Finals: Peter Groß (Mermail) vs. Aoued Benabdallah (Evilswarm)
27.04.2014 | 20:52
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! For the fourth time in his life, Peter Groß is playing in the finals of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. He relies on one of the most popular Decks of this weekend’s competition: Mermails! “If you can’t join them, beat them!” is what he explained in his Top 8 profile.
On the other side of the table, we got the hometown hero Aoued Benabdallah who relies on a Deck that no one was expecting to see in the finals: Evilswarm. After this event, there’s a good chance that he’ll be known as the “legend killer”, having already kicked out his fellow countryman Vincent Ralambomiadana in the quarter finals.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s TIME TO DUEL!
Groß was shaking after he checked his opening 6. All monsters!
He kicked things off with Atlantean Dragoons getting sent to the Graveyard and Mermail Abyssteus getting Special Summoned to the field in face-up Defense Position. Effect Veiler negated the effect of Mermail Abyssteus, but Atlantean Dragoons allowed Groß to search his Deck for Atlantean Heavy Infantry.
He then Normal Summoned Mermail Abyssocea and he targeted Mermail Abyssteus for its effect, searching his Deck for Mermail Abysshilde and Mermail Abysslinde. “I already made my first mistake”, he admitted to me at that point. Still, he continued, now checking his Extra Deck and using all of his monsters to Xyz Summon Tri-Edge Levia. “Maybe this time it will serve me better”, Groß said.
Benabdallah only set a Spell or Trap and play was right back to Groß.
Genex Undine got Normal Summoned and Groß went searching for Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls, sending it to his Graveyard and adding Genex Controller to his hand. He attacked with Genex Undine and Tri-Edge Levia followed suit, leaving Benabdallah with 5000 Life Points. The effect of Tri-Edge Levia got used, negating Genex Undine. Mermail Abysshilde was sent to the Graveyard and Mermail Abysshilde came down. It also attacked, so Benabdallah was now left with only 3500 Life Points.
In Main Phase 2, Groß went for Ghostrick Alucard and he tried to destroy Infestation Infection, but not after it got Chained, with Benabdallah shuffling back an Evilswarm Monster and adding Evilswarm Castor to his hand.
Moulinglacia the Elemental Lord followed! Groß had it all! Benabdallah lost Evilswarm Castor and Evilswarm Heliotrope.
So far, Groß didn’t miss a Spell or Trap Card; his hand provided him with all the tools he needed. Benabdallah now Summoned Evilswarm Kerykeion, a card that had already put in some serious work against Vincent Ralambomiadana in the quarter finals. Evilswarm Heliotrope got banished as part of the cost and Groß went through his options. He didn’t Chain, so Benabdallah returned Evilswarm Castor to his hand.
He checked his Extra Deck, planning his next move. Evilswarm Castor hit the field and together, his monsters overlaid to Xyz Summon Evilswarm Bahamut. It activated its effect and targeted Tri-Edge Levia.”Is there any reason not to negate this?”, Groß asked out loud. “Probably not” so that’s what he did and Mermail Abysslinde was sent to his Graveyard.
Evilswarm Bahamut attacked into Ghostrick Alucard, Groß asked “are you sure about that?”, with Benabdallah replying “yes” and he gave away why in Main Phase 2 with Dark Armed Dragon hitting play!
Groß just lost his board.
The home crowd just lost “it”. We were all very deaf.
The Austrian was shell shocked, but he recovered. Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls returned to the field on his following turn, he followed it up with Genex Controller, that meant Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree and he passed play after setting a Spell or Trap Card.
Benabdallah activated the effect of Infestation Infection and Groß Chained Mystical Space Typhoon. The perfect answer! The game was now extremely simplified; only 2 monsters on the board. Benabdallah added Evilswarm Thunderbird and he passed play.
Once again, Groß had an Genex Undine. It sent Mermail Abyssleed to his Graveyard and Evilswarm Thunderbird got banished. Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls made another surprise appearance, Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree attacked over Dark Armed Dragon, Genex Undine and Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls followed and that was enough to finish the first game.
Peter Groß recovers and gains the lead!
Wow, what a thriller. Thanks to some interruptions with both players checking effects with the judges (nervousness got the better of them), we had already spent almost 30 minutes. That meant around 30 minutes would remain in the game as well as a lot of extra time.
This time it was Benabdallah who would be allowed to go first. He did so with Dimensional Fissure and Rescue Rabbit and once again, apart from the finals of the YCS, we were also watching a screaming competition between the members of the crows.
2 copies of Evilswarm Heliotrope hit play, Evilswarm Ophion was next, this got Benabdallah Infestation Pandemic, he set 3 back rows and that concluded his first turn.
Groß once again took a moment to go over his options; he wanted to know whether he could activate the effect of Mermail Abysspike or not. He just a Spell or Trap card and ended.
Benabdallah had Evilswam Mandragora and Evilswarm Castor, which got him Diamond Dire Wolf. He Tributed it to destroy Dust Tornado, but it got Chained to destroy Dimensional Fissure. An attack with Evilswarm Ophion followed and Benabdallah passed.
Mermail Abysspike got Normal Summoned and Groß discarded Mermail Abyssmegalo. Fiendish Chain got Chained. Groß banished Mermail Abyssmegalo to Special Summon Aqua Spirit. Benabdallah considered activating Torrential Tribute and he eventually did so, Chaining Infestation Pandemic. Groß lost his field, Benabdallah kept Evilswarm Ophion. Groß set a Spell or Trap Card and he ended.
Evilswarm Ophion made it 2900 Life Points remaining for Groß. Benabdallah added 2 fresh back row cards.
Groß lost Mermail Abyssgunde in battle.
He passed play without performing any moves on his following turn.
Unopposed, Evilswarm Ophion made it 350 Life Points remaining for Groß. Benabdallah passed without performing any other options.
“You won”, Groß said after he drew for his turn.
Aoued Benabdallah ties the score!
Turns out we needed a third Duel as a decider on who would become the winner of YCS Paris. Both players took their time going through their Side Decks even though – at least Benabdallah – they must have been well familiar with the match-up.
Groß was then ready to make some big plays. He shook hands, wishing his opponent “good luck” for the final Duel of the day and he then drew into 2 Mystical Space Typhoon, Torrential Tribute, Dust Tornado, Mermail Abysshilde and Mermail Abyssleed. He set Mermail Abysshilde together with all of his Spell and Trap Cards and he passed. This made him look like an Infernity player.
Evilswarm Heliotrope got Summoned, Benabdallah added 3 back row cards and he passed play. Groß then used a Dust Tornado to destroy Infestation Pandemic. A good hit it appeared.
He drew for his turn, added a fourth back row again and ended. These were not the cards he was looking for.
Benabdallah seemed to be a little handicapped himself and he just added a fresh card as well. The freshly set Dust Tornado took out Benabdallah’s new Trap Card.
So far, this was a war of attrition and it wasn’t easy to make out who was winning it. Groß passed without performing any actions.
Benabdallah checked his face-down cards, he went over the contents of Groß’ Graveyard again and he then also ended.
Slowly but steadily, we were getting closer to the time out. Less than 15 minutes remained in the finals. Benabdallah attacked over Mermail Abysspike, dealing first blood, leaving Groß on 7650 Life Points. He then Normal Summoned Evilswarm Castor and he used both monsters to Xyz Summon Abyss Dweller. Or rather he wanted to, since Black Horn of Heaven foiled that plan. Benabdallah added a third back row card and he was done for the turn.
This was a big opportunity for Groß and he knew it. He Summoned Genex Undine, sending Atlantean Dragoons to his Graveyard, which in turn then allowed him to search his Deck for Atlantean Marksman. He flicked over the contents of his Extra Deck quickly before he Flip Summoned Mermail Abysshilde. Groß added yet another back row card and he then tried to Special Summon Mermail Abyssteus, discarding Atlantean Marksman in face-up Defense Position. The effects of Atlantean Marksman and Mermail Abyssteus triggered and Groß targeted Fiendish Chain, which got Chained to negate Mermail Abyssteus. Attacks with Genex Undine and Mermail Abysshilde followed. In Main Phase 2, Ghostrick Alucard hit play. It destroyed a Dust Tornado that got Chained, costing Groß Aquamirror Cycle.
Benabdallah Summoned Evilswarm Kerykeion, the monster that might as well earn an all start title this weekend. Groß had no response for the time being and the French Duelist banished Evilswarm Castor while returning Evilswarm Heliotrope to his hand. He Summoned Evilswarm Heliotrope and he wanted to proceed with the Battle Phase, but that was a little premature as Groß still had a Torrential Tribute. Benabdallah added a second back row card.
Groß drew and a cheer went through the German part of the crowd behind him, telegraphing a good card. Mystical Space Typhoon then destroyed Benabdallah’s copy, Groß went through the contents of his Graveyard and he then banished Atlantean Dragoons and Atlantean Marksman to Special Summon Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls.
Genex Controller got Normal Summoned next. Groß had now emptied his hand. He declared attacks and Benabdallah flipped Book of Moon, turning Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls face-down. This left him with 4100 Life Points.
Groß drew, he Flip Summoned Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls. He attacked over Benabdallah’s monster, which now left the French Duelist with 3450 Life Points. That concluded the turn, but not before time was called.
Benabdallah added a second face-down Spell or Trap Card and passed right back.
Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls made it 850 Life Points for Benabdallah. Groß set a monster before ending.
Benabdallah drew and extended the hand. He had drawn into Rescue Rabbit, but with no targets remaining in his Deck, it might have scored him the Oscar for the worst timing, but definitely not the title of YCS winner.
Peter Groß is your YCS Paris Winner!
Peter Groß has now become a three time YCS Winner, making him the first European Duelist to ever accomplish this very special feat. He admitted that he didn’t feel like he deserved it, relying on the established archetype of the Mermails rather than choosing something that no one had on the radar, but at the end of the day, he was still happy to walk away victorious for yet another time.
Congratulations as well to Aoued Benabdallah for putting up an impressive showing this weekend with the Evilswarm Deck. He has made quite a name for himself this weekend and we’ll definitely look out for him in the events to come, especially at the European Championship.