Round 8: Max van Nijverseel (Prophecy) vs. Reto Canova (Geargia)
Welcome to day 2 of YCS Paris! It’s 9 in the morning and only 256 players still remain in competition. Out of those, only a handful are still sporting a perfect record. One of them is Max van Nijverseel who you might remember from our Quick Questions article published yesterday. He had quite the trip, but apparently, he’s not letting his frustration getting the better of him, putting in one great showing after another at the table. Did I mention he’s playing the Prophecy Monsters?!
His opponent is Reto Canova, one of a few Swiss players that are close to the top of the standings. He was relying on the Geargia archetype, so let’s see how this will go.
Van Nijverseel won the die roll and opted to go first. He summoned [sb mag] and used [sb cres] revealing [sb fate], [sb ete] and [tgst]. He activated [tgst], used [sb secrets] and [sb master], he set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and that concluded a rather good opening.
Canova set a monster as well as 3 face-down Spell or Trap Cards. A [sb fate] dealt with [geargia armor] and play was back to van Nijverseel.
He tried to trigger his Field Spell Card, but a [mst] foiled that plan. He found another [sb mag], he used [duality] to add even more Spellbooks to his hand, another [sb secrets] was next and he copied it with [sb mag] just like he did on his first turn. Another [tgst] got activated and attacks followed.
Canova was shifting gears; he used [geargiano], [g auto] and [g arsenal] so he would end up with [eek] on the field. Van Nijverseel tried to stop that from happening with [warning], but a [bandit] forced it through. The Belgian Duelist lost his field, but he got a [veiler] thanks to the Field Spell Card. It protected his Life Points, but ended up in the Graveyard.
Back to van Nijverseel; [priestess] came down, but a [tthn] dealt with it.
He found [temperance], used [sb power] on it and that allowed his Spellcaster to take out Canova’s Xyz Monster. Van Nijverseel then searched for [sb ete], which got him back [tgst], he summoned [sb world] and after setting another card, he passed play.
Canova didn’t feel like dragging this out any longer with 15 minutes already off the clock.
[h2]Van Nijverseel claims the lead![/h2]
Canova went first, he set 4 back row cards and ended.
Van Nijverseel almost copied him, setting 3 cards. A [g gear] at the end of the turn got Canova [g mk2] and [geargiano].
On his following turn, the Swiss Duelist overlaid both monsters to [ss] [ggx]. It was met with a [tt]. This meant Canova would get back [geargiano] and he then simply activated a second [g gear]!
He went for [ggx] again, but a [break] destroyed it as well. Once again, Canova got back a monster, so he went for a third [xyz] and [gt alucard] hit the field. It destroyed a [mst], which got chained to destroy a set [mind crush].
[g armor] got [ns]ed and attacks followed.
Van Nijverseel summoned [temperance] and he activated [sb wis], but a [veiler] from Canova’s hand caused van Nijverseel to access his Side Deck immediately.
[h2]Canova ties the score![/h2]
What a furious comeback from Reto Canova! He didn’t even enter his third turn before he had tied the score in the match with van Nijverseel instead focusing on the last Duel.
Once again, it would be him kicking things off now. He did so in spectacular fashion with [sb cres], [temperance] and more Spellbook shenanigans followed and he ended up with [sb world], [tgst] and 2 face-down Spell or Trap Cards on the field.
Canova didn’t have a start as spectacular, only setting back row cards. One of them fell victim to a “random [mst]”.
The following turn, van Nijverseel was trying to pull even farther ahead. He attempted to Normal Summon, but [warning] foiled this plan. The Belgian Duelist thought about the new situation at hand and suddenly, excitement got the better of him. He checked again with Canova just to make sure: “You have 6000, right?”
Canova nodded, realizing that the end of his win streak was rather imminent.
[sb life] then returned [temperance], which meant that [priestess] would hit the field. It cleared the path and staring down an open field, van Nijverseel activated [sb power] for game, set and match!
[h2]Max van Nijverseel remains undefeated![/h2]
What a great showing from Max van Nijverseel this weekend. Few players would have expected the Prophecy Monsters to put up such a great record, but it appears that in his hands, the Deck is really proving that it can still compete at the top level.