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

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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!
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Nguyen won the die roll and opted to go first!
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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!

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He started day 2 with a face-down Spell or Trap and [foolish], sending [grapha] 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 [raven]. Nguyen activated [dragged] and saw: [reborn], [rota], [hanzo], [wdn] and [fan].
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Breuil's opening hand in the first game
Breuil's opening hand in the first game

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[reborn] was sent to the Graveyard, Nguyen lost [snoww] and this meant he would draw a card and add [beiige] to his hand. He discarded the Dark World monster for [raven]'[s] effect, which meant it would be [ss]ed to the field, he returned it to reanimate [grapha] and that concluded the turn.
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[mst] hit [dwd]. [rota] followed and Breuil added [hanzo] to his hand. He [ns]ed it and activated the effect, which meant that he was also allowed to add [naost] to his hand. Play proceeded with the Battle Phase and [hanzo] was sent into [raven]. He set a Spell or Trap and passed the turn.
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Nguyen started his second turn, declaring an attack with [grapha] into [hanzo]. [naost] was activated in response, which meant that both monsters left the field and [guaiba] took their place. Nguyen congratulated his opponent, checked [naost] briefly again and then proceeded with his [mp] 2. There, he [ns]ed [beiige] once again, brought back [grapha], he set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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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...

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[mind crush] was activated during Breuil’s Standby Phase and Nguyen declared [hanzo]. He hit, Breuil brought out [guaiba] and he used both of his monsters to Xyz Summon [utopia]. He set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Nguyen.
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He flipped his face-down [hole], then [ns]ed [beiige], returned it for [grapha] and its attack ended in [fiendish]. Nguyen set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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[duality] revealed [hanzo], [bom] and another copy of [duality]. [hanzo] was picked and Breuil [ns]ed it right away, adding another [naost] to his hand for its effect. One set Spell or Trap later, it was back to Nguyen.
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He set a Spell or Trap, considered his next move for a bit and opted to activate [reckless]. This got him 2 new cards, he then [ns]ed [tgu], which was fine with Breuil and the little Fiend brought out [broww]. Both Level 3 monsters were traded for [17], which used its effect and attacked [hanzo]. [naost] followed and [hanzo] and [17] left the field once again. Breuil [ss]ed [guaiba] once again.
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No surprises there - the Ninjas had revealed all their Traps already!
No surprises there - the Ninjas had revealed all their Traps already!

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Breuil set a Spell or Trap and wanted to end, but Nguyen flipped 2 (!!!) copies of [reckless]! “Good hand”, he commented after he drew.
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In his following turn, he first activated [gates]. He activated the effect, discarding [grapha] targeting Breuil’s remaining face-down card: [safe zone]. It was chained to destroy the [grapha] on the field, which meant that [fiendish] would also leave the field. Still, it cleared the way for the things to come from Nguyen’s end![br]
He [ns]ed [beiige] a third time, returned it to his hand and [ss]ed [grapha]. If I wouldn’t know better, I would think this was a Zombie, always returning from the dead with ease. [dwd] was activated next, both players drew a card, Nguyen discarded [beiige] while Breuil got rid of [wdn]. A second later, a second [grapha] was [ss]ed to the field (those [beiige]'[s] didn’t like to hang around for the afterparty) and both attacked successfully, destroying [guaiba] and dealing quite some damage.
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Smash you!
Smash you!

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Breuil only set a card to each zone.
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[gates] allowed Nguyen to discard his third (!) copy of [grapha]. He [ns]ed and [grapha] came back a second later, attacks followed, revealing the face-down monster to be [guaiba] and that meant game!
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Joel Nguyen takes away the first game!

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

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He drew into his opening 6, gave it some thought and opted to not perform any actions.
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Nguyen only set a Spell or Trap and Breuil matched the play the turn after.
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[tgu] came down on Nguyen’s second turn, giving him [beiige] from his Deck. [tour guide] declared an attack which was successful, [beiige] followed and during [mp] 2, both monsters were used to Xyz Summon [17]. Its effect was activated to discard [tgu] and raise its ATK, Nguyen set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Breuil drew and then activated [mst], destroying [gozen]. [hanzo] was [ns]ed, finding [naost] 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…”[br]
Breuil set 2 Spells or Traps and ended.
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Nguyen unleashed a Heavy Storm!
Nguyen unleashed a Heavy Storm!

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Nguyen activated [storm] and Breuil chained [safe zone]. Nguyen chained a card himself: [reckless]. He then activated [gates], discarding [grapha] to get rid of [hanzo]. [tgu] came down next and its effect was activated. “Moi”, Breuil replied swiftly. [broww] was [ss]ed from the Deck and next, Nguyen declared he wanted to bring back [grapha]. Breuil wanted to respond with [crow], however, that’s when Nguyen said that [grapha]'[s] effect doesn’t use the chain. A judge was called and he upheld Nguyen’s claim. This meant that [grapha] would see the light of day once again.[br]
[tgu] attacked directly and dealt 1000 damage. [grapha] followed and dealt another 2700, which meant Breuil was left with 1300 Life Points. Nguyen set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Breuil set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps.
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Another 1 of: Dark Hole, clearing the way for the attack!
Another 1 of: Dark Hole, clearing the way for the attack!

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Nguyen activated [hole] to wipe the field! [gates] was activated next, banishing [tgu], Nguyen discarded [broww] and he drew 2 cards. He now had 4 cards in hand. He [ns]ed [broww], returned it and brought back [grapha]. He attacked with the boss monster and that’s when Breuil revealed the 2 copies of [naost] in his back row that weren’t of much help without a Ninja accompanying them.
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Joel Nguyen wins the match!

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Asked what was Breuil’s problem, he told me that he always drew into [wdn] 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!
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