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The Finals: Jeff Jones VS Joshua Graham

September 2nd, 2012

Jeff Jones is a two-time YCS winner, and is playing Psychics with triple Grandsoil, the Elemental Lord.
His opponent in this final round is Toronto’s own Joshua Graham, who’s played his way to the Top cut for the sixth time in his Dueling career with Wind-Ups.  Both of these Decks are explosive and capable of creating numerous devastating Synchro and Xyz Monsters in an instant, so don’t blink!

Jones opened the Match with a hand of Card Trooper; Grandsoil, the Elemental Lord; Pot of Duality; Maxx “C”; Tragoedia; and Psychic Commander.  Jones Summoned Trooper and sent Pot of Avarice, Pot of Duality, and Serene Psychic Witch to his Graveyard to boost Trooper to 1900 ATK. Pot of Duality then revealed the top three cards from Jeff’s Deck: Silent Psychic Wizard; Esper Girl; and another Grandsoil.  He took the Wizard and shuffled the remaining two cards back.

Graham activated two copies of Wind-Up Factory.  Graham Summoned Wind-Up Rat, then Special Summoned Wind-Up Shark: Jones Chained to its effect, drawing Gorz the Emissary of Darkness.  Graham got Wind-Up Magician and Wind-Up Shark with his Factories.  Shark attacked Trooper, letting Jones Special Summon Tragoedia and drawing him Esper Girl.  Graham lowered Shark’s Level, and stacked it with Rat to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines.  Jones drew another Grandsoil, and Graham Set a Spell or Trap.

Jones drew Monster Reborn.  He activated it, Special Summoning Trooper to send Mind Control, Tragoedia, and Psychic Commander to the Graveyard.  He Summoned a Commander and Tuned it to Trooper, Synchro Summoning Naturia Barkion, then Special Summoned Grandsoil to Special Summon back Psychic Commander.  He changed Tragoedia’s Level, and Tuned it to Commander for Naturia Beast! (Which you actually cannot do, as Tragoedia is DARK, not EARTH. But neither player noticed, and unfortunately for Jones it probably hurt him far more than it hurt Graham.) That let him Special Summon his next Grandsoil, and he brought back Card Trooper.  Trooper sent Veiler, Mystical Space Typhoon, and Miracle Synchro Fusion to the Graveyard.  Beast, Barkion, and a Grandsoil all attacked to take down Zenmaines, and Trooper and the second Grandsoil attacked to lower Graham to 3300 Life Points.  Jones had 6900.  “Your go. You’re gonna kill me.”


Graham Summoned Magician, then Special Summoned Shark.  Graham Special Summoned a second Magician with the first, then triggered the second Magician by increasing his Shark’s Level to 5.  He stacked the Magicians for Maestroke the Symphony Djinn, turning Naturia Beast face-down.  Graham activated a third Factory, then increased the second Shark’s Level to 5 to get two Wind-Up Rats and a Rabbit from his Deck.  He Xyz Summoned Tiras, Keeper of Genesis, and attacked over Beast and Barkion. Tiras destroyed Grandsoil with its effect.

Jones drew Emergency Teleport and Normal Summoned Silent Psychic Wizard, banishing Serene Psychic Witch.

Graham turned Psychic Wizard face-down with Maestroke’s ability, breaking its link to Psychic Witch, and attacked with Maestroke to destroy Card Trooper.  Jones drew.  Tiras attacked the face-down Psychic Wizard to destroy it, and Graham Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh, destroying Grandsoil with Tiras’ ability to finish out and leaving Jones with another missed Battle Phase.

Jones drew Serene Psychic Witch and tried to Summon Card Trooper.  Graham negated the Summon with Solemn Warning.  Jones ended with a blank field.

Graham started running numbers, trying to figure out if he had an assured win this turn.  He Summoned Wind-Up Rat, and used it to Special Summon another from his Graveyard, Xyz Summoning Number 20: Giga-Brilliant to boost up his monsters’ ATK.  Maestroke made a direct attack; then Brilliant; then Thunder King.  Jones dropped to 400 Life Points and Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, with a 2200 ATK Emissary of Darkness Token.  Tiras, now out of Materials, attacked over Gorz, and Graham Set another Spell or Trap.  Jones drew Serene Psychic Witch, considered his options, and conceded the first Duel.

Jeff Jones makes a massive play with double Grandsoil, the Elemental Lord; Naturia Beast; and Naturia Barkion!  But it’s just not enough to beat Joshua Graham’s triple Wind-Up Factory, and Graham takes Game 1!  Graham could be just one win away from his first-ever YCS victory.

Jones had a hand of Heavy Storm; two Effect Veilers; Grandsoil, the Elemental Lord; Emergency Teleport; and Silent Psychic Wizard.  He Set Heavy Storm.

Graham Summoned Wind-Up Rabbit and Special Summoned Wind-Up Shark to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity.  He activated its effect, but Jones cut it off with Veiler.  Graham Set two cards to his back row.

Jones flipped Heavy Storm!  “You got me,” admitted Graham, tossing his Bottomless Trap Hole and Dimensional Prison in the Graveyard.  Jones Summoned Wizard and attacked over Zenmaity!

Graham Special Summoned Wind-Up Rabbit with Monster Reborn; Normal Summoned Wind-Up Magician; and banished Rabbit to try and trigger Magician, but the second Veiler shut it down!

Jones drew Maxx “C” and attacked over Magician with Psychic Wizard, destroying it.

Graham brought back his Rabbit and passed.

Jones drew Monster Reborn.  He attacked over Rabbit, making Graham banish it, and then made a direct attack for 1900 Battle Damage.

Graham brought the Rabbit back again, and passed once more.

Jones drew Pot of Duality and activated Emergency Teleport: Graham Chained Maxx “C”, and Jones Special Summoned Psychic Commander.  Jones activated Monster Reborn to target Graham’s Shark, and Graham immediately conceded!

Jeff Jones dominates the second Duel with two Effect Veilers and a Maxx “C” he never even has to use, and presses this tournament to one more Duel!

Graham opened with Tour Guide from the Underworld, getting another from his Deck and Xyz Summoning Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity to get Wind-Up Magician.  He Special Summoned Wind-Up Shark, then used the Magician to get another Magician from his Deck.  He Special Summoned another Shark off the second Magician, triggered by Shark, and then Stacked the other Shark and the two Magicians for Number 16: Shock Master!  He detached a Material from Shock Master to prevent the activation of Spell Cards, and then Set two cards to his back row.


Jones had Heavy Storm; Card Trooper; Psychic Jumper; Psychic Commander; Serene Psychic Witch; and Giant Rat.  He tried to Summon Card Trooper, but Graham stopped him with Solemn Warning.

Graham Summoned Wind-Up Rat and used it to Special Summon Wind-Up Shark.  He stacked them for Number 20: Giga-Brilliant and detached with Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity to Special Summon a Shark from his Deck.  He increased the Level of both of his Sharks and Xyz Summoned Tiras, Keeper of Genesis.  Graham called “monsters” for Number 16: Shock Master’s effect, alienating any chance of Jones saving himself with Gorz the Emissary of Darkness or Tragoedia, and attacked with everything for game!

Joshua Graham is the winner of YCS Toronto, and the first owner of an Ultra Rare Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry!