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Round 2: Antonio Ripoll (Gadgets) vs. Michal Tino (Dino Rabbit)

07.07.2012 | 13:59 |

Welcome to Round 2! Facing each other right now will be the Spanish National Champion Antonio Ripoll and Michal Tino from Slovakia. This might sound like Ripoll should have a little edge in this match, however, Tino came close, finishing in the Top 16 of his Nationals and he also did well at several Regionals! So it’s going to be interesting!


Tino won the die roll and opted to go first.

 


Antonio Ripoll is the reigning Spanish National Champion!

Antonio Ripoll is the reigning Spanish National Champion!


 


He kicked things off with Tour Guide From the Underworld and when Ripoll announced that he wouldn’t have a response, Tino searched his Deck for Sangan, Special Summoning it in face-up Defense Position right next to Tour Guide From the Underworld. He Set Book of Moon and passed the turn, holding onto Gorz the Emissary of Darkness, Solemn Judgment, Pot of Avarice and United We Stand.


Ripoll gave away what he was playing, Normal Summoning Green Gadget and searching his Deck for Red Gadget. He attacked over Tour Guide From the Underworld, causing Tino to lose 400 Life Points. Pot of Duality in Main Phase 2 got him Torrential Tribute, with Soul Taker and Machina Gearframe getting sent back to his Deck. He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.


Sangan had never looked better, since Tino found United We Stand to boost its ATK a little. It attacked over Green Gadget and Tino ended his turn.

 


It seemed like Ripoll's engine was operating at full speed!

It seemed like Ripoll's engine was operating at full speed!


 


Ripoll fought back with Machina Gearframe, searching his Deck for Machina Fortress. He discarded it together with Green Gadget to Special Summon it to the field. He then entered his Battle Phase and declared an attack with Machina Fortress into Sangan. Book of Moon foiled that plan and the huge Machine ended up in face-down Defense Position. Machina Gearframe traded with Sangan and Tino searched his Deck for Rescue Rabbit. Ripoll Set another Spell or Trap and ended.


When Tino checked Ripoll’s Grave, the Spanish champion knew he was in for a ride. He expected Monster Reborn, but Tino started his turn with Rescue Rabbit, using its effect to Special Summon 2 copies of Kabazauls. One attacked over Machina Fortress, which in turn destroyed the other, in Main Phase 2, Monster Reborn brought back the destroyed Kabazauls, but Ripoll answered with Torrential Tribute to make sure we wouldn’t see an Evolzar! This gave him an opening as Tino had to pass the turn.


Tino was quick to invite Red Gadget to his party and search his Deck for Yellow Gadget. He attacked directly, Gorz the Emissary of Darkness came down, Ripoll advanced to Main Phase 2, he Set a Spell or Trap, which meant he now had 2, and that concluded his turn.

 


Just when Ripoll gained the upper hand, Gorz turned the tide once more!

Just when Ripoll gained the upper hand, Gorz turned the tide once more!


 


Gorz the Emissary of Darkness attacked over Red Gadget, Tino added a Spell or Trap, now featuring 2, and he ended.


Ripoll found another Machina Gearframe, which got him the next Machina Fortress from his Deck. He successfully attacked over the Gorz Token in Defense Position.


Play was back to Tino who Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld. Ripoll didn’t look too happy, but he had no immediate response. Once the second Tour Guide From the Underworld hit the field, however, he flipped Mystical Space Typhoon, targeting one of Tino’s face-down Spells or Traps. This caused the Slovenian player to lose Dimensional Prison. Both copoies of Tour Guide From the Underworld were used to Xyz Summon Leviair the Sea Dragon, which brought back Rescue Rabbit, which then got Tino 2 Sabersaurus. Ripoll flipped Torrential Tribute and Tino Chained his other face-down Spell or Trap: Solemn Judgment. Ripoll could only roll his eyes and the watchers of the match let out a huge sigh for him. Gorz the Emissary of Darkness attacked over Machina Gearframe, leaving Ripoll on 5300 Life Points. Attacks of Leviair the Sea Dragon and the 2 Sabersaurus followed, deciding the game in Tino’s favor!

 

Michal Tino wins the first game!

 


Antonio Ripoll opened with 4 Gadgets in the first game, which made it a lot harder for him to fight back once Tino was able to gain the upper hand. If he would have hit with his Mystical Space Typhoon, he could have still turned it around, but Solemn Judgment was exactly what Tino needed to win the first Duel. Let’s see if the National Champion could get luckier the second time around.

 


Michal Tino is only 1 win away from overcoming Antonio Ripoll!

Michal Tino is only 1 win away from overcoming Antonio Ripoll!


 


Ripoll wanted to start the second game and he did so with Machina Gearframe, searching his Deck for Machina Fortress. He added 2 back row cards and ended.


Tino was quick to Set a card to each zone.


Yellow Gadget was Normal Summoned and Ripoll added Green Gadget to his hand. Ripoll considered Xyz Summoning a monster, but he seemed unsure about it. He eventually decided to go for it, Special Summoning Gem-Knight Pearl. He attacked into Snowman Eater and had Forbidden Chalice during the Damage Step to make sure his Xyz Monster would get to see another turn.


Tino added a face-down card to each zone.

 


A very shiny Gem-Knight Pearl made an appearance!

A very shiny Gem-Knight Pearl made an appearance!


 


Green Gadget was Normal Summoned, netting Ripoll the next Gadget. Gem-Knight Pearl declared an attack, but it ended in Dimensional Prison. That caused Ripoll to pass.


Tino Normal Summoned Sangan. He equipped it with United We Stand; we had seen that one before. It attacked over Green Gadget and Ripoll was left with 6800 Life Points. Tino seemed satisfied with the situation on the field and he passed.


Mind Control allowed Ripoll to claim control of Spirit Reaper. Not what he was hoping for. He added Machina Gearframe to his field and searched his Deck for Machina Fortress. He discarded it with another Machina Fortress to Special Summon 1. It attacked into Dimensional Prison. Once again, Ripoll had the opportunity to trade monsters. He did so, which gave Tino the opportunity to search his Deck for Rescue Rabbit, Ripoll then activated Dark Hole in Main Phase 2 and he ended.

 


Ripoll didn't have to look hard to find a removal in his back row!

Ripoll didn't have to look hard to find a removal in his back row!


 


The Normal Summon of Sabersaurus was met with Bottomless Trap Hole.


Ripoll then had Red Gadget, he searched his Deck and attacked directly. That worked. He added a third back row card.


Tino now Special Summoned Cyber Dragon – obviously a card that his Side Deck introduced to the game. Chimeratech Fortress Dragon came out, attacked directly, Tino Set a Spell or Trap and that concluded the turn.


Ripoll Normal Summoned Yellow Gadget and he Chained Torrential Tribute to its own effect. Once again, he added a third back row card and he ended.


Mystical Space Typhoon was used on the newly Set Torrential Tribute. Rescue Rabbit came down, but Solemn Warning negated the Summon. Tino Set a Spell or Trap and passed.


Ripoll used Heavy Storm to destroy Dimensional Prison. He had 2 cards in his hand while Tino had 1 remaining. Chimeratech Fortress Dragon came back after Ripoll discarded his 2 Gadgets in hand. He attacked directly and ended.

 


Would Tino's Extra Deck provide a solution for Machina Fortress?

Would Tino's Extra Deck provide a solution for Machina Fortress?


 


Tino was confident that he needed something out of his Extra Deck to deal with Machina Fortress. He Normal Summoned Tour Guide From the Underworld, Special Summoned another copy, used both to Special Summon Wind-Up Zenmaines and it attacked into Machina Fortress. One of the Xyz Materials got detached, Tino Set a Spell or Trap and he ended, destroying Machina Fortress with the effect of Wind-Up Zenmaines.


Ripoll Set a Spell or Trap.


Tino’s Wind-Up Zenmaines attacked directly. He Set a monster and passed.


Ripoll found Photon Thrasher, but Bottomless Trap Hole banished it.


Wind-Up Zenmaines took another shot, but Book of Moon bought Ripoll another turn. Tino Set a Spell or Trap and ended.


Ripoll only Set another Spell or Trap.


Tino’s Wind-Up Zenmaines attacked once more and all Ripoll could do was reveal his Set Mystical Space Typhoon.

 

Michal Tino wins the match!

 


A strong showing from Michal Tino, who overcame the odds and threw a large stone in Antonio Ripoll’s path. The Spanish National Champion will have to step up his game if he wants to savor his chances to make day 2, but he’s far from being eliminated out of the tournament.