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Dragon Duel Final: Dakota Ticheli vs Matt Manno

October 21st, 2012

Matt Manno made his way here from Philadelphia, PA with his Wind-Up Deck. He’s facing off against the son of Yusei Fudo (‘s voice), New York’s Dakota Ticheli! Dakota is playing HEROes.

Neither Duelist could find a dice to roll, nor a coin to toss, so they went with the purest form of decision making there is. Matt and Dakota each chose ROCK, but then Dakota defeated Matt’s ROCK with PAPER!


Duel 1

Dakota began with Effect Veiler, Mystical Space Typhoon, Miracle Fusion, Thunder King Rai-Oh, Gemini Spark, and Super Polymerization. He Normal Summoned Rai-Oh and Set Typhoon.

Matt Normal Summoned his own Rai-Oh and attacked Dakota’s, then used Book of Moon before the battle so his own Rai-Oh would win. He stole Dakota’s Rai-Oh in Main Phase 2 with Monster Reborn, then Set 2 back row cards. He lost his Compulsory Evacuation Device to Dakota’s Mystical Space Typhoon during the End Phase.

Dakota drew another Thunder King Rai-Oh and lost it to Bottomless Trap Hole. He Set Gemini Spark.

Matt Summoned Wind-Up Shark. Shark and both copies of Rai-Oh attacked directly. In Main Phase 2 he overlayed Shark and a Rai-Oh for Maestroke the Symphony Djinn.

Dakota drew Elemental HERO Stratos and Summoned it, unable to search with its effect due to Rai-Oh. He Set Super Polymerization.

Matt Set a monster. He attacked Stratos with Rai-Oh but Dakota fused Stratos with Maestroke using Super Polymerization! He discarded Effect Veiler, then Fusion Summoned Elemental HERO Escuridao! It had 2600 ATK.

Dakota drew E – Emergency Call. Escuridao destroyed Rai-Oh, then in Main Phase 2 Dakota used Emergency Call to add Neos Alius to his hand. He summoned it.

Matt played Wind-Up Factory! He flipped up Wind-Up Rat and Normal Summoned another, then overlayed them for Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity, but lost it to Gemini Spark! Dakota drew another Neos Alius with Spark’s effect.

Dakota drew Heavy Storm! He blasted Matt with it, then played Miracle Fusion to summon Elemental HERO The Shining. Finally he played Neos Alius, and Matt had no way to survive the assault!

Dakota Ticheli takes the lead with his LIGHT and DARK HERO Fusions!

Duel 2

Matt began with Tour Guide From the Underworld. It brought another Guide to the field, and he overlayed them to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines.

Dakota started with 2 Dimensional Prison, E – Emergency Call, Bottomless Trap Hole, Thunder King Rai-Oh, and Dark Hole. He played Emergency Call to get Stratos to his hand, then Summoned it. Stratos added Neos Alius to his hand, then he Set a Prison and Bottomless Trap Hole.

Matt destroyed Prison with Mystical Space Typhoon. He Normal Summoned Wind-Up Rabbit and passed.

Dakota drew a Mystical Space Typhoon of his own. He Normal Summoned Thunder King Rai-Oh and attacked the Rabbit, making Matt banish it. He Set his other Prison.

Matt blew away the Prison with another Mystical Space Typhoon! He returned Rabbit to play, then he Normal Summoned another Rabbit and Xyz Summoned Number 17: Leviathan Dragon, losing it to Bottomless Trap Hole.

Dakota drew Heavy Storm.  He Normal Summoned Neos Alius and overlayed it and Stratos for Photon Papilloperative! Papilloperative detached Stratos to put Zenmaines in ATK position. Rai-Oh and Papilloperative attacked Zenmaines, which detached both of its materials. In the End Phase, Zenmaines destroyed Rai Oh.

Matt summoned Wind-Up Magician, then Special Summoned Wind-Up Shark. Magician brought Wind-Up Rat to the field in defense position. He Xyz Summoned Papilloperative and put Rat in attack position, which then revived Rabbit. He overlayed Rabbit and Rat for Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity, which Special Summoned a Rat from his Deck. Rat revived Rabbit, and he Xyz Summoned Number 20: Giga-Brilliant. Giga-Brilliant used its effect to increase all of his monsters’ ATK. He destroyed Dakota’s Papilloperative with his own copy, and his other monsters all attacked directly. He played Pot of Avarice in Main Phase 2, then Set both cards he drew.

Dakota drew Hero Blast. He played Mystical Space Typhoon on Mirror Force, then Heavy Storm on Compulsory Evacuation Device, wary of a possible Starlight Road. Dark Hole blew away all of Matt’s monsters, but Dakota had no follow-up.

Over the next few turns, each Duelist traded cards with each other. Dakota’s Neos Alius destroyed a Wind-Up Shark, then Soul Taker destroyed Alius. Another Alius was banished by Dimensional Prison. This went on for a while, until eventually, the field looked like this: Matt had Wind-Up Shark and a card in his back row. Dakota had four back row.

Dakota Special Summoned Cyber Dragon, and attacked into Matt’s Fiendish Chain.

Matt Normal Summoned his Snowman Eater, trying to Set up an Xyz Summon, but Dakota flipped up his Rivalry of Warlords! Matt had to send his Snowman Eater to the Graveyard.

Matt tried to destroy Cyber Dragon with Smashing Ground, but Dakota saved it with Solemn Judgment.

Next turn, Dakota bounced Cyber Dragon back to his hand with Compulsory Evacuation Device to disconnect it from Fiendish Chain, then Special Summoned it again! It destroyed the Wind-Up Shark.

Matt destroyed Cyber Dragon with Soul Taker.

Dakota Set Elemental HERO Bubbleman.

Matt Set a monster.

Dakota activated Miracle Fusion, banishing 2 Neos Alius for The Shining. In response to its Summon, he activated Torrential Tribute! Torrential washed away all monsters, and The Shining let Dakota get back up to two banished HEROes. He chose to take Stratos, but no others. He Normal Summoned Stratos, which searched out Bubbleman. Because it was the only card in his hand, he Special Summoned the Bubbleman. He used Stratos and Bubbleman to Xyz Summon Number 39: Utopia and attacked directly to end the Match!

Dakota shows off his ultra-exclusive DAD TOKENDakota Ticheli wins the final round of today’s Dragon Duel!