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Quarter Finals: Vincent Ralambomiadana (Bujin) vs. Aoued Benabdallah (Evilswarm)

27.04.2014 | 18:26 |

We’re nearing the conclusion of YCS Paris 2014. We just took a few photographs to complete our Top 8 Profiles and 2 of those players will now have to go up against each other: Vincent [rala] and Aoued Benabdallah.

That means it’s an all French affair in the quarter finals with [rala] relying on the Bujin Deck while Benabdallah puts his trust in the Evilswarm archetype.
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Vincent Ralambomiadana wanted to become the first Duelist to win a YCS in both America and Europe!

Vincent Ralambomiadana wanted to become the first Duelist to win a YCS in both America and Europe!


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[rala] won the die roll and he didn’t skip a beat; he used [ff tenki] to search his Deck for [bujin mika]. He summoned [bujin yam], added 2 face-down Spell or Trap Cards and sent [bujin hare] to his Graveyard before passing play.

Benabdallah found an [upstart] among his opening 6, he then summoned [ev thun], he added 3 back row cards and play was back to [rala].

[bujin yam] attempted to attack [ev thun], but [fiendish] stopped it dead in its tracks. [ev thun] left the field, [rala] then added [bujin quil] and both monsters were used to [xyz] [susanowo]. It was met with a [veiler], which drew a first reaction from the crowd. [rala] set [bom], which got destroyed by [mst].
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Evilswarm Thunderbird came back and received a counter as a reward for the great job it did!

Evilswarm Thunderbird came back and received a counter as a reward for the great job it did!


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[ev thun] returned to the field and Benabdallah checked his Extra Deck. He found the Xyz Monster he was looking for, adding [ev castor] to his party so he could then recruit [101]. A [tt] got flipped and an Xyz Material would get detached while [bujin hare] made sure [rala] wouldn’t lose his monster. Benabdallah set a second back row card and he passed.

[susanowo] lost his second Xyz Material and [rala] sent [bujin centi] to his Graveyard. It wouldn’t stay there for long and that cost Benabdallah [tt]. [susanowo] then attacked over [101], which detached its second Xyz Material so it would get to see another turn. However, a [bujin quil] left the Graveyard, leaving Benabdallah with no field if it weren’t for a lonely face-down Spell or Trap Card.
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Benabdallah considered activating his Trap Card.

Benabdallah considered activating his Trap Card.


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It got activated the following turn: [mst], destroying [mind crush]. [ev kery] got summoned then, Benabdallah’s last card. [ev castor] got banished, but a second [mind crush] from [rala] made sure Benabdallah couldn’t come back! He passed play.

[pod] revealed [bujin hare], [fiendish] and [bujincarnation]. [rala] was quite sure that [bujin hare] was not the right target, but he had trouble deciding between the other 2 cards. Eventually, he went with the Spell Card.
He added [bujin mika] to his field then and play proceeded with the Battle Phase. This time, Benabdallah was left without a field for real!
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Vincent Ralambomiadana had this game in the bag!

Vincent Ralambomiadana had this game in the bag!


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4500 Life Points remained for Benabdallah. He only set a Spell or Trap Card.

[rala] went in with both monsters and Benabdallah found nothing to defend himself with.

[h2]Vincent [rala] claims the lead![/h2]

2 copies of [mind crush] seem to be putting in some serious legwork for Vincent [rala] this weekend. One might think that they could often clog up your hand when in fact they can easily foil your opponent’s game plan single-handedly. Would we get to see the Trap Card again in the following games or could Benabdallah find a better way to take control of the Duel?
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Aoued Benabdallah now had to win 2 Duels in a row to come back!

Aoued Benabdallah now had to win 2 Duels in a row to come back!


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Naturally, Benabdallah went first, activating [rota] to search his Deck for [ev castor]. It entered the field, [ev thun] came down next and that could mean only one thing: [ophion]. It got Benabdallah [i pand] from his Deck, just as expected, and he then added 3 back row cards before ending his first turn.

[rala] had 2 face-downs and [ff tenki], which was met with [mst]. [duality] then revealed 2 copies of [mst] and [bujin crane] and [rala] picked one of the [mst][s]. He added a set monster and a spell or trap.
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This time it was Ralambomiadana looking over the options in his back row!

This time it was Ralambomiadana looking over the options in his back row!


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Benabdallah’s [ophion] got rid of its second Xyz Material. He summoned [rabbit], causing a loud “Voila!” from one of his friends in the crowd. This got him 2 copies of [ev helio], the first of which attacked over [bujin quil].
The attack of the second one ended in [moaa], but Benabdallah chained [i pand]. The judges were now called to make sure this would be ruled correctly. [rala] thought that since the effect of the Trap Card didn’t directly target the monster, it should still work, whereas the judges ruled that this wasn’t the case since Benabdallah’s monster was unaffected regardless. This ruling was appealed, but upheld by the Head Judge. That meant [rala] would get to take the damage (twice – once from the attack, once from the effect of [moaa]), but NOT claim control over [ev kery] later on, which translates in short to “the worst outcome”.

The last attack connected as well, leaving [rala] with just 1550 Life Points. In [mp] 2, Benabdallah went for another copy of [ophion], searching out yet another [i pand].
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A second Ophion hit play!

A second Ophion hit play!


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[rala] drew and he immediately shuffled up.

[h2]Aoued Benabdallah ties the score![/h2]

Vincent [rala] seemed a little stunned after what had just happened. He tried his best to keep his calm, though, a crucial ability for a Duelist that needs to perform well at this high level of competition.

It was [rala] who went first in the last game of the match. He summoned [bujin turtle] and he set 2 Spell or Trap Cards.

Benabdallah invited [ev helio], but it fell into a [bth]. He then set 3 back row cards before ending.
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Ralambomiadana pulled ahead thanks to the help of his Trap Card!

Ralambomiadana pulled ahead thanks to the help of his Trap Card!


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[kaiser col] got activated after an attack with [bujin turtle] connected.

[mst] destroyed [kaiser col] and [rabbit] got summoned. [rala] let out a curse, which was apparent despite my lack of French. 2 copies of [ev helio] hit play and rather than attacking with them, Benabdallah went with the seemingly safer option of using them to [ss] [66]. He detached a material for one of his face-down Spell or Trap Cards, but a [fiendish] made sure the spell or trap wouldn’t be protected. Benabdallah then ended.

Play was back to [rala] who [ns]ed [bujin crane]. Benabdallah flipped [macro], which was bad news, considering [rala] was holding on to 2 copies of [bujincarnation]. The Extra Deck got checked and [rala] found something: [ddw]. Benabdallah made a face, but he didn’t respond in any other way. One of the Xyz Materials were detached and [macro] left the field, together with [ddw]. [bujincarnation] followed, [rala] then went for [susanowo] and he activated its effect, sending [bujin quil] to the Graveyard.
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Ralambomiadana relied on Susanowo and... a gigantic Hand Monster?!

Ralambomiadana relied on Susanowo and... a gigantic Hand Monster?!


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[bujin quil] left it right away again, taking down [66]. An attack followed, leaving Benabdallah with 3900 Life Points.

Benabdallah drew after that into [df]. He summoned [ev kery], worked its magic and that meant he also had a [ev helio] on the field, which then was used together with [ev kery] to [xyz] [ophion]. [rala] was obviously frustrated beyond belief (which seemed perfectly reasonable with Benabdallah finding the perfect out), but he tried his best to not show it too much. [i pand] got added to Benabdallah’s hand, he then attacked over [susanowo] and he passed the turn.
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Ophion started to turn this Duel around!

Ophion started to turn this Duel around!


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In his turn, [rala] activated his second [bujincarnation]. Once again he went for an [xyz] and just like before, [susanowo] entered the field. It activated its effect, with [rala] adding [bujin yam] to his hand. He banished [bujin quil] then, pondering over the available options. Benabdallah certainly gave him enough good targets. He chose [df], but [debunk] made sure [bujin quil]'[s] effect couldn’t destroy it. [rala] set a monster and he opted not to attack. Time was called in this very moment.

Benabdallah used the effect of [ophion] once more. This got him yet another [i pand]. He summoned [ev kery] and the crowd went truly wild. These draws!
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Benabdallah wouldn't give away the win anymore now!

Benabdallah wouldn't give away the win anymore now!


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He brought back [ev helio], he attacked over [susanowo] with [ophion], [ev kery] took down the set [bujin crane] and [ev helio] made it 5750 Life Points for [rala]. Benabdallah added a second face-down Spell or Trap Card and he ended.

[rala] drew and he went straight for his Graveyard. He then set a card to each zone and passed play.

[ev mand] joined Benabdallah’s party. His friends were clearly ahead of him, already celebrating his victory. He was still shaking. [ev helio] attacked and [rala] activated [malevolent catastrophe]. An [i pand] got chained, which was what [rala] wanted. He chained a [bom] to flip [ophion] face-down. A second [i pand] was all Benabdallah needed to force his opponent into submission.

[h2]Aoued Benabdallah advances to the semi finals![/h2]