attacked with Yaksha, but Nelson flipped Book of Moon to put it face-down.

Nelson drew Mystical Space Typhoon next turn. He Summoned King Tiger Wanghu and attacked the face-down Yaksha to destroy it. Yaksha returned Blast with Chain to Nelson’s hand with its effect. Nelson Set Blast with Chain, Solemn Judgment, and Mystical Space Typhoon before ending his turn.

Craig Summoned Mad Dog of Darkness next turn and used it to attack King Tiger Wanghu; but Nelson flipped Blast with Chain to give his King Tiger Wanghu 500 ATK. King Tiger Wanghu destroyed Mad Dog of Darkness in battle, and Craig lost 300 Life Points.

Nelson drew Gaap the Divine Soldier next turn and then flipped his Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Swords of Revealing Light. Next, he attacked directly with King Tiger Wanghu, dropping Craig down to 4500 Life Points. Craig Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness from his hand, along with a 2200 ATK and DEF Emissary of Darkness Token! Nelson Tributed his King Tiger Wanghu to Summon Caius the Shadow Monarch in Main Phase 2, and used Caius’s effect to banish Gorz and deal 1000 points of damage to Craig.

Craig tried to equip his monster with Fighting Spirit, but Nelson negated it with Solemn Judgment! Next, he activated Fiend’s Sanctuary and Special Summoned a Token in Attack Position. He ended his turn with his Emissary of Darkness Token in Defense Position.

Nelson drew Pot of Greed next turn! He activated it to draw Nightmare Wheel and Abyssal Kingshark. Nelson attacked the Emissary of Darkness Token with Caius to destroy it, and then Set Nightmare Wheel. He Summoned Abyssal Kingshark in Main Phase 2 and then ended his turn.

Craig paid 1000 Life Points in his Standby Phase to keep his Token on the field. Then he Tributed it to Summon The Tricky. He activated Burden of the Mighty next, to weaken Nelson’s monsters. He tried to attack, but Nelson activated Nightmare Wheel to stop The Tricky and protect his monster.

Nelson drew Torrential Tribute and Craig lost 500 Life Points, dropping down to 2000 Life Points, due to Nightmare Wheel. He Set Torrential Tribute and then ended his turn.

Craig activated Pot of Duality, revealing Hedge Guard, Goblin Attack Force, and Goblindbergh from the top of his Deck. He added Goblin Attack Force to his hand and shuffled the other 2 cards back into his Deck. He Summoned Goblin Attack Force and attacked Caius the Shadow Monarch, destroying the Caius and dropping Nelson down to 2100 Life Points.

Nelson drew Windstorm of Etaqua and then Craig lost another 500 Life Points due to Nightmare Wheel. He Set Windstorm and passed.

Craig Set a monster and passed.

Nelson drew Magic Cylinder and then Tributed Abyssal Kingshark to Summon Gaap the Divine Soldier. Gaap forced Craig’s face-down Ryko into Attack Position and stopped its effect, and then Gaap’s attacked over Ryko to finish Craig off!

Gaap wins it!
Gaap wins it!

Returning Duelist Dan Nelson defeats Bradley Craig 2-0 and advances to the Top 4!

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