Round 5 Feature Match: Leveque Benoit vs. Lionel Monfort

We’ve already made it through half of the first day of YCS Paris. We’re about to enter round 5, where Leveque Benoit, who’s living very close to Paris, will try to overcome Lionel Monfort from Belgium.

Both players exchanged some words before the die roll. Benoit’s 5 was more than enough to match Monfort’s 2 and he opted to go first.

 

Hard to believe that Leveque Benoit is a YCS First Timer!
Hard to believe that Leveque Benoit is a YCS First Timer!

 

A [future] caused a sigh of disbelief from Monfort. Benoit revealed [fhd], sending [aklys], [brandistock], 2 [phalanx] and [leyvaten] to his Graveyard. He Set 2 spells or traps and passed his turn.

Monfort activated [necrov], he Set a monster and 2 spells or traps and play was back to Benoit.

The French Duelist activated a Field Spell Card of his own: [ravine]. He then [reborn]ed [leyvaten], equipping it with [brandistock]. He declared an attack and destroyed [recruiter] in Battle. Monfort searched his deck, activated [bom] during the End Phase and entered his turn.

First, he activated another [necrov], destroying [ravine]. He then [ns]ed [gk com] and attacked into his opponent’s face-down monster, but Benoit revealed [prison]. Monfort Chained [bandit] to negate the trap and force the attack through!

 

Beware the King of the Dragons!
Beware the King of the Dragons!

 

[fhd] hit the field! It attacked over [gk com], leaving nothing but dust! Monfort fell to 4100 Life Points.

Monfort simply Set a monster.

[duality], played by Benoit, revealed 3 Dragunities. He picked [legionnaire]. He Summoned it and attacked with it into [recruiter], taking 300 points of damage. That meant he needed to follow the attack of his small Dragon up with an attack of his heavy hitter, so [fhd] took down the searcher. Benoit Set a 3rd face-down Spell or Trap Card and passed.

Monfort finally found an answer to [fhd]. He activated [mst] to destroy [future]. He Set a monster and passed his turn.

Benoit had another [duality], this time picking [dux]. He seemed to be far ahead and simply ended his turn.

Monfort wanted to go on the offensive again, [fs]ing his [gk com]. However, [bth] removed it from the game before it could do any harm. He Set another monster and passed.

 

Time for Benoit to step on the gas!
Time for Benoit to step on the gas!

 

Time for Benoit to shift into a higher gear! He [ns]ed [dux]. It attacked into [recruiter], not being able to destroy the Gravekeeper. Benoit passed once more.

Monfort now had [gk des]. He Tributed [recruiter] to destroy a Set [mf] on Benoit’s side of the field. He searched his deck for [gk ass], activated [r trib], discarding his own monster and revealing [poa] in Benoit’s hand and stripping him of [legionnaire], and passed.

Benoit used [bom] to turn [gk des] to face-down [def], so he could attack over it. He passed after setting 2 spells or traps.

Monfort now found a [duality] of his own. This got him [gk com]. He wanted to [ns] it, hwoever, Benoit activated [sj]. With no monster left on the field to protect his Life Points from the following attacks, all Monfort could do was shuffle up his cards to look for some answers in his Side Deck.

 

Leveque Benoit wins the first Duel!

 

It seemed a little like the Duel between Field Spell Cards. In the end, Leveque Benoit’s Dragunities had the upper hand in the first Duel. Lionel Monfort didn’t feel like giving up, so he sided in some new cards to gain an advantage.

 

Even after losing the first Duel, Lionel Monfort was able to smile!
Even after losing the first Duel, Lionel Monfort was able to smile!

 

Monfort's opening hand featured a powerful anti-card: Royal Oppression!
Monfort's opening hand featured a powerful anti-card: Royal Oppression!

 

He started the second Duel with a face-down Monster together with 3 face-down Spell or Trap Cards.

Benoit wouldn’t have any of that and he used [trunade] to return all those Set cards back to Monfort’s hand. He activated [future], searching his deck for [brandistock], 2 [phalanx], [leyvataen] and [aklys]. Next, he brought out [dux], used its effect to equip it with [phalanx] and Summoned the [phalanx] thanks to its own effect. He Tuned both monsters to [vajra], brought back [aklys] and used its effect to take down the face-down [spy] on Monfort’s side of the field.

He now had a [trunade] of his own, discarded [gk com] to fetch [necrov] from his deck, he activated the Field Spell Card and followed it up with [recruiter]. After declaring the attack, he activated [bom] to turn [vajra] face-down. [ravine] hit the field, Monfort Set 2 spells or traps and he passed.

Benoit discarded [terraforming] for [ravine]'[s] effect, bringing him [legionnaire] from his deck. He Summoned it to the field, equipped it with [aklys] and used [legionnaire]'[s] effect to destroy both a Set [7tools] as well as [recruiter]. The Dragunities seemed to be on fire! Monfort searched his deck for [gk com] and he had to take 1200 from [legionnaire], leaving him on 3000. Benoit Set 2 spells or traps and passed.

 

Would one lonely Gravekeeper be enough to turn the Duel around?
Would one lonely Gravekeeper be enough to turn the Duel around?

 

[gk com] came down in Monfort’s turn, but [warning] sent him straight to the Graveyard.

Benoit discarded [cylinder] to search his deck for [dux]. He Summoned it, brought back [phalanx], unequipped it with its own effect and then Tuned it together with [dux] to [vajra]. Monfort flipped [ro] to negate the [ss]! He still took 1200 from [legionnaire]'[s] attack.

In his following turn, all he could do was Set another spell or trap.

Benoit declared another attack, Monfort quickly checked the Life Point totals again and then extended his hand.

 

Leveque Benoit wins the Match!

 

Asked about his most important play after the match, Benoit replied that his opening with [trunade] and [future] was what allowed him to set up all his big plays, so that must have been his most important move. It’s a nice addition to the Dragunity Deck and it seems like Benoit is tearing his opponents apart thanks to the raw power of his [fhd] combined with all the tricks of the Dragunities!

 

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