Top 8 Feature Match: Yohann Descamps vs. Peter Gross
17.04.2011 | 15:44
If you value consistency higher than an actual tournament win, you’re looking at one of the best, if not the best, European Duelists: Yohann Descamps! Him and Michael Ciplak are the only 2 players who reached the Knockout rounds in all 3 European Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series’! He’s now facing Peter Gross, the reigning Austrian National Champion, who also made it to the Top 32 at YCS Bochum. Descamps is relying on the Six Samurai today, while Gross has been piloting a Chaos Deck all the way to our Feature Match table.
Both players exchanged some kind words prior to the beginning of the Duel. Both players rolled a 6 first, but then Descamps’ 4 was enough to beat Gross’ 3 (Gross predicted he would roll the 3). After taking a few deep breaths, we were all fired up, so that meant: Time to Duel!
Descamps drew his 6th card, he Set 2 Spells or Traps and ended his turn. Not what the Six Samurai Decks are famous for.
Gross had Pot of Duality, revealing Mystical Space Typhoon, Mirror Force and Solemn Warning. He picked the Counter Trap Card and shuffled his Deck. He Set a monster, added 3 face-down Spells or Traps to his side of the field and passed.
The French player drew a card, checked his face-down Spells or Traps and took some time to consider his next move. He opted to activate Giant Trunade, returning all spells and traps back to their respective owner’s hands. Gross had to think for a second; he asked himself if Descamps had enough to win the Duel right here and now. He played it safe and used Solemn Judgment to negate the spell.
Mystical Space Typhoon was used on Dark Hole. Shien's Smoke Signal was then used to add Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki to Descamps’ hand; he Normal Summoned the Warrior and Gross went into the tank again.
He only Set a monster.
Yohann Descamps wins the first Duel in a hurry!
Gross wanted to make sure that a possible Mystical Space Typhoon from Descamps wouldn’t hit one of his protective cards; namely Solemn Warning and Solemn Judgment. However, Setting Dark Hole was a risky play, that wasn’t rewarded in this Duel, as Descamps had enough answers of himself to deal enough damage with 1 attack of Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En.
1 more win is all Yohann Descamps needs to advance to the semi finals! However, that wasn’t what Peter Gross had in mind. He opted to go first this time and did so with Pot of Duality, revealing another copy of the spell and 2 Dust Tornado. He picked one of the traps and shuffled his Deck.
Next, he Set a card to each zone and passed.
Descamps Normal Summoned Kagemusha of the Six Samurai. He followed it up with Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan and Tuned both to Naturia Barkion. Nobleman of Crossout removed D.D. Warrior Lady from the game, Naturia Barkion attacked directly and Gross took 2500 points of damage.
Back to the Austrian National Champion, who counted the remaining cards in Descamps’ hand (3), before Special Summoning Cyber Dragon, followed up by Spirit Reaper. He used Monster Reborn on Kagemusha of the Six Samurai to Tune it and Cyber Dragon to Scrap Archfiend, it attacked over Naturia Barkion and Spirit Reaper took a direct shot, costing Gross Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki!
Descamps used Trou Noir (Dark Hole) to clear the field.
Gross Normal Summoned D.D. Warrior Lady, attacked directly, Set a Spell or Trap Card and passed.
Descamps only Set 1 Spell or Trap Card, but Dust Tornado destroyed it during his End Phase.
Back to Gross, who had drawn into 3 D.D. Warrior Lady's! He Summoned the last one and attacked with both, dealing another 3000 points of damage.
Descamps drew for his turn, but didn’t take long to decide that it was time for a third and final Duel!
Peter Gross equals the score!
Monster Reborn and Spirit Reaper were the deciding cards in this match. One provided Gross with an answer to Naturia Barkion, while the other sent Descamps’ Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki straight from his hand to his Graveyard. With it, he might have been able to start a comeback as he was also holding on to Grandmaster of the Six Samurai. This way, it wasn’t meant to happen and Gross could win the Duel!
Descamps kicked things off with Upstart Goblin, he used a second copy to draw yet another card, then he had Six Samurai United, Kagemusha of the Six Samurai and Grandmaster of the Six Samurai. He sent Six Samurai United to his Graveyard, drawing 2 more cards, added 2 face-down cards to his Spell and Trap Card Zone and ended his turn.
He Normal Summoned Kinetic Soldier, attacked Kagemusha of the Six Samurai and Descamps took a minute about sucking up the damage. He opted against it, activating Book of Moon to flip Kinetic Soldier face-down. Gross Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended his turn.
Hand of the Six Samurai came down in Descamps’ turn, despite Gross trying to use Solemn Warning on it; Descamps simply Chained Musakani Magatama. Hand of the Six Samurai left the field and took down Kinetic Soldier with it. An attack of Kagemusha of the Six Samurai followed, which succeeded, but after Grandmaster of the Six Samurai's attack, Gross Special Summoned Gorz the Emissary of Darkness!
Descamps saw no better option than to Tune both of his monsters in Main Phase 2 to Black Rose Dragon and destroy all the cards on the field.
Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki was Summoned, together with Kagemusha of the Six Samurai. Both were Tuned to Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En. Gorz the Emissary of Darkness and the Token were both switched to Attack Position. Attacks followed, with Gorz the Emissary of Darkness striking down Kinetic Soldier first. Descamps Set a Spell or Trap Card and was done with his turn.
That left Gross in a horrible position. With only 700 Life Points left and a Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En on the other side of the field, able to negate every card that might turn the Duel around, all he could do was extend his hand and wish Descamps well for his remaining Matches.
Yohann Descamps advances to the Semi Finals!
Asked about the most important card in the last Duel, Descamps quickly replied “Gorz the Emissary of Darkness! From BOTH players!” – it was almost the only card that could help each player out in the respective situation and both times, the Special Summon of the Fiend helped to turn the Duel around.