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Semi-Finals Feature Match: Billy Brake vs. Jeff Jones

April 25th, 2010

Jeff Jones was the only player to defeat Billy Brake in the Swiss Rounds of this tournament. And in pre-tournament testing on Friday, Jones’ Quickdraw Dandywarrior beat Brake in 8 games out of 11. Brake had commented earlier in the tournament that the only Deck he couldn’t beat was Jones’s. “Normally when you go 14-1 in a JUMP you win!” laughed Brake. Jeff Jones is a SHONEN JUMP Champion with 5 Day 2 appearances. Brake has made it to Day 2 5 times as well, but has never made it past the Top 8 until today.

Brake opened the match by passing his first turn.

Jones had a hand of Card Trooper, Super-Nimble Mega Hamster, Night Assailant, Pot of Avarice, Book of Moon, and Dimensional Prison. He Summoned Card Trooper, sent Lonefire Blossom, Pot of Avarice, and Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter to the Graveyard to power Trooper up, then Set Dimensional Prison to end without attacking.

Jones lost his face-down Prison to Heavy Storm next turn, and Brake Special Summoned Cyber Dragon. He Summoned Rescue Cat, sent it to the Graveyard to Special Summoned Ryko and X-Saber Airbellum, then sent Card Trooper and Cyber Dragon to the Graveyard for Chimeratech Fortress Dragon! Airbellum attacked for 1600 damage, stripping Jones of Pot of Avarice from his hand. Ryko and Chimeratch attacked for a combined 2200 damage, and Jones had 4200 Life points left. Brake then Synchro Summoned Magical Android, gaining 600 Life Points. Quite a turn.

Jones drew Dust Tornado on his turn, and Set it along with Book of Moon and his Hamster.

On his turn, Brake attacked with Fortress Dragon, destroyed Hamster, and Jones Summoned Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter face-down. Android attacked it, and Ryko destroyed the Android, sending Starlight Road, Torrential Tribute, and Bottomless Trap Hole to the Graveyard. Brake Set a monster and ended his turn.

Jones drew Debris Dragon, adding it to his hand of Night Assailant. Jones pondered a while, before Summoning Debris Dragon and bringing back Card Trooper. Jones wouldn’t be able to resolve Trooper’s effect, but he could still pay the cost to activate it, and did so, sending Dandylion, Solemn Judgment, and Book of Moon to the Graveyard. He then Synchro Summoned Stardust Dragon, attacking Chimeratech Fortress Dragon! Fortress Dragon was destroyed.

Brake wasn’t happy with that Dandylion Jones had caught off Card Trooper. Brake Flip Summoned Gravekeeper’s Spy, Special Summoned Gravekeeper’s Descendant from his Deck, and Tributed Spy to target Stardust Dragon. Jones Chained Stardust Dragon’s effect to stop it, and Brake Special summoned Dark Armed Dragon! He removed the Spy from the Graveyard to destroy Jones’ Token, and Jones responded by Chaining Book of Moon to turn the Dragon face-down. Brake attacked with Airbellum, forced Jones to discard Night Assailant, and Jones got back Hamster with its effect. Brake Set a Dimensional Prison, which Jones destroyed with Dust Tornado in the End Phase. Jones’ Stardust Dragon also returned to the field in the End Phase.

Jones attacked Dark Armed Dragon with Stardust Dragon, Set Hamster, and Set another Spell or Trap. Brake reeled.

On his turn, Brake Set a monster, turned Airbellum to Defense Position, and ended.

Jones Flip Summoned Mega Hamster, Special Summoned Ryko face-down, and Hamster attacked and took down Airbellum. Stardust Dragon attacked and destroyed Brake’s Ryko, and Brake sent 3 cards to the Graveyard without attempting Ryko’s destruction effect.

Brake Summoned Doomcaliber Knight, attacked Hamster, and Set a Spell or Trap.

Jones flipped Heavy Storm on his turn, destroying Book of Moon, and Stardust Dragon destroyed Doomcaliber Knight. Jones Set Super-Nimble Mega Hamster and Dust Tornado and ended.

Brake took the face-down Hamster with Mind Control, Set a Ryko with Hamster’s effect after a Flip Summon, then Summoned Airbellum to Tune with the Hamster. He Synchro Summoned Black Rose Dragon, didn’t use either of its effects, and ended.

Jones drew Quickdraw Synchron. He Flip Summoned Ryko to destroy Brake’s Ryko, attacked Black Rose Dragon with Stardust Dragon, and Tributed for a face-down Quickdraw. Brake was finished three turns later, as Stardust Dragon just kept attacking!

Jeff Jones wins the first Duel, pulling out a huge bit of luck by hitting Dandylion with a neutered Card Trooper and taking control of the Duel from that point forward! Side Decking was fast and shuffling was thorough.

Jeff Jones

Brake opened the second Duel with a Set monster and a Set card to his Spell & Trap Card Zone.

Jones had Quickdraw Synchro, Night Assailant, Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, Dandylion, Brain Control, and Light and Darkness Dragon. He discarded Dandylion for Quickdraw Synchron, Synchro Summoned Drill Warrior with a Fluff Token, and activated Drill Warrior’s effect to remove it from play, discarding Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. He Set Brain Control and ended.

Brake destroyed Brain Control with Ryko next turn, Summoned Doomcaliber Knight, attacked the Fluff Token with Ryko, and made a direct attack with Doomcaliber.

Drill Warrior’s Special Summon effect triggered, and Doomcaliber Knight was Tributed to negate it. Jones Summoned Debris Dragon, targeted Dandylion, and Special Summoned it. He Synchro Summoned Ancient Fairy Dragon next, and Special Summoned 2 Fluff Tokens for the effect of Dandylion.  Fairy Dragon attacked Ryko, Brake flipped Book of Moon to turn Ryko back face-down, and when Fairy Dragon flipped Ryko over in battle Ryko’s effect destroyed the Dragon!

Brake activated Pot of Avarice next turn, sending back all 5 monsters from his Graveyard to his Deck to draw 2 cards. “You have the better Deck and you got lucky, it’s not fair!” laughed Brake.

“Well, you’re probably taking me to Game 3 here.”

“I thought I was going to beat you last game, too!”

Brake Summoned Sangan, attacked a Token, and Set a Spell or Trap. Jones Tributed for Caius the Shadow Monarch, but the Summon was negated by Solemn Judgment. Next turn he took attacks from Sangan and Airbellum, losing Light and Darkness Dragon from his hand. He had just 1 card left in-hand. Brake Synchro Summoned Goyo Guardian, then used Sangan’s effect to search out D.D. Crow from his Deck.

Jones drew Pot of Avarice, holding Night Assailant. He Set both cards, then lost his Pot to Heavy Storm.

Brake then Summoned Beast King Barbaros, attacked Night Assailant with Goyo Guardian, and Jones destroyed Barbaros with the Flip Effect. Brake took control of Night Asasilant in Defense Position.

Jones Summoned Debris Dragon, targeted Dandylion, but the effect failed as Brake Chained D.D. Crow to remove it. Brake had a sure victory next turn though, revealing X-Saber Airbellum and Smashing Ground.

Billy Brake does indeed take this Match to a third and final Duel! Could Brake fight out of his worst matchup in this tournament, or would Jeff Jones be headed to the Finals? This next Duel would answer that question.

Billy Brake

For Duel 3, Jones had 2 Debris Dragons, Mystical Space Typhoon, Dandylion, Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, and Tytannial, Princess of Camellias. He Set Mystical Space Typhoon, Summoned Dandylion, and ended.

Brake Summoned Doomcaliber Knight, attacked, and negated the effect of Dandylion, Tributing Doomcaliber. Jones drew Light and Darkness Dragon, Summoned Debris Dragon, brought back Dandylion, and Synchro Summoned Ancient Fairy Dragon and 2 Fluff Tokens in Defense Position.

Brake Special Summoned Cyber Dragon, Normal Summoned Rescue Cat, and used the Cat’s effect to Special Summon 2 X-Saber Airbellums. He activated Mind Control next to take a Fluff Token, then Synchro Summoned Mist Wurm, sending away the remaining Token, Ancient Fairy Dragon, and the Set Mystical Space Typhoon. Mist Wurm made a direct attack, Airbellum attacked, and forced Jones to discard Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. Brake Set 2 cards to his back row to finish out.

Jones Summoned Debris Dragon, brought back Dandylion again, and activated Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Brake’s face-down Bottomless Trap Hole. He then Synchro Summoned Black Rose Dragon and activated its destruction effect! Brake Chained Tuner’s Scheme, just trying to remove the Black Rose Dragon from the game, and succeeding in doing so. Jones Special Summoned 2 Tokens.

Brake passed on his turn.

Jones Tribute Summoned Light and Darkness Dragon! It attacked, Brake revealed Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, its effect was negated, and Light and Darkness Dragon’s ATK and DEF were reduced.

Brake reduced the Dragon’s stats again with Smashing Ground, and Light and Darkness Dragon struck again for another Gorz reveal. Brake passed, Jones attacked for 1300 damage, and the Dragon dropped to 800 ATK from another Gorz reveal. Brake Set a Spell or Trap, Jones attacked, and Brake removed the Dragon with Dimensional Prison! Jones Summoned and Tributed Lonefire Blossom in his Main Phase 2, bringing out another Lonefire Blossom, then Dandylion in Defense position. Jones also Set Bottomless Trap Hole.

Brake Summoned Beast King Barbaros, Jones let it remain, and Brake Set 2 cards to his back row.

Jones Tributed Dandylion for Caius the Shadow Monarch, targeted Brake’s face-down Dust Tornado, and Brake Chained it, then Chained Skill Drain! But once the Chain resolved, Jones had Brain Control, taking Barbaros, and Brake conceded! Jeff Jones was going to the Finals, to Duel Renaldo Lainez!


See what our panel of experts had to say after the Duel.

Jason Grabher-Meyer (The Old Man of Dueling)
Jeff Jones literally had nothing to build from in the early turns of the first Duel, and he knew he was going to lose unless he could get to Dandylion into the game. With that in mind, Jones made the only play he could; Summoning Debris Dragon, using its effect to bring back Card Trooper, and then activating the Trooper’s effect just to pay the cost of sending 3 cards to his Graveyard. Jones knew that Debris Dragon would keep Trooper’s effect from resolving, but the first card he sent from his Deck to his Graveyard turned out to be the Dandylion he needed. It was a great play that many Duelists didn’t even know was possible, so keep that trick in mind if you play a Quickdraw Deck.


Michael Kohanim (2009 World Championship Competitor)
Both Duelists used every opportunity they could get to send cards from their Decks to the Graveyard. That way, they could load up their Graveyards with monsters to send back to the Deck with Pot of Avarice. Jones was also able to send a Dandylion from his Deck to his Graveyard to Special Summon 2 Fluff Tokens.
Jones sent 3 cards from the top of his Deck to his Graveyard with Card Trooper on his first turn, even though he didn’t attack. He also sent 3 cards from the top of his Deck to his Graveyard with Card Trooper after it was revived with Debris Dragon, even though it couldn’t resolve its effect. Brake used his Ryko to send the top 3 cards of his Deck to his Graveyard without destroying anything while Jones had Stardust Dragon on the field.
These were all great plays that allowed both Duelists to get their Decks running.


Michael McTavish (Top 8 Finalist – 2009 Canadian National Championship)
Game 1 was not nice to Brake at all. From Card Trooper hitting Dandylion off its effect to Airbellum hitting Jones’ Night Assailant with its effect… sometimes things just don’t go your way. Despite that, he put up a great fight and this Match could have gone either way.


P.J. Tierney (Duelist from across The Pond)
Brake started the match without playing a single card while Jeff Summoned Card Trooper and used its effect. Jones didn’t attack with the Trooper though, as he suspected that Brake had Gorz the Emissary of Darkness in his hand. At 2700 ATK, Jones didn’t have anything at the time that could take it and the Emissary of Darkness Token down in battle, and he didn’t want to waste Night Assailant on it, either.