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Round 3 Feature Match: Douglas “The Captain” Haddad vs. Michael Bowden

April 1st, 2023

It’s Round 3, and we have another Bounty Duelist Feature Match! Douglas “The Captain” Haddad is here from Closter, NJ, representing the scurvy dogs of the Plunder Patroll! We’ve put a bounty on the head of this pirate, and Michael Bowden, from Las Vegas, NV, is looking to claim that bounty for himself with his HERO Deck! Will the HEROes triumph over these scallywags, or fall in the face of The Captain’s naval superiority?

Duel 1

Bowden won the dice roll and chose to play first. The Duelists started with a handshake, and Bowden Normal Summoned Elemental HERO Stratos. He added Vision HERO Faris to his hand, then discarded another Stratos to Special Summon Faris. He used Faris’s effect to put Vision HERO Increase in his Spell & Trap Zone. He used Increase’s effect, and Special Summoned it by Tributing Faris. He Special Summoned Vision HERO Vyon, and its effect sent Destiny HERO – Malicious to the Graveyard. He used Vyon’s effect, banishing Faris to add Polymerization to his hand. He used Increase and Vyon to Link Summon Xtra HERO Cross Crusader, which Special Summoned Malicious. He then used Cross Crusader’s effect to Tribute Malicious and add Elemental HERO Liquid Soldier to his hand. He then banished Malicious from his Graveyard to Special Summon another Malicious. He played Polymerization, fusing Stratos with Liquid Soldier for Elemental HERO Sunrise in Defense Position. He activated Liquid Soldier’s effect to draw two cards and discard Destiny HERO – Denier. He activated a second Polymerization, fusing Malicious with Sunrise for Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer! He played Miracle Fusion, fusing Vyon with Sunrise for Wake Up Your Elemental HERO! He followed up with Fusion Destiny! He sent Destiny HERO – Plasma, Destiny HERO – Dreadmaster, and Destiny Hero – Decider, for Destiny HERO – Dominance! He used Dominance’s effect, looking at the top five cards of Haddad’s Deck and rearranging them! He used the last card in his hand, Destiny HERO – Dark Angel, and Special Summoned it to Haddad’s field! He then used Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer to destroy itself and Wake Up, and Wake Up Special Summoned Elemental HERO Shadow Mist, which added Mask Change to his hand! He used Mask Change to send Cross Crusader away for Masked HERO Dark Law!

Michael Bowden

Haddad started with a hand of Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju; Runick Fountain; Interrupted Kaiju Slumber; and two copies of Whitebeard, the Plunder Patroll Helm. He drew Goldenhair, the Newest Plunder Patroll. In the Standby Phase, Bowden revived Destiny HERO – Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer. Haddad immediately Tributed Bowden’s Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer for Kumongous. He Normal Summoned Goldenhair, and used it with Dark Angel to Link Summon Blackbeard, the Plunder Patroll Captain. He activated Runick Fountain. He activated Blackbeard to Special Summon Plunder Patrollship Moerk and equip Blackbeard to it, drawing Runick Slumber. Dark Law’s effect activated, banishing a Whitebeard. Haddad used Moerk to discard his second Whitebeard and banish Dark Law, then add Plunder Patroll Shipyarrrd to his hand. He used Runick Slumber next, and Special Summoned Hugin the Runick Wings, declining to use its effect. Fountain let him recycle Slumber to draw Redbeard, the Plunder Patroll Matey. Haddad used Shipyarrrd, discarding Interrupted Kaiju Slumber to add Whitebeard to his hand. He skipped his Battle Phase due to his Runick spell. In the End Phase, Bowden’s Dominance was destroyed due to the lingering effect of Fusion Destiny. Dominance’s effect then Special Summoned Dreadmaster, Decider, and Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer! Still in the End Phase, Phoenix Enforcer tried to destroy Moerk, and Hugin protected it. Decider added Stratos back to the hand.

Haddad had made a valiant effort playing through Dark Law AND Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer, but it wasn’t enough to save him from Dreadmaster and friends!

Duel 2

Haddad started this game with a hand of Rivalry of Warlords, Dimensional Barrier, Runick Fountain, Plunder Patroll Shipyarrrd, and Plunder Patroll Booty. He started with Shipyarrrd, discarding Runick Fountain, and Bowden used Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Haddad Set Dimensional Barrier and passed.

Bowden started with Stratos again, adding Malicious to his hand. He sent Malicious to Special Summon Faris, and Faris then put Increase in his Spell & Trap Card Zone. He sent Faris to Special Summon Increase. Increase Special Summoned Vyon, which sent Shadow Mist to the Graveyard. Shadow Mist’s effect added Liquid Soldier, then Faris’s effect added Polymerization. He used Vyon and Increase to play Xtra HERO Wonder Driver. Bowden played Polymerization, and Haddad flipped Dimensional Barrier to block Fusion Monsters for the turn! Bowden continued, using Malicious’s effect to Special Summon another Malicious, triggering Wonder Driver to get back his Polymerization. He combined Malicious and Wonder Driver for Cross Crusader, which revived Malicious. He attacked with Malicious, Cross Crusader, and Stratos, leaving Haddad with 3800 Life Points. In Main Phase 2, he Tributed all his monsters to play Destiny HERO – Plasma!

Haddad drew Runick Freezing Curses. He activated Shipyarrrd, discarding Rivalry of Warlords to add Whitebeard to his hand. He Normal Summoned it and Set the rest of his hand.

Douglas “The Captain” Haddad

Bowden activated D – Force, and Haddad was forced to respond now before Plasma became untouchable. He flipped Freezing Curses to negate Plasma’s effect for the turn, and Plunder Patroll Booty to make Plasma into an Earth monster. The Chain resolved, and Bowden played Dark Ruler No More! Bowden Normal Summoned Liquid Soldier, which Special Summoned Stratos. Stratos’s effect added Denier to his hand. He used Stratos and Liquid to play Cross Crusader, which revived Malicoius. He flipped Polymerization to fuse Malicious with Denier for Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer! It attacked and wiped out Whitebeard, and Whitebeard’s effect Special Summoned Redbeard in Defense Position. Plasma attacked Redbeard, and Haddad used Redbeard’s effect to Special Summon Blackbeard, equipping Redbeard to it. Plasma continued its attack, and Blackbeard Special Summoned Plunder Patrollship Jord in Defense Position, and Haddad drew Runick Tip. Bowden stopped his attacks, but in the End Phase, Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer destroyed itself and Jord. Plunder Patroll Booty was destroyed due to controlling no Plunder Patroll monsters.

Haddad drew Blackeyes, the Plunder Patroll Seaguide. Bowden revived Destroyer Phoenix Enforcer in the Standby Phase. Haddad played Runick Tip, adding Runick Destruction to his hand. He then activated Blackeyes, Special Summoning it and returning Whitebeard to his hand. He Normal Summoned Whitebeard, and considered his next move. He offered the handshake!

The Captain’s buccaneers put up a fight, but Michael Bowden’s HEROes have claimed their bounty!