Home > 2015/02 - Tacoma, WA, Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series > Round 1 Feature Match: Matthew Sy versus Quin Kelly

Round 1 Feature Match: Matthew Sy versus Quin Kelly

February 14th, 2015

With the release of Secret Forces, three new strategies have been introduced. While Nekroz may be the most popular, Matthew Sy has chosen Yosenju as his choice. He has chosen to blend the key Yosenju cards with other strong standalone choices such as Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo, Thunder King Rai-Oh, and Mind Crush trying to take advantage of a large field of Nekroz. His opponent, Quin Kelly, is using a Rock Koa’ki Meiru variant taking advantage of those synergies along with his own copies of Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo.

Kelly won the roll and just to go first.

Duel One:

Kelly activated Koa’ki Meiru Diamond Core to start things off searching Koa’ki Meiru Guardian, then Normal Summoned Koa’ki Meiru Overload. He Set two to his back row before ending.

Sy opened with a hand of Vanity’s Emptiness, Yosenju Tsujik, Pot of Duality, Vanity’s Emptiness, and Fire Formation – Tenki before drawing Mind Crush for turn. During his Standby Phase, Kelly activated Needlebug Nest to fill his Graveyard before activating Call of the Haunted in order to revive a Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo! Sy started things off by activated Pot of Duality revealing Yosenju Kama 1, Yosenju Kama 3, and Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo choosing Yosenju Kama 1. He activated Fire Formation – Tenki, adding Yosenju Kama 2 to his hand before trying to Normal Summon Yosenju Kama 1, but Kelly used Koa’ki Meiru Overload to negate the Summon. He Set two to his back row before ending.

When Kelly drew for turn Sy Flipped his Set Mind Crush, stripping Kelly’s hand of the previously searched Koa’ki Meiru Guardian and revealing Koa’ki Meiru Wall along with Book of Moon; Kelly went on unphased, banishing Koa’ki Meiru Diamond Core from his Graveyard in order to protect his Koa’ki Meirus before Normal Summoning Koa’ki Meiru Wall. He declared attacks with both Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo and Koa’ki Meiru Wall before he Set Book of Moon.

Sy drew Yosenju Tsujik and then Normal Summoned Yosenju Kama 1, immediately Normal Summoning Yosenju Kama 2. Kelly responded with the Set Book of Moon to Set the Yosenju Kama 1, but Sy used the Yosenju Kama 2 to Normal Summon Yosenju Tsujik from his hand. He then used the Tsujik to pump itself up, a total of 2100 ATK because of Fire Formation – Tenki and then declared an attack on Koa’ki Meiru Wall before with Yosenju Tsujik before attacking over Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo with Yosenju Kama 2. In Main Phase 2, Sy overlayed his two Yosenjus for Lightning Chidori and used it to return the face-up Call of the Haunted Kelly controlled to the top of his Deck before ending.

Kelly drew but Sy Flipped his Vanity’s Emptiness, showing that Kelly’s one and only card was now useless. Kelly thought for a second but ultimately conceded.


Sy shows the impressive power of the Yosenju Deck, taking a lighting fast game one. Can Kelly win the back two to not start the day off with a loss?

After shuffling, Kelly chose to go first.

Duel Two:

Kelly started the second Duel off by Normal Summoning Koa’ki Meiru Overload, Setting two to his back row, and revealing Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo for the Overload during the End Phase.

Sy had a hand with two copies of Yosenju Tsujik, Yosenju Kama 2, Twister, Mask of Restrict, before drawing Fire Formation – Tenki. He activated Tenki and searched Yosenju Kama 3, then tried to Normal Summon it but was stopped by Kelly’s Koa’ki Meiru Overload. He Set Mask of Restrict along with Twister before ending.

Kelly drew, Normal Summoned Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo and Flipped his Set Solidarity before declaring a direct attack, prompting no response for Sy who let the damage through. Kelly thought for a moment, but chose to end his turn.

Sy drew Mind Crush for turn, then Normal Summoned Yosenju Kama 2 and used it to Normal Summon Yosenju Tsujik. He used Yosenju Tsujik to pump the Yosenju Kama 2, but when he tried to attack with the Yosenju Kama 2 Kelly used Dimensional Prison to banish it! Sy followed it up by attacking with Yosenju Tsujik and discarded another copy from his hand to give it enough attack to win the battle. He then Set Mind Crush before ending.

Kelly drew and Special Summoned Gaia Plate the Earth Giant before Normal Summoning Koa’ki Meiru Guardian. He declared an attack with the Gaia Plate, but Sy used Twister to destroy Solidarity so the Monsters ATK would be decreased. After both attacks, Sy fell to only 800 Life Points.

Sy drew with his back against the wall, but found Mirror Force on top of his Deck! He Set it before ending.


Kelly drew and Normal Summoned Koa’ki Meiru Wall, when he tried to attack for game Sy Flipped his Mirror Force to blow away both Monsters! Kelly shook his head before ending his turn.

Sy drew Fire Formation – Tenki, and immediately slammed it down to search Yosenju Kama 3 from his Deck to his hand. He Normal Summoned Yosenju Kama 3, using it to Normal Summon Yosenju Tsujik and declared an attacks with both after using their effects. He added Yosenju Kama 1 to his hand. In Main Phase 2 he overlayed both for Lightning Chidori, using its effect to put Kelly’s back row to the bottom of his Deck.

Kelly drew, Set a Monster, and ended.

Sy drew Thunder King Rai-Oh and Normal Summoned it. He declared an attack on the Set Monster with Lightning Chidori but lost it to the Set Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo’s effect; he attacked directly with Rai-oh before ending.

Kelly drew, Set a back row, and ended.

Sy drew Mirror Force, Normal Summoned Yosenju Kama 3 and declared attacks with both. He considered going for game with Gagaga Cowboy in Main Phase 2, but opted not to in fear of Kelly’s Set card. He ended, returning Yosenju Kama 3 to his hand, but during his End Phase Kelly Flipped Needlebug Nest filling his Graveyard with nothing too useful.

Kelly drew and gave a small look of excitement before Setting the only card in his hand to his back row before ending.

Sy drew Book of Moon, Normal Summoned Yosenju Kama 3, but when he went to attack Kelly activated his Set Call of the Haunted to Special Summon Gaia Plate the Earth Giant to block the attack and save himself! Now that the coast was clear in the back row though, Sy was able to overlay both his Yosenju Kama 3 and his Thunder King Rai-Oh for Gagaga Cowboy to win the match!


After an intense two games, Sy showed his mastery of the brand new Yosenju archetype. His key tech choices and conservative play style let him start off the weekend with 1-0!