Round 10: Matej Jakob (Geargia) vs. Stefano Barbieri (Dragon Rulers)

We ultimately decided against featuring Dustin Sembach his round as his record is strong enough to almost lock him up for the Top 32. Instead, we went with one of the many “bubble matches”, so that means that the winner will still have a shot at advancing to the final portion of the event while the less fortunate player might have to consider enrolling in some Public Events instead.

Matej Jakob from Slovenia and his “Turbo Diesel” Deck (= Geargia) now had to overcome Stefano Barbieri’s Dragon Rulers. Barbieri had the hometown advantage working for him, but Jakob is no stranger to Italian soil; he explained that some of his friends and him are often playing in the larger events in the Italian east. Let’s see how this Match will unfold.
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Matej Jakob was packing "Turbo Diesel" this weekend!
Matej Jakob was packing 'Turbo Diesel' this weekend!

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He set a monster and 3 back row cards and ended.

Barbieri kicked things off with [ravine], discarding [tidal] to fetch another dragon. He set 2 back row cards, with [warning] falling victim to [mst].

It was back to Jakob, who [fs]ed [armor], searching his deck for [g auto]. It was [ss]ed next and Barbieri considered his response. He discarded [maxx]. Yet another [armor] hit the field, attacks followed and connected, leaving Barbieri on 5800 Life Points, in [mp] 2, both the [armor][s] were flipped face-down and Jakob passed. [6s] got flipped, 3 and 4 were called, but a 2 got rolled, so Barbieri added 2 more cards to his Graveyard.
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The Graveyard of the Dragon Ruler player was piling up and fast!
The Graveyard of the Dragon Ruler player was piling up and fast!

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Barbieri checked his Graveyard that had started to fill up during the last few turns. He didn’t seem too happy, so Jakob quipped: “What are you complaining about?!” [tidal] then got [ss]ed to the field, with [mtd] and another Dragon Ruler getting added to his hand. [tidal] took down [g accel] in battle, [mtd] got [ns]ed in [mp] 2, but Barbieri couldn’t perform any more summons since Jakob found a [fchain] in his back row!

The following turn, he went searching with the [armor][s], he then went for [ggx], [g mk2] followed, another [g auto] came down, together with some leg work from [birdman], he was able to summon [burei], which in turn allowed him to [ss] [313] from his Deck.
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The Geargia engine was in full motion, summoning monster after monster to the field!
The Geargia engine was in full motion, summoning monster after monster to the field!

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This then got him [bureido], which then helped him add [248], yet another Xyz Summon followed, with [mqangineer] hitting play.
Play then proceeded with the Battle Phase and it seemed like Jakob had this one in the bag already, however, a [scarecrow] bought Barbieri another turn!

[ravine] then allowed him to stack his Graveyard for a possible comeback, with [blaster] and [tempestd] joining quite a few other Dragon Rulers. [blaster] returned to the field with [tempestd] and [tidal] getting banished. He declared an attack into [mqangineer] and it switched positions, drawing Jakob a card. [debris] got [ns]ed in [mp] 2 of Barbieri, with Jakob discarding [maxx] – it seemed like he had all he needed right now.
[maxx], [debris] and [scarecrow] were then used to [synch] [brd] and it attempted to wipe the board. This didn’t really work since the effect of [ggx] triggered and Jakob got a [g mk2]; his [bureido] stayed on the field thanks to the effect of [mqangineer].
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Barbieri tried to wipe the board, but Jakob kept 2 monsters!
Barbieri tried to wipe the board, but Jakob kept 2 monsters!

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Barbieri tried to rebuild with [ravine] and a Dragon Ruler, but when Jakob started to summon a bunch of monsters again the following turn, he instead opted to access his Side Deck.

[h2]Matej Jakob takes the lead![/h2]

This time, Barbieri set a card to each zone before passing; that seemed like a much slower start, but don’t let yourself be fooled and read on…
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Stefano Barbieri still had another ace up on his sleeve!
Stefano Barbieri still had another ace up on his sleeve!

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Jakob set 4 and ended and [6s] got activated. 3, one of the numbers that Barbieri called, got hit, so the Italian got to draw 3 cards!

He then [fs]ed [trigon] and found a Level 4 Tuner, so he could [synch] [brd]. Jakob shuffled up.

[h2]Stefano Barbieri ties the score![/h2]

For the first time, it would be Jakob going first. He [ns]ed [g arsenal], Tributing it to get [armor], he flipped it face-down before setting 3 cards.

Barbieri kicked things off searching his Deck for another Dragon thanks to the effect of a discarded Dragon Ruler. [blaster] and [trigon] were then discarded to destroy [armor], [debris] was supposed to bring back [trigon] and [bom] made sure that Jakob wouldn’s lose right then and there once again.
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Jakob was getting ready for another series of Special Summons!
Jakob was getting ready for another series of Special Summons!

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[g gear] then got him [geargiano] and Barbieri flipped [dna]. The following turn, Jakob had a [g mk2] and [313] to [synch] [crimson blader] and he went on and brought back [313] by Tributing [geargiano]. He entered the Battle Phase, leaving Barbieri with no field and ended.

The Italian Duelist passed without performing any actions.

[g arsenal] got [ns]ed and Jakob declared attacks. Barbieri was fine with that, falling down to 2800 Life Points. Then it was Special Summoning time once again, with Jakob adding a [sdd] to his side of the field. He then passed and immediately flipped [iiw].

“Wrong card!”, Barbieri complained. He set a spell or trap and ended.
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There are very few outs to a Stardust Dragon + Imperial Iron Wall lock for a Dragon Ruler Duelist!
There are very few outs to a Stardust Dragon + Imperial Iron Wall lock for a Dragon Ruler Duelist!

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Barbieri now looked like he had given up on this game already. Jakob on the other hand tried to stay focused, summoning [g mk2]. [drain] got flipped by Barbieri. [fader] bought him another turn.

The Italian drew and he shook his head. “I misplayed…”, he had to admit. He revealed a [snipe] on his hand, pointing to [sd] on the field. He rolled a die just check and it would be a hit for the [snipe] effect, adding insult to injury.

[h2]Matej Jakob overcomes Stefano Barbieri![/h2]

“For me, this concludes the tournament”, Barbieri said. “For me, it’s just beginning!”, Jakob replied, confidently. He seemed to be ready to lock himself up in the Top 32, so let’s see if he can pull through with one more win in the last round of Swiss.
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