Final Feature Match: Rodrigo Togores vs. Stephan Sluis

18.07.2010 | 21:50 |

It all came down to this! After 14 rounds of Swiss and an additional 2 rounds in the knock out portion of the tournament, 2 Duelists were left out of the starting 183: Rodrigo Togores and Stephan Sluis.

Togores, probably Spain's most famous player, was playing Frog OTK, while Sluis relied on Frog Monarchs. Togores won the die roll and cheered, the first little victory in the most important Duel of the day!


Rodrigo Togores has piloted his version of the Frog OTK all the way to the finals!


He Summoned Substitoad and activated Card Destruction which filled his Graveyard with 2 Frogs, Ronintoadin and Salvage. He removed Des Frog to Special Summon Ronintoadin, then he went for the combo and filled his Graveyard with a huge number of Frogs.

He used the effect of Ronintoadin a few more times to end up with 2 copies of Poison Draw Frog on the field. Next, he used Ronintoadin to Special Summon 2 copies of Swap Frog, using their second effects to send both Poison Draw Frogs to the Graveyard, allowing him to draw into some fresh cards. He asked Sluis, who was playing Infernities, how many FTK's he was able to pull off in the tournament (0) and explained that he had around 4. He played Salvage, returning 2 copies of Poison Draw Frog to his hand. Next, he had One for One, brought out [fishborg blaster], brought one of his Swap Frog back to his hand, Summoned Poison Draw Frog thanks to the additional Normal Summon, Special Summoned Swap Frog and sent Poison Draw Frog back to the Graveyard, which let him draw another card. He revealed the card he had just drawn into: Mass Driver!


Rogores went for the loop and won the first match!


Sluis wanted to make sure that he was in fact defeated. Togores explained all the effects of the various frogs that allowed him to Special Summon them to the field over and over again, making it possible to Tribute them time and again for Mass Driver. He could do 25 or even 26 iterations of his combo, which was enough to win him the first Duel!


Rodrigo Togores is only 1 win away from becoming European Champion!


Togores was extremely confident at this point. He involved Sluis in friendly chatter over sidedecking and asked him about the options in his Side Deck. We learned that Sluis finished 17th in his respective Nationals and Togores made 5th. Then, we moved on with the 2nd Duel.


Stephan Sluis had to win the next 2 Duels to become European Champion


The first turn ever from Sluis in this match. He Set a card to each zone and passed.

Togores didn't seem to be that happy with his opening 6. He took some time to consider his options and decided to Special Summon Swap Frog, discarding Ronintoadin. He searched his Deck for Treeborn Frog and put it in his Graveyard. Next, he returned Swap Frog to his hand to Normal Summon Unifrog. He Special Summoned Swap Frog again, discarding Dupe Frog and searching his Deck for another Treeborn Frog. He had 2 cards left in his hand and entered the Battle Phase. Unifrog attacked directly and it's effect destroyed the Set Foolish Burial on Sluis' side of the field.

Sluis Summoned Infernity Beetle. He attacked Unifrog, dealing 800 damage and passed.


Wait a minute, did a Beetle just take out a Frog?!


Togores returned his Treeborn Frog. He brought out Substitoad next and Tributed Treeborn Frog, which allowed him to Special Summon Dupe Frog. He Summoned another Swap Frog, Summoned Ronintoadin, then brought Ronintoadin back with its own effect and Special Summoned another Dupe Frog from his Deck (thanks to the effect of Substitoad). He made the same move again, removing Unifrog this time and getting Flip Flop Frog. He activated Brain Control to gain control of Infernity Beetle and Tuned it together with Flip Flop Frog and Dupe Frog to Goyo Guardian. Togores brought back Ronintoadin, Tributed it and Special Summoned Des Frog this time. Goyo Guardian attacked and destroyed Infernity Necromancer and it was Special Summoned to Togores‘ side of the field. 3 attacks from frogs followed, dealing 3000 points of damage! Togores brought Dupe Frog back to his hand thanks to the effect of Swap Frog and passed his turn.


Togores wanted to prove that he could also win without going for the combo!


Sluis considered his options for a second. He Summoned Infernity Beetle, which Togores commented with: "More Synchros for me!", destroyed Swap Frog in battle and passed.

Play was back to Togores, who seemed to have a blast. He Normal Summoned Swap Frog and did some calculations. It seemed like he was ready to end this Duel! He Special Summoned another Swap Frog, entered his Battle Phase and declared an attack with Goyo Guardian. Sluis simply extended his hand!


Rodrigo Togores is European Champion 2010!


"Iniesta, Iniesta!", the other Spanish players shouted from the top of their lungs, referencing the matchwinner of the final of the FIFA World Cup. It seemed like Rodrigo Togores' win of the European Championship was just as important to them as the win of their football team!

Rodrigo Togores wasted no time, collected his belongings and mingled with the crowd, receiving congratulations from several Duelists!