The championship game is here! Gage Murray Verses Sheldon Spaulding! Gage entered the tournament after receiving the third highest score for the month and entered with a rocky start after showing up late to his first round and receiving a game loss against Miranda Guinaldo, however he was able to overcome this penalty and defeat Miranda 2-0. Moving on to the Semi-Finals, he took on Andre Montalvo’s Lightsworn deck, and defeated him in a fast game, finishing the match before Mike Scritch and Sheldon Spauding finished game one of their match! Gage is running his Dino-Rabbit deck. His opponent, Sheldon Spauding is the fourth highest scoring duelist of the month, defeated David shahata’s Gemini Hero deck in round 1, then defeated Mike Scritch’s Wind Up Deck in round 2, piloting a Chaos Dragon deck today hoping for a win. Will Spaulding’s Dragons be big enough to tackle Gage’s Evolzars, or will their effects stop Sheldon before he can summon them. This is it! The championship round begins now!
The two roll a die, both rolling 4s, and on the reroll, Gage rolls another 4, while Sheldon rolls a 5. Sheldon decides to go first.
He normal summons Lyla, Lightsworn Sorcerer, Sets a card, and ends his turn, sending Chaos Sorcerer, Sangan, Solar Recharge to the graveyard for the effect of Lyla.
Gage draws and activates Mystical Space Typhoon, destroying Sheldon’s set Treacherous Trap Hole. He next Normal Summons Sabersaurus and attacks Sheldon’s Lyla. He sets a card face-down and passes his turn.
Life Points: Sheldon: 7800/Gage: 8000
Sheldon summons Tour Guide From the Underworld from his deck and Special Summons Night Assailant. Next he overlays both monsters to Xyz Summon Number 17: Leviathan Dragon in attack position. He detatches Tour Guide to increase it’s ATK to 2500 and attacks Sabersaurus, and passes his turn.
Life Points: Sheldon: 7800/Gage: 7400
Gage Normal Summons Kabazuls, and activates Monster Reborn, Special Summoning Sabersarurus back to the field. He overlays both dinosaurs to Xyz Summon Evolzar Laggia. He sets a card face-down and passes his turn.
Sheldon draws, and Gage responds with Macro Cosmos. Sheldon has his Leviathan Dragon attack Evolzar Laggia, but Gage protects his monster with Compulsory Evacuation Device, returning Number 17 – Leviathan Dragon back to the Extra Deck, and banishing Night Assailant. Sheldon passes his turn.
Gage draws and Special Summons Rescue Rabbit from his hand. He activates it’s effect, banishes it to Special Summon two Kabazuls from his deck, and overlays them to Xyz Summon Evolzar Dolkka.
Gage enters the Battle Phase and has Evolzar Dolkka attack Sheldon directly, Sheldon responds to the attack with Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, which Gage detaches a Kabazuls to negate and destroy Gorz. Next Evolzar Laggia attacks directly, and once again Sheldon has a response to the attack, Tragodia, which once again is negated by Evolzar Dolkka.
Life Points: Sheldon: 3100/Gage: 7400
Sheldon Special Summons Dark Armed Dragon from his hand, but Gage negates it’s summon by using Evolzar Laggia’s effect. Sheldon expected this and banishes Lyla and Tour Guide from his graveyard to Special Summon Light Pulsar Dragon from his hand. He has Light Pulsar attack Evolzar Laggia.
Life Points: Sheldon: 3100/Gage: 7300
Sheldon sets a monster face-down and passes his turn. Gage draws and Special Summons Jurrac Guiba from his hand, and has it attack Sheldon’s set monster – Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. He has it destroy Jurrac Guiba and banishes Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon, Eclipse Wyvren, and Ryko Lightsworn Hunter from the top of the deck.
Sheldon draws and had Light Pulsar Dragon attack Evolzar Dolkka, and passes his turn.
Life Points: Sheldon: 3100/Gage: 7100
Gage sets a monster and passes his turn. Sheldon normal summons Tour Guide from the Underworld and realizes he has no targets left in his deck to special summon. He has Light Pulsar attack Gage’s Set monster, which is Spirit Reaper. He is unable to get passed this wall monster and he passes his turn. Gage Normal summons a second Spirit Reaper from his hand and overlays both Spirit Reapers to Xyz Summon Leviar The Sea Dragon. He detatches a Spirit Reaper to Special Summon Rescue Rabbit in defense position. He then realizes he has no targets left in his deck to Special Summon and has Leviar The Sea Dragon attack Tour Guide before passing his turn.
Life Points: Sheldon: 2300/Gage: 7100
Sheldon has Light Pulsar Dragon attack Leviar, and passes his turn.
Life Points: Sheldon: 2400/Gage: 6400
Gage normal Summons Sabersarus and overlays it with Rescue Rabbit to Xyz Summon Gagaga Cowboy. He detaches Sabersarus to increase its attack by 1000, and decrease Light Pulsar Dragon’s ATK by 500 and banishes it.
Life Points: Sheldon: 1900/Gage: 6400
Sheldon activates the effect of Tragodia in his hand and Special summons it in defense position. Gage passes his turn.
Gage summons Jurrac Guiaba and attacks Tragodia, special summoning another Guiba from his deck. During the second main phase Gage overlays his Guibas to Xyz Summon Evolzar Laggia.
He switches Gagaga Cowboy to defense position and detaches Rescue Rabbit to inflict 800 damage to Sheldon’s Life Points.
Life Points: Sheldon: 1100/Gage: 6400
Sheldon draws from his deck, and flip summons Ryko Lightsworn Hunter, but Gage responds with Solemn Judgment, costing him 3200 life points in order to protect his Laggia. However, Sheldon realizes there is nothing more he can do and concedes the game.
After a long game, Sheldon is defeated by Gage Murray in the first game. Macro Cosmos shut Sheldon down after he was unable to get rid of it and maintain field presence against Gage’s constant Xyz Summoning.
Sheldon once again starts off the duel going into game two. He activates Solar Recharge, discarding Ryko Lightsworn Hunter, draws two from his deck and mills Black Luster Solider – Envoy of The Beginning and Tragodia. Next he activates Prohibition, declaring Rescue Rabbit, the sole of Gage’s deck. He sets a card face-down and passes his turn.
Gage Summons Spirit Reaper, and attacks Sheldon directly, taking Sheldon’s Mind Control from his hand. During main phase two, Gage fears the Chaos Monsters in Sheldon’s deck, and plays Monster Reborn on Tragodia to prevent Sheldon from having a Light and Dark monster in his graveyard. He sets a card face-down and passes his turn, but not before Sheldon activates his Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Gage’s Set Fiendish Chain.
Life Points: Gage: 8000/Sheldon: 7700
Sheldon Normal Summons Card Trooper, activates it’s effect sending Effect Veiler, Eclipse Wyvren, and Royal Decree to increase its ATK at 1900. He activates Eclipse Wyvren’s effect to banish Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. He has his Card Trooper destroy Tragodia, then sets a card face-down and ends his turn.
Gage summons Doomcaliber Knight and has it attack Card Trooper, when Card Trooper’s effect to draw a card when destroyed activates, Doomcaliber tributes itself to negate the effect of Card Trooper. Spirit Reaper attacks directly next, and activates its effect and discard Sheldon’s Gorz the Emissary of Darkness from his hand, unable to activate it’s effect due to Prohibition being in play.
Life Points: Gage: 8000/Sheldon: 5900
Sheldon banishes Eclipse Wyvren and Gorz from his graveyard to Special Summon Darkflare Dragon. Since Eclipse Wyvren has been banished, Sheldon adds Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon to his hand. Sheldon has Darkflare Dragon attack Gage’s attack position Spirit Reaper before he ends his turn.
Life Points: Gage: 5900/Sheldon: 5900
Gage turns Spirit Reaper to defense position, and sets a monster and a card to his backrow and passes his turn back to Sheldon. Sheldon looks at his hand, notices he drew Ryko Lightsworn Hunter, debated over setting it or activating Solar Recharge, and decides to activate it, sending Ryko to the graveyard, drawing two cards, and sending Forbidden Lance and Card Trooper to the graveyard. He next activates Charge of The Light Brigade, sending Dark Armed Dragon, Ryko Lightsworn Hunter, Lyla Lightsworn Sorcerer to the graveyard to add his last Lightsworn Monster in his deck to his hand, Lyla Lightsworn Sorcerer.
Sheldon Normal Summons Lyla Lightsworn Hunter, and Gage responds with Bottomless Trap Hole, banishing Lyla. Sheldon has his Darkflare Dragon attack Gage’s set monster, Sangan. Sangan’s effect activates, allowing Gage to add Tour Guide From The Underworld to his hand. Sheldon passes his turn over to Gage, who summons Tour Guide From The Underworld, allowing him to Special Summon another one from his deck. He overlays the two Tour Guides to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines in attack position. Gage has Wind-Up Zenmaines attack Darkflare Dragon. Preventing it’s destruction by detatching a Tour Guide.
Life Points: Sheldon: 5900/Gage: 5000
During the End Phase, Wind-Up Zenmaines effect activates to destroy Darkflare Dragon. Sheldon activates Solar Recharge, discarding a Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress from his hand, drawing two more cards and sending Night Assailant and Light Pulsar Dragon from his deck. He activates Dark Hole, to destroy Spirit Reaper and Wind-Up Zenmaines, but only to remove a Xyz Material from Wind-Up Zenmaines. Next he activates Monster Reborn to Special Summon Darkflare Dragon. Banishing Darkflare Dragon to Special Summon Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon. Using Red-Eyes Effect, he special summons Light Pulsar Dragon. Light Pulsar Dragon attacks Wind-Up Zenmaines, and Red-Eyes attacks directly.
Life Points: Sheldon: 5900/Gage: 1200
Gage sets a monster and passes his turn. Sheldon draws and has Light Pulsar Dragon attack Gage’s set monster, Spirit Reaper! Unable to destroy Spirit Reaper Sheldon passes his turn. Gage draws, and sets a card face-down, by Sheldon was ready with Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy it in the End Phase. Sheldon Special Summons a Light Pulsar Dragon from his hand with the effect of Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. Sheldon has a major problem that his friend has his Gaia Dragon the Thunder Charger, making him unable to have it in his Extra Deck today, and unable to end this duel now.
Gage draws and sets a monster and a card to his Spell and Trap Card Zone and pases hier turn. Sheldon has Light Pulsar Dragon attack Gage’s set Sabersaurus and destroy it. Gage sets a card face-down, and Sheldon activates the effect of Effect Veiler, targeting Spirit Reaper, not realizing that Spirit Reaper’s effect to destroy itself when targeted waits until the effect resolves to destroy itself. Sheldon draws and passes his turn unable to do anything to get rid of Spirit Reaper. Gage sets another card to his Spell and Trap Card Zone, and Sheldon summons Tour Guide From The Underworld, allowing him to Special Summon another one from his deck, when Sheldon offers Gage a chance to cut his very thin deck, Gage counts the remaining cards in his deck – 8, while Gage still had most of his deck remaining. Gage asks him if he had any more outs to Spirit Reaper in his deck, and Sheldon replied he had a Forbidden Lance left.
Sheldon overlays his two Tour Guides From The Underworld to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines in defense mode. Gage draws and passes his turn. Sheldon draws and sets one card to his Spell and Trap Card Zone, and Gage does the same. During Gage’s End Phase, Sheldon activates his set card – Royal Decree. Gage was unable to stop it’s activation or chain to it, making any Trap Card he has set useless. Sheldon draws and does not find his Forbidden Lance, and passes his turn. Gage draws, and sets a monster and passes back to Sheldon. Sheldon draws, Special Summons a Darkflare Dragon from his hand with the effect of Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon.
Light Pulsar Dragon attacks Gage’s set Sabersaurus, and then the second Light Pulsar Dragon attacks Spirit Reaper, responding with Forbidden Lance in his hand to destroy Spirit Reaper. Gage picks up all his cards knowing he had been defeated.
After a very long Game 2, Sheldon evens the score holding a strong field presence, and using Prohibition on Rescue Rabbit turn one, preventing Gage from using his Xyz engine. The third game of the championship is about to begin, Gage, after losing the second game, will start play in the third round. This is it, the champion will soon be crowned!
Gage sets a monster, and three cards to his spell and trap card zone. Sheldon Normal Summons Lyla, Lightsworn Sorcerer, and Gage responds with Fiendish Chain, preventing it from destroying any of his spell and trap cards he has set. Next he once again activates Prohibition declaring Rescue Rabbit. Gage draws and summons Tour Guide From The Underworld, Special summoning another one from his deck. He flip summons his face-down monster, Sangan next. Then he overlays his two Tour Guides From The Underworld to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines in attack position. He has both of his monsters declare an attack on Sheldon’s Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, losing Sangan, and a Xyz Material Monster from Wind-Up Zenmaines.
Life Points: Gage: 7100/Sheldon: 8000
Gage activates Sangan’s effect to add Rescue Rabbit from his deck to his hand. Then in the End Phase, uses Wind-Up Zenmaines’ effect to destroy Prohibition, freeing his Xyz Engine from its control. Sheldon draws and summons Card Trooper. Gage is not feeling he needs Sheldon having any more cards then he already has and negates it’s summon with Solemn Warning. Sheldon sets a card and ends his turn.
Life Points: Gage 5100/Sheldon: 8000
Gage summons his fabled Rescue Rabbit from his hand, banishes it for its own effect and Special Summons two Kabazuls from his deck. He overlays the two Kabazuls to Xyz Summon Evolzar Dolkka. Gage has his Dolkka attack Lyla Lightsworn Sorcerer to find Sheldon’s set card to be Forbidden Lance, lowering Dolkka’s ATK to 1500, and getting destroyed by Lyla.
Life Points: Gage: 4900/Sheldon: 8000
Sheldon activates Charge of the Light Brigade, sending Light Pulsar Dragon, Solar Recharge and Tour Guide From The Underworld to his graveyard to add Lyla Lightsworn Sorcerer to his hand.
Sheldon summons the Lyla he searched, and activates her effect to destroy Fiendish Chain, then activates his second Lyla’s effect to destroy Gage’s set Starlight Road. During the End phase he sends 6 cards from his deck to the graveyard – two Effect Veilers, Light Pulsar Dragon, Chaos Sorcerer, and Ryko Lightsworn Hunter to the graveyard.
Gage summons Sabersaurus and has it and Wind-Up Zenmaines destroy both of Sheldon’s Lyla Lightsworn Sorcerers. Sheldon draws and banishes Tour Guide From The Underworld and Effect Veiler from his graveyard to Special Summon Light Pulsar Dragon. He has it attack Sabersaurus.
Life Points: Gage: 4300/Sheldon: 8000
Sheldon sets a monster and passes his turn. Gage sets two cards face-down and ends his turn. Sheldon draws, and flips Night Assailant up, forcing Wind-Up Zenmaines to detach it’s last Xyz Material Monster. He next Normal Summons Sangan and enters the Battle Phase. Light Pulsar Dragon attacks Wind-Up Zenmaines, and Sangan and Night Assailant attack Gage directly for a total of 2200 damage this turn.
Life Points: Gage: 2100/Sheldon: 8000
Gage draws and sets a card facedown. He summons Sabersaurus and has it attack Night Assailant before ending his turn.
Life Points: Gage: 2100/Sheldon: 6300
Sheldon now has three Dark-Attribute monsters in his graveyard and Special Summons Dark Armed Dragon from his hand, but Gage uses Torrential Tribute to destroy it, and all of Sheldon’s monsters. Sangan allows Sheldon to add Tour Guide from the Underworld to his hand, and Light Pulsar Dragon allows Sheldon to Special Summon Red-Eyes Darkness Dragon from his graveyard. Gage responds to Red-Eyes with Bottomless Trap Hole, banishing it.
Sheldon normal summons his Tour Guide From The Underworld, realizing that he has already used all of its targets, so he just has Tour Guide attack Gage directly.
Life Points: Gage: 1100/Sheldon: 6300
Gage draws and summons Rescue Rabbit, and sees he has only one copy of Kabazuls and one copy of Sabersaurus left in his deck, and immediately accepts his defeat.
Sheldon wins the duel, and becomes the new Store Champion! Using a control based strategy in game three, and Gage’s decision to summon Evolzar Dolkka instead of Evolzar Laggia in game three is why he believes he lost. Had he gone into Laggia, he could have negated the effect of Forbidden Lance and stood a better chance in the duel. Congratulations to Sheldon Spaulding and his Chaos Dragon deck for winning the January 2013 Championship Tournament!