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Round 5 Feature Match: Raymond Dai Versus Diego Rosales

November 5th, 2022

Raymond Dai is from Michigan, and he’s not only a 2019 World Championship competitor, but he also won YCS Niagara Falls earlier this year piloting Exosisters! He’s back today using the same strategy, and he’ll be facing Diego Rosales from Las Vegas! Rosales is using a Tearlaments Deck with the all-new Ishizu Fairy Monsters from Magnificent Mavens. This is a common match-up this weekend, let’s see who can emerge victorious.  It’s time to Duel!

Rosales started off with a Primeval Planet Perlerino, adding a Tearlaments Reinoheart to hand. After a moment of consideration he active Tearlaments Scream, and then Normal Summoned his Reinoheart and used its effect as Chain Link 1, Scream Chain Link 2, Dai chained Dimensional Shifter as Chain Link 3, and Rosales had Called by the Grave as Chain Link 4. Rosales sent a Herald of Orange Light, Tearlaments Sulliek, and Tearlaments Sulliek off Scream, with Reinoheart sending Tearlaments Scheiren as well.

Diego Rosales

In the new chain, Rosales declared Chain Link 1 Tearlaments Havnis, and Chain Link 2 was Sulliek to search Tearlaments Merrli. Havnis sent itself and Scheiren back to the Deck to Fusion Summon Tearlaments Kitkallos. He activated Kitkallos, adding Tearlaments Cryme to hand, giving him an additional layer of defense against Dai’s plays. Kitkallos’s effect was activated targeting itself, Special Summoning Tearlaments Merrli! He sent 8 cards to the grave thanks to Merrli and Kitkallos, with Scheiren and Mudora the Sword Oracle being the most notable cards that landed in the Graveyard.

Rosales activated Scheiren from the grave, Summoning Tearlaments Rulkallos before looking through the Graveyard to consider his plays, with a wealth of powerful effects at his disposal. Rosales used Merrli and Reinoheart to Summon Spright Elf, set 1 Card and passed.

Dai drew an opening hand of Exosister Pax, Exosister Elis, Pot of Prosperity, and Exosister Sophia, drawing a second Pax for turn. He started off by banishing 6 cards for Pot of Prosperity and added Dark Ruler No More to his hand!

Dai chose to activate Dark Ruler next. Rosales took a moment to consider if he had a response and declined. Dai activated Exosister Pax paying 800 LP and adding Exosister Martha to hand. When Dai activated Martha, Rosales flipped Tearlamenents Cryme sending Kelbek the Ancient Vanguard to the Graveyead and negating the effect and shuffling back the Martha into the Deck. Kelbek sent 5 from each Deck to the GY, including Agido, Mudora, Keldo and Tearlaments Havnis. He Activated Havnis and sent back 3 materials to make a Tearlaments Kaliedo-Heart in defense position.  

Dai continued his turn, by Normal Summoning Exosister Sophia, and used her effect to Summon Exosister Elis, overlaying into Exosister Mikailis. Dai activated Mikailis effect to add Exosister Returnia to hand as well, before he attacked over the Elf with Mikailis, and used its effect to banish the Rulkallos.

In Main Phase 2, Dai set 2 cards and play was back to Rosales.

Rosales began his turn by using Tearlaments Scheiren, sending Bystial Druiswurm from hand and sent 2 Keldo to the grave with Scheiren. He pondered his choices and switched Kalideo-Heart to Attack Position, and attacking Mikailis. On the attack, Dai flipped Exosister Returnia to pay 800 and banish the Kaliedo-heart. During Rosales’s Main Phase 2, Dai flipped another Exosister Pax, adding Exosister Martha to hand and with that Rosales had seen enough. He promptly conceded Game 1, looking to get a much more favorable position in Games 2 and 3.

Despite a stellar opening from Rosales with a clutch Called by the Grave for Dimension Shifter, Dai manages to win Game 1!

Going first in Game 2, Rosales once again opened with Primeval Planet Perlerino, adding Tearlaments Havnis this time. After that, he normal Summoned Tearlaments Reinoheart and sent another Havnis from the Deck to the Graveyard, declaring Havnis’s effect. But Dai chained D.D. Crow shutting off that line of play! With a single set card, that was the end of Rosales’s turn.


Dai drew an opening hand of Exosister Pax, Exosister Elis, Pot of Prosperity, and Exosister Sophia. He Drew Elis for turn and activated Prosperity again, revealing a total switch up in his strategy; the 6 cards he revealed were Bystial Magnamhut, Bystial Duiswurm, Exosister Martha, Keldo the Sacred Protector, and Exosister Pax! He took the Martha, and then activated her effect to Summon Elis from his Deck alongside Martha herself.

On resolution however, Rosales activated Artifact Sanctum, Summoning Acrtifact Scythe from the Deck! Scythe was activated, and Dai was entirely shut off from the Extra for the turn. Not terribly concerned, Dai Normal Summoned Mudora, and passed play to Rosales.

Rosales Normal Summoned Tearlaments Merrli and sent 3 cards to the Graveyard, including Mudora the Sword Oracle, and Tearlaments Scherien.  Rosales attempted to use Scheiren and in response, Dai activated Mudora to disrupt the effect, but Rosales had Herald of Orange to send alongside Kelbek the Ancient Vanguard. That allowed him to send 3 monsters back to the Deck and Summon Tearlaments Kaliedo-Heart.

On the Summon, Rosales used Kaliedo-Heart as chain link 1 targeting Exosister Elis, Planet as Chain Link 2 targeting Exosister Martha, with Kelbek as Chain Link 3 to send to the grave, but Dai then countered with a Chain Link 4 Elis to Xyz Summon, and Martha as Chain Link 5 to do the same. Rosales then had Tearlaments Havnis as Chain Link 6, to Summon and send 3 from the deck to the Graveyard: Tearlaments Merrli, Artifact Lancea, and Terraforming.

Dai Summoned Exosister Asophiel over the Elis, and Exosister Mikailis over the Martha. Rosales sent 5 including Agido and Keldo. Then in a new chain Exosister Asophiel was Chain Link 1, which would cut Rosales off the Extra Deck access, but Merrli was used as link 2 to Fusion Summon Tearlaments Kitkallos, who then added a Tearlaments Sulliek to hand.

Rosales thought deeply and decided to go to the Battle Phase, attacking Asohpiel with Scythe. Kitkallos was next up to attack, going after Mikailis, Dai used her effect to banish the Kaliedo-Heart and his LP were reduced to 5500.

Dai was up next, drawing a Bystial Magnamhut, and then normal Summoned Exosister Stella to try and get a second monster on field, Tearlaments Sulliek was chained sending the Kitkallos though to negate its effect! Kitkallos triggered, and sent 5 cards, including the Tearlaments Scheiren that Rosales activated, and a Kelbek the Ancient Vanguard to send 5 more cards to the grave. Dai chained Bystial Magnamhut to banish the Scheiren, and thanks to Kelbek they both sent several powerful cards to the grave.  

Rosales opted to only use the effect Tearlaments Sulliek from the fistful of cards sent, to add a Tearlaments Havnis to hand. Dai’s last card in had was Exosister Elis, which he Special Summoned and gained 800 LP, bringing him to 6300. Rosales activated Mudora from the grave, targeting his own Reinoheart plus 2 cards in Dai’s grave. But then Dai chained Keldo targeting Martha, Elis, and Vadis, and chained his second copy to target Rosales Mudora, his own Irene, and Martha!

Dai then overlaid the Exosisters on field to make Exosister Mikailis! He used her effect to search, with Rosales chaining Havnis from hand. Unfortunately for him, he sent 2 more Reinohearts to the grave, with no cards in hand to utilize it. Mikailis resolved adding Pax to hand, which was immediately activated, to special Summon Martha, since Elis was in grave.

Dai used Mikailis to banish Kitkallos from Rosales’s grave and because of that Martha was activated to 1 card Xyz Exosister Kaspitell. With that, Rosales conceded. Knowing he didn’t stand a ghost of a chance to come back against Dai’s myriad options.

Despite opening with some powerful cards in both Games, Raymond Dai takes the match with a 2-0 victory, and moves on undefeated.