Round 10: Steffen Eichelberger (Dark World) vs. Antoine Duval (Macro Rabbit)

[p]Only 2 more rounds until we’ll know who’ll advance to the knock out portion of the YCS Bochum. One of these Duelists will be locked in the Top 32 after a win in this round while the other will have to win one more match in the very last Swiss Round.
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Steffen Eichelberger relies on a Dark World Deck that has served him well all weekend. He’s unleashed a number of explosive plays and gave his opponent’s quite a few headaches in the process. Antoine Duval on the other hand pilots a Macro Rabbit Deck which might provide him with the answers he needs to beat the forces of [grapha]!
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Antoine Duval was close to advancing to the Knock Out Portion!
Antoine Duval was close to advancing to the Knock Out Portion!

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Duval won the die roll and opted to go first. He [ns]ed [tgu], [ss]ing [sangan] to the field, he set [tt] and passed.
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Eichelberger used [allure], drawing 2 and banishing [tdc]. He followed it up with [dwd], discarding [snoww], searching his Deck for a second copy of the Dark World monster. [gates] followed, banishing [snoww] in his Graveyard and Duval discarding [snoww]. This got him another [dwd] from his Deck as well as a fresh card.[br]
He still wasn’t done, though, activating a second [dwd], discarding [grapha], destroying [tt]. He wanted to follow it up with [dad], but realized he only had 2 Darks in his Graveyard. So he instead activated a second copy of [gates], he then discarded a second [grapha], he got rid of [tgu] with ist effect, he [ns]ed a Dark World monster, only to return it to his hand right away to bring out [grapha] and the following attack left Duval with no field, but he was allowed to search his Deck for [rabbit]. Wow, what an opening!
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"It is I, LORD GRAPHA!!!"
"It is I, LORD GRAPHA!!!"

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Duval set a monster and 3 spells or traps, but [lance] got destroyed during his End Phase.
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Eichelberger did some more shenanigans [ns]ing [broww], bringing back his second [grapha], but [bth] dealt with it. He then attacked into the set monster, revealing it to be [reaper] and that concluded the turn.
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Play was back to Duval, who now used [rabbit] to [ss] 2 [saurus] and he then used them to [xyz] [cowboy]. He announced he would go to the Battle Phase and he declared an attack, he then wanted to use the effect of [cowboy], but our table judge pointed out correctly that he couldn’t use the effect in the Battle Phase. Duval read his card again and realized his mistake. He set a back row card and ended.
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Eichelberger added a spell or trap.
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Duval set a monster and when Eichelberger’s [grapha] was supposed to deal with it, [fiendish] stopped it.
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Trance Archfiend would provide Eichelberger with yet more fuel!
Trance Archfiend would provide Eichelberger with yet more fuel!

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[trance] came down and Eichelberger was quick to discard [broww]. Its attack ended in [prison] and Eichelberger passed.
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Duval continued to shake his head in disbelief. He was still upset about his huge misplay earlier. He then [ns]ed [guaiba], [fs]ed [saurus] and that allowed him to [ss] [dolkka]. He passed without performing any other actions.
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When Eichelberger announced he wanted to use the effect of [gates], Duval chained [mst] to stop it. [1dop] allowed both players to draw a card, Eichelberger then found a second copy of [gates], but he didn’t use it and passed.
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2 back row cards for Duval.
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You can only fight the forces of the Dark World with EXTREMELY shiny cards!
You can only fight the forces of the Dark World with EXTREMELY shiny cards!

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Eichelberger activated [card d], but Duval found [macro] in his Graveyard to chain it! That meant Eichelberger’s Dark World monsters wouldn’t trigger, which could have otherwise been game ending! Eichelberger wasn’t out of options, though. He [ss]ed [maldust] and then used both of his monsters to [ss] [helio]. He detached a Material in Main Phase 2, used its effect and that allowed him to get rid of [macro]. [dwd] followed, with Eichelberger discarding [snoww], adding [broww] to his hand. That finally concluded another big turn!
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Duval set his remaining cards, making it a face-up [fiendish] and 4 face-down back row cards together with [reaper].
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Once again, Eichelberger opted to activate the effect of [helio]. He detached the Material and Duval thought long and hard whether to respond. He used [mst] on [gates] and then lost everything save [reaper]. [godw] then brought back [grapha], Eichelberger attacked directly, he set a spell or trap and ended.
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Duval set a monster and ended. Eichelberger activated another [godw] during his opponent’s End Phase to bring back [snoww].
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Rebuilding your field LIKE A BOSS, courtesy of Gateway!
Rebuilding your field LIKE A BOSS, courtesy of Gateway!

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The following turn, [snoww] dealt with the set monster and [grapha] dealt some damage. Duval drew into [hole], but Eichelberger had another monster to claim the victory in this rather epic Duel!
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Steffen Eichelberger takes the lead!

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It was hard to keep the pace with Eichelberger making so many big plays in the first Duel. We had 21 minutes remaining on the clock when players got ready to start the second Duel, so let’s see if Duval was able to find the right answers in his Side Deck!
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Eichelberger had the momentum, but could he keep it?!
Eichelberger had the momentum, but could he keep it?!

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He set a spell or trap and ended.
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Eichelberger [ns]ed [tgu], he [ss]ed [broww] and then used both monsters to [xyz] [17]. [tt] wiped the field, [gates] hit the field, Eichelberger started drawing cards with the effect of his Field Spell and [1dop], he set a spell or trap and ended.
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[storm] wiped the field once again, then Duval set a card to each zone and he ended.
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[dwd], followed by [mst] on [warning] cleared the way for a second [gates]. [trance] came down after Duval had discarded [grapha] to destroy the set [saurus] and he dealt 1500 points of damage.
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Duval's options in this phase of the game!
Duval's options in this phase of the game!

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Duval was falling behind and fast! Things weren’t quite at the “hopeless” stage yet, as he was holding on to 5 cards in his hand. He activated [reborn], resurrecting [grapha] from Eichelberger’s Graveyard. He followed it up with [rai oh], attacking over [trance], which allowed Eichelberger to add [tgu] to his hand. [grapha] then dealt some damage of the more serious sort.
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[tgu] got [ns]ed and Eichelberger [ss]ed [broww]. Duval had to consider his response for a second and he found [overworked] to get rid of both of Eichelberger’s monsters as well as his own [grapha].
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I know that feeling as I'm constantly waiting for my laptop to blow up in my face...
I know that feeling as I'm constantly waiting for my laptop to blow up in my face...

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The following turn, Duval [ns]ed [kabaz] and he attacked with it. [trag] came down and that concluded the turn.
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Eichelberger used [reborn] to bring back [broww]. Duval used [maxx] to draw a card. [grapha] hit the field with [broww] returning to Eichelberger’s hand. He attacked over both of Duval’s monsters, advanced to [mp] 2 and he banished [trance] to trigger [gates]. Duval chained [mst].
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Duval set a monster and 2 spells or traps.
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Just like the first game, eichelberger went for [helio]. Duval responded with [macro]. Eichelberger Tributed 3 monsters from his hand to completely wipe Duval’s field. [sangan] ended up in the Graveyard, allowing Duval to add [rabbit] to his hand.[br]
[helio] took a direct shot, dealing 3.000 to Duval. In [mp] 2, Eichelberger activated his last card in his hand: [card d]! Duval asked whether that was possible when he didn’t hold on to any more cards and the judge upheld Eichelberger’s point of view, which meant Duval would lose [rabbit].
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Duval set a spell or trap. Eichelberger’s monster attacked into [prison]. Eichelberger set a back row card.
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Both players added another back row card the following 2 turns.
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Duval then drew into [rabbit] and Eichelberger simply commented: “That’s game”
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Antoine Duval ties the score!

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Duval could be caught shaking his hand over large parts of this game. He couldn’t quite believe it himself when he finally found an out to best Steffen Eichelberger’s Dark World monsters. For the first time in this match, Eichelberger would now be allowed to go first. Would this prove crucial?
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He found [tgu] in his opening 6 to which Duval responded with [maxx]. A second [tgu] hit the field, both were used to [xyz] [zenmaines] and that concluded the turn.
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Duval started the deciding match with a fan of cards!
Duval started the deciding match with a fan of cards!

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Duval went up to 7 cards in his hand. He [ns]ed the 1st of 2 [rabbit][s] he was holding on to, [ss]ing 2 [kabaz] to the field, he used them to [xyz] [dolkka] and he attacked [zenmaines]. He set 4 back row cards and ended the turn. [zenmaines] was left without any materials.
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Eichelberger simply added another set monster.
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The second [rabbit] meant Duval would now get to add 2 [saurus] to his side of the field, which he quickly traded for [laggia]. He flipped [macro], declared an attack with [dolkka] over [zenmaines] and [laggia] took care of a set [broww].
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Even if he tried, Duval couldn't have lost that game
Even if he tried, Duval couldn't have lost that game

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Eichelberger drew and he immediately extended the hand. He revealed his hand full of monsters to which Duval just replied: “I got everything.”
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Antoine Duval comes back and wins 2 – 1!

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Quite the comeback for Antoine Duval who didn’t seem like he himself believed that he would be going to win this one. Steffen Eichelberger now needs to win the last round to still advance to the knock out portion of the tournament. Still, I felt we could take a closer look at his approach, so just you wait for the Deck Analysis that will follow later!
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