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Dragon Duel Finals: Alessandro vs. Erik

08.07.2012 | 12:03 |

[p][b]It all came down to this![/b] 45 Dragon Duelists showed up this weekend, all willing to go all the way and become the new European Dragon Duel Champion! After 5 rounds of Swiss yesterday, we narrowed the field down to the final 8, who had to go head to head in the knock out portion of the tournament today. We’re now down to two: Erik from Germany and Alessandro from Italy, both running Dino Rabbit Decks. Who will become the new Champion? We’ll know in just a few minutes!
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Alessandro won the die roll and opted to go first.
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Alessandro's opening turn in the last Match of the Day!

Alessandro's opening turn in the last Match of the Day!


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He kicked things off in spectacular fashion, using [rabbit], searching his Deck for 2 copies of [kabaz], he used them to bring out [laggia], he Set 3 Spells or Traps and ended.
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Erik Set 2 back row cards, but [fiendish] was taken down by [mst].
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Alessandro [ns]ed [tgu], but [veiler] negated its effect. Attacks followed and play was back to Erik. He used [mst] during the End Phase, but Alessandro used [laggia]'[s] effect to make sure he would keep the card.
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Erik attacked with [kabaz] over [tgu] and he Set a Spell or Trap.
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Alessandro [ns]ed [kabaz], but [bth] banished it. [laggia] attacked over [kabaz].
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Now it was time for Erik to make some use of Rescue Rabbit!

Now it was time for Erik to make some use of Rescue Rabbit!


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It was Erik’s turn to [ns] [rabbit]. Both his Normal Monsters were swallowed up by [bth]. He had to pass the turn.
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Alessandro added yet another heavy hitter to his side of the field and that meant he had enough damage to claim the win!
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Alessandro is only 1 win away from becoming the new European Dragon Duel Champion!

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Erik’s mood didn’t seem to be too bad considering the circumstances. For him, it was more about flying to Tokyo than becoming the champion. Mind you, he still had a chance and it seemed like he knew exactly what to bring in from his Side Deck, so lt’s see if he could turn the tide!
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He opened the second Duel with [rai oh] in front of a face-down Spell or Trap.
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Alessandro's opening hand in the second game!

Alessandro's opening hand in the second game!


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Alessandro considered his opening a bit, but he bravely [ns]ed [sangan]. Erik used [warning] to get rid of it. Alessandro activated [hole], then used [reborn] on [rai oh] and he attacked directly. Erik found [gorz], a great answer!
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The following turn, Erik added [rabbit]. Alessandro had [veiler]. Erik attacked with [gorz] over his own [rai oh], an attack with [rabbit] followed and then the token went in. He Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Alessandro tried to get rid of [rabbit] with [kabaz], but its attack ended in [prison].
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This time it was Erik who was able to claim the win in no time!

This time it was Erik who was able to claim the win in no time!


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When Erik tried to use [rabbit]'[s] effect again, Alessandro knew it was over and he went for his Side Deck.
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Erik equals the score!

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I wasn’t sure those Duelists could step up their gas even more, but after the first game that only took 3 minutes, they managed to finish the second game in just 2! Let’s see if they could do it in 1…
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Alessandro had the all-important [rabbit] for his opening, but Erik responded with [maxx]! 2 [kabaz] came out, Erik drew a card, an Xyz Summon followed for [laggia] and Erik drew again. Alessandro Set 2 Spells or Traps and ended.
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Erik Set a monster together with 2 Spells or Traps of his own.
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Play was back to Alessandro, who [ns]ed [saurus] and he attacked with [laggia] into [sangan]. This got Erik [rabbit] from his Deck. [saurus] attacked directly, leaving Erik on 6100 Life Points. Alessandro Set a Spell or Trap and ended, but that’s when Erik flipped 2 (!) [mst]'[s], destroying 2 [warning][s]!
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The following turn, he used [rabbit] to [ss] 2 [saurus]. [bth] was Alessandro’s response, but Erik had [lance] to save 1 of his [saurus]!
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Erik simply used Alessandro's monsters to make sure he would also get to Xyz Summon!

Erik simply used Alessandro's monsters to make sure he would also get to Xyz Summon!


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[mind] followed, which gave him control over Alessandro’s Normal Monster. He went for [pearl], but [laggia] negated the summon. Erik Set a Spell or Trap and ended his turn.
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[laggia] attacked directly. Alessandro Set a monster and passed.
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Erik now found [tgu], which got him a second copy from his Deck. He used both to Xyz Summon [leviair], which he then used to bring back [rabbit]. It left the field right away again so Erik could [ss] 2 [kabaz]. Both were then used to [ss] [utopia] and the Xyz Monster attacked over [laggia]. [leviair]'[s] attack ended in [penguin], which meant that there were no monsters left on the field!
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The [ns] of [kabaz] on Alessandro’s following turn got negated by [sj]. The Italian Duelist Set a Spell or Trap.
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Erik Set a monster.
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Alessandro Set another Spell or Trap. Erik Set another monster. Alessandro didn’t perform any actions.
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Did Erik turn the game around?!

Did Erik turn the game around?!


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Erik [fs]ed [rabbit]. He [ns]ed [veiler]. Both monsters were tuned to [catastor]. He passed.
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Alessandro had [hole], followed it up with [tgu] and this got him [sangan]. He went on Xyz Summoning [leviair], but he didn’t have to go any further as Erik offered the handshake at this point!
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Alessandro is your new European Dragon Duel Champion!

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Wow, what a match! It seemed like Erik came back twice in the last Duel of the day, however, Alessandro had all the answers he needed – [penguin] and [hole].
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Congratulations to Erik for making it all the way to the finals and earning his spot in the very first Dragon Duel World Championship and congratulations to Alessandro for becoming the European Dragon Duel Champion, who will also fly to Worlds!
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