Top 8: Jan Oliver Gross (Dragunity Ruler) vs. Aris Samaras (Evilswarm)

Only 1 of the 4 Top 8 pairings featured 2 players that we haven’t invited before to our Feature Match table this weekend: The match between Jan Oliver Gross and Aris Samaras. “You’re that Evilswarm guy, right?”, Gross asked after they both sat down on the table, with Samaras declining to answer. He instead asked back: “You’re that Dragon Ruler guy, right?”, causing some of the bystanders to laugh out loud.

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Aris Samaras was the most successful Evilswarm player of YCS Turin!
Aris Samaras was the most successful Evilswarm player of YCS Turin!

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Gross had quite the start with [consonance], [terraforming], [ravine] and [dux]. Samaras found a [maxx] in his initial hand to stop his opponent from pulling ahead too far. [dux] allowed Gross to [ss] [phalanx], he then set 3 back row cards and ended.

Samaras [ss]ed [ev mand] and he followed it up with [ev helio]. [ev mand] attacked over [phalanx] and [ev helio] attacked successfully over [dux]. In [mp] 2, both monsters attempted to [xyz] [ophion], but [warning] made sure it never hit the field. 5750 Life Points remaining for Gross. Samaras then set 2 back row cards, but [ced] got destroyed by [mst].

Back to Gross, who now banished [blaster] and [dux] to [ss] [tempestd]. He searched his Deck for [blaster], discarded it for [ravine], to which Samaras chained [mst], negating the effect of the Field Spell Card. An attack later, play was back to Samaras.

He summoned [ev kery], banishing [ophion] and targeting [ev helio], but [crow] got chained to the effect to banish the target, negating the effect. Samaras set a back row card.

Gross then had a [mst] to destroy the set [lance], he had another [ravine], so he could set up his Graveyard and he then found another [dux]. This allowed him to [synch] [scrap dragon] to the field, he then [ss]ed [blaster], the Dragon Ruler attacked over [ev kery] and [scrap dragon] attacked directly. Gross set a spell or trap before ending.
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Gross' Decks gave him access to powerful Level 8 Synchro Monsters!
Gross' Decks gave him access to powerful Level 8 Synchro Monsters!

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Samaras drew, he now had 2 cards in hand. He checked the Graveyards of both players, he summoned [ev thun], the Dragon Ruler left the field and play was back to Gross. He used [reckless] so he now had 4 cards in hand, he [ss]ed another Dragon Ruler and that’s when Samaras shuffled up.

[h2]Jan Oliver Gross takes the lead![/h2]

“Man, that D.D. Crow!”, Samaras complained. “It’s the best card against Evilswarm”, Gross said. “I’ve won so many games because of it.”
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The youngest Duelist in the Top 8: Jan Oliver Gross!
The youngest Duelist in the Top 8: Jan Oliver Gross!

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This time it was Samaras going first, with him setting 4 spells or traps.

Gross used [consonance] to draw some more cards, [terraforming] then got him [ravine], he discarded a Dragon for it, but [mst] negated the effect of the Field Spell Card once again. Gross didn’t flinch, activating a second copy of the Field Spell Card. That’s when Samaras flipped [macro].
Gross banished 2 Dragons, one from his Graveyard and one from his hand, to Special Summon [blaster], but [debunk] foiled this plan as well. Gross then searched his Deck for [redox] and [dux]. [dux] entered the field and it attacked directly, Gross set a spell or trap and he ended.
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Thanks to Seven Tools of the Bandit, we needed an all-deciding third Duel!
Thanks to Seven Tools of the Bandit, we needed an all-deciding third Duel!

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Two Evilswarm monsters came down, Gross then flipped a [tt], but [bandit] made sure they would stay exactly where they were. That’s when Gross opted to access his Side Deck again.

[h2]Aris Samaras ties the score![/h2]

Gross would kick things off in the last game and once again, he had [ravine] early. He discarded [mf] to send [phalanx] to his Graveyard, he then [ns]ed [dux], bringing back [phalanx], he went for [vaja] and this then allowed him to [synch] [scrap dragon]. He set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and ended.

Samaras started to fight back with [ev helio], but he didn’t really follow it up, setting 4 cards. His [mst] got hit by Gross’ [mst].

Gross used the effect of [scrap dragon], targeting a spell or trap of his own and one of Samaras’. The Greek had no response, so Gross chained [mst] to trade 2 for 1.
He then started to unleash his Dragunity combos once again, ending up with a [sdd] on the field. Its attack was met with [i infect], so Samaras could return [ev helio] to his Deck to search it for [ev mand]. This triggered a replay, so [sdd] attacked directly and [scrap dragon] followed, leaving the Greek on 2700 Life Points.
In [mp] 2, Gross added [redox] before ending.
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Things were looking grim for Aris Samaras now...
Things were looking grim for Aris Samaras now...

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Samaras drew and he had to consider his next move carefully. He [ss]ed [ev mand], [ev castor] followed and when he went for [ev baha], a [bth] seemed to crush his dreams. Gross immediatly offered the handshake, but Samaras wasn’t quite done yet.
[ev kery] did some much-needed legwork for the Greek, allowing him to bring back [ev castor]. He then checked with a judge whether [sdd] would work against [85], with the judge telling him that [sdd] couldn’t negate effects that only decide whether a card gets destroyed on resultion, so he went for it and [xyz]ed the Number Monster to the field.
[85]'[s] effect was used, Gross rolled a 1, he then wanted to check the effect text again to see whether this was Samaras’ desired result, but the Greek already offered the handshake (his Life Points got halved, adding insult to injury).

[h2]Jan Oliver Gross advances to the semi finals![/h2]

The players once again spoke about the match, with both of them agreeing that [crow] was the deciding factor in this match. “I have to thank Joshua Schmidt again”, Gross said and Samaras was a great sport, wishing his opponent good luck for the rounds to come.
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