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Round 8 Feature Match: Kamal Crooks Versus CJ Daniels

May 27th, 2023

CJ Daniels traveled here this weekend from New Jersey, looking to take out YCS Champion Kamal Crooks, joining us all the way from Florida. Both Duelists are 6-1 going into this Round, so every win counts. Crooks is on Purrely, while Daniels is using Superheavy Samurai, so it’ll be an exciting Match. It’s time to Duel!

CJ Daniels

Daniels started off Game 1 by Normal Summoning Superheavy Samurai Wagon, and when he activated its effect Crooks had Infinite Impermanence to shut it down. With that, he ended his turn.

Crooks drew and had a hand of Purrely Happy MemoryPurrely Pretty MemoryPurrely Sleepy MemoryInfinite Impermanence, and Nibiru, the Primal Being. He activated Happy Memory in the Draw Phase, targeting Wagon to prevent destruction, and discarded Pretty Memory to Summon Purrelyly. Crooks immediately activated Purrelyly and Daniels chained Ghost Mourner & Moonlit Chill. Crooks continued by activating Sleepy Memory, prompting Daniels to activate Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Crooks Set a face-down and ended.

Daniels began his turn by activating Superheavy Samurai Wagon and was met by another Infinite Impermanence from Crooks. He took a moment to consider what he should do next, before electing to attack with Wagon over Purrelyly and ending. 

Crooks drew Purrely Pretty Memory, activated it and discarded Nibiru, the Primal Being to Summon Purrelyly.My Friend Purrely was searched, and Crooks was suddenly back in the game. He activated My Friend Purrely and revealed 2 Purrely Happy Memory and a Purrely Delicious Memory, adding the Delicious Memory to hand. Crooks activated Purrelyly targeting Purrely Happy Memory and Xyz Summoned Epurrely Happiness. He moved to the Battle Phase and activated Purrely Delicious Memory targeting Wagon – protecting it from battle destruction – and chained Happiness to attach Delicious Memory as material. Then he attacked Wagon with Happiness, and grabbed another Purrely Delicious Memory, activating it and using Happiness to attach the second copy. Happiness attacked for another 3800 damage and another attacked sealed Daniels’s fate. 

Kamal Crooks takes the first Duel!

Despite a steady flow of defenses from CJ Daniels, Kamal Crooks wins Game 1!

Daniels was up first in Game 2 and activated Superheavy Samurai Motorbike searching Superheavy Samuari Soulpiercer. He activated Superheavy Samurai Prodigy Wakaushi in the Pendulum Zone, placing Superheavy Samurai Monk Big Benkei into his other Pendulum Zone and Summoning Wakaushi as well. Daniels Summoned Soulpiercer and Link Summoned Superheavy Samurai Scarecrow, searching Superheavy Samurai Soulpeacemaker and Crooks activated Droll & Lock Bird.

Daniels pressed on, activating Superheavy Samurai Scarecow, discarding PSY-Framegear Gamma to Summon Superheavy Samurai Soulpiercer. He Synchro Summoned Accel Synchro Stardust Dragon and when he summoned the previously discarded Gamma, Crooks had Nibiru, the Primal Being to shut it all down. Daniels continued though, Pendulum Summoning his Spell Canceller in Defense Position and ending. 

Crooks had a hand of Book of MoonPurrely Happy MemoryPurrely Sleepy Memory and Purrelyly. He Summoned Purrelyly, grabbing My Friend Purrely and Crooks attacked Spell Canceller with Nibiru. He activated My Friend Purrely in Main Phase 2 but was stopped by Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Crooks activated Purrely Sleepy Memory discarding Purrely Happy Memory and Summoned Purrely. He added Purrely Happy Memory, and took a moment to consider his options, choosing to use Purrelyly’s effect to Summon Epurrely Happiness, then Link Summoned Relinquished Anima using his remaining Purrely and taking the Primal Being Token which had 3500 ATK. Crooks Set 2 and ended his turn. Daniels was up!

Daniels Special Summoned Kashtira Fenrir and grabbed his search. He paused for a moment before Normal Summoning Superheavy Samurai Soulpeacemaker which was immediately met by Crooks’s Book of Moon. Daniels attacked Epurrely Happiness with Fenrir, banishing Crooks’s and destroying the Epurrely Happiness. Daniels Pendulum Summoned My Friend Purrely his second Fenrir in defense, ending there.

Crooks drew another Nibiru, the Primal Being and activated Purrely Happy Memory, discarding the Nibiru and Summoning Purrelyly which grabbed My Friend Purrely. Daniels considered his options, with his only interaction being the Fenrir and chose not to activate its effect.

Crooks continued, activating My Friend Purrely and paying 500 Life Points revealing 3 Purrely Pretty Memory and grabbing one. Crooks activated Purrelyly, targeting Happy Memory and Summoning Epurrely Happiness. On Summon, Daniels banished the Epurrely Happiness face-down. Crooks’s My Friend triggered, adding Happy and Sleepy to his hand. He followed up with Purrely Sleepy Memory Summoning Purrely and snatched up Purrely Delicious Memory. Crooks Summoned Epurrely Plump with Purrely’s effect and attacked, having both Sleepy and Happy Memory as materials, then he activated Pretty Memory and chained Epurrely Plump, gaining another Xyz Material, putting him at the 5 he needed. 

Crooks attacked with Plump over Superheavy Samurai Soulpeacemaker, and Nibiru and Relinquished Animaattacked over both copies of Kashtira Fenrir. In Main Phase 2, he sent Nibiru to take Superheavy Samurai Prodigy Wakaushi, then Summoned Expurrely Noir before ending. 

Kamal Crooks captures locks the Match, now in a great position for Day 2!

Daniels drew and conceded, knowing he simply couldn’t keep up with Crooks’s mounting advantage in the Duel. 

Kamal Crooks showcases the power of Purrely, winning swiftly and moving on with a great chance at making Day 2!