Round 5: Dorian Gridine (Watts) vs. James Cooke (Inzektors)

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Facing each other in Round 5 are Dorian Gridine who is piloting a Watt Deck through the field and James Cooke from the UK who relies on the Inzektors this weekend!
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Gridine asked if Cooke had a dice and he revealed a coin. He flipped it, Gridine called “Tails” correctly and that meant the French Duelist was allowed to go first.
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Dorian Gridine unleashed the full potential of Watts today!
Dorian Gridine unleashed the full potential of Watts today!

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[duality] revealed [bom], [cobra] and [recycling]. “Oh, it’s Watts!”, it came out from Cooke. “You’re familiar with it?”, Gridine asked and Cooke replied: “I created it! You have to take [cobra]!” This is exactly what Gridine did, he then set a Spell or Trap and ended his turn.
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Cooke wanted to [ns] [i pede], however, [warning] made short use of the monster. He set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[mst] destroyed [warning]. [cobra] came out, attacked directly and that allowed Gridine to add [dragonfly] to his hand. Gridine seemed surprised that Cooke had no questions whatsoever. “I know what all the cards in this Deck do, I’m well familiar with it”, Cooke replied with confidence.
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One lonely Cobra was all Gridine needed!
One lonely Cobra was all Gridine needed!

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[i fly] was [ns]ed and Cooke opted not to use its effect. [i mantis] followed, equipping [i fly], which meant it now sported 2400 ATK. The attack over [cobra] concluded, Gridine left 1400 Life Points, Cooke set a Spell or Trap before passing.
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Gridine [ns]ed another [cobra]. He attacked directly and searched his Deck for [wattberyx]. He set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Cooke declared an attack with his equipped [i fly]. Gridine responded with [fiendish] on [i fly]. A judge was called to check if it’s [i mantis]'[s] effect that equips [i fly] or if it’s [i fly] that makes the [i mantis] cling to it. The judge ruled it’s [i mantis]'[s] effect, which meant that it would stick around. Cooke chained [lance] to basically negate [fiendish] for the duration of the turn, which helped him to successfully attack over [cobra].
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It did not seem like Gridine would be running out of cards anytime soon!
It did not seem like Gridine would be running out of cards anytime soon!

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Gridine drew into his sixth card. He set a card to each zone and passed his turn.
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“You’re trying to go for the combo?”, Cooke asked rhetorically. “Maybe”, Gridine replied, slightly grinning. “100 %!”, Cooke fired back. He set 2 back row cards of his own and passed. During the End Phase, [mst] destroyed [tt] before play was back to Gridine.
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The French Duelist contemplated his next move and he eventually opted to simply set a monster.
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Nothing happened on Cooke’s following turn.
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Gridine [ns]ed [wattberyx] and that’s when Cooke responded with [tt] (after reading the card, so he was not familiar with all of the Watt monsters after all!). He also chained [maxx] from his hand, which showed that he really understood what was going on. [dragonfly]'[s] effect allowed Gridine to [ss] another [dragonfly]. “That means you have the other card in hand to create the lock”, Cooke figured. [dragonfly] attacked directly and play was back to the British Duelist.
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The Watts were huge fans of the "one monster beatdown strategy!"
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Cooke set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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As soon as Gridine drew, Cooke flipped [fiendish], targeting [dragonfly]. “Storm for game?”, Cooke wanted to know. Gridine responded with a [duality] activation, adding [tt] to his hand. [gale] was [ns]ed, Gridine attacked successfully with it, he set a Spell or Trap and that concluded his turn.
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Cooke now [ns]ed [i pede]. [veiler] came down, negating its effect. That didn’t stop Cooke from entering his Battle Phase, though, and he attacked over [gale].
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Gridine [ns]ed a second [i fly]. He attacked with it into [i pede] and discarded [honest] during the Damage Step, which meant Cooke had to take 900 damage. Gridine wanted to end his turn, but Cooke found [coth] in his back row to bring back [i mantis].
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Cooke had the right Traps to get back into the game!
Cooke had the right Traps to get back into the game!

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Cooke [ns]ed [veiler] and used it to [synch] [brd]. It allowed him to destroy all cards on the field, however, it also allowed Gridine to [ss] [wattfox] and [fasan] to the field.[br]
Cooke needed to get rid of the monsters, but he had just the right card for the job: [bls]! He attacked over both and then set a Spell or Trap.
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Gridine passed without performing any actions.
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Cooke discarded [maxx] before activating with [bls]. As Gridine [ss]ed [gorz], this got Cooke 2 fresh cards off the top of his Deck! “Good play!”, Gridine congratulated him on the read. “Thank you”, Cooke gave back before adding a second card to his back row.
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Play was back to Gridine who had to consider his next move carefully. He eventually decided to send the [gorz] Token into [bls]. Cooke found [lance] in his back row, which also meant game as Gridine had no way to defend himself the following turn.
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James Cooke dismantles the Watts in Game 1!

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No element of surprise for Dorian Gridine in this match! James Cooke showed us a couple of great reads in the first game, dropping [maxx] when it counted the most. This gave him a crucial advantage which eventually helped him to claim the win. Let’s see if Dorian Gridine can sport a comeback in the second game!
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James Cooke was well familiar with the interactions of the Watt Deck!
James Cooke was well familiar with the interactions of the Watt Deck!

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Gridine’s opening hand revealed some of his Side Deck tech; it featured 2 copies of [macro]. He set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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[guaiba] was [ns]ed on Cooke’s first turn and after Gridine thought about it for a second, he declared he was fine with it. [veiler] was discarded when Cooke wanted to advance to the Battle Phase. That caused the British Duelist to set a Spell or Trap first and he THEN advanced to the Battle Phase. He attacked with [guaiba] into [dragonfly], this got Gridine [cobra], Cooke set another Spell or Trap and that concluded the turn.
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Cooke introduced Guaiba to the match!
Cooke introduced Guaiba to the match!

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Gridine declared a direct attack with [cobra]. Cooke flipped [econ], switching the Watt monster to face-up [def]. [reborn] followed in [mp] 2 and it was supposed to return [veiler] to the field. Cooke contemplated his response, but said he was fine with it. Both of Gridine’s monsters were then used to [synch] [catastor]. Cooke flipped [tt] and that cleared the field! With 2 cards in hand, Gridine passed.
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Now it was Cooke who had [reborn]! He wanted to bring back Gridine’s [catastor], which succeeded and an attack followed. 5800 Life Points remaining for Gridine, Cooke set a Spell or Trap and he ended his turn.
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This might have been a crucial moment in this match. If Gridine would have chained [macro] to [tt], Cooke wouldn’t have had a chance to bring back [reborn].
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Would it have been better to activate Macrocosmos earlier to avoid this situation?!
Would it have been better to activate Macrocosmos earlier to avoid this situation?!

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Gridine [ns]ed [fasan] and Cooke asked a judge if its effect to bring back a monster would start a chain or if it would [ss] the monster that was banished. [fasan] attacked directly and Cooke used [econ] to switch it to face-up [def]. “The two face-down cards in your back row are bluffs”, the British Duelist declared. Gridine didn’t respond, but added a third card. “Now I know for sure, I can read your body language!”, Cooke said. “Unfortunately, I don’t know about the third card…”
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[duality] from Cooke revealed [i hornet], [storm] and [i fly]. “My question is do you have [road]?”, Cooke asked. No response from Gridine that Cooke could read. “If you do, activate it now!”, Cooke announced when he activated [storm]. Gridine didn’t have [road]. He lost 2 copies of [macro] and [sim].[br]
[guaiba] attacked over [fasan] and Cooke couldn’t [ss] another copy after checking his deck. “Now the question is, do you have [gorz] in your hand?”, Cooke said. He went for it again, declaring a direct attack with [catastor] which was succesful.
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Gridine [ss]ed [cd] and attacked over [guaiba]. In [mp] 2, he used both remaining monsters on the field to bring out [cfd]. Cooke chained [veiler] to its effect, which meant that [cfd] would be a 0 ATK monster – not much help! Gridine set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Rarely has Chimeratech Fortress Dragon been of less help...
Rarely has Chimeratech Fortress Dragon been of less help...

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It was the third to last turn of the match as time was called a little while ago. Cooke only set a monster and passed.
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Gridine had [dragonfly] and attacked into the set [i fly].
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The following turn, Cooke activated [duality] and it got him another Inzektor. He considered making some offensive plays, but instead simply opted to end his turn, which meant that he just won the game as he was ahead on Life Points and the time was over.
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James Cooke remains undefeated!

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Cooke explained that he made a mistake prior to the tournament. He wanted to add [armor blast] to his Side Deck, but eventually decided against it. It would have been extremely helpful in 2 matches today as his opponents sided into [macro].
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Cooke doesn’t have much reason to complain, though. With the perfect record after 5 rounds, he’s well on his way to make day 2 this weekend!
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