Final: Stefano Memoli (Wind-Up) vs. Michail Paraschos (Chaos Dragon)
08.07.2012 | 19:12
You know I love to write this every single time, but well, it's always true: IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS!
Milan's very own Stefano Memoli has been to the World Championship before; he accompanied Dario Longo when he made the trip to Tokyo. If he would win, this time would certainly be different, after all, there's nothing like playing in the World Championship. That's most likely what's been going on in Michaeil Paraschos' head as well and you could tell he wanted to win this match badly!
Memoli was playing Wind-Up while Paraschos was the only remaining Chaos Dragon Duelist in the field.
Memoli only rolled a 1, so Paraschos didn't have a hard time beating the result and earning the right to go first.
Solar Recharge with Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter kicked things off. He Normal Summoned Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress and ended, milling another 3 cards to his Graveyard. Among them Darkflare Dragon. He also lost Dark Hole when he activated Solar Recharge.
It was Memoli's first turn. He took a while to figure out the ideal play and he eventually decided to just pass the turn.
Paraschos wanted to enter his Main Phase and that's when Memoli discarded Maxx "C". Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress attacked directly, play proceeded with Main Phase 2 and Paraschos Set a monster. 3 more cards from his Deck were sent to his Graveyard.
Memoli used Mind Control on Paraschos face-down monster. He Flip Summoned Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, sending Maxx "C", Solemn Warning and Bottomless Trap Hole to his Graveyard and destroying Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress. Tour Guide From the Underworld followed and Paraschos had to consider his response. He decided to discard Effect Veiler. Tour Guide From the Underworld attacked directly and that concluded the turn, so Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter switched sides again.
"You're at 6300, right?", Paraschos asked. Would he be able to make a big play and aim for the win? He activated Allure of Darkness, searching for the right cards. He checked the contents of his Graveyard and banished Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon after some consideration.
Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress and Tour Guide From the Underworld were banished so Chaos Sorcerer would hit the field. Chaos Sorcerer and Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter left the Graveyard and Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning came down! The crowd went wild. Paraschos wanted to enter the Battle Phase, but Memoli used Effect Veiler on Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning to make sure it could only attack once. That allowed Memoli to draw another card!
Memoli activated the effect of Wind-Up Shark and he started searching his Deck for Wind-Up Magician's effect. This got him a second Wind-Up Magician, which then gave him another Wind-Up Shark. Paraschos drew 2 cards off his Maxx "C". Both Wind-Up Shark were used to Xyz Summon Tiras, Keeper of Genesis and both Wind-Up Magician were then used to Xyz Summon Maestroke the Symphony Djinn. More cards for Paraschos, he was now up on 7.
Tiras, Keeper of Genesis was supposed to attack, but Effect Veiler from Paraschos before Memoli could enter the Battle Phase would throw a huge obstacle in his way. Therefore, Memoli activated Pot of Avarice, looking for different answers. He then attacked with Maestroke the Symphony Djinn over the Chaos Sorcerer he flipped face-down earlier and Tiras, Keeper of Genesis attacked over the face-up Defense Position Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter.
Memoli discarded Maxx "C" again. Paraschos Special Summoned Lightpulsar Dragon anyway. Dark Armed Dragon followed! It's effect allowed Paraschos to destroy Maestroke the Symphony Djinn and he then proceeded with the Battle Phase, declaring an attack with Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning into Tiras, Keeper of Genesis. Memoli went for his Side Deck.
Michail Paraschos takes the lead!
This Duel seemed to come down to who had more copies of Maxx "C". The little monster was providing both Duelists with a stream of new cards, giving them both the opportunity to unleash their strongest combos on the following turns – that is, if they ever saw them. This time it was Stefano Memoli who ended up one turn short, while Michail Paraschos didn't fear his opponent drawing into cards that might still turn it around.
The second game, Stefano Memoli would be allowed to go first, which might give him a crucial edge and help him to overcome Paraschos' Dragons.
Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress came down on Paraschos' opening turn. It attacked into Sangan and Memoli added Wind-Up Shark to his hand. During the End Phase , another Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, Card Trooper and Eclipse Wyvern were sent to Paraschos Graveyard and he banished Dark Armed Dragon for the effect of the latter.
Wind-Up Magician came down and Memoli followed it up with Wind-Up Shark. Paraschos had the perfect response: Maxx "C". Both monsters were used to Summon Maestroke the Symphony Djinn, it attacked over Lyla, Lightsworn Sorceress, Memoli Set 2 and he passed. He had 3 more cards in hand.
Now with 7 cards, Paraschos Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld. He added Sangan to his side of the field, attacked with Sangan and Memoli had to consider his response. It worked, which meant Paraschos would fall to 7100, but he could search his Deck for Maxx "C". Yep, that little monster was working overtime this match! Paraschos ended and he had to discard Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon
Paraschos' Mystical Space Typhoon destroyed Dimensional Prison. Another Tour Guide From the Underworld followed and its effect got Paraschos a second copy. Soul Taker was activated, targeting Wind-Up Rabbit. Memoli opted to lose it in exchange for 1000 Life Points. Paraschos Xyz Summoned Temtempo the Percussion Djinn, he activated its effect, detaching Wind-Up Shark from Maestroke the Symphony Djinn, he attacked and that cause Maestroke the Symphony Djinn to lose another Material. Paraschos ended his turn.
Memoli Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld, but Paraschos discarded Effect Veiler! That meant the Italian Duelist wouldn't get to add another Fiend to his side of the field. Maestroke the Symphony Djinn was switched to Defense Position and that concluded the turn.
Paraschos Normal Summoned Card Trooper. He used the effect and lost Effect Veiler, Lightpulsar Dragon and Darkflare Dragon. He attacked with Temtempo the Percussion Djinn over Tour Guide From the Underworld, taking the Fiend down and reducing Memoli's Life Points to 7400.
Memoli was patiently waiting for his opening. He activated Dimensional Fissure, most likely providing him with an opportunity to finally unleash his combo! Wind-Up Magician came down and Memoli added Wind-Up Shark from his hand. He searched his Deck for Wind-Up Hunter. Wind-Up Magician was Tributed and this cost Paraschos Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. An Xyz Summon followed, Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity hit the field, this got Memoli Wind-Up Rat, he then got back Wind-Up Hunter, he Tributed Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity and he hit Maxx "C" this time. Another repetition resulted in Paraschos losing his last card in hand: Dark Hole. That meant he was basically all out of outs for what was to come!
Memoli checked Paraschos's Graveyard before he went for the Xyz Summon of the third Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity. Once again, Wind-Up Rat came out of his Deck, he used it to return Wind-Up Shark, both were then used to Xyz Summon Muzurhythm the String Djinn and it used its effect to strip Temtempo the Percussion Djinn of a material. Attacks followed, leaving Paraschos with no field and no hand!
The following turn, he Normal Summoned Wind-Up Rabbit and attacked. He Set a Spell or Trap.
Paraschos didn't draw into an answer and started shuffling up his cards for the deciding game!
Stefano Memoli ties the score!
Wow, this match was intense! Just when it seemed like both players were stepping on the break, another flurry of Special Summons was started, causing cheers and screams from the crowd.
Paraschos wanted to kick things off the final game. Memoli waited patiently for his chance. Or at least he wanted to, but when Paraschos Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld, Memoli discarded Effect Veiler!
Paraschos Set 4 Spells or Traps and ended. An interesting way to avoid getting "looped" and losing your hand.
Paraschos Set a monster and passed.
Memoli Normal Summoned Wind-Up Magician and Wind-Up Shark followed. The crowd went wild, predicting what would follow next. Another Wind-Up Magician hit the field as well as another Wind-Up Shark. So far no response from Paraschos. Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh made an appearance and it destroyed Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter and Heavy Storm!!! Memoli followed it up with Maestroke the Symphony Djinn and he attacked directly.
Soul Taker on Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh was met with Solemn Judgment. The Italian fans roared. Paraschos seemed to run out of options with only 2 more cards in his hand. He checked his Set cards, activated Mystical Space Typhoon to destroy Solemn Warning, he Normal Summoned Sangan and flipped Monster Reborn, targeting Memoli's Sangan. Both were then used to Xyz Summon Temtempo the Percussion Djinn, he used its effect, targeting Maestroke the Symphony Djinn and an attack on the same monster followed, causing it to lose his last Xyz Material. Paraschos passed the turn. Both players were on 3600.
Memoli declared an attack with Wind-Up Arsenal Zenmaioh. Paraschos used the effect of Temtempo the Percussion Djinn to make sure his monster would stay on the field. Memoli wanted just that as this gave him the opportunity to activate Pot of Avarice in his Main Phase 2!
Memoli checked both Graveyards and thought for a while what he should do next. He shook his head, reached for Paraschos' Graveyard once again and then Wind-Up Rat came out. It brought back Wind-Up Shark, which allowed Memoli to Xyz Summon the first Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity of this game. Wind-Up Magician was Special Summoned from his Deck, he added Wind-Up Shark from his hand, Wind-Up Magician got him yet another Wind-Up Shark and both were then used to Xyz Summon Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon. This finally cleared the way for Memoli as he got rid of Temtempo the Percussion Djinn.
Paraschos only Set a monster.
Memoli seemed to have this. He activated Wind-Up Carrier Zenmaity's effect, Special Summoning Wind-Up Hunter from his Deck. It's effect discarded Paraschos' last card in hand and when Memoli announced that he would enter the Battle Phase, Paraschos extended the hand.
Stefano Memoli is your new European Champion!
Wow, what a final! Stefano Memoli had to beat the odds and win 2 games in a row after Michail Paraschos was able to find a way around his defenses in the first game. He waited patiently for his chance and made perfect use of his few options to take the game away, just like all his friends that were rooting for him in the crowd were hoping!
We can expect a strong showing from these elite Duelists at the World Championship, so give it up for Team Europe!