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Top 8: Joshua Schmidt (Germany) vs. Brian Greiving (Netherlands)

01.09.2013 | 17:25 |
Only 8 Duelists remaining in competition, among them 4 Germans, 1 Austrian, 1 Dutch Duelist, 1 Italian and 1 player from Luxembourg. I picked the match between Joshua Schmidt and Brian Greiving, an instant classic between oranje and "schwarz, rot, gold"!

 

Brian Greiving had one of the strongest Sealed Pools to work with!

Brian Greiving had one of the strongest Sealed Pools to work with!

 

Schmidt kicked things off with Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke in front of a face-down Spell or Trap. Greiving found Zombyra the Dark after he activated Pot of Greed, drawing 2 cards, its attack ended in Waboku and he activated Pot of Duality in his Main Phase 2, adding Evocator Chevalier to his hand. He set 3 back row cards and ended. Schmidt added 2 Spells or Traps of his own and play was back to the Dutch Duelist. He invited Dark Valkyria and declared an attack with it, causing Schmidt to flip Magical Arm Shield in true Yugi fashion!

 

An all-time Yu-Gi-Oh! classic: Magical Armshield!

An all-time Yu-Gi-Oh! classic: Magical Armshield!

 

Spikeshield with Chain got activated in response, which meant that Dark Valkyria could overcome Zombyra the Dark in battle and return to Greiving's side of the field during the End Phase. The former World Championship competitor flipped Dark Valkyria face-down with Swords of Concealing Light and he sent Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke into the monster, destroying it. Greiving, now on the defense, added a set monster. Schmidt Tributed for Airknight Parshath and he declared an attack. Greiving checked the effect of Swords of Concealing Light again before activating Curse of Anubis, stopping the attack of the Tribute Monster. On his following turn, a newly Summoned Drillroid was met with a Curse of Anubis by Schmidt. Schmidt invited Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke to his party and he sent it into Drillroid. Airknight Parshath ran over the set Magician of Faith which returned Pot of Greed, with Schmidt drawing a card. He set a Spell or Trap Card.

 

Schmidt wouldn't run out of useful Traps anytime soon!

Schmidt wouldn't run out of useful Traps anytime soon!

 

The second Pot of Greed activation for the Dutchman this game. He Normal Summoned Evocator Chevalier, but Power Frame stopped its attack. Autonomous Action Unit on the following turn Special Summoned Dark Valkyria to Schmidt's side of the field, to which Greiving responded with Overworked, destroying all monsters except Airknight Parshath and Evocator Chevalier. Schmidt wasn't happy, but Monster Reborn on Zombyra the Dark seemed like a good recovery. The attack of the newly Special Summoned monster ended in Kunai with Chain, however, with Airknight Parshath getting switched to Defense Position! Greiving then invited Winged Rhynos to his party, getting rid of Schmidt's remaining monster and dealing some damage. Schmidt tried to come back with Cyber Dragon, but Memory of an Adversary was yet another perfect answer from Greiving! Schmidt only Normal Summoned Goblin Attack Force before ending. When Greiving showed Enemy Controller on his following turn, Schmidt knew that this would be a lot harder than he had hoped for.

Brian Greiving takes the lead!


Joshua Schmidt had to up his game to come back!

Joshua Schmidt had to up his game to come back!

 

Schmidt went first again, setting a card to each zone. Greiving recruited Gene-Warped Warwolf and sent it into D.D. Assailant, with both players losing their monsters. The Dutch Duelist set 2 back row cards. Schmidt activated Graceful Charity, drawing 3 and discarding Airknight Parshath and Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke. He then Normal Summoned Evocator Chevalier, he set a second Spell or Trap Card and ended. Greiving found Zombyra the Dark, but its aattack got stopped by Windstorm of Etaqua. On the following turn, Schmidt had Goblin Elite Attack Force, attacking it into Zombyra the Dark. Impenetrable Attack made sure it would get to see another turn.

 

Schmidt seemed to have an infinite supply of Goblins!

Schmidt seemed to have an infinite supply of Goblins!

 

Greiving Summoned Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke, but Zero Gravity made sure Schmidt would get to keep his monsters. Or so he thought, since Enemy Controller allowed Greiving to claim control of Goblin Elite Attack Force and attack with it into Evocator Chevalier. Schmidt returned Airknight Parshath with Monster Reborn and he also had Pitch-Black Warwolf. That left Greiving with just 3600 Life Points while Schmidt was moving ahead in the war of attrition, drawing a card for Airknight Parshath's effect. Another Evocator Chevalier helped Greiving getting rid of Goblin Elite Attack Force. He added a second back row card.

 

Schmidt had all he needed to pull ahead in this game!

Schmidt had all he needed to pull ahead in this game!

 

Schmidt invited Axe Dragonute to his party and he then followed it up with Swords of Concealing Light. With a trampler (Airknight Parshath) on the field, Greiving knew that this spelled doom on his hopes of moving to the next round without taking a loss.

Joshua Schmidt ties the score!


Both players hadn't used their right to re-draw yet. They were happy with their opening hands in the deciding game and this time it would be Greiving to go first. He used Pot of Duality to add Winged Rhynos to his hand. He set 2 back row cards and ended. D.D. Assailant came down and attacked into Memory of an Adversary. Schmidt set a Spell or Trap Card and passed play. Winged Rhynos attacked directly. Axe Dragonute successfully dealt with it, Schmidt added 2 more set Spell or Trap Cards.

 

'Your best Trap vs. my best Trap!', Schmidt commented his play!

'Your best Trap vs. my best Trap!', Schmidt commented his play!

 

D.D. Assailant, which was now fighting for Greiving, got joined by Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke. It declared an attack, which caused Schmidt to activate Magical Arm Shield - "your best Trap Card vs. my best Trap Card!", the German commented the move. Greiving couldn't stop the effect from resolving, losing both monsters. The following turn, Greiving took damage, but The Golden Apples got him something to fight back with. Since Axe Dragonute was still in Defense Position, he was the only player left with a monster. Schmidt changed that momentarily when he used Monster Reborn to bring back Axe Dragonute. Riryoku then helped him attack over his opponent's Token. He added another back row card. Chiron the Mage helped Greiving destroy Power Frame. He attacked Axe Dragonute, but Curse of Anubis stopped it from successfully destroying Axe Dragonute.

 

Those monsters seemed surprisingly peaceful... but that was just the calm before the storm!

Those monsters seemed surprisingly peaceful... but that was just the calm before the storm!

 

Schmidt upped the ante, drawing 3 cards with Graceful Charity. He then recruited Goblin Attack Force, Axe Dragonute took out Greiving's monster and the attack of Goblin Attack Force ended in Scapegoat. Greiving added another set monster. Ape Fighter was supposed to come down, but Schmidt thought better of it. The judge wouldn't allow him to take the move back, so he was forced to activate Zero Gravity afterwards to switch the position of all monsters, which allowed him to attack with Axe Dragonute and Goblin Attack Force over 2 Tokens. Forbidden Chalice made sure that Greiving wouldn't take lethal damage, but he only had 200 Life Points remaining! If Schmidt wouldn't have misplayed and Summoned the Ape Fighter AFTER activating his Trap Card, he would have won the game right there. Still, Greiving was standing with his back against the wall and he only set a monster.

 

It was hard to tell which Duelist was ahead at this point...

It was hard to tell which Duelist was ahead at this point...

 

Ape Fighter took out the last Token and Schmidt passed with Ape Fighter and Axe Dragonute in Attack Position and Goblin Attack Force in Defense Position. "You're on 6100? And now it (Goblin Attack Force) can be switched back, right?", Greiving inquired. "Yes", Schmidt replied truthfully. The German was a little shocked because of his earlier mistake. Monster Reborn brought back Chiron the Mage, Magician of Faith then returned Monster Reborn, which got Greiving Interplanetarypurplythorny Dragon. He then took control of Goblin Attack Force and attacked with it into Ape Fighter, but Waboku meant that Schmidt wouldn't lose any of his monsters! The following turn, he added Goblin Elite Attack Force and declared an attack with Axe Dragonute, but Kunai with Chain made sure Chiron the Mage would leave the battle unscarred and Goblin Elite Attack Force would switch to Defense Position. Still, Greiving was left with only Chiron the Mage after the last attack concluded. Schmidt set a monster. Greiving found Gene-Warped Warwolf and he then destroyed all of Schmidt's monsters. Schmidt only set a Spell or Trap Card. Greiving's attacks left Schmidt with only 1500 Life Points! Schmidt had Swords of Concealing Light and was forced to pass. Greiving drew into Drillroid and that meant he would advance to the semi finals!

Brian Greiving overcomes Joshua Schmidt!


A crucial mistake by Joshua Schmidt allowed Brian Greiving to turn the game around and come back with just 200 Life Points remaining! What a game, with both Duelist's Decks featuring some of the most powerful cards that Battle Pack 2 has to offer. Will we see Brian Greiving again in the finals?