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Round 11: Reuben Baron (UK) vs Francesco Santacroce (ITA)

29.06.2014 | 11:58 |
I'm not going to go as far as to say I have been waiting for an opportunity to write a feature match that involves an Italian and an Englishman but it's certainly been on my radar. After our (England's) shocking World Cup exit we return to Yu-Gi-Oh! in an attempt to find a tournament that can actually be won. Since both teams went out of the World Cup these Duelists - Reuben Baron and Francesco Santacroce, would be hoping for a different result where at least one would progress in the tournament. Baron is playing an innovative Watt Deck while Santacroce is using Geargia. Santacroce won the die roll with a convincing 2 beating Baron's 1. He decided to start things off and Summoned Geargiarsenal, using the effect to Set a Geargiarmor from the Deck. He set the rest of his hand to his backrow and passed. "Well that's optimal" said an exasperated Baron. He Summoned Traptrix Myrmeleo and the Effect was halted by a Fiendish Chain. Baron set two.

 

Baron came here with Watts this weekend

Baron came here with Watts this weekend

 

Santacroce flipped his Geargiarmor and searched a Geargiaccelerator. It was Special Summoned and used to Xyz Summon Gear Gigant X. Baron wanted to use Solemn Warning to negate it but paid his Life Points only to have the Trap go back in to the Deck courtesy of Wiretap. Santacroce searched and Summoned another Geargiarsenal. It attacked over Traptrix Myrmeleo and Gear Gigant X poked directly. In the Main Phase 2 Santacroce set a fourth backrow and used his Geargiarsenal to set a Geargiarmor from the Deck before passing.

 

Mahunder was soon to be joined by Wattgiraffe

Mahunder was soon to be joined by Wattgiraffe

 

Baron Summoned Pahunder and Wattgiraffe. In the Battle Phase Wattgiraffe attacked directly and ran in to a Dimensional Prison. Baron had a Wiretap of his own to deal with that and since Santacroce could no longer use any effects Baron Xyz Summoned Evilswarm Exciton Knight! The effect stripped Santacroce of everything he had and Baron passed. Santacroce drew his only card and set it - a Monster. Baron discarded Thunder Sea Horse for two more and Normal Summoned Wattcobra. It attacked directly and searched another Wattgiraffe to Baron's hand before he passed.

 

This Exciton Knight just totalled the field

This Exciton Knight just totalled the field

 

Santacroce drew and checked his Graveyard before setting a Spell/Trap. It seemed as if he was checking for Geargiagear targets to see if he could still use one. That proved to be the completely wrong call as when Wattcobra went to attack directly it was met by Dimensional Prison. In Main Phase 2 Thunder Sea Horse was discarded to searched two copies of Mahunder and Baron set a card to each zone, leaving four in his hand. A huge advantage swing. Santacroce drew and flipped Geargiano using the effect to retrieve a Geargiaccelerator. His topdeck - another Geargiaccelerator - was Special Summoned and Santacroce Xyz Summoned his own Evilswarm Exciton Knight. The effect wiped Baron's field and play was back to the Englishman. He had plenty of options and chose to Summon Mahunder and Thunder Sea Horse. They combined to Xyz Summon Number 101: Silent Honor Ark and pinch Evilswarm Exciton Knight from the Italian before attacking directly and setting another backrow. Santacroce's draw couldn't help him and he picked up all of his cards for game two!

Reuben Baron's Watts help him overcome Geargia with a huge Exciton Knight play!


The Italian seemed a bit bummed about his luck in the last game so shuffled up and decided to start the second still without playing conservatively. He set four backrow and passed.

 

The Italian was still confident going in to the second game

The Italian was still confident going in to the second game

 

Baron didn't think setting backrow was a bad idea so decided to set three of his own. Two of them - Black Horn of Heaven and Fiendish Chain got blasted by Mystical Space Typhoons. Santacroce went back to four backrow on the next turn by setting two more. Baron simply passed. Santacroce set a Monster and Baron stared gleefully at the Nobleman of Crossout in his hand. He drew for his turn and thought carefully about his options - not wanting to use the Nobleman early and then commit to the field in to a Torrential Tribute or similar. Deciding the best option was to Summon first, Mahunder hit the field. Instead of playing the Nobleman Baron decided to take the Geargiarmor with Mind Control and flip it up, scanning his Extra Deck for options.

 

I told you Baron was scanning his Extra Deck...

I told you Baron was checking his Extra Deck...

 

Number 101: Silent Honor Ark was the Xyz Summon of choice - a beatstick that can protect itself without use of what some would call the primary effect. The Summon was negated by Black Horn of Heaven and Baron added a second Spell/Trap before passing. Santacroce didn't want to upset the rhythm so went back to four. Baron Summoned Wattcobra and ran into a Dimensional Prison while on the next turn Santacroce was determined to keep four Spell/Traps set so added another. Baron added a third to his side and in the End Phase Geargiagear was flipped to Special Summon Geargiano Mk-II and Geargiano. Santacroce overlaid them to Xyz Summon Gear Gigant X and the effect was used to fish a Geargiarsenal from the Deck. It was Summoned and used to attack for 1500 while Gear Gigant X hit home too. Santacroce almost forgot to use the effect in Main Phase 2 but remembered right at the eleventh hour to set a Geargiarmor.

 

A really strong field from the Italian

A really strong field from the Italian

 

Baron Summoned The Calibrator but it was met with a Bottomless Trap Hole. Acid Trap Hole was used to target Geargiarmor but Compulsory Evacuation Device from Santacroce saved it. Baron discarded Thunder Sea Horse to search two more and passed. Santacroce detached and took back Geargiano Mk-II. Gear Gigant X attacked and Santacroce settled on setting a Monster. Baron drew and flipped Call of the Haunted to Special Summon Mahunder from the Graveyard. The effect was met by Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare. Baron sighed and reluctantly used his Nobleman of Crossout to take out Geargiarmor. before setting a Spell/Trap and a Monster. That Monster was taken by Mind Control - revealed to be Thunder Sea Horse - and while Gear Gigant X met a Dimensional Prison Geargiaccelerator joined the Sea Horse in Main Phase 2 to Xyz Summon Number 101: Silent Honor Ark. Baron discarded Thunder Sea Horse for two copies of Wattcobra and Summoned one of them. Solemn Warning from Santacroce negated the Summon and Baron checked his two face-down Spell/Traps before passing. They were for nought as when Number 101: Silent Honor Ark attacked on the next turn Baron nodded and gathered his cards for the deciding game!

Gears fight back with a huge number of Trap cards to equalise the score!


Baron would go first in the final game as expected and after both players thoroughly shuffled up and shook hands he drew his six. They included Traptrix Myrmeleo which was the first play of the game, searching out Bottomless Trap Hole. baron shuffled three of the cards in his hands and spread them across his backrow before passing.

 

Myrmeleo stared down a daunting field.

Myrmeleo stared down a daunting field.

 

Santacroce settled on a far more old-school approach of setting a not-so-mystery Monster and two mystery cards in the back. The "mystery" Monster was revealed as Geargiarmor (shock! awe!) when Mind Control took it and the two monsters were used to Xyz Summon Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight. It attacked successfully. In the End Phase Geargiagear searched two Geargiano Mk-II. In Santacroce's turn they were used to Xyz Summon Evilswarm Exciton Knight. The Italian had six cards in total to Baron's seven and so with no way to negate the Summon Baron activated Bottomless Trap Hole. It proved an incredibly successful ploy as Wiretap stopped it and when Santacroce went to use the effect of Evilswarm Exciton Knight Baron had a Fiendish Chain. He had perfectly baited out the Italian's plan. Still in his Main Phase, Santacroce Summoned Geargiano Mk-II and Geargiano and used them to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines in Defense Position. He set one backrow.

 

Exciton Knight had been blocked by Fiendish Chain

Exciton Knight had been blocked by Fiendish Chain

 

It was revealed as another Geargiagear by Mystical Space Typhoon and Baron Summoned The Calibrator. It was on 3600 and was used to attack over Evilswarm Exciton Knight. Baron set a second backrow and passed. Santacroce drew and Summoned Geargiarsenal. His last card in hand was Mind Control - used to take The Calibrator although his Geargiarsenal was set when he did so thanks to Book of Moon. Zenmaines went to attack and rammed in to Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight. In the End Phase it was used to attempt to destroy The Calibrator but Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight stopped that and changed the target to the set Geargiarsenal. Baron had more than enough damage on the next turn to see the game off and the Englishman was victorious! It was quite the World Cup turnaround and Baron would be progressing in the tournament!

Reuben Baron makes the top 64 with Watts!