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

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

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Schmidt kicked things off with [ngs] in front of a face-down Spell or Trap.

Greiving found [zombyra] after he activated [pog], drawing 2 cards, its attack ended in [waboku] and he activated [duality] in his [mp] 2, adding [evo ch] 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 [valkyria] and declared an attack with it, causing Schmidt to flip [mas] in true Yugi fashion!
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An all-time Yu-Gi-Oh! classic: Magical Armshield!
An all-time Yu-Gi-Oh! classic: Magical Armshield!

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[spikeshield] got activated in response, which meant that [valkyria] could overcome [zombyra] in battle and return to Greiving’s side of the field during the End Phase.

The former World Championship competitor flipped [valkyria] face-down with [socl] and he sent [ngs] into the monster, destroying it.

Greiving, now on the defense, added a set monster.

Schmidt Tributed for [airknight] and he declared an attack. Greiving checked the effect of [socl] again before activating [coa], stopping the attack of the Tribute Monster.

On his following turn, a newly summoned [drillroid] was met with a [coa] by Schmidt.

Schmidt invited [ngs] to his party and he sent it into [drillroid]. [airknight] ran over the set [mof] which returned [pog], with Schmidt drawing a card. He set a spell or trap.
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Schmidt wouldn't run out of useful Traps anytime soon!
Schmidt wouldn't run out of useful Traps anytime soon!

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The second [pog] activation for the Dutchman this game. He [ns]ed [evo ch], but [power frame] stopped its attack.

[aau] on the following turn [ss]ed [valkyria] to Schmidt’s side of the field, to which Greiving responded with [overworked], destroying all monsters except [airknight] and [evo ch]. Schmidt wasn’t happy, but [reborn] on [zombyra] seemed like a good recovery. The attack of the newly [ss]ed monster ended in [kunai], however, with [airknight] getting switched to [def]!

Greiving then invited [rhynos] to his party, getting rid of Schmidt’s remaining monster and dealing some damage.

Schmidt tried to come back with [cd], but [moaa] was yet another perfect answer from Greiving! Schmidt only [ns]ed [gaf] before ending.

When Greiving showed [econ] on his following turn, Schmidt knew that this would be a lot harder than he had hoped for.

[h2]Brian Greiving takes the lead![/h2]

Joshua Schmidt had to up his game to come back!
Joshua Schmidt had to up his game to come back!

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Schmidt went first again, setting a card to each zone.

Greiving recruited [gww] and sent it into [dda], with both players losing their monsters. The Dutch Duelist set 2 back row cards.

Schmidt activated [grace], drawing 3 and discarding [airknight] and [ngs]. He then [ns]ed [evo ch], he set a second spell or trap and ended.

Greiving found [zombyra], but its aattack got stopped by [windstorm].

On the following turn, Schmidt had [geaf], attacking it into [zombyra]. [impene] made sure it would get to see another turn.
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Schmidt seemed to have an infinite supply of Goblins!
Schmidt seemed to have an infinite supply of Goblins!

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Greiving summoned [ngs], but [0 grav] made sure Schmidt would get to keep his monsters. Or so he thought, since [econ] allowed Greiving to claim control of [geaf] and attack with it into [evo ch].

Schmidt returned [airknight] with [reborn] and he also had [pbw]. That left Greiving with just 3600 Life Points while Schmidt was moving ahead in the war of attrition, drawing a card for [airknight]'[s] effect.

Another [evo ch] helped Greiving getting rid of [geaf]. He added a second back row card.
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Schmidt had all he needed to pull ahead in this game!
Schmidt had all he needed to pull ahead in this game!

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Schmidt invited [a drago] to his party and he then followed it up with [socl]. With a trampler ([airknight]) on the field, Greiving knew that this spelled doom on his hopes of moving to the next round without taking a loss.

[h2]Joshua Schmidt ties the score![/h2]

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 [duality] to add [rhynos] to his hand. He set 2 back row cards and ended.

[dda] came down and attacked into [moaa]. Schmidt set a spell or trap and passed play.

[rhynos] attacked directly.

[a drago] successfully dealt with it, Schmidt added 2 more set Spell or Trap Cards.
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'Your best Trap vs. my best Trap!', Schmidt commented his play!
'Your best Trap vs. my best Trap!', Schmidt commented his play!

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[dda], which was now fighting for Greiving, got joined by [ngs]. It declared an attack, which caused Schmidt to activate [mas] – “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 [apples] got him something to fight back with. Since [a drago] was still in [def], he was the only player left with a monster.

Schmidt changed that momentarily when he used [reborn] to bring back [a drago]. [riryoku] then helped him attack over his opponent’s token. He added another back row card.

[chiron] helped Greiving destroy [power frame]. He attacked [a drago], but [coa] stopped it from successfully destroying [a drago].
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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!

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Schmidt upped the ante, drawing 3 cards with [grace]. He then recruited [gaf], [a drago] took out Greiving’s monster and the attack of [gaf] ended in [goatz].

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 [0 grav] afterwards to switch the position of all monsters, which allowed him to attack with [a drago] and [gaf] over 2 tokens. [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.
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It was hard to tell which Duelist was ahead at this point...
It was hard to tell which Duelist was ahead at this point...

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[ape fighter] took out the last token and Schmidt passed with [ape fighter] and [a drago] in [atk] and [gaf] in [def].

“You’re on 6100? And now it ([gaf]) can be switched back, right?”, Greiving inquired. “Yes”, Schmidt replied truthfully. The German was a little shocked because of his earlier mistake.

[reborn] brought back [chiron], [mof] then returned [reborn], which got Greiving [inter]. He then took control of [gaf] and attacked with it into [ape fighter], but [waboku] meant that Schmidt wouldn’t lose any of his monsters!

The following turn, he added [geaf] and declared an attack with [a drago], but [kunai] made sure [chiron] would leave the battle unscarred and [geaf] would switch to [def]. Still, Greiving was left with only [chiron] after the last attack concluded.

Schmidt set a monster.

Greiving found [gww] and he then destroyed all of Schmidt’s monsters.

Schmidt only set a spell or trap.

Greiving’s attacks left Schmidt with only 1500 Life Points!

Schmidt had [socl] and was forced to pass.

Greiving drew into [drillroid] and that meant he would advance to the semi finals!

[h2]Brian Greiving overcomes Joshua Schmidt![/h2]

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?
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