Some “Bad Beat Stories” from Paris!

I would guess that 95 % of the time, Yu-Gi-Oh! is a very fun game. 4 % of the time, it’s not that much fun. And 1 % of the time, it can be cruel. Terribly cruel. Like when you’re about to win a game and all you need is to not draw one particular card and exactly that happens. Nobody likes to lose in this way, but if you’re on the other side of the table it feels like an epic comeback!

At the same time, listening to these stories, the so-called “bad beats”, can be extremely entertaining. I was collecting bits and pieces all day long and this article is the result of it. Let’s hope you can also rejoice with some “Schadenfreude” and see how some games can turn around in the blink of an eye!.
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Left: Personified Schadenfreude; Right: Kian who just took a bad beat!
Left: Personified Schadenfreude; Right: Kian who just took a bad beat!

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[b]Kian:[/b] I just lost to a [trap eater]. I still can’t believe it! I had the whole game in the bag with [shi en] and another Six Samurai on the field and he got rid of my [fiendish] by summoning [trap eater].
That meant that he could suddenly turn it around with his now free [susanowo]. I think I’m still in shock… who plays that card?![/quote]
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While Soner Güngör didn’t have a bad beat of his own, he could tell us about a bad beat for his opponent from the round before.
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[b]Soner:[/b] Just now, my opponent activated a [mst] on my set [call]. I chained it, targeting [g accel] (which would miss its timing), trying to bait out something. My opponent fell for it and he chained another [mst], so he lost another card and he didn’t gain an advantage whereas I was now in a better position than before.[/quote]
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That sounded like a very good play. Speaking of good players, here’s everyone’s favorite Austrian Michael Ciplak once again…
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Michael Ciplak recovered after his bad beat and he's now 4 - 1!
Michael Ciplak recovered after his bad beat and he's now 4 - 1!

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[b]Michael:[/b] In round 2, I was in one of these situations where I thought that the next card either needs to be [fk ons] or I’m done for. I drew, saw [ff tenki] and shuffled up in frustration.

I then thought about it a little longer and ended up realizing that [ff tenki] would have won me the game as well. I could have searched for [ff bear], would have attacked his face-down monster and with the effect of [ff bear], I would have got rid of his [priestess].
This would leave him in a pretty bad position; he only had very few outs to turn it around after that, but I never ended up in that situation in the first place.[/quote]
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Definitely something you can take away from this article: Always make sure you are “in the moment” and fully focused on the match in question; never miss a game-winning play!

Here’s yet another story by Shawn Nelson…
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A perfect opening... aaaand a 6th card nobody wanted to see!
A perfect opening... aaaand a 6th card nobody wanted to see!

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[b]Shawn Nelson:[/b] In round 2, I drew into the perfect 5 cards to set up a one-turn victory. I drew into a sixth card that unraveled the combo ([grepher]), so I tried to be patient. My opponent didn’t need more than one turn, however. He finished me on his very first turn with a perfect Mermail opening. That was quite the bad beat![/quote]
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Anthony concludes our wall of shame with a premature shuffle up.
Anthony concludes our wall of shame with a premature shuffle up.

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My opponent used [bujincarnation] and he then [ss]ed [cowboy]. I put my Deck and my Graveyard together and then realized that the whole move wasn’t possible in the first place. He also only caught his mistake after it was too late and I had all packed up, so basically I had just scooped to him in a very winnable situation.[/quote]
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As you can see, even the very best of players commit mistakes here and there. Learn from their mistakes rather than making them yourself and you will have a much easier time doing well on the grand stage!
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