Top 8 Feature Match: Stefano Memoli vs. Yohann Descamps
After 14 rounds of Swiss, we were finally down to only 8 Duelists. All of them dreamed of winning a trip to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship 2010, but for only 4 of them, that dream would come true. Sitting at our Feature Match table were Stefano Memoli and Yohann Descamps.
We featured Stefano on the very first day of the match, winning against the still reigning champion Vittorio Wiktor with his Anti Deck. Yohann Descamps overcame fellow Frenchmen Leo Giner in the final round of the tournament with his X-Saber deck and showed great mental strength, winning the second and third Duel after Giner was able to overcome him in the first game. Would he be able to do the same against Memoli’s Anti Deck?
Memoli won the die roll and opted to go first. Descamps seemed like he didn’t mind. He gave the impression that there was nothing that could stop him. Both players shook hands and the game was on!
Memoli drew into [bth], 2 copies of [bom], [sj], [tt] and [ro]. Without a Monster Card, he was forced to Set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and pass.
Descamps Set a Monster Card as well as 2 Spell or Trap Cards and passed for his turn.
In Memoli’s Standby Phase, he revealed [lotus], paid 2000 Life Points and saw the 2 copies of [bom], [bth] and [pachy], the new card in Memoli’s hand. His own hand featured 2 copies of [crow] and [faultroll]. He picked [pachy] and Memoli advanced to his Main Phase. He simply Set a Spell or Trap Card and passed.
Descamps Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended his turn.
Memoli drew into another monster, [radiance]. He Summoned it, attacked directly and passed.
Descamps had [mst] in the End Phase for [bom], he Set another Spell or Trap Card and was done.
In the following turn, Memoli had his [pachy] back as the effect of [lotus] had returned it during his last End Phase. He Summoned it and attacked directly with both monsters.
Memoli simply Set a monster and passed.
Descamps now had [rai oh] and it seemed like Descamps had nothing to stop the attacks. The Set monster was revealed to be [crow], which was removed from game. [rai oh] and [pachy] dealt some more damage.
Descamps tried to start his comeback with [airbellum], but Memoli returned it to Descamps’ hand with [ced]. Descamps thought about his next move for a short time before shuffling up conceding the Duel.
Stefano Memoli wins the first Duel!
This time, [lotus] didn’t help Descamps to gain a huge advantage over his opponent. Without any monsters to put some pressure on Memoli, the Italian Duelist had no problems winning the first Duel and staying on track for a ticket to Worlds!
Both players were done side boarding after a short amount of time. They shuffled both decks carefully before proceding with the second game.
Descamps opted to go first and Set a card to each zone.
Memoli had [ro], [bom], [mst], [rai oh], [dck] and another copy of [ro]. He used [mst] on the Set [bth], then brought out [rai oh] and destroyed [darksoul] in Battle. He Set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and passed for his turn.
Descamps had [cd], but [ro] negated its Special Summon. He followed it up with [fulhelm], got rid of [rai oh] with an removal (probably [ground], but the players were a little fast at that point) and passed.
Memoli Set a Monster and passed, play was back to Descamps.
He attacked into the Set monster: [dck]. He had 2 Set Spell or Trap Cards and went into the tank. After considering his options for a minute, Descamps decided to Summon [bogknight]. He passed without further actions.
Memoli switched his [dck] to Attack Position. He declared an attack on [fulhelm] and Descamps decided to activate its effect. Both monsters left the field thanks to the effect of [dck]. Memoli Summoned another [dck] in his Main Phase 2 and passed.
[bogknight] was sent in [dck] and both monsters traded. Descamps Set a Monster Card and passed.
Memoli Summoned [lady] and attacked into the face-down monster, revealing it to be [monk].
Descamps simply Set a Monster Card.
Memoli attacked into the newly Set monster: [emmersblade]. He used the effect of [lady].
Descamps drew into [bom] and discarded it for the effect of [monk]. Memoli Chained [ro], but Descamps had [sj]! He forced through the effect of [monk] and summoned the Cat! He Tributed [cat] for [darksoul] and [airbellum], but Memoli had [bth]. [airbellum] left the field. Descamps opted to end his turn and he searched his deck for [fulhelm].
Strong answers from Memoli. He drew into [wanghu], Summoned it to the field and attacked [monk]. Descamps flipped [bom], flipping [wanghu] face-down.
[fulhelm] was next in Descamps following turn and destroyed [wanghu] in Battle. Descamps had a lot of options and eventually decided to pick [darksoul]. He dealt 100 points of Damage with it and in Main Phase 2, he Tuned his monsters to [hyunlei], but it was sucked up by [bth]. [darksoul] got Descamps [bogknight] in his End Phase and he was done with his turn.
Memoli drew and passed without actions.
Descamps Summoned [bogknight], he Special Summoned [airbellum], the following attacks cost Memoli a [wanghu] from his hand and 3500 Life Points. In Main Phase 2, [monk] and [airbellum] Tuned to [arcanite] and Descamps passed.
Memoli was about to Set his newly drawn card, but stopped right in his tracks to take a second look at Descamps’ side of the field. He realized that [arcanite] could easily get rid of the card he was about to Set, so shuffled up.
Yohann Descamps equals the score!
This time, the players didn’t feel like doing a lot of sideboarding. They spent a lot more time shuffling instead, cutting each others deck and Memoli wanted to go first.
He drew into his opening 6: 2 [dck][s], [rai oh], [bth], [bom] and [mf]. He Summoned [dck], Set [bom] and passed.
Descamps had [bogknight] and used its effect to get rid of [dck]. He passed without further actions.
Memoli Summoned his second [dck], dealt 1900 points of damage and was done with his turn.
Descamps asked for the number of cards in Memoli’s hand (5). He Set a monster and passed.
Memoli Summoned [rai oh] next. He attacked with it and Descamps revealed [darksoul]. The judges weren’t sure what would happen due to the interaction of the effects of [rai oh] and [dck]. The table judge left to check the rulings, he came back and ruled that the effect of [darksoul] would still activate, which would cause [dck]'[s] effect to kick in. Memoli wasn’t happy with the ruling and appealed.
Translating the issue at hand seemed to take some time, but a ruling was finally made. The effect of [darksoul] activated, so [dck] stopped it and left the field. Memoli was done with his turn.
Descamps had [airbellum]. He used [mind control], but Descamps Chained [bom] to flip the Tuner face-down.
In the following turn, Memoli Summoned [radiance], he attacked over [airbellum], destroying and removing it and dealt an additional 1900 damage due to the attack of [rai oh].
All Descamps did was Setting a card to each of his zones.
Memoli gained the upper hand. An attack with [radiance] struck down [emmersblade]! He Set a Spell or Trap Card in Main Phase 2, but it fell victim during the End Phase to Descamps’ [dust] (it was [mf]).
Play was back to Descamps. He activated [brain] on [rai oh], gaining control of it. He entered the Battle Phase and [rai oh] destroyed [radiance]. In Main Phase 2, Descamps Summoned [cat] and sacked it to search his deck for [airbellum] and [darksoul]. Memoli had [bth] to foil his opponent’s plans and Descamps extended his hand!
Stefano Memoli qualified for the World Championship!
Stefano Memoli was able to shut all of Yohann Descamps’ combos down with [radiance] and [rai oh]. When Descamps was finally able to make a comeback, Memoli had a [bth] ready to deal with [airbellum] and pave his way for the semi finals!
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