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Side Event Play-Off Feature Match: Billy Brake vs. Greg Cohen

January 10th, 2010

Greg Cohen made a big splash in the main event yesterday, where he played his Kristya Draw Deck that we featured in a Deck Profile. Today he won the raffle to compete for a copy of “Dark End Dragon” in the Side Event Playoff, and now he’s won his way to the Finals. His opponent is repeated SHONEN JUMP Championship Day 2 Duelist Billy Brake, from Texas. While Cohen is playing Twilight in this competition, Brake is running Zombies.

Cohen opened with “Judgment Dragon,” “Solar Recharge,” “Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner,” “Chaos Sorcerer,” “Necro Gardna,” and “Lightning Vortex.” He discarded Lumina for Recharge, drawing “Tragoedia” and “Wulf, Lightsworn Beast,” sending “Beckoning Light” and “Gorz the Emissary of Darkness” to his Graveyard. He ended without playing anything.

“That’s a weird “Tragoedia” play,” remarked Brake. “Cause it’s not Gorz.” Brake gave a pointed look to the copy of Gorz in Cohen’s graveyard and then Summoned “Mezuki,” attacking for 1700 damage. Cohen Summoned “Tragoedia” once he took the damage, and Brake Set 4 cards to his back row to end.

Cohen discarded his Wulf to try and take control of “Mezuki,” but Brake turned it face-down with “Book of Moon”! Cohen Set “Necro Gardna,” reducing his “Tragoedia” to 2400 ATK and DEF, and Brake Set a monster. Cohen passed, Brake passed, and Cohen activated “Charge of the Light Brigade,” sending Charge, “Plaguespreader Zombie,” and another Lumina to the Graveyard to go and get a Lumina from his Deck.

He Summoned Lumina, sent “Honest,” “Tragoedia,” and Celestia to his Graveyard in the End Phase, and play was to Brake. He Summoned “Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer,” attacked over Lumina, and removed Celestia and Wulf from Cohen’s Graveyard. Cohen discarded another Wulf to take Kycoo with “Tragoedia” the turn that followed.

Charge sent 2 “Honests” and “Heavy Storm” to Cohen’s Graveyard, getting him “Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress.” He Summoned her, used her to destroy Brake’s “Mirror Force” (choosing the right target out of three Spell or Trap cards), and attacked with Kycoo to destroy Brake’s “Mezuki.” He sent three more cards to his Graveyard in the End Phase: “Ehren, Lightsworn Monk,” “Phantom of Chaos,” and “Necro Gardna.” Brake Set two more cards to his back row.

He flipped “Trap Dustshoot,” revealing Cohen’s hand of “Chaos Sorcerer,” “Judgment Dragon,” “Royal Oppression,” “Brain Control,” and “Lightning Vortex.” He sent back “Judgment Dragon.” Cohen shifted “Tragoedia” to Attack Position, attacked Brake’s second “Mezuki” with Kycoo, then attacked for 2400 damage with “Tragoedia”. He Set a Spell or Trap, then sent 3 more cards to the Graveyard with Lyla.

Brake Set a monster, then Set his last card to his Spell & Trap Card Zone. Lyla destroyed it next turn – “Heavy Storm.” Brake had been bluffing. Cohen attacked with Kycoo to destroy Brake’s “D.D. Crow,” then swung for 2400 damage with “Tragoedia”. Another 3 cards hit the Graveyard. Brake Set another Spell or Trap Card.

Cohen attacked with Kycoo – Brake had just 3200 Life Points, and when he flipped “Call of the Haunted” to try and save himself Cohen flipped “Royal Oppression”! Kycoo hit, and “Tragoedia” made a direct attack for the win!

Greg Cohen is now just 1 Duel away from winning his own “Dark End Dragon”! The second Duel began moments later.

Side Event Finals - Brake

Brake shook himself up a little and opened Duel 2 with “Mezuki” and a Set card to his Spell & Trap Card Zone. Cohen had “Phantom of Chaos,” “Charge of the Light Brigade,” “D.D. Crow,” “Wulf, Lightsworn Beast,” “Plaguespreader Zombie,” and “Brain Control.” He activated Charge, sent Sorcerer, “Heavy Storm,” and “Ehren, Lightsworn Monk” to his Graveyard, and got “Lumina, Lightsworn Summoner” from his Deck.

Cohen took “Mezuki” with “Brain Control,” attacked for 1700 damage, then Summoned Plaguespreader. Brake looked exceptionally confused, but Cohen played on. Was he trying to use “Doomkaiser Dragon” to deprive Brake of his “Mezuki”? Nope! He Tuned Plaguespreader to “Mezuki,” Synchro Summoned “Goyo Guardian,” and lost it to “Bottomless Trap Hole.” Brake was bewildered, but was happy to trade his Bottomless for Cohen’s “Brain Control” and Plaguespreader. Cohen ended with a bare field and took 1700 damage from another “Mezuki” next turn. Cohen Summoned Lumina, discarded Wulf to Special Summon Ehren, and ended, sending Lumina, Oppression, another Lumina, “Honest,” Recharge, and “Mirror Force” to his Graveyard. “Not one “Necro Gardna”,” reflected Cohen, disappointed.

Brake Summoned “Blackwing – Gale the Whirlwind,” halved Lumina’s ATK and DEF, Synchro Summoned “Blackwing Armor Master,” and attacked Lumina to destroy her. Brake ended and Cohen drew “Judgment Dragon.”

He Summoned “Phantom of Chaos,” removed “Chaos Sorcerer” from his Graveyard to mimic its effect and removed Armor Master from play. Ehren attacked for 1600 damage and Brake Summoned “Tragoedia”! Cohen sent 3 cards to his Graveyard, including that “Necro Gardna” he’d so wistfully lamented the absence of earlier.

Brake removed one “Mezuki,” targeting the other, but lost his target to “D.D. Crow.” He discarded “Pyramid Turtle” to take control of Ehren with “Tragoedia”, attacked “Phantom of Chaos” with the “Tragoedia” (it had 1800 ATK), and Cohen removed “Necro Gardna” to block the attack. Ehren attacked next for 1600 damage and play was to Cohen.

He drew into “Charge of the Light Brigade,” activated it, and sent his fourth Lightsworn to the Graveyard – he revealed “Judgment Dragon” and Brake conceded instantly, before Cohen even searched for a monster.

Greg Cohen takes a quick 2-0 victory over Billy Brake, taking home his very own copy of “Dark End Dragon!”

Side Event Finals - Cohen

Meanwhile, over in the points-based Side Event Play-Off, Kelvin Tran (playing Zombies) defeated Ryan Spicer (playing Lightsworn) for the other “Dark End Dragon” prize card.

And over in the main event, Theodore Stamelatos defeated Adam Corn to take 3rd place and a “Dark End Dragon” of his own.


See what our expert had to say about this Duel after the event was over.

Michael Kohanim (2009 World Championship Competitor)

In Duel 2, Cohen wasted his “Brain Control” to get a “Mezuki” off of the field and into his opponent’s Graveyard. “Brain Control” is a powerful card that should have been saved for a game-ending play or a play that would put Cohen in a much better position than it did.