Round 5: Sebastien Gonzalez (Belgium) vs. Daniel Tran (France)
31.08.2013 | 17:43
Facing each other in round 5 are Daniel Tran from France and Sebastien Gonzalez who happens to be Belgium’s most successful Duelist. Both are currently sporting a 3 – 1 record, so this is a crucial match for them.
Tran started with [pog], which meant that our “counter of banned cards that saw play” was up on 1. He followed it up with [evo ch] and added a back row card before passing.
Gonzalez had [md], he used [b winds] and attacked, but [waboku] meant that Tran would keep his monster. Gonzalez set a back row card, Tran then equipped his monster with [r rage], he [ns]ed it a second time and that cleared the path for a direct attack.
[aye] came down for Gonzalez and he passed play, which Tran took as an invitation to summon [spell striker] and [alexandrite] to the field. He sent [alexandrite] into [aye] which left Gonzalez with no field and the following attacks meant that the Belgian would fall down to 3600 Life Points.
He tried to rebuild with [f tig], attacking over [spell striker]. He added a second back row card and ended.
Tran’s [evo ch] got sent into [f tig], destroying it in battle and leaving the Belgian with 3500 Life Points. Tran set a monster and when he wanted to pass, Gonzalez activated [lon] at the end of Main Phase 2.
[f tig] came back since Gonzalez decided to skip his draw and he attacked with it over [evo ch].
[ngs] was Tran’s answer and he also [fs]ed [dandy]. He attacked, leaving Gonzalez on a mere 1700 Life Points. Tran added a back row card and ended.
Gonzalez only set a monster.
Tran switched both of his monsters back to [atk] since they’d been turned sideways by [lon] before. He attacked with [dandy] into Gonzalez’ copy of the monster and he opted not to attack with [ngs] into it.
Gonzalez added a third back row card and play was once again back to Tran.
He found [dck] and it attacked into [dandy], which worked. The effect of [ngs] ended in [stmf], but in the replay, [ngs] destroyed it. [dandy] dealt some damage and Tran ended.
[pbw] tried to start a comeback for Gonzalez. It attacked successfuly over [ngs].
Tran then had [ranshin], attacking with it over [pbw] and [dandy] left Gonzalez with 1400 Life Points.
Gonzalez didn’t perform any actions on his following turn, which meant that the attacks on Tran’s next turn were enough to decide the first Duel.
[h2]Daniel Train gains the lead![/h2]
This was the first time that I’ve seen players exchanging cards between their Main and Side Decks. We then got the ball rolling again, this time with Gonzalez going first.
[grace], discarding [dmoc] and [dandy] surely looked like a good opening. [reborn] on [dmoc], getting Gonzalez back [grace] seemed like an opening from 6 years ago and the second activation of the Spell Card saw [ggg golem] and [nuzzler] getting discarded to his Graveyard. So it was a match of Sealed Pack after all…
[aye] followed, Gonzalez set a spell or trap and that concluded the strongest opening I’ve seen today.
Tran had [tsm] and he followed it up with [r rage]. He trampled over both tokens, which meant Gonzalez was left with only 3200 Life Points after Tran’s first turn! [shard] and a face-down spell or trap wrapped up Tran’s opening.
[prebu] got Gonzalez [ggg golem], but not after he invited [pbw] to the party. A [fighting spirit] on [dmoc] meant that Tran lost his only monster and ended up on 7300 Life Points. [r rage] then weakened [pbw] and after the following attacks, Tran was left with only 2700 Life Points. Life Points sure dwindled fast in that game!
Tran started his second turn with [pog] while his [shard] collected its first counter. [dck] got discarded to [ss] [tricky] and it attacked into [pbw] with Gonzalez using [proar] in the Damage Step to make sure his monster would stay on the field. “That’s all”, Tran said and Gonzalez couldn’t wait to take that invitation, sending all of his monsters in the following turn!
A [fader], however, made sure Tran would get to see yet another turn. Gonzalez used the effect of [aye] and he switched [pbw] into [def] before adding a back row card, [ns]ing a second [aye] and ending.
Tran’s [shard] allowed him to draw 2 cards, leaving him with 4 in his hand. He [ss]ed [spell striker] and equipped it with [grarl]. It attacked into [pbw], which was fine with Gonzalez, who lost his monster. Tran then added [valley] and a back row card before passing play.
Things looked a little messy with so many monsters on the field. Gonzalez declared an attack and Tran considered responding with [proar]. He didn’t, which meant he lost all of his monsters, but he would get to see yet another turn and draw a fresh card courtesy of [valley].
A face-down spell or trap for Tran stopped Gonzalez since [waboku] bought the French Duelist yet another turn. Both [aye][s] further increased their ATK and play was back to Tran.
He again just set a spell or trap.
Gonzalez declared an attack, but [0 grav] stopped him yet another time from dealing lethal. He repeated the [aye] move and switched most of his monsters back to [atk]. When Tran failed to pull another rabbit out of his hat the following turn, we knew we’d go to a third and deciding Duel!
[h2]Sebastien Gonzalez ties the score![/h2]
Once again, both players accessed their respective Side Decks, looking for the right tech with just 8 more minutes remaining (after shuffling) in the round.
Tran opted to go first, keeping his 5 cards. Gonzalez on the other hand used the Re-Draw Rule to improve his hand.
[alexandrite] and a face-down Spell or Trap Card marked Tran’s opening.
Gonzalez had [aye], he used its effect, he added 2 back row cards and equipped his monster with [fighting spirit].
Tran now found [mirage] and he followed it up with [r rage] to increase the ATK of [alexandrite]. It attacked into [aye] and Gonzalez used [dress] in the Damage Step to make sure his monster would survive the attack. [mirage] then followed, also attacking into the weakened [aye], costing Gonzalez the Equip Spell Card.
[pbw] and [grarl] gave Gonzalez the edge, attacking over [mirage]. [aye]'[s] effect added another counter. [wake] brougth back [mirage] during the End Phase.
On his following turn, Tran added [spell striker] and a [grarl] of his own helped him to take down [aye] with his [mirage]. [spell striker] then attacked directly, making it 6800 Life Points for Gonzalez.
In [mp] 2, Tran Tributed both of his monsters for [svenus] before passing.
[prebu] brought back [aye] and Gonzalez attacked over it with [pbw] that got buffed by [proar], which meant that Tran would now be on 6800 Life Points while Gonzalez only had 4800 Life Points remaining.
Tran only passed play without performing any additional actions, which meant that we would have 5 more turns after the conclusion of the current turn.
[b winds] was supposed to wrap things up right then and there, but [fader] bought Tran some time. [aye]'[s] attack increased and play was back to the French Duelist.
He only added another back row card before passing.
Gonzalez, meanwhile, [ss]ed [tricky] before declaring attacks. [0 grav] prior to the end of [mp] 1 was supposed to stem the bleeding, but Gonzalez simply switched [pbw] and [aye] back to [atk], dealing damage and leaving Tran with 4400 Life Points. For the first time since a long time, Gonzalez was ahead. Good news with the time out approaching.
Tran tried to stop Gonzalez’ forces with [socl], but a [dmoc] from the top was all Gonzalez needed to seal the deal!
[h2]Sebastien Gonzalez comes back and wins 2 – 1![/h2]
This certainly was some hard work for Sebastien Gonzalez who had to recuperate after taking a crucial loss in the first game. He correctly read his opponent’s deck, realizing that he had to go big or go home since Tran had infinite ways to stop Gonzalez’ monsters from dealing any damage and that’s just what he did in the second and third game. Now all he had to do was keeping it up for the rest of the day!
He felt like pointing out that he finally beat his “Feature Match curse” since he managed to score a win while our coverage crew was watching. That accomplishment had eluded him so far, with lady luck not being on his side when we watched him perform in past events.