Round 3: Jakob Bentzen (DEN) vs. Mario Richert (SWI)

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We continue with our feature of National Championsby taking a closer look at Jakob Bentzen, one of the best players from Denmark. He’s facing Mario Richert from Switzerland in the 3rd round! Both players believed strongly in the power of their Tengu Plant Deck, however, you wouldn’t believe how epic this Duel turned out so go check it out!
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Both players exchanged some pleasantries before deciding who goes first. Bentzen’s 17 (on a 20-sided die) was met by Richert’s 18 and the Swiss Duelist opted to kick things off!
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Mario Richert had to face a National Champion!
Mario Richert had to face a National Champion!

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He Set a card to each zone and passed.
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Bentzen only had a face-down Spell or Trap and play was back to Richert.
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He considered his options for a short while before deciding to pass his turn.
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Bentzen was a little quicker coming to a conclusion and again it was up to Richert.
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One more pass with nothing happening, now 6 cards in Richert’s hand.
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A face-down monster joined Bentzen’s Spell or Trap.
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Both players were reluctant, not wanting to give their opponent an opening. It was Richert on his next turn to activate [foolish], sending [bulb] to his Graveyard. Bentzen just sat there watching, but his expression changed when Richert declared an activation of [bulb]'[s] effect; Bentzen Chained [maxx]! His pokerface paid off, he was allowed to draw into another card. Richert [fs]ed [dandy] and attacked into [ryko]. [spore] together with 2 Spells were Sent from the top of the Danish Champion to his Graveyard, while [reverse] got destroyed on Richert’s side of the field ([ryko]'[s] effect). [bulb] dealt 100 Damage and it was up to Bentzen again.
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Doppelwarrior hit the field - and he wasn't even Special Summoned!
Doppelwarrior hit the field - and he wasn't even Special Summoned!

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[doppel] came out and attacked over [bulb]. Bentzen passed.
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Richert [ns]ed [tengu], he attacked with it over [doppel]. Dandy followed, reducing Bentzen’s Life Points to 6700.
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[foolish] from Bentzen got him [bulb]. He activated the effect, sending [sj] from the top of his deck to the Graveyard. He [ns]ed [tengu] and Tuned both of his monsters to [tghl], which also got him another [tengu].[br]
He checked his face-down Spell or Trap just to make sure before activating [reborn] to bring back [bulb]. Richert had no response, so a second [tghl] hit the field! Richert Chained [veiler] so Bentzen couldn’t draw a card for the first [tghl]'[s] effect. [poa] followed, returning 2 [tengu], [bulb], [double] and [ryko]. Bentzen was on fire![br]
5 cards in each players hand now and Bentzen was still not done with his Main Phase. He removed [bulb] to bring back [spore]. He Tuned it (now a level 2 monster) and [tengu] to [iron chain dragon]. He drew a card from his second [tghl] and added [tengu] to his field.[br]
He proceeded with his Battle Phase; [iron chain] attacked over [dandy]. [tghl] attacked over [tengu], another [tengu] came out (in Attack Position) for Richert, Bentzen decided it would be best to trade both his [tengu] with Richert’s, he attacked with [tghl] over Richert’s last [tengu] and his newly Summoned [tengu] destroyed one Token. That concluded his turn!
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1 lonely Token had to face an army of Synchro Monsters - not a fair fight!
1 lonely Token had to face an army of Synchro Monsters - not a fair fight!

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Richert started his following turn with [poa]. He targeted 3 [tengu], [veiler] and [maxx], shuffled them all back into his Deck and drew 2 cards. “Crazy!”, he remarked when looking over his hand and the field. He [ns]ed [debris], [ss]ing [dandy]. Both monsters were Tuned to [brd] and Richert opted to use its effect to wipe the field (the face-down Spell or Trap on Bentzen’s side was [dust])! A judge was called to decide if Bentzen was allowed to draw cards off his 2 copies of [tghl] and he ruled in Richert’s favor – as both [tghl]'[s] wouldn’t be on the field when their effects resolved, Bentzen couldn’t get their effects.
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[tour] was just the right way for Bentzen to increase the pressure on his opponent again. It got him [sangan] and he destroyed both of Richert’s monsters. He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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It wasn’t clear who had the upper hand in this Duel. Just 1 turn ago, Bentzen had an impressive army on the field, but Richert seemed to have the answers he needed.
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The Plant Engine was in full motion!
The Plant Engine was in full motion!

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Richert now [ns]ed [lfb] and Tributed it for its own effect. A second [lfb] came out and left the field right away for [spore]. [reborn] was next, targeting [dandy] in Richert’s Graveyard. Bentzen seemed confident that activating his Set [warning] was the right move. Richert’s expression could be interpreted as agreement; he commented: “Not very good” and passed for his turn.
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After drawing for his turn and checking the opposing Graveyard, Bentzen opted to simply attack with [tour] over [spore]. [sangan] was switched to [def] in Main 2, he Set another Monster Card and play was back to Richert.
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The Swiss Duelist activated his second [poa], this time returning [brd], 2 [lfb], [dandy] and [debris] to his (Extra) Deck. He had to think for a short time and Bentzen jokingly asked: “Game?”[br]
“The problem is [gorz]!”, Richert replied. He activated [hole] after giving it some more thought ([sangan] allowed Bentzen to add [maxx] to his hand) and passed.
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[dandy] from Bentzen went on the offense! Richert brought out [gorz]. Bentzen activated a [hole] of his own in Main Phase 2, which meant there were only 2 Token on the field after the Spell destroyed everything else.
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The problem is choice!
The problem is choice!

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Richert now [ns]ed [tengu]. He removed [bulb] to bring back [spore] and Bentzen Chained [maxx] to replace it with a different card from the top of his Deck. Richert wasn’t feeling like [ss]ing any more monsters after that, so he Set 3 Spells or Traps, destroyed a Token with an attack of [tengu] and passed.
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Both players rely on reactive cards to force their opponents to not put everything on the table in a single turn. How much longer could this strategy work? Bentzen was feeling like giving it another try; he [ns]ed [debris]! After Bentzen declared [dandy] as his target for the effect, Richert Chained [veiler] – more reactive cards! [debris] attacked over [spore], Bentzen Set 2 Spells or Traps and 1 ([mst]) got destroyed by Richert’s [mst] during the End Phase.
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It was back to Richert, who activated [call] to bring back [spore]. The little Tuner and [tengu] were used to [synch] [tghl] and Richert [ss]ed another [tengu] from his Deck. [trunade] came down next and Bentzen Chained [bom], turning the Synchro Monster face-down. Richert activated [rota], which got him [junk] from his deck. He [ns]ed it and brought back [spore] for yet another time – the little Plant was working overtime in this match![br]
Together with [tengu], it was Tuned to a second [tghl], which left Richert with [tengu], [junk], a face-up [atk] [tghl] and a face-down [def] [tghl] on his side of the field. The Swiss Duelist then Tuned [junk] and [tengu] to [brd], which got him a card because of [tghl]'[s] effect. He had no more [tengu]'[s] in his deck, but used the effect of [brd] to switch Bentzen’s Token to [atk]. Or rather he wanted to, as Bentzen discarded [veiler] to negate the effect. Attacks followed and Bentzen was left with no field!
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Seems like quite a comeback to me?!
Seems like quite a comeback to me?!

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It certainly looked like Richert had just pulled the very same rug Bentzen was standing on. However, the Danish Champion wouldn’t give up that quickly. He started his following turn with [trunade], returning Richert’s face-down Spells or Traps to his hand. Surprisingly, that concluded his turn.
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Richert [fs]ed [tghl]. He [ns]ed [sangan] and attacked with it directly. [gorz] came down, explaining Bentzen’s play the turn earlier (a [warning] by Richert would have meant game!). Richert Set 2 Spells or Traps and ended his turn – Bentzen had succeeded in buying himself another turn!
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Bentzen had [junk], targeting [veiler]. The little Tuner hit the field and [doppel] came down from Bentzen’s hand! “Crazy!”, Richert remarked. [doppel] and [junk] were Tuned to [catastor]. Richert drew 2 cards off his 2 copies of [tghl]. [bom] was then used by Richert to turn [junk] face-down. Bentzen destroyed [brd] with [catastor], [gorz] attacked over [tghl] and Bentzen passed.
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Lonefire Blossom and Call of the Haunted sealed the deal for Richert!
Lonefire Blossom and Call of the Haunted sealed the deal for Richert!

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Richert entered his turn. He [ns]ed [lfb] and opted to activate its effect; at that moment, time was called! That meant the winner of this epic Duel would also be the winner of the Match![br]
He brought out [dandy] and returned [brd] with the [call] we saw earlier already (and which got returned to Richert’s hand twice!) to the field. With a Plant in his Graveyard, he could use [brd]'[s] effect to reduce the ATK of one of Bentzen’s monsters to 0, making it an easy target for a game ending attack!
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Mario Richert overcomes Jakob Bentzen in an epic Duel!

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Wow, what a 40 minute marathon Duel! Even though both players relied on the same Deck, there was plenty of action going on in this Match. With reactive plays like discards of [maxx] and [veiler], both Duelists were able to buy themselves a lot of extra turns, with Richert coming out as the lucky winner![/p][nbsp]

Jakob Bentzen prior to the beginning of this epic Duel!
Jakob Bentzen prior to the beginning of this epic Duel!
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