Top 16: Kevin Semlali (FRA – Madolche) vs. Abderazak Gasmi (FRA – HAT)
29.06.2014 | 17:28
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!
Pot of Duality revealed Forbidden Lance, Breakthrough Skill and Traptrix Myrmeleo; the latter got picked and Normal Summoned and this caused Gasmi to search his Deck one more time, this time finding Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare. He added 4 back row cards and that was the turn.
Madolche Magileine got Gasmi Madolche Anjelly. He then added 3 back row cards and ended. Or rather he tried to, since Artifact Sanctum Special Summoned Artifact Moralltach. It destroyed Madolche Magileine, which returned to Semlali’s Deck.
On his following turn, he added Ice Hand and all of his monsters attacked. 2900 Life Points remained for Semlali.
Gasmi checked his Extra Deck and he found nothing that he felt was worth Special Summoning in this particular situation. He went up to 5 back row cards and he passed.
Semlali Normal Summoned Madolche Anjelly and it hit play. He activated its effect, Gasmi flipped Solemn Warning, but Wiretap 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. Artifact Moralltach attempted to connect, but Book of Moon flipped it face-down. Traptrix Myrmeleo got weakened by Forbidden Lance and that meant that Semlali would survive with just 700 Life Points. Gasmi accesses his Extra Deck in Main Phase 2. This seemed like a situation for Gagaga Cowboy. He apparently didn’t find one there, so he instead went for Diamond Dire Wolf and it Tributed itself to take out Madolche Nights.
Semlali tried to unleash a Madolche Combo, however, Gasmi revealed Artifact Sanctum in his back row and since Semlali was perfectly aware of a Traptrix Trap Hole Nightmare waiting there as well, he conceded the game.
Abderazak Gasmi gains the lead!
The first game seemed a little bit one-sided with Gasmi sitting very comfortably in the driver’s seat.
Madolche Anjelly kicked things off in spectacular fashion for Semlali in the second game, Madolche Hootcake and Madolche Messengelato entered play, he added Madolche Ticket to his hand. He activated the Spell and added 3 more back row cards before passing.
Gasmi simply set 4 Spell or Trap Cards.
Ice Hand entered play on Semlali’s following turn. He used it and Madolche Messengelato to Special Summon Abyss Dweller, Madolche Hootcake switched positions and attacks followed after Madolche Messengelato had been detached for the effect of the Xyz Monster. Malevolent Catastrophe got activated in response!
Both players lost 4 cards each and it was hard to say who was gaining more of an advantage here; Madolche Hootcake and Abyss Dweller then connected and that left Gasmi with just 4800 Life Points.
In Main Phase 2, the effect of Madolche Hootcake got activated and this got Semlali Madolche Anjelly, he Tributed it for Madolche Messengelato and this then got him Madolche Chateau, which he activated.
Number 103: Ragnazero got Xyz Summoned and Semlali used the effect of Abyss Dweller. That meant that it was no longer a legal target for Number 103: Ragnazero. Gasmi added a back row card and he ended.
Semlali only set a monster.
Semlali set a monster.
Majesty's Fiend took it down. This happened again.
Gasmi tried to wrap things up after Semlali had once again just set a monster with Artifact Sanctum, but Trap Stun bought Semlali more time.
Majesty's Fiend connected after Semlali had only set a Spell/Trap.
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!
Book of Moon attempted to flip Majesty's 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 Wiretap foiled that plan.
His last card: Madolche Magileine. He Summoned it and it activated its effect, which got Semlali Madolche Anjelly. Majesty's Fiend got destroyed in battle and Semlali seemed somewhat satisfied.
Gasmi replaced it with a fresh copy the next turn!
Semlali was frustrated beyond believe and he did his best to hide it, but he was clearly failing.
Semlali only set a Spell/Trap.
Gasmi found another monster and that was enough to attack for game in the following turn!
Abderazak Gasmi advances to the Top 8!
What an excellent introduction from Gasmi’s Side Deck! Majesty's 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!