Asia Championship 2019: Swiss Round 1
For the first feature match, we have John Kevin Alcantara from Philippines with Subterror against Li Zi Hao from China with Salamangreat.
John went first and opened with Pot of Extravagance to draw 2 cards. He followed with Normal Summoning Subterror Guru in Attack Position and set 2 Spell/Trap cards before ending the turn.
On Zi Hao’s turn, he played Pot of Desires but it was negated by Subterror Fiendess, and flipping Guru face-down.
Salamangreat Gazelle was Normal Summoned and it was successful, triggering its effect to send Salamangreat Spinny to the graveyard.
At this critical point, John flipped over a Compulsory Evacuation Device to bounce Gazelle back to hand.
This left Zi Hao with no further plays for the turn, except for setting 2 Spell/Trap cards and ending the turn.
Back to John’s turn, he Flip Summoned Guru but Zi Hao had an Effect Veiler to negate it. John pondered for a moment, but decided not to respond.
He followed with Normal Summoning Fiendess and both went for direct attacks.
He set another Spell/Trap before passing the turn.
Zi Hao Normal Summoned Lady Debug and used its effect to add Salamangreat Foxy to hand.
Upon resolution, John immediately used Guru’s effect to flip Debug and itself face-down, denying Zi Hao of the chance to Link Summon.
Zi Hao flipped over Salamangreat Rage, sending Foxy from hand to graveyard and target the newer set Spell/Trap. But John responded by flipping it over to reveal a Cosmic Cyclone, targeting Zi Hao’s other set card. Cosmic banished another Salamangreat Rage.
As Foxy was sent to the graveyard, this allowed Gazelle to be Special Summoned from hand, but John had a Maxx “C”.
Gazelle sent Salamangreat Roar and at the end of resolution, John had another Compulsory Evacuation Device to bounce Gazelle back to hand again, successfully disrupted the Salamangreat from going off for another turn.
The next turn had John used Pot of Duality to get Solemn Judgment, and then flipped Guru to add Subterror Nemesis Archer.
Archer was summoned and then attacked into the face-down Debug, shuffling it back to the deck. Guru and Fiendess went for direct attacks.
John set 2 Spell/Trap before ending his turn.
Zi Hao Normal Summoned Gazelle and sent Salamangreat Jack Jaguar, and John activated Guru on resolution targeting Gazelle. Zi Hao chained with another Gazelle in hand and triggered its effect to Special Summon it.
Spinny’s effect was activated to Special Summon itself from the graveyard. And right as it touched the field, John flipped over There Can Be Only One, forcing Zi Hao to keep Gazelle and have Spinny banished.
Gazelle took out Fiendess before ending the turn.
Guru was flip summoned again and added Fiendess to hand, and was summoned promptly.
Archer attacked into the face-down Gazelle, shuffling it back to the deck, while Guru attacked into the face-up Gazelle. Fiendess went for a direct attack.
Back to his turn, Zi Hao activated Foxy’s graveyard effect by discarding Salamangreat Fowl, but it was swiftly negated by Fiendess, and Zi Hao scooped up his cards.
John Kevin Alcantara (Philippines) [Subterror] 1 – 0 Li Zi Hao (China) [Salamangreat]
Zi Hao went first and opened with Lady Debug but was met with an Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring.
Lady Debug was used to Link Summon Salamangreat Balelynx and John had a Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay to follow.
Balelynx added Salamangreat Sanctuary, while Salamangreat Circle added Gazelle.
Sanctuary was played, allowing Balelynx to Link Summon another Balelynx, and triggering Gazelle’s Special Summon from hand. John responded with a Maxx “C”.
Zi Hao shaked his head as he struggled to setup any opening play while on the receiving end of 3 ‘hand traps’ from his opponent on his first turn.
Gazelle sent Salamangreat Falco to the graveyard, whose effect was then used to set Circle. Another 3 Spell/Trap cards were added to the backrow before the turn was over.
John Special Summoned Dinowrestler Pankratops and used it to attacked into Balelynx.
Zi Hao flipped over Salamangreat Rage and targeted Balelynx. This saw John respond with Cosmic Cyclone from hand to take out a set Spell/Trap and then follow with Pankratops’ effect to take out another set Spell/Trap, which Zi Hao chained with, revealing to be an Infinite Impermanence.
Resolving the chain, Impermanence negated Phantazmay, Pankratops destroyed the activated Impermanence, Cosmic banished another Impermanence, and Rage destroyed Phantazmay.
In one fell swoop, John managed to clear most of Zi Hao’s traps.
John set a monster and 2 Spell/Trap before passing the turn.
At the End Phase, Zi Hao flipped over Circle to add Foxy to hand.
Right after Zi Hao’s Draw Phase, John flipped over There Can Be Only One. Zi Hao kept Gazelle and sent Balelynx to the graveyard.
That left Zi Hao with no plays but to set a monster and a Spell/Trap card.
John Flip Summoned Guru and added Archer to hand.
Archer was then summoned and then attacked into the face-down monster, shuffling it back to the deck.
Guru attacked Gazelle, but Balelynx was banished from the graveyard to prevent its destruction.
At the End Phase, Guru’s effect turned itself and Archer face-down.
John drew a Pot of Extravagance of played it immediately. He followed with Pot of Duality and pondered for a moment, before picking another Pot of Extravagance for more card advantage.
Guru was Flip Summoned and added Fiendess to hand, and Archer was flipped as well.
Fiendess attacked Gazelle, but Balelynx was banished from the graveyard to prevent its destruction. Guru attacked Gazelle and it was finally taken down.
John set 2 more Spell/Trap cards before ending the turn.
Zi Hao Normal Summoned Lady Debug and added Foxy to hand. Guru then turned itself and Debug face-down to prevent anymore shenanigans from Salamangreat.
During the End Phase, Subterror Final Battle flipped Guru over to add another Final Battle to hand.
On his turn, John played the other Pot of Extravagance he added the previous turn.
Archer attacked the face-down Debug and shuffled it back to the deck, while Guru went in for an direct attack with an ATK boost from Final Battle.
John set a fifth Spell/Trap card filling up his backrow before ending the turn.
Zi Hao drew on his turn, hoping to draw a Harpie’s Feather Duster to turn the tide but that was not it. He reached out his hand to offer a hand shake.
John Kevin Alcantara (Philippines) [Subterror] 2 – 0 Li Zi Hao (China) [Salamangreat]
John had perfect control in both games, throwing down Maxx “C” to prevent Zi Hao from developing his plays, and then followed up with There Can Be Only One for the lock down.
This article was originally published on Yu-Gi-Oh! Events and has been republished with permission.