Top 8 Feature Match: Jesse Nguyen vs. Michael Steinman
Our first Top 8 feature match profiles Jesse Nguyen vs.Michael Steinman. Jesse Nguyen was piloting a Genex Engine Monarch deck, while his opponent, Michael Steinman stuck to his tested and proven "SteinmanKeeper's." The winner of this match will be one step closer to winning GrandPrix Championship Honolulu!
Steinman wins the die roll and ops to go first. He sets amonster, plays Necrovalley, and decides to set a back row.
Nguyen opens up with Raiza the Storm Monarch, 2 copies ofTreeborn Frog, Effect Veiler, and Light and Darkness Dragon. After drawing Ronintoadin, he sets a Treeborn Frog and passes.
Steinman draws, and Flip-Summons his face-down Gravekeeper'sSpy. Nguyen immediately chains Effect Veiler, negating Spy's Special Summon effect. Steinman Normal Summons Gravekeeper's Commandant, and uses it to attackinto Nguyen's face-down Treeborn Frog. Steinman follows up with a direct attack from Spy, dropping Nguyen's life points to 6300.
Nguyen draws Swap Frog, and during his Standby Phase, he Special Summons Treeborn Frog. He continues his turn by Special Summoning Swap Frog by discarding his second copy of Treeborn Frog, and immediately tributes both for Light and Darkness Dragon. Steinman chains Solemn Warning, negating LaDD's summon.
Steinman draws for his turn, summons Gravekeeper'sRecruiter, and attacks with all three of his monsters, dropping Nguyen down to 800 Life points! He sets a back row and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws into One for One, and Special Summons Treeborn Frog during his Standby Phase. He plays One for One, sending Ronintoadin fromhis hand to the Graveyard. Nguyen's internet disconnects, and seeing the state of the duel, decides to give Steinman the win.
After fixing some technical difficulties, the duel resumes.
Nguyen decides to go first, and opens with Mobius the Frost Monarch, Genex Undine, Malevolent Catastrophe, Genex Controller, and Treeborn Frog. He draws into Cyber Dragon, sets Treeborn Frog, and ends his turn.
Steinman draws for his turn. He plays Pot of Duality, revealing Gravekeeper's Spy, Book of Moon, and Gravekeeper's Descendent, choosing Spy. He sets a monster and a back row and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws Treeborn Frog. He tributes his already set Treeborn Frog for Mobius the Frost Monarch, destroying Steinman's Dimensional Prison. Nguyen attacks into Steinman's face-down Gravekeeper's Spy, which he uses to Special Summon a Gravekeeper's Descendent. Nguyen passes.
Steinman draws for his turn, and Normal Summons Gravekeeper's Recruiter. He activates Descendant's effect, tributing Recruiter and destroying Mobius the Frost Monarch. With Recruiter's effect, Steinman grabs Gravekeeper's Commandant from his deck, then immediately sends it to the graveyard to get Necrovalley. Steinman activates Necrovalley, and attacks with Gravekeeper's Descendent, dropping Nguyen's Life points to 6000. Steinman sets a back row and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws Mystical Space Typhoon, which he activates immediately to destroy Steinman's face-down Gozen Match. He Special SummonsTreeborn Frog and begins his Main Phase by Normal Summoning Genex Undine to send Fishborg Blaster to the graveyard and add Genex Controller to his hand. He then Special Summons the Fishborg by discarding his second copy of Treeborn Frog from his hand and immediately uses Fishborg Blaster and Treeborn Frog to Synchro Summon Formula Synchron, using its effect to draw Enemy Controller. He then tunes Formula Synchron and Genex Undine to Synchro Magical Android. He uses Android to attack over Steinman's Descendent, dropping Steinman to 7600 Lifepoints. Nguyen ends his turn, gaining 600 Life points from Magical Android.
Steinman draws, and activates Gravekeeper's Stele. He uses its effect to get back Gravekeeper's Spy and Gravekeeper's Recruiter. He sets a monster and 3 to his back row, and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws into Battle Fader, and Special Summons Treeborn Frog. He discards Genex Controller for Fishborg Blaster and uses Frog and Fishborg to Synchro Summon another Formula Synchron, but Steinman chains Royal Oppression and pays the 800 Life points to negate the Synchro Summon. Nguyen sets Malevolent Catastrophe and ends his turn, gaining another 600 Life points from Magical Android.
Steinman draws, sets a monster and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws Caius the Shadow Monarch and tributes Magical Android to Normal Summon it, removing Steinman's face-down Spy and dealing 1000 Life points with its effect. He attacks with Caius, but it gets removed by Steinman's set Dimensional Prison. Nguyen passes.
Steinman draws, Normal Summons Gravekeeper's Recruiter, Flip Summons another Recruiter and attacks with both. Nguyen chains Malevolent Catastrophe to the attack, destroying Steinman's set Mind Crush, Necrovalley,and Royal Oppression. Nguyen takes 2400 from both Recruiters, dropping him down to 4800. Steinman sets a back row and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws Enemy Controller, Special Summons Treeborn Frog and activates it to tribute Frog to take control of Steinman's Gravekeeper'sRecruiter. He then activates another Enemy Controller to tribute the first Recruiter to take Steinman's second Recruiter, while keeping his Treeborn Frog. Nguyen attacks with directly with Steinman's own Gravekeeper's Recruiter, dealing 1200 Life points. During Main Phase 2, Nguyen tributes Gravekeeper's Recruiter for Cyber Dragon, discards Genex Controller for Fishborg Blaster and uses it and Treeborn Frog to Synchro Summon Formula Synchro, drawing into Reign-Beaux, Overlord of Dark World! Nguyen ends his turn.
Steinman draws for his turn and quickly ends.
Nguyen draws Dark Hole, Special Summons a Treeborn Frog, and ends.
Steinman draws, and activates Dark Hole. He Normal Summons Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo, attacks directly with it and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws into Genex Undine; Normal Summons it and crashes it into Fossil Dyna, and ends his turn.
Steinman draws and ends.
Nguyen draws Caius the Shadow Monarch, Special Summons Treeborn Frog. He sets his Dark Hole, tributes Treeborn for Caius, which was forced to remove his own Dark Hole. He attacks for 2400 Life points and ends his turn.
Steinman draws, sets a monster and a back row and ends.
Nguyen draws Puppet Plant and Special Summons Treeborn Frog. He attacks with Caius but loses it to Mirror Force. Nguyen ends his turn.
Steinman draws, sets a back row and ends his turn.
Nguyen draws Dust Tornado, sets it and ends his turn.
Steinman draws and Flip Summons Gravekeeper's Descendent. He attacks into Nguyen's Treeborn Frog. Steinman sets a back row before ending, but he loses it to Dust Tornado during the End Phase.
Nguyen draws his last Caius the Shadow Monarch. He Special Summons Treeborn Frog; discards Puppet Plant to take control of Steinman'sGravekeeper's Descendent and attacks directly with it, dropping Steinman to 700. He finishes the duel by tributing his Treeborn Frog for Caius the Shadow Monarch, removing Descendent from play and dealing the final blow.
Steinman opens the duel by setting a monster, 3 to his backrow and activating Necrovalley before ending.
Nguyen's opening hand consists of Dust Tornado, 2 Mystical Space Typhoons, Treeborn Frog, and Dark Hole. He draws Raiza the Storm Monarch for his turn, and activates Dark Hole, destroying Steinman's face-down Gravekeeper's Recruiter, which he uses to search for another Recruiter. Nguyen sets 3 to his back row and Treeborn Frog, ending his turn.
Steinman draws for his turn, sets a monster and ends. Nguyen activates all 3 of his back rows, destroying, Gozen Match, Solemn Warning, and Royal Oppression.
Nguyen draws a Cyber Dragon, but tributes Treeborn Frog for Raiza the Storm Monarch, soft-locking his opponents face-down monster andattacking directly to deal 2400 damage. Nguyen passes.
Steinman draws and sets a monster before ending his turn.
Nguyen draws into another Cyber Dragon. He Special Summons Treeborn Frog from his graveyard and tributes it for a Cyber Dragon and uses itto attack into Steinman's face-down Gravekeeper's Recruiter. Steinman uses its effect to search out Gravekeeper's Assailant. Nguyen ends his turn.
Steinman draws and activates Pot of Duality, choosing Fossil Dyna of the 3 revealed. Steinman Normal Summons Gravekeeper's Assailant and uses it to attack Raiza, using its effect to change it into Defense position and destroying it. Steinman promptly ends his turn.
Nguyen draws a Mobius the Frost Monarch. He Special SummonsTreeborn Frog and tributes it for Mobius, destroying Steinman's Necrovalley. Mobius attacks into Assailant and Cyber Dragon follows up with a direct attack, dropping Steinman down to 2600 Life points.
Steinman draws and activates Gravekeeper's Stele. He uses its effect to get Gravekeeper's Assailant and Gravekeeper's Recruiter from his graveyard. He sets a monsters and a back row, ending his turn.
Nguyen draws into Reign-Beaux, Overload of the Dark World. He attacks into Steinman's face-down Recruiter with Cyber Dragon, then directly with Mobius, leaving Steinman with only 200 Life points. Nguyen ended.
Steinman draws and pitches his Gravekeeper's Commandant for Necrovalley and activates it. He Normal Summons Gravekeeper's Assailant and attacks Mobius, switching it to Defense and destroying it. Steinman ends his turn.
Nguyen draws Swap Frog and summons it, sending Dupe Frog from his deck to his graveyard. Steinman chained Chain Disappearance, removing all of Nguyen's Swap Frogs. He attacks Assailant with Cyber Dragon, dropping Steinman to 100 Life points, and ending his turn.
Steinman draws a card and sets a monster.
Nguyen draws Foolish Burial. He Special Summons TreebornFrog in attack mode; uses Cyber Dragon to attack into Steinman's face-down Fossil Dyna, destroying Nguyen's Treeborn Frog. Nguyen immediately ended.
Steinman draws, sets a monster and a back row and ends.
Nguyen draws, Special Summons Treeborn Frog in attack mode. He attacks Steinman's face-down monster with Cyber Dragon, and Steinman scooped.
Jesse Nguyen takes the match 2-1 with some defensive playsand makes it into Grand Prix Championship Honolulu's Top 4!