Desmond Johnson - a well-known player in the community - came from Atlanta, Georgia today with his Shaddoll deck. Chester Henson brought his Shaddoll Lightsworn deck from Kentucky. Henson won the die roll and started things off in this top table Shaddoll mirror match!

Henson began with Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn. He used its effect to mill Super Polymerization and Upstart Goblin. He then activated Upstart Goblin to draw a card. In the End Phase he milled Vanity's Emptiness and White Dragon Wyverburster with Raiden.

Johnson started off with two Upstart Goblins, giving him a starting hand of Vanity's Emptiness, Shaddoll Fusion, two Sinister Shadow Games, Mathematician, and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning. He Normal Summon Mathematician and sent Shaddoll Squamata to the graveyard to Special Summon Shaddoll Falco. He set all his traps and ended.

Henson used Raiden to mill a Shaddoll Hedgehog and another Raiden. Shaddoll Hedgehog got him Shaddoll Dragon. He then used Shaddoll Fusion to send Shaddoll Dragon and Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress to the graveyard. El Shaddoll Construct hit the field, and the Dragon targeted Johnson's Sinister Shadow Games. The chain resolved, and Johnson sent Shaddoll Beast to the graveyard while Henson sent Shaddoll Squamata. Shaddoll Squamata sent a Beast, and both players drew a card: Johnson got Pot of Duality. Johnson also set the Squamata face-down with a flipped Shaddoll Falco off of Sinister Shadow Games.

Henson pressed forward, Special Summoning Black Dragon Collapserpent from his hand. He then Synchro Summoned Crimson Blader, and Black Dragon added a White Dragon Wyverburster to his hand. White Dragon hit the field next, and Henson then brought out Chaos Sorcerer. It banished Mathematician. He entered the Battle Phase and Crimson Blader attacked Shaddoll Falco. Johnson used Sinister Shadow Games to send Shaddoll Hedgehog to the graveyard and flip Shaddoll Squamata. Shaddoll Hedgehog added Shaddoll Falco to his hand, and Shaddoll Squamata destroyed Crimson Blader. White Dragon and El Shaddoll Construct took out the rest of Johnson's field. In Main Phase 2 he tributed his El Shaddoll Construct for a face-down and added Shaddoll Fusion back to his hand.

Johnson drew Effect Veiler. He used Shaddoll Fusion to get rid of Effect Veiler and Shaddoll Falco for El Shaddoll Construct. It sent Shaddoll Hedgehog to the graveyard. Shaddoll Falco was Special Summoned and Beast was added to the hand. Johnson then attacked over Chaos Sorcerer with El Shaddoll Construct. In Main Phase 2 he Special Summoned Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, and used it to banish Henson's face-down Beast. He then tribute set his Shaddoll Beast using El Shaddoll Construct, which added Shaddoll Fusion to his hand.

Henson drew. He Special Summoned Chaos Sorcerer from his hand, banishing Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning with its effect. He then set a face-down spell or trap and ended.

Johnson drew Mystical Space Typhoon. He thought for a moment, and then Flip Summoned Shaddoll Falco to Special Summon Shaddoll Beast from his graveyard. He then Flip Summoned his other Beast to draw Soul Charge and Super Polymerization, discarding Pot of Duality. He Synchro Summoned Arcanite Magician, but Henson had the Compulsory Evacuation Device to stop it! Next Soul Charge came down targeting El Shaddoll Construct, Shaddoll Beast, and Shaddoll Hedgehog. Johnson dropped to 6000. El Shaddoll Construct sent a Shaddoll Fusion to the graveyard from the deck. Johnson used Shaddoll Fusion fusing Shaddoll Beast and Shaddoll Hedgehog to bring out El Shaddoll Winda. The latter added a Shaddoll Beast to his hand. Number 61: Volcasaurus came down using El Shaddoll Winda and Beast. Then it detached El Shaddoll Winda to destroy Chaos Sorcerer, and Shaddoll Fusion went back to his hand. Johnson then tribute set his Beast using Number 61: Volcasaurus, set a card, and ended his turn.

Henson drew to two cards in hand, staring down a huge field. He dropped Soul Charge, and Johnson flipped up Vanity's Emptiness before Henson even declared his targets. Both competitors dove into their Side Decks. During siding both players agreed to side out Super Polymerization, leaving it face-up in their Side Decks to prove that they weren't using it.

Henson opted to go first. He set a monster and passed

Johnson opened with two Mystical Space Typhoon, Lyla, Shaddoll Hedgehog, Chaos Sorcerer, and Shaddoll Dragon. He set Shaddoll Hedgehog and ended.

Henson went ahead and set a monster before ended.

Johnson drew Allure of Darkness. He flipped Shaddoll Hedgehog to add Shaddoll Fusion to his hand. Next he used Allure of Darkness drawing two Majesty's Fiend. He banished Shaddoll Dragon from his hand. He Tribute Summoned Majesty's Fiend using Shaddoll Hedgehog. It attacked over Shaddoll Dragon, and Johnson set Mystical Space Typhoon before ending.

Henson contemplated his next moves, shuffling through his Extra Deck before finally deciding to pass.

Johnson drew Mathematician. He attacked over Eclipse Wyvern with Majesty's Fiend, then ended.

Henson Special Summoned Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, which then attacked over Majesty's Fiend. In Main Phase 2 he Normal Summoned Raiden and used its effect to mill Vanity's Emptiness and Puppet Plant. In the End Phase he milled Sinister Shadow Games and Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress.

Johnson drew Vanity's Emptiness. He dropped Chaos Sorcerer and banished Soldier. He tributed Chaos Sorcerer for another Majesty's Fiend and attacked over Raiden. He set the Emptiness and passed.

Henson drew to five cards in hand with no field, to Johnson's Majesty's Fiend and face-down Mystical Space Typhoon plus Vanity's Emptiness. He set a monster a passed.

Johnson drew another Mathematician. He attacked over a set Shaddoll Squamata.

Henson set a backrow and passed. Johnson flipped Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy the Sinister Shadow Games.

Johnson drew Upstart Goblin. He attacked directly to drop Henson to 4700 LP and ended.

Henson set a monster and passed.

Johnson drew Upstart Goblin. He attacked over a set Raiden and ended.

Henson sighed at his hand, unable to destroy the Majesty's Fiend.

Johnson drew Shaddoll Hedgehog and attacked for 2400 direct. He set a backrow and ended.

Henson set a monster.

Johnson drew Sinister Shadow Games and attacked over a set Puppet Plant. He set Sinister Shadow Games and ended.

Henson Special Summoned Chaos Sorcerer. He then Normal Summoned Raiden. Henson made Leo, Keeper of the Sacred Tree and attacked over Majesty's Fiend to drop him to 3700 Life Points. He passed, but in the End Phase Johnson flipped Sinister Shadow Games sending Shaddoll Squamata then Shaddoll Falco, which set itself.

Johnson drew Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, and revealing his entire hand to Henson to make him scoop. It worked, and the handshake was extended!

- Doug Zeeff