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Semi Finals Feature Match: Stephan Sluis vs. Vincent Ralambomiadana

17.04.2011 | 16:26 |

Things were getting more serious by the second! Stephan Sluis from the Netherlands, relying on X-Sabers, had to overcome the French powerhouse Vincent Ralambomiadana, who was playing Six Samurai.

 

Would Vincent Ralambomiadana be able to claim his second YCS title?

Would Vincent Ralambomiadana be able to claim his second YCS title?

 

Sluis won the die roll and opted to go first. He had Pot of Duality, revealing XX-Saber Emmersblade, Reinforce Truth and XX-Saber Boggart Knight. He picked the trap, Set a Monster together with 2 Spell or Trap Cards and was done with his turn.

Although it was still early in the Duel, Vincent Ralambomiadana felt like stepping on the gas! He used Giant Trunade, but Reinforce Truth was Chained, bringing Sluis X-Saber Pashuul. Then 2 Shien's Smoke Signal came down, Ralambomiadana filled his hand with Samurais and Summoned them next: Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki and Kagemusha of the Six Samurai. Next in line was Grandmaster of the Six Samurai and then Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki and Kagemusha of the Six Samurai were Tuned to Ally of Justice Catastor. The Synchro Monster destroyed X-Saber Pashuul with its effect, then Grandmaster of the Six Samurai attacked into Super-Nimble Mega Hamster. This caused Sluis to add a face-down XX-Saber Darksoul to his side of the field. Ralambomiadana Set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.

 

For a change, the Level 5 Synchro Monster on the field wasn't Shi En

For a change, the Level 5 Synchro Monster on the field wasn't Shi En

 

XX-Saber Boggart Knight came down and XX-Saber Fulhelmknight followed! XX-Saber Darksoul was Flip Summoned, then Tuned together with XX-Saber Fulhelmknight to Naturia Barkion. Ralambomiadana used Solemn Judgment to negate the Summon, however. Sluis opted to proceed with the End Phase, but not before activating Mystical Space Typhoon on his opponent’s face-down Mystical Space Typhoon and setting another Spell or Trap Card. XX-Saber Fulhelmknight was added to Sluis’ hand and play was back to Ralambomiadana.

Grandmaster of the Six Samurai attacked into XX-Saber Boggart Knight, but Enemy Controller was used to change it to Defense Position. Then Ally of Justice Catastor attacked over XX-Saber Boggart Knight. In Main Phase 2, Ralambomiadana wanted to Tribute Grandmaster of the Six Samurai for another Grandmaster of the Six Samurai and a judge was called to check if that were possible. It was, so it was back to Sluis.

He simply Set a monster and passed.

Grandmaster of the Six Samurai attacked into Super-Nimble Mega Hamster and XX-Saber Darksoul was Special Summon to the field. Ally of Justice Catastor destroyed that and Ralambomiadana ended his turn.

Sluis Set a card to each zone.

A Mystical Space Typhoon from Ralambomiadana destroyed the Set Mirror Force. Then Grandmaster of the Six Samurai attacked over XX-Saber Darksoul and Ally of Justice Catastor attacked directly. Ralambomiadana ended his turn. This time, Sluis searched his Deck for XX-Saber Faultroll.

 

The X-Sabers wanted to prove that not only the Six Samurai can flood the field!

The X-Sabers wanted to prove that not only the Six Samurai can flood the field!

 

Time for the X-Sabers to show what they’ve got! XX-Saber Boggart Knight came down, XX-Saber Fulhelmknight followed and next in line was XX-Saber Faultroll. The effect of XX-Saber Faultroll brought back X-Saber Pashuul and X-Saber Pashuul and XX-Saber Faultroll were Tuned to Stardust Dragon and the other remaining monsters were Tuned to X-Saber Urbellum. Attacks followed and after all was said and done, Sluis was left with 2 Synchro Monsters on the field while Ralambomiadana’s field was non-existent!

Ralambomiadana drew twice for 2 copies of Upstart Goblin. He then Summoned Kagemusha of the Six Samurai and Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan to his side of the field. He Tuned them to Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier, however, Sluis had Solemn Warning. Ralambomiadana shook his head in disbelief and simply passed.

Sluis declared an attack and Ralambomiadana picked up his Deck.

 

Stephan Sluis equals the score with a big X-Saber play!

 

The X-Sabers showed both their strengths and weaknesses in this Duel: They need quite a long time to set up their huge turns, but once they’re ready to go off, it’s almost impossible to stop them! Would Vincent Ralambomiadana give his opponent Stephan Sluis enough time for a big turn in the final Duel?

 

Vincent Ralambomiadana's opening 6 in the final Duel!

Vincent Ralambomiadana's opening 6 in the final Duel!

 

Shien's Smoke Signal got Ralambomiadana Kagemusha of the Six Samurai from his Deck. He activated Six Samurai United, followed it up with Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki, which in turn allowed him to Special Summon Kagemusha of the Six Samurai, he drew 2 off Six Samurai United and then Tuned both of his monsters to Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En. Grandmaster of the Six Samurai was next in line and after setting a Spell or Trap Card, he was done with his turn.

Sluis tried to clear Rala’s back row with Mystical Space Typhoon, but Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En negated it. He then Set a monster together with 2 Spells or Traps and passed. Was it a clever trick with Mystical Space Typhoon or did he actually forget about Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En?

Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan came out on Ralambomiadana’s side of the field. Grandmaster of the Six Samurai attacked the Set monster, revealing it to be XX-Saber Emmersblade. It got Sluis another copy from his Deck, which was destroyed by Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En. This allowed Sluis to Special Summon XX-Saber Fulhelmknight; an attack by Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan followed, but XX-Saber Fulhelmknight's effect made sure it would stay on the field.

Time to weed out Six Samurai!

Time to weed out Six Samurai!

Puppet Plant allowed Sluis to take control of Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En. He then Normal Summoned XX-Saber Emmersblade. Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En attacked over Grandmaster of the Six Samurai and XX-Saber Emmersblade was then sent into Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan. Ralambomiadana couldn’t think of a reason not to let the attack resolve, so Sluis took 500 damage and he went searching his Deck for another X-Saber monster. He found XX-Saber Boggart Knight, which attacked Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan next. Ralambomiadana lost it and took another 1300 damage after XX-Saber Fulhelmknight attacked directly. In Main Phase 2, Sluis Tuned Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En and XX-Saber Fulhelmknight to Scrap Dragon. Ralambomiadana flipped Solemn Warning! Sluis had no reason to complain, though. He was left with 2 face-down Spells or Traps and XX-Saber Boggart Knight and passed his turn.

Play was back to Ralambomiadana, who Summoned Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan. Grandmaster of the Six Samurai came out next, but Sluis had Torrential Tribute. Grandmaster of the Six Samurai's effect triggered, causing Ralambomiadana to pick up a Kagemusha of the Six Samurai from his Graveyard and add it to his hand. He Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

Sluis simply Set a monster.

Monster Reborn targeted Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, however, Sluis Chained Solemn Judgment to negate the spell! Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki and Kagemusha of the Six Samurai came out instead and both were Tuned to Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En. It was sent into XX-Saber Darksoul and Ralambomiadana ended. Sluis searched his Deck for X-Saber Pashuul and entered his turn.

He Summoned X-Saber Pashuul, followed it up with Puppet Plant to take control of Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, proceeded with direct attacks and then Tuned both monsters in Main Phase 2 to X-Saber Urbellum.

Ralambomiadana only Set a Spell or Trap Card.

Sluis played Mystical Space Typhoon on it next turn and Ralambomiadana Chained it, destroying Sluis’ Set Malevolent Catastrophe. An attack with X-Saber Urbellum was declared and Ralambomiadana extended his hand!

 

A second Puppet Plant allows Stephan Sluis to advance to the finals!

 

Once more we were able to see the true power of the Side Deck. 2 Puppet Plant's were the true game changers in the final Duel of this Match!