Round 7: Pitai Meyer (Fire Fist) vs. Rafael Neven (Fire Fist)

Only 2 more rounds until we’ll wrap things up for the first day of competition at YCS Berlin. Facing each other right now are “child prodigy” Rafael Neven who is the reigning Dutch National Champion and Pitai Meyer who was the runner-up of his own National Championship in Germany back in 2010 (and who also reached the Top 16 back at YCS Bochum). Both players are sporting a 5 – 1 record, so another win will basically lock them up for tomorrow’s competition.

“Whenever we’re not sure whether to pick Match A or Match B, if there’s a Dutch player participating in one of them, we’ll pick their match”, I said prior to the start of the match, looking at the “fan club” of Rafael Neven. In fact, these guys can often be seen on the sidelines whenever a Dutch player is competing, that’s why I took this picture.
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The Dutch supporters were cheering for Rafael Neven!
The Dutch supporters were cheering for Rafael Neven!

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With that, we were ready to roll. Neven won the die roll and decided to kick things off.
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Rafael Neven might have been competing on foreign soil, but at least his friends had his back!
Rafael Neven might have been competing on foreign soil, but at least his friends had his back!

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[duality] revealed 2 [mst] and [tt] and Neven was quick to pick the Trap, shuffling back the other 2 cards into his Deck. He then [ns]ed [ff gorilla] before adding 2 back row cards.

Meyer found [ff leo] to search for [tenki], he activated it, adding [ff spirit] to his hand, [ff tensu] then helped him to summon the [ff spirit], but [veiler] made sure it couldn’t trigger its effect. [rekindling] then helped Meyer to get rid of [ff gorilla], he added a back row card and passed.

[ff gyok] locked down Meyer’s face-down card and Neven then went for [ff tigerking].
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Neven wasted no time, special summoning Tiger King to pull further ahead!
Neven wasted no time, special summoning Tiger King to pull further ahead!

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He added [ff tensu] to his back row, he summoned [ff bear], it attacked successfully, netting Neven [ff tenki] from his Deck, [ff tigerking] made it 4600 Life Points for Meyer and a face-down back row card from Neven concluded the turn.

Meyer was under a lot of pressure and that meant he had to come up with something. He considered his options carefully before [ns]ing [ff rooster]; he got rid of [ff tenki] to replace it with [ff gyok], he followed it up with [cranecrane] and [ff spirit] also joined the party.
Both of the latter monsters were used to [synch] [ff horse] and this provided Meyer with another “Fire Fist”-monster from his Deck. [ff rooster] then destroyed [ff tensu] to search for [ff tenki], this got Meyer [ff leo] and he then went for [30]. It dealt with [ff tigerking] and Neven had to consider his response.
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Acid Golem of Destruction turned the tide for Meyer!
Acid Golem of Destruction turned the tide for Meyer!

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The Dutch Champion opted to get rid of his back row to [ss] [wolfbark] and [ff bear], Meyer then attacked over [wolfbark] and play was back to Neven.

He used both of his [ff bear] to [xyz] [ff card], he targeted [30] and a back row card, but [fiendish] foiled that plan. [eek] was next for Neven, but [tt] from Meyer made sure that no cards remained on the field. Neven set a Spell or Trap, his last card in hand, before ending.

Meyer had [ff leo] to search for [ff gyok]. He activated it, added another back row card and passed play.

Neven added a second Spell or Trap.

Meyer now found [ff bear] and he attacked with it, leaving Neven on 5800 Life Points. Another [ff gyok] got added and it shut down Neven’s second Spell or Trap.
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Gyokkou's were shutting down back rows like crazy!
Gyokkou's were shutting down back rows like crazy!

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The Dutch Duelist drew into [rai oh], but [bth] made short use of it.

Back to Meyer who found [blaster], he attacked with both monsters, Neven then only drew into [upstart] and when the new card didn’t provide him with an out either, he shuffled up.

[h2]Pitai Meyer claims the lead![/h2]

At first it looked like Meyer was falling behind, but he eventually started to turn things around in this close Duel. Once he was able to unleash a flurry of Special Summons, however, he was sitting comfortably in the driver’s seat, never looking back and driving home the advantage.
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Pitai Meyer's patient approach was paying huge dividends!
Pitai Meyer's patient approach was paying huge dividends!

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Neven took a little longer accessing his Side Deck, but after some consideration, he felt confident that he had made the right choices. Both players were then done shuffling their respective Decks and it was up to Neven once again.

He set 3 cards to his back row before passing play.

Meyer took a moment to go over the options his starting hand provided him with, he then rolled a die for [mst], hitting [lance] and [ff tenki] followed. [mst] negated its effect, Meyer then set a back row card and it was back to Neven.

He used [ff gyok] on the newly set card and ended.

Meyer added a fresh Spell or Trap.

[ccd] provided Neven with some more cards.

Meyer added a third face-down card.

[ff tensu] got activated and Meyer had no response. [ff gorilla] came down and that caused Meyer to activate [mst] on [ff gyok], trying to “free” his other face-down card. [ff tensu] then got destroyed to destroy the card that was previously “locked down”, which turned out to be a [fiendish]. It got activated, but Neven Chained a [mst]! What a back and forth!
Meyer flipped [mind crush], calling [ff bear]. Neven only had Spells or Traps, so Meyer lost a card of his own. [ff gorilla] then attacked directly, Neven set 2 back row cards and he passed play.
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It seemed like Neven had this one in the bag already!
It seemed like Neven had this one in the bag already!

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Nothing happened the following turn, so [ff gorilla] attacked again. Neven added a fourth back row card.

Meyer now found [ff leo], he Tributed it to search his Deck for [ff tenki], he activated it and that got him [ff spirit]. [mind crush] was activated in response, sending it to the Graveyard. Meyer then passed play.

[ff gorilla] attacked, leaving Meyer on 3200 Life Points.

On his following turn, the German activated [ff gyok], shutting down one of Neven’s back row cards. [cranecrane] got summoned next, attempting to return [ff spirit] to the field, but [crow] from Neven’s hand was a strong counter!
[rekindling] then returned [ff leo], Meyer then went for [30], but [prison] stopped his monster.

[duality] got Neven a [ff bear], he summoned it and that meant he just tied the score!

[h2]Neven fights back and sends us to a deciding Duel![/h2]

“The first thought is often the best thought…”, Meyer said, indicating that he had changed his mind at some point in the game and that had cost him. He would probably not make the same mistake again in our deciding Duel and this time it would be him going first.

[ff leo] allowed Meyer to kick things off in furious fashion, adding [ff tenki] to his hand, which in turn searched [ff spirit]. He added 2 more back row cards and passed play.

Neven had a [ff tenki] of his own, but [mst] negated it. [ff bear] came down and it was met with [bom]. Neven added 3 back row cards, trying to protect his monster for the things to come.
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The monster hiding here was a Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla!
The monster hiding here was a Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla!

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Meyer took a lot of time deciding on his next move. He eventually settled on [ff spirit], attempting to return [ff leo]. [tt] got activated in response and that concluded the turn.

Back to Neven, who [ns]ed another [ff bear], but Meyer had [veiler] to make sure it wouldn’t kick Neven’s engine into high gear. He still took some damage, though.

The German drew for his turn, he summoned [cranecrane] and it brought back [ff spirit]. We saw this in the first Duel before. He then went for [ff horse] and Neven considered his response, but he had none. Meyer then went searching for [ff rooster], but [bth] banished it once and for all. Still, [ff leo] got added to Meyer’s hand. He discarded [ff leo] to get rid of [ff bear], but his attack ended in [prison].

[wolfbark] was a great topdeck for Neven, who brought back [ff bear] to then [xyz] [ff tigerking]. This got Neven [ff gyok], he shut down Meyer’s face-down card and he ended after adding a back row card of his own.
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Meyer had a [ff gyok] of hiw own. [blaster] and [ff bear] followed and together they turned this Duel upside down! Meyer added [ff tenki] to his back row and in [mp] 2, he activated it to search for [ff leo]. Play was back to Neven.

He drew, added a back row card and ended.

Meyer’s [blaster] returned to his hand, he [ns]ed [ff leo] and Tributed it, searching his Deck for [ff gyok], with Neven activating [fiendish] in response, targeting [ff bear]. [blaster] got [ss]ed once again, it attacked and put Neven down to 700 Life Points, Neven then drew into [maxx], which wasn’t much help in this particular situation and that’s why he extended the hand.

[h2]Pitai Meyer claims the win![/h2]

A strong showing by Pitai Meyer who never lost his calm in these close Duels. In the end, he got rewarded for his patience and he’s now secured his spot in tomorrow’s competition, so definitely keep an eye on him.
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