Final: Stefano Memoli (Wind-Up) vs. Michail Paraschos (Chaos Dragon)

[p]You know I love to write this every single time, but well, it’s always true: [b]IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS![/b]
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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!
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Memoli was playing Wind-Up while Paraschos was the only remaining Chaos Dragon Duelist in the field.
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Memoli only rolled a 1, so Paraschos didn’t have a hard time beating the result and earning the right to go first.[/p]
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Michail Paraschos looked forward to his trip to Tokyo, but he wanted to fly there as EUROPEAN CHAMPION!
Michail Paraschos looked forward to his trip to Tokyo, but he wanted to fly there as EUROPEAN CHAMPION!

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[recharge] with [ryko] kicked things off. He [ns]ed [lyla] and ended, milling another 3 cards to his Graveyard. Among them [dfd]. He also lost [hole] when he activated [recharge].
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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.
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Paraschos wanted to enter his [mp] and that’s when Memoli discarded [maxx]. [lyla] attacked directly, play proceeded with [mp] 2 and Paraschos Set a monster. 3 more cards from his Deck were sent to his Graveyard.
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Paraschos didn't mind more of his cards getting sent to the Graveyard!
Paraschos didn't mind more of his cards getting sent to the Graveyard!

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Memoli used [mind] on Paraschos face-down monster. He [fs]ed [ryko], sending [maxx], [warning] and [bth] to his [grave] and destroying [lyla]. [tgu] followed and Paraschos had to consider his response. He decided to discard [veiler]. [tgu] attacked directly and that concluded the turn, so [ryko] switched sides again.
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“You’re at 6300, right?”, Paraschos asked. Would he be able to make a big play and aim for the win? He activated [allure], searching for the right cards. He checked the contents of his Graveyard and banished [redmd] after some consideration. [/p][nbsp]
The field descended into CHAOS!
The field descended into CHAOS!

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[lyla] and [tgu] were banished so [sorcerer] would hit the field. [sorcerer] and [ryko] left the Graveyard and [bls] came down! The crowd went wild. Paraschos wanted to enter the Battle Phase, but Memoli used [veiler] on [bls] to make sure it could only attack once. That allowed Memoli to draw another card!
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He had [w mag] and when [w shark] followed, Paraschos discarded [maxx]!
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Paraschos found Maxx "C" to make sure he wouldn't fall behind!
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Memoli activated the effect of [w shark] and he started searching his Deck for [w mag]'[s] effect. This got him a second [w mag], which then gave him another [w shark]. Paraschos drew 2 cards off his [maxx]. Both [w shark] were used to Xyz Summon [tiras] and both [w mag] were then used to Xyz Summon [maestro]. More cards for Paraschos, he was now up on 7.
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[tiras] was supposed to attack, but [veiler] from Paraschos before Memoli could enter the Battle Phase would throw a huge obstacle in his way. Therefore, Memoli activated [poa], looking for different answers. He then attacked with [maestro] over the [sorcerer] he flipped face-down earlier and [tiras] attacked over the face-up [def] [ryko].
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Memoli did what he could, but Veiler foiled another plan!
Memoli did what he could, but Veiler foiled another plan!

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Memoli discarded [maxx] again. Paraschos [ss]ed [lpd] anyway. [dad] followed! It’s effect allowed Paraschos to destroy [maestro] and he then proceeded with the Battle Phase, declaring an attack with [bls] into [tiras]. Memoli went for his Side Deck.
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Michail Paraschos takes the lead!

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This Duel seemed to come down to who had more copies of [maxx]. 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.
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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.
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Stefano Memoli now had to win 2 Duels in a row!
Stefano Memoli now had to win 2 Duels in a row!

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Memoli’s opening hand featured no [maxx]. He Set [sangan] and passed. He was holding on to [tgu] and 2 [w mag].
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[lyla] came down on Paraschos’ opening turn. It attacked into [sangan] and Memoli added [w shark] to his hand. During the End Phase , another [lyla], [trooper] and [eclipse] were sent to Paraschos Graveyard and he banished [dad] for the effect of the latter.
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Memoli started stacking cards, while Paraschos discarded one freely: Maxx "C"!
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[w mag] came down and Memoli followed it up with [w shark]. Paraschos had the perfect response: [maxx]. Both monsters were used to summon [maestro], it attacked over [lyla], Memoli Set 2 and he passed. He had 3 more cards in hand.
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Now with 7 cards, Paraschos [ns]ed [tgu]. 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]. Yep, that little monster was working overtime this match! Paraschos ended and he had to discard [redmd]
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Rule #1 in this match: Always have a Maxx "C" handy!
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[maestro] attacked over [tgu] and [w rabbit], which had been [ns]ed just a second earlier, followed. Paraschos had 4900 Life Points remaining.
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Paraschos’ [mst] destroyed [prison]. Another [tgu] followed and its effect got Paraschos a second copy. [soul taker] was activated, targeting [w rabbit]. Memoli opted to lose it in exchange for 1000 Life Points. Paraschos Xyz Summoned [temtempo], he activated its effect, detaching [w shark] from [maestro], he attacked and that cause [maestro] to lose another Material. Paraschos ended his turn.
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Memoli wanted to fight back, but this time it was Effect Veiler that gave him a hard time!
Memoli wanted to fight back, but this time it was Effect Veiler that gave him a hard time!

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Memoli [ns]ed [tgu], but Paraschos discarded [veiler]! That meant the Italian Duelist wouldn’t get to add another Fiend to his side of the field. [maestro] was switched to [def] and that concluded the turn.
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Paraschos [ns]ed [trooper]. He used the effect and lost [veiler], [lpd] and [dfd]. He attacked with [temtempo] over [tgu], taking the Fiend down and reducing Memoli’s Life Points to 7400.
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Memoli was patiently waiting for his opening. He activated [df], most likely providing him with an opportunity to finally unleash his combo! [w mag] came down and Memoli added [w shark] from his hand. He searched his Deck for [w hun]. [w mag] was Tributed and this cost Paraschos [redmd]. An Xyz Summon followed, [w maity] hit the field, this got Memoli [w rat], he then got back [w hun], he Tributed [w maity] and he hit [maxx] this time. Another repetition resulted in Paraschos losing his last card in hand: [hole]. That meant he was basically all out of outs for what was to come![br]
Memoli checked Paraschos’s Graveyard before he went for the Xyz Summon of the third [w maity]. Once again, [w rat] came out of his Deck, he used it to return [w shark], both were then used to Xyz Summon [muzu] and it used its effect to strip [temtempo] of a material. Attacks followed, leaving Paraschos with no field and no hand!
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Paraschos ripped Darkflare Dragon from the top of his Deck!
Paraschos ripped Darkflare Dragon from the top of his Deck!

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Paraschos drew into [dfd] and he [ss]ed it to the field. Memoli activated [tt] as he would struggle to overcome the monster!
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The following turn, he [ns]ed [w rabbit] and attacked. He Set a Spell or Trap.
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Paraschos didn’t draw into an answer and started shuffling up his cards for the deciding game!
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Stefano Memoli ties the score!

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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.
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Paraschos wanted to kick things off the final game. Memoli waited patiently for his chance. Or at least he wanted to, but when Paraschos [ns]ed [tgu], Memoli discarded [veiler]!
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Once again, Monsters that were freely discarded made all the difference!
Once again, Monsters that were freely discarded made all the difference!

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Paraschos Set 4 Spells or Traps and ended. An interesting way to avoid getting “looped” and losing your hand.
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Memoli [ns]ed [sangan] and he attacked into [tgu]. He searched his Deck for [w mag]. He Set 2 Spells or Traps, activated [df] and ended.
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Paraschos Set a monster and passed.
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Memoli [ns]ed [w mag] and [w shark] followed. The crowd went wild, predicting what would follow next. Another [w mag] hit the field as well as another [w shark]. So far no response from Paraschos. [w maioh] made an appearance and it destroyed [ryko] and [storm]!!! Memoli followed it up with [maestro] and he attacked directly.
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Memoli stepped on the gas big time!
Memoli stepped on the gas big time!

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[soul taker] on [w maioh] was met with [sj]. 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 [mst] to destroy [warning], he [ns]ed [sangan] and flipped [reborn], targeting Memoli’s [sangan]. Both were then used to Xyz Summon [temtempo], he used its effect, targeting [maestro] 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.
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Memoli sacrificed his monster willingly so he could activate Pot of Avarice!
Memoli sacrificed his monster willingly so he could activate Pot of Avarice!

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Memoli declared an attack with [w maioh]. Paraschos used the effect of [temtempo] to make sure his monster would stay on the field. Memoli wanted just that as this gave him the opportunity to activate [poa] in his [mp] 2![br]
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 [w rat] came out. It brought back [w shark], which allowed Memoli to Xyz Summon the first [w maity] of this game. [w mag] was [ss]ed from his Deck, he added [w shark] from his hand, [w mag] got him yet another [w shark] and both were then used to Xyz Summon [adreus]. This finally cleared the way for Memoli as he got rid of [temtempo].
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Memoli seemed to have this one in the bag!
Memoli seemed to have this one in the bag!

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Paraschos only Set a monster.
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Memoli seemed to have this. He activated [w maity]'[s] effect, [ss]ing [w hun] 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.
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Stefano Memoli is your new European Champion!

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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!
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We can expect a strong showing from these elite Duelists at the World Championship, so give it up for Team Europe!
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