Top 8 Feature Match: Michael Ciplak vs. Niels Vossen

It couldn’t get much more international! During the knock out portion of this YCS, we already featured Italian, Portuguese and Greek players. Next in line were the last Austrian player of the day, Michael Ciplak, facing Niels Vossen, the only Belgian player left in the field (on top of that we had another 2 French players, 1 German, 1 Italian, 1 Greek and 1 English player as well)!

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Vossen rolled a 5, which was enough to match Ciplak’s 3. As expected, he wanted to start the first Duel of this match! Ciplak was playing Gladiator Beasts while Vossen relied on Blackwings.

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The last Austrian Duelist left in the tournament: Michael Ciplak!
The last Austrian Duelist left in the tournament: Michael Ciplak!

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Vossen Summoned [shura], Set 3 spells or traps and was done with his first turn.

Ciplak was on, he Set a monster, followed it up with 2 Spell or Trap Cards and passed. [delta crow] was activated during the End Phase and it destroyed [prison] and [chariot]!!!

Vossen Special Summoned [gale], he Tuned both his monsters to [armor master] and attacked into [hoplomus]. He passed.

[darius] was Summoned on Ciplak’s side of the field. He Special Summoned [test tiger], but [ro] was flipped and foiled that plan as well. Vossen seemed to have all the answers!

On the following turn, he briefly checked his options before attacking with [armor master] over [darius]. He Set a third Spell or Trap Card and passed.

Ciplak Set a monster and ended his turn.

[armor master] attacked over [retiari], Vossen set another spell or trap and passed.

Ciplak Set only a spell or trap.

[armor master] attacked directly and the attack went through.

Three cards in Ciplak’s hand and he had to come up with something to turn this Duel around. He activated [reborn], targeting [gale]. The effect of [ro] was Chained to negate the effect. [trap stun] was Chained, too, so [gale] was Special Summoned. [gale]'[s] effect was used on [armor master], [laquari] was Summoned next and play proceeded with the Battle Phase. [laquari] attacked into [armor master] and the Gladitor Beast tagged out. [bestiari] was Special Summoned and its effect destroyed [ro]. Ciplak Set his last card, a spell or trap, and he ended his turn.

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The powerful Synchro Monster Blackwing Armor Wing stole the show!
The powerful Synchro Monster Blackwing Armor Wing stole the show!

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Vossen used [icarus] to get rid of both [bestiari] and the Set [bom]. [sirocco] was Summoned next, he Set a spell or trap and ended.

Ciplak drew for his turn and shuffled up his cards.

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Niels Vossen wins the first Duel!

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“Not quite my favorite match-up”, Ciplak remarked. Vossen claimed, it was the first Gladiator Beast Deck he had to face the whole weekend. Not too bad for him as his Deck obviously packed all the answers! Both players wasted no time during side decking; Ciplak wanted to go first in the second Duel and the game was on once more!

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Ciplak Summoned [equeste] and followed it up with 2 face-down spells or traps.

Vossen had [mst] for [bth], he Summoned [shura], Special Summoned [bora] and attacked with [shura]. [prison] made sure the attack didn’t conclude, [bora] then destroyed [equeste] in Battle and Vossen Set 1 face-down.

Ciplak had [darius], but [trap hole] was used to destroy it. 2 Spell or Trap Cards went down and play was back to Vossen.

He attacked with [bora], Set a card to each zone and passed.

A third spell or trap came down for Ciplak.

[bora] took out another chunk of Ciplak’s Life Points. A second spell or trap was Set on Vossen’s side of the field. It fell victim to [mst] during the End Phase: [bth].

Ciplak was on and he Summoned [retiari]. He checked his face-down cards before declaring an attack into the Set monster on Vossen’s side of the field. It was revealed to be [snowman], but [chariot] was Chained to its effect! [retiari] tagged out and out came [darius]. This allowed Ciplak to Special Summon another [darius] from his Graveyard! He Special Summoned [test tiger], used its effect to bring out [bestiari], destroyed the Set [trap hole] and then Special Summoned [gyzarus], clearing Vossen’s field completely! He Set a spell or trap and was done with his amazing turn!

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A little sneek peek of what's to come!
A little sneek peek of what's to come!

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Vossen passed without any actions.

Ciplak Summoned [laquari] and he attacked directly with both Gladiator Beasts. [gyzarus] was returned to his Deck and he brought out [darius] and [equeste]. He Special Summoned another copy of [equeste] with [darius]’ effect and returned [chariot] to his hand, thanks to [equeste]'[s] effect! He Special Summoned [heraklinos], returning [bestiari] and both copies of [equeste] to his Deck and passed.

Wow, Ciplak really turned the tides in this Duel! It didn’t look too great at the beginning, but a quick flurry of Special Summons helped him to gain the upper hand. Now Vossen tried to do the same, activating [reborn]. The effect of [heraklinos] negated the activation, but Vossen still had 2 cards left in his hand: [bw] and [bora]. He activated the Continuous Spell Card, Summoned [bora] and Summoned [bora]. Ciplak revealed his face-down card: [sw]!

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Michael Ciplak equals the score with the help of Gyzarus!

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Vossen wanted to start the last Duel in this match. He Set a card to each zone and ended.

[cd] was Special Summoned on Ciplak’s side of the field. He attacked into [snowman]. [mst] destroyed [road] and Ciplak Set all of his remaining cards (all spells and traps).

Vossen Summoned [shura] and attacked directly. Ciplak activated [prison]. Play was back to him.

He Set a spell or trap and ended. “I got all the monsters, you got all the spells and traps”, Vossen remarked.

In his following turn, he Summoned [bora], but [tt] cleared the field.

Ciplak drew and Set a spell or trap.

[blizzard] was Summoned and it Special Summoned [bora]. Both monsters were Tuned to [brionac], [vayu] was discarded to return one Set spell or trap to Ciplak’s hand, but he Chained it: [bth]! Down went [brionac]!

Ciplak was on and he finally drew into a monster: [hoplomus]! He attacked directly, tagged it out and brought out [retiari], removing [vayu] from Vossen’s Graveyard.

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Retiari with the help of some backup!
Retiari with the help of some backup!

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Vossen had [sirocco] and attacked, but [bom] flipped it face-down. A spell or trap was Set and Vossen passed.

Ciplak declared an attack, Vossen had [icarus], but [road] was the perfect answer!!! Ciplak Special Summoned [stardust] and attacked directly with both [retiari] and [stardust]. It seemed like this Duel was over! [laquari] came out after [retiari] was returned to the Austrian’s Deck and Ciplak was done with his turn.

Vossen activated [hole]. [stardust] negated it. He Set a monster and passed.

Ciplak attacked with [laquari] into [snowman]. Both monsters went down. He Set a Spell or Trap Card.

“Now you keep on drawing monsters!”, Vossen complained. He Summoned [kalut] and attacked directly, dealing 1400 damage.

Ciplak Set a fourth spell or trap and was done.

[kalut] took another bite out of Ciplak’s Life Points, Vossen Set a spell or trap and ended.

Ciplak drew into [equeste] and he attacked over [kalut]. He asked: “Do you have [ro]?” and opted against tagging out.

Vossen drew into [duality] and this got him [bw]. He activated the Continuous Spell Card and Summoned [shura]. [trap hole] destroyed it and made sure Vossen wouldn’t get to search his deck for yet another Blackwing!

Ciplak now drew into [bestiari]!

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Bestiari, teaming up with Laquari for more explosive power!
Bestiari, teaming up with Laquari for more explosive power!

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He attacked with both monsters after Summoning it, tagged [bestiari] in first, bringing out [laquari], then [equeste] was returned to his deck and [bestiari] was Special Summoned. Its effect destroyed [ro] and Ciplak was happy that his read was correct. Ciplak passed.

Vossen drew and revealed the card he drew: [bth]. Not the card he needed. He extended his hand and wished Ciplak good luck for the rest of the day!

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Michael Ciplak advances to the Semi Finals!

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Ciplak wanted to greet his friends: “I want to greet all of my friends that travelled here with me!”

Vossen sends his greets to his friend Daniel, who unfortunately couldn’t make the trip. Further, he sends his greets to Frederic, the friend that DID make the trip with him!

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