R8 Feature Match: Eugen Heidt (Shaddoll Artifact) vs Marco Mazzuoccolo (Tellarknight)

We’re in to the first round of the second day and only seven rounds stand between now and the eventual winner of YCS Madrid. This morning I’ve bought to the table Napoli’s Marco Mazzuoccolo and this year’s European Champion, Eugen Heidt. Both players have a record of 5-1-1 so the winner would have a good chance of making the top cut while the loser would be out of the running for sure.

Heidt won the roll and decided to go first after Mazzuoccolo rolled a one and lamented “I have to look at it this way: if I go second, I better not draw bad!”
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Heidt was confident after his win at the European Championship this year.
Heidt was confident after his win at the European Championship this year.

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Heidt set four to his backrow and passed.

Mazzuoccolo copied him but then added a fifth too. In the End Phase [ssg] sent [shd squa] and subsequently [shd falco] to the Graveyard which returned itself.

Heidt Summoned [mathe] and used the effect to send another Squamata and then a [shd beast] from the Deck, drawing a card. In the Battle Phase Mazzuoccolo ate 1500 Damage before Heidt passed.

Mazzuoccolo just set a Monster.
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These backrow were soon to bite the dust.
These backrow were soon to bite the dust.

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In his End Phase a second [ssg] sent [shd drag] from the Deck and flipped his Falco. Falco was to return Beast and Mazzuoccolo Chained [vane] and [mst] on a Chained [a sanc], Mazzuoccolo flipped another [vane] and Heidt went to destroy another chained [mst] with his [a sanc], losing his own [vane] in the process.

Heidt played [shd fus] to pitch [felis] and [shd drag] for [shd construct]. Dragon wanted to destroy a set [ced] but it was Chained to send Construct back to where it came from. The effect of Construct sent [shd core] from the Deck.

In the Battle Phase [mathe] attacked in to a [sat vega] and Heidt looked surprised: “Oh..okay” he said as he [synch]ed [armades]. “Go ahead.”

“Yu-Gi-Ooooohh!!” declared Mazzuoccolo as he pulled a [sat den] from the top of his Deck, searching out [sat alt]. He [xyz]ed [101] and took Heidt’s Armades before attacking. “Gorz?”

“You know my card?” Heidt joked.

Mazzuoccolo set a card before Heidt drew and played [shd fus] to send [shd hedg] and Beast to make [shd winda]. He added another Beast to his hand and then drew a card. [allure] was next and Banished the Beast from his hand. In the Battle Phase [prison] stopped it from beating over [101].

Mazzuoccolo tapped the top of his Deck and said “maybe!” before drawing and declaring “Oh yeah, that’ll do”. He checked through both player’s Graveyards before attacking in to a Hedgehog.
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ARK met the spikes of Shaddoll Hedgehog
ARK met the spikes of Shaddoll Hedgehog

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Heidt fished a [shd fus] out of his Deck and in [mp2] Mazzuoccolo Summoned [sat alt] but it was hit by a [bts].

Fusion was the first play of the next turn, sending [a mora] and [shd hedg] to Fusion Summon [shd construct], sending another Fusion to the Graveyard and searching Falco to the hand. It was Summoned and [leo] was [synch]ed. Construct going to the Graveyard allowed [shd core] to return to Heidt’s hand and Leo attacked over Altair. Heidt set both remaining in-hand cards to his backrow.

Mazzuoccolo drew to two in hand with his [101] still on the field with one material. [soul charge] wanted to return Deneb and an Altair but [vane] from Heidt stopped that malarky. Mazzuoccolo sighed as he read Leo and then set his last card, a [prison], to the back.

Heidt attacked over the now-[def]-position ARK, Banishing [bts] from the Graveyard to stop it protecting itself. He set another card to the back.

Mazzuoccolo sighed and set his topdeck to his Monster zone.
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Leo putting in the work! That Prison was useless against him
Leo putting in the work! That Prison was useless against him

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It was revealed to be [sat unu] when Leo destroyed it in Battle. Heidt set a Monster.

Mazzuoccolo set his draw to his [st] zone and on the next turn ate 3100 in the face from Leo.

He drew [sat alt] and Summoneded it, attacking over a set [mathe] and destroying [vane] in the process. Another [mathe] was Summoned on the next turn and Leo attacked over Altair before Mathematician ran in to the [prison]. It mattered not as [shd core] was flipped and attacked for game!

[h2]European Champion Heidt takes the first game with Shaddolls.[/h2]

“Okay,” said Mazzuoccolo. “Now I can play.” There seemed to be a strong view from players in this format that they have much more of a chance after seeing what Deck the opponent is using and being able to Side-Deck against it.

“You will start?” asked Heidt. “Ha, I think yes” was the reply.

[mole] and four [st]s hit the field for Mazzuoccolo.
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The Italian would want to get back in the match right away
The Italian would want to get back in the match right away

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Heidt went for just two backrow and one set Monster.

[df] was activated and when Mole went to attack [ssg] was activated, followed by [malevolent]! It would be a huge move to break Mazzuoccolo but he had a [wiretap] he had been saving for the occasion. Catastrophe returned to the Deck while [shd beast] was Banished and Squamata was flipped, also Banishing Mole.

[shd drag] was Summoned and Mazzuoccolo flipped [sw] to Banish it. Squamata went to [atk] and poked while Heidt set his remaining three cards to the back.

Mazzuoccolo pulled a [pod] off the top of his Deck and revealed [soul charge], a second [pod] and [sat alt]. None of them were particularly useful in this situation! He immediately decided that he would not take Charge and eventually decided on keeping his second [pod] which he would be able to use next turn.
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Fissure would be a problem for Heidt if there was anything to follow it up with!
Fissure would be a problem for Heidt if there was anything to follow it up with!

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Squamata poked again while a fourth backrow was added.

Mazzuoccolo used his [pod] and revealed [wiretap], [prison] and [rota]. He picked the Prison and laughed to himself as his draw for the turn was a still useless Altair. He Summoned it and set his Prison before ending.

Heidt drew and flipped [mst] on the card he knew to be [prison]. Squamata attacked over Altair and Heidt set a Monster.

Mazzuoccolo seemed just as happy with his draw this turn as he did last. It was used to join his other backrow and he ate a further 1800 from Squamata before he had play back again. He laughed at his topdeck – [soul drain] – and flipped his other face-downs; [vane], [mst] and [sim]. All great with something to back them up but with no Monsters to get over Squamata he extended his hand and conceded that he would be going no further in the tournament.

After the game the players discussed the big play in the second game where the [ssg] really put Heidt ahead. They decided that if Mazzuoccolo had used the [wiretap] on [ssg] Heidt would not have been able to activate [malevolent] on that attack and Mazzuoccolo may have lived to see another day. Both players shook hands as they went on in the tournament – Heidt with the chance to make the top cut.

[h2]European Champion Eugen Heidt dispatches Italy’s Marco Mazzuoccolo 2-0![/h2]

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