Round 5: Pierre Pradelles (Dino Rabbit) vs. Sergio Marti Orts (T.G. Agents)

[p]Facing each other in Round 5 are Pierre Pradelles from Toulouse, France and Sergio Marti Orts from Valencia, Spain. Both are currently sitting on 3 – 1 records and will have to win this round to savor their chances of making it to day 2!
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Pradelles won the die roll and didn’t take a split second to decide who would go first.
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Pierre Pradelles is feeling confident and needs to win this round!
Pierre Pradelles is feeling confident and needs to win this round!

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He took a little longer to decide on his opening play, but after some consideration he felt fine and passed without performing any actions.
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[earth] was [ns]ed on Orts’ opening turn, he searched his Deck for [venus], added a face-down Spell or Trap and ended.
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Pradelles now knew what Orts was playing, while the Spanish Duelist couldn’t quite claim the same. That would change in a second, since Pradelles [ns]ed [kabaz] and attacked over [earth]. He Set 2 Spells or Traps and was done.
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Heavy Storm clearing the way!
Heavy Storm clearing the way!

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[storm] “from below” got Orts an ovation from the crowd. He [ss]ed [striker], [ns]ed [venus], activated its effect and Pradelles chained [maxx]! Another applause from the crowd.[br]
Orts had to give his next move some thought, he overlaid [msb] and [striker] to Xyz Summon [ggg], he attacked with [earth] over [kabaz], dealing 300 damage and that concluded the turn.
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[rabbit] came down on Pradelles’ following turn, but a [veiler] was just what the Spanish player needed to not only save the day (or, well, Duel), but also get another cheer. [rabbit]'[s] effect was used, Pradelles Set a Spell or Trap and that was that.
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Orts attacked and ended.
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Pradelles opted to bring out Dolkka!
Pradelles opted to bring out Dolkka!

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One [tgu] got Pradelles [sangan], he Xyz Summoned [leviair], this got him back [rabbit], which got him 2 [kabaz] and one more Xyz Summon later, he was left with [leviair] and [dolkka] on the field. He attacked into [ggg] and when Orts detached a material, Pradelles wanted to chain [dolkka]'[s] effect. That was not possible, however, since [ggg]'[s] effect is Continuous. Pradelles added 3 back row cards and he passed.
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[jupiter] was [ns]ed, Orts declared an attack into [leviair], but [safe zone] did exactly what the card name suggests. That caused Orts to pass the turn without performing any other actions.
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Pradelles used [leviair]'[s] effect again to bring back [rabbit], which then helped him add 2 [kabaz] from his Deck to his field. Both were used to Xyz Summon [laggia] and play proceeded with the Battle Phase.[br]
[dolkka] attacked into [ggg], which detached another material. [leviair] attacked over [venus], [laggia] attacked [jupiter] and that’s when [trag] was supposed to come down. Pradelles didn’t flinch and detached a material from [dolkka], negating [trag]'[s] effect.
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A second Jupiter made an appearance!
A second Jupiter made an appearance!

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Orts found another [jupiter] in his hand and [ns]ed it. He activated the effect, but [dolkka]'[s] second material left the field and foiled that plan. Orts passed.
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[poa] returned 2 [kabaz], [tgu], [sangan] and [maxx] to Pradelles’ Deck. He drew 2, considered his next play, Summoned [tgu], which in turn helped him to add [sangan] to his side of the field, both were used to Xyz Summon [17], [sangan] was detached to raise its ATK and then we entered the Battle Phase again. [dolkka] attacked over [ggg], [laggia] attacked directly and [17] followed. Pradelles ended.
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Orts drew into [kristya]. He also had 2 copies of [msb] on his hand and [rhino]. Not really what he was hoping for. He [ns]ed [rhino], [kristya] was supposed to come down next, but a [warning] didn’t allow it to ever hit the field. That meant game for Pradelles!
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Pierre Pradelles wins the first Duel!

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It was very interesting to watch the explosive openings, which then turned into an interesting battle. Since Orts couldn’t quite find the right answers, it was Pradelles who came out winning the first game, but there’s still a chance for Orts to turn it around, so let’s see how this goes.
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Sergio Marti Orts now had to win 2 games in a row!
Sergio Marti Orts now had to win 2 games in a row!

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Both players maxed out the time to check their Side Decks and randomize their Decks for the second Duel. This time it would be Orts who would go first. He had [kristya], [bls], [hyperion], [venus], [dust] and [veiler] and he was quick to [ns] [venus], [ss]ing 2 copies of [msb] to the field. He used them both to Xyz Summon [ggg], he Set [dust] and that concluded his opening turn.
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Pradelles had to call over a judge to ask a question about [ggg]. After he received some answers, he [ns]ed [kabaz], he attacked [venus] and he used [lance] during the Damage Step to force the attack through. That meant that Orts would lose 500 Life Points, which left him with 6500. 2 Spells or Traps were Set.
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Orts used [dust] to get rid of [bom], but it was chained and hit [ggg]. Orts simply [fs]ed it again after he destroyed the other face-down Spell or Trap with [mst].
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Gachi Gachi Gantetsu helped Orts to claim control over the game!
Gachi Gachi Gantetsu helped Orts to claim control over the game!

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He [ss]ed [hyperion], used its effect to destroy [kabaz], [ggg] and [hyperion] attacked directly.
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Play was back to Pradelles, who [ns]ed [saurus]. He Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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[ggg] was sent into [saurus]. A tricky play by Orts; he did not use [ggg]'[s] effect, but that filled up his Graveyard. He entered [mp] 2, used [hyperion]'[s] effect to destroy [kabaz] and ended.
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Pradelles [ns]ed [rabbit], but [veiler] would make sure its effect couldn’t resolve.
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[hyperion] destroyed [lance], which was chained. Attacks followed. Orts Set a Spell or Trap.
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Pradelles Set a monster and passed.
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Orts attacked with [hyperion] over the Set [kabaz]. He Set a Spell or Trap.
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Pradelles also Set a Spell or Trap, but it fell victim to [mst] during the End Phase. When Orts revealed [reborn] in his back row, Pradelles knew it was over.
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Sergio Marti Orts equals the score!

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We would need one more Duel to decide on a winner in this match. Let’s see if Orts’ Agents could help him turn this match around or if Pradelles could find some more cards in his Side Deck that would improve his chances!
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Orts' opening hand in the last game!
Orts' opening hand in the last game!

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Orts had [gozen], [rhino], [msb], [mst] and [tt]. Pradelles only Set a Spell or Trap.
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Orts drew into [bls] and revealed the face-down Trap to be [bth] as he used [mst] on it. [rhino] was [ns]ed and it attacked directly. That’s when Pradelles [ss]ed [gorz]! Orts Set a back row card and ended.
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Pradelles now found [tgu] to search his Deck for [sangan]. He started to crunch some numbers and checked his Extra Deck really quick. He declared an attack and that’s when Orts flipped [gozen]. Pradelles let out a French curse that didn’t sound half as offensive as it should have, he then attacked with [gorz] over [rhino] and attacks with [tgu] and [sangan] followed. In [mp] 2, Pradelles wanted to Xyz Summon, but that didn’t really seem possible thanks to [gozen].
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Orts searched his Deck for [warwolf], drew for his turn and that got him a second copy. [warwolf] was [ns]ed and attacked over [tgu]. Orts Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Setting up some game-ending attacks!
Setting up some game-ending attacks!

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Pradelles cleared the path for some bigger plays with [storm], destroying [gozen] and the face-down [tt] that Orts Set the turn before. He [ns]ed [kabaz], [reborn] on [rhino] followed and that’s when Orts [ss]ed the second [warwolf] from his hand in face-up Defense Position – hoping for it to buy him another turn![br]
It wasn’t meant to be. Pradelles didn’t commit a mistake and sent [sangan] into the [warwolf] in [def]. [rhino] attacked over the remaining copy in [atk] and after that, [kabaz] and [gorz] were able to strip Orts of his last remaining Life Points.
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Pierre Pradelles wins the match!

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This was certainly one of the more interesting Feature Matches. It will be hard for Sergio Marti Orts to recover from this loss as he’ll now most likely have to win all his remaining matches to make day 2.
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Pierre Pradelles on the other hand is in a rather good position and simply has to keep going. So maybe we’ll see him again at some point later in the tournament.
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