Round 4 Feature Match: Luca Chetoni (Italy) vs Sebastien Levacher (France)

We are half way through the day today and have an interesting match to bring you between Chetoni from Italy and Frenchman Levacher, who is usually found judging at a European YCS but has taken the opportunity this weekend to play. This is a great example of how you don’t need to consistently play in premier events to do well in sealed – those with the right skills will prosper!

Neither players wanted to sacrifice their starting hand so Chetoni kicked things off with [pog] into [pod] revealing [grace]!! [roar] and [moaa] – which was selected. He [ns]ed [ape] and set two backrow.

Levacher opted to [ns] [subroid] and attack directly, switching it to defence after. He followed up with [shard] and [cursed armaments] on Ape Fighter before setting a [st] and passing.
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You may not know what Armaments are, but you know they're cursed!
You may not know what Armaments are, but you know they're cursed!

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Chetoni added [md] to the mix and attempted to enter his Battle Phase, but was stopped by Levacher activating [stmf]. [ffs] helped Mirage Dragon overcome the Trap Card while [metalmorph] took Ape Fighter over [subroid].

Levacher [ss]ed [cd] and [ns]ed [geaf]. Goblins know no fear and went willingly in to the unknown, attempting to battle with Mirage Dragon but losing out to [moaa]. Cyber Dragon attacked over Ape Fighter and play was back with the Italian.

He [ns]ed [shockto] and there was a debate about whether Cursed Armaments was now equipped to Mirage Dragon – which it was. Shocktopus had obviously had a bad day and decided the best move was a kamikaze approach, sacrificing itself to make Cyber Dragon have 0 ATK, allowing Mirage Dragon to attack over it for 1000 damage.

[trooper] was next for the Frenchman, milling three cards and attacking over Mirage. Another card was set and in the [ep] [geaf] reached Chetoni’s side of the field.

It was joined by a [ns]ed [rhyno] which attacked over the Trooper. With a new captain, the Goblins were more steady in their approach and decided holding the fort in attack position was the best option.
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Poor Card Trooper was definitely about to get crushed!
Poor Card Trooper was definitely about to get crushed!

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Another Elite force of Goblins came down for Levacher and attacked over the Rhyno before going on the defensive.

[droid] attempted to attack through the defensive Goblins but met [moaa], and when the attacking Italian Goblins tried to mow through the French ones they got hit by [spikeshield].

Levacher [ns]ed his own [droid] and discarded [toonelf] to [ss] [pgiant]. [droid] attacked the Goblins and when Power Giant went to attack it was met by [zoma].

[alexandrite] was next for the Italian, attacking through Drillroid and then being joined by a set [st]. In the [ep] the Italian’s [droid] came back to the French side of the field. With it’s effect being able to destroy Zoma on the next turn the Italian knew it was over and we were heading to game two!
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Levacher is one step closer to continuing undefeated!
Levacher is one step closer to continuing undefeated!

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[h2]France go marching ahead in this battle of Europe![/h2]

Both players used their re-draw in game two and the Italian would start us off. [grace] came down and [zoma] and [zubaba] didn’t make the cut. [droid] did, however, and was [ns]ed as Chetoni went full steam ahead and set three to his backrow.

Levacher simply set a monster, and laughed as his opponent drew and played [pog] and then [pod]. [moaa] was once again selected and [alexandrite] joined the fray. Levacher’s [treeborn] found the graveyard and he bit 2000 damage from the Dragon.

Frog returned like a Fast and Furious film in the Standby Phase. [copycat] was Summoned and copied the Dragon. It declared an attack on Drillroid which got it’s ego boosted by, surprisingly, [ego].

[shockto] decided that three wouldn’t be a crowd and the Frenchman’s LP dwindled to 1800. On his turn he Summoned [geaf] and set three backrow, but that wasn’t enough to stop a Summoned [bull blader] and [cursed armaments] on the Goblins next turn.
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The Italian had an overwhelming field!
The Italian had an overwhelming field!

[h2]Italy shift the momentum in this clash of the countries and we are going to a decider![/h2]

Levacher began things in the third, [ns]ing [gww] and setting a pair of [st]s. He then asked whether the Italian was going to start with [pog] or [grace]?

It turned out to be [pod], which revealed [pog]!! It was chosen instantly and activated, before the trinity was completed with… you guessed it, Graceful! This Duel’s unloved cards were [blizzard] and [zoma] (Zoma now felt seriously unloved after being discarded twice). It was a tough choice for the Italian with seven cards – which he had the chance to manipulate – in his hand. He settled on Summoning [alexandrite] and setting a trio of [st]s before passing.

This was going to turn in to an epic battle of damage-step modifiers, that much was already clear!

Levacher added a third [st] to his collection and passed back, afraid to make the first move in this war of mysterious backrows.

[valkyria] was the Italian’s first play. He entered the Battle Phase and attacked [gww] with his Dragon. The Frenchman flipped [impene] and [alexandrite] bit the dust. A fourth backrow and play was back to France… in Belgium.
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Could the Italian forge a comeback?
Could the Italian forge a comeback?

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[geaf] hit the field and Levacher sent Warworlf into battle. [valkyria]’s ego was boosted on attack declaration and Levacher had no retort. He passed.

The Italian Second Summoned the Valkyria and used it’s effect to destroy the Goblins, attacking directly.

Levacher Summoned [toonelf] and left it there in attack position, baiting the Italian in a way that only the French can.

Chetoni [ns]ed [ape] and activated [riryoku]! The primate went for the elves -who didn’t look too bothered from the artwork – but who were sent to the graveyard nevertheless.

[stmf] stopped the direct attack. On the next turn the Trap Card was tributed for [frosto], but it’s callous attacking theory met a [moaa]! With no further plays, the Italian Summoned [bull blader] on his next turn and attacked with everything to secure the Duel and the Match!
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A field of attacking monsters was too much for the Frenchman to handle!
A field of attacking monsters was too much for the Frenchman to handle!

[h2]Italy overcomes France and Luca Chetoni will be progressing with a flawless record![/h2]

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