Round 3 Feature Match: Boyer Benoít vs. Vittorio Wiktor

Facing each other in round 3 are Vittorio Wiktor from Berlin, Germany, running a Burner Deck today and Boyer Benoít from Niort, France, relying on the power of the Six Samurai.

Wiktor rolled a 4, seeming not too confident. Benoít was able to beat the odds and roll an even higher number, opting to go first in the first Duel. He did so by Setting a face-down monster as well as 2 face-down spells or traps.

 

Boyer Benoít was hoping for the home advantage to work in his favor!
Boyer Benoít was hoping for the home advantage to work in his favor!

 

Wiktor activated [duality], giving him a [hole] from his deck. He activated it and destroyed the Set [kagemusha]. He [ns]ed [sangan], attacked directly, activated [peace], Set a face-down spell or trap and passed.

Nothing happened on Benoít’s turn.

Wiktor had another [duality], this time picking [bribe].

 

Vittorio Wiktor was digging through his deck, looking for more options!
Vittorio Wiktor was digging through his deck, looking for more options!

 

[sangan] attacked directly, Wiktor Set another Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.

This time it was Benoít who activated [hole]. Wiktor thought for a moment before sending his monsters to the Graveyard, he then said it was OK and searched his deck for [pachy]. Benoít Set a monster and a spell or trap and ended.

The third [duality] by Wiktor got him [solemn], which he commented with: “This is my favorite card!” He [ns]ed [pachy], Set a spell or trap and play was back to Benoít.

The French Duelist only Set a spell or trap and ended.

[allure] allowed Wiktor to draw 2 fresh cards. He decided to put his opponent under the clock, activated [wmc] and passed! [wmc] is an interesting continuous spell card. It can be send to the Graveyard to inflict 1000 damage to the opponent for each Standby Phase that has gone by since it was activated.

 

Wiktor Set up a hell of a defense!
Wiktor Set up a hell of a defense!

 

[united] came out first on Benoít’s turn. He Tributed [shinai] to Tribute Summon [grandmaster]. [shinai]'[s] effect allowed him to take back [kagemusha]. He was still not allowed to attack thanks to [peace], so he ended his turn.

Wiktor paid for [peace], he added a counter to [wmc] and passed.

[united] got his second counter after [kagemusha] was [ns]ed. Benoít then used the effect of the Permament Spell Card to draw 2 more cards, he checked his face-down cards and activated [bom], targeting [pachy]. Wiktor wasn’t happy with that move, so he activated [bribe], allowing Benoít to draw yet another card.
The French Duelist was quick to flip [ced] and Wiktor was fine with that, so [pachy] returned to Wiktor’s hand. [kagemusha] and [grandmaster] were Tuned to [brd], but Wiktor flipped [sj] to stop his opponent from clearing the field! Benoít Set 3 spells or traps and passed with a full back row.

Wiktor Summoned [pachy], but Benoít used [warning] to negate the Summon. Wiktor sent the monster to his Graveyard, activated yet another [wmc], Set a face-down spell or trap and ended.

 

Benoít knew how to use the Samurai toolbox to his advantage!
Benoít knew how to use the Samurai toolbox to his advantage!

 

Benoít Summoned [kageki]. He followed it up with [mizuho] and wanted to activate [double], but Wiktor Chained [bribe]. One more card for Benoít, but it wouldn’t matter if Wiktor would get to see the next turn. [kageki] left the field to destroy [peace]. Benoít declared an attack, but Wiktor flipped his last face-down spell or trap face-up: [gravity bind]!!! Benoít’s expression changed dramatically as he realized that he just went from “turning the Duel around” to “0 – 1”.

 

Vittorio Wiktor wins the first Duel!

 

Wow, what a thriller! That certainly was a Duel to be remembered. Just when Benoít thought he could attack for game, Wiktor showed that he had yet another ace up his sleeve, buying him a crucial turn in which he could use both of his [wmc]'[s] to claim the win.

Wiktor was quick to point out that one of the most important cards in that first game was [sangan]. If the little Fiend wouldn’t have dealt 2000 points of damage, it would all have been for nothing.

 

Vittorio Wiktor, feeling confident after he won the first Duel!
Vittorio Wiktor, feeling confident after he won the first Duel!

 

Benoít kicked things off with [smoke], which brought him a [kageki] from his deck. He followed it up with [united], he Summoned both [kageki] and [kagemusha], drew 2 cards by Tributing [united], Tuned both his monsters to [shi en] and set 2 spells or traps before passing. Quite an opening!

Wiktor had “the best hand in his life”, but he added that it couldn’t do too much against such an opening. He set 5 cards in total, 1 of them being a monster.

Play was back to Benoít, who showed the first card that came out of his Side Deck: [noc]. Wiktor Chained [bribe]. [shi en] declared an attack and Wiktor flipped [kinetic]! After the dust had settled, Wiktor’s monster was still on the field and Benoít was on 6700 Life Points.

Wiktor turned [kinetic] to face-up [atk] and he attacked into [shi en]. Benoít flipped [mf], but Wiktor commited half his Life Points to force the attack through, activating [sj]! [shi en] hit the Graveyard and Benoít was down on 5850 Life Points.

 

Wiktor double checked his face-down Spell and Trap Cards!
Wiktor double checked his face-down Spell and Trap Cards!

 

Wiktor activated [wmc] and passed.

[double] was supposed to bring back 2 Six Samurais, but Wiktor flipped [ro]. That wasn’t the end of the story, however, as Benoít Chained [dust]! He Tuned [kageki] and [kagemusha] to [catastor], attacked [kinetic] and passed.

The first counter for [wmc]. [hole] followed, clearing the field. [rai oh] was Summoned next by Wiktor, but its attack was stopped by [bom].

[shinai] and [kizan] appeared on Benoít’s side of the field. He Set a spell or trap and ended.

Wiktor was forced into a defensive play; he Set a card to each zone. During the End Phase, [mst] destroyed the Set [tt].

Benoít drew for his turn and flipped a Set [noc], clearing the way for his 2 monsters. Wiktor shuffled up his cards.

 

Boyer Benoít equals the score!

 

The Side Deck of Boyer Benoít really worked some overtime in this Duel. With the help of [dust] and 2 [noc], he was able to strip Wiktor of his defenses, allowing him to claim the win in a hard-fought Game.

 

Wiktor's opening 6 looked promising!
Wiktor's opening 6 looked promising!

 

Wiktor activated [wmc], Set 2 spells or traps and after giving it some thought, a monster.

Benoít’s opening move was [rota] for [kageki], he activated [united], [ns]ed [kageki] and was about to add a counter, but Wiktor flipped [warning], negating the Summon. 2 Spell or Trap Cards went face-down and it was back to Wiktor.

The German Summoned [pachy]. He Flip Summoned [kinetic], attacked with both monsters, Set a spell or trap and ended.

Quite some pressure that the Burner Deck was putting on the Six Samurais in those early turns of the 3rd game. Benoít Summoned [mizuho]. Wiktor considered his options for a short while, but was eventually fine with the monster hitting the field. The Six Samurai took down [pachy], Benoít Set a spell or trap and he passed.

[wmc] was on 2 now. Wiktor Summoned another copy of [pachy]! He declared an attack with [kinetic] into [mizuho], but [bom] was supposed to stop the attack. Wiktor Chained [sj] to negate the Quick-Play Spell Card, but Benoít Chained [magatama]. Wiktor wasn’t convinced that [magatama] could be activated, but a quick check with a judge revealed that to be the case. Therefore, [kinetic] was stopped and Wiktor had to end his turn.

 

The Six Samurais love to flood the field!
The Six Samurais love to flood the field!

 

Benoít Summoned another [mizuho] to the field. He then used [united] to draw 2 new cards, Tributed [mizuho] to destroy [kinetic] and after setting another spell or trap, he passed.

Things were looking grim for the former European Champion. Although his [wmc] was on 3 already, he was in a bad position. He activated [hole], but [maga] negated the effect. [wmc] left the field, which caused Benoít to drop to 1000 Life Points. 2 more cards in Wiktor’s hand, but he didn’t seem to be too sure what to do. After giving it some thought, he Set a spell or trap and ended. Or rather tried to end, as Benoít had [dust] in his End Phase to destroy the Set [bom].

In the following turn, a [smoke] got Benoít [kagemusha]. He Tuned it with [mizuho] to [shi en] and attacked for game!

 

Boyer Benoít wins the Match!

 

I asked Benoít about the most important card in the last Duel and he had to think for a bit, before he came up with [maga]. The ability to stop all of your opponent’s removals with the powerful counter trap is one of the main reasons for the Six Samurai’s latest rise to victory!

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