Round 8: Stephan Sluis (Spellbooks) vs. Erikos Bek (Spellbooks)

We’ve made it to the very last round of the first day! As always, we picked one of the bubble matches, which means that the less fortunate player might not return tomorrow while the winner has still a shot at advancing to the knock out portion. This is going to be interesting, especially considering that we’ll have a former 2 time YCS Winner on our table; none other than Stephan Sluis!

His opponent is one of the many talented Duelists from Greece: Erikos Bek. Both players are playing Spellbooks, but believe me when I say that this is not your ordinary mirror match – it’s quite the thriller!
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Erikos Bek needs to go up against one of the game's greats!
Erikos Bek needs to go up against one of the game's greats!

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Sluis won the die roll and he kicked things off with [sb mag]. Bek had no response, so Sluis added [sb jud] to his hand. He activated it, followed it up with [sb sec], this time adding [sb master] to his hand and he also activated this Spell Card immediately, adding [sb fate] to his hand.[br]
[ssh] and 2 Set Spells or Traps concluded the turn and Sluis searched for [ssh], [tgst], [sb master] and he [ss]ed [jowgen].
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Quite the opening from Stephan Sluis - not much else he could ask for!
Quite the opening from Stephan Sluis - not much else he could ask for!

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Bek had a [sb sec] of his own, which allowed him to search his Deck for [sb mag]. He [ns]ed it, to which Sluis responded with [sb fate], banishing the Spellcaster for good. Bek, on the other hand, added [sb jud]. [upstart] followed, which meant Sluis would go up to 9000 Life Points, Bek then activated [tgst], he Set 3 Spells or Traps and ended, adding [sb master] and [ssh] to his hand.

Play was back to Sluis, whose [ssh] was now up on 4 counters. Another copy made that 5. The next [sb mag] came down, so far the defining monster on the field. Bek gave this some thought, considering his response. He activated [warning] and Sluis sent his card straight to the Graveyard.[br]
He then activated [sb secrets] to add [sb jud] to his hand, he activated [sb master] to copy [sb secrets] and add [tgst] to his hand, he activated his own copy of the Field Spell Card and Bek considered responding for a long time. He opted to use [pwwb] to return the Field Spell Card to Sluis’ Deck, but the Dutch superstar would still add 2 more counters to his [ssh][s]. He switched [jowgen] to [atk] and it dealt 1600 points of damage before [sb mag] added another 1900. That left Bek with 3100 Life Points. Sluis Set 2 Spells or Traps before ending.
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Complete lockdown anybody?!
Complete lockdown anybody?!

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Bek drew for his turn and Sluis immediately flipped [sb jud]. Bek chained [sj] to negate it. [kycoo] got [ns]ed to the field, Bek briefly went over Sluis’ Graveyard, looking for target and he then activated [sb master] to copy [sb secrets]. This got him [sb jud], he activated it and Sluis just added more counters. A [sb sec] got Bek [sb power] and Sluis 2 more counters. [sb power] got activated on [kycoo].
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Counters EVERYWHERE!
Counters EVERYWHERE!

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Bek then declared an attack and Sluis flipped [gggs]. Bek added [sb fate] to his hand together with [sb ete], he also activated [sb fate] right away to destroy the bigger [ssh] and that concluded his turn. “That is indeed NOT game”, Sluis declared, after he had been a little too fast earlier, stating the exact opposite.

Sluis Set a Spell or Trap, he thought about switching [sb mag] to [def], but he opted against it and passed.
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Sluis now had to take a more passive approach!
Sluis now had to take a more passive approach!

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Bek activated [sb eternity], returning [sb jud] to his hand. He activated it and Sluis checked his opponent’s Graveyard real quick. [kycoo] then declared an attack into [sb mag] who was now on 1600 ATK. In [mp] 2, Bek activated [sb secrets] with Sluis congratulating him on the good draw. This got him [tgst], he activated him and that meant Sluis would lose his own copy.[br]
During the End Phase, Bek added [sb fate] and [sb master] to his hand. He activated [sb fate] right away to get rid of [jowgen].

Sluis drew, he Set a Spell or Trap and ended.

Bek used the effect of [tgst] to draw an additional card. He was now back up on 5. He activated [sb master] to copy [sb secrets], this got him [sb mag], he then searched his Deck for [sb fate], he attacked with both of his monsters and that left Sluis with 5700 Life Points. Bek Set 2 and passed play.
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WHAT A COMEBEK!
WHAT A COMEBEK!

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Again, Sluis only Set a Spell or Trap.

Bek used his Field Spell Card again, he attacked and ended.

Sluis now found a [tgst] of his own, however, [sb fate] destroyed it before it could get rid of Bek’s copy.

More cards for Bek, who was suddenly in the driver’s seat, coming back from the brink of defeat. After his attacks, Sluis was down to 1100 Life Points, the Dutch Duelist drew blank for the 3rd turn in a row and he started shuffling up.

“Wow, what a comeback!” – Indeed it was.
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Erikos Bek flips the table and wins the first Duel!

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This must have been one of the most disappointing defeats that Stephan Sluis ever had to take. He was so very close to winning this game and he even announced that he already had game, but that was when Erikos Bek started to find all the right answers to slowly, but steadily, turn the tide in this Duel.
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Stephan Sluis was in the driver's seat for a long time, but still ended up with a loss in the first Duel!
Stephan Sluis was in the driver's seat for a long time, but still ended up with a loss in the first Duel!

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Sluis went first, Setting 3 Spells or Traps.

Bek activated [sb jud] and Sluis chained his own copy. 3 face-down Spells or Traps for Bek and play was back to Sluis. Or so Bek thought, since Sluis had [mst] to destroy a Set [sb jud]. This meant both players were now allowed to search their Decks for 1 Spell Card and a Level 1 monster. Both found [droll] and Sluis added [sb secrets].

On his following turn, he activated it, adding [sb mag] to his hand. He attempted to [ns] it, but a very expensive [sj] foiled that plan! Sluis switched his [droll] to [atk], he used [sb power] on it, attacked over Bek’s copy and this allowed him to add [sb jud] to his hand. Sluis then used [sb master] on [sb secrets] to add a second copy of [sb jud]. He activated [tgst], Set 2 more back row cards and ended, but [mst] was supposed to take care of 1 of them. Now it was Sluis who felt it was time to activate [sj]!
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Droll and Lock Bird was not the strongest opposition that Bek faced all day...
Droll and Lock Bird was not the strongest opposition that Bek faced all day...

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Bek drew and Sluis immediately activated [sb jud]. Bek didn’t perform any actions and wanted to end, but Sluis used [sb fate] to flip his [droll] face-down. Sluis then entered his following turn, forgetting to search his Deck for the effect of [sb jud]!

Sluis drew and wanted to resolve [tgst] and that’s when the table judge decided to double check whether they had to rewind the game because of the missed effect of [sb jud]. He came back, stating that it was fine to rewind the game. Bek wasn’t too happy with the call and made use of his right to appeal. The Head Judge came over, confirmed the situation with the players and ruled after a short consideration that we have to assume Sluis searched for 0 Spellbooks since [sb jud] states you search UP TO the number of Spell Cards that were activated during the turn.

Sluis then used [sb secrets] to add [sb eternity] to his hand. He activated it, followed it up with a second copy and then he [fs]ed [droll]. He used [sb master] to copy [sb secrets], he added [sb jud] to his hand and after Setting 2, he passed play.

Bek drew and once again, Sluis activated [sb jud]. Bek activated [tgst] and Sluis had no response. Bek then activated [sb secrets] and he added [sb mag] to his hand. He [ns]ed it, to which Sluis responded with [sb fate] to destroy it. Bek on the other hand added [sb jud] to his hand. 4 face-down Spells or Traps and Bek ended, while Sluis searched his Deck for [sb secrets], [sb master] and [sb fate].

Sluis drew and when Bek realized that there were only 2 and a half minutes remaining, he accessed his Side Deck instead of proceeding with a game that he thought he couldn’t win any longer.
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Stephan Sluis ties the score!

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Naturally, Bek wanted to go first. He [ns]ed [sb mag] and that was fine with Sluis. Bek added [sb jud] to his hand, he activated it, [tgst] and [ssh] followed, 2 face-down Spell or Traps concluded the turn and Bek added [sb master] and [sb secrets] to his hand and [sb mag] to his side of the field.
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This time it was Bek with the grand opening!
This time it was Bek with the grand opening!

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[sb secrets] got Sluis [sb wisdom]. He [ns]ed [kycoo] and activated [sb master] to copy [sb secrets]. This allowed him to add [sb power] to his hand and he used it on [kycoo]. He attacked with it into [sb mag] and Bek flipped [pwwb]. Sluis chained [sb wisdom] from his hand, but Bek had a [sj] to make sure it would return to his Deck. Sluis Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Bek used the effect of [tgst] and Sluis dropped [droll]. Bek then used both of his [sb mag][s] to [xyz] [dnix], but Sluis had [bth]![br]
That might have been a misplay, though, since Bek followed it up with a crucial [kycoo]!

Sluis drew, he activated [upstart], but when he didn’t find what he was looking for, he extended the hand.
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Erikos Bek overcomes Stephan Sluis!

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Quite an exciting match, even though both players were relying on the very same archetype. It definitely was something you don’t get to see everyday and I hope you enjoyed watching 2 of the most successful players in today’s competition unleash the combos of the Spellbooks!
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