Top 8: Michel Grüner (Dragon Ruler) vs Thierry Garcia (Evilswarm)

Michel Gruner needs no introduction. Unfortunately I am going to give him one anyway. Since winning the WCQ in Madrid he has gone on to become Europe’s most decorated player with top eight (at least) performances in following: World Championships, European Championships, National Championships and most recently he won the sealed YCS Brussels. His opponent is the last non-Dragon Ruler player in the tournament. Thierry Garcia has come this far with Evilswarms this weekend and wants to go all the way!

Gruner started things with two cards in his backrow.

Garcia Summoned [ev thun]. He entered his Battle Phase and attacked for 1650. Gruner took it and after a set [st] was allowed to draw for his turn. [7ss] was first, Banishing [redox] and searching another. He flipped his Set [6s] and said he was being greedy by picking five and six.
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This is recorded as Gruner's favourite move of the tournament!
This is recorded as Gruner's favourite move of the tournament!

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As you can see, the result was in his favour. He activated [ravine] and discarded [tidal] but was foiled by an [mst]. Gruner Banished [tdrag] from hand and Tidal from the Graveyard to [ss] [blaster] from his hand. Thunderbird was Chained and both Banished Dragons replaced themselves. [debris] was next, [ns]ed and used to attack along with blaster before [star eater] was [synch]ed in [mp2]. He set three cards to make four total and passed.

Garcia [ns]ed [ev lant] and used it’s effect to destroy Star Eater. Thunderbird tried to attack but [scarecrow] stopped any damage. Garcia set a backrow and it got blasted by [break] in the End Phase. Thunderbird was Chained and returned in the Standby Phase in [def].

Gruner [ss]ed Blaster by Banishing Star Eater and Debris. He Summoned Redox from the hand by Banishing Scarecrow and Tempest – which searched another Debris. [coc] was next, discarding the Debris to draw two. Redox attacked over Thunderbird and when Gruner showed [return] the Frenchman didn’t need to see any more!

[h2]Gruner takes the first game thanks to an aggressive turn and drawing five cards from Sixth Sense![/h2]

During Side-Decking Gruner said to me “I told you, Sixth Sense and drawing five is the best move!” referring to the Top 8 Duelist Profiles where he coined that to be his best move of the weekend. Cheeky.
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Garcia was not amused at Gruner drawing five cards!
Garcia was not amused at Gruner drawing five cards!

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Garcia started us off in game two by setting five to his backrow. Gruner exclaimed something that we can’t repeat and then set three cards of his own before passing back.
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The calm before the Catastrophe!
The calm before the Catastrophe!

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Garcia [ns]ed [ev castor] and then [ev mand]. Castor attacked and gruner had [malevolent]!! It was going to take out Garcia’s entire five-card backrow! Gruner Chained his [6s] and [break], losing out with the former but taking out Castor with the latter. Mandragora attacked – it was all Garcia had left.

Gruner Banished Tempest and Redox to [ss] Tidal, searching a [corseca] in the process. He Summoned it and attacked before making [scrap dragon] [mp2].

Garcia had had enough – he saw his top card and conceded with no cards to take on Gruner’s huge amount of advantage.
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An accurate representation of Gruner's mood after resolving his Catastrophe
An accurate representation of Gruner's mood after resolving his Catastrophe

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That was it! Gruner was through to the top four of the YCS! You might not believe that there was still over half the time left on the round, too!

[h2]Europe’s most acclaimed Duelist makes it on to the semi-finals![/h2]

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