Round 7 Feature Match: Bruno Brice vs. Nuno Ribeiro
This feature match Nuno Ribeiro who won the YCS Trial in Milan plays against Bruno Brice from France!
Ribeiro won the dice roll and kicked things off with [rota], searching his deck for [kagemusha]. He added the little Tuner to his hand, activated [united], [ns]ed [kagemusha], followed it up with a [ss]ed [kizan], drew 2 for [united] and Tuned both to [barkion]. He Set 3 face-down spells or traps and passed.
Brice Summoned [kageki], making it obvious that we’re witnessing a Mirror Match. He had [hotss], Tributed [kageki] to get rid of [barkion], attacked directly, set 3 spells or traps and passed. Ribeiro used [mst] for [double], then entered his turn.
[upstart] drew Ribeiro another card, while Brice’s Life Points went up to 9000. [double] brought back [kagemusha] and [kizan], Ribeiro activated [trunade] and Brice had no response. [grandmaster] came down next, then the other 2 monsters were Tuned to [brionac], the Synchro Monster attacked over [hotss] and [grandmaster] took a shot at Brice’s Life Points. Ribeiro Set a spell or trap and passed.
[sss] got Brice [kageki]. He Summoned him to the field, followed it up with [kagemusha] and [grandmaster]. The lower level monsters were Tuned to [shi en], the Synchro Monster attacked over [brionac], both [grandmaster]'[s] traded and Brice Set a Spell or Trap Card before ending his turn.
So far, this had been quite a fast-paced Duel, but now Ribeiro opted to take a minute to think about his next move for the first time. He activated [hole], but [shi en] negated the effect. He then used [double] to bring back [grandmaster] and [kagemusha], Tuned them to [brd] and wiped the field!
Brice could only Set a spell or trap.
Ribeiro had [kagemusha], followed it up with [grandmaster] and both attacked directly.
Brice passed without taking any actions.
Ribeiro attacked with both of his monsters, Set a spell or trap and passed.
This was Brice’s last chance to get back into the game; he activated [united] and Ribeiro was fine with that. [kagemusha] came down next, however, Ribeiro now activated [mst], destroying the Permanent Spell Card. Brice knew it was over and shuffled up his cards!
Nuno Ribeiro wins the first Duel!
Nuno Ribeiro was able to win the first Duel despite the fact that he never summoned [shi en] to the field.
Brice opted to go first and he had [portal] together with 3 face-down spells or traps.
Ribeiro was able to almost mirror his play, setting 5 cards to his back row.
Play was back to Brice, who tried to [ns] [hand]. Ribeiro flipped [warning], Brice Set 2 more spells or traps and passed.
Ribeiro now activated [mst] and he hit [portal]. He Summoned [hand] of his own, followed it up with [grandmaster] and declared an attack. Brice had to consider his plays for a second, he checked his face-down spells and traps once more and opted to activate [mf]. Both Six Samurais were destroyed and [grandmaster] returned [kagemusha].
Both players passed without any actions despite setting more cards to their back rows.
Back to Ribeiro, who Summoned [hand] once more. He attacked directly and passed.
Brice Summoned [kizan] and Ribeiro used [bom] on it to turn it face-down. With 5 spells or traps on the field, Brice passed.
[hand] was supposed to be sent into [kizan], however, Brice had a [bom] of his own. Ribeiro was forced to end his turn.
Time to get the ball rolling! Brice [fs]ed [kizan], he [ss]ed [grandmaster] and both monsters took shots at Ribeiro’s Life Points, dropping him to 3900.
[double] was Ribeiro’s play of choice to get back into the game. [ruse] was Chained, [grandmaster] left the field and Brice [ss]ed [grandmaster] from Ribeiro’s Graveyard! Quite an answer! “I have to go for Plan B!”, Ribeiro announced. He [ss]ed [cd], but [warning] dealt with that threat, too. He was still far from being out of options, he activated [rota] and added [kageki] to his hand. He [ss]ed it, but a second [warning] made sure that Six Samurai never saw the light of day, either. Ribeiro passed after Setting a spell or trap, however, it fell victim to Brice’s [mst] [dash] he had all the answers!
Ribeiro passed with only 1 card left in his Spell or Trap Card Zone; Brice declared an attack and Ribeiro proceded with Side Decking.
Bruno Brice equals the score!
All that Setting of spells and traps was later revealed to be a perfect set-up by Bruno Brice. He collected enough answers to foil all of Ribeiro’s plans to turn this game around!
Ribeiro drew his opening 6 in the last Duel, commenting on EVERY single card he drew with: “NOT GATEWAY!” – somebody seemed to be out of luck. He had [kizan] and [kagemusha], though, providing him with a first turn [barkion]. He Set 2 spells or traps and passed.
[hole] removed the Synchro Monster from the field and Ribeiro voiced his disappointment. Brice activated 2 copies of [united] (!) and Ribeiro repeated what he said earlier: “The curse of the Feature Match!” Brice Set 2 more spells or traps and passed.
Ribeiro Set a monster together wih another spell or trap. He felt “threatened” by 2 copies of [united].
Brice set a 5th spell or trap and a monster before passing for his turn. He felt no need to act, whatever Ribeiro did, he would reap the benefits.
[kagemusha] was Flip Summoned and [hand] came down from Ribeiro’s hand. [kagemusha] left the field and Brice’s [penguin] was destroyed. [double] brought back both [kagemusha] and [kizan] and [kagemusha] and [hand] were Tuned to [shi en].
This is where Brice flipped [ro]! Ribeiro had to consider his options, as he didn’t feel like losing his big Synchro Monster after committing so many cards to the field, filling Brice’s Permanent Spell Cards. He Chained [double] (the effect of [ro] could not be Chained again at this point) to bring back [kagemusha] and [hand] once more, then direct attacks followed. He used the effect of [hand] to destroy it with [kagemusha], Set a spell or trap and passed.
Brice didn’t take long to use the effects of both his [united]'[s] to draw 4 fresh cards. He activated [portal] and another copy of [united] and passed. He Summoned [hand], but Ribeiro had [warning]. That was the turn.
Back to Ribeiro, who was hoping to draw into [grandmaster]. He attacked into [bom], checked his opponent’s Graveyard (he smiled when he spotted [penguin] again) and Set another monster before passing his turn. He had no cards left in his hand.
[rota] allowed Brice to search his deck for [kizan]. He Summoned it and Ribeiro had to consider his options for a second. He didn’t respond, so both [portal] and [united] started to collect counters. [united] left the field so Brice would draw another card, then he attacked with [kizan]. Ribeiro used [bom] on it, Brice Set another spell or trap and passed.
“[trunade], please!”, Ribeiro exclaimed. However, his deck let him down once more. He [fs]ed [kizan] and [ss]ed [grandmaster]. He entered his Battle Phase and sent [kizan] into the face-down [kizan] on Brice’s side of the field. The Set Samurai was destroyed, [grandmaster] followed and that cost Brice 2100 Life Points, leaving him with only 1000.
Brice entered his turn and he used the effect of [portal] to add [kizan] to his hand. He Summoned it, attacked with it into [grandmaster] after using [portal]'[s] 1st effect against it and that took him down!
“TRUNADE!!!”, Ribeiro shouted once more! This time he DID have the lucky draw! He drew [trunade] from the top, returned all of Brice’s face-down spells or traps to his hand, [fs]ed his other Samurai and attacked with both of his monsters for game!!!
Nuno Ribeiro wins the Match!
Against almost unbeatable odds, Nuno Ribeiro drew into one of his very few answers, clearing the way for his monsters to deal the crucial points of damage. His decision to ignore the advantage of his opponent completely and simply “push through” was a brave, but very rewarding play in the end!
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