Walid Ben-Abbes’ Flamvell Deck

[p]We just saw Walid Ben-Abbes take part in a closely fought Feature Match that went all the way to Duel 3 and beyond. He’s made it this far with a deck that many haven’t seen in years and others haven’t seen at all; Flamvells! After the Match we discussed the deck briefly before the next set of pairings went up.[/p]

Ben-Abbes has been turning up the heat this weekend!

[quote][b][u]Walid Ben-Abbes (Flamvell)[/b]

Monsters: 22[/u]
3 [firedog]
3 [fmag]
3 [tkr]
2 [trooper]
2 [veiler]
2 [maxx]
2 [trag]
2 [tgu]
1 [gorz]
1 [sangan]
1 [bls]

[u]Spells: 10[/u]
3 [rekindling]
3 [mst]
1 [storm]
1 [bom]
1 [reborn]
1 [hole]

[u]Traps: 9[/u]
2 [bth]
2 [tt]
2 [ced]
2 [warning]
1 [sj]

[u]Extra Deck: 15[/u]
2 [sdd]
2 [scrap d]
1 [colossal]
1 [brd]
1 [catastor]
1 [b]Abyss Dweller[/b]
1 [30]
1 [39]
1 [c39]
1 [leviair]
1 [zenmaines]
1 [tempo]
1 [maestro]

[quote][b]What made you want to play Flamvell?[/b]

[p]When I started playing [ygo] 2 years ago Flamvell was my favourite Deck. [rekindling] was such an amazing card as no matter how many monsters you lost you could make a comeback and try to win. There’s 2 Decks right now that are tough for Flamvell to beat; Geargia with [b]Geargiarmor[/b] (high DEF) and Dino Rabbit because of [macro] which is sometimes Main-Decked and destroys my strategy. Wind-Up isn’t a problem as [firedog] is so strong, and [sdd] is larger than [16]. The Deck can do well against almost anything.[/p][/quote]
[quote][b]How have your Matches been?[/b]

[p]The feature match was tough because it’s a difficult matchup; I lost to Dino Rabbit earlier and have to be more careful when playing against it. I played many Wind-Ups but was able to win all of those Matches, except for one where I needed [maxx] and was unable to draw it in time. I also played against Agent, which was difficult because of [tkr] and [kristya].[/p][/quote]
[quote][b]Did playing Synchro monsters make a big difference? Many decks these days use Xyz Monsters instead.[/b]

[p]Generally, the Synchros have higher ATK and effects that you can use over and over. Some cards like [sdd] and [scrap d] have effects that can seal Duels easily, or take down the more powerful Xyz Monsters like [16]. It’s nice to have some Xyz Monsters as well though, as sometimes I may have 2 [fmag][s] or 2 [firedog][s] and no way to make a Synchro Summon.[p][/quote]
[quote][b]Previous YCS experience?[/b]

[p]This is my second YCS. I’ve played in YCS Paris last year but Barcelona’s the best I’ve done so far. It was easy to get to Barcelona because the flights were cheap and I could fly here directly.[/p][/quote]
[div]As for the Deck itself, it functions in a similar way to how Flamvell decks operated in 2010, but now with Xyz Monsters as a backup plan and a bunch of “hand traps” like [maxx] and [veiler] that can support the Deck and help Summon [bls]. [trag] and [gorz] and [tkr] are also useful.

The main play is generally to Summon [firedog] and defeat something in battle, which allows Ben-Abbes to Summon [fmag] from his Deck. With a Tuner and non-Tuner, both level 4, he can Summon either [sdd], [scrap d], [colossal] or Xyz Monsters like [39] and [maestro]. That gives him a lot of options, and [rekindling] can bring back all his used Flamvells for more Extra Deck Summons. The rest of the Deck contains standard Spells and Traps like [sj], [warning], [bth] etc..

Many Duelists tend to think that this is the “era of the Xyz Monster” and Synchro Monsters have had their time in the spotlight already. Decks like this prove that white-framed monsters are still a force to be reckoned with in the current environment.[/div]

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