Round 1: James Cooke (Geargia) vs. Ryan Fields (Six Samurai)

More than 800 players showed up for YCS Lille and while the majority of them were from France, we opted to pick UK Duelists James Cooke and Ryan Field for our round 1 Feature Match. Both are well familiar with each other since they’re usually playing in the very same store in London.

While Cooke’s bringing a Geargia Deck to the table, Field is relying on the power of the Six Samurai today. This is probably going to get interesting, so let’s not waste any time and get started, shall we?!

James Cooke is bringing a Geargia Deck to the table today!
James Cooke is bringing a Geargia Deck to the table today!

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Cooke kicked things off, Setting 3 spells or traps together with a monster.

Field only Set 2 Spell or Trap Cards.

[geargia armor] was supposed to give Cooke the first advantage, but [fiendish] held it in place. [g auto] came down, both monsters were used to [xyz] [ggx] and Cooke had to think about his follow-up play for a second. He detached a material, to which Field responded with a second [fiendish]![br]
Cooke found [lance] in his back row, forcing through the effect and allowing him to add [geargia armor] to his hand. He attacked directly, set [geargia armor] and passed.

Field only set a spell or trap.

Cooke [fs]ed [geargia armor], adding [g accel] to his hand, he flipped it face-down again, [ns]ed [248], this time adding [g mk2] to his hand, he switched [ggx] to Defense Position and [geargia armor] back to Attack Position and play proceeded with the Battle Phase. After the attacks connected, Field was left with 4500 Life Points.
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An early advantage for the Machines, now could Cooke keep it up?!
An early advantage for the Machines, now could Cooke keep it up?!

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A [mst] got rid of Cooke’s [fiendish]. [elder] came down after Field activated [united], he used [ascet] to add [kagemusha] to his field, to which Cooke responded with [maxx]. [united] left the field to draw Ryan Field 2 cards and he then Tuned both of his monsters to [shi en].[br]
He attacked over [geargia armor], he Set a spell or trap in [mp] 2 and that concluded the turn.

Cooke was far from being out of options, though. He [ns]ed [g mk2], allowing him to add yet another [geargia armor] to his field. He then Tuned [g mk2] and [248] to [barkion], he [ss]ed [g accel] and another Special Summon followed; this time, [g accel] and [g armor] were used to [xyz] [maestro].
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Both players went for the old school approach and relied on Synchro Monsters!
Both players went for the old school approach and relied on Synchro Monsters!

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Its effect was used to turn [shi en] face-down, [maestro] attacked over it and the attack of [barkion] left Field on a meager 2000 Life Points! Things were getting close!

Field tried to sport a comeback, using [reborn] on [elder]. That was fine with Cooke, the Warrior entered the field again, [ascet] followed and this allowed Field to add [kagemusha] from his Deck. Cooke had a [tt], but so far opted not to use it.[br]
Field used both of his monsters to [ss] [catastor], to which Cooke responded with [bth]. Field took a nervous look at the scorepad and passed play.
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Cooke had this one in the bag!
Cooke had this one in the bag!

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When Cooke announced an attack the following turn, Field wasted no time accessing his Side Deck!

[h2]James Cooke’s Geargia Deck claims the first win![/h2]

This time it would be Field who wanted to go first and he did so with [kagemusha], followed up by [ascet]. This of course got him [elder] and he didn’t waste another minute, adding [catastor] to his Side of the field. Not your typical Six Samurai opening, but Field felt confident, added a back row card and ended.
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Ryan Field got smashed game 1; could he turn things around?!
Ryan Field got smashed game 1; could he turn things around?!

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Cooke used [mst] to destroy his opponent’s Set copy. He then used [g arsenal], it left the field right away, allowing Cooke to add [g accel] to his side of the field. He Set a spell or trap and play was back to Ryan Field.

[kageki] came down, [kagemusha] followed, but Field’s greedy play didn’t result in his desired result; Cooke had a [tt] to get rid of all the monsters!
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Rai-Oh says: No Smoke Signals for you!
Rai-Oh says: No Smoke Signals for you!

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Cooke rebuilt with [rai oh], he attacked, added a back row card and ended.

Field Set a card to each zone.

[rai oh] attacked into [kageki], Cooke [ns]ed [g arsenal] and that concluded the turn.

Field just passed play.

Cooke used the effect of [g arsenal] to add [g auto]. He then followed it up with [248] and both monsters were used to [ss] [burei]. He opted not to activate the effect, he switched [rai oh] to Defense Position and [burei] attacked successfully over [kageki].

Field tried to muster a comeback with [united] and [zanji]. It’s attack was supposed to end in [mf], but [magatama] made sure it could get [rai oh] off the field. [sss] allowed Field to add [hand] to his hand, he Set a back row card and ended.
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The Forbidden Lance was moving at lightning speed!
The Forbidden Lance was moving at lightning speed!

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[duality] got Cooke [lance]. He used the effect of [burei] to switch [zanji] to Defense Position, [g arsenal] followed and after it got rid of the Warrior, [burei] dealt 2600 damage, leaving Field on 1100 Life Points.[br]
In [mp] 2, Cooke replaced [g arsenal] with [g auto].

Field was hanging in the ropes and he knew it – his facial expression was giving that much away. He used his face-down [mst] to destroy Cooke’s Set [lance], he checked his opponent’s Graveyard and then set a card to each zone.
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3 on 1 is hardly a fair fight!
3 on 1 is hardly a fair fight!

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Cooke found [mst] to get rid of [warning]. He added another monster, declared an attack and Field indicated his Set [hand] (the one he added earlier with [sss]) and extended the hand!

[h2]James Cooke overcomes Ryan Field 2 – 0![/h2]

What a start for James Cooke, who’s certainly feeling confident with his Deck choice for this weekend. Let’s see if he can keep his winning streak up and carry his Geargia Deck into day 2!
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