Round 1: Christian Rocher (Spirits) vs. Antoine Prelle (Harpies)

647 Duelists showed up to compete in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Paris, all eager to win a trophy by the end of tomorrow. It will be quite a feat to make it that far, though, since they first need to overcome the opposition in 10 rounds of Swiss and a few more rounds in the knock out portion of the event.

For our first feature match of the day, we decided to invite some locals. In fact, Christian Rocher sent us his decklist in advance and it certainly didn’t disappoint. He’s running his own take on the brand new Spirit Deck that was making some waves lately and he’ll have to go up against his fellow countryman Antoine Prelle…
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Christian Rocher was piloting a Spirit Deck this weekend!
Christian Rocher was piloting a Spirit Deck this weekend!

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Prelle kicked things off, [ns]ing [mv sol]. This seemed like an interesting choice.

Rocher on the other hand played [aratama], allowing him to add [nikitama] to his hand and giving us a preview of the turns to come. He played [cs], set 2 Spells or Traps and ended his turn.

[hhg] came down and [h chan] followed. It targeted [legacy], which Rocher chained to draw a card. A [fchain] followed, stopping [h chan] dead in its tracks.

Play was back to Rocher, who invited [nikitama] to his party. He followed it up with a Xyz Summon, but [warning] foiled that plan.
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A MST into Fiendish Chain combination made sure Prelle had a slow start!
A MST into Fiendish Chain combination made sure Prelle had a slow start!

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Rocher still got to draw a card thanks to the effect of [nikitama]. Rocher added 3 back row cards and he passed play with the Spirit returning to his hand.

Prelle only switched [h chan] to [def] and he passed play.

That gave Rocher the opening he needed. Once again, he summoned [nikitama], he followed it up with [aratama] as well as [kage2]. [lchain] got [xyz]ed next and it put [bls] on top of Rocher’s deck. [nikitama]'[s] effect triggered, which meant that Rocher would get to draw [bls] right away. Prelle let out a sigh.
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Black Luster Soldier - ending games in spectacular fashion since 2007!
Black Luster Soldier - ending games in spectacular fashion since 2007!

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[bls] took down [h chan] and it dealt another 3000 points of damage. [lchain] and [nikitama] followed, which meant that Prelle was left with only 400 Life Points!

Prelle drew, but he didn’t find an out, so he shuffled up for game 2.

[h2]Christian Rocher gains the lead![/h2]

Once again, Prelle went first, this time with [gale] and 2 face-down Spells or Traps.

Rocher had [yaksha] and it bounced one of Prelle’s back row cards. It attacked successfully over [gale] and Prelle then added 3 face-down cards.

Prelle once again found [hhg] and he invited [h chan], but [tt] wiped the board.
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Rocher's Deck had some extra versatility thanks to Reinforcement to the Army!
Rocher's Deck had some extra versatility thanks to Reinforcement to the Army!

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[rota] then got Rocher [pho thrasher] and he summoned it to the field. He attacked and passed play.

Prelle now summoned [h lady 1] and [mst] took down [hhg] to make sure it wouldn’t trigger. [h dancer] followed and both were used to [xyz] [chidori], but it was met with [bth].

Rocher tried to gain the upper hand with his Spirits once again, but [warning] took care of [nikitama].
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The game had turned into a stalemate thanks to the timely use of Trap Cards!
The game had turned into a stalemate thanks to the timely use of Trap Cards!

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Nothing happened the following turn, so it was up to Rocher once again. [yaksha] bounced Prelle’s sole defense and it got some more damage in.

Prelle found [mv sol] and it attacked over [yaksha].
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Rocher was far from being out of options; he summoned King of the Feral Imps out of nowhere!
Rocher was far from being out of options; he summoned King of the Feral Imps out of nowhere!

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This didn’t look too great for Rocher, but he found [aratama] to jump start his engine once again. [mind] followed and he then used both monsters on the field to [ss] [kotfi].

Prelle found [tempestd], he [ss]ed it and it attacked successfully over [kotfi].

This once again looked good for Prelle, but just like before, Rocher had the perfect way out: [pho trasher], [nikitama], [yaksha], [kage2]! He performed an [xyz] of [101], he drew into [bls], it also came down and that provided him with this most impressive field:
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I blinked; when I looked at the table again, Rocher had emptied his hand, leaving him with this impressive field!
I blinked; when I looked at the table again, Rocher had emptied his hand, leaving him with this impressive field!

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“Magnifique!” was all Prelle could say to that. Attacks never had to be declared, much to the tournament organizer’s delight. There was a good chance the building wouldn’t be standing after the dust would start to settle…
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[h2]Christian Rocher overcomes Antoine Prelle![/h2]
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A great start for Christian Rocher and his own take on the Spirit archetype. His version of the deck seems to be extremely well positioned for today’s competition, so we’ll definitely take a closer look in a Deck Analysis later!
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