Semi Finals Feature Match: Stephan Sluis vs. Vincent Ralambomiadana
Things were getting more serious by the second! Stephan Sluis from the Netherlands, relying on X-Sabers, had to overcome the French powerhouse Vincent [rala], who was playing Six Samurai.
Sluis won the die roll and opted to go first. He had [duality], revealing [emmersblade], [truth] and [bogknight]. 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 [rala] felt like stepping on the gas! He used [trunade], but [truth] was Chained, bringing Sluis [pashuul]. Then 2 [sss] came down, [rala] filled his hand with Samurais and Summoned them next: [kageki] and [kagemusha]. Next in line was [grandmaster] and then [kageki] and [kagemusha] were Tuned to [catastor]. The Synchro Monster destroyed [pashuul] with its effect, then [grandmaster] attacked into [hamster]. This caused Sluis to add a face-down [darksoul] to his side of the field. [rala] Set 2 spells or traps and passed.
[bogknight] came down and [fulhelm] followed! [darksoul] was [fs]ed, then Tuned together with [fulhelm] to [barkion]. [rala] used [sj] to negate the Summon, however. Sluis opted to proceed with the End Phase, but not before activating [mst] on his opponent’s face-down [mst] and setting another spell or trap. [fulhelm] was added to Sluis’ hand and play was back to [rala].
[grandmaster] attacked into [bogknight], but [econ] was used to change it to [def]. Then [catastor] attacked over [bogknight]. In [mp] 2, [rala] wanted to Tribute [grandmaster] for another [grandmaster] 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] attacked into [hamster] and [darksoul] was [ss] to the field. [catastor] destroyed that and [rala] ended his turn.
Sluis Set a card to each zone.
A [mst] from [rala] destroyed the Set [mf]. Then [grandmaster] attacked over [darksoul] and [catastor] attacked directly. [rala] ended his turn. This time, Sluis searched his deck for [faultroll].
Time for the X-Sabers to show what they’ve got! [bogknight] came down, [fulhelm] followed and next in line was [faultroll]. The effect of [faultroll] brought back [pashuul] and [pashuul] and [faultroll] were Tuned to [sdd] and the other remaining monsters were Tuned to [urbellum]. Attacks followed and after all was said and done, Sluis was left with 2 Synchro Monsters on the field while [rala]’s field was non-existent!
[rala] drew twice for 2 copies of [upstart]. He then Summoned [kagemusha] and [kizan] to his side of the field. He Tuned them to [brionac], however, Sluis had [warning]. [rala] shook his head in disbelief and simply passed.
Sluis declared an attack and [rala] 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 [rala] give his opponent Stephan Sluis enough time for a big turn in the final Duel?
[sss] got [rala] [kagemusha] from his deck. He activated [united], followed it up with [kageki], which in turn allowed him to [ss] [kagemusha], he drew 2 off [united] and then Tuned both of his monsters to [shi en]. [grandmaster] was next in line and after setting a spell or trap, he was done with his turn.
Sluis tried to clear Rala’s back row with [mst], but [shi en] negated it. He then Set a monster together with 2 spells or traps and passed. Was it a clever trick with [mst] or did he actually forget about [shi en]?
[kizan] came out on [rala]’s side of the field. [grandmaster] attacked the Set monster, revealing it to be [emmersblade]. It got Sluis another copy from his deck, which was destroyed by [shi en]. This allowed Sluis to [ss] [fulhelm]; an attack by [kizan] followed, but [fulhelm]'[s] effect made sure it would stay on the field.
[puppet] allowed Sluis to take control of [shi en]. He then [ns]ed [emmersblade]. [shi en] attacked over [grandmaster] and [emmersblade] was then sent into [kizan]. [rala] 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 [bogknight], which attacked [kizan] next. [rala] lost it and took another 1300 damage after [fulhelm] attacked directly. In Main Phase 2, Sluis Tuned [shi en] and [fulhelm] to [scrap dragon]. [rala] flipped [warning]! Sluis had no reason to complain, though. He was left with 2 face-down spells or traps and [bogknight] and passed his turn.
Play was back to [rala], who Summoned [kizan]. [grandmaster] came out next, but Sluis had [tt]. [grandmaster]'[s] effect triggered, causing [rala] to pick up a [kagemusha] from his Graveyard and add it to his hand. He Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.
Sluis simply Set a monster.
[reborn] targeted [shi en], however, Sluis Chained [sj] to negate the spell! [kageki] and [kagemusha] came out instead and both were Tuned to [shi en]. It was sent into [darksoul] and [rala] ended. Sluis searched his deck for [pashuul] and entered his turn.
He Summoned [pashuul], followed it up with [puppet] to take control of [shi en], proceeded with direct attacks and then Tuned both monsters in [mp] 2 to [urbellum].
[rala] only Set a spell or trap.
Sluis played [mst] on it next turn and [rala] Chained it, destroying Sluis’ Set [malevolent catastrophe]. An attack with [urbellum] was declared and [rala] 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]'[s] were the true game changers in the final Duel of this Match!
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