Today the champion from December enters his last Championship tournament for quite a while. Leonard Ludwig will be leaving us to join the Navy next month, and will be unable to compete in next month’s championship tournament. Last month as defending champion, Leonard was defeated in the first round running his Machina Gadget Deck by Andre Montalvo and his Lightsworn Deck. This month he pushed his way into the Top 8 finishing overall in 3rd place. He is running his favorite deck, Inzektor. His opponent is Gage Murray, who placed overall in sixth place. Last month Gage placed second in the Championship Tournament with his Dino Rabbit deck, and today he plans to win with the same exact deck.
After a die roll, it is decided that Leo will play first. He starts off with Foolish Burial to send his Inzektor Hornet to the graveyard. He then summons Card Car D, and sets a card face-down. He activates Card Car D’s effect to draw two cards from his deck and passes his turn.
Gage normal summons Tour Guide From The Underworld from his hand, and Leo responds to the summons by discarding Effect Veiler to prevent Gage from summoning. Gage sets three cards face-down and ends his turn.
Leo starts off his turn with Inzektor Centipede, only to meet Gage’s Fiendish Chain! He activates Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber from his hand, equipping it to the Centipede and passes his turn. Gage summons Night Assailant from his hand, and overlays it with Tour Guide From The Underworld to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines in defense position. He then flips his set Macro Cosmos face-up on the field, and activates Dark Hole.
Macro Cosmos prevents Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber from allowing Leonard to add cards back to his hand, while Gage detaches his Night Assailant from Zenmaines to prevent it’s distribution. Gage moves to the End Phase, and uses Zenmaine’s effect to destroy Leonard’s set Threatening Roar!
Leonard summons Thunder King Rai-Oh, and sets two spell or trap cards and passes to Gage who sets one backrow and returns play to Leonard. Leonard summons Inzektor Centipede, only to find a Solemn Warning waiting for him!
Life Points: Leonard: 8000/Gage:6000
With no other plays, Leonard passes his turn. Gage turns Wind-Up Zenmaines to Attack Position, and normal summons Kabzauls. He has Kabzauls attack Thunder King Rai-Oh and responds to the attack with his own Book of Moon to turn Thunder King Rai-Oh to face-down defense position, allowing Kabzauls to attack over it. Wind-Up Zenmaines proceeds to attack Leo directly!
Life Points: Leonard: 6500/Gage: 6000
Leonard normal summons Inzektor Ladybug, but Gage has an answer again. This time it is Composuary Evacuation Device to return Inzektor Ladybug to Leo’s hand! Leo passes, and Gage attacks directly with both of his monsters!
Life Points: Leonard: 3300/Gage: 6000
Gage sets a spell or trap card and passes his turn over. Leonard summons Inzektor Ladybug, and for the third turn in a row Gage has a response to the summon. His response this time is Fiendish Chain, preventing Leo from activating it’s effect to equip the Inzektor Hornet in his Graveyard. Leo activates the Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber in his hand to boost Ladybug’s attack, but next activates Heavy Storm! Gage with no response loses his Fiendish Chain and Macro Cosmos, and Leo is able to add Inzektor Hornet back to his hand with the effect of Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber!
Leo equips the Ladybug on his field with the Inzektor Hornet in his hand, and uses it’s effect to send Kabzauls to the graveyard! He is still unable to get over Wind-Up Zenmaines and passes his turn. Gage uses the Zenmaines to attack over Ladybug, and sets a card to end his turn.
Life Points – Leonard – 2300/Gage: 6000
Leonard sets a monster from his hand, and passes his turn. Gage summons Jurrac Guiaba from his hand, and when he attempts to leave Main Phase 1, Leonard activates Effect Veiler targeting Jurac Guiaba! Gage is not stopped by this move and has his Guiaba attack over Leo’s set Inzektor Ladybug, and Wind-Up Zenmaines attack directly once again!
Life Points – Leonard: 800/Gage: 6000
Leonard draws and normal summons Cardcar D. He activates it’s effect and draws two cards from his deck. Once he sees his draws he immediately concedes the match. Gage wins the first game of the round due to the extensive back row and preventing Leo from using his Inzektor Monster’s effects! After an intense three minutes of siding it is time for the second game!
Leo starts game two off by setting a monster face-down and a set spell or trap card. Then he activates Messenger of Peace to prevent Gage from being able to attack with his normal monsters and Xyz monsters.
Gage sets two spell or trap cards face-down and normal summons Doomcaliber Knight, passing his turn since he is unable to attack. Leo decides to leave Messenger of Peace on the field by paying 100 life points, and sets a card face-down. He then passes his turn.
Life Points: Leonard: 7900/Gage: 8000
Gage sets a monster and a spell and trap card and passes his turn. Leonard pays the cost of Messenger of Peace and passes his turn. Gage sets a spell or trap card and passes his turn. Leonard pays the cost of Messenger of Peace, sets a monster and returns play to Gage.
Life Points: Leonard: 7700/Gage: 8000
Gage flip summons Kabzauls and overlays it and Doomcaliber Knight to Xyz Summon Gagaga Cowboy in defense position. He detaches his Kabzauls to activate its defense position effect and inflict 800 points of damage to Leo’s life points. He summons Doomcaliber Knight, and passes his turn. Leonard pays the cost for Messenger of Peace when he starts his turn.
Life Points: Leonard: 6800/Gage: 8000
However paying the cost was only a backup strategy if his next move failed (which I am assuming he figured it would). He activates Heavy Storm, and to the surprise of working successfully, destroying Gage’s set Macro Cosmos, Solemn Warning, and both his Fiendish Chains. Leo lost his Messenger of Peace, Royal Decree, and Call of The Haunted. Leo next sets a card to his back row and passes his turn.
Gage laughs when he draws his next card and immediately summons it: Banisher of The Radiance. He has it attack Leo’s set monster, which is revealed to be Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, who targets Banisher of The Radiance, but it is negated by Doomcaliber Knight. During Main Phase 2, Gage activates Gagaga Magician’s effect to inflict 800 more damage to Leonard, and passes his turn.
Life Points: Leonard: 6000/Gage: 8000
Leonard activates Dark Hole to destroy all monsters on the field, including the set Spirit Reaper. He passes his turn after this. Gage sets two back row cards and a monster as well. Leonard sets a spell or trap card and passes back. Gage does the same, and Leo does it one more time after this! Gage draws and passes his turn.
Leo summons Inzektor Centipede after turns of not doing anything, but now has to take on Gage’s extensive Back Row. Gage responds with Macro Cosmos, and Leo activates Centipede’s effect to equip it with an Inzektor Ladybug in his hand.
Next he activates his set Royal Decree to block Macro Cosmos effects, but Gage was ready with Dust Tornado to stop and destroy Royal Decree before it could resolve! Leo proceeds and attacks with his Inzektor Centipede on Gage’s set monster, which is Night Assailant. It flips and destroys the Centipede. Leo passes his turn.
Leonard Normal Summons Tour Guide from the Underworld, and uses it to Special Summon another Tour Guide from the Underworld from his deck. He overlays them to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines in attack position. When he enters the Battle Phase, Leo responds with Threatening Roar.
Leo draws and passes his turn. Gage summons Sabersaurus from his hand. He has his Wind-Up Zenmaines attack Leo directly, but Leo responds with Call of The Haunted, targeting the Spirit Reaper in his Graveyard, immediately self-destructing by its own effect, leaving Wind-Up Zenmaines to attack directly again!
Life Points: Leonard: 5100/Gage: 8000
Leo’s weird play was not in vein, he did it to clear his field and he activates the effect of Gorz The Emissary of Darkness, and summons it from his hand, and special summons an Emissary of Darkness Token in defense position with 1500 ATK and DEF.
Gage has his Sabersaurus attack The Emissary of Darkness Token and destroys it. Leo draws and has his Gorz attack Sabersaurs, and finally damages Gage’s Life Points!
Life Points: Leonard: 5100/Gage: 7200
Gage attacks Gorz with Wind-Up Zenmaines, detaching a Tour Guide from it to prevent destruction, but inflicting 1200 to his life points. He sets a spell or trap card down, and during the End Phase, he uses Wind-Up Zenmaines’ effect to destroy Gorz The Emissary of Darkness!
Life Points: Leonard: 5100/Gage: 6000
Leo activates Pot of Duality, revealing Card Car D, Inzektor Hornet, and One Day of Peace. He chooses the One Day of Peace, and immediately activates it. Both players draw a card, and Leo ends his turn.
Gage summons Kabzauls and sets a spell or trap card and passes his turn. Leo draws and summons Inzektor Dragonfly to his field, and attaches a Inzektor Ladybug from his hand.
He activates Mystical Space Typhoon targeting Gage’s Macro Cosmos, but Gage responds with a second Macro Cosmos to replace the one Leonard destroyed. Leonard unable to get rid of this problem equips Dragonfly with Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber, increasing her ATK to 2300. He attacks and destroys Kabzauls and ends his turn.
Life Points: Leonard: 5100/Gage: 5500
Gage activates Dark Hole to get rid of Inzektor Dragonfly, and detaches a Tour Guide from The Underworld to protect Windup Zenmaines. Gage sets two card face-down. He has Wind-Up Zenmaines attack directly, and during the End Phases destroys his set Heavy Storm with Wind-Up Zenmaines’ effect.
Life Points: Leonard: 3600/Gage: 5500
Leonard summons Inzektor Centipede, only to get Torrential Tributed, forcing Leonard to pass his turn. Gage sets a card and passes his turn back to Leo. Leo sets a monster and a spell or trap card, but Gage responds during the End Phase with Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Leo’s set Mystical Space Typhoon!
Gage begins the thirtieth turn of the game, and summons Kabzauls and has it attack Leo’s set monster – Effect Veiler! Leo draws and sets a monster face-down. Gage summons Sabersaurus and has Kabzauls attacks Leo’s set monster, which is revealed to be Snowman Eater, using it’s effect to destroy Sabersaurus!
Life Points:Leonard:3600/ Gage: 5300
Leo summons Cardcar D, and Gage responds with Torrential Tribute! Gage draws and sets a card face-down, and also does Leo. Gage does this for a second turn in a row, and Leo summons Inzektor Centipede, and has it attack directly!
Life Points: Leonard: 3600/Gage: 3700
Gage draws and activates Dimensional Fissure to prevent Leonard from sending cards to the graveyard, even if Macro Cosmos is eventually destroyed! Leo draws and has Inzektor Centipede attack Gage directly, however this time Gage responds with Book of Moon to flip it face-down!
Gage uses Monster Reborn to revive his Banisher of The Radiance, and attack the face-down Inzektor Centipede. During the Damage Step, Leo responds with Forbidden Lance to lower Banisher of the Radiance’s ATK to 800, less then Centipede’s DEF of 1200! This attack finally gives Leo the lead in Life Points!
Life Points: Leonard: 3600/Gage: 3400
Leo summons Thunder King Rai-Oh, and has it attack Banisher of The Radiance, then switching Inzektor Centipede to Attack Position to complete turn number forty! Gage sets a monster, and passes his turn to Leo. Inzektor Centipede attacks Gage’s Set Spirit Reaper! Unable to destroy it in battle, Leo sets a spell or trap card and ends his turn. During the End Phase gage activates Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Leo’s set Threatening Roar Again! Gage summons Sabersaurus and has it attack over Inzektor Centipede, and ends his turn.
Life Points: Leonard: 3300/Gage: 3400
Leo draws and sets one card face-down, and passes his turn. Gage attempts to attack, however Leonard activates Threatening Roar to prevent him from doing so! Leo draws and tributes his Thunder King Rai-Oh to Tribute Summon his Inzektor Giga-Mantis and has it attack Sabersarus!
Life Points: Leonard:3300/Gage: 2900
Gage sets a card face-down, and passes his turn. Leo draws, and unable to get over Spirit Reaper passes his turn. Gage sets a monster and a Spell or Trap card and passes his turn.
Leo summons Cardcar D, and activates its effect to end his turn. Gage sets a card face-down and passes his turn to complete the fifty-first turn of the duel. Leo draws, and Gage asks how many cards are left in his deck, he reveals he has five cards left to Gage’s Seven cards. The duel is down to the last card!
Leo activates Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber and equips it to Inzektor Giga-Mantis, but Gage uses Mystical Space Typhoon on Inzektor Sword – Zektkaliber to destroy it, and banish it!
Gage normal summons Rescue Rabbit from his hand, and then flip summons a second Rescue Rabbit! He overlays the two Rescue Rabbits to Xyz Summon Number 39: Utopia! He has it run over Inzektor Giga-Mantis, and passes his turn.
Life Points: Leonard: 3200/Gage: 2900
Leonard sets a monster and a back row and passes his turn. Gage draws and also sets a card face down. Leonard draws, now with three cards in his deck. He activates Pot of Duality to reveal his final three cards – Foolish Burial, Inzektor Horney, and Raigeki Break! He chooses the Raigeki Break, and sets it face-down to end his turn.
Gage has Utopia attack Leo’s set monster, which is Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter! It destroys Utopia, but forces Leo to send the remaining two cards in his deck to the Graveyard!
Jokingly Leo activates his set Raigeki Break, and Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Spirit Reaper and Gage’s set Starlight Road, knowing he would lose during his next draw phase! Gage pases his turn, and after fifty-eight turns, Leo is defeated!