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Top 8 Feature Match: Stefano Memoli vs. Yohann Descamps

18.07.2010 | 20:00 |

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?

 

Last time we saw Stefano Memoli, he dethronred the reigning champion Vittorio Wiktor!

 

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 Bottomless Trap Hole, 2 copies of Book of Moon, Solemn Judgment, Torrential Tribute and Royal Oppression. 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 Appointer of the Red Lotus, paid 2000 Life Points and saw the 2 copies of Book of Moon, Bottomless Trap Hole and Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo, the new card in Memoli's hand. His own hand featured 2 copies of D.D. Crow and XX-Saber Faultroll. He picked Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo and Memoli advanced to his Main Phase. He simply Set a Spell or Trap Card and passed.

 

Both players were rather cautious and played defensively.

 

Descamps Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended his turn.

Memoli drew into another monster, Banisher of the Radiance. He Summoned it, attacked directly and passed.

Descamps had Mystical Space Typhoon in the End Phase for Book of Moon, he Set another Spell or Trap Card and was done.

In the following turn, Memoli had his Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo back as the effect of Appointer of the Red 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 Thunder King Rai-Oh and it seemed like Descamps had nothing to stop the attacks. The Set monster was revealed to be D.D. Crow, which was removed from game. Thunder King Rai-Oh and Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo dealt some more damage.

Descamps tried to start his comeback with X-Saber Airbellum, but Memoli returned it to Descamps' hand with Compulsory Evacuation Device. Descamps thought about his next move for a short time before shuffling up conceding the Duel.

 

Stefano Memoli wins the first Duel!

 

This time, Appointer of the Red 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!

 

Yohann Descamps came back from an opposing lead before. Can he do the same again?

 

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 Royal Oppression, Book of Moon, Mystical Space Typhoon, Thunder King Rai-Oh, Doomcaliber Knight and another copy of Royal Oppression. He used Mystical Space Typhoon on the Set Bottomless Trap Hole, then brought out Thunder King Rai-Oh and destroyed XX-Saber Darksoul in Battle. He Set 2 Spell or Trap Cards and passed for his turn.

Descamps had Cyber Dragon, but Royal Oppression negated its Special Summon. He followed it up with XX-Saber Fulhelmknight, got rid of Thunder King Rai-Oh with an removal (probably Smashing 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: Doomcaliber Knight. He had 2 Set Spell or Trap Cards and went into the tank. After considering his options for a minute, Descamps decided to Summon XX-Saber Boggart Knight. He passed without further actions.

Memoli switched his Doomcaliber Knight to Attack Position. He declared an attack on XX-Saber Fulhelmknight and Descamps decided to activate its effect. Both monsters left the field thanks to the effect of Doomcaliber Knight. Memoli Summoned another Doomcaliber Knight in his Main Phase 2 and passed.

XX-Saber Boggart Knight was sent in Doomcaliber Knight and both monsters traded. Descamps Set a Monster Card and passed.

Memoli Summoned D.D. Warrior Lady and attacked into the face-down monster, revealing it to be Summoner Monk.

 

D.D. Warrior Lady had to face a Summoner Monk!

 

Descamps simply Set a Monster Card.

Memoli attacked into the newly Set monster: XX-Saber Emmersblade. He used the effect of D.D. Warrior Lady.

Descamps drew into Book of Moon and discarded it for the effect of Summoner Monk. Memoli Chained Royal Oppression, but Descamps had Solemn Judgment! He forced through the effect of Summoner Monk and Summoned the Cat! He Tributed Rescue Cat for XX-Saber Darksoul and X-Saber Airbellum, but Memoli had Bottomless Trap Hole. X-Saber Airbellum left the field. Descamps opted to end his turn and he searched his Deck for XX-Saber Fulhelmknight.

Strong answers from Memoli. He drew into King Tiger Wanghu, Summoned it to the field and attacked Summoner Monk. Descamps flipped Book of Moon, flipping King Tiger Wanghu face-down.

XX-Saber Fulhelmknight was next in Descamps following turn and destroyed King Tiger Wanghu in Battle. Descamps had a lot of options and eventually decided to pick XX-Saber Darksoul. He dealt 100 points of Damage with it and in Main Phase 2, he Tuned his monsters to XX-Saber Hyunlei, but it was sucked up by Bottomless Trap Hole. XX-Saber Darksoul got Descamps XX-Saber Boggart Knight in his End Phase and he was done with his turn.

Memoli drew and passed without actions.

Descamps Summoned XX-Saber Boggart Knight, he Special Summoned X-Saber Airbellum, the following attacks cost Memoli a King Tiger Wanghu from his hand and 3500 Life Points. In Main Phase 2, Summoner Monk and X-Saber Airbellum Tuned to Arcanite Magician 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 Magician 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 Doomcaliber Knights, Thunder King Rai-Oh, Bottomless Trap Hole, Book of Moon and Mirror Force. He Summoned Doomcaliber Knight, Set Book of Moon and passed.

Descamps had XX-Saber Boggart Knight and used its effect to get rid of Doomcaliber Knight. He passed without further actions.

Memoli Summoned his second Doomcaliber Knight, 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 Thunder King Rai-Oh next. He attacked with it and Descamps revealed XX-Saber Darksoul. The judges weren't sure what would happen due to the interaction of the effects of Thunder King Rai-Oh and Doomcaliber Knight. The table judge left to check the rulings, he came back and ruled that the effect of XX-Saber Darksoul would still activate, which would cause Doomcaliber Knight's effect to kick in. Memoli wasn't happy with the ruling and appealed.

 

3 cards that caused a lot of trouble together!

 

Translating the issue at hand seemed to take some time, but a ruling was finally made. The effect of XX-Saber Darksoul activated, so Doomcaliber Knight stopped it and left the field. Memoli was done with his turn.

Descamps had X-Saber Airbellum. He used Mind Control, but Descamps Chained Book of Moon to flip the Tuner face-down.

In the following turn, Memoli Summoned Banisher of the Radiance, he attacked over X-Saber Airbellum, destroying and removing it and dealt an additional 1900 damage due to the attack of Thunder King Rai-Oh.

All Descamps did was Setting a card to each of his zones.

Memoli gained the upper hand. An attack with Banisher of the Radiance struck down XX-Saber Emmersblade! He Set a Spell or Trap Card in Main Phase 2, but it fell victim during the End Phase to Descamps' Dust Tornado (it was Mirror Force).

Play was back to Descamps. He activated Brain Control on Thunder King Rai-Oh, gaining control of it. He entered the Battle Phase and Thunder King Rai-Oh destroyed Banisher of the Radiance. In Main Phase 2, Descamps Summoned Rescue Cat and sacked it to search his Deck for X-Saber Airbellum and XX-Saber Darksoul. Memoli had Bottomless Trap Hole 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 Banisher of the Radiance and Thunder King Rai-Oh. When Descamps was finally able to make a comeback, Memoli had a Bottomless Trap Hole ready to deal with X-Saber Airbellum and pave his way for the semi finals!