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Top 4 Feature Match: Derek Rouse vs. Courtney Waller

November 20th, 2011

Derek Rouse is the last Karakuri Duelist remaining in the tournament, and Courtney Waller is the last Chaos Duelist. Now, they’re Dueling against one another in a Feature Match that will determine who makes it to the Finals to battle against a Synchro-centric Duelist for the YCS trophy!.


Waller started off Duel 1 by Setting a card to his back row.

Rouse opened up with Torrential Tribute, Trap Dustshoot, Monster Reborn, Mystical Space Typhoon, Heavy Storm, and Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 “Inashichi”. In his Draw Phase, Waller activated Trap Dustshoot to return the Merchant to Rouse’s Deck. Rouse Set Trap Dustshoot before ending his turn.

Waller drew a card and Rouse activated Trap Dustshoot in Waller’s Draw Phase, forcing Rouse to reveal Chaos Sorcerer, Maxx “C”, Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, Battle Fader, D.D. Crow, and Pot of Avarice. Rouse sent Gorz back to Waller’s Deck. Next, Waller Normal Summoned D.D. Crow and attacked for 100 points of damage!

Rouse drew Pot of Duality and activated it to reveal Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 “Inashichi”, Karakuri Komachi mdl 224 “Ninishi”, and Smashing Ground from the top of his Deck. He added the Merchant to his hand and Summoned it, using its effect to grab a Komachi from his Deck. Merchant attacked and destroyed D.D. Crow, then Rouse Set Torrential Tribute before ending his turn.

Waller activated Dark Hole to destroy the Merchant and then passed.

Rouse drew Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 “Kuick”. He Normal Summoned Komachi and used its effect to Summon his Ninja. Then he Tuned his monsters together to Synchro Summon Naturia Landoise! Landoise attacked, and Waller tried to Special Summon Battle Fader from his hand; but Rouse discarded Mystical Space Typhoon to negate the Battle Fader with Landoise’s effect.

Waller Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh and passed.

Rouse drew Cyber Dragon next turn and then attacked Rai-Oh with his Landoise, destroying it in battle.

Waller banished Thunder King Rai-Oh and Battle Fader from his Graveyard to Special Summon Chaos Sorcerer and activated his Sorcerer’s effect to try to banish Naturia Landoise; but Rouse used his Landoise to discard Heavy Storm, negate the Sorcerer’s effect, and destroy the Sorcerer.

Rouse drew Smashing Ground next turn and attacked with his Landoise. Waller tried to Special Summon Gorz from his hand after taking the 2350 points of damage, but Rouse discarded Smashing Ground to negate Gorz with Naturia Landoise.

Waller Set a monster and passed.

Rouse drew Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”. He activated Monster Reborn to Special Summon Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 “Kuick” from his Graveyard, and Waller Chained Maxx “C”. Kuick hit the field, and Waller drew a card thanks to Maxx “C”. Then Naturia Landoise attacked and destroyed Dimensional Alchemist, allowing Waller to grab a banished Battle Fader. Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 “Kuick” attacked directly, and Waller Special Summoned Battle Fader to block the attack.

[If Waller had kept the Monster Reborn in his hand instead of using it, he would’ve been able to negate the Alchemist’s effect with Naturia Landoise.]

Waller Tributed Battle Fader to Summon Caius the Shadow Monarch next turn, and targeted Kuick with its effect; but Rouse flipped Torrential Tribute to clear the field. Next, Waller activated Pot of Avarice to return 5 of his fallen monsters to his Deck and draw 2 cards.

Rouse activated Pot of Duality to grab a Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 “Inashichi” and then Normal Summoned it to add Komachi from his Deck to his hand. Next, the Merchant attacked directly, dropping Waller down to 2000 Life Points.

Waller Normal Summoned Dimensional Alchemist and activated its effect to banish Sangan from his Deck. Then Alchemist attacked and destroyed Rouse’s Merchant.

Rouse drew Genex Neutron next turn. He Special Summoned Cyber Dragon and then Normal Summoned Komachi. He used Komachi’s effect to Summon Watchdog from his hand. Then he Tuned Komachi with Cyber Dragon in order to Synchro Summon Karakuri Steel Shogun mdl 00X “Bureido”, and used his Shogun to Special Summon Karakuri Soldier mdl 236 “Nisamu” from his Deck. He Tuned his Soldier with his Watchdog to Summon Stardust Dragon next, and then attacked Dimensional Alchemist with his Shogun. Waller fell to 500 Life Points and added Battle Fader to his hand thanks to Alchemist’s effect. When Stardust Dragon attacked, Waller Special Summoned Battle Fader to stay in the Duel!

Waller activated Allure of Darkness next turn, drawing 2 cards and banishing Caius the Shadow Monarch from his hand. Waller Set a monster and ended his turn.

Rouse Normal Summoned Genex Neutron. He attacked Waller’s face-down monster with Bureido, revealing it to be Spirit Reaper! Then Stardust Dragon attacked and destroyed Battle Fader. In Rouse’s End Phase, he searched his Deck for a copy of Karakuri Soldier mdl 236 “Nisamu” to add to his hand with the effect of his Genex Neutron.

Waller Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld next turn, and used its effect to Special Summon another Tour Guide from his Deck. Then he combined his 2 Tour Guides to Summon Leviair the Sea Dragon. He detached an Xyz Material from Leviair in order to Special Summon Sangan in Defense Position, and then attacked Genex Neutron with Leviair, destroying both monsters.

Rouse activated Dark Hole to clear the field, costing him his own Stardust Dragon and Bureido, and Waller grabbed Battle Fader with Sangan. Rouse Summoned Karakuri Soldier mdl 236 “Nisamu” and attacked, but Waller blocked with Battle Fader. Rouse Set Solemn Warning, but lost it to Waller’s Mystical Space Typhoon in the End Phase.

[After the Match, I asked Rouse why he used Dark Hole while he had Stardust Dragon and Bureido on the field. “I needed to get rid of his Reaper,” he replied.]

Waller Tributed Battle Fader to Summon Caius the Shadow Monarch and used its effect to banish Karakuri Soldier mdl 236 “Nisamu”. Waller attacked directly with Caius, dropping Rouse down to 5300 Life Points.

Rouse drew Karakuri Strategist mdl 248 “Nishipachi” next turn and passed.

Waller attacked directly with Caius and then Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh.

Rouse drew Gorz the Emissary of Darkness.

Waller activated Maxx “C”, then attacked with Rai-Oh. Rouse Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness along with an Emissary of Darkness Token to survive, and Waller drew 2 cards. In Main Phase 2, Waller Normal Summoned D.D. Warrior Lady and combined it with Thunder King Rai-Oh to Summon Number 39: Utopia. With only 500 Life Points left, Waller needed the Utopia to protect him.

Rouse drew Komachi next turn. He attacked Caius with Gorz, and Waller took 300 points of damage so that he’d be able to Special Summon Tragoedia in Defense Position. In Main Phase 2, Rouse Normal Summoned Komachi and used its effect to Summon a Strategist, which switched Tragoedia to Attack Position with its effect. Then Rouse combined his 2 Level 3 monsters to Summon Number 17: Leviathan Dragon, and detached an Xyz Material from it to give it 500 ATK.

But it was all over on the next turn! Waller changed his Tragoedia into a Level 3 monster by copying the Level of the Sangan in his Graveyard, and then Normal Summoned Effect Veiler. He Tuned Effect Veiler with Tragoedia to Synchro Summon Armory Arm, and then equipped his Number 39: Utopia with the Armory Arm. One attack over Gorz with Utopia finished Rouse off!

A critical error with Dark Hole allowed Courtney Waller to win the first Duel! Derek Rouse will be going first in Duel 2!



Rouse opened up with Mirror Force, Smashing Ground, Mystical Space Typhoon, Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 “Kuick”, Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”, and Genex Neutron. He Summoned his Neutron and activated its effect, but Waller discarded Effect Veiler to negate the effect. Rouse Set Mirror Force before ending his turn.

Waller activated Heavy Storm to destroy Mirror Force and then activated Allure of Darkness to draw 2 cards and banish Tour Guide From the Underworld from his hand. Then he Special Summoned Cyber Dragon and Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld. He activated his Tour Guide’s effect to Special Summon Sangan in Attack Position and then fused his Cyber Dragon with Genex Neutron to Summon Chimeratech Fortress Dragon. Sangan, Tour Guide, and Chimeratech attacked directly, dropping Rouse down to 4000 Life Points. Waller Set a card to his back row before ending his turn.

Rouse drew Solemn Warning next turn. He activated Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Waller’s face-down Mystical Space Typhoon and then Set Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan” and Solemn Warning.

Waller attacked Rouse’s face-down Watchdog with Sangan and lost 800 Life Points. Next, Tour Guide attacked Karakuri Watchdog mdl 313 “Saizan”, switching it into Attack Position. Rouse lost 400 Life Points from Tour Guide’s attack, but his Watchdog couldn’t be destroyed while in Attack Position. Chimeratech Fortress Dragon attacked it next, and the Watchdog was destroyed after switching to Defense Position.

Rouse drew Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer next turn and Summoned Karakuri Ninja mdl 919 “Kuick”; but Waller discarded Effect Veiler to negate the Ninja’s effect. Rouse used his Ninja to attack and destroy Tour Guide and then ended his turn.

Waller banished Cyber Dragon and Tour Guide from his Graveyard to try to Special Summon Chaos Sorcerer, but Rouse flipped Solemn Warning and dropped down 1600 Life Points to negate its Summon. Next, Waller Tributed his Sangan to Summon Cyber Dragon. Derek Rouse instantly conceded, knowing that he was defeated.

Courtney Waller defeats Derek Rouse 2-0 to advance to the Finals with his Chaos Deck!