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Top Tables (and creative Decks) in Round 4

26.04.2014 | 16:15 |

After 3 rounds of fierce competition, the field is starting to clear just a little bit. I took a quick glance over the first few tables to see if I could spot any interesting Decks.
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On table 1, we see Luigi Alici who is going up against Michel Co. Alici relies on the most popular archetype this weekend, Mermails, while Co is running rather strong with a Harpie Deck.
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Table 2: Julien Munier vs. Rafael Egger

Table 2: Julien Munier vs. Rafael Egger


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Table 2 features the very same match-up, with Julien Munier relying on Mermails and Rafael Egger trying his luck with the Harpie Ladies.
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This young Duelist is a former Worlds Competitor!

This young Duelist is a former Worlds Competitor!


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The young Duelist we see here is Niels Kühnberger who you might remember from his previous successes in the Dragon Duelist tournaments. He is also relying on Mermails and he goes up against Marc Aimonino who is running strong with Chain Burn.
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Table 4: Natsuo Nakagawa (front) vs. Tugay Sagirbay (back)

Table 4: Natsuo Nakagawa (front) vs. Tugay Sagirbay (back)


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Table 4 pits Hieratic Ruler played by Natsuo Nakagawa vs. Fire Fist played by Tugay Sagirbay.
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Kim van Campenhout tried to overcome Hao Tuan Tran's Chain Burn Deck

Kim van Campenhout tried to overcome Hao Tuan Tran's Chain Burn Deck


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A Black Rose Dragon opted to not wipe the field since Kim Van Campenhout was already far ahead. He is also running Mermails whereas his opponent Hao Tuan Tran is trying to do well with Chain Burn.
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Table 6 fits two powerhouses: Umut Serin and Joshua Schmidt. Both are running Mermails this weekend.
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Table 7: Michael Hagedown vs. Hélio Babo (farther away)

Table 7: Michael Hagedown vs. Hélio Babo (farther away)


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Michael Hagedown is the first Geargia Duelist I spotted at the top tables while his opponent Hélio Babo was instead trying his luck with Fire Fist.
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Quentin Cedelle and Patrick Hoffmann were in between games

Quentin Cedelle and Patrick Hoffmann were in between games


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He wasn’t alone, though, since Quentin Cedelle was also relying on the fast and furious machines. His opponent was Patrick Hoffmann, however, who also relied on Mermails like many of the veterans of the game.
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This is the first row of pairings at YCS Paris!

This is the first row of pairings at YCS Paris!


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I saw quite a few more Mermail, Geargia and Fire Fist Decks, so I instead opted to go looking for some archetypes that you wouldn’t expect to show up at the top tables at a YCS.
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Table 19 featured such a player; Thomas Gilles was running Spellbooks. He had to overcome Luke Delaney who also relied on Mermails.
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Blue vs. Red - Piran Asci (in the back) against Federico Zoppini (front)!

Blue vs. Red - Piran Asci (in the back) against Federico Zoppini (front)!


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Table 21 was one of these soon to be famous blue vs. red matches with Federico Zoppini going up against Piran Asci, with Federico relying on Mermails and Piran once again putting his trust in the Infernity archetype that has served him well on a number of past occasions.
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Thomas Cavaliere also relied on Spellbooks while his opponent Aoued Benabdallah running Evilswarm! That was quite out of the ordinary if you asked me!
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Table 34 pitted Alpay Engin, yet another veteran playing Mermails, against Suraj Panchal who is running a “Tour Guide OTK” Deck. Panchal just used an Instant Fusion so he could then go for a flurry of Special Summons, ending up with [emeral] on the field. We’ll definitely take a closer look at this archetype later today, so stay tuned for that.
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That also concludes our closer look at the top tables and our attempt to find some more creative Decks. We’ll certainly continue to be on the lookout, so expect to see a few more strategic insights later today.
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