Peter controlling Mermail

On April 30, 2014 by Claudio Kirchmair

Photo Credit: Ricarda Reicher

Do you want to know how Peter Gross won YCS Paris and secured his third YCS title? This little tournament report will give you a short impression what was going on in his mind and how he felt during the rounds. There will also be a YouTube video with more information about his decklist on our channel when the upload is done. We hope you guys enjoy it and leave some feedback if possible ;)

Rd: 1 Dice: won Vs: Squiddy-Mermail Italy  2:
I talked to Claudio prior to the event about the amount of Genex Undines and Genex Controllers he said that he was afraid of opening double Controller and drawing all 3 Undines. I told him if he thinks he will draw 5 out of 5 cards then he should play Exodia. In the first game I opened Undine, searched Controller, used Allure of Darkness to draw the second Controller and in the rest of the game, I drew the other two Undines as well. The first game took us very long (about 30 min) because I had to play passively since he pushed early for a lot of damage but then my Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree stalled vs his Mermail Abyssgaios. When he summoned Mermail Abyssmegalo I used Breakthrough Skill on it and he made a Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack; his field was Dracosack, 1 Token and Abyssgaios; I drew Aquamirror Cycle summoned Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls and Mermail Abysshilde, used BTS on his Gaios, killed his board and I wouldn’t die to his Tidal crashing into my Hilde because I had Aquamirror Cycle to protect her and the rest of my Lifepoints.Game 2: I made a crucial mistake because I thought I could kill Beelze of the Diabolic Dragons by battle but I still won.
Rd: 2 Dice: lost Vs: Trap-heavy Mermail Belgium  2:0
First Game he set 4 and I saw nothing but Mind Crush and Black Horn of Heaven so I thought he would play Geargia but before I finished Game one he set an Atlantean Heavy Infantry and so I knew what I was up against.We had a mid-round deckcheck and when the Judge came back he asked my opponent if his Deckbox was on the table during the game and he replied “Yes.”. Then the Judge asked me the same question and I assumed where this was going. I thought for a second if I should lie to prevent my opponent from a Gameloss because he was very nice and I think it was his first YCS; on the other hand I was afraid of consequences for lying to a judge and he already admitted it, so I truthfully said “Yes” and my opponent got a Gameloss because he had a second Deck in his Deckbox.
Rd: 3 Dice: win Vs: Evilswarm UK  2:1
I opened 2 Mermail Abyssmegalo, Mermail Abyssleed, Mystical Space Typhoon, Mermail Abyssocea and Mermail Abyssgunde. After I discarded an Evilswarm-card from his hand with Leed’s effect I knew what I was up against and decided to go with Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack + Mechquipped Angineer to be safe from Number 101: Silent Honor Ark. But two turns later when he used Dark Hole I got greedy and protected my Angineer and not Drackossack which ended in him making Evilswarm Exciton Knight and that even cost me the Game. Game two I started with MST + Chain Whirlwind which was super strong. Usually I always side out Allure of Darkness because the chance of my opponent killing my whole hand with a single Mind Crush is too high, but I was not prepared for Evilswarm and I had no set boarding plan so I kept Allure in hoping for the best. What will happen will happen and he mind crushed Genex Controller Game 3 in response to my Allure of Darkness, nevertheless I managed to win.
Rd: 4 Dice: lost Vs: Mermail Italy  1:2
Game One I opened Undine and Allure but I drew the second Controller with Allure of Darkness. Game 2 I could win and Game 3 I opened Controller again and he started with Leed discarding something else so I lost.
Rd: 5 Dice: lost Vs: Bujin France  2:0
My plan was to discard Tidal and Infantry to kill Kaiser Colosseum then I would send something to the grave, summon Mermail Abysslinde attack into Bujin Yamato, special summon Leed, attack into Yamato again, he would make Honest to kill Leed which gets me 5 Water monsters in the Grave for my Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord. More or less it worked out this way. Game 2 I used Mind Control and Number 11: Big Eye to get rid of his Yamato.
Rd: 67 Dice: win Vs: Pure Spirit  France  2:1
It was the first time that I played vs Spirit. Game 1 I started with the Combo and won (Mermail Abyssteus + Level 4 Mermail Monster). He was in a strong position game 2 so I gave up to have more time for the last game which I won.
Rd: 7 Dice: lost Vs: -Harpies France  2:1
I won the first game and he the second. The 3rd game started about 4 minutes before time-out and I had a hand which I couldn’t lose with, containing: Mermail Abyssmegalo, Mermail Abyssteus, Atlantean Dragoons, Solemn Warning, Aquamirror Cycle and Abyss-sphere. Now I knew why it is so good to play the best Deck.
Rd: 8 Diceroll: win Vs: Geargia  France  2:1
Rd: 9 Diceroll: win Vs: Geargia  France  2:0
Rd: 10 Diceroll: lost Vs: Harpies  France  1:2
Feature Match.
Top 32 Diceroll: lost Vs: Geargia  France  2:0
I faced my opponent from the 9th round again. I won the first Game although I drew Controller because he had a bad hand as well. Game 2 I drew Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord, Mermail Abysspike, Dark Hole, Aquamirror Cycle, Chain Whirlwind and Mind Control vs his set Geargiamor, Macro Cosmos and lots of more backrow cards. I decided to set up a Dark Hole + Chain Whirlwind play. On the next turn I drew Abyss-sphere and used Pike discarding Moulinglacia and he responded with Fiendish Chain. Next he MST’d my set Abyss-sphere so I was in a pretty bad position with only an Aquamirror Cycle and a Mind Control and he was just about to summon a rank 4 XYZ which I feared to be Gear Gigant X, but it was Abyss Dweller and my Mind Control + Cycle turned the game into my favour.
Top 16 Diceroll: lost Vs: Infernity  Germany  2:1
This was the Match I was most afraid of but in the End I won during time-out-procedure.
Top 8 Diceroll: lost Vs: Spellbook  France  2:0
After winning the first game I had to make a hard decision during the second game. Since I play Yu-Gi-Oh! I tried my best to build my reputation of being a nice and good player and I think it worked out so far. But then my opponent made a mistake and I had the chance to become an asshole, but let me explain the situation before: He had a High Priestess of Prophecy (pushed by Spellbook of Power and Spellbook of Master on Power) and Spellbook Magician of Prophecy; I had Genex Undine and he attacked with Priestess and we wrote the damage, to make the game faster he asked: “500 more for Magician is also ok?” and I replied “Yes” and we both wrote the damage, then he wanted to search for Power and Master. I thought for a little while and then decided to not to let him search because Power is only an optional effect and if he does something between it is too late. My reasoning was: If I would really lose somehow this game and then the next one, I would hate myself for not taking this opportunity but I prefered to let someone else hate me and I did the “Asshole-move”. He appealed to the Judge but since he saw what happened he decided that he missed his chance.
Top 4 Diceroll: win Vs: Mermail  Italy  2:1
Feature Match. After becoming an asshole I still had my reputation for being kind of good at this game. I also had a plan to change this. If you read both FMs you will find a lot of misplays of mine and I thought for a very long time how this could be possible because in swiss I didn’t play THAT bad. And I think I found the reasons:
First of all, I was still distracted because of the way how I won in the Top 8. Then I was nervous. It’s true, for the first time in a very long time I was nervous playing a Feature Match. Usually I love Feature Matches because my opponent is the nervous one and I’m confident with my deck. But this time I decided to play Mermail on Wednesday evening before the event and I clearly lacked practice. The reason I decided to play Mermail at all was because I had lots of experience playing against it.
Final Diceroll: win Vs: Evilswarm  France  2:1
Feature Match. At least I could prove my point: It doesn’t take skill to win a YCS with Mermail ;)
I want to thank my whole Team for making this possible and giving me all infos I needed to play Mermail.


















Monster: 26
Mermail Abyssteus
Mermail Abysspike
Genex Undine
Mermail Abyssmegalo
Mermail Abysslinde
Atlantean Marksman
Genex Controller
Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord
Mermail Abyssleed
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls
Atlantean Dragoons
Mermail Abyssturge
Mermail Abyssgunde
Mermail Abysshilde
Mermail Abyssocea
Atlantean Heavy Infantry

Spell: 6
Mystical Space Typhoon
Allure of Darkness
Dark Hole
Mind Control

Trap: 11
Aquamirror Cycle
Breakthrough Skill
1 Bottomless Trap Hole
1 Solemn Warning
1 Abyss-squall
1 Torrential Tribute

Extra Deck: 15
Black Rose Dragon
Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree
Mermail Abysstrite
Tri-Edge Levia
Ghostrick Alucard
Leviair the Sea Dragon
Mechquipped Angineer
Abyss Dweller
Lavalval Chain
Evilswarm Exciton Knight
Number 101: Silent Honor ARK
Bahamut Shark
Number 11: Big Eye
Mecha Phantom Beast Dracossack
Mermail Abyssgaios

Side Deck: 15
Maxx “C”
Zombie World
Dust Tornado
Chain Whirlwind
Black Horn of Heaven


YCS Paris - Peter Gross - Mermail

Peter also wants to thanks Federico Zoppini, Luca Chetoni, Long Dao and Claudio Kirchmair because they helped him with the decision to play the deck and the deck building. The next big event Peter will attend will probably the WCQ: National Championship Germany at the end of May. Stay tuned ;)

Peter Gross is the Vice-President, Players and has been a member of United Gosus since 2013. For more information on Peter check out his member profile.