Asia Championship 2019: Final
The final match is a battle between two friends from Philippines.
Both players Angelino Espiritu and Louren Vidad are running Orcust.
Angelino went first and opened with Armageddon Knight, and then sending Orcust Harp Horror to the graveyard. Harp Horror was then banished to Special Summon Orcust Knightmare from deck. Together they are used to Link Summon Galatea, the Orcust Automaton.
Foolish Burial sent World Legacy – “World Wand” to the graveyard, hinting of a big opening play.
Orcust Knightmare banished itself to send Orcust Cymbal Skeleton to the graveyard, and then “World Wand” banished itself to bring back Orcust Knightmare.
Following is the standard Orcust combo ending with The Phantom Knights of Rusty Bardiche and Galatea.
The backrow were Orcust Crescendo, 2 Phantom Knights’ Fog Blade and another 2 more Spell/Trap.
Louren started off with Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage! for Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones, but followed with Instant Fusion.
Instant Fusion Special Summoned Thousand-Eyes Restrict, whose effect attempted to equip Galatea to itself. But Angelino had an Infinite Impermanence to negate it. Louren threw out Sky Striker Mecha – Eagle Booster to protect Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Angelino responded with Crossout Designator.
During resolution, Angelino realised that his Eagle Booster was in his hand and Designator could not be activated. The judges had a short discussion and deemed that Designator was an illegal activation so the play was rewinded. Eagle Booster resolves successfully, allowing Thousand-Eyes Restrict to equip Galatea.
Louren then played Hornet Drones in the center column and then let out an audible gasp, realizing that he had played it in the same column as Infinite Impermanence.
But luckily for Louren, as Infinite Impermanence did not negate its target, the THEN effect is not applied. So Hornet Drones resolves successfully as usual.
Using the Thousand-Eyes and the Token, Louren Link Summoned Knightmare Phoenix and activated its effect, discarding Engage to destroy a set Spell/Trap. Angelino simply flipped it over revealing to be a Fog Blade and negated Phoenix.
Louren had no other play and the turn was back to Angelino.
Angelino started off with Cymbal Skeleton’s graveyard effect to revive Dingirsu, the Orcust of the Evening Star below Rusty Bardiche’s Link Arrow.
Rusty Bardiche’s effect was triggered and destroyed Phoenix, while Dingirsu attached Cymbal Skeleton as an Xyz Material.
Orcust Knightmare was then banished to send Harp Horror to the graveyard, which in turn banished itself to Special Summon another Orcust Knightmare from deck.
Rusty Bardiche, Dingirsu and Orcust Knightmare direct attacked.
In Main Phase 2, Dingirsu and Orcust Knightmare were then used to Link Summon Galatea.
Louren tried to activate Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay at this point, but Angelino threw down an Ash Blossom to negate it.
Louren scooped up his cards and said “Next game?”
Angelino Espiritu (Philippines) [Orcust] 1 – 0 Louren Vidad (Philippines) [Orcust]
Louren drew 5 and passed without a single play.
Angelino opened with Terraforming for Trickstar Light Stage, and then followed with Candina and Corobane.
Both direct attacked for a massive 4200 damage, before moving to Main Phase 2.
Candina and Corobane and then used to Link Summon Knightmare Cerberus and then Knightmare Mermaid.
When Mermaid’s effect was activated, Louren threw out a Maxx “C”.
Angelino gave Louren another card later by using Mermaid and Orcust Knightmare to Link Summon Galatea.
Orcust Knightmare banished itself from the graveyard and Louren threw out Ash Blossom to negate it.
Angelino set a Spell/Trap and that was his turn.
It was now Louren’s turn to pull off his plays. He did a deja vu with Terraforming for Trickstar Light Stage, which was played and added Candina to hand.
Light Stage locked Angelino’s only set Spell/Trap and Angelino chained with Artifact Lancea from hand. Louren had no further respond.
Candina and Corobane came down and took out Galatea and dealt quite some damage to Angelino.
In the End Phase, Cresendo was sent to the graveyard, and then Angelino attempted to activate its graveyard effect. However, Lancea’s effect is still active so he could not banish Cresendo.
On his turn, Angelino banished Cresendo to add Harp Horror to hand.
Mind Control took Corobane and Harp Horror was Normal Summoned. Louren threw out a Maxx “C” at this point, but that did not deterred Angelino.
Both monsters were then used to Link Summon Galatea, whose effect shuffled Orcust Knightmare back to the deck to set Orcustrated Babel, which was then flipped over.
Harp Horror banished itself to Special Summon Orcust Knightmare, and it was used with Galatea to Special Summon Longirsu, the Orcust Orchestrator, positioned right in front of Candina.
Orcust Knightmare was banished to send “World Wand” and boosted Longirsu’s ATK. “World Wand” was then banished to Special Summon the earlier banished Harp Horror.
Longirsu’s effect was then activated by shuffling Orcust Knightmare and “World Wand” back to the deck to send Candina to the graveyard.
Finally, Longirsu was used to Xyz Summon Dingirsu and both monsters direct attack for the game.
Angelino Espiritu (Philippines) [Orcust] 2 – 0 Louren Vidad (Philippines) [Orcust]
Angelino Espiritu is our 2019 Asia Champion!! He has completed the dream of winning both Asia Championship Winter and Asia Championship in the same year!!
This article was originally published on Yu-Gi-Oh! Events and has been republished with permission.