Top 16: Kevin Semlali (FRA – Madolche) vs. Abderazak Gasmi (FRA – HAT)

We are getting ever closer to the Semi Finals. All players that advance to the round of the last 4 automatically qualify for the World Championship. That translates to 2 more wins for Kevin Semlali who is playing Madolche today as well as Abderazak Gasmi, one of the remaining HAT players.

Both are from France, but Semlali is from Paris and Gasmi lives in the South. So there is some sort of rivalry going on here. This is going to get interesting in just a second!
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Kevin Semlali was looking forward to this Feature Match!
Kevin Semlali was looking forward to this Feature Match!

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[pod] revealed [lance], [bts] and [myrmeleo]; the latter got picked and [ns]ed and this caused Gasmi to search his Deck one more time, this time finding [tthn]. He added 4 back row cards and that was the turn.

[mad magi] got Gasmi [engelee]. He then added 3 back row cards and ended. Or rather he tried to, since [a sanc] [ss]ed [a mora]. It destroyed [mad magi], which returned to Semlali’s Deck.

On his following turn, he added [i hand] and all of his monsters attacked. 2900 Life Points remained for Semlali.
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This looked extremely promising for the HAT Duelist!
This looked extremely promising for the HAT Duelist!

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Gasmi checked his Extra Deck and he found nothing that he felt was worth [ss]ing in this particular situation. He went up to 5 back row cards and he passed.

Semlali [ns]ed [engelee] and it hit play. He activated its effect, Gasmi flipped [warning], but [wire tap] negated it. However, Gasmi had his own copy of the Counter Trap! Semlali added a back row card and he ended.

Gasmi immediately advanced to the Battle Phase. [a mora] attempted to connect, but [bom] flipped it face-down. [myrmeleo] got weakened by [lance] and that meant that Semlali would survive with just 700 LP. Gasmi accesses his Extra Deck in [mp] 2. This seemed like a situation for [cowboy]. He apparently didn’t find one there, so he instead went for [ddw] and it Tributed itself to take out [mad nights].
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Madolche tried to put up one last stand!
Madolche tried to put up one last stand!

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Semlali tried to unleash a Madolche Combo, however, Gasmi revealed [a sanc] in his back row and since Semlali was perfectly aware of a [tthn] waiting there as well, he conceded the game.

[h2]Abderazak Gasmi gains the lead![/h2]

The first game seemed a little bit one-sided with Gasmi sitting very comfortably in the driver’s seat.
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Abderazak Gasmi was now so much closer to securing a ticket for Worlds!
Abderazak Gasmi was now so much closer to securing a ticket for Worlds!

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[engelee] kicked things off in spectacular fashion for Semlali in the second game, [mad hoot] and [mad mess] entered play, he added [mad ticket] to his hand. He activated the Spell and added 3 more back row cards before passing.

Gasmi simply set 4 [sts].

[i hand] entered play on Semlali’s following turn. He used it and [mad mess] to [ss] [dweller], [mad hoot] switched positions and attacks followed after [mad mess] had been detached for the effect of the Xyz Monster. [malevolent] got activated in response!
Both players lost 4 cards each and it was hard to say who was gaining more of an advantage here; [mad hoot] and [dweller] then connected and that left Gasmi with just 4800 Life Points.
In [mp] 2, the effect of [mad hoot] got activated and this got Semlali [engelee], he Tributed it for [mad mess] and this then got him [chateau], which he activated.

[i hand] entered play on Gasmi’s following turn and he followed it up with [mind] to claim control over [mad mess].
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Number 103: Ragnazero was one-upping Semlali!
Number 103: Ragnazero was one-upping Semlali!

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[103] got [xyz]ed and Semlali used the effect of [dweller]. That meant that it was no longer a legal target for [103]. Gasmi added a back row card and he ended.

Semlali drew into [f hand] and it attacked into [103]. That meant Gasmi would lose his monster and [i hand] would get [ss]ed to the field.

The next turn, Gasmi activated [soul ex] and he Tribute Summoned [m fiend] – something you don’t see every day!
It attacked directly.

Semlali only set a monster.

[m fiend] attacked over [f hand].

Semlali set a monster.

[m fiend] took it down. This happened again.
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Majesty's Fiend gave the Madolche Monsters a real headache!
Majesty's Fiend gave the Madolche Monsters a real headache!

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Gasmi tried to wrap things up after Semlali had once again just set a monster with [a sanc], but [trap stun] bought Semlali more time.

[m fiend] connected after Semlali had only set a [st].

Semlali set a monster and it also got taken down; Madolche after Madolche ended up in the Graveyard. This continued to happen and Gasmi was now 5 cards ahead!

[bom] attempted to flip [m fiend] face-down – finally a possible solution from Semlali to deal with the monster after it had caused him so much pain!
He then flipped [trap stun], but [wire tap] foiled that plan.
His last card: [mad magi]. He summoned it and it activated its effect, which got Semlali [engelee]. [m fiend] got destroyed in battle and Semlali seemed somewhat satisfied.

Gasmi replaced it with a fresh copy the next turn!

Unbelievable!

Semlali was frustrated beyond believe and he did his best to hide it, but he was clearly failing.
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Would the second Majesty's Fiend be the final nail in Semlali's coffin?!
Would the second Majesty's Fiend be the final nail in Semlali's coffin?!

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Semlali only set a [st].

Gasmi found another monster and that was enough to attack for game in the following turn!

[h2]Abderazak Gasmi advances to the Top 8![/h2]

What an excellent introduction from Gasmi’s Side Deck! [m fiend] clearly dominated the second game and took down the whole suite of Madolche monsters. There was next to nothing that Semlali could do to stop it from taking down monster after monster and I definitely hope we’ll see it again in one of the rounds to come!
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