Quarter Finals Mega Feature

While the final is usually the most important match of the day, most players will not feel that way today. The Quarter Finals decide who will be attending Worlds and represent Europe and who will have to drive home knowing that he came as close as humanly possible, but who couldn’t quite go all the way, running out of steam at the very last mile.

We didn’t want to focus on just one single match that was going on, so instead we were doing another Mega Feature! Here are all quarter finals in a gigantic feature match (apart from the one that you were hopefully watching on the Live Stream while it was underway).
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Peiris' Rescue Rabbit couldn't quite break through here...
Peiris' Rescue Rabbit couldn't quite break through here...

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On table 1, Eugen Heidt had an OK start with [undine] and 2 back row cards. Peiris tried to pull ahead with [rabbit], but [bts] made sure it wouldn’t be able to Tribute itself. He then set 3 back row cards.
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The Graveyard of Marcel Burri would soon match his Deck!
The Graveyard of Marcel Burri would soon match his Deck!

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Even though the match between Marcel Burri and Dominic Böhmer had started just a few seconds ago, Burri’s Graveyard was already close to matching the size of his Deck! Apparently the Lightsworn Deck was pulling all the stops just now and this was looking good for the Swiss Duelist!
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Peiris had found what he was looking for with Upstart!
Peiris had found what he was looking for with Upstart!

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Peiris had just found [ev mand] with the help of [upstart] and [ev helio] followed. He attacked over [undine], Heidt was left without a field, in [mp] 2, [ophion] hit play and Heidt let out a big sigh; he activated [bts] to make sure Peiris wouldn’t get to search his Deck.
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Marcel Burri summoned his boss monster: Judgment Dragon!
Marcel Burri summoned his boss monster: Judgment Dragon!

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I turned around again and now Burri’s Graveyard did in fact not just match his Graveyard, it was already larger! [jd] entered play and it wiped the field, [wyvern] followed, he was able to [ss] yet another Dragon and Böhmer started accessing his Side Deck.

[h2]Marcel Burri 1 – 0 Dominic Böhmer[/h2]

Two Ophions were certainly better than just one!
Two Ophions were certainly better than just one!

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Back to Peiris, who had just managed to add a second copy of [ophion]. This time he was allowed to search his Deck, he added 3 back row cards and he ended. This was looking horrible for Heidt who could only set a card to each zone.

He bought himself another turn with [lance], but he was left with just 750 Life Points. He didn’t find an answer on top of his Deck and that’s when both players shuffled up.

[h2]Piyal Peiris 1 – 0 Eugen Heidt[/h2]

Marcello Barberi had a good start in his match that started a little later!
Marcello Barberi had a good start in his match that started a little later!

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Maybe you were wondering why we haven’t mentioned the game between Marcello Barberi and Niccoló Mazzoleni thus far. The reason are our dedicated volunteers that did a Deck Check prior to the start of the match which put them a little behind when compared to the other players.
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Böhmer felt it was time to apply a bit more pressure!
Böhmer felt it was time to apply a bit more pressure!

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Böhmer had just shifted gears, inviting the first [ggx] to his party. He went on and [ss]ed a second copy, but Burri had [xyzu] to punish him for that, which meant that he would get to [ss] [ddknight]! What an excellent counter! Böhmer was shaking his head in frustration and he had to check his Extra Deck to try and find an answer.
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Mazzoleni proved all the doubters of the Spellbook archetype wrong!
Mazzoleni proved all the doubters of the Spellbook archetype wrong!

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Mazzoleni now had [priestess] on the field, he added [tgst] and 2 more back row cards. This was putting Barberri under a lot of pressure.
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Böhmer just got his second wind thanks to Soul Charge!
Böhmer just got his second wind thanks to Soul Charge!

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A [soul charge] allowed Böhmer to bring back 4 of his Geargia monsters and he simply unleashed a second flurry of Special Summons! After Burri had blocked the first big attempt of his opponent, he now seemed slightly annoyed that his great effort seemed to have been in vain, but he wasn’t defeated just yet. Böhmer [xyz]ed [101], but [ddknight] detached its Xyz Material to make sure it would stay on the field. So far, advantage Burri.
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Both players were low on cards, but Peiris was clearly ahead on the field!
Both players were low on cards, but Peiris was clearly ahead on the field!

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I went back to table 3 where Piyal Peiris was seemingly seeing in the driver’s seat in the second game. Heidt fought back with [a pike], however, and together with [a mark], it destroyed Peiris’ set [prison].

On his following turn, Heidt added [tidal] and [genex controller] to his field. Both were used to [synch] [leo]. It attacked [ev castor] and [a pike] followed, leaving Peiris with 5850 LP.

[ev thun] came back in the following Standby Phase and Peiris added [ev kery]. [bth] banished it, however. Peiris activated his last card in hand: [soul charge]. He brought back 2 copies of [ev castor].
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This was now looking really promising for Peiris!
This was now looking really promising for Peiris!

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Going back to the second table, the table Judge had to hand out a Warning to Barberri, who had earlier in the tournament already received a Warning for the same infraction. Therefore, the penalty got upgraded to a Game Loss! That was unfortunate for the Italian player, but he could still turn this match around!

[h2]Niccoló Mazzoleni 1 – 0 Marcelo Barberi[/h2]

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Barberi could still turn it round!

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On table 1, Böhmer was staring at [leo]. With 2 copies of [101] on the field already, it didn’t seem like he had too many outs against the big monster.
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Böhmer would not go down without putting up a fight!
Böhmer would not go down without putting up a fight!

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He found 2 Level 4 Geargia monsters, however, which allowed him to [xyz] [80].
“That’s game”, Burri admitted.

[h2]Marcel Burri 1 – 1 Dominic Böhmer[/h2]

I turned around and the match on table 3 had just concluded with both players shuffling already…

[h2]Eugen Heidt 1 – 1 Piyal Peiris[/h2]

[a sphere] proved to be the crucial card, Heidt explained. That was all the information we got since both players then focused on the game again.
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Certainly not the worst start for Barberi in the second game!
Certainly not the worst start for Barberi in the second game!

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Mazzoleni seemed to be having a hard time in the second game against Marcello Barberi. Mazzoleni found [justice], he added 2 back row cards and he would have been able to unleash quite a few combos if it weren’t for a well-timed [crow] from Barberi.

[a sphere] got countered by [sb fate]. Barberi was taking his time again, which cost him the first game already…
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The versatile Counter Trap Card Debunk was putting in some serious legwork for Peiris!
The versatile Counter Trap Card Debunk was putting in some serious legwork for Peiris!

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[a sphere] and [a linde] got countered by Peiris’ [debunk]. Heidt [ss]ed [tidal] and Peiris’ [ev thun] left the field. [genex controller] followed suit. We had to leave the table for a second…
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Marcel Burri had secured his ticket for the World Championship!
Marcel Burri had secured his ticket for the World Championship!

[h2]Marcel Burri goes to Worlds![/h2]

The card that catapulted Marcel Burri into the World Championship!
The card that catapulted Marcel Burri into the World Championship!

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A big [ddknight] had just decided the third and deciding Duel between Marcel Burri and Dominic Böhmer! A great victory for Switzerland, which locked up their superstar for the World Championship!
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Heidt was now putting his trust into his big Synchro Monster!
Heidt was now putting his trust into his big Synchro Monster!

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In the meantime, Heidt had invited [leo] to his party. Peiris had 3 back row cards and still [ev thun].
[tidal] returned to the field, attacks followed and Peiris lost his monster (since his LP were rather low by this point). He was left with 1550 Life Points. An attack with [tidal] followed and…

Peiris had no response!

[h2]Eugen Heidt 2 – 1 Piyal Peiris![/h2]

We had our second World Championship Competitor: Dominic Böhmer!
We had our second World Championship Competitor: Dominic Böhmer!

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This left us with just one match: Marcello Barberi vs. Niccoló Mazzoleni.
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The Spellbook Deck was running like a well-oiled Machine!
The Spellbook Deck was running like a well-oiled Machine!

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Mazzoleni was hard at work thinning out his Deck with [sb mag] and [sb sec]. He found [sb power] and this helped his monster to attack over [undine]. He had 3 back row cards and he passed play.

[genex controller] got [ns]ed and it attacked into [sb mag]. [sb fate] got activated in response, flipping [sb mag] face-down. This way, Mazzoleni didn’t take any damage. [a mark] got discarded so [a teus] could get [ss]ed. [a mark] took down one of the 2 back row cards of Mazzoleni and the other was revealed to be [tthn]; now only a Field Spell Card and [genex controller] remained on the field.
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This is how Mazzoleni claimed his ticket for Worlds!
This is how Mazzoleni claimed his ticket for Worlds!

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[priestess] hit play. A second copy followed and this decided the game!

[h2]Niccoló Mazzoleni 2 – 0 Marcello Barberi![/h2]

This concludes our Mega Feature of the Quarter Finals. You now know 3 of the 4 competitors for the World Championship and if you have been watching the live stream on Twitch, you will even know the name of the fourth.

We will be right back with our coverage of the Semi Finals, so stay tuned and wait for more!
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