Round 1: Peter Groß vs. Florent Henebert
We last saw Peter Groß battling it out with Long Dao in the Round 10 Feature Match of YCS Lille back in April. Things have changed dramatically since then, with the Mermails mysteriously disappearing from the tournament scene temporarily and the Dragon Rulers and Prophecy Monsters filling in for them.
That might change again starting this weekend and the Mermails might make their triumphant return in the upcoming 4 months thanks to the new forbidden and limited list, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves and focus on today’s event!
Unlike in a Constructed Event, both Peter Groß and his opponent Florent Henebert from Belgium will solely have to rely on the cards they were dealt at the start of this event.
Groß was rather quick to point out that he didn’t really like his pool too much, but given his impressive track record, that might not translate into him not advancing to Day 2. Let’s see how this will go.
Peter Groß won the die roll and opted to go first. He recruited [geaf] and added 2 back row cards before passing play to Henebert.
The Belgian Duelist took a while to think about his opening move; he then felt confident that [steamroid] would be a good option and he sent it into [geaf]. Groß flipped [mini] in the Damage Step, making sure that his monster would get to see another turn. Henebert set 2 back row cards and play was back to the Austrian.
He summoned [tasuke], but its attack got stopped by [windstorm].
Henebert then found [blizzard] and he sent it into [geaf]. Groß stopped the monster dead in its tracks with an [windstorm] of his own, forcing Henebert to end his turn.
Groß switched [tasuke] to [atk] and he attacked over Henebert’s lonely monster. That concluded the turn since [geaf] didn’t feel like attacking.
Henebert [ns]ed [tardy] and he added a second back row card.
Groß attacked with [geaf] into [tardy], but Henebert had [chalice]. Groß chained [lance], making sure the attack would conclude in the way he wanted, leaving Henebert with 6300 Life Points. The attack of [tasuke] then got stopped by [mrs] and play proceeded with [mp] 2, in which Groß Tribute Summoned [barbaros]. He set 3 cards and ended.
[socl] flipped [barbaros] face-down. Henebert summoned [agk] and he declared an attack into the set monster, but Groß brought back [tasuke] to save his Tribute Monster.
[fighting spirit] allowed [tasuke] to attack over [agk], leaving Henebert with only the face-up [mrs] as well as [socl]. He was now on 5800 Life Points. Groß set another monster and play was back to the Belgian.
After giving it some thought, he decided to pass without performing any plays.
Groß Tribute Summoned [desire], Tributing his [barbaros] and the set [ggg gardna]. Its effect destroyed [mrs], [reborn] then brought back [barbaros] and Groß was all ready to wrap things up, however, Henebert questioned the judge whether it was OK to [ss] [inter]. After giving it some thought and reading all the cards, Groß spotted that [desire] doesn’t “destroy” the opposing monster, which basically answered the question. This meant that Groß would deal fatal damage that turn!
[h2]Peter Groß claims the lead![/h2]
Henebert would be allowed to go first the second Duel, which was underway shortly after the first concluded since both players skipped Side Decking.
He kicked things off with [mausoleum], paying 2000 Life Points to [ns] [belial]. He added a back row card and ended.
Groß also fell to 6000 Life Points, paying for the effect of his opponent’s Field Spell Card to invite [desire] into his party. Its effect cleared the path for a direct attack and Henebert activated [dgate] to return his Tribute Monster. That wasn’t possible since [desire] “only” sported 2000 ATK, so Henebert used [fader] instead to make sure he’d stay on par in terms of Life Points.
Groß added 3 back row cards and passed.
Henebert [ns]ed [blizzard], he also set 2 back row cards and that concluded his turn.
Groß invited [a drago] and he attacked over [blizzard]. He didn’t follow it up with an attack of [desire], possibly fearing some nasty Trap Cards in Henebert’s back row.
The Belgian [ns]ed [trooper] and he sent 2 cards to his Graveyard to attack over [a drago].
[md] came down and it attacked over [trooper]. Groß then used the effect of [desire] to get rid of [fader], still not wanting to attack with his monster. He switched it to [def] and ended.
Henebert invited [chiron] to his party and he sent it into [md]. [ego] foiled that plan and once again, Henebert was left without a field. He recovered from that with [bar uer], [ss]ing the monster in [mp] 2.
Groß wasted no time, using the effect of [desire] for a third time, once again clearing the path for direct attacks. He [ns]ed [dda] and after the dust had settled, Henebert was only left with 1700 Life Points!
The Austrian champion was still not done, though, since a [coth] allowed him to bring back [a drago] to deal the last points of damage in the very same Battle Phase, not giving Henebert a chance to fight back!
[h2]Peter Groß overcomes Florent Henebert in Round 1![/h2]
Both of the games seemed very one-sided, with Peter Groß making the most of his effects to continuously stay ahead and never providing Florent Henebert with an opportunity to gain the lead. He thought for a brief time whether to keep his opening 5 in the second game and decided to go for the gamble, which paid off big time thanks to Henebert’s [mausoleum]. Sometimes it’s not a question of what you’re holding on to, but rather what options your opponent is providing you with!