It all comes down to this! With 7-1 records each, Kris Perovic squared off against Jae Kim in a match that would decide who would advance to Day 2.
“Have you seen his mat?” joked Perovic before the match. “He has a nice mat. I’m gonna try and play him for it. I’ll laugh if he agrees.”
Jae Kim arrived, and the weekend’s first Savage vs. Overdose game was ready to begin!
Kim and Perovic exchanged some pre-match banter, and Kim noticed Perovic was from Overdose. “You’ve heard of us?”
“Nope” replied Kim, shuffling his deck. Zing.
Perovic opened after winning the coin toss. He played Pot of Greed, took his cards, then set one card to each of his zones. Kim answered back with a Delinquent Duo. He summoned Giant Rat, used Nobleman of Crossout on Perovic’s face down card, and Perovic chained Ceasefire to flip it face up and save it, revealing it to be D. D. Assailant. Kim set a card and passed.
Kim tried to Ring the Assailant next turn, but Perovic had a Book of Moon to prevent its destruction. He used Premature Burial to summon back the Airknight Parshath Kim had made him discard, and then attacked Giant Rat with Parshath. “500,” stated Kim flatly, summoning up Pyramid Turtle.
Kim attacked the Assailant with the Turtle, brought up Vampire Lord, and smacked the Parshath with it. “How many cards in hand?”
“Ohhh,” said Kim, mock-considering the fact. He seemed to know the answer before Perovic said it.
Perovic was backed into a corner and set another D. D. Assailant. Kim attacked it with Tribe-Infecting Virus next turn, then used its effect to clear Perovic’s field in main phase two. A turn later, Vampire Lord attempted to attack directly, but Perovic flipped Scapegoat—Kim didn’t attack any tokens. In main phase two, Kim summoned Airknight Parshath.
Perovic summoned Tsukuyomi next turn, used its effect to turn the Parshath face down, and used Nobleman of Crossout to remove it from the game. Next turn he summoned Tsukuyomi again, turned the Vampire Lord face down, then attacked it. He took 400.
“Well, that was mad-dumb,” he stated, chastising himself.
Kim opened his next turn with Graceful Charity, then flipped up his only face down monster, Magician of Faith, to use it again. His Vampire Lord and Magician cleared out Perovic’s Supply of sheep, leaving Perovic with just one.
Perovic played Tsukuyomi yet again, turning the Vampire Lord facedown and attacking the Magician. Next turn, Kim had Mystical Space Typhoon, and it destroyed Perovic’s only line of defense, a face down Bottomless Trap Hole. Kim then played Book of Life to get himself a second Vampire Lord, attacked with both, and scored a hit for 2000 life points.
The life point standings were 4700 to 3400 in Perovic’s favor, and he set Tsukuyomi. Kim had the retort, though, and summoned Exiled Force to destroy the face down Tsukuyomi. Both of the Vampire Lords then attacked directly, and the life point totals were suddenly 700 to 3400—Perovic was in deep trouble. He set a monster and a card to his spell or trap zone, attempting to bluff.
Kim didn’t bite, and when he attacked next turn Perovic scooped.
Game one goes to Jae Kim!
Both competitors spent some time side decking before play began, and Perovic again opted to open.
“Good luck” said Kim.
“You know, I’ll take that good luck.”
“Will you let me go first then?” Jae joked.
“No.” Perovic grinned, drew, and activated Delinquent Duo. It nailed Ring of Destruction, and Kim discarded Sangan. Perovic set a monster and passed.
“Apprentice Magician, perhaps?” inquired Kim. He used Premature Burial, brought up Sangan, and whacked the face down monster with it. It was Apprentice Magician! Perovic summoned Magician of Faith in face down defense position, and Jae set two spells and traps. He then played Morphing Jar in face up attack position. “I think Jason knows why I did that. He’s witty like that.”
Perovic knew what was coming too, and set two cards. He summoned Kycoo the Ghost Destroyer and attacked into the Morphing Jar, which was promptly hit with Book of Moon. Each player took his five cards, and Perovic then flipped Magician of Faith to hit Kim with Delinquent Duo again.
A turn passed and Kim fired back with a Delinquent Duo of his own. He then summoned Berserk Gorilla, attacked into Kycoo, and ate Mirror Force. It was three cards to three cards in hand counts, but Perovic had three cards on the field to Kim’s one. Kim flipped Call of the Haunted, but Perovic chained his own to bring up Jinzo and negate the effect of Kim’s!
“And I’ve summoned . . . ” mused Kim. He set one face down spell or trap and passed.
Perovic summoned Sangan. “Attack goats?” he asked, nudging his Jinzo forward.
“Nope” replied Kim.
“Ohn man! My lucky day!” Perovic attacked with everything but the Magician, opting to turn it to defense. The score was 1000 to 6000 in Perovic’s favor.
Next turn Kim set a monster and passed. “I think that’s game,” said Perovic. He showed Kim Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning and Metamorphosis. Kim knew it was over, and both players started shuffling their decks for game three.
“If there’s any time to draw a Trinity, for me, it’s now,” said Perovic.
“Is he actually on record, begging for a Trinity?” asked Kim, looking up from his side decking. “I mean, isn’t that funny?”
“Yeah, it is,” agreed Perovic. A twinge of venom seemed to spike both duelists’ words.
“Mind if I count your side?” asked Perovic.
“I’ll count it for you,” said Kim, counting it out on the table.
“Pooot, Graace, Duuu-uo, Sinister,” sang Perovic, crooning an impromptu song. “You know I haven’t had a god hand in seven months?”
“What, Apprentice and Duo doesn’t count? Yeesh, going first is a god hand. You get a +3 on your opponent.”
“Sorry, what? I stopped listening.” Perovic said it in the same subtle tone both duelists were using.
This time it was Kim’s chance to open. He did so with a face up Berserk Gorilla and a face down card in his spelland trap zone. Perovic drew once play passed and immediately dropped Pot of Greed. After some thought he used Mystical Space Typhoon on Kim’s one set card—revealing Dust Tornado—and then set two of his own.
Kim played Heavy Storm and Perovic flipped Scapegoat, losing Sakuretsu Armor. Gorilla attacked one goat, then Kim set a monster.
Perovic played Nobleman of Crossout, removing Kim’s face down D. D. Warrior Lady. He set a card to his spell and trap zone and passed. Kim whacked another goat, set a spell or trap, and gave back control of play.
Perovic had another Nobleman of Crossout, and used it to remove Kim’s freshly-set Spirit Reaper. He set at card, played Call of the Haunted, and Kim hit it with another Dust Tornado. Gorilla ate another goat, and Perovic only had one left. Kim set a monster and play passed for another round.
Perovic set a monster and then passed. Kim topdecked Pot of Greed, played it, flipped a Magician of Faith, and played Pot again—a killer play. A Book of Moon held off Kim for a short while, but he now had a commanding lead with Berserk Gorilla, Magician of Faith, and Mystic Swordsman LV2 on the field.
Perovic summoned an Apprentice Magician and ran it into Kim’s Mystic Swordsman. He summoned Magician of Faith, and at first Kim was startled. He then understood Perovic’s move. Taking his turn, Kim drew, played Book of Moon on his Magician of Faith, and flipped it again for yet another Pot of Greed—absolutely brutal. He then tributed the Magician for a Vampire Lord, swung with Swordsman to take out the Magician of Faith, and swung directly with Vampire Lord and Berserk Gorilla.
Perovic had a hand full of monsters: Sinister Serpent, Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Beginning, Airknight Parshath, and a freshly-topdecked D. D. Assailant. He riffled his graveyard a bit, contemplating what he could do. He had a Light and a Dark monster . . . his move Last Turn guaranteed that. He brought out Black Luster Soldier, passed priority, and brought out D. D. Assailant. Black Luster Soldier took down Vampire Lord and Berserk Gorilla, and Assailant smacked the Swordsman LV2. Kim had four cards in hand, and drew a fifth. The life point totals were 5200 to 3500 in Kim’s favor.
Kim flipped his set Call of the Haunted, brought up Berserk Gorilla, and attacked D. D. Assailant with it. Both were removed from play. He then set a monster, set two cards in his spell and trap zone, and passed. It was impossible to tell if Kim was bluffing to cover a weakness, or if his position was as strong as it statistically should have been.
Perovic took some time, and tension shot through the onlookers. He’d drawn into a Torrential Tribute, so he could cover himself that way. But an aggressive press might reward him with a win next turn.
Instead, he opted to remove Kim’s face down monster. A wise move, as Kim saw his Sangan sent out of play. Perovic set a monster and the Torrential Tribute and passed.
Graceful Charity hit the field on Kim’s side, and he promptly discarded, including Sinister Serpent. He then used Lightning Vortex to destroy the Soldier. He used Book of Life to summon a Vampire Lord, removing the Soldier from the game, but Perovic had the Torrential Tribute to equalize the field when Kim played Berserk Gorilla. He set one monster, and that was it for him.
Next turn Kim brought back his Sinister Serpent and summoned Vampire Lord. He ran the Vampire Lord into Perovic’s Sinister Serpent, and passed.
Time was then called. Perovic had no way to make up the life point difference, and after a brief glance at his hand he extended his hand to Kim for a shake.
Jae Kim wins the match, finishing the day with an 8-1 record that may get him into Day 2!
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