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Round 11: Rodrigo Togores (Infernity) vs Piran Asci (Infernity)

23.02.2014 | 13:16 |
This is the final round of Swiss and the winner of our Round 11 Feature Match would be all but guaranteed a space in the top cut. Hometown hero Piran Asci (as announced on the microphone) was last seen in round 10 of the sealed event YCS Brussels. Togores has been seen on the feature match table more times than I would care to remember. Both of these players know that it's a mirror match so after a re-roll (twice) it was decided that Togores would start. Like the old days, this game would be all about hand advantage. Well.. hand disadvantage in this case as both players wanted no cards in hand at all times! Togores started by setting a monster and four cards to his backrow.

 

Asci prepared for the mirror match ahead!

Asci prepared for the mirror match ahead!

 

Asci looked at his opening hand and wasn't too happy about his draw. He played Upstart Goblin to which Togores whooped at the Life Points he was being handed. A set monster and two Spell/Traps was his play. Togores got Bottomless Trap Hole with his Night Beam and considered his options. After a moment Togores waved his hand to let Asci know he could play on. Asci drew and checked his hand. Then his sets. Then his hand. Then his sets again. He Summoned Armageddon Knight and sent Stygian Street Patrol to the Graveyard. He Flip Summoned Infernity Archfiend and Togores didn't agree so put it back down with Book of Moon. This mirror match was becoming a battle of the minds.

 

Togores didn't want that Infernity Archfiend face-up

Togores didn't want that Infernity Archfiend face-up

 

A second Spell/Trap was added to Asci's backrow but Togores flipped two Mystical Space Typhoons and destroy Mirror Force and Vanity's Emptiness. He drew and Flip Summoned Stygian Street Patrol and Summoned Archfiend Heiress. It attacked the Armageddon Knight and fished out an Infernity Archfiend which joined the fray after Patrol took out the Knight. Lavalval Chain was next and put Infernity Archfiend on top of Togores' Deck. He passed. Asci Flip Summoned his own Archfiend and played Infernity Necromancer. He used his last card in hand, another Infernity Archfiend to get Stygian Street Patrol back from the Graveyard and went for his Extra Deck to assess his options. He fished his Infernity Launcher from the Deck and then settled on using his two Archfiends to Xyz Summon Diamond Dire Wolf. It detached one of them and Togores played mind games with Asci by considering the use of his set Dimensional Prison, bluffing it as something that could stop the Summon. He put it back down and flipped his other card, a Fiendish Chain. The Spaniard was looking to play the German like a fiddle later in the game by getting him to play around a card that wasn't there! Asci flicked his pen again as he thought about his options. Infernity Launcher was activated and sent to the Graveyard to return Infernity Archfiend. He went fishing for Infernity Break and his Archfiend attacked...straight in to Togores' trap! Dimensional Prison was flipped and the German exclaimed loudly, realising he may as well have been in Hamburg he was so far away from seeing that coming. Asci set his Break and passed. Togores revealed the Infernity Archfiend off the top and fished out another. He used Lavalval Chain to send Stygian Street Patrol to the Graveyard and Banished it to get the second Archfiend on the field. It searched for Infernity Necromancer.

 

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It's like a flashback to 2010.

 

Evilswarm Exciton Knight was the Xyz Summon of choice for Togores in Defense Position. He sent his Lavalval Chain careering in to Infernity Break. This ensured the Duelists stayed even on cards and Evilswarm Exciton Knight could not use it's effect. Togores Banished a second Stygian Street Patrol to get Infernity Necromancer on the field and retrieve a Infernity Archfiend. Inevitably a Infernity Barrier was searched and set. Asci drew and set his card to the backrow. He switched his Infernity Necromancer to Attack Position and detached for Diamond Dire Wolf despite the Fiendish Chain attached. Infernity Necromancer's effect was met by Infernity Barrier but Asci had a Barrier of his own. Infernity Archfiend returned and searched another Infernity Necromancer. It was Summoned and combined with the other to Xyz Summon Leviair the Sea Dragon and return an Infernity Archfiend, searching a Infernity Break. Both Archfiends were used to Xyz Summon Number 50: Blackship of Corn. It detached to send Evilswarm Exciton Knight to the Graveyard. In the Battle Phase Leviair the Sea Dragon crashed with Archfiend. Togores drew and as he set a backrow Asci flipped Infernity Break to destroy the Necromancer. Asci's Diamond Dire Wolf went to Defense Position and Number 50: Blackship of Corn attacked directly. In Main Phase 2 Foolish Burial sent Archfiend Heiress to the Graveyard.

 

Moment later a massive Torrential Tribute from Togores wiped the field.

Moment later a massive Torrential Tribute from Togores wiped the field.

 

Togores set a Spell/Trap and passed. It was revelealed as Vanity's Emptiness when Asci played his newly drawn Mystical Space Typhoon on it. Archfiend's Roar was flipped but Togores made the big bucks by having Torrential Tribute! Both players drew and set backrow for two turns and Asci drew another Mystical Space Typhoon for another Vanity's Emptiness on the turn after. Call of the Haunted revived Infernity Necromancer to get Infernity Archfiend and a Infernity Barrier and Togores would have eaten some damage to the face if not for Mirror Force. His Infernity Necromancer met Torrential Tribute and it was a game of setting backrow for another two turns, with Night Beam taking out Instant Fusion from Asci. Asci Summoned Armageddon Knight and sent Stygian Street Patrol to the Graveyard. He had two sets while Togores' only card was in his Spell/Trap zone. Asci flipped his own Instant Fusion but Armageddon Knight was hit by Infernity Break and everything was destroyed in the End Phase. Togores found Dark Grepher by way of Reinforcement of the Army and Asci ate 1700 for a couple of turns. Both players were speeding through at this point as game one had taken almost the complete time allowance for the round. Asci set a monster and when Grepher went to attack it used Compulsory Evacuation Device. Togores set the Grepher.

 

Grepher was putting in the work for the late game!

Grepher was putting in the work for the late game!

 

Both players set cards for another few turns before Asci made his move by Summoning Tin Goldfish and Flip Summoning Armageddon Knight. Both were traded for Evilswarm Exciton Knight which used it's effect on the Summon and was met by Bottomless Trap Hole and a Chained Compulsory Evacuation Device on Togores' own Grepher! Asci knew on the following turn Grepher would attack directly so picked up all of his cards to Side Deck for the second game!

Togores wins a long game one thanks to a huge amount of grinding and a big Torrential Tribute!


While siding Asci was still in somewhat disbelief about the Dimensional Prison that Togores had caught him out with in the first game. The Spaniard had read him like a book and he was not happy about it! We started game two with two and a half minutes left in the round. Asci went first and set a monster and four Spell/Traps.

 

Togores sold Asci down the river with that Dimension Prison!

Togores sold Asci down the river with that Dimension Prison!

 

Togores Summoned Armageddon Knight and used it's effect to send Stygian Street Patrol to the Graveyard. He also set four and gestured to Asci to play. The Berliner set a fifth card and gestured back in the same way. Togores switched Armageddon Knight to Defense Position and set another monster to go alongside it. Time was called in Asci's turn as he set a monster. Togores Summoned Dark Grepher and used it's effect, discarding Stygian Street Patrol to send Infernity Archfiend to the Graveyard. It combined with Armageddon Knight to Xyz Summon Evilswarm Exciton Knight. The Summon was not negated and the effect was met with Bottomless Trap Hole from Asci. Everything was destroyed leaving Asci with a card in hand and nothing else. Togores searched Infernity Archfiend and Special Summoned it, searching a Infernity Barrier which was set. Asci set a monster and reeled as Togores drew a second Infernity Archfiend off the top. Infernity Necromancer joined it as did a third Archfiend.

 

Once Togores got going it proved too much for the German!

Once Togores got going it proved too much for the German!

 

Infernity Launcher was searched and when he Xyz Summoned Diamond Dire Wolf and played the Launcher the German knew that Togores was going to deal more than enough damage, combined with two Infernity Barriers to protect him on the following turn. It was all over!

Togores bests Asci in the Infernity mirror match and should move on to the top 32!