Round 7: Nicolas Petz (Watt) vs. Thierry Cyganek (Wind-Up)

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Cyganek won the die roll and opted to go first.
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Thierry Cyganek had no idea WATT Petz was packing!
Thierry Cyganek had no idea WATT Petz was packing!

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He Set a Spell or Trap, activated [w fac], [ns]ed [w rabbit], used its effect, this triggered the effect of [w fac] and that got him [w shark]. That also concluded the turn.
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[duality] revealed [shard], [shining angel] and [veiler] and Petz picked [angel], sending the other 2 right back! He [ns]ed it, attacked directly, Set 3 Spells or Traps and passed the turn, but Cyganek flipped [mst], destroying [bribe].
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[storm] followed the next turn, but [revolution] foiled that plan! [w mag] came down, [w shark] followed, this triggered [w fac], this got Cyganek another [w shark] and [w hun] was [ss]ed through [w mag]'[s] effect. [w mag] was Tributed for the effect of [w hun], which cost Petz [hopper]. A Xyz Summon followed, which got Cyganek [w maity], the loop continued and I took a picture:
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Shining Angel is not what you expect to see at the top tables!
Shining Angel is not what you expect to see at the top tables!

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The next [w maity] [ss]ed a [w shark] from Cyganek’s Deck. He activated [instant fusion] to add a Level 5 Fusion Monster to his Deck and he then used it and [w shark] to [ss] [tiras]! He entered the Battle Phase and [tiras] struck down [angel]. Petz searched his Deck for [dragonfly]. Cyganek took a look at the card and then considered attacking [dragonfly] as well. He did, which allowed Petz to search his Deck for another copy of [dragonfly], but this time in [def]. It was attacked by [w maity] and that caused Petz to [ss] the last [dragonfly] from his Deck. The effect of [tiras] destroyed the Set [bribe], Petz drew and he knew he couldn’t come back from this epic turn!
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Thierry Cyganek takes an early lead!

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Both players didn’t take long to check their Side Decks for answers. It seemed like they had a pretty good idea of what would work well against the opposing strategy.
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Nicolas Petz felt confident he could still turn this around!
Nicolas Petz felt confident he could still turn this around!

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Petz kicked things off, Setting 3 Spells or Traps and a face-down monster.
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Cyganek Set 2 Spells or Traps himself and passed.
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Petz [fs]ed [dragonfly], attacked directly, Set a fourth Spell or Trap and ended.
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[tgu] was [ns]ed the next turn and Petz immediately discarded [veiler]. Cyganek thought for a bit if he wanted to chain to that, he didn’t, Set a third Spell or Trap and ended.
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Play was back to Petz, who [ns]ed [hopper]. Cyganek took another look at the card and reassured himself that the effects worked the way he thought. Petz was down to 1 card in hand, [dragonfly] attacked [tgu], which allowed Petz to search his Deck for another copy, he also sent that in, the last copy followed and then Petz [ss]ed a second [hopper] in face-up [def]. That concluded the turn.
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Setting up the combo!
Setting up the combo!

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Cyganek added a fourth Spell or Trap.
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Petz’ [duality] got him [ccd]. He Set a Spell or Trap and [ns]ed [ccd]. Cyganek had a response: [tt]. Petz chained [bribe], so Cyganek drew. Petz drew 2, thanks to [ccd].
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Cygnaek simply Set a monster.
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[mst] from Petz hit [prison]. He Set another Spell or Trap and ended.
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Cyganek now found a second [tgu]. That was fine with Petz, so Cyganek searched his Deck for [sangan] and [ss]ed it to the field. Both [tgu]'[s] were used to Xyz Summon [zenmaines], then [w fac] followed. Petz had no response. [hole] was met with [revolution] and Cyganek was done trying to find a way around Petz’ defense.
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[cobra] was attempted to be [ns]ed, but it was met with [warning]. Petz passed.
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Cyganek tried to fight back with Xyz Monsters!
Cyganek tried to fight back with Xyz Monsters!

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Time was working in Petz’ favor and Cyganek knew it. He activated [dust], targeting [fiendish]. Petz didn’t mind losing the Trap. [w hun] was [ns]ed next, but Petz flipped [rivalry] in response! This cost Cyganek both [sangan] and [w hun] as he was keen on keeping [zenmaines]. He searched his Deck for [w rabbit] and ended his turn.
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Petz simply Set a Spell or Trap. The same happened the following 2 turns.
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It was up to Cyganek once again, who did not commit to any plays. Both continued to “do nothing” for their following turns, Cyganek did so again, then something happened.
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Petz activated [break], destroying [df]. He activated [shard] and passed.
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Nothing happened the following two turns, save [shard] adding a counter.
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Cyganek activated [mst] on [rivalry], but [bribe] foiled that plan. Cyganek Set a Spell or Trap.
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Petz’ [shard] received a second counter, he used the effect and drew 2 cards. [duality] revealed [recharge], which Petz immediately added, making it almost impossible to see the other copy of [duality] as well as the last card. [cobra] was [ns]ed, it attacked directly, this got Petz [giraffe] from his Deck, he Set 2 Spells or Traps, so his whole back row was full of cards and he ended.
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Petz finally found something to deal some damage!
Petz finally found something to deal some damage!

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Cyganek drew and immediately Set his drawn card.
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Petz [ns]ed [giraffe], but Petz had [sj] to negate it. He attacked with both [cobra] and [giraffe], searched his Deck for another [cobra], activated [shard] and passed.
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Cyganek drew, he had a lot of cards in hand, but none of them would provide him with a way out!
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Nicolas Petz equals the score!

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If Thierry Cyganek didn’t quite know what the Watt Deck can do, he certainly knew after this round. Petz unfolded all his combos, locking down his opponent completely and after he finally found his tools to dish out some damage, it didn’t take him long to seal the deal and win the game. Could he do it again or did Cyganek draw into the right answers to trump the strategy?
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[tgu] was [ns]ed and its effect was activated. Petz bluffed a [veiler] and made it look like he considered discarding it, but he “opted against it”. [sangan] came out. Cyganek wasn’t scared, he activated [w fac], used both of his monsters to bring out [w maity], he searched his Deck for [w shark] with [w fac]'[s] effect and [w maity] got him [w rabbit]. He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Petz used Pot of Duality, looking for answers!
Petz used Pot of Duality, looking for answers!

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Petz started the last game activating [duality], looking for some outs. He took [shard], activated it, Set 2 Spells or Traps and a monster and he passed. Cyganek used the effect of [w rabbit] during the End Phase to add a counter to [w fac].
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The following turn, [w maity]'[s] effect was activated again and when [w fac] triggered, Petz used [mst] to get rid of it. [w hun] came out regardless and it Tributed the Xyz Monster, stripping Petz’ hand off [cobra].[br]
[storm] followed and went through. Another Xyz Summon, another [w maity], this got Cyganek a [w rat] from his Deck, he used it to bring back [w hun] and both were Tund to another [w maity] after [w hun]'[s] effect Tributed the earlier Summoned [w maity], leaving Petz with no hand.[br]
The last [w maity] got Cyganek [w shark], he added another one from his hand, used both to Xyz Summon [tiras] and he attacked with it into [dragonfly]. Petz got all copies out of his Deck thanks to [tiras]'[s] effect and the attacks, he ended up with [hopper] on the field, but [soul taker] in [mp] 2 destroyed the only hope that Petz had.
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He drew for his turn, but didn’t find an answer and extended his hand.
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Thierry Cyganek remains undefeated!

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Despite losing the match, Nicolas Petz is still in a great position to make it all the way to the knock out portion of the tournament. Thierry Cyganek will probably have overcome one of the hardest to beat opponents just now, since he’s one of the very few players at the top tables that doesn’t rely on one of the popular Decks.
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