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Round 10: Richard Cherry (Fire Fist) vs. Alexis Payet (Mermail)

23.02.2014 | 13:04 |

For our Round 10 Feature Match, we picked two players that need this win a lot more than most of the rest: Richard Cherry and Alexis Payet. Another loss will mean that they won’t advance to the Top 32 while a win will allow them to remain in competition.

Cherry plays a Fire Fist Deck with an unique element that we’ll get to reveal later while Payet is piloting a Mermail Deck.
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Alexis Payet was 'on the bubble' - he now had to win all the remaining matches!

Alexis Payet was 'on the bubble' - he now had to win all the remaining matches!


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Cherry went first and he did so with [upstart], he sat 3 back row cards, [ccd] followed and that concluded the turn.

Payet [ns]ed [a linde] and he attacked with it, with the attack ending in [prison] – one of the best answers to the monster. 3 back row cards for Payet and play was back to Cherry.

He seemed to be in it for the long run since he activated another [upstart], giving his opponent even more room to breathe. [ff gyok] was next, shutting down one of Payet’s back row cards. [ff bear] got [ns]ed and a [mst] took care of [ff gyok], freeing Payet’s previously “locked down” card. [ff bear] then declared an attack and it was supposed to be stopped (in a way) with [a sphere], but Cherry chained [mst] from his hand. A [fchain] was then supposed to stop [ff bear], but another [mst] from Cherry’s hand made sure he won this Duel of the mini-chains – what a boss!
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Richard Cherry didn't just chain 1 MST from his hand, he had 2 - what a boss!

Richard Cherry didn't just chain 1 MST from his hand, he had 2 - what a boss!


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He searched for [ff tenki], activated it in [mp] 2 and that concluded the turn.

Payet played a back row card.
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Plenty of value from that Fiendish Chain!


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Cherry’s attack ended in [fiendish], so play proceeded with [mp] 2. [duality] revealed another [upstart], a Fire Fist Monster and Spell. He cherry picked the latter, [ns]ed [rai oh] and that concluded the turn.

Payet passed without performing any actions.

The third [upstart] made it 9400 Life Points for Payet. A second [ff bear] got summoned, [rai oh] then attacked and the Fire Fist monster followed. It connected, making it 5800 Life Points for Payet, Cherry searched his Deck and he then went on and [xyz]ed (wait for it…)
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… [106]!
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TALK TO THE HAND!


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[ff tenki] got activated after that, providing Cherry with yet another Fire Fist monster.

Payet was up on 4 cards in his hand and he had to come up with something. He only set a monster and ended.

Still 5800 Life Points for Payet and since Cherry was confirming that again, it seemed like he was about to wrap things up. He activated the effect of [ff bear] and Payet wasted no time, shuffling up his cards.

[h2]Richard Cherry takes the first Duel![/h2]

It’s quite something to win with a YCS prize card on the field and I’m curious whether we’ll see it in real action in the next Duel now. Cherry told me that it’s been extremely useful this weekend so far, so this doesn’t seem too unlikely.
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Cherry was happy to drop a prize card down!


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This time it would be Payet to kick things off. He set a card to each zone and ended.

Cherry had [ff tenki], which got him [ff bear], he added it to his hand and [duality] followed, revealing [maxx], [tt] and [wolfbark]. Cherry went with [maxx], he then [ns]ed [ff bear], he activated its effect, but [fiendish] negated it. A [lance] from Cherry’s hand forced the effect through, so he destroyed [a gunde], he then attacked directly and searched his Deck for another [ff tenki]. He added a second back row card and ended his turn.
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This Fiendish Chain was suddenly active again!

This Fiendish Chain was suddenly active again!


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[a pike] got invited to Payet’s party and he activated its effect, discarding [snowman] to search his Deck for [a linde]. He attacked [ff bear], but the attack ended in [prison].

Play was back to Cherry who activated [ff tenki] once again, once again searching for [ff bear]. He [ns]ed it, he attacked with it successfully, which meant he would get to search his Deck again, this time adding [ff gyok] to his back row. In [mp] 2, he went for [dweller] and that seemed like a very powerful set-up.

Payet had very few outs and he knew it. He considered his options carefully and he went for [a teus], discarding [a pike]. [maxx] got activated in response, so Cherry got to draw a card. The discarded [a pike] then allowed Payet to search his Deck, he [ns]ed [genex controller], both of his monsters left the field so [leo] would enter it. It attacked over [dweller] and Cherry went down to 6600 Life Points and Payet passed play.
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Payet tried to come back with Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree!

Payet tried to come back with Leo, the Keeper of the Sacred Tree!


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[hole] dealt with [leo], Cherry then activated [ff tenki], adding [ff bear] to his hand, he [ns]ed [ff gorilla], [ff tensu] followed, this allowed him to [ns] [wolfbark], so Cherry added a [ff bear] from his Graveyard to his field, he attacked successfully with [ff gorilla] and [wolfbark], dropping Payet to 1700 Life Points and in [mp] 2, he Xyz Summoned another [dweller]. The Brit added a fifth back row card (2 of them were face-down) and he ended.

Immediately when Payet drew, Cherry activated the effect of [dweller]. No Mermail shenanigans this turn!
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An Abyss Dweller gave Payet a very hard time unleashing his combos!

An Abyss Dweller gave Payet a very hard time unleashing his combos!


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Payet went over his options again, but it didn’t seem like he had a real out. He was shaking his head several times, giving away the desperate position he was in. Eventually, he set [mst] and [a linde] before passing play.

Cherry drew, he lost [tt] to [mst] in his Draw Phase and when he activated the effect of [dweller], Payet extended the hand.

[h2]Richard Cherry remains in competition![/h2]

Not too much [106] action in this Duel, but who are we to complain?! Maybe we’ll get a taste a little later today, so keep your fingers crossed for Rick Cherry!
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