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Round 9 Feature Match: Björn Schmidt vs. Romain Vaccari

17.04.2011 | 11:05 |

Welcome to day 2! 2 more rounds of Swiss to go, before we’ll advance with the knock out portion of the tournament. We decided to pick two players for this match, who are both playing creative Decks and need to win to still have a shot at making the tops: Björn Schmidt from Germany, running a Flamvell swarm Deck and Romain Vaccari from France, piloting an Absolute Zero Deck through the field. Both are sitting on a 6 – 2 record.

 

Vaccari won the die roll and he kicked things off with Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude. He used its effect, revealing Penguin Soldier. He Set 3 Spells or Traps and passed.

Schmidt started a little more conventional with Pot of Duality, revealing Effect Veiler, Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter and Book of Moon. He took the Flip Effect Monster, Set it together with 4 Spell or Trap Cards and was done with his turn.

Back to Vaccari, who was quick to use Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude again, this time sending Armageddon Knight to the bottom of his Deck. He was up on 3 cards in his hand, attacked with Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude, revealing Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, which opted to destroy Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude. Forbidden Lance, Mystical Space Typhoon and Rekindling were sent to Schmidt’s Graveyard and play was back to Schmidt after Vaccari Set a 4th face-down Spell or Trap Card.

 

Trap Stun was Schmidt's opening move for a bigger play!

Trap Stun was Schmidt's opening move for a bigger play!

 

Schmidt activated Trap Stun, trying to set up a bigger play. It resolved, he Summoned Flamvell Firedog, but Book of Moon turned it face-down. So much for big plays.

Vaccari now Normal Summoned Dark Grepher, but Solemn Warning negated the Summon. After Setting a Spell or Trap Card, it was Schmidt’s turn again.

He Flip Summoned Flamvell Firedog, but a Solemn Warning of Vaccari made sure the number of monsters on the field remained low.

Vaccari had Sangan and it attacked directly.

Schmidt Set a Spell or Trap Card, which fell victim to a Mystical Space Typhoon during the End Phase – it was Scapegoat.

Sangan took another swing.

 

Rekindling is simply the most powerful Flamvell card!

Rekindling is simply the most powerful Flamvell card!

 

Rekindling brought back Flamvell Firedog, but Torrential Tribute wiped the field! Vaccari serached his Deck for Sangan, picking Deep Sea Diva.

Elemental HERO Stratos came out on Vaccari’s side of the field. I think that’s probably the 10th card we haven’t seen in any other Feature Match this weekend! Schmidt put some thought into his response and he eventually decided to use another Solemn Warning. Vaccari Set a Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.

Schmidt activated Charge of the Light Brigade. It sent Forbidden Lance, Effect Veiler and Gorz the Emissary of Darkness to his Graveyard. He searched his Deck for another Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. He Set it and passed.

 

Deap Sea Diva is a popular choice in many Decks, but it truly shines in Vaccari's Absolute Zero build!

Deap Sea Diva is a popular choice in many Decks, but it truly shines in Vaccari's Absolute Zero build!

 

Deep Sea Diva came out next. Schmidt used Effect Veiler on it, an attack followed and it revealed Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. Dark Hole, Flamvell Archer and a Flamvell Firedog were sent to Schmidt’s Graveyard.

On his following turn, he activated Rekindling. He brought out Flamvell Magician, then Tuned it and Flamvell Firedog to Stardust Dragon. Attacks followed, but Mirror Force was activated. Vaccari activated Mirror Force, but Schmidt used Stardust Dragon's effect! Flamvell Firedog was able to take down Deep Sea Diva, which resulted in Flamvell Magician returning to the field! Flamvell Archer took a shot at Vaccari’s Life Points and Gorz the Emissary of Darkness came down.
During Main Phase 2, Flamvell Magician and Flamvell Firedog were Tuned to Scrap Dragon. Flamvell Archer left the field and Gorz the Emissary of Darkness was taken down. Stardust Dragon came back and it was Vaccari’s turn again.

He activated Allure of Darkness, drew 2 and removed Caius the Shadow Monarch. He Set a monster and passed.

Schmidt Set Mystical Space Typhoon, then used the effect of Scrap Dragon to destroy both his Quick-Play Spell and his opponent’s monster. Stardust Dragon attacked the Gorz the Emissary of Darkness Token and Scrap Dragon dealt the final points of Damage!

 

Björn Schmidt wins the first Duel!

 

After Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter filled up Schmidt’s Graveyard with some Flamvell monsters, all he had to do was activate Rekindling to bring them all back and start Synchro Summoning his heavy hitters. Stardust Dragon and Scrap Dragon proved to be an unbeatable combo during this first Duel for Vaccari, but would he be able to start his comeback in the second?

 

Romain Vaccari from France is running Absolute Zero!

Romain Vaccari from France is running Absolute Zero!

 

Both players spent some time looking through their Side Decks for options. Both were putting their money on rogue Decks that most of their opponent’s didn’t expect, but once you’re getting paired against another rogue Deck, you have to come up with something truly unique!

Vaccari opted to go first and he Set a Monster and 2 Spell or Trap cards.

Schmidt set 2 Spells or Traps, but Solemn Judgment was destroyed during the End Phase by an Mystical Space Typhoon.

Vaccari had Armageddon Knight and he wanted to activate its effect, but Effect Veiler made sure he couldn’t fill his Graveyard.

Another Spell or Trap Card came down on Schmidt’s side of the field.

 

Future Fusion came down, but Schmidt would have none of it!

Future Fusion came down, but Schmidt would have none of it!

 

Play was back to Vaccari and he attacked with Armageddon Knight for 1400 points of damage. During Main Phase 2, he activated Future Fusion, but Schmidt Chained Dust Tornado to basically negate the effect.

Schmidt Set a second Spell or Trap Card.

Vaccari’s Armageddon Knight took another shot and the French Duelist was done with his turn. It looked like Schmidt was running a little low on monsters. Mystical Space Typhoon during the End Phase destroyed Solemn Warning.

Dark Hole cleared Vaccari’s field. His face-down monster was revealed to be Sangan! He searched his Deck for Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude and Schmidt Set a second Spell or Trap Card before passing.

Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude came down on Vaccari’s side of the field, but Schmidt used Solemn Warning to make sure he wouldn’t see the light of day.

Back to Schmidt, who now used Monster Reborn on Destiny HERO - Diamond Dude. He used the effect, but it only revealed Flamvell Magician, which was sent to the bottom of his Deck. He Set a second Spell or Trap Card, considered his options and ended his turn.

 

Giant Trunade, dealing with back rows since Spell Ruler's release!

Giant Trunade, dealing with back rows since Spell Ruler's release!

 

Vaccari went on the offensive! He used Giant Trunade to strip Schmidt off his back row. Then, Deep Sea Diva was Summoned, Special Summoning Spined Gillman from his Deck. He Tuned both to Ally of Justice Catastor, declared an attack and Schmidt shuffled up his cards.

 

Vaccari equals the score!

 

Schmidt opted to go first and he Set a monster.

Pot of Duality from Vaccari revealed Caius the Shadow Monarch, Solemn Warning and Monster Reborn. He picked Caius the Shadow Monarch.

 

Vaccari's hand in the final Duel!

Vaccari's hand in the final Duel!

 

An interesting pick, as in most other Decks, one of the other cards would have been picked. Without any other actions, Vaccari passed.

Schmidt simply Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Vaccari destroyed Mystical Space Typhoon with his own copy of the Quick-Play Spell. He then took some time to consider his next move and eventually activated Mind Control to take control of Schmidt’s face-down Sangan. He Flip Summoned it, Summoned Deep Sea Diva and used its effect to Special Summon Spined Gillman from his Deck. He Tuned all of his monsters to Stardust Dragon, while Schmidt searched his Deck for Sangan's effect, picking Card Trooper. Stardust Dragon took a shot straight to the heart, dealing 2500 points of damage. Vaccari Set a Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.

 

At least this time Schmidt wasn't running low on monsters!

At least this time Schmidt wasn't running low on monsters!

 

Back to Schmidt, who simply Set a monster.

Future Fusion was activated. Destiny HERO - Malicious and Penguin Soldier were sent from Vaccari’s Deck to his Graveyard for Elemental HERO Absolute Zero. Destiny HERO - Malicious was then removed from the Graveyard to Special Summon a second copy. It was Tributed for Caius the Shadow Monarch and the Monarch targeted Schmidt’s face-down monster, but Effect Veiler made sure it wouldn’t get removed from game. Caius the Shadow Monarch attacked over Card Trooper, Schmidt drew one, and Stardust Dragon dealt another 2500.

Schmidt’s hand was loaded with plenty of cards, but he needed an out for Vaccari’s threatening field. He set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps and passed.

The French Duelist Summoned Deep Sea Diva and used its effect, but to his own surprise, he realized he had no more targets in his Deck. A Warning was issued and play continued. Deep Sea Diva and Caius the Shadow Monarch were Tuned to Scrap Dragon. Schmidt flipped Solemn Judgment, lowering his Life Points to a mere 1500. Vaccari’s Stardust Dragon attacked, taking down Flamvell Archer. He Set a Spell or Trap Card and passed.

 

Future Fusion is one of the more interesting ways to put your opponent on the clock!

Future Fusion is one of the more interesting ways to put your opponent on the clock!

 

Schmidt used Giant Trunade to clear Vaccari’s back row. He brought out Flamvell Firedog next, Rekindling followed, Special Summoning Flamvell Archer, Tributing it for its own effect to raise Flamvell Firedog's ATK to 2700. Flamvell Firedog destroyed Stardust Dragon in battle (something you don’t see every day) and thanks to Flamvell Firedog's effect, Flamvell Magician was Special Summoned back to the field. It attacked directly and after taking the damage, Vaccari Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness – he couldn’t have been much safer, no wonder he was so calm all the time!
Schmidt couldn’t believe it. He enteres his Main Phase 2 and Tuned both of his monsters to Scrap Dragon. He Set Dark Hole and destroyed it with Scrap Dragon's effect to destroy Gorz the Emissary of Darkness.

Vaccari drew and let out a sigh of relief. He Normal Summoned Armageddon Knight and revealed Super Polymerization!!! Schmidt’s Scrap Dragon and his own Armageddon Knight were used to Fusion Summon Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste, which was able to attack directly and award Vaccari with the win!

 

Romain Vaccari’s Super Polymerization helps him to win the final Duel!

 

Schmidt thought about the Duel and realized he should have used Effect Veiler on his opponent’s Deep Sea Diva. As he didn’t do so, Vaccari was able to Special Summon Stardust Dragon to the field, a big threat Schmidt couldn’t handle in time. Vaccari’s Super Polymerization felt a little like the icing on the cake, ending this great Duel in style!