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Finals: Federico Zoppini (Mermails) vs. Jack Bruun (Dino Rabbit)

02.12.2012 | 18:28 |

[p]Only 2 remained where 818 tried: Jack Bruun from Sweden and Federico Zoppini from Italy! Both players were able to overcome some of Europe’s strongest contenders, even though they chose rather different paths. Zoppini showed the opposition who’s boss with his Mermail Deck while Bruun brought one of the “oldies” to the table: Dino Rabbits![/p][p]
It’s Sweden vs. Italy, Dino Rabbit vs. Mermail and established vs. new! It couldn’t get much more exciting! And with that, I present you the finals of the YCS Barcelona!
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Bruun came close before, not having to admit defeat until the finals in Toulouse where Peter Groß started his impressive streak of 2 YCS victories in a row. Could he go all the way today? He rolled a 6, Zoppini couldn’t quite match it with a 4 and that meant Bruun was allowed to go first!
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Jack Bruun came close before, could he go all the way today?!

Jack Bruun came close before, could he go all the way today?!


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Bruun kicked things off, setting 2 spells or traps.
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Zoppini drew and Bruun activated [macro] during his Draw Phase.
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Zoppini set a spell or trap, he [ns]ed [diva] and that got him [amark]. Bruun simply flipped [tt], to banish both monsters. So far, so good.
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Bruun added a set spell or trap.
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A SECOND Torrential for Bruun left Zoppini in shock!

A SECOND Torrential for Bruun left Zoppini in shock!


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Zoppini tried again with a second [diva]. Bruun flipped a second [tt]! [b]The crowd went wild for the first time![/b]
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Yet another set spell or trap for Bruun. A third (!) [diva] from Zoppini. Wow! Italian cheers in the audience.[br]
This time, [amark] stuck and the following attack left Bruun on 6600 Life Points. This allowed Zoppini to [ss] [adrag] to the field, which meant Bruun would fall to 4600 Life Points. In [mp] 2, Zoppini [synch]ed [dewloren], but Bruun had a [bth] for it.
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Finally, Bruun found a monster. He set a card to each zone and ended.
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Finally, Bruun found a monster!

Finally, Bruun found a monster!


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Zoppini [ns]ed [adrag]. He followed it up with [mind] on Bruun’s set monster. He attacked, but Bruun flipped [fiendish] to stop [amark]. [adrag] dealt damage, leaving Bruun on 2800. Zoppini hadn’t taken any damage in return so far.[br]
Zoppini [fs]ed [night]. He then overlaid his monsters for [zenmaines], he set a spell or trap and ended.
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[hole] from Bruun. Zoppini announced “no response” and that’s when Bruun chained [bom] from his hand to make sure [zenmaines] would also leave the field. Bruun set 2 more spells or traps and he ended.
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Now Zoppini tried with Abysslinde!

Now Zoppini tried with Abysslinde!


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Zoppini now found [linde]. He attacked with it into [kabaz]. Zoppini then flipped [sphere], [ss]ing [megalo]. It attacked over [kabaz].
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Bruun drew and set a Spell or Trap Card.
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[linde] attacked directly. Back to Bruun.
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[tgu] from the top! “Finally, a monster!”[br]
Zoppini had no response, allowing Bruun to search his Deck for a second copy of the Fiend. He then used both to [xyz] [zenmaines] and Zoppini responded with [tt]. Bruun flipped [lance], so he would keep [zenmaines] AND both materials! No attack and it was Zoppini’s turn. He didn’t perform any actions.
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The following turn, Bruun only set a spell or trap and he switched his Xyz Monster to [def]. Nothing happened the following 2 turns.
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Let's go, Zenmaines!

Let's go, Zenmaines!


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Zoppini set a monster and Bruun attacked with [zenmaines] over it the following turn. It was [maxx].
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Back to Zoppini, who now [ns]ed [genex controller]. He attacked over [zenmaines], he took 100 points of damage and that allowed him to [ss] [trag] to the field. Bruun had a [fiendish] for it.
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He attacked over it the following turn, set a spell or trap and ended. Zoppini passed without performing any actions. Bruun only switched [zenmaines] to [def]. Bruun only set a monster.
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“Where are my monsters?” Bruun asked in disbelief. The Deck answered his call (for once) and [guaiba] from the top seemed like a strong answer! He attacked over the set [genex controller], [ss]ed a second copy and that meant he would be allowed to [xyz] [laggia] in [mp] 2.
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Could Dark Hole still turn this around? Not with Laggia on the field!

Could Dark Hole still turn this around? Not with Laggia on the field!


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Zoppini tried to fight back with [hole], but [laggia] negated it. He set 2, Bruun activated [mst] and he rolled a die, hitting [mf]!
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The following turn, another [mst] destroyed the set [poa]. Bruun set a card to each zone.
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Zoppini only set a monster.
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Bruun’s [laggia] attacked over [undine]. He didn’t attack directly with [zenmaines] and switched it to [def] in [mp] 2.
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Zoppini only set a monster again.
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Bruun [fs]ed a Dino. He [ns]ed another one – [laggia]! He attacked over the set [undine] and considered attacking to reduce Zoppini’s Life Points (4900). [zenmaines] went in. No response from Zoppini. The second [laggia] didn’t attack.
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Zoppini drew and then went for his Side Deck!
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Jack Bruun turns the first Duel around!

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For a very long time, it didn’t seem like Jack Bruun could ever get his feet on the ground in the first game. While the defense of his Deck was working pretty much as expecting, his offense was lacking the help of some monsters. When they finally started to appear, Bruun started to gain some ground.
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He knew that there was little Zoppini could do once his lock with [macro] and a strong monster like [zenmaines] was applied. That’s why he continued to play conservatively, not risking a [gorz] from his opponent. In the end, he was rewarded for his patient playing style with the win in the first Duel!
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Could Zoppini come back in the finals?!

Could Zoppini come back in the finals?!


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This time, it would be Zoppini who was allowed to go first. He tried to calm down after his emotions got the better of him at the end of the first game, thought a little longer about his opening move and eventually opted to pass the turn without performing any actions.
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Bruun took the invitation and showed [rabbit]. This got him 2 [saurus], he used them to [ss] [laggia] and he went on and set 3 spells or traps, not attacking.
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[macro] got flipped during Zoppini’s Draw Phase. [hole] got negated by [laggia]. [storm] then cleared Bruun’s back row! A great series of plays![br]
[megalo] and before I could even attempt and take a picture, Bruun shuffled up his cards! The noise of the players watching the event on the big screen drowned all the attempts of telling the players to just give me a second…
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Zoppini equals the score!

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Bruun seemed nonplussed. “That was a quick game…” I agreed and pointed out that I don’t mind taking pictures. Bruun responded: “The same thing happened against Peter” indicating that he’s rather used to this. Let’s see how this goes in the last game.
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It seemed like only Bruun was playing!

It seemed like only Bruun was playing!


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It couldn’t get much better than this. Bruun found [rabbit] in his opening 6, he then went on and [ss]ed [laggia] and 5 face-downs followed!
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[macro] during Zoppini’s Draw Phase. A “Dark Hole! Dark Hole! Dark Hole!” chant from the crowd got unanswered, with Zoppini only setting [tt]. It got destroyed by [mst].
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Once again, Bruun played conservatively, not attacking, but only setting another spell or trap.
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[hole] from Zoppini got answered with [lance]. Zoppini then ended again and Bruun only added another face-down spell or trap.
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The Italian Duelist set a monster.
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Bruun attacked with [laggia] over [genex controller].
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Zoppini mirrored his past move and Bruun attacked over [undine] the next turn. Another monster from Zoppini and this time, Bruun didn’t attack. He added a set monster instead.
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Zoppini [fs]ed [pike], which was fine with Bruun, and he followed it up with [genex controller]. The Swedish player had to think for a bit about the second summon. It seemed to him like [tt] with a chained [lance] on his [laggia] was the right response. Zoppini then ended.
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SUPER-RABBIT TO THE RESCUE!!!

SUPER-RABBIT TO THE RESCUE!!!


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Bruun now found his second [rabbit]! This allowed him to [ss] [dolkka]. Attacks with both Evolzars and suddenly, the clock was ticking for Zoppini and fast!
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Zoppini drew and slammed his fist on the table, only to extend the hand a split second later, admitting defeat in a very sportsmanlike manner.
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Jack Bruun is your YCS Barcelona Winner!

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What an amazing final! We had a thrilling first match, where Jack Bruun was already with his back against the wall after only a few turns, however, he finally found the right tools (= monsters) to turn it around step by step and come out victorious!
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Zoppini fought back, unleashing the devastating combos of the Mermails in the second game on only his second turn!
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Even though it seemed like Zoppini now had the momentum, Bruun kept his calm, again relying on his very conservative playing style, until his Deck provided him with some more juice. That’s when he stepped on the gas again, not giving Zoppini any chance to turn the game around again!
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