Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium (2)

As the duel between Yugi and Pegasus continues, the Creator of Duel Monsters has a strong advantage. Not only does Pegasus have two monsters to Yugi’s one, but he has also reduced Yugi’s life points to 1800. However neither duellist knows what is happening elsewhere in the castle.

The security guards have patched through to Croquet to inform him that Tristan has stolen Mokuba’s body. Bakura, using the power of his Millennium Ring, listens into the conversation and decides to head off and help Tristan escape. As he goes to leave, Joey stops him, asking where he is going. Bakura tells Joey and Taya that he is going to find Tristan, and they agree that their friend has been gone for a long time.

Back on the duelling field, Pegasus is confident as to knowing Yugi’s next move, playing the Spell Binding Circle and the Summon Skull. As Yugi makes the play, Pegasus is quietly pleased that his Millennium Eye has sighted all vulnerabilities in Yugi’s deck and strategy.

Switching Ryouran to attack mode, Pegasus attacks the Summon Skull, activating Yugi’s Trap card. But as Yugi prepares to return the attack, Pegasus activates his trap Displacement card, shifting the Spell Binding Circle onto Yugi’s Skull. Taunting Yugi that he knew the move, he attacks the Summon Skull, destroying it, and reduces Yugi’s life points to 1400.

Back in the castle, Bakura is using the Millennium Ring to find Bakura, like he did to find Pegasus’s Castle previously. He finds Tristan trapped in a passageway, preparing to fight a pair of guards. The guards threaten Bakura, but he draws a Duel Monsters card. Activating the Chain Energy card, he traps the two guards and then Tristan, Bakura and Mokuba escape.

As the duel continues, Yugi is distressed that there seems to be no way to hide his moves from the Millennium Eye. Joey has also realised this, and wonders if there is any way for his friend to win, but Taya tells him that there must be a way and that they can’t lose faith in Yugi. But with Pegasus knowing all of Yugi’s cards and strategies and having built a perfect counter for each of them, it seems like it could be hopeless.

Just as things are looking bad enough for Yugi, Pegasus plays one of his favourite cards, Toonworld, the card that helped him to defeat Kaiba. As the Toonworld transforms his two monsters, Pegasus attacks Yugi’s Giant Soldier of Stone with Manga Ryouran, destroying Yugi’s defence monster. He then switches the Toon Mermaid to attack mode and ends his turn.

Surprised to see the Toonworld card again, Yugi is concerned that he does not know the weakness of the Toon monsters. In order to try and find out how to destroy them, he decides to play offensively. Playing the Celtic Guardian, Yugi sets up what should be a stalemate. But when the Celtic Guardian attacks, the Mermaid’s clam blocks his sword while the Mermaid attacks, destroying the Guardian.

Pegasus mocks Yugi, explaining that brute force alone won’t defeat the toons, puzzling Yugi further as to how he can defeat them. Pegasus plays two cards face down and then passes play back to Yugi. Deciding to give up on the offensive strategy, Yugi plays his Horn Imp in defence mode. But this activates Pegasus’s Permanent Trap card, Gorgan’s Eye, which turns the Imp into stone. If the Imp is destroyed after being turned to stone, half of its defence points will be taken from Yugi’s life points.

Not content with trapping the Imp, Pegasus reveals his other card to be the Doppelganger. As the Doppelganger transforms into Yugi’s defeated Summon Skull, it is swept up into Toonworld and transformed into the Toon Skull. As Pegasus’s twisted sense of humour shows, he attacks Yugi with the Toon Skull, destroying the Horn Imp and reducing Yugi to 900 life points.

As Yugi draws his next card, Pegasus reveals that it is the Dark Magician, and announces that he is looking forward to crushing it most of all. Meanwhile, Tristan and Bakura are still being chased through the castle, and as they reach the top of a long staircase, they find themselves trapped. As Tristan prepares to give up, Bakura tells him that they haven’t lost yet. Tristan asks what he means, and Bakura draws a deck of cards, preparing to recruit some help from the Shadow Realm.

With Yugi struggling to find a way to defeat Pegasus’s Millennium Eye, and Bakura’s Millennium Ring preparing to call upon the powers of the Shadow Realm, it seems that a colossal battle of the Millennium Items could be about to begin. But who, if anyone, will emerge victorious?