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Round 9: Stephan Sluis (Plant Synchro) vs. Robert Boyajian (Plant Synchro)

18.12.2011 | 10:17 |

[p]Followers of our YCS coverage, welcome to day 2! I think we’ve never had such a great variety when it came to the spread of Decks for our Feature Matches as we did yesterday. Today, we’ll meet some of the most accomplished players in the game and we’re starting with a bang: Robert Boyajian from the USA is duking it out with Holland’s very own Stephan Sluis. While Boyajian won YCS Indy this past summer, Sluis won YCS Paris back in April. That already promised quite an exciting match, so let’s take a look!
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Boyajian won the die roll and opted to go first.
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Stephan Sluis felt ready for the challenges ahead!

Stephan Sluis felt ready for the challenges ahead!


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He didn’t perfom any actions on his first turn, so Sluis was immediately on the play. He brought out [tour] and searched his Deck for [sangan]. [tour] attacked and after taking 1000 damage, Boyajian [ss]ed [gorz]. In [mp] 2, Sluis used both of his monster and Xyz Summoned [zenmaines].
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It was back to Boyajian once more, who switched [gorz] to [atk]. He set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Sluis opted to [ns] [tengu]. It got rid of the token, the Dutch champion set a Spell or Trap and that concluded his turn.
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Boyajian simply set a Spell or Trap, but it fell victim to [mst] during the End Phase. It was [warning].
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Wind-Up Zenmaines makes an impression

Wind-Up Zenmaines makes an impression


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[bulb] was [ns]ed on Sluis’ following turn. He Tuned it together with [tengu] to [tghl]. He searched his Deck for another copy of [tengu], [ss]ed [bulb] back to the field, which caused him to add [reaper] to his [grave]. [mind] allowed him to borrow [gorz] and together with [bulb], that meant [sdd]! Seemed like Sluis had this one already in the bag! [tt] was activated, however, [sdd] Tributed itself to negate the effect! “I knew it!”, Sluis commented triumphantly.
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([i]Apparently Sluis thought for a minute what to bring out. He considered taking [scrap dragon] over [sdd], but knew that Boyajian hadn’t had a reason to activate [tt] earlier, so he actually expected this face-down Trap. A great read that certainly paid out![/i])
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Play proceeded with Sluis advancing to the Battle Phase. After all the attacks concluded, Boyajian was left with only 1400 Life Points.
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Was there anything Boyajian could have to handle this field?

Was there anything Boyajian could have to handle this field?


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On his following turn, Boyajian activated [reborn] to try and bring back [gorz]. That worked, however, Sluis discarded [fader] first. [gorz] attacked [sdd], however, [mf] foiled this plan! Sluis had all the answers! Boyajian set a Monster and passed.
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[spore] was [ns]ed and together with [tengu], it was Tuned to [catastor]. [spore] came back, banishing [bulb] and together with [catastor], that now allowed Sluis to [synch] [brd]. He declared that he would activate the second effect on Boyajian’s face-down monster and the American player shuffled up in response.
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[header]Stephan Sluis dictates the pace in the first Duel![/header]
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Boyajian immediately went for his Side Deck, looking for answers to Sluis key cards. He seemed confident that he could turn this still around – one of the most important features of a successful player and YCS winner if you ask me. He opted to go first again in the second Duel.
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Robert Boyajian had to win two Duels in a row now!

Robert Boyajian had to win two Duels in a row now!


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He set a card to each zone and passed.
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Sluis kicked things of with [tengu], however, [warning] negated its summon. [cd] came down and attacked into [reaper], Sluis set a back row card and play was back to Boyajian.
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He found a [tengu] of his own, switched his [reaper] to [atk], [tengu] was sent into [cd] and before advancing to the Damage Step, Boyajian had [econ]. [reaper]'[s] attack ended in [prison].
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Sluis only set a back row card.
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Boyajian had [spore] and that meant [tghl]. It didn’t hit the field, though, as Sluis flipped [warning]! The Dutch Champion also chained [maxx] to the effect of [tengu], which drew him another card. Boyajian set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Sluis looking for something after activating Foolish!

Sluis looking for something after activating Foolish!


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After the Duel had advanced at a furious pace for 2 turns, Sluis slowed it down once more. He activated [foolish], sending [bulb] to his [grave]. It was brought back and [bom] was sent to the [grave] with its effect. [mind] was supposed to take control of [tengu] and Boyajian had to think hard if he had a response. He didn’t, so both monsters could be Tuned to [tghl]. Boyajian searched his Deck for the last copy of [tengu] and he [ss]ed it in [def]. Sluis attacked over it, set a Spell or Trap and ended his turn.
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[poa] shuffled back 3 [tengu], [spore] and Boyajian’s Synchro Monster. After drawing 2, he was left with 4 cards in his hand (while Sluis only had 3 cards total). [hole] cleared the field for [dck] which came down next. Its’ attack almost ended in [mf], but Boyajian had [bom].
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Back to Sluis, who had to consider his next move carefully. He checked his [grave] – a tell that he might either have [reborn] or a Chaos Monster. It turned out to be the latter as he banished [cd] and [tghl] to [ss] [bls]. It banished [dck] and Sluis passed.
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Black Luster Soldier taking control of the Duel!

Black Luster Soldier taking control of the Duel!


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Boyajian simply set a Spell or Trap. Back to Sluis.
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One attack later, Boyajian was missing 3000 Life Points and it was his turn right again.
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He drew, but couldn’t find an answer to the threatening [bls]. He extended his hand and wished Sluis all the best for the rounds to follow!
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[header]Stephan Sluis wins the match![/header]
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Wow, quite an impressive showing by the former YCS winner Sluis. It certainly seemed like he was on a run and he might be on his way to victory once more.
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Asked about the deciding factor in the second Duel, Boyajian was quick to point to [bls]. He explained that he apparently felt rather safe with [crow] and [dck], however, once his [dck] was turned face-down, there wasn’t that much he could do. He could have gone for a “random [crow]”, as he liked to call it, however, he went on to explain that everybody would have made fun of him if Sluis would simply use [reborn] on a big monster and killed him. Once Sluis checked his [grave] the following turn before going for [bls], Boyajian really felt like he should have gone for it, but at that point it was too late.
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