Round 7: Fabio Zuccato (Inzektor) vs. Thomas Ochsenmaier (Wind-Up)

[p]Only 2 more rounds before we’re making a cut to the final 256 that will duke it out in 3 additional rounds tomorrow morning. This is where it counts the most and we invited 2 players to our Feature Match table that will have to win at least 1 out of the remaining 2 rounds to make day 2. Fabia Zuccato from Udinese, Italy relies on Inzektors while his opponent Thomas Ochsenmaier from Munich, Germany pilots a Wind-Up Deck. That means 2 of the most popular Decks are facing each other in one of the most important rounds…
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Ochsenmaier won the die roll and opted to go first.
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Thomas Ochsenmaier needed to win 1 out of the next 2 matches!
Thomas Ochsenmaier needed to win 1 out of the next 2 matches!

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He drew into a sixth card, Set a Monster and 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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[mst] destroyed [fiendish], then Zuccato used [duality] to add a copy of [fiendish] to his hand. He saw another copy as well as an Inzektor Monster, giving away his Deck of choice. [arma] was [ns]ed next, sending [i hornet] to his Graveyard. He attacked into [w mag], Set 2 Spells or Traps and passed his turn. Ochsenmaier used [mst] to destroy [fiendish] during the End Phase!
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On his following turn, another [mst] destroyed yet another [fiendish]. [mind] helped convince [arma] to switch sides, then both of his Level 4 Monsters were used to Xyz Summon [utopia]. It attacked directly, leaving Zuccato with 5100 Life Points.
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Zuccato started some Inzektor shenanigans!
Zuccato started some Inzektor shenanigans!

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Zuccato found an answer for his problems in [i fly]. It brought back [i hornet], he destroyed the Xyz Monster, [ss]ed [i pede] and equipped it once again with [i hornet]. He Set a Spell or Trap after attacking and ended.
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[hole] wiped the board.
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Zuccato added a second Spell or Trap to his back row.
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Ochsenmaier used [storm] to also clear Zuccato’s back row. A devastating series of plays. He Set a card to each zone and passed.
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Zuccato only Set a Spell or Trap.
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[w mag] was [fs]ed and then Ochsenmaier [ss]ed [w shark]. It was met with [warning], but [w mag] dealt 600 Damage.
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Zuccato performed no actions.
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[w mag] took another direct shot.
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Zuccato Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Suddenly Ochsenmaier was on the move!
Suddenly Ochsenmaier was on the move!

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[w hun] was [ns]ed, but [bth] banished it for good.
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Zuccato was stuck in a defensive position, only Setting a Spell or Trap.
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[w mag]'[s] attack ended in [fiendish]. Ochsenmaier passed his turn.
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Once again, Zuccato only Set a Spell or Trap.
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[w fac] was activated, then Ochsenmaier attempted to summon [w rat]. Zuccato flipped [sj], hanging by a thread with only 650 Life Points remaining!
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Finally, Zuccato found some way to go on the offensive again. He used [foolish] to send [zephy] to his Graveyard. He opted to activate the effect, but Ochsenmaier chained [maxx]. [zephy] declared an attack, but [bom] was used to flip [w mag] face-down. That meant another 200 Damage for Zuccato. The Italian Duelist Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Ochsenmaier [ns]ed [w rabbit] and opted to activate its effect. However, Zuccato activated [fiendish] to negate the effect.
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On his following turn, he opted to [ns] [i fly], but [warning] made sure it would never hit the field.
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Ochenmaier now found a second [w mag]. He Xyz Summoned [utopia] and attacked with it over [zephy], finally dealing enough damage to claim victory in the first game!
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Thomas Ochsenmaier takes the lead!

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It didn’t really seem that close, but Ochsenmaier struggled for several turns to dish out the final points of damage. If Zuccato could find a way to improve his defense, he might be able to turn this match around!
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Fabio Zuccato was one of the youngest Duelists in competition!
Fabio Zuccato was one of the youngest Duelists in competition!

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Ochsenmaier revealed his Side Decking strategy to us: Out came: 1 [tour guide], [mf] and [w kitten] and 2 [veiler] & [cd] took their place.
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Zuccato kicked things off, Setting a monster as well as 2 Spells or Traps.
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[w fac] was activated first, then Ochsenmaier [ns]ed [w rabbit]. He added a face-down Spell or Trap and passed.
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Zuccato [fs]ed [i fly] and he equipped it with [i hornet]. Ochsenmaier used [mst] before Zuccato had a chance to use the effect of [i hornet], but that still meant that [i fly]'[s] effect would kick in. Therefore, Zuccato was allowed to search his Deck for [i pede] and [ss] it to the field. Next, he equipped [i pede]'[s] effect to equip it with [i hornet]. Then, [i hornet] was sent to the Graveyard once again, destroying [w fac]. Ochsenmaier chained the effect of [w rabbit], thinking this would allow him to use the effect of [w fac]. Apparently that was not the case as a chain was still resolving and he would only be allowed to use this effect of the Continuous Spell Card after the chain completely resolved. For that reason, he couldn’t search.[br]
After some direct attacks, play was back to Ochsenmaier.
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Zuccato was looking for answers in his back row!
Zuccato was looking for answers in his back row!

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He sent [w rabbit] into [i pede], but [mf] was activated in response. Ochenmaier chained [w rabbit]'[s] effect to banish it once again. He passed his turn afterwards.
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Zuccato switched [i fly] to [def] and then used [i pede]'[s] effect to equip it with [i hornet]. He attacked directly and passed.
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Ochenmaier [ss]ed [w rabbit] back. He followed it up with [w mag] and then banished [w rabbit], trying to trigger [w mag]'[s] effect. That wasn’t meant to be, though, as [veiler] foiled this plan!
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On his following turn, Zuccato equipped [i fly] with [i mantis]. Next, he used [i mantis]'[s] effect to [ss] [i hornet] to the field. Also, [i fly]'[s] effect allowed him to [ss] yet another [i hornet] from his Deck. He [ns]ed [i fly], equipped it with [i mantis], then Xyz Summoned [20] using both of his [i hornet]'[s] on the field and that was the point when Ochsenmaier shuffled up his cards!
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Fabio Zuccato equals the score!

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Once again, we had to play a deciding game. Ochenmaier kicked tings off, Setting 2 Spells or Traps.
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Zuccato used [allure] to draw 2, then he banished [sangan]. He followed it up with [duality], revealing 2 [call] and 1 [i pede]. He picked one of the Traps, Set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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Ochsenmaier simply Set a third Spell or Trap.
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This time Ochsenmaier was looking for answers!
This time Ochsenmaier was looking for answers!

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[i fly] was [ns]ed and it dealt the first damage with a direct attack.
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Ochsenmaier activated [w fac], he then [ns]ed [w shark]. He lowered its level so it would be a Level 3 Monster, then used [w fac] to search his Deck for another copy of [w shark]. [mind] claimed control over [i fly], then both Level 3 Monsters were used to Xyz Summon [w maity]. [w shark] came down next and the effect of [w maity] was used. In response, Zuccato discarded [maxx]. Ochsenmaier [ss]ed [w hun] from his Deck. He used the effect of [w hun], Tributing [w shark], but Zuccato chained [veiler]! That concluded the turn.
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Zuccato simply Set a Spell or Trap and passed. During his opponent’s Standby Phase, he activated [fiendish], targeting [w maity]. Ochsenmaier used [storm] afterwards, causing both players to lose their entire back rows with 3 and 4 cards, respectively. The effect of [w maity] allowes Ochsenmaier to [ss] [w rat] from his Deck. He used its effect to [ss] [w hun] and then used both monsters to Xyz Summon another [w maity]. [w hun] was [ss]ed from his Deck after detaching one of the materials from the newly [ss]ed [w maity]. Then it Tributed a [w maity], causing Zuccato to lose a card in his hand. Another Xyz Summon later and another repetition of the loop meant only 1 card left in Zuccato’s hand, while Ochsenmaier sported quite the field!
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Could Zuccato recover from that?!
Could Zuccato recover from that?!

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[w rat] and [w hun] were now used to Xyz Summon [leviair]. It detached one of its materials to [ss] Zuccato’s [sangan]. Obviously, Ochsenmaier was still not done. Using [reborn] to bring back [w hun], he stripped Zuccato of the last card in his hand. [poa] followed, returning 3 [w maity] and 2 [w rat] to his respective Decks. This provided him with the necessary tools to do some more repetitions of the loop, just in case.[br]
He used both [sangan] and [w hun] to Xyz Summon [w maity], then detached [w hun] to[ss] [w rat] from his Deck. Its effect was used to [ss] [w hun] and both Monsters were then used to Xyz Summon yet another [w maity]. That was still not all, as another detached Wind-Up Monster meant that Ochenmaier could also [ss] the last [w shark] from his Deck. He used both [w shark]'[s] on the field to Xyz Summon [zenmaines] and that finally concluded the flurry of Special Summons!
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Attacks followed, leaving Zuccato with only few Life Points. The Italian Duelist drew for his turn and Set a Spell or Trap, but [mst] destroyed [fiendish]. That meant Ochsenmaier was free to send in some more attacks the following turn, which would help him to claim the victory!
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Thomas Ochsenmaier wins the match!

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Asked about what went wrong during the last Duel, Zuccato pointed out that he should have waited longer with his [maxx] discard. Using his counter a little prematurely allowed Ochsenmaier to simply set up his combo for the following turn, which then resulted in his win!
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