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

[p]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!
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Tino won the die roll and opted to go first.
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Antonio Ripoll is the reigning Spanish National Champion!
Antonio Ripoll is the reigning Spanish National Champion!

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He kicked things off with [tgu] and when Ripoll announced that he wouldn’t have a response, Tino searched his Deck for [sangan], [ss]ing it in face-up [def] right next to [tgu]. He Set [bom] and passed the turn, holding onto [gorz], [sj], [poa] and [uws].
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Ripoll gave away what he was playing, [ns]ing [green] and searching his Deck for [red]. He attacked over [tgu], causing Tino to lose 400 Life Points. [duality] in [mp] 2 got him [tt], with [soul taker] and [frame] getting sent back to his Deck. He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[sangan] had never looked better, since Tino found [uws] to boost its ATK a little. It attacked over [green] and Tino ended his turn.
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It seemed like Ripoll's engine was operating at full speed!
It seemed like Ripoll's engine was operating at full speed!

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Ripoll fought back with [frame], searching his Deck for [fortress]. He discarded it together with [green] to [ss] it to the field. He then entered his Battle Phase and declared an attack with [fortress] into [sangan]. [bom] foiled that plan and the huge Machine ended up in face-down [def]. [frame] traded with [sangan] and Tino searched his Deck for [rabbit]. Ripoll Set another Spell or Trap and ended.
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When Tino checked Ripoll’s Grave, the Spanish champion knew he was in for a ride. He expected [reborn], but Tino started his turn with [rabbit], using its effect to [ss] 2 copies of [kabaz]. One attacked over [fortress], which in turn destroyed the other, in [mp] 2, [reborn] brought back the destroyed [kabaz], but Ripoll answered with [tt] to make sure we wouldn’t see an Evolzar! This gave him an opening as Tino had to pass the turn.
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Tino was quick to invite [red] to his party and search his Deck for [yellow]. He attacked directly, [gorz] came down, Ripoll advanced to [mp] 2, he Set a Spell or Trap, which meant he now had 2, and that concluded his turn.
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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!

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[gorz] attacked over [red], Tino added a Spell or Trap, now featuring 2, and he ended.
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Ripoll found another [frame], which got him the next [fortress] from his Deck. He successfully attacked over the Gorz Token in [def].
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Play was back to Tino who [ns]ed [tgu]. Ripoll didn’t look too happy, but he had no immediate response. Once the second [tgu] hit the field, however, he flipped [mst], targeting one of Tino’s face-down Spells or Traps. This caused the Slovenian player to lose [prison]. Both copoies of [tgu] were used to Xyz Summon [leviair], which brought back [rabbit], which then got Tino 2 [saurus]. Ripoll flipped [tt] and Tino chained his other face-down Spell or Trap: [sj]. Ripoll could only roll his eyes and the watchers of the match let out a huge sigh for him. [gorz] attacked over [frame], leaving Ripoll on 5300 Life Points. Attacks of [leviair] and the 2 [saurus] followed, deciding the game in Tino’s favor!
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Michal Tino wins the first game!

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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 [mst], he could have still turned it around, but [sj] was exactly what Tino needed to win the first Duel. Let’s see if the National Champion could get luckier the second time around.
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Michal Tino is only 1 win away from overcoming Antonio Ripoll!
Michal Tino is only 1 win away from overcoming Antonio Ripoll!

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Ripoll wanted to start the second game and he did so with [frame], searching his Deck for [fortress]. He added 2 back row cards and ended.
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Tino was quick to Set a card to each zone.
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[yellow] was [ns]ed and Ripoll added [green] to his hand. Ripoll considered Xyz Summoning a monster, but he seemed unsure about it. He eventually decided to go for it, [ss]ing [pearl]. He attacked into [snowman] and had [chalice] during the Damage Step to make sure his Xyz Monster would get to see another turn.
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Tino added a face-down card to each zone.
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A very shiny Gem-Knight Pearl made an appearance!
A very shiny Gem-Knight Pearl made an appearance!

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[green] was [ns]ed, netting Ripoll the next Gadget. [pearl] declared an attack, but it ended in [prison]. That caused Ripoll to pass.
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Tino [ns]ed [sangan]. He equipped it with [uws]; we had seen that one before. It attacked over [green] and Ripoll was left with 6800 Life Points. Tino seemed satisfied with the situation on the field and he passed.
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[mind] allowed Ripoll to claim control of [reaper]. Not what he was hoping for. He added [frame] to his field and searched his Deck for [fortress]. He discarded it with another [fortress] to [ss] 1. It attacked into [prison]. Once again, Ripoll had the opportunity to trade monsters. He did so, which gave Tino the opportunity to search his Deck for [rabbit], Ripoll then activated [hole] in [mp] 2 and he ended.
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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!

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The [ns] of [saurus] was met with [bth].
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Ripoll then had [red], he searched his Deck and attacked directly. That worked. He added a third back row card.
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Tino now [ss]ed [cd] – obviously a card that his Side Deck introduced to the game. [cfd] came out, attacked directly, Tino Set a Spell or Trap and that concluded the turn.
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Ripoll [ns]ed [yellow] and he chained [tt] to its own effect. Once again, he added a third back row card and he ended.
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[mst] was used on the newly Set [tt]. [rabbit] came down, but [warning] negated the Summon. Tino Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Ripoll used [storm] to destroy [prison]. He had 2 cards in his hand while Tino had 1 remaining. [cfd] came back after Ripoll discarded his 2 Gadgets in hand. He attacked directly and ended.
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Would Tino's Extra Deck provide a solution for Machina Fortress?
Would Tino's Extra Deck provide a solution for Machina Fortress?

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Tino was confident that he needed something out of his Extra Deck to deal with [fortress]. He [ns]ed [tgu], [ss]ed another copy, used both to [ss] [zenmaines] and it attacked into [fortress]. One of the Xyz Materials got detached, Tino Set a Spell or Trap and he ended, destroying [fortress] with the effect of [zenmaines].
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Ripoll Set a Spell or Trap.
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Tino’s [zenmaines] attacked directly. He Set a monster and passed.
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Ripoll found [pho thrasher], but [bth] banished it.
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[zenmaines] took another shot, but [bom] bought Ripoll another turn. Tino Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Ripoll only Set another Spell or Trap.
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Tino’s [zenmaines] attacked once more and all Ripoll could do was reveal his Set [mst].
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Michal Tino wins the match!

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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.
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