Jeff Jones is back for another feature match with his Shaddoll Artifact deck that we profiled earlier in the day, and is still holding an impressive X-1 record. His opponent, however, is Benjamin Ott playing Yang Zings! Benjamin is one of the last rogue players at the top tables and we just had to grab him for this feature match. Benjamin won the die roll and opted to go second.

Jeff started off by setting two backrows and a monster.

Ott opened with Bixi, Water of the Yang Zing, Bi'an, Earth of the Yang Zing, Forbidden Lance, Torrential Tribute, Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror, and Fire Hand. He set three backrow and Fire Hand. Jones used Sinister Shadow Games in the End Phase to send Shaddoll Squamata. He flipped up Shaddoll Hedgehog. With their effects he sent Shaddoll Falco to the graveyard and added Shaddoll Fusion to his hand. Shaddoll Falco was Special Summoned face-down.

Jones flipped up Shaddoll Falco, and then Ott used Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror to stop it. Jones activated Allure of Darkness, and he drew two cards before banishing Kuribandit. Then he Synchro Summoned Armades, Keeper of Boundaries, but Ott used Torrential Tribute to destroy it and his own Fire Hand. Jones Normal Summoned Shaddoll Dragon and attacked directly for 1900. HE set one backrow and passed.

Ott drew the Chiwen, Light of the Yang Zing, and he set it. In the End Phase Jones used Artifact Sanctum to bring out Moralltach which was used to destroy Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror.

Jones used Shaddoll Fusion, fusing Shaddoll Dragon and an in-hand Moralltach to bring out El Shaddoll Construct. Ott chained a Forbidden Lance that was targeted by Shaddoll Dragon on Construct, and then the Construct sent Shaddoll Beast to the graveyard. That allowed Jones to draw a card. Next, he banished Shaddoll Hedgehog and Armades for BLS, which then banished the face-down tuner guy.

Ott drew and set Skill Drain. He also set a Bixi, Water of the Yang Zing, and then passed to Jones. In the End Phase, Jones used Artifact Sanctum to Special Summon another Artifact Moralltach.

Jones overlaid his two Artifact Moralltachs for Constellar Pleiades, and then used BLS to banish the face-down Chiwen, Light of the Yang Zing. When Ott responded with Skill Drain Jones used Pleiades to bounce it, and moments later Ott was diving into his Side Deck!

Ott allowed Jones to go first again. He started off by setting four backrow and a monster.

Ott opened with Jinzo, two Mystical Space Typhoon, Forbidden Lance, Ceasefire, and Bottomless Trap Hole. He set all the spells and traps and ended. "Oh you think you're cool, huh?" said Jones as he used Sinister Shadow Games in the End Phase, sending Shaddoll Beast. Shaddoll Falco flipped up, Beast drew him a card, and Shaddoll Beast was set face-down.

Jones drew, Flip Summoned Shaddoll Beast, and then Ott used Bottomless Trap Hole. Jones still drew cards, though, and ended up pitching Artifact Sanctum. He then Normal Summoned Mathematician and used its effect to send Felis, Lightsworn Archer to the graveyard. It Special Summoned itself to the field in defense position. He Synchro Summoned Arcanite Magician using his two Spellcasters, and it loaded up with two counters. He targeted Mystical Space Typhoon with Arcanite, and it was chained to destroy Vanity's Emptiness. The next counter came off and it hit a Ceasefire that was chained to inflict 1000 damage. Jones set two cards and passed.

Ott drew Torrential Tribute. He slammed it face-down and passed. Jones used Mystical Space Typhoon on the Torrential in the End Phase.

Jones drew, set a monster, and ended.

Ott drew another Ceasefire, set it, and ended. In the End Phase Jones used Sinister Shadow Games to send Shaddoll Dragon to the graveyard. Dragon destroyed the Ceasefire and Shaddoll Falco was flipped up to put the Dragon face-down on the field.

Jones drew and flipped up Shaddoll Dragon. He targeted an Mystical Space Typhoon, which was then chained to target Artifact Sanctum, which was chained to Special Summon Artifact Moralltach. Sanctum blew up a Forbidden Lance was reduced Moralltach's ATK by 800. Jones used Shaddoll Falco and Dragon for Goyo Guardian, and then he Normal Summoned Mathematician. It sent Shaddoll Squamata to the grave, and then it sent a Shaddoll Beast so he could draw a card. Jeff used Shaddoll Falco and Mathematician for Armades, Keeper of Boundaries. Jones overlaid Armades and Moralltach for Pleiades and passed.

Ott drew Chiwen, Light of the Yang Zing, set it, and in the End Phase Jones bounced it with Pleiades.

Jones attacked with Pleiades and Goyo. He then tribute set a monster using Arcanite.

Ott drew Soul Charge. He was at 4700. He set Soul Charge and Chiwen, Light of the Yang Zing. In the End Phase Jeff Mystical Space Typhoon'd the set Soul Charge and returned Chiwen to Ott's hand with Pleiades. On Jones turn he flipped up Shaddoll Beast, prompting Ott to extend the handshake! Ott just couldn't get the right draws with his Yang Zing deck, but he's still in the running for making Day 2.

-Doug Zeeff