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 Ralambomiadana and Aoued Benabdallah.
That means it’s an all French affair in the quarter finals with Ralambomiadana relying on the Bujin Deck while Benabdallah puts his trust in the Evilswarm archetype.
Ralambomiadana won the die roll and he didn’t skip a beat; he used Fire Formation - Tenki to search his Deck for Bujin Mikazuchi. He Summoned Bujin Yamato, added 2 face-down Spell or Trap Cards and sent Bujingi Hare to his Graveyard before passing play.
Bujin Yamato attempted to attack Evilswarm Thunderbird, but Fiendish Chain stopped it dead in its tracks. Evilswarm Thunderbird left the field, Ralambomiadana then added Bujingi Quilin and both monsters were used to Xyz Summon Bujintei Susanowo. It was met with a Effect Veiler, which drew a first reaction from the crowd. Ralambomiadana set Book of Moon, which got destroyed by Mystical Space Typhoon.
Evilswarm Thunderbird returned to the field and Benabdallah checked his Extra Deck. He found the Xyz Monster he was looking for, adding Evilswarm Castor to his party so he could then recruit Number 101: Silent Honor Ark. A Torrential Tribute got flipped and an Xyz Material would get detached while Bujingi Hare made sure Ralambomiadana wouldn’t lose his monster. Benabdallah set a second back row card and he passed.
Bujintei Susanowo lost his second Xyz Material and Ralambomiadana sent Bujingi Centipede to his Graveyard. It wouldn’t stay there for long and that cost Benabdallah Torrential Tribute. Bujintei Susanowo then attacked over Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, which detached its second Xyz Material so it would get to see another turn. However, a Bujingi Quilin left the Graveyard, leaving Benabdallah with no field if it weren’t for a lonely face-down Spell or Trap Card.
It got activated the following turn: Mystical Space Typhoon, destroying Mind Crush. Evilswarm Kerykeion got Summoned then, Benabdallah’s last card. Evilswarm Castor got banished, but a second Mind Crush from Ralambomiadana made sure Benabdallah couldn’t come back! He passed play.
Pot of Duality revealed Bujingi Hare, Fiendish Chain and Bujincarnation. Ralambomiadana was quite sure that Bujingi 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 Mikazuchi to his field then and play proceeded with the Battle Phase. This time, Benabdallah was left without a field for real!
4500 Life Points remained for Benabdallah. He only set a Spell or Trap Card.
Ralambomiadana went in with both monsters and Benabdallah found nothing to defend himself with.
Vincent Ralambomiadana claims the lead!
2 copies of Mind Crush seem to be putting in some serious legwork for Vincent Ralambomiadana 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?
Naturally, Benabdallah went first, activating Reinforcement of the Army to search his Deck for Evilswarm Castor. It entered the field, Evilswarm Thunderbird came down next and that could mean only one thing: Evilswarm Ophion. It got Benabdallah Infestation Pandemic from his Deck, just as expected, and he then added 3 back row cards before ending his first turn.
Ralambomiadana had 2 face-downs and Fire Formation - Tenki, which was met with Mystical Space Typhoon. Pot of Duality then revealed 2 copies of Mystical Space Typhoon and Bujingi Crane and Ralambomiadana picked one of the Mystical Space Typhoons. He added a set monster and a Spell or Trap Card.
Benabdallah’s Evilswarm Ophion got rid of its second Xyz Material. He Summoned Rescue Rabbit, causing a loud “Voila!” from one of his friends in the crowd. This got him 2 copies of Evilswarm Heliotrope, the first of which attacked over Bujingi Quilin.
The attack of the second one ended in Memory of an Adversary, but Benabdallah Chained Infestation Pandemic. The judges were now called to make sure this would be ruled correctly. Ralambomiadana 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 Ralambomiadana would get to take the damage (twice – once from the attack, once from the effect of Memory of an Adversary), but NOT claim control over Evilswarm Kerykeion later on, which translates in short to “the worst outcome”.
The last attack connected as well, leaving Ralambomiadana with just 1550 Life Points. In Main Phase 2, Benabdallah went for another copy of Evilswarm Ophion, searching out yet another Infestation Pandemic.
Ralambomiadana drew and he immediately shuffled up.
Aoued Benabdallah ties the score!
Vincent Ralambomiadana 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 Ralambomiadana who went first in the last game of the match. He Summoned Bujingi Turtle and he set 2 Spell or Trap Cards.
Kaiser Colosseum got activated after an attack with Bujingi Turtle connected.
Mystical Space Typhoon destroyed Kaiser Colosseum and Rescue Rabbit got Summoned. Ralambomiadana let out a curse, which was apparent despite my lack of French. 2 copies of Evilswarm Heliotrope hit play and rather than attacking with them, Benabdallah went with the seemingly safer option of using them to Special Summon Number 66: Master Key Beetle. He detached a material for one of his face-down Spell or Trap Cards, but a Fiendish Chain made sure the Spell or Trap Card wouldn’t be protected. Benabdallah then ended.
Play was back to Ralambomiadana who Normal Summoned Bujingi Crane. Benabdallah flipped Macro Cosmos, which was bad news, considering Ralambomiadana was holding on to 2 copies of Bujincarnation. The Extra Deck got checked and Ralambomiadana found something: Diamond Dire Wolf. Benabdallah made a face, but he didn’t respond in any other way. One of the Xyz Materials were detached and Macro Cosmos left the field, together with Diamond Dire Wolf. Bujincarnation followed, Ralambomiadana then went for Bujintei Susanowo and he activated its effect, sending Bujingi Quilin to the Graveyard.
Bujingi Quilin left it right away again, taking down Number 66: Master Key Beetle. An attack followed, leaving Benabdallah with 3900 Life Points.
Benabdallah drew after that into Dimensional Fissure. He Summoned Evilswarm Kerykeion, worked its magic and that meant he also had a Evilswarm Heliotrope on the field, which then was used together with Evilswarm Kerykeion to Xyz Summon Evilswarm Ophion. Ralambomiadana 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. Infestation Pandemic got added to Benabdallah’s hand, he then attacked over Bujintei Susanowo and he passed the turn.
In his turn, Ralambomiadana activated his second Bujincarnation. Once again he went for an Xyz Summon and just like before, Bujintei Susanowo entered the field. It activated its effect, with Ralambomiadana adding Bujin Yamato to his hand. He banished Bujingi Quilin then, pondering over the available options. Benabdallah certainly gave him enough good targets. He chose Dimensional Fissure, but Debunk made sure Bujingi Quilin's effect couldn’t destroy it. Ralambomiadana set a monster and he opted not to attack. Time was called in this very moment.
He brought back Evilswarm Heliotrope, he attacked over Bujintei Susanowo with Evilswarm Ophion, Evilswarm Kerykeion took down the set Bujingi Crane and Evilswarm Heliotrope made it 5750 Life Points for Ralambomiadana. Benabdallah added a second face-down Spell or Trap Card and he ended.
Ralambomiadana drew and he went straight for his Graveyard. He then set a card to each zone and passed play.
Evilswam Mandragora joined Benabdallah’s party. His friends were clearly ahead of him, already celebrating his victory. He was still shaking. Evilswarm Heliotrope attacked and Ralambomiadana activated Malevolent Catastrophe. An Infestation Pandemic got Chained, which was what Ralambomiadana wanted. He Chained a Book of Moon to flip Evilswarm Ophion face-down. A second Infestation Pandemic was all Benabdallah needed to force his opponent into submission.