Round 5: Wytze Kluitenberg (Gravekeeper) vs. Nicolas Patteau (Dino Rabbit)

[p]This is bound to be one of the more interesting matches today: Wytze Kluitenberg, winner of the YCS Trial in Brighton and guaranteed participant of the YCS Long Beach, has to play Nicolas Platteau from Toulouse, France! So expect to see him at the upcoming European YCS as well!
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But let’s not talk too much about the upcoming events and focus on today’s event. Kluitenberg brings Gravekeepers to the table while his opponent Platteau pilots a Dino Rabbit Deck through a field of more than 1100 participants!
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Kluitenberg won the die roll and opted to go first. He Set a card to each zone, activated [necrov] and passed his turn, already telegraphing what Deck type he’s playing.
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Dutch National Champion Wytze Kluitenberg is getting warmed up for Long Beach!
Dutch National Champion Wytze Kluitenberg is getting warmed up for Long Beach!

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Platteau now knew what he had to face, but it didn’t affect his opening play too much. He [ns]ed [rabbit] and Tributed it to [ss] 2 copies of [saurus] from his Deck. Both were then used to Xyz Summon the powerful [laggia], which would allow him to negate an opposing card. He attacked into [spy] and Kluitenberg searched his Deck for [gk des]. [smash] was used in [mp] 2 to destroy [spy], Platteau Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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It was Gravekeepers vs. Xyz Monsters!
It was Gravekeepers vs. Xyz Monsters!

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Kluitenberg switched [gk des] to [def]. He Set another Monster as well as a Spell or Trap and play was back to the French Duelist.
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[tour guide] came down and its effect was used to [ss] [sangan] to Platteau’s side of the field. Both were then used as Xyz Materials to [ss] [leviair]. The efect of the Xyz Monster brought back [rabbit], which was Tributed once again to [ss] 2 copies of [kabaz]. Kluitenberg had to think about his response and he opted to activate [bth]. Platteau considered this for a bit before he chained [laggia]'[s] effect to the trap. That’s exactly what Kluitenberg was hoping for, however, as he was now free to chain [tt] and wipe the field! With no further actions, Platteau passed his turn.
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[gk ass] was [ns]ed and attacked directly. Its attack ended in [prison], however. Kluitenberg Set a Spell or Trap.
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Platteau tried to apply some pressure with [saurus], but Kluitenberg found a [prison] of his own.
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On his following turn, Kluitenberg [ns]ed [pachy], attacked directly and Set a Spell or Trap.
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Kluitenberg's Deck also featured some Anti Elements!
Kluitenberg's Deck also featured some Anti Elements!

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Platteau Set a Monster and passed.
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[maxx] was destroyed by an attack of [pachy]. Kluitenberg Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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During Platteau’s following Standby Phase, Kluitenberg activated [dustshoot]. Platteau asked a judge if he could chain a Quick-Play Spell to basically negate the trap, but the judge told him that wasn’t possible. Platteau used his right to appeal just to make sure. The head judge upheld the table judge’s ruling and that meant Platteau lost [gorz] to the Trap. He didn’t perform any actions after that.
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Kluitenberg used [stele] to return [spy] and [gk des] to his hand. He [ns]ed [gk des] and attacks with [pachy] and [gk des] followed. That concluded his turn.
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Platteau had to come up with something, but [pachy] seemed to interfere with his plans. He [ns]ed [mole], but Kluitenberg negated the summon with [sj]. Platteau thought about that for a bit, but he knew there was nothing he couldn’t stop Kluitenberg’s Monsters next turn, so he shuffled up his cards.
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Wytze Kluitenberg comes back and wins the first Duel!

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A great play by Kluitenberg, making his opponent believe that [bth] was the only ace he held up his sleeve, helped him to win the first game. After this play, Platteau was suddenly fighting an uphill battle, while Kluitenberg gained more and more momentum. Let’s see if he can carry it over to the second game or if Platteau starts a comeback of his own!
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Platteau had to dig deep to find an answer to Kluitenberg's perfect play so far!
Platteau had to dig deep to find an answer to Kluitenberg's perfect play so far!

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Platteau opened with [rabbit], which got him 2 copies of [kabaz]. Both were used to Xyz Summon [laggia], he Set a Spell or Trap and passed his turn.
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Kluitenberg activated [mst], destroying [warning]. Next, he activated [necrov] and Platteau thought about negating the Field Spell Card. It stuck, Kluitenberg Set a card to each zone and he passed.
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[tour guide] was [ns]ed on Platteau’s following turn. It seemed to spell doom on Kluitenberg’s plans, as it got the French Duelist [sangan], both monsters were used to [ss] [leviair], the Xyz Monster’s effect brought back [rabbit] and that got Platteau 2 [saurus]. Those were then used to [ss] [dolkka] and now Platteau controlled a very impressive field!
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trending Color 2012: Black!
Yu-Gi-Oh! Trending Color 2012: Black!

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[dolkka] attacked into Kluitenberg’s face-down Monster, but [prison] was supposed to stop it. [laggia] had to say something about that and negated that. [gk ass] then bit the dust, 2 attacks followed and it was up to Kluitenberg.
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He [ns]ed [gk des] and attacked over [leviair]. He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Reluctantly, Platteau opted to attack with [dolkka] into [gk des]. That left the Dutch Champion with 3600 Life Points. An attack with [laggia] followed, so only 1200 left for Kluitenberg.
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Kluitenberg Set a Spell or Trap.
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Platteau’s attack with [dolkka] was stopped by [bom], however, [laggia]'[s] attack went right through, swinging the game in Platteau’s favor!
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Nicolas Platteau equals the score!

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Would the mental advantage of having won the last game help Platteau to go all the way or would Kluitenberg’s advantage of going first prove to be crucial.
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Kluitenberg's opening 6 in the last game!
Kluitenberg's opening 6 in the last game!

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Kluitenberg Set a card to each zone and passed his turn.
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Platteau breathed deeply before he [ns]ed [saurus]. He Set 2 Spells or Traps and play was back to Kluitenberg.
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[spy] was [fs]ed, however, Platteau chained [sim] to its effect. Kluitenberg wasn’t happy, but asked if he could activate [duality]. The judge ruled that it was possible to activate [duality], but again Platteau used his right to appeal. This time the head judge ruled in his favor, not allowing Kluitenberg to activate the Spell Card. Kluitenberg instead Set a monster and passed.
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[saurus] attacked over [spy], dealing 700 damage to Kluitenberg’s Life Points. That concluded the turn.
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Kluitenberg used [gk com] to search his Deck for [necrov]. He activated the Field Spell Card, [ns]ed [recruiter] and [fs]ed another [recruiter]. Both monsters were then used to Xyz [zenmaines]. Without performing any further actions, Kluitenberg ended his turn.
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This time the Xyz Monsters fought for Kluitenberg!
This time the Xyz Monsters fought for Kluitenberg!

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Platteau Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[duality] revealed [tt], [necrov] and [maxx] and Kluitenberg picked [tt]. He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Platteau Set a third face-down Spell or Trap (he also had the face-up [sim]) and passed.
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[hole] destroyed [saurus] and Kluitenberg detached one of the materials of [zenmaines]. During the End Phase, he used the effect of the Xyz Monster to get rid of [sim].
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[tour guide] came down on Platteau’s side of the field. That was fine with Kluitenberg. When [sangan] hit the field, however, [tt] was used to clear it right away again! Well, not quite, as [zenmaines] detached another material. The effect was used during the End Phase, this time hitting [prison].
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Without any more Xyz Material, Zenmaines was finally allowed to attack!
Without any more Xyz Material, Zenmaines was finally allowed to attack!

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[zenmaines] was switched to [atk] and it connected. 6500 Life Points left for Platteau. Kluitenberg was happy and passed.
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Platteau [ns]ed [rabbit] and used its effect to [ss] 2 copies of [kabaz]. They were met with [gozen]. “Not good!”, Platteau replied, but he had [mst]. Kluitenberg surprised him with a second copy of the Continuous Trap Card and all Platteau could do was chuckle! The first [kabaz] took down [zenmaines] and the second one left Kluitenberg with 5400 Life Points. Both [kabaz] bit the dust during the End Phase thanks to [gozen].
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Kluitenberg considered his next move carefully. He checked both Graveyards before [ns]ing [pachy]. The following attack left Platteau with 5300 Life Points. Kluitenberg Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[kabaz] was [ns]ed and it attacked successfully over [pachy].
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Kluitenberg simply added another card to his back row.
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The next attack of [kabaz] ended in [prison]. Platteau used [mst] to destroy [gozen], brought out [rabbit] and [ss]ed 2 copies of [saurus]. “Another one?”, Platteau inquired and Kluitenberg didn’t disappoint – he did indeed flip the third copy of [gozen]!
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[reaper] was [ns]ed and took a direct shot to Platteau’s heart. This cost the French Duelist [noc] from his hand. Kluitenberg Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Platteau had still one more ace up his sleeve: Tour Guide!
Platteau had still one more ace up his sleeve: Tour Guide!

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[tour guide] was [ns]ed and got Platteau another copy. Both attacked into [reaper], which left Kluitenberg with 3500 Life Points. That concluded the turn.
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[reaper] was switched to [def] and Kluitenberg [ns]ed [gk des]. It was swallowed up by Platteau’s [bth], however.
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Absolutely nothing happened on the following three turns.
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Kluitenberg was the first to jump to action again when the clock indicated that we would only have 2 minutes left. He Set a Monster and passed.
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[noc] got rid of [gk com], but that was all that Platteau could muster up.
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Kluitenberg now found [gk guard] and it took down one of the [tour guide]'[s].
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Platteau now opted to continue in a more defensive style, switching [tour guide] to [def] and adding 2 more face-down cards to his back row.
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Kluitenberg attacked over [tour guide] with [gk guard]. Platteau checked his face-down Spells or Traps and Kluitenberg commented: “All bluffs!”
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Platteau [ss]ed [cd]. It successfully attacked over [gk guard], leaving Kluitenberg with 2900 Life Points. One Set monster and it was back to Kluitenberg.
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It didn't look like much would happen the following turns. Fortunately, that was not the case!
It didn't look like much would happen the following turns. Fortunately, that was not the case!

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He Set a monster of his own and passed.
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With the advantage of leading in Life Points on his side, Platteau didn’t feel like taking too much of a risk, so he simply passed for his turn.
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Kluitenberg added another face-down monster to his field and ended.
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“Did you side burn?”, Platteau asked, surprised that his opponent did still not try to deal any damage to his Life Points. The French Duelist inquired about the effect of [gozen] once more, eager not to commit to a foolish mistake. He checked his face-down cards and activated [hole]. Kluitenberg had to give this some thought and he performed some quick calculations. He shook his head and activated [sj]![br]
Platteau admired the bold move and nodded agreeingly. He looked Kluitenberg in the eyes to try and learn something, but couldn’t read the pokerface. Opting to not risk it all, he Set a fourth face-down Spell or Trap and passed.
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Kluitenberg started his last turn with a face-down [storm]! [lance] was chained, destroying [reaper], but that was that and all of Platteau’s face-down Spell or Trap cards left the field.[br]
Once again, Kluitenberg started calculating and he didn’t seem too happy with the result. After careful consideration, he [fs]ed [spy], searching his Deck for [gk des]. That much seemed rather obvious. [spy] was Tributed to destroy [cd].[br]
[stele] was activated next, returning [gk com] and [spy] to Kluitenberg’s hand. He [ns]ed [gk com], [fs]ed [maxx] and knew he only had 1 option: Sending [maxx] into Platteau’s face-down monster, hoping for [rabbit].
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Platteau flipped the monster reluctantly, revealing it to be…

… [rabbit]!!!
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The following attacks of [gk des] and [gk com] were enough to give Kluitenberg a lead in Life Points, thus winning him the game!
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Wytze Kluitenberg pulls out all the stops and defeats Nicolas Platteau!

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A great performance by Wytze Kluitenberg, who really brought his A Game to the table. A successful bluff in the first game and the perfect execution in the final game allowed him to claim the win in a seemingly unwinnable match!
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