Round 5: Niels Vingerhoets (Harpies) vs. Roman Porubsky (Fire Fist)

Facing each other in Round 5 are the Netherlands’ very own Niels Vingerhoets and Slovakia’s Roman Porubsky. While Vingerhoets is putting his trust in Harpie Ladies, Porubsky opted instead to rely on Fire Fist.

Porubsky won the die roll and he opted to go first.
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Porubsky represented Team Slovakia with pride!
Porubsky represented Team Slovakia with pride!

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He did so with [ff leo] and he Tributed it to search his Deck for [ff tenki]. He then played it to search for [ff spirit], he added 2 back row cards and ended. Vingerhoets read all of his opponent’s cards, which was most likely a great bluff.

Then again, he summoned [h lady 1] the following turn, attacking directly and setting 4 back row cards.
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Porubsky tried to find an out with Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla!
Porubsky tried to find an out with Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Gorilla!

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Porubsky tried to get rid of the Winged-Beast with [ff gorilla], but [fiendish] stopped it dead in its tracks.

The Dutch Duelist on the other hand found a second [h lady 1], but [bth] dealt with it before it could further power-up the field.

Back to Porubsky who [ns]ed [ff rooster] – Vingerhoets immediately asked to read the card. Porubsky activated the effect, sending [ff tenki] to his Graveyard to search for [ff tensu], which Vingerhoets apparently knew (“I only know the Spell Cards”). It got flipped, Porubsky then summoned [ff spirit] and it returned [ff leo]. [tt] netted some great value for Vingerhoets, wiping the board!

[upstart] increased Porubsky’s Life Points to 7400 while Vingerhoets drew. He then activated [h party], but his monsters wouldn’t stay on the field since Porubsky also found a [tt] in his back row – “This is just payback”, Vingerhoets commented, not feeling too upbeat about the whole thing.
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Porubsky went searching for a second time!
Porubsky went searching for a second time!

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Once again, Porubsky used [ff leo] to search his Deck, this time for [ff gyok]. He summoned [ff bear], but [bom] flipped it face-down.

Vingerhoets didn’t perform any actions on his following turn.

Porubsky took the invitation, he attacked with [ff bear], this got him [ff tenki], he searched his Deck for [ff leo] and that concluded the turn.

Vingerhoets added yet another back row card.

[ff bear] went for it again and it connected. Since all of Porubski’s Spell and Trap Card Zones were filled, he couldn’t even activate the effect.

Vingerhoets finally found something; he activated [hhg], he [ns]ed [h lady 1], a [h sign] followed and this got him [egotist]. [bom] flipped the monster face-down, however and Vingerhoets commented: “I was hoping you’d do that!”
He activated [h party], bringing back 2 Harpies, but a [bts] made sure [h chan] had no effect.
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A timely Effect Veiler bought Porubsky another turn!
A timely Effect Veiler bought Porubsky another turn!

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Vingerhoets then [xyz]ed [ibz], but [veiler] came down in response. The Dutch Duelist then attacked over Porubsky’s monster before passing play.

Porubsky found [wolfbark] and this let him [ss] [ff tigerking]. He added [ff tenki] to his hand, he went searching, [ff dragon] got Summoned and [ff gorilla] also joined the fray. The latter two were used for [ff card] which then removed Vingerhoets’ monster from the field.
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This was all Porubsky needed to claim the win in the first Duel!
This was all Porubsky needed to claim the win in the first Duel!

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This cleared the path for attacks, but Vingerhoets was left with 100 Life Points.

He drew…

…and started accessing his Side Deck.

[h2]Roman Porubsky takes the first Duel![/h2]

While Vingerhoets hinted at what the Harpies could do, he wasn’t able to overcome his opponent in the first game. He now had to do a little better, but since he knew most of his opponent’s cards by now, this seemed very much doable.
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Niels Vingerhoets now had to win 2 Duels in a row!
Niels Vingerhoets now had to win 2 Duels in a row!

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Vingerhoets kicked things off in the second Duel, using [h queen] to add the Field Spell Card [hhg] to his hand, which he activated right away. He added 3 back row cards and passed play.

[ff bear] met his unfortunate fate in a [trap hole], Porubsky then set 3 Spells or Traps and he passed back to Porubsky. In the End Phase, he lost [bth] to [mst] while [h party] brought back 2 Harpies, triggering [hhg] and destroying one of Porubsky’s Set cards! He also lost his own field, however, thanks to the effect of [h party].

[ff tenki] allowed Porubsky to search for [ff bear], he attacked with it, searched for [ff tensu], this got him [ff dragon] and he summoned it in [mp] 2, he used its effect to bring back the other [ff bear] in his Graveyard and that then allowed him to [xyz] [ff tigerking]. He searched for another [ff tensu], activated it, and added [ff tensen] and passed.

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A Dark Hole was exactly what Vingerhoets needed to get the upper hand again!
A Dark Hole was exactly what Vingerhoets needed to get the upper hand again!

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Vingerhoets found [hole] and a [rai oh] provided him with a field. He attacked and passed after that.

[ff leo] got summoned and sacked, so [ff gyok] could be added to Porubsky’s back row. He activated it and play was back to Vingerhoets.

He found [h dancer] and after Summoning it twice thanks to her own effect, Porubsky was lacking a field. [egotist] then added [h lady 1] to Vingerhoets’ side of the field, he considered his attacks and went in with all of his monsters, leaving Porubsky on 700. Vingerhoets flashed a [cowboy] in his Extra Deck and that meant we got to see another Duel!

[h2]Niels Vingerhoets ties the score![/h2]

“At least I won 1!”, Vingerhoets cheered. “Now I can go back to my parents and they’ll be proud”, he added.

Both players opted against accessing their respective Side Decks this time around and Porubsky then went first, activating [ff tenki] to search for [ff spirit]. He [ns]ed [ff rooster], activated its effect, this got him [ff tensu], he activated it as well and [ff spirit] followed. When Porubsky announced “Synchro Summon”, Vingerhoets let out a big sigh: “It’s a Tuner! Wow!”
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A blast from the past: Synchro Monsters!
A blast from the past: Synchro Monsters!

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[ff horse] hit the field, [ff rooster] followed suit, Porubsky then set a face-down Spell or Trap Card and that concluded the turn.

[mst] destroyed the set [bom], Vingerhoets then used [h queen] to search for [hhg], he activated the Field Spell Card, [ns]ed [h chan] and this cost Porubsky his [ff tensu]. A [veiler] made sure Vingerhoets couldn’t unleash another combo, but a [h sign] then allowed the Dutch Duelist to add [egotist] to his hand. He attacked with [h chan] over [ff rooster], dealing 100 points of damage, he set a back row card and that concluded the turn.
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Gyokkou limited Vingerhoets' options!
Gyokkou limited Vingerhoets' options!

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[ff gyok] shut down Vingerhoets’ newly set card. [ff bear] came down and took care of Vingerhoets’ monster, this got Porubsky [ff tenki], he attacked with [ff horse], in [mp] 2, he activated it and searched for another Fire Fist monster.

[h lady 1] got summoned and that allowed Vingerhoets to destroy [ff gyok]. He then activated [egotist], which got him [h lady 1], he added it to his field and then went for [ibz]. Another [veiler] foiled that plan, however, so Vingerhoets was forced to attack over [ff bear] instead. During the End Phase, he searched his Deck for [h dancer], [h queen] and yet another Harpie card.

“Stupid [veiler] – I hate it!”, Vingerhoets complained in a jokingly fashion. “Every play I make… not just once…”, he went on. Porubsky tried to make sure it didn’t get to him, but he did have to let out a chuckle. When the Slovakian Duelist had to think a little longer and explained: “This is really, really complicated”, Vingerhoets offered him to accept his surrender. He wouldn’t have any of it, however, instead opting to [ss] [ff tigerking] with the help of [wolfbark] and unleashing a combo, adding [ff tensu] to his back row and 2 more face-down Spell or Trap Cards.
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This was looking extremely promising for Porubsky!
This was looking extremely promising for Porubsky!

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Vingerhoets had [h dancer] and summoned it once, taking out [bth] before returning it and summoning [h chan] to destroy [ff tensen], which was chained to get [ff horse] up to 2900 ATK. Vingerhoets then accessed his Extra Deck, looking for options. He went for [ibz] and he announced: “It’s gonna work this time! I’m sure of it!” He used its effect and then attacked over [ff tigerking], leaving Porubsky with 6200 Life Points and only very few outs.

The Slovakian player switched his [ff horse] to [def] and passed.
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That's what I call a Party!
That's what I call a Party!

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Vingerhoets decided it was time to party hard, activating [h party] to build an impressive field! He then used the effect of [ibz] again, he did some maths, calculating the ATK of his monsters, he went for [chidori] to take out Porubsky’s remaining monster, he then attacked for TONS OF DAMAGE (!!!) and that meant Vingerhoets would leave the table with a respectable 4 – 1 record!

[h2]Niels Vingerhoets wins the match![/h2]

After Porubsky was able to dodge several bullets with the help of some timely [veiler][s], Vingerhoets finally found an opportunity to go for [ibz] to take a left and enter the road to victory. After that, there was nothing Porubsky could do to stop him.
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