Round 10: Diego Badinotti (ITA) vs. George Abatzidis (GRE)

[p]This is one of the most exciting Feature Matches we’ve had all this weekend so far! Go check out Italy’s Diego Badinotti unleashing the power of the Psychics while Greece’s George Abatzidis holds his ground with his very own take on the Plant Deck that didn’t feature [tengu]!
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Both players couldn’t wait for the round to begin. Abatzidis won the die roll and opted to go first.
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Diego Badinotti's back with a creative Deck!
Diego Badinotti's back with a creative Deck!

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Abatzidis only Set a Spell or Trap on his first turn.
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Badinotti drew for his turn, activated [duality], revealing [tt], [spw] and [mind m]. He picked [mind m] and shuffled the other 2 cards back in. He Set a monster and passed.
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Back to the Greek Duelist, who simply passed without performing any actions.
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[tron] was [ns]ed on Badinotti’s following turn. He used its effect to destroy a Set [warning]. Next, he [fs]ed [ssw] and attacks followed. [gorz] was Summoned after [tron] dealt 1600 damage (2nd attack).
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Abatzidis Tributed the Token to bring out [caius], removing [ssw]. He attacked with [gorz] over [ssw] and [caius] followed. Badinotti had a [gorz] of his own! 3 face-down Spells or Traps and play was back to the Italian Duelist.
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Gorz couldn't quite decide which side he felt like joining - so he magically appeared on both!
Gorz couldn't quite decide which side he felt like joining - so he magically appeared on both!

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He Summoned [bulb] and Tuned it to the Token to bring out [scrap dragon]. [warning] negated the Summon. [gorz] then attacked over [caius] and Badinotti passed his turn.
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[lfb] was [ns]ed and Tributed. Badinotti Chained [maxx], which meant that Abatzidis was allowed to [ss] [dandy] while Badinotti would get to draw a card. [reverse] was next, bringing back [lfb], which got Badinotti another card.[br]
[dandy] was Tributed for the effect of [lfb] which meant that Badinotti would draw 2 more cards as Abatzidis [ss]ed 2 Tokens as well as [bulb] from his Deck! [bulb] and a Token were Tuned to [fsynch], so this time both players would get to draw a card. Together with [lfb], [fsynch] was Tuned to [tghl] (+1 card for Badinotti), then [bulb] came back (+1) and it was Tuned to [scrap dragon], so again both players would draw a card. Badinotti had troubles holding his hand together![br]
Abatzidis didn’t care – all he needed were the 2 following attacks. He sent in [tghl], but down came [tragoedia]!!! Badinotti would survive the turn, while Abatzidis used [poa] in [mp] 2 to return [fsynch] to his Extra Deck and [gorz] together with 3 more monsters to his Deck. That left Abatzidis with 5 cards on his hand and he passed.
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Were you looking for a reason to play Maxx "C"? There you go!
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[tragoedia] was at awesome 6600 ATK and DEF as Badinotti had 11 (!) cards in his hand! [psiblocker] was [ns]ed and its effect was used to prevent [mf]. [bulb] came back from the Graveyard and it was Tuned to [psiblocker] to [synch] [tghl]. This meant Abatzidis would draw a card off his own [tghl]. The Greek added: “Tell me when you enter your Battle Phase please.”[br]
[poa] was next for Badinotti, returning the all important [maxx] together with some other cards. He drew 2 cards and checked both Graveyards, telegraphing [reborn]. Badinotti opted to enter his Battle Phase and sent [tragoedia] into [scrap dragon]. Abatzidis asked about the cards in Badinotti’s hand – still 11! That meant the 1 attack was enough to win Badinotti the first Duel!
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Diego Badinotti wins the first Duel with a beefed up Tragoedia!

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Wow, and I thought I’d seen it all… Diego Badinotti’s brought something unique to our Feature Match table once again – a Deck that likes to bring out powered up [tragoedia]'[s]! Abatzidis opted to go first in the second Duel and drew into his opening hand.
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George Abatzidis remained confident he could still turn this Match around!
George Abatzidis remained confident he could still turn this Match around!

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He kicked things off with [rai oh] in front of 2 face-down Spells or Traps.
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Badinotti Set a Monster and 2 Spells or Traps. [fiendish] fell victim to [mst] during the End Phase.
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Abatzidis attacked with [rai oh] into [hsp]. The little Psychic monster survived the attack. Abatzidis Set a monster and passed.
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Badinotti Set another monster.
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[rai oh] attacked into the new monster – another [hsp]! Abatzidis Set a Spell or Trap and ended, but Badinotti flipped [decree]! It wasn’t meant to stay on the field, however, as Abatzidis’ other face-down Spell or Trap was another [mst]. Abatzidis Set a second monster as well.
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[psiblocker] came down and [rai oh] was declared for its effect. [ssw] was added to Badinotti’s hand with [duality] and he passed without a back row.
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Let's see which monsters Abatzidis was hiding earlier!
Let's see which monsters Abatzidis was hiding earlier!

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Abatzidis felt it’s time to reveal his face-down monsters; he [fs]ed [dandy] first and then [spore]. That resulted in Badinotti discarding [maxx]. The Greek opted to attack with [rai oh] into [psiblocker], but Badinotti was quick to point out that it wasn’t possible to attack with it ([psiblocker]'[s] effect!).[br]
Abatzidis then tried to Tune [rai oh] and [spore], however, that was also not possible! He then activated [hole]. This meant he had 2 Tokens, while Badinotti would draw a card from [maxx]'[s] effect. [tour] came down and [ss]ed [sangan] – another card for Badinotti. An attack was supposed to follow, however, Abatzidis entered his Battle Phase earlier when he tried to attack with [rai oh]. That meant Badinotti was still on 8000 Life Points. Play was back to the Italian.
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Badinotti [ns]ed [psiblocker], but [warning] negated the Summon. He then Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[reborn] was activated at the start of Abatzidis’ next [mp]. It brought back [spore], but [chain] banished it. [sangan] was switched to [atk] and it attacked together with [tour], leaving the first scratches on Badinotti’s Life Points.
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Badinotti [ns]ed [ssw]. It attacked successfully over [tour].
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Debris came down the following turn!
Debris came down the following turn!

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Abatzidis [ns]ed [debris] and activated its effect. Badinotti Chained [maxx]. Would we get to see him drawing another 10 cards? That meant [dandy] came back and it was Tuned with [debris] and the 2 Tokens that were already on the field to [trishula]; 2 cards for Badinotti. However, the Italian Duelist lost [tron] from his hand, [ssw] from his field and [hsp] from his Graveyard.[br]
Attacks with [sangan] and [trishula] followed and play was back to Badinotti.
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Badinotti now had to come up with something and boy, he didn’t disappoint. Hold your breath![br]
He brought out [spw], targeting [psiblocker]. He then used [teleport] to [ss] [mind m] from his Deck. Badinotti claimed Priority, activating its effect – he Tributed [spw], but in response, Abatzidis had [econ], Tributing [sangan] to gain control over [mind m]. [mind m] switched sides and then Badinotti got [psiblocker] out of his Deck. Next, Abatzidis added [maxx] to his hand. [psiblocker] also hit the field thanks to the effect of [spw] that was Tributed – wow, hard to keep track of all these effects!
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It seemed like Abatzidis was safe, but never underestimate Diego Badinotti!
It seemed like Abatzidis was safe, but never underestimate Diego Badinotti!

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We are still in Badinotti’s turn. He declared [maxx] for the effect of [psiblocker]. Then, the effect of [psychic jumper] was activated to swap control over [psiblocker] and [mind m]. Badinotti finally got his monster back![br]
He then used the effect of [mind m] to Tribute [psychic jumper] and [ss]ed [hsp] from his Deck. He wasn’t done, though. The effect of [hsp] allowed him to discard [esper] and banish it. A judge was called to make sure it’s possible to banish the very same card you discarded as a cost to activate the effect. He ruled it was possible. [mind m]'[s] effect was used once more, this time Tributing [hsp] and [ss]ing [psiblocker].[br]
[esper] returned to the field thanks to the effect of [hsp]. Her effect activated. The newly Summoned [psiblocker] declared [debris] for its effect. [esper] and [psiblocker] were then Tuned to [brionac]. The effect of the Synchro Monster was used and Badinotti discarded [141] to clear the field of [trishula] and his own Psychic that earlier switched sides (it returned to his hand). He discarded it to destroy a Token and then he attacked over the last Token. During the End Phase, [mind m] was destroyed. Also, time was called in that turn!
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Abatzidis Set a monster and passed – quite a contrast compared to the last turn Badinotti just took.
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[brionac]'[s] effect was used to return the monster to Abatzidis’ hand. [psiblocker] was [ns]ed and attacks followed. 1700 Life Points left for Abatzidis!
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The Greek Duelist drew into his second card. He checked his Graveyard – did he really draw something that would turn the Duel in his favor? He [ns]ed [rai oh], attacking over [psiblocker]. He then extended his hand, knowing it was over!
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Diego Badinotti remains victorious after pulling off a HUGE turn!

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If you ever doubted the power of the Psychic Monsters, Diego Badinotti just gave you an impressive lesson on how to master the tricky Deck. He certainly knows what he’s doing; chances are, his opponents can’t keep up which will then force them into making mistakes, so it obviously pays out to rely on creative Decks!
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