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

01.12.2013 | 17:30 |
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.

 

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

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

 

Gross had quite the start with Cards of Consonance, Terraforming, Dragon Ravine and Dragunity Dux. Samaras found a Maxx "C" in his initial hand to stop his opponent from pulling ahead too far. Dragunity Dux allowed Gross to Special Summon Dragunity Phalanx, he then set 3 back row cards and ended. Samaras Special Summoned Evilswam Mandragora and he followed it up with Evilswarm Heliotrope. Evilswam Mandragora attacked over Dragunity Phalanx and Evilswarm Heliotrope attacked successfully over Dragunity Dux. In Main Phase 2, both monsters attempted to Xyz Summon Evilswarm Ophion, but Solemn Warning made sure it never hit the field. 5750 Life Points remaining for Gross. Samaras then set 2 back row cards, but Compulsory Evacuation Device got destroyed by Mystical Space Typhoon. Back to Gross, who now banished Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos and Dragunity Dux to Special Summon Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms. He searched his Deck for Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos, discarded it for Dragon Ravine, to which Samaras Chained Mystical Space Typhoon, negating the effect of the Field Spell Card. An attack later, play was back to Samaras. He Summoned Evilswarm Kerykeion, banishing Evilswarm Ophion and targeting Evilswarm Heliotrope, but D.D. Crow got Chained to the effect to banish the target, negating the effect. Samaras set a back row card. Gross then had a Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy the set Forbidden Lance, he had another Dragon Ravine, so he could set up his Graveyard and he then found another Dragunity Dux. This allowed him to Synchro Summon Scrap Dragon to the field, he then Special Summoned Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos, the Dragon Ruler attacked over Evilswarm Kerykeion and Scrap Dragon attacked directly. Gross set a Spell or Trap Card before ending.

 

Gross' Decks gave him access to powerful Level 8 Synchro Monsters!

Gross' Decks gave him access to powerful Level 8 Synchro Monsters!

 

Samaras drew, he now had 2 cards in hand. He checked the Graveyards of both players, he Summoned Evilswarm Thunderbird, the Dragon Ruler left the field and play was back to Gross. He used Reckless Greed so he now had 4 cards in hand, he Special Summoned another Dragon Ruler and that's when Samaras shuffled up.

Jan Oliver Gross takes the lead!


"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."

 

The youngest Duelist in the Top 8: Jan Oliver Gross!

The youngest Duelist in the Top 8: Jan Oliver Gross!

 

This time it was Samaras going first, with him setting 4 Spells or Traps. Gross used Cards of Consonance to draw some more cards, Terraforming then got him Dragon Ravine, he discarded a Dragon for it, but Mystical Space Typhoon 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 Cosmos. Gross banished 2 Dragons, one from his Graveyard and one from his hand, to Special Summon Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos, but Debunk foiled this plan as well. Gross then searched his Deck for Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders and Dragunity Dux. Dragunity Dux entered the field and it attacked directly, Gross set a Spell or Trap Card and he ended.

 

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!

 

Two Evilswarm monsters came down, Gross then flipped a Torrential Tribute, but Seven Tools of the Bandit made sure they would stay exactly where they were. That's when Gross opted to access his Side Deck again.

Aris Samaras ties the score!


Gross would kick things off in the last game and once again, he had Dragon Ravine early. He discarded Mirror Force to send Dragunity Phalanx to his Graveyard, he then Normal Summoned Dragunity Dux, bringing back Dragunity Phalanx, he went for Dragunity Knight - Vajrayana and this then allowed him to Synchro Summon Scrap Dragon. He set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and ended. Samaras started to fight back with Evilswarm Heliotrope, but he didn't really follow it up, setting 4 cards. His Mystical Space Typhoon got hit by Gross' Mystical Space Typhoon. Gross used the effect of Scrap Dragon, targeting a Spell or Trap Card of his own and one of Samaras'. The Greek had no response, so Gross Chained Mystical Space Typhoon to trade 2 for 1. He then started to unleash his Dragunity combos once again, ending up with a Stardust Dragon on the field. Its attack was met with Infestation Infection, so Samaras could return Evilswarm Heliotrope to his Deck to search it for Evilswam Mandragora. This triggered a replay, so Stardust Dragon attacked directly and Scrap Dragon followed, leaving the Greek on 2700 Life Points. In Main Phase 2, Gross added Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders before ending.

 

Things were looking grim for Aris Samaras now...

Things were looking grim for Aris Samaras now...

 

Samaras drew and he had to consider his next move carefully. He Special Summoned Evilswam Mandragora, Evilswarm Castor followed and when he went for Evilswarm Bahamut, a Bottomless Trap Hole seemed to crush his dreams. Gross immediatly offered the handshake, but Samaras wasn't quite done yet. Evilswarm Kerykeion did some much-needed legwork for the Greek, allowing him to bring back Evilswarm Castor. He then checked with a judge whether Stardust Dragon would work against Number 85: Crazy Box, with the judge telling him that Stardust Dragon couldn't negate effects that only decide whether a card gets destroyed on resultion, so he went for it and Xyz Summoned the Number Monster to the field. Number 85: Crazy Box'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).

Jan Oliver Gross advances to the semi finals!


The players once again spoke about the match, with both of them agreeing that D.D. 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.