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Round 8: Joel Nguyen (Dark World) vs. Pierre Breuil (Ninjas)

15.04.2012 | 9:58 |


Welcome to day 2 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Toulouse! We picked one of the “bubble matches”; in other words: We invited 2 players to our table that need to win the 2 remaining rounds to advance to the Top 32. One of them is Joel Nguyen, who is running Dark Worlds today – the Deck that gained the most in the aftermath of the YCS Long Beach. He’s facing Pierre Breuil, another French Duelist, who is running Ninjas!



Nguyen won the die roll and opted to go first!

 


Nguyen needs to score a perfect record today to still make it to the Top 32!

Nguyen needs to score a perfect record today to still make it to the Top 32!


 


He started day 2 with a face-down Spell or Trap and Foolish Burial, sending Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World from his Deck to his Graveyard. That meant the cat was out of the bag and his opponent knew what he was up against! A second Spell or Trap followed and then Fabled Raven. Nguyen activated Dragged Down into the Grave and saw: Monster Reborn, Reinforcement of the Army, Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo, White Dragon Ninja and Flame Armor Ninja.

 


Breuil's opening hand in the first game

Breuil's opening hand in the first game


 


Monster Reborn was sent to the Graveyard, Nguyen lost Snoww, Unlight of Dark World and this meant he would draw a card and add Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World to his hand. He discarded the Dark World monster for Fabled Raven's effect, which meant it would be Special Summoned to the field, he returned it to reanimate Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World and that concluded the turn.


Mystical Space Typhoon hit Dark World Dealings. Reinforcement of the Army followed and Breuil added Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo to his hand. He Normal Summoned it and activated the effect, which meant that he was also allowed to add Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation to his hand. Play proceeded with the Battle Phase and Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo was sent into Fabled Raven. He set a Spell or Trap and passed the turn.


Nguyen started his second turn, declaring an attack with Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World into Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo. Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation was activated in response, which meant that both monsters left the field and Jurrac Guaiba took their place. Nguyen congratulated his opponent, checked Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation briefly again and then proceeded with his Main Phase 2. There, he Normal Summoned Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World once again, brought back Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World, he set a Spell or Trap and ended.

 


It felt like Breuil could have played with his hand revealed all the time...

It felt like Breuil could have played with his hand revealed all the time...


 


Mind Crush was activated during Breuil’s Standby Phase and Nguyen declared Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo. He hit, Breuil brought out Jurrac Guaiba and he used both of his monsters to Xyz Summon Number 39: Utopia. He set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Nguyen.


He flipped his face-down Dark Hole, then Normal Summoned Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World, returned it for Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World and its attack ended in Fiendish Chain. Nguyen set a Spell or Trap and ended.


Pot of Duality revealed Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo, Book of Moon and another copy of Pot of Duality. Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo was picked and Breuil Normal Summoned it right away, adding another Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation to his hand for its effect. One set Spell or Trap later, it was back to Nguyen.


He set a Spell or Trap, considered his next move for a bit and opted to activate Reckless Greed. This got him 2 new cards, he then Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld, which was fine with Breuil and the little Fiend brought out Broww, Huntsman of Dark World. Both Level 3 monsters were traded for Number 17: Leviathan Dragon, which used its effect and attacked Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo. Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation followed and Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo and Number 17: Leviathan Dragon left the field once again. Breuil Special Summoned Jurrac Guaiba once again.

 


No surprises there - the Ninjas had revealed all their Traps already!

No surprises there - the Ninjas had revealed all their Traps already!


 


Breuil set a Spell or Trap and wanted to end, but Nguyen flipped 2 (!!!) copies of Reckless Greed! “Good hand”, he commented after he drew.


In his following turn, he first activated The Gates of Dark World. He activated the effect, discarding Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World targeting Breuil’s remaining face-down card: Safe Zone. It was Chained to destroy the Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World on the field, which meant that Fiendish Chain would also leave the field. Still, it cleared the way for the things to come from Nguyen’s end!

He Normal Summoned Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World a third time, returned it to his hand and Special Summoned Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World. If I wouldn’t know better, I would think this was a Zombie, always returning from the dead with ease. Dark World Dealings was activated next, both players drew a card, Nguyen discarded Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World while Breuil got rid of White Dragon Ninja. A second later, a second Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World was Special Summoned to the field (those Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World's didn’t like to hang around for the afterparty) and both attacked successfully, destroying Jurrac Guaiba and dealing quite some damage.

 


Smash you!

Smash you!


 


Breuil only set a card to each zone.


The Gates of Dark World allowed Nguyen to discard his third (!) copy of Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World. He Normal Summoned and Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World came back a second later, attacks followed, revealing the face-down monster to be Jurrac Guaiba and that meant game!

 

Joel Nguyen takes away the first game!

 


Both players quickly went for their Side Decks and Breuil wanted to kick things off in the second game!

 


Breuil was standing on the brink of defeat and now had to win the next 2 games!

Breuil was standing on the brink of defeat and now had to win the next 2 games!


 


He drew into his opening 6, gave it some thought and opted to not perform any actions.


Nguyen only set a Spell or Trap and Breuil matched the play the turn after.


Tour Guide From the Underworld came down on Nguyen’s second turn, giving him Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World from his Deck. Tour Guide From the Underworld declared an attack which was successful, Beiige, Vanguard of Dark World followed and during Main Phase 2, both monsters were used to Xyz Summon Number 17: Leviathan Dragon. Its effect was activated to discard Tour Guide From the Underworld and raise its ATK, Nguyen set a Spell or Trap and ended.


Breuil drew and then activated Mystical Space Typhoon, destroying Gozen Match. Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo was Normal Summoned, finding Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation in Breuil’s Deck. Nguyen asked how many cards he was now holding onto, Breuil showed him a fan of cards and Nguyen only commented: “Enough…”

Breuil set 2 Spells or Traps and ended.

 


Nguyen unleashed a Heavy Storm!

Nguyen unleashed a Heavy Storm!


 


Nguyen activated Heavy Storm and Breuil Chained Safe Zone. Nguyen Chained a card himself: Reckless Greed. He then activated The Gates of Dark World, discarding Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World to get rid of Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo. Tour Guide From the Underworld came down next and its effect was activated. “Moi”, Breuil replied swiftly. Broww, Huntsman of Dark World was Special Summoned from the Deck and next, Nguyen declared he wanted to bring back Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World. Breuil wanted to respond with D.D. Crow, however, that’s when Nguyen said that Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World's effect doesn’t use the Chain. A judge was called and he upheld Nguyen’s claim. This meant that Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World would see the light of day once again.

Tour Guide From the Underworld attacked directly and dealt 1000 damage. Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World followed and dealt another 2700, which meant Breuil was left with 1300 Life Points. Nguyen set a Spell or Trap and ended.


Breuil set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps.

 


Another 1 of: Dark Hole, clearing the way for the attack!

Another 1 of: Dark Hole, clearing the way for the attack!


 


Nguyen activated Dark Hole to wipe the field! The Gates of Dark World was activated next, banishing Tour Guide From the Underworld, Nguyen discarded Broww, Huntsman of Dark World and he drew 2 cards. He now had 4 cards in hand. He Normal Summoned Broww, Huntsman of Dark World, returned it and brought back Grapha, Dragon Lord of Dark World. He attacked with the boss monster and that’s when Breuil revealed the 2 copies of Ninjitsu Art of Super-Transformation in his back row that weren’t of much help without a Ninja accompanying them.

 

Joel Nguyen wins the match!

 


Asked what was Breuil’s problem, he told me that he always drew into White Dragon Ninja when he needed it in his Deck to search for it. The poor draw shut down some of his combos, which then meant he couldn’t unleash the true power of the Ninjas!