Finals: Michel Grüner (GER) vs. Sami Sekkoum (UK)

[p][b]IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS![/b] After leaving more than 570 Duelists behind them, Germany’s Michel Grüner and the UK’s very own Sami Sekkoum were sitting across each other, fighting for the title of European Champion! Who would gain the upper hand? Grüner’s Tengu Plants or Sekkoum’s Gravekeepers? Just a few more minutes and we know who’s gonna be your European Champion 2011!
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Both players took their time shuffling the Decks. Grüner won the die roll and opted to go first!
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Could Michel Grüner add another title to his impressive resume?

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He took quite some time considering his opening move and [ns]ed [tengu]. That concluded his turn.
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Sekkoum drew into his sixth card, Set a Monster and 3 Spell or Trap Cards and passed right back.
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Grüner was up on 6 cards in his hand once more; he [ns]ed [spore] which hit the field. Both his monsters were Tuned to [tghl] – it didn’t take him long to decide which Synchro Monster to bring out! Another [tengu] hit the field and Sekkoum responded with [tt]. That destroyed both of Grüner’s monsters as well as Sekkoum’s [recruiter]. Sekkoum added [gk com] to his hand and Grüner revealed his Deck – he was not having another copy of [tengu] in it! He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Michel Grüner's T.G. Hyper Librarian was supposed to come back!
Michel Grüner's T.G. Hyper Librarian was supposed to come back!

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When Sekkoum discarded [gk com] to search his Deck for [necrov], Grüner Chained [coth], returning [tghl] to the field. Sekkoum [ns]ed [gale] and attacked over the Synchro Monster after halfing its ATK!
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Play was back to Grüner, who [ns]ed [tengu] and declared an attack. It ended in [prison] and Grüner passed.
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Sekkoum activated [stele] to return [gk com] and [recruiter] to his hand. [gale] attacked directly and Grüner considered a response. He [ss]ed [gorz] after giving it some thought. [hole] in [mp] 2 wiped the field, [gk des] came down and Sekkoum was done with his turn.
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Grüner tried to protect his Life Poins with a Set Monster!
Grüner tried to protect his Life Poins with a Set Monster!

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Grüner only Set a monster.
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Sekkoum [ns]ed [recruiter], Tributing it for [gk des]'[s] effect. Grüner showed his [sangan]. That meant both players would get to search their decks with Sekkoum adding another [recruiter] to his hand and Grüner finding [lfb]. [gk des] attacked directly, leaving Grüner with 4600 Life Points remaining.
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In his following turn, the former YCS Winner activated [trunade]. He [ns]ed [lfb], Tributing it for its own effect. He found himself another [lfb], Tributing that too and again thinking about what to get. Sekkoum complained about Grüner’s pace. The German explained he was tired and Sekkoum suggested: “[dandy]?”[br]
“Why should I take [dandy]?”, Grüner asked, seemingly shocked. He brought out [bulb]. He then Tributed it to activate [econ], gaining control over [gk des]. [spore] came back with its own effect, removing [lfb] from Grüner’s Graveyard. He Tuned both monsters to [scrap dragon], attacked directly and play was back to Sekkoum.
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Ever since Scrap Dragon hit the field, the Duel seemed to turn in Grüner's favor!
Ever since Scrap Dragon hit the field, the Duel seemed to turn in Grüner's favor!

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Sekkoum Set a card to each zone and added [necrov] to his field for good reason.
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Grüner [ns]ed [tour] and opted to use its effect. That got him a second copy of the Fiend. He destroyed the newly Summoned [tour] to destroy the Set [prison] on Sekkoum’s side of the field. An attack with [scrap dragon] followed, destroying [recruiter]. Sekkoum first picked [gk ass], but then changed his mind and opted to add [recruiter] to his hand.[br]
Grüner claimed that Sekkoum already selected his target. A judge ruled that Grüner was right, so [gk ass] was added to Sekkoum’s hand, who not felt like appealing. [tour] attacked directly, Grüner Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[gk ass] was [ns]ed. It declared an attack into [tour] and Grüner considered his response. Sekkoum opted not to use the effect of [gk ass] and it destroyed [tour] in battle. Back to Grüner!
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Scrap Dragon was taking the Gravekeepers apart, 1 by 1!
Scrap Dragon was taking the Gravekeepers apart, 1 by 1!

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[scrap dragon] was sent into [gk ass], destroying it. Grüner Set a second Spell or Trap.
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[duality] from Sekkoum got him [mf]. He Set a card to each zone and passed.
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Grüner drew into his second card. He checked the Life Poins again; Sekkoum was on 3400. He brought back [bulb], sending [poa] from the top of his Deck to the Graveyard. He used [scrap dragon]'[s] effect, destroying [bulb] to get rid of [necrov].[br]
That cleared the way for [reborn], which got Grüner back [gorz]. He [ns]ed [veiler] and Tuned both of his monsters to [sdd]. [scrap dragon] then attacked, but Sekkoum flipped [mf]. Grüner Chained [sdd]'[s] effect, Tributing it, so the attack concluded and [spy] got Sekkoum [recruiter] from his Deck.[br]
[sdd] returned to the field during the End Phase and Grüner passed – it was an intense Duel!
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Sekkoum drew for his turn, but saw no way to make a comeback in this Duel!
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Grüner's opening hand in the first Duel - Royal Tribute would have meant an instant win for Sekkoum!
Grüner's opening hand in the first Duel - Royal Tribute would have meant an instant win for Sekkoum!

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Michel Grüner is only 1 win away from becoming the European Champion 2011!

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Both players immediately started to proceed with Side Decking. Sekkoum asked Grüner to not take too much time, he would like to finish the Match in the regular time and not have it decided by the Time Out procedure. Ironically, Grüner was finished first, asking Sekkoum if he felt like counting the Side Deck.
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Sami Sekkoum had to step up his game to become European Champion!

Sami Sekkoum had to step up his game to become European Champion!

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Both players exchanged some pleasentries during shuffling. Sekkoum opted to kick things off in the second Duel and he did so with a Set monster, he also Set a card, discarded [gk com] to search his Deck for [necrov] before activating it and playing [r trib]! Grüner only lost [lfb], however, so this Duel was far from being over!
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Grüner Set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps.
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Sekkoum [fs]ed [spy] and Grüner responded with [warning]. Sekkoum hat [sj], though, forcing through the effect. He searched his Deck for [recruiter] and proceeded with the Battle Phase. [recruiter] destroyed [sangan] and Grüner searched his Deck for [debris]. [spy] attacked directly, so Grüner was left with 4300 Life Points. Sekkoum Set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Grüner.
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Ever seen a Dragon handicapped by Necrovalley?
Ever seen a Dragon handicapped by Necrovalley?

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[debris] was [ns]ed, but its effect couldn’t be used. [mind] secured Grüner control over [recruiter], he Tuned both his monsters to [afd] and destroyed [necrov]. He attacked over [spy] with the Synchro Monster, Set a second Spell or Trap and passed.
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Sekkoum Set a card to each zone and added [necrov].
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Grüner used the effect of [afd] again, gaining yet another 1000 Life Points, destroying the second copy of the Field Spell Card.
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Sekkoum drew into [7tools] – he revealed his only Set card: a second copy of the Counter Trap Card – and extended his hand!
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[b]Michel Grüner is your WCQ: European Championship 2011 Winner![/b]

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Michel Grüner found the perfect answer in [afd], while Sami Sekkoum didn’t draw into the cards he needed. Some spectators thought the Duel was already over when Sekkoum activated [r trib] turn 1, but Grüner proved them all wrong and came out winning the Match!
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