Feature Match – LCQ1: Bau Nguyen vs Puccilli Raphel
Last Chance Qualifiers are well underway here in Frankfurt, with Duelists from all over the continent battling to take the precious last few spots in tomorrow’s main event. The top two Duelists from each LCQ will earn a spot in the Championship tournament – I’m here to give you a look at what’s happening in the semi final where one player will prevail and one will be back in the Public Events queue to try again!
Bau Nguyen is from Stuttgart in Germany so it didn’t take him too long to get here to Frankfurt with his Constellar deck. Puccilli Raphel had a bit of a longer trip here from France, piloting his Dragon Ruler deck through the first round against Inzektor. Now these two would square off – one would make it, one wouldn’t.
Nguyen won the dice roll and elected to go first, activating [ff tenki] to search [con kaus], revealing his strategy early on. He [ns]ed [con alg], using it’s effect to [ss] Kaus, to which Raphel chained [maxx]. Kaus changed both monsters to level 5 and [xyz]ed [con ple] – using it’s effect to return Tenki to his hand. Two set [st]s completed his turn.
Raphel started with [reactan] discarding a [redox] to [ss] another from the Deck in defence. He followed up with [stream] discarding [blaster] to [ss] [tidal]. Both monsters became , and [con ple] returned it to the Extra Deck before it could use it’s effect. Blaster and Tidal resurrected Redox from the graveyard and used their respective effects to fetch out their smaller equivalents from the Deck. In a gutsy move, Raphel [ns]ed [veiler] and [synch]ed [crimson blader]. His attack was met with [prison] which concluded his turn.
Tenki started Nguyen off searching [con kaus]. [con ptol] made it’s way over Pleiades and he choose to [ns] [ff bear]. A direct attack searched [ff tensu] and a follow up from M7 left Raphel on 3600. [mp2] saw Tensu flipped and Kaus Summoned. [dweller] was [ss]ed and a backrow set to pass play.
In Raphel’s [sp] Dweller’s effect was activated. [burner] and Stream sought out a Blaster from the Deck, Raphel attempted to attack forgetting that it had been bought out by the baby Dragon’s effect! He could do nothing but pass.
It was all over a turn later as [con ptol] gave Nguyen a Algiedi from the graveyard. It came down with Kaus and made , the effect of which and following attacks were too much for the Dragon Ruler player to take as he shuffled up his cards and started side-decking for game two!
[h2]Nguyen takes the first duel thanks to the heavy control element of his Constellar Deck![/h2]
Raphel was going to need to bring out all the stops to overcome this rogue Deck in the next game, and he started off with a strong opening play. [reactan] discarded [blaster] to [ss] [redox] in defence. [lightning] discarded [tempestd] to [ss] another Tempest in attack. Both monsters became a [sack] which spawned two tokens, rendering him temporarily indestructable. With no [rejuv] to play, Raphel ended with two cards left in hand – [veiler] and [maxx]. Both could come in incredibly useful in retaining his position!
Nguyen considered his position briefly before setting three [st]s and passing.
Dracossack attacked in to a [prison] on the next turn (not so indestructible after all, it would seem), and in [mp] Raphel banished Redox and Tempest for Blaster, which was met by a [bth]. Both effects of the banished Dragons were used, searching a Tempest and Reactan. The latter was used to discard the former and [ss] a Redox from the Deck in defence. Raphel passed.
[rota] was first from Nguyen, searching [con pol]. It was [ns]ed and when Raphel responded to the summon with [maxx] Nguyen simply attacked a token before watching Redox bounce to his opponent’s hand in the [ep].
Burner discarded Redox and searched a Blaster from the Deck for Raphel. Another Burner and Reactan were banished for Tempest, who attacked straight in to a [mf]. Lightning and Reactan were banished to [ss] Redox in defence and play passed to Nguyen.
The last token bit the dust thanks to an attack from Pollux, another [st] was set and Redox bounced in the [ep].
Tempest and Redox were banished for Tempest, who along with [veiler] became a [crimson blader]. It met the same fate as game one though, and ended up Banished thanks to a [prison].
[ff tenki] found [con kaus] but when [con alg] was Summoned it’s effect was met with a Veiler. Attacks followed dropping Raphel to 4400 before [mp2] saw [paladynamo] in play.
Redox was used from the hand, Banishing Tempest and Blaster, both of which searched their smaller counterparts – Nguyen had chained [maxx] to the effect so drew a card. [pblocker] was [ns]ed and declared [maxx] – however it was ruled that [maxx] will still allow Nguyen to draw as an already activated lingering effect. Next up, Burner and Lightning [ss]ed Blaster from the Deck. Redox and Blaster became  which took control of Paladynamo before attacking with Psi-Blocker to reduce Nguyen to 4800.
Another Tenki started Nguyen off for the turn, searching [ff bear]. Tensu was activated, it’s effect used to [ns] Kaus. Next up was [con som] which joined with Kaus to make [con ple]. It’s effect returned Big Eye to the Extra Deck before it attacked over Paladynamo.
Raphel’s only move was to [ns] [eclipse]. Next turn it was all over as Bear wiped it off the field, Pleiades attacked over Psi-Blocker using [honest] to hammer home extra damage, before Bear finished the job!
[h2]Bau Nguyen moves on to the main event tomorrow![/h2]Back to all news