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Round 9: Mathijs Schuurman (Netherlands) vs. Sebastien Ma (France)

01.09.2013 | 11:33 |

Facing each other in round 9 will be Sebastien Ma from France and everyone’s favorite Dutchman Mathijs Schuurman. Both players have accumulated 18 points over the course of the past 8 rounds, which means they need a win to keep living the dream of becoming a YCS winner!
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Sebastien Ma made the trip from France and he's doing pretty well so far!

Sebastien Ma made the trip from France and he's doing pretty well so far!


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Schuurman won the die roll and opted to go first. He only set 3 cards to his back row.

Ma on the other hand had [valkyria], dealing first blood and he then added 2 Spell or Trap Cards of his own.

Another face-down spell or trap for Schuurman concluded the following turn.

[valkyria] took another shot at Schuurman’s heart, [tiki c] followed, but Schuurman had [zoma] to stem the bleeding. He still lost his monster, though.

Schuurman set a card to each zone.
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An unfamiliar picture: No stopping the French army!

An unfamiliar picture: No stopping the French army!


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Ma wanted to wrap things up; he used [valkyria] to get rid of the set [slate] and he found [geaf]. A [no entry] made sure Schuurman would get to see another turn, though.

He recruited [dda] and sent it into [geaf], but [d shield] stopped the attack and increased Ma’s Life Points, which meant he went up to 7900. Schuurman had fallen to 4400 in the meantime.
[fsanc] then provided Schuurman with a token and the Dutch Duelist ended his turn.

Ma shifted his monsters to Attack Position. [geaf] attacked into a [d shield], [valkyria]'[s] attack made sure that both it and [dda] would get banished from play, which meant it was Schuurman’s turn again.

He paid to keep his token courtesy of [fsanc] and passed play without performing any actions.

“I really wish I’d had my [pog] and [grace] back that I had yesterday…”, Schuurman complained. Ma then attacked into the [fsanc] token with [tiki c], but [coa] got activated in response. Ma had [0 grav] to make sure he would still get some damage in, so [tiki c] then took out the token, clearing the path for the [geaf]. [valley] in [mp] 2 helped Ma drawing into 2 more cards.
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Who needs real monsters when you can have Trap Monsters?!

Who needs real monsters when you can have Trap Monsters?!


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Schuurman was forced to activate [mausoleum] and then recruit [phad] after giving it some thought. “It’s OK”, Ma commented, to which Schuurman simply replied: “Nah, it’s not.”
The French Duelist then found a Tribute Monster of his own on his following turn that was able to deal with Schuurman’s desperate attempt to protect his Life Points.

[h2]Sebastien Ma claims the lead![/h2]

Once again, Schuurman opted to go first. He took advantage of the Re-Draw Rule, not wanting to risk not drawing into a monster in his first few turns again. Ma was happy with his hand once again, so it was up to Schuurman.
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Mathijs Schuurman didn't sport the oranje dress this time around

Mathijs Schuurman didn't sport the oranje dress this time around


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He [ns]ed [luster], with Ma once again commenting “that is OK”, this time with Schuurman jokingly asking “Really?” in response. The Dutch Duelist then added 2 back row cards and it was up to Ma.

He had [r rage] that he used on [blion]. It attacked over [luster], Ma set a spell or trap and that concluded his turn.
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Half Counter interferred with Schuurman's plans!

Half Counter interfereed with Schuurman's plans!


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[mausoleum] came down and Schuurman went down to 5500 Life Points, inviting [tyranno] to his party. “Wow!”, Ma admitted. He then asked “End Phase?”, but Schuurman didn’t feel like handing out any freebies. He sent his monster into [blion], causing Ma to activate [half c] in the Damage Step!
That meant Schuurman went down to 4750 Life Points AND he lost his heavy hitter!
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Activating Mausoleum of the Emperor in this format often feels like a huge gamble!

Activating Mausoleum of the Emperor in this format often feels like a huge gamble!


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This time Ma used [mausoleum], inviting [desire] into his party. [0 grav] stopped him from dealing lethal that very same turn, but Schuurman was now clearly standing with his back against the wall. Ma finished his turn setting a card to his Spell and Trap Card Zone.

Once again, Schuurman paid 2000 Life Points, this time adding [phad] to his party. [d shield] stopped it and gave Ma a lot more room to breathe, who on his following turn used [desire] to take down [phad] and then attempt and deal plenty of damage. [zoma] bought Schuurman yet another turn, but he was now down to a meager 350 Life Points! This Duel might be over any minute now.

“Yu-Gi-Oh!!!!!”, Schuurman declared while drawing for his turn. He attempted to attack with [dda] into [desire], but [0 grav] stopped it. He set a spell or trap and ended.
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Sebastien Ma had everything he needed to wrap things up!

Sebastien Ma had everything he needed to wrap things up!


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Ma had this one in the bag. [desire] took out Schuurman’s monster while the [chiron] that he added slowly after dealt with the face-down spell or trap. That in turn meant that there was nothing stopping Ma from wrapping things up.

[h2]Sebastien Ma overcomes Mathijs Schuurman![/h2]

Mathijs Schuurman said that he liked his deck yesterday a little better. It’s not like his current pool is totally useless, it’s just he didn’t draw into the cards he needed when he needed them. Let’s see if he can get lucky and overcome his opponent in the last round and with the help of good tie-breakers advance to the knock out portion still.
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