Round 9 Feature Match: Björn Schmidt vs. Romain Vaccari
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 [dude]. He used its effect, revealing [penguin]. He Set 3 spells or traps and passed.
Schmidt started a little more conventional with [duality], revealing [veiler], [ryko] and [bom]. 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 [dude] again, this time sending [arma] to the bottom of his deck. He was up on 3 cards in his hand, attacked with [dude], revealing [ryko], which opted to destroy [dude]. [lance], [mst] and [rekindling] were sent to Schmidt’s Graveyard and play was back to Schmidt after Vaccari Set a 4th face-down spell or trap.
Schmidt activated [trap stun], trying to set up a bigger play. It resolved, he Summoned [f dog], but [bom] turned it face-down. So much for big plays.
Vaccari now [ns]ed [grepher], but [warning] negated the Summon. After Setting a spell or trap, it was Schmidt’s turn again.
He [fs]ed [f dog], but a [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, which fell victim to a [mst] during the End Phase [dash] it was [goatz].
[sangan] took another swing.
[rekindling] brought back [f dog], but [tt] wiped the field! Vaccari serached his deck for [sangan], picking [diva].
[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 [warning]. Vaccari Set a Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.
Schmidt activated [charge]. It sent [lance], [veiler] and [gorz] to his Graveyard. He searched his deck for another [ryko]. He Set it and passed.
[diva] came out next. Schmidt used [veiler] on it, an attack followed and it revealed [ryko]. [hole], [f archer] and a [f dog] were sent to Schmidt’s Graveyard.
On his following turn, he activated [rekindling]. He brought out [f mage], then Tuned it and [f dog] to [sdd]. Attacks followed, but [mf] was activated. Vaccari activated [mf], but Schmidt used [sdd]'[s] effect! [f dog] was able to take down [diva], which resulted in [f mage] returning to the field! [f archer] took a shot at Vaccari’s Life Points and [gorz] came down.
During Main Phase 2, [f mage] and [f dog] were Tuned to [scrap dragon]. [f archer] left the field and [gorz] was taken down. [sdd] came back and it was Vaccari’s turn again.
He activated [allure], drew 2 and removed [caius]. He Set a monster and passed.
Schmidt Set [mst], then used the effect of [scrap dragon] to destroy both his Quick-Play Spell and his opponent’s monster. [sdd] attacked the [gorz] token and [scrap dragon] dealt the final points of Damage!
Björn Schmidt wins the first Duel!
After [ryko] 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. [sdd] 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?
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 [sj] was destroyed during the End Phase by an [mst].
Vaccari had [arma] and he wanted to activate its effect, but [veiler] made sure he couldn’t fill his Graveyard.
Another spell or trap came down on Schmidt’s side of the field.
Play was back to Vaccari and he attacked with [arma] for 1400 points of damage. During [mp] 2, he activated [future], but Schmidt Chained [dust] to basically negate the effect.
Schmidt Set a second Spell or Trap Card.
Vaccari’s [arma] took another shot and the French Duelist was done with his turn. It looked like Schmidt was running a little low on monsters. [mst] during the [ep] destroyed [warning].
[hole] cleared Vaccari’s field. His face-down monster was revealed to be [sangan]! He searched his deck for [dude] and Schmidt Set a second spell or trap before passing.
[dude] came down on Vaccari’s side of the field, but Schmidt used [warning] to make sure he wouldn’t see the light of day.
Back to Schmidt, who now used [reborn] on [dude]. He used the effect, but it only revealed [f mage], which was sent to the bottom of his deck. He Set a second spell or trap, considered his options and ended his turn.
Vaccari went on the offensive! He used [trunade] to strip Schmidt off his back row. Then, [diva] was Summoned, [ss]ing [gillman] from his deck. He Tuned both to [catastor], declared an attack and Schmidt shuffled up his cards.
Vaccari equals the score!
Schmidt opted to go first and he Set a monster.
[duality] from Vaccari revealed [caius], [warning] and [reborn]. He picked [caius].
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.
Vaccari destroyed [mst] with his own copy of the Quick-Play Spell. He then took some time to consider his next move and eventually activated [mind] to take control of Schmidt’s face-down [sangan]. He [fs]ed it, Summoned [diva] and used its effect to [ss] [gillman] from his deck. He Tuned all of his monsters to [sdd], while Schmidt searched his deck for [sangan]'[s] effect, picking [trooper]. [sdd] took a shot straight to the heart, dealing 2500 points of damage. Vaccari Set a spell or trap and was done with his turn.
Back to Schmidt, who simply Set a monster.
[future] was activated. [mali] and [penguin] were sent from Vaccari’s deck to his Graveyard for [zero]. [mali] was then removed from the Graveyard to [ss] a second copy. It was Tributed for [caius] and the Monarch targeted Schmidt’s face-down monster, but [veiler] made sure it wouldn’t get removed from game. [caius] attacked over [trooper], Schmidt drew one, and [sdd] 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 [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. [diva] and [caius] were Tuned to [scrap dragon]. Schmidt flipped [sj], lowering his Life Points to a mere 1500. Vaccari’s [sdd] attacked, taking down [f archer]. He Set a spell or trap and passed.
Schmidt used [trunade] to clear Vaccari’s back row. He brought out [f dog] next, [rekindling] followed, [ss]ing [f archer], Tributing it for its own effect to raise [f dog]'[s] ATK to 2700. [f dog] destroyed [sdd] in battle (something you don’t see every day) and thanks to [f dog]'[s] effect, [f mage] was [ss]ed back to the field. It attacked directly and after taking the damage, Vaccari [ss]ed [gorz] [dash] he couldn’t have been much safer, no wonder he was so calm all the time!
Schmidt couldn’t believe it. He enteres his [mp] 2 and Tuned both of his monsters to [scrap dragon]. He Set [hole] and destroyed it with [scrap dragon]'[s] effect to destroy [gorz].
Vaccari drew and let out a sigh of relief. He [ns]ed [arma] and revealed [super poly]!!! Schmidt’s [scrap dragon] and his own [arma] 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 [veiler] on his opponent’s [diva]. As he didn’t do so, Vaccari was able to [ss] [sdd] to the field, a big threat Schmidt couldn’t handle in time. Vaccari’s [super poly] felt a little like the icing on the cake, ending this great Duel in style!
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