Round 5: Joshua Schmidt (Mermail) vs. Aoued Benabdallah (Evilswarm)
26.04.2014 | 17:45
Facing each other in round 5 are one of Germany’s finest Joshua Schmidt, who is running Mermails this weekend, and Aoued Benabdallah, the real star of this feature match (despite Schmidt’s many accomplishments), because he’s running Evilswarm.
Both Duelists shook hands and then, without another moment’s hesitation, the game was on.
Schmidt kicked things off, starting with [upstart], followed by [a pike], ditching [a leed] and searching for [megalo]. He [ss]ed it, [a leed] came back from the Graveyard, Schmidt then used the effect of [a leed] and that cost Benabdallah a [dad] from his hand. Schmidt wasn’t done yet, going for [a gaios] and setting 3 back row cards before ending his turn.
Benabdallah only set 3 back row cards before play was back to Schmidt.
This time, he was a little less furious, only attacking and adding a fourth back row card.
Nothing happened on the following turn.
[a gaios] took another swing, 3400 Life Points remaining for Benabdallah. [a sphere] followed, this got Schmidt [a linde], he attacked with it, which meant that Benabdallah would be left with only 1900 Life Points and Schmidt passed play.
Benabdallah drew for his turn and he was thinking long and hard. He had a [ev mand] in hand, but he didn’t opt to summon it. Instead, he passed again. Schmidt now searched his Deck for [a ocea], replacing [a linde] (the effect of [a sphere]).
He declared an attack the next turn and [fiendish] stopped [a ocea]. [a gaios] followed suit, but yet another [fiendish] stopped it, too. [a ocea] got switched to [def], Schmidt added a fourth back row card and he ended.
Benabdallah asked for the number of cards in Schmidt’s hand (2) before he [ss]ed [ev mand]. “Ah, Evilswarm”, Schmidt commented. He was in the dark up to that very point.
[ev thun] followed and [bth] was supposed to deal with it, but a [safe zone] attempted to safe it. [tt] got chained, but an [i pand] made sure that Benabdallah would get to keep his field while Schmidt just got rid of his own monsters!
[ophion] got [xyz]ed next, it detached [ev mand], Benabdallah added another copy of [i pand] to his hand and the Xyz Monster took a shot at Schmidt’s heart who tried to defend his Life Points with [a sphere]. [mst] got chained from Benabdallah’s hand, forcing through the attack and putting him in a rather good spot if it weren’t for the lack of Life Points.
[squall] got Schmidt back into the game. He returned a number of monsters to the field, this then allowed him to Xyz Summon  and Benabdallah shuffled up right then and there.
[h2]Joshua Schmidt claims the lead![/h2]
For a very short time, it appeared like Aoued Benabdallah could get back into this game after all. A timely Trap Card from Schmidt helped him to rebuild and wrap things up right after.
Noteworthy was Schmidt immediately mentioning that Benabdallah didn’t even try to topdeck his way out of the situation, possibly indicating a different build compared to what you’re usually expecting from Evilswarm Decks. Then again, it might have been a little too late for such a read since the cards that would now be introduced to the game from the Side Decks could easily turn everything upside down.
This time it was Benabdallah to kick things off. He did so with [ev castor], [ev kery] followed and a split second later, [ophion] hit the field. It got him [i pand]. He set 2 and ended.
Schmidt drew and a [macro] got flipped immediately. The German then set a card to each zone.
The following turn, a [rota] got Benabdallah another copy of [ev castor]. He summoned it, he added [ev kery] and he went for attacks, but a [malevolent catastrophe] cost Benabdallah his [macro] and [i pand]. Still, Schmidt lost [a pike] and he was left with just 6250 Life Points after the attacks concluded.
In [mp] 2, Benabdallah went for another copy of [ophion], once again allowing him to add [i pand] to his hand. He added [df] and a back row card before plassing, shutting down the Mermail Deck for a second time.
Schmidt summoned [a ocea], using its effect to get his hands on [a linde]. He set 2 back row cards before he passed play.
Everyone was expecting a [mst]. [ophion] attacked and Schmidt disappointed only slightly; activating [dust] instead. He lost [a linde], but this got him [a pike]. He discarded [a gunde] and he added [a mark] to his deck while another [a pike] returned to the field thanks to the effect of [a gunde]. Benabdallah added a second back row card for good measure.
It was back to Schmidt, who now summoned [sturge]. The following shenanigans with [a mark] got stopped by [debunk] and Benabdallah also discarded [maxx] at this time – he had no fear that his tech cards ([macro] and [maxx]) would prevent each other from working. Schmidt was fearless, still going for [bahamut] and he added a [atrite]. This got Benabdallah with a full hand again.
[bom] the following turn allowed him to flip [bahamut] face-down and his [ophion] attacked over it. Benabdallah then set his remaining cards, making it 3 in his back row before ending.
[undine] sent [ahi] to Schmidt’s Graveyard, destroying [ophion]. It attacked, leaving Benabdallah on 6750 Life Points.
The French Duelist only set more back row cards, now 4.
Schmidt found [a linde], inviting her to his party. Attacks with it and [undine] followed, which meant 4050 Life Points remaining for Benabdallah.
The following turn, he drew into [ev kery]. He activated the effect, banishing [ophion]. He added [ev ketos] and went for [ophion], but [horn] foiled that plan.
Schmidt [ns]ed [genex controller], which meant enough damage to wrap things up. However, a [fiendish] for [a linde] and a [mst] for [a sphere] made sure that Benabdallah would hang in there. Barely so, but he did.
Schmidt wasn’t done, though, [xyz]ing [mqangineer] in [mp] 2.
Benabdallah only set a Spell or Trap Card.
Schmidt pondered over his options, he switched [a linde] to [def], he declared an attack and that’s when Benabdallah extended the hand.
[h2]Joshua Schmidt overcomes Aoued Benabdallah![/h2]
In the end, it was a pretty clear cut affair, although at a few times during the match, it seemed like Benabdallah could eventually turn things around. Asked what was missing, he immediately replied: “[malevolent catastrophe]!”
Apparently Schmidt found just the right answer in his Side Deck for the second game, otherwise this could have ended up taking a lot longer.