Top 8 Feature Match: Joseph Parchman vs. Robert Russo
Joseph Parchman and Robert Russo both made it to the Top 8 using their new Decks, made competitive by the release of The Shining Darkness. Joseph Parchman made it to the Top 8 with his Infernity Deck, while Robert Russo made it here with X-Sabers. This is sure to become a defining matchup, so it’ll be interesting to see who wins.
Parchman won the dice roll and opened up with Infernity Mirage, Dust Tornado, Giant Trunade, Raigeki Break, Dark Grepher, and One for One. He Set Dust Tornado and Raigeki Break, ending his turn.
Russo Set a monster and passed back to Parchman, who drew Plaguespreader Zombie in his Draw Phase. He Summoned Dark Grepher and then activated its effect by discarding Plaguespreader Zombie from his hand. He sent Infernity Archfiend from his Deck to his Graveyard and ended his turn.
Russo Summoned XX-Saber Boggart Knight next turn and activated its effect to Special Summon XX-Saber Fulhelmknight from his hand. Then he Flip Summoned his face-down XX-Saber Darksoul and Tuned it to Fulhelmknight to Summon XX-Saber Hyunlei! He activated its effect, targeting both of Parchman’s back rows. Parchman chained Raigeki Break by discarding One for One and destroyed Hyunlei. Russo Set a back row and searched his Deck for Faultroll with Darksoul’s effect in the End Phase.
Parchman activated Giant Trunade next turn. Then he Set Infernity Mirage from his hand and passed.
Russo Summoned Rescue Cat next turn and Tributed it to Special Summon XX-Saber Darksoul and X-Saber Airbellum from his Deck. Then he Special Summoned XX-Saber Faultroll from his hand and Special Summoned Fulhelmknight with Faultroll’s effect. He Tuned Darksoul to X-Saber Airbellum in order to Synchro Summon Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier and discarded XX-Saber Emmersblade from his hand to bounce Parchman’s face-down monster back to his hand. Brionac, Boggart Knight, Faultroll, and Fulhelmknight all attacked directly, ending the Duel!
Parchman will be going first in Duel 2!
Parchman opened up with Dust Tornado, Torrential Tribute, Raigeki Break, Infernity Inferno, Infernity Archfiend, and Allure of Darkness in his hand. He Set Dust Tornado and Torrential Tribute, ending his turn.
Russo Set a monster and 2 back rows before passing to Parchaman. Parchman flipped Dust Tornado in Russo’s End Phase, destroying the Dust Tornado Russo had just Set.
Parchman drew Infernity Archfiend next turn. He activated Allure of Darkness to draw Book of Moon and Raigeki Break, removing an Infernity Archfiend in his hand from the game. Then he Set Infernity Inferno and Book of Moon and ended his turn.
Russo Summoned Rescue Cat next turn! He Tributed it to Special Summon X-Saber Airbellum and XX-Saber Darksoul from his Deck! Parchman flipped Torrential Tribute, but Russo chained My Body as a Shield to give up 1500 Life Points and save his monsters. Parchman chained Book of Moon to put X-Saber Airbellum down so that Russo wouldn’t be able to use it in a Synchro Summon. Russo attacked directly with Darksoul, Set a back row, and ended his turn. Darksoul was destroyed by the effect of Rescue Cat in the End Phase, and Russo grabbed Faultroll from his Deck with its effect.
Parchman drew Infernity Launcher next turn. Then he flipped his face-down Infernity Inferno and pitched Raigeki Break and Infernity Archfiend to send Infernity Beetle and Infernity Necromancer from his Deck to his Graveyard. Then he Set a back row and activated Infernity Launcher! He sent it to the Graveyard in order to Special Summon Infernity Archfiend and Infernity Necromancer. Then he activated the Archfiend’s effect to grab Infernity Launcher from his Deck and activated it. Then he activated Necromancer’s effect to Special Summon Infernity Beetle from his Graveyard. He Tuned all 3 of his monsters together to Synchro Summon Mist Wurm and target 3 cards with its effect. Russo chained Torrential Tribute to clear the field, including a Darksoul he had Set, and the other cards were sent back to Russo’s hand. Parchman sent his other Infernity Launcher to the Graveyard next, in order to Special Summon Infernity Archfiend and Infernity Necromancer from his Graveyard. Russo instantly conceded, knowing Parchman had pulled off the Infernity combo.
Russo will be going first in Duel 3! He started things off by Summoning XX-Saber Boggart Knight and Setting 3 cards to his back row.
Parchman opened up with Infernity Barrier, Dust Tornado, One for One, Raigeki Break, Infernity Inferno, and Reinforcement of the Army. He Set all of his Trap Cards except for Raigeki Break and ended his turn.
Russo activated Giant Trunade next turn. Parchman chained Infernity Inferno and Dust Tornado, pitching Reinforcement of the Army and Raigeki Break to send Infernity Barrier and Infernity Archfiend from his Deck to his Graveyard and destroying Russo’s Set Starlight Road. Russo Summoned Boggart Knight next, and attacked directly with both copies. He Set 2 cards to his back row and ended his turn.
Parchman Set One for One, Hero’s Rule 2, and Infernity Barrier next turn.
Russo activated Heavy Storm next turn to clear the field, then Summoned Rescue Cat and Tributed it. Parchman conceded, knowing he wouldn’t be able to survive the turn once Russo Special Summons 2 more monsters from his Deck with Rescue Cat.
Robert Russo advances to the Top 4 with X-Sabers, one step closer to winning the 3 brand new prize cards!
See what our panel of experts had to say about this Duel after the event was over.
Michael Kohanim (2009 World Championship Competitor)
Parchman Side Decked in Hero’s Rule 2 in this matchup. Not only can Hero’s Rule 2 stop Parchman’s Gottoms’ Emergency Call, it can also stop D.D. Crow, The Transmigration Prophecy, and Crevice into the Different Dimension from disrupting his Infernity combos. Hero’s Rule 2 is getting overlooked by several Duelists, but may gain some popularity in the near future.