Mackenzie Franklin has made it all the way to Top 4 with his Shaddoll Artifact deck, "with 50 Sanctums" as claimed goodnaturedly by his opponent Cody Burns. Cody's playing Burning Abyss with Ceasefire in the Main Deck! Both of these players faced each other earlier in the rounds, so this is a rematch for the money. The loser gets 800 dollars, and the winner gets 1600 minimum. Franklin won the die roll and opted to go first.

Franklin started with two Shaddoll Dragon, Artifact Moralltach, Artifact Beagalltach, and Armageddon Knight. He Normal Summoned Armageddon Knight to send Shaddoll Squamata to the graveyard, which then sent Shaddoll Beast to the graveyard. That let him draw an Artifact Sanctum. He set Sanctum and Moralltach before passing.

Burns kicked things off with Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss. It attacked Armageddon Knight, which went down in battle. During Main Phase 2 Burns set two backrow and activated Supply Squad. In the End Phase Franklin used Artifact Sanctum to Special Summon Beagalltach, which targeted and destroyed the face-down Moralltach. Moralltach took out Supply Squad.

Franklin drew Supply Squad. He set Beagalltach and then Xyz Summon Artifact Durendal. Burns thought for a moment, and allowed the Xyz Summon to go through. Next, Franklin Normal Summoned Shaddoll Dragon. In the Battle Phase, Dragon attacked Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and Burns responded with Phoenix Wing Wind Blast, but Durendal changed the effect to pop the face-down Beagalltach. Cir Special Summoned the discarded Scarm, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss, and it fell in battle to Durendal. Franklin set Call Of The Haunted and Burns searched out Tour Guide From the Underworld in the End Phase.

Burns drew and set a backrow. He then Normal Summoned Tour Guide, but Durendal switched its effect to pop the Call Of The Haunted, which was chained to bring back Armageddon Knight which was in turn used to send Shaddoll Dragon to the graveyard. Armageddon Knight hit the yard and Raigeki Break was destroyed by Dragon.

Franklin drew Shaddoll Beast. Both monsters attacked and Tour Guide From the Underworld went down. He set Shaddoll Falco.

Burns flipped Ceasefire to drop Franklin to 6300. Then he Special Summoned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and tributed it for Raiza the Storm Monarch to bounce Durendal. Burns attacked over Dragon.

Franklin drew Vanity's Emptiness. He set Shaddoll Beast by tributing Shaddoll Falco and then set Emptiness before passing.

Raiza attacked Beast, and Franklin drew Shaddoll Fusion and Sinister Shadow Games. He discarded Fusion.

Franklin drew Shaddoll Hedgehog and set it along with Sinister Shadow Games.

Raiza attacked over Shaddoll Hedgehog and it added a Shaddoll Fusion to Franklin's hand. Burns set a backrow and in the End Phase, Sinister Shadow Games was flipped to send Shaddoll Falco to the graveyard. It was met with Vanity's Emptiness.

Franklin drew Vanity's Emptiness and set it.

Burns attacked directly with Raiza.

Franklin drew Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning and passed.

Burns attacked for 2400 with Raiza.

Franklin drew and activated Double Cyclone, targeting Burns' set Forbidden Lance and Franklin's Emptiness. Lance hit the grave and the Vanity's Emptiness was destroyed. Franklin revealed the Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning and Burns dove into his Side Deck immediately.

Despite drawing two Artifacts in his opening hand Franklin makes a huge offensive push and wins Game 1!

Burns chose to go first. He set three backrow and passed.

Franklin opened with Shaddoll Dragon, Effect Veiler, Mathematician, Shaddoll Falco, Breakthrough Skill, and Artifact Moralltach. He Normal Summoned Mathematician and it sent Shaddoll Squamata to the graveyard. That sent Beast to the graveyard which allowed Franklin to draw Shaddoll Fusion. He thought for a moment, and then used the Fusion to pitch Artifact Moralltach and Shaddoll Dragon for El Shaddoll Construct. Dragon targeted a Phoenix Wing Wind Blast which was chained discarding Forbidden Lance to spin away Construct. It sent Shaddoll Falco to the graveyard and was Special Summoned face-down. Mathematician hit directly for 1500 damage. Franklin set Breakthrough Skill.

Burns set and pass.

Franklin drew Veiler. He flipped Shaddoll Falco to set Beast and then attacked with Mathematician and Shaddoll Falco.

Burns activated Supply Squad. Then he Normal Summoned Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss and attacked over Falco.

Franklin drew Trap Stun and Burns used Ceasefire to do 1500 damage. Franklin attacked Cir, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss with Beast (Burns drew a card from Supply Squad) and the Mathematician attacked directly. Franklin set two cards.

Burns set and passed.

Franklin drew Vanity's Emptiness and Burns used Ceasefire. When Franklin flipped Trap Stun Burns revealed his awful face-downs, all virtually unplayable, and offered the handshake.

We're going to the finals with Mackenzie Franklin versus Desmond Johnson!

-Doug Zeeff