Round 1 Feature Match: Raphael Lorenzi vs. Diego Badinotti
Our Head Judge Toan Nguyen just announced that round 1 is open, so let’s get the ball rolling! We invited Diego Badinotti and Raphael Lorenzi to our Feature Match table. Badinotti pilots one of the lesser known decks in the field: Worms. He wants to catch his opponents off-guard, while Lorenzi relies on the power of the pretty well-known Gladiator Beasts. Sounds like an exciting match already!
Badinotti rolled a 6 and decided to go first. He drew into his opening 6 and activated [duality] to reveal [hole], [mf] and [ced]. He picked [mf], Set a Monster together with 4 face-down Spell or Trap Cards and was done with his turn.
Lorenzi [ns]ed [prisma], he revealed [gyzarus] and sent [bestiari] to his Graveyard. He [ss]ed [test tiger] next and opted to activate the effect, however, Badinotti Chained [ro]! [test tiger] was destroyed and hit the Graveyard. Lorenzi Set 2 spells or traps and ended.
Badinotti Flip Summoned [linx]! You could tell Lorenzi was surprised. He Set another spell or trap and drew a card during his End Phase for the effect of [linx].
Lorenzi Set a monster. He then declared an attack with [prisma] on [linx]. Badinotti waited and used the effect of [honest] at the last possible moment. Lorenzi wanted to Chain [shrink], however, that wasn’t possible at that point. So the Quick-Play Spell Card was returned to his hand, then [prisma] was destroyed as a result of battle, Lorenzi Set a spell or trap in his Main Phase 2 and he ended.
Badinotti drew yet another card off [linx]. He entered his own turn and drew another card, which left him with 3 cards left on his hand. Lorenzi had to come up with something so he wouldn’t fall behind too much. Badinotti opted to end his turn and he drew for [linx] once more.
Lorenzi wanted to [ns] [retiari], however, Badinotti flipped [warning]! He wouldn’t give his opponent a chance to get back into the game. The Gladiator Beast was destroyed, Lorenzi Set another spell or trap and he passed.
After drawing for [linx], Badinotti entered his turn and he Summoned [xex] in his Main Phase 1. He sent [yagan] to his Graveyard. [ced] was used to return the Set monster on Lorenzi’s side of the field back to his hand. Then [xex] attacked directly, Badinotti activated [future], revealing [wzero], sending [cartaros], [xex], [yagan] and [linx] to his Graveyard. He Set a Spell or Trap Card, drew for [linx] and was done with his turn.
[gale] was supposed to help Lorenzi get back into the game. Badinotti flipped his second [warning]. Lorenzi Set a spell or trap, Badinotti drew for [linx] and play was back to him.
The Italian had 6 cards in his hand. He switched [linx] to [atk], attacked with both of his Worms, Set a Spell or Trap Card and passed (he drew with [linx]).
Lorenzi Set a monster.
Badinotti’s [future] kicked in and it allowed him to [ss] [wzero]. It hit the field with 2000 ATK. He attacked, but Lorenzi used [waboku] to buy him another turn. Badinotti activated [offering] by Tributing [linx] to destroy 2 cards on Lorenzi’s side of the field.
[dark hole] wasn’t bad, but it didn’t really help Lorenzi to start a huge comeback. He Summoned [murmillo], attacked, but Badinotti flipped [mf]. Lorenzi Set a spell or trap and passed.
[duality] revealed [stumbling], [offering] and [mst]. This time, Badinotti picked the Trap Card. He Set a monster as well as a spell or trap and passed.
Lorenzi drew and Set another Spell or Trap Card.
Play was back to Badinotti, who Tributed [linx] to Tribute Summon [caius]. It removed [shrink], which was Chained to the Monarch’s effect. It took a shot at Lorenzi’s Life Points and Badinotti was done with his turn.
Lorenzi simply Set another Spell or Trap Card.
Badinotti wanted to finish the Duel here and now and he attacked with [caius] once more. Another [shrink] meant another turn for Lorenzi.
In the following turn, Lorenzi Summoned a monster to be able to activate his own [tt]. Badinotti was fine with that.
In his turn, he [ss]ed [ananta], removing all Worms in his Graveyard from the game. He declared an attack and at that point, Lorenzi opted to take a look at his Side Deck, shuffling up his only card on the field.
Diego Badinotti wins the first Duel!
Thanks to [linx] that went unanswered for a couple of turns, Badinotti was able to draw a lot of extra cards, giving him enough options to pick Lorenzi’s Gladiator Beasts apart. The young French player will now try to turn things around, so let’s see how the second Duel will go.
[darius] together with 3 Spell or Trap Cards marked Lorenzi’s opening.
Badinotti had [duality], which netted him [dust] from the top of his deck. He Set a monster as well as 3 Spell or Trap Cards and passed. Lorenzi used [mst] during the End Phase and he hit Badinotti’s [mst].
Lorenzi activated [trunade]. Badinotti Chained [dust] and it hit [ced]. [proving ground] was then used to get [bestiari] out of Lorenzi’s deck, he Summoned it, Contact Fusion Summoned [gyzarus] and it destroyed [cartaros]. The fusion monster attacked directly and tagged out for [laquari] and [hoplomus]. Lorenzi Set 2 spells or traps and passed.
[hole] allowed Badinotti to wipe the field. He Summoned [xex] and sent [yagan] to his Graveyard. He used the effect of [yagan] to [ss] it in face-down [def]. He attacked with [xex], Set a spell or trap and passed. [dust] destroyed [offering] and play was back to Lorenzi.
Lorenzi simply Set a spell or trap.
Badinotti attacked with [xex], he Set a spell or trap and passed.
Lorenzi now drew a monster: [retiari]. He [ns]ed it, attacked into [yagan] and when its effect kicked in, Lorenzi Chained [war chariot]. He tagged out his Gladiator Beast to Summon [equeste] back to his field, which gave him the opportunity to return [war chariot] to his hand. He Set the powerful Counter Trap Card and passed.
Lorenzi declared an attack with [xex] into [equeste]. Lorenzi flipped [shrink] during the Damage Step, but Lorenzi had [alien brain]! He took control of [equeste], set a spell or trap and ended.
Lorenzi Set a monster.
Badinotti [ns]ed [xex], which sent [cartaros] to his Graveyard. Next, he [ss]ed [ananta], he attacked over the Set [bestiari]. An attack with [equeste] was declared, but Lorenzi extended his hand already.
Diego Badinotti wins the Match!
Asked about the key plays in the second Duel, Badinotti replied that [ananta] and [alien brain] were most certainly the cards that made the difference. Lorenzi couldn’t agree more; at the moment when his monsters started to turn against him, he knew that the Duel would be over soon.
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