Round 12 Feature Match: Christian Böttcher vs. Claudio Viscoli

Christian Böttcher is 1 of only 2 Duelists that are running an anti deck with chances of reaching the Top 8 of the tournament. Claudio Viscoli is one of the many successful Italian Duelists that made top 64, trying his luck with a Machina deck!

 

Christian Böttcher's playing a very aggressive anti deck!

 

Viscoli won the die roll. He started the game with [frame], used it’s effect and searched his deck for [peacekeeper]. Böttcher asked about the effect of [peacekeeper] (it was an Italian card) and had troubles understanding everything, but Viscoli did a good job of explaining it to him. He Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

Böttcher had [e call], [sj], [prison], [ground], [bribe] and [drain]. He activated [e call] which brought him [stratos] from his deck. He summoned [stratos], used its effect and got [another neos] from his deck and added it to his hand. He attacked into [frame], Viscoli asked if Böttcher wanted to activate an effect, he declined and both monsters were destroyed. Böttcher concluded his turn by Setting 4 Spell or Trap Cards and play was back to Viscoli.

He Set a Monster Card and 2 Spell or Trap Cards and ended.

Böttcher drew into another copy of [drain]. He summoned [another neos] and declared an attack on Viscoli’s face-down monster. Viscoli revealed it: [peacekeeper]. It got him another [frame] from his deck which surprised Böttcher: “It’s a Union?”, he asked in disbelief. Viscoli nodded. Böttcher tried to get some more information out of his opponent by asking: “You play them together with Gadgets?”, but Viscoli only chuckled. Böttcher then Set another Spell or Trap Card and ended his turn.

[ground] from Viscoli destroyed [another neos]. He Summoned [frame] and activated the effect, however, Böttcher had [drain] to negate it. [frame] attacked directly and reduced Böttcher’s Life Points to 5100 and Viscoli ended.

Böttcher drew for his turn and passed.

Viscoli attacked, but Böttcher had [prison] to save himself some Life Points. In Main Phase 2, another [frame] was Summoned and Viscoli passed.

All Böttcher did on his following turn was activating [ground] to get rid of the Machina monster.

 

This match seemed to be all about spells and traps.

 

Viscoli drew into another card, he then Summoned [recycler] and used its effect to return the 2 copies of [frame] to his deck. He didn’t draw because of [drain], Set a Spell or Trap in Main Phase 2 and play was back to Böttcher.

The German Set a monster and passed.

Viscoli had to check his face-down cards. He entered the Battle Phase and attacked into [honest], which caused him to lose 1000 Life Points. In Main Phase 2, [fissure] got rid of the now face-up Fairy.

Böttcher Set a fifth Spell or Trap Card and ended.

Viscoli attacked directly with [recycler] and reduced Böttcher’s Life Points to 4400. He passed without any other actions.

Böttcher drew into his third monster: [another neos]. He placed it face-down on the field and passed.

Viscoli attacked with [recycler] and took 400 damage, falling to 6600 Life Points. He activated [ground] in Main Phase 2 and was done. Still during the End Phase, Böttcher activated [mst] on one of Viscoli’s face-down cards. He hit [bom].

In the following turn, Böttcher brought out [crusader]. He had 2 more cards left in his hand and Viscoli had to consider his options for a second. He declined to activate anything and Böttcher sent his Gemini monster into [recycler]. The attack concluded and Viscoli was left with 5600 Life Points. Böttcher passed.

 

Viscoli still had an ace up his sleeve in form of Machina Fortress!

 

Viscoli discarded [machina force] to Special Summon [fortress]. Böttcher had to ponder over that move for a second, but let it go through. [fortress] attacked and took down [crusader], leaving Böttcher with 3800 Life Points. Viscoli Set a Spell or Trap Card in his Main Phase 2 and passed.

Böttcher asked what would happen if Viscoli targeted [fortress] with an effect of his own effect monster. He proceded with his turn and activated [ground]. Viscoli asked about the number of cards in Böttcher’s hand (2), he checked his opponents Graveyard and eventually activated [sj]. Böttcher was quick to write down the change in Life Points, then he thought about his response. It was up to him to check Graveyards and ask about the cards in his opponent’s hand (1). He decided to Chain [bribe]. Viscoli was fine with that, he lost his monster and drew into another card.

It was still Böttcher’s turn. He used [dark factory] to return [crusader] and [another neos] to his hand. He Summoned [another neos] and Viscoli said it was fine. He proceded with his Battle Phase and dealt 1900 points of damage, leaving Viscoli with only 900! In Main Phase 2 [future] was activated and Böttcher revealed [raptinus]. He put 2 copies of [crusader] from his Deck to his Graveyard. After that, he was finally done with his turn.

Viscoli had 3 cards in his hand and discarded 2 Machine type monsters to bring back [fortress]. One of them was a Gadget, so Böttcher finally knew that Viscoli was playing them. He took his time, thinking about activating [ro] that was Set in his back row. He eventually decided to let the Summon go through, Viscoli proceded with his Battle Phase and [fortress] stomped over [another neos]. He Set a fourth card to his Spell or Trap Card zone and ended.

 

Machina Fortress seemed to be all Viscoli needed to win this Duel!

 

Böttcher drew for his turn and Viscoli stopped him. He wanted to activate [mind crush], but Böttcher pointed out that it wouldn’t be possible without a card on his hand. After Setting a monster, Böttcher was done for his turn.

Viscoli attacked into the Set [crusader], Set a Spell or Trap Card in Main Phase 2 and was done with his turn. With [future] still ticking, he knew that he would run out of time slowly, but there was nothing else he could do.

Play was back to Böttcher and [future] got him [raptinus]. He Set a fifth Spell or Trap Card and ended his turn without attacking.

We had 10 minutes left on the clock. The game was very intense and both players were rather nervous. Viscoli checked both Graveyards after considering his options for a short while, he then declared an attack and destroyed [raptinus] with [fortress]. He ended his turn.

Böttcher Set a fifth Spell or Trap Card (he had one open slot because [future] left the field with [raptinus]) and ended.

Viscoli attacked and Böttcher was about to write down the change in Life Points, but Viscoli showed [limiter] in the Damage Step. Böttcher only had [sj] which did not provide much help, so he shuffled up his cards for game 2.

 

Claudio Viscoli wins the first Duel!

 

Christian Böttcher didn’t see that [limiter] coming and was rather unhappy with the way the first Duel ended. He was quickly done looking through his Side Deck for answers and then it was up to Böttcher to start the second Duel.

 

Claudio Viscoli didn't mind playing against an Anti Deck as he wasn't playing one of the immensely popular decks!

 

Böttcher held [crusader], [ground], [dck], [honest], [prison] and [spark] in his opening hand. He Summoned [dck] to the field and Set [prison] and ended.

Viscoli Special Summoned [cd]. He attacked [dck] and Böttcher activated [prison]. [ground] in Main Phase 2 got rid of the knight, then Viscoli Summoned [green] to snatch [red] from his deck. He Set a Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.

Böttcher asked about the time (1,5 minutes). He Summoned [crusader], Viscoli had [bth], but Böttcher Chained [spark]! He got rid of [green] and drew a fresh card, he Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

Viscoli Summoned [red] and got [yellow] from his deck. Time was called. [red] attacked and Böttcher tried to save his Life Points by activating [prison]. Viscoli passed without any other actions.

Böttcher drew into [future] and didn’t seem to be pleased. He summoned [crusader], attacked with it and dealt 1900 points of damage. He Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

It was Viscoli’s last turn to make up for the difference in Life Points. He Summoned [frame] and used the effect to add [fortress] from his deck to his hand. He ditched [fortress] and [yellow] to Special Summon [fortress]. He attacked with [fortress] into [another neos] and Böttcher asked if he would have the [limiter] that could seal the deal. Viscoli didn’t, so Böttcher revealed [honest] in his hand!

 

Christian Böttcher wins Duel 2!

 

[honest] secured the win in a close match that was going to time for Böttcher. We had to start a third game to decide the winner of this match!

Viscoli opted to go first in what could be the last 4 turns of this match. Böttcher held [future], [dust], [rota], [drain] and [hero blast]. Viscoli Summoned [yellow], he searched his deck for another Gadget, Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

Böttcher drew into [ground]. He activated [rota], fetching him [stratos] from his deck. He Summoned [stratos], searched his deck for [another neos] and added it to his hand.

 

Elemental Hero Stratos is still very playable - you just need to adjust your deck accordingly!

 

Next, Böttcher declared an attack with [stratos] into the Gadget, but Viscoli had [prison]. Böttcher activated [future] in Main Phase 2, searching his deck for [crusader] and [another neos], he activated [ground] to get rid of [yellow], Set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and ended.

Viscoli’s last turn and the Duel was still tied with 8000 Life Points each. He had [storm]! Böttcher shook his head in disbelief and tried to chain [hero blast]. A judge was called and he ruled that [hero blast] can’t be activated without a face-up monster on the opponent’s side of the field. Böttcher said he doesn’t agree to the ruling, but won’t appeal as it won’t make a difference anyway. He complained about the condition of his opponent’s [storm] and the judge decided to check with the head judge. He came back and it was ruled that the condition of [storm] was just fine. Viscoli Summoned [radiance], he attacked directly, Set a Spell or Trap Card and passed.

Böttcher entered his last turn. He Summoned [another neos] and attacked [radiance] and the attack concluded, lowering Viscoli’s Life Points to 7700. Still, it wasn’t enough to win the game as Böttcher’s Life Points were even lower thanks to the attack of [radiance] the turn before.

 

Claudio Viscoli walks away victorious!

 

What a finish in a very close match where 1 card made the difference in the end: [storm].

 

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