Round 3: Jörg Müller (Inzektors) vs. Jan Hendricks (Evos)

[p]Facing each other in round 3 are Jan Hendricks from Bochum and Jörg Müller from Berlin. Hendricks relies on Evols to carry him through the tournament while Müller puts his money on the Inzektors…
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Hendricks won the die roll and opted to go first. He drew his opening 6 and didn’t take long to start the game, Setting a Monster and following it up with [evo]. As he Tributed [ev naj], that meant he could [ss] 2 copies of [ev eli]![br]
He wasn’t done, though, as he was now allowed to [ss] [ev vul] and [ev dip]. One second later, he had [solda] and [laggia] on the table and Müller already seemed rather troubled.
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Müller simply Set a Monster and 2 Spells or Traps. Play was back to Hendricks.
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Hendricks had quite the field!
Hendricks had quite the field!

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He attacked with [ev dip] over [i hornet]. Direct attacks from [solda] and [laggia] followed, leaving Müller with 3000 Life Points.
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Müller tried to start his comeback with [i fly], however, that wasn’t meant to be as [laggia] negated the Summon. Back to Hendricks!
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After attacking directly, Hendricks passed without performing any other actions.
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Müller could only Set a Spell or Trap and passed his turn.
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Hendricks considered attacking with all of his monsters and felt it was safe enough. Once he declared his first attack, not fearing [mf], Müller shuffled up his cards.
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Jan Hendricks gains an early lead!

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Whew, talk about explosive starts! Jan Hendricks stepped on the gas on his very first turn and never gave Müller a chance to catch up! Can he do the same when Müller will be allowed to go first?
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Things worked out for Jan Hendricks so far!
Things worked out for Jan Hendricks so far!

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[allure] helped Müller to draw 2 additional cards, then he banished [i fly]. He [ns]ed [tour guide], searched his Deck for another copy and both were then used to Xyz Summon [zenmaines]. That concluded his turn.
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Hendricks Set a card to each zone and passed right back.
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Müller Set another Monster and ended.
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“5 cards in your hand?”, Hendricks wanted to know. “Yeah”, Müller replied. Hendricks then Tributed [ev naj] for [ev eli]. This got him another copy of [ev eli] from his Deck. He Set another Spell or Trap and play was back to Müller. Hendricks was left with 3 cards in hand.
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Could Rai Oh make the difference in this close match?
Could Rai Oh make the difference in this close match?

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[rai oh] was [ns]ed and once that was fine, Müller activated [smash]. Another [smash] followed, destroying the last monster on Hendricks’s side of the field. An attack with [zenmaines] was next, but [fiendish] stopped it. [rai oh] attacked next and that worked out just fine.
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Hendricks activated [mst] on Müller’s face-down Spell or Trap. He chained it: An [mst] of his own! He destroyed [fiendish] with it – not using his own Quick-Play in the first possible moment really paid out here![br]
[ev cer] was [ns]ed and it attacked [sangan]. Müller wasn’t allowed to search thanks to his own [rai oh]. He Set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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Apparently Rai Oh worked in Hendricks's favor!
Apparently Rai Oh worked in Hendricks's favor!

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[zenmaines] was sent into [ev cer] and Müller detached one of its materials. He wanted to advance to his End Phase, but Hendricks used [bom] before he could even enter his [mp] 2. That meant that [rai oh] would still be given the chance to attack and rid the field of any monsters that weren’s Xyz Monsters.
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Hendricks passed without performing any actions.
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Müller found another [rai oh] and attacked successfully with both of his monsters. He passed his turn.
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Hendricks drew, but couldn’t find anything to defend his Life Points, so he grabbed his Side Deck and started exchanging cards.
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Jörg Müller equals the score!

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This time, Hendricks felt a little let down by his Deck. “If I’m only drawing into the best hand every other game, I’m still fine with that”, he commented on his draw, curious to find out what his last opening hand would hold in store for him.
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Hendricks's opening 6 in the deciding Duel!
Hendricks's opening 6 in the deciding Duel!

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He Set a Monster and 2 Spells or Traps.
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[mind] allowed Müller to take control of [ev wes]. He then [ns]ed [tour guide], [ss]ing [sangan] from his Deck. [ev wes] and [tour guide] were used to Xyz Summon [zenmaines] and attacks followed, leaving Hendricks with 5500 Life Points. Müller Set 2 Spells or Traps and play was back to Hendricks.
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[cd] was supposed to come down, but [warning] foiled this plan. [ev casi] was [ns]ed next and attacked over [sangan]. Müller searched his Deck for [i hornet] and Hendricks opted to activate the effect of [ev casi]. That was fine with Müller, so Hendricks [ss]ed 2 copies of [ev eli] from his Deck.[br]
In [mp] 2, both were used to Xyz Summon [solda] and that concluded Hendricks’s turn.
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Xyz Monsters everywhere!
Xyz Monsters everywhere!

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Müller [ns]ed [i fly], but Hendricks chained [chain] to its effect! This stripped Müller’s Deck of 2 more copies of [i fly]. He switched [zenmaines] to [def], Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Both players seemed to agree on a stalemate as Hendricks also Set a monster and passed without further actions.
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Müller mirrored his play.
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Hendricks [ns]ed [ev cer] and attacked into the Set monster: [i hornet]. Hendricks Set a third Spell or Trap and passed.
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Müller added another Spell or Trap to his back row before [ns]ing [rai oh]. It attacked into [ev cer] and both monsters were destroyed in the process.
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Enemy Controller was the key Hendricks was waiting for!
Enemy Controller was the key Hendricks was waiting for!

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Hendricks decided it was time to come up with something. He Tributed [ev wes] for [econ], gaining control of [zenmaines] in the process. He [ss]ed [ev dip] and destroyed [sj]. An attack with [ev dip] followed and Müller used [mst] on Hendricks’s face-down [fiendish]. This telegraphed a [gorz], however, it didn’t hit the field. Hendricks was feeling lucky and took another shot. Still no [gorz]. He declared another attack and that meant game for Hendricks!
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Jan Hendricks overcomes Jörg Müller!

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Asked about the most important plays in the match, both players agreed that Müller’s [mst] decided game 2. Game 3, [econ] was just the card Hendricks needed to strip Müller of all his defenses and claim the win!
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Jan Hendricks wanted to send some greeting to Tobias Siebeck, Björn Hahn and all his friends cheering for him at home! Jörg Müller followed suit and wanted to greet Heiko Schulze, Stefan Bendler and all the friends he forgot just now!
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