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Round 10: Jean-Lou Bernard (BEL – HAT) vs. Giovanni Cacciapuoti (ITA – Geargia)

29.06.2014 | 10:26 |
Welcome back to our coverage of the WCQ: European Championship 2014. We're kicking things off today with a Feature Match between Belgium's National Champion Jean-Lou Bernard who is playing HAT and Italy's Giovanni Cacciapuoti playing Geargia.

 

Jean-Lou Bernard has won his National Championship several times already!

Jean-Lou Bernard has won his National Championship several times already!

 

Bernard went first with Traptrix Myrmeleo and he searched Bottomless Trap Hole. He then added 3 back row cards before passing. Cacciapuoti on the other hand had a set monster and 4 more back row cards - this might turn out to be a slow game. That changed when Mind Control claimed control of Ice Hand, which Bernard immediately Flip Summoned. He used both of his monsters to Special Summon Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, it attacked directly, but Fiendish Chain stopped it. The Belgian National Champion added a fourth back row card and Cacciapuoti activated Geargiagear at the end of the turn, searching his Deck for Geargiano and Geargiano Mk-II. Mystical Space Typhoon, still in the End Phase, destroyed Artifact Beagalltach, which did not get Special Summoned for that reason.

 

The core of the HAT Deck was hard at work!

The core of the HAT Deck was hard at work!

 

The following turn, Cacciapuoti overlaid for Number 101: Silent Honor Ark and he declared an attack. Artifact Sanctum got activated and this got Bernard Artifact Moralltach. He activated its effect, but Fiendish Chain stopped it from resolving. Bernard's copy of Number 101: Silent Honor Ark got destroyed while Cacciapuoti's copy detached a Material. The Italian added a back row card. Bernard tried to fight back with Ice Hand and it attacked into the stronger Number 101: Silent Honor Ark. This cost Cacciapuoti a set Soul Charge, while Bernard Special Summoned Fire Hand. The Belgian passed without performing any more actions. Number 101: Silent Honor Ark attacked over Fire Hand and it detached so it would stay on the field. Cacciapuoti ended. Bernard found another Ice Hand. It attacked into the Xyz Monster; that cost Cacciapuoti his Fiendish Chain that stopped Artifact Moralltach, Fire Hand took down itself and Number 101: Silent Honor Ark with its effect and Artifact Moralltach attacked directly. 5600 Life Points remaining for Bernard and after Ice Hand connected, 4500 Life Points remaining for Cacciapuoti.

 

Cacciapuoti was checking the contents of his Graveyard

Cacciapuoti was checking the contents of his Graveyard

 

Cacciapuoti checked the contents of his Graveyard; he activated Dark Hole, which cost him his own copy of Black Horn of Heaven thanks to Ice Hand. He then activated Soul Charge, returning Ice Hand, Geargiano and Geargiano Mk-II to the field, all in face-up Defense Position. Next, he overlaid for Wind-Up Zenmaines and that concluded the turn. Wind-Up Zenmaines had brought the game to a halt; Bernard passed without performing any actions. Cacciapuoti switched Ice Hand to Attack Position and he attacked into Fire Hand. This cost Bernard a set Torrential Tribute. Fire Hand got Special Summoned and it traded with Bernard's copy. The effect of Bernard's copy didn't get activated. Geargiaccelerator came down in Main Phase 2, but Bottomless Trap Hole banished it. Bernard only set a back row card. Wind-Up Zenmaines now switched to Attack Position and it made it 4100 Life Points for Bernard.

 

An excellent finish from the Belgian Champion!

An excellent finish from the Belgian Champion!

 

Traptrix Dionaea marked Bernard's comeback; he went for Number 82: Heartlandraco and Cacciapuoti immediately shuffled up.

Jean-Lou Bernard takes the lead!


"I started with 3 Artifacts", the Belgian complained. Apparently, he did mind drawing into that many copies in this particular match-up. He was a little surprised to see the Hands in Cacciapuoti's Deck, but they seemed to be working just as fine in Geargia.

 

Giovanni Cacciapuoti now had to win 2 Duels in a row!

Giovanni Cacciapuoti now had to win 2 Duels in a row!

 

The Italian then started with a set monster and 2 back row cards. Once again, Bernard had Traptrix Myrmeleo and he went searching for Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare. He set 3 back row cards before ending. Geargiagear got activated and this got Cacciapuoti Geargiano Mk-II and Geargiano - the same procedure as every tournament. The following turn, he went for Gear Gigant X, but Black Horn of Heaven stopped the Machine dead in its tracks. Ice Hand got Flip Summoned, Mind Control followed, both monsters were overlaid to Xyz Summon Number 101: Silent Honor Ark and it attacked directly. Cacciapuoti ended with a face-down Spell/Trap.

 

Mystical Space Typhoon in the End Phase took down Artifact Sanctum!

Mystical Space Typhoon in the End Phase took down Artifact Sanctum!

 

Bernard set a card to each zone. Mystical Space Typhoon destroyed Artifact Sanctum, so Number 101: Silent Honor Ark had to detach 1 material to remain on the field. Nobleman of Crossout took out Ice Hand! A strong card that was introduced to the match from Cacciapuoti's Side Deck in between rounds! Bernard let out a sigh. Number 101: Silent Honor Ark attacked, Cacciapuoti added a set monster and he ended. Fire Hand attacked into Number 101: Silent Honor Ark and this cost Cacciapuoti his set Ice Hand. We now had to call over the judges since Bernard claimed that Cacciapuoti's Ice Hand would miss its timing. An appeal followed, with the Head Judge upholding Bernard's claim. Ice Hand attacked into Number 101: Silent Honor Ark, Black Horn of Heaven got destroyed, Fire Hand got Special Summoned in face-up Defense Position and Bernard passed. Number 101: Silent Honor Ark attacked over Fire Hand. Artifact Ignition took out the Solemn Warning that Cacciapuoti had set and Bernard set Artifact Moralltach. The following turn, he found Traptrix Dionaea and it returned Traptrix Myrmeleo back to the field. Number 50: Blackship of Corn hit play, it got rid of Number 101: Silent Honor Ark.

 

Could Geargiagear help Cacciapuoti to get back into the game?!

Could Geargiagear help Cacciapuoti to get back into the game?!

 

Geargiano Mk-II was Cacciapuoti's comeback. This allowed him to Special Summon Number 30: Acid Golem of Destruction, but Bottomless Trap Hole banished it. Bernard now used Cardcar D. Cacciapuoti only added a back row card. Number 50: Blackship of Corn made it 4900 Life Points for the Italian. Cacciapuoti only set a monster. Call of the Haunted was supposed to return Traptrix Myrmeleo, but Mystical Space Typhoon stopped it. Mind Control then claimed control of Geargiarmor and Bernard went for an Xyz Summon of Daigusto Emeral. Fiendish Chain allowed Cacciapuoti to see another turn. Xyz Universe then followed after the attack of Number 50: Blackship of Corn and that meant Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand.

 

With the help of Xyz Universe, Jean-Lou Bernard finished this game in spectacular fashion!

With the help of Xyz Universe, Jean-Lou Bernard finished this game in spectacular fashion!


Jean-Lou Bernard overcomes Giuseppe Cacciapuoti!


What a great finish from Jean-Lou Bernard who wrapped things up in spectacular fashion! Still, even minutes later, Cacciapuoti was openly showing his frustration with the judges' decision. He didn't have a reason to, however, since the Head Judge's ruling was perfectly fine. Hopefully, he could find the focus to push through in the next round and advance to the knock out portion of the event!