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2018/10 – Niagara, ON tagged with 'Feature Match'

Round 7 Feature Match: Christopher Barwicki versus John Wilkin

October 20th, 2018

As Sky Strikers appear to gain table share in the undefeated and X-1 brackets here at YCS Niagara, John Wilkin and Christopher Barwicki are both playing against the grain: Wilkin traveled a few hours this weekend from Toronto to pilot Sky Striker Goukis, and Barwicki is running Altergeists. Both Duelists are undefeated, but for one of these competitors the streak is almost over.

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Round 6 Feature Match: Jorge Sosa versus Mridul Sharma

October 20th, 2018

Jorge Sosa from Dallas, Texas is Dueling against Mridul Sharma from Ontario, Canada in this Round 6 Feature Match! Both of these Duelists have lost 1 round today, but are very much alive in the tournament with 4-1 records. We’re getting a break from Thunder Dragons this round, as Jorge Sosa is using a Burning Abyss Deck featuring 3 copies of Danger!? Tsukonoko from Soul Fusion and Sharma is piloting a Gouki Deck. Each of these Duelists will be trying their hardest to secure a win in order to optimize their chances of a Day 2 finish. It’s time to Duel!

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Round 4 Feature Match: Manav Dawar versus Jeremy Thibeau

October 20th, 2018

Manav Dawar from Seattle, Washington is fresh off of a win at the 200th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event in Columbus, Ohio! Less than 1 month ago, Dawar used his Sky Striker Deck to best more than 2700 Duelists and take home the championship trophy. Now he’s after a back-to-back YCS victory, looking to repeat his success with Sky Strikers here in Niagara Falls! A lot has changed since his victory in Columbus. Soul Fusion released and became legal for tournament play yesterday, introducing new Danger! cards and the extremely popular Thunder Dragon monsters to the tournament scene. Jeremy Thibeau from Toronto, Canada is using those Thunder Dragons, expecting them to have a strong matchup against Sky Strikers thanks to Thunder Dragon Colossus and its effect. Both Duelists are currently undefeated with 3-0 records, but only one of them can advance with a perfect record. Will Manav Dawar’s failure to adapt to the changing field cost him the tournament, or will his decision to bet on the continued success of Sky Strikers pay off?

 

It’s time to Duel!

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Round 3 Feature Match: Jeff Jones versus Hanko Chow

October 20th, 2018

Jeff Jones has won two YCS Championships in his prestigious Dueling career, capturing his first win at YCS Anaheim in 2009, and then scoring a repeat victory at the 75th YCS a year later in Edison, New Jersey.  In the eight years that have passed since he’s topped and won more tournaments than we can count, including victory at the UDS Invitational in Kissimmee, Florida in 2017, where he captured the Ultimate Duelist Series Championship Belt and the title of Ultimate Duelist.

 

That Ultimate Duelist status imparts upon Jones a lifetime VIP status at YCS tournaments like this one, which means Jones had Round 1 and Round 2 Byes for this tournament.  He’s only just entering the competition here in Round 3, fresh off a relaxing morning watching other people fight for their lives.  He’s playing a Dark World Danger! deck that aims to loop his opponents into oblivion starting with Armageddon Knight or Dark Grepher, leading into Firewall Dragon shenanigans.  And now the entire tournament’s going to get their first look at the surprising strategy Jones brought here to YCS Niagara.

 

But his opponent is beloved Canadian Duelist Hanko Chow!  A renowned innovator himself, Chow hails from Barrie, Ontario and earned his reputation over the past few years with a series of Regional Top 8 showings that hinged on cards like Number S0: Utopic Zexal to create very different win conditions; strategies that most of his opponents would never see coming.

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Round 2 Feature Match: Dave Trepanier versus Stefan Basamac  

October 20th, 2018

Dave Trepanier from Quebec City, Canada and Stefan Basamac from Montreal, Canada each won Round 1 with their unique Decks enhanced by Soul Fusion. Trepanier is using a bizarre Artifact Deck that focuses on several cards from Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness and techs a copy of Trap Trick from Soul Fusion, while Stefan Basamac is using a Thunder Dragon Deck made possible by Soul Fusion. Thanks to Artifact Sanctum and Back to the Front, Trepanier’s Deck is capable of Summoning Artifact Scythe many turns in a row in order to continuously stop his opponents from Special Summoning monsters from the Extra Deck. That could be trouble for Stefan Basamac, since his Deck relies on two big Fusion Monsters: Thunder Dragon Colossus and Thunder Dragon Titan. Which Duelist will prevail? We’re about to find out. It’s time to Duel!

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Round 1 Feature Match: Andres Torres versus Walker Kapitanchuk  

October 20th, 2018

Andres Torres from Colombia is fresh off of a win from the 200th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Mexico City last month. Torres used his Burning Abyss Deck to come out ahead of over 2500 Duelists, winning the largest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME tournament ever held in Latin America. Now, Torres is back on the YCS circuit, and he’s looking for a back-to-back YCS victory by winning the tournament right here in Niagara Falls, Canada! Despite his success last month with his Burning Abyss Deck, the release of Soul Fusion prompted him to change his Deck completely and embrace the new Thunder Dragon theme! Soul Fusion was officially released yesterday and the cards from Soul Fusionjust became legal for tournament use. As a result, although many Duelists recognize that the Thunder Dragon monsters in Soul Fusion have incredible effects, many strategies involving them are largely unexplored. Torres is hoping to capitalize on Duelists’ unfamiliarity with the cards and strategy this weekend. Local Duelist Walker Kapitanchuk from Niagara Falls, Canada is using a Mekk-Knight Invoked Deck that relies on searching his Deck for the cards he needs in his hand. Kapitanchuk’s cards line up poorly against Thunder Dragon Colossus, which can prevent him from adding any cards from the Deck to the hand, except by drawing them. That may make this a tough matchup for Kapitanchuk. One of these Duelists will advance with a 1-0 record, while the other will face defeat in Round 1. It’s time to Duel!

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Round 1 Feature Match: Jesse Kotton versus Dakota Tomines

October 20th, 2018

Jesse Kotton may be the hardest working man in Dueling. When the World Qualifying Point system was introduced to give Duelists a new path to the World Championship, Kotton leapt on the opportunity and traveled to dozens of tournaments across North America.  The result was a smooth grind to the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship in Tokyo; the sheer volume of Regional Qualifiers and YCS tournaments Kotton competed in put him on a straight shot to the most prestigious tournament of the year.

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