Round 8: Georg Scherer (Inzektors) vs. Anthony Tiplady (Dark World Turbo)

[p]It all comes down to this! Well, not quite, but almost. The last round on the first day of competition will decide who will advance to day 2 and who couldn’t overcome this first major obstacle. We invited Anthony Tiplady to our table who’s relying on his very own take on the Dark World archetype as well as Georg Scherer who’s yet another Inzektor player. Both players are sitting on 5 – 1 – 1 records, so they desperately need the win to keep their hopes of advancing to the final 32.
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Scherer won the die roll and not surprisingly, he decided to go first.
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Georg Scherer was well on his way to make Day 2!
Georg Scherer was well on his way to make Day 2!

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Scherer drew into his sixth card, Set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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Tiplady drew and [dustshoot] was used to return [grapha] to his Deck.
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Tiplady's hand revealed by Trap Dustshoot!
Tiplady's hand revealed by Trap Dustshoot!

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Tiplady Set 2 face-down Spells or Traps and passed right back to Scherer.
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[duality] revealed [i hornet], [i pede] and [maxx]. [i hornet] it was, Scherer [ns]ed [i pede] and he attacked directly. That succeeded and in [mp] 2, he Set a Spell or Trap before passing.
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Tiplady checked his face-down cards and activated [reckless]. He was back on 6 cards in his hand, however, he wouldn’t be allowed to draw his next 2 turns. [tour guide] was [ns]ed and Scherer opted to discard [veiler], stripping it of its effect. Tiplady had no more plays.
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[i pede] activated its effect, but [drain] was chained. Scherer chained [mst] from his hand, equipped [i pede] with [i hornet] and then detached [i hornet] to be able to attack directly. [i fly] came down next, equipping it with [i hornet] as well. Attacks followed, dealing 1500 and 1600, respectively.
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That game seemed like a one man show!
That game seemed like a one man show!

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During [mp] 2, Scherer used [i hornet] to destroy his own [i pede], then he [ss]ed [i pede]. He equipped it with [i hornet] and passed.
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[storm] was Tiplady’s weapon of choice to fight back in this game. Scherer had [sj], however, which caused Tiplady to shuffle up his cards in frustration – it certainly must have seemed to him like Scherer had everything!
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Georg Scherer overcomes bad odds and leads!

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“My worst match-up”, Scherer commented in disbelief. “Yeah, you had quite the god hand”, Tiplady agreed. Then again, that’s why we play the game – you never know about the outcome of a match before you’re actually playing it. Would statistics presume or in other words: Could Tiplady turn this around? We would know in an instant!
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Anthony Tiplady now had to win 2 games in a row!
Anthony Tiplady now had to win 2 games in a row!

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Both players took some time to exchange cards between their Main and Side Decks. Tiplady kicked things off this time, surprising his opponent by passing without making a play!
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Scherer thought about this obvious invitation and decided he should go for it. He recruited [tour guide], but Tiplady discarded [veiler]. A direct attack followed, leaving Tiplady with 7000 Life Points and that concluded the turn.
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2 face-down Spell or Trap Cards later, play was back to Scherer.
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He [ns]ed [i pede] and Tiplady activated [tt] in response. With an open field, Scherer passed his turn.
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An interesting Duel so far, to say the least. Rarely do we see players act so reluctantly and Tiplady didn’t feel like breaking the ice, passing without performing an action.
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Scherer [ns]ed [i pede] and equipped it with [i hornet]. In response, Tiplady used [reckless] to draw 2. A direct attack followed and Tiplady was on!
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Reckless allowed Tiplady to draw into new cards!
Reckless allowed Tiplady to draw into new cards!

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[foolish] allowed him to send [grapha] to his Graveyard. He [ns]ed [tour guide], which was fine, so he brought out [broww]. [broww] returned to Tiplady’s hand and [grapha] made a surprise comeback from the dead. He Set a Spell or Trap, then activated [gates] and finally, [card destruction]. [imps] was chained from Scherer’s hand, negating the effect and allowing him to draw another card. Certainly not what Tiplady wanted to see.[br]
After giving it some thought, he attacked with [grapha] over [i pede], an attack with [tour guide] followed and that concluded the turn.
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Scherer had no field, but held 5 cards in his hand. He used [allure] to draw into 2 new cards and banished [i hornet] for its effect. [duality] was next, revealing [i fly], [decree] and [imps]. Scherer eventually picked [i fly], shuffling the other 2 cards back in. [hole] cleared the way for [i hornet], which activated its effect, but Tiplady chained [drain]. An attack followed, reducing Tiplady’s Life Points by another 500. One Set Spell or Trap later, it was Tiplady’s turn once more.
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Skill Drain gives Inzektors a hard time!
Skill Drain gives Inzektors a hard time!

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Tiplady’s [mst] destroyed Scherer’s Set [warning]. He then activated the effect of his Field Spell Card, banishing [tour guide] to discard [broww]. He [ns]ed [broww] and returned it to his hand so he could bring back [grapha]. It attacked directly and Tiplady passed.
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Scherer only Set a monster.
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[gates] allowed Tiplady to discard [snoww]. He drew and searched his Deck for another copy of the searcher. [snoww] was [ns]ed and sent into the face-down monster, which was revealed to be [sangan]. Scherer searched his Deck for [imps], [grapha] attacked directly, Tiplady Set 2 Spells or Traps and that concluded the turn.
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[ddv] in Scherer’s Standby Phase made him discard [tour guide], [imps] and [i fly]. [reborn] was the only card left in his hand! “I knew it!”, Tiplady commented triumphantly. “Good thing I didn’t Tribute [grapha] to trigger [ddv]!”
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[reborn] brought back [sangan] and Scherer had to pass, obviously being out of options.
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He simply asked Tiplady: “Do you have another monster?”, and when his opponent flashed [reborn] in his hand, Scherer went for his Side Deck.
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Anthony Tiplady equals the score!

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“I did not see those [imps] coming!”, Tiplady admitted. “I thought I was about to win the game!”
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Meanwhile Scherer went through his Side Deck, searching for answers. While [imps] were certainly among the best cards to throw some obstacles in Tiplady’s way, they might not be enough.
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Scherer's opening 6 in the deciding Duel!
Scherer's opening 6 in the deciding Duel!

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“I go first this time”, Scherer announced. He activated [allure], drawing 2 and banishing [dad]. One boss monster gone, one more to go, Tiplady must have thought to himself. [rai oh] was [ns]ed and Scherer Set a Spell or Trap.
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Tiplady also Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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[rai oh] attacked directly and that concluded the turn.
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Tiplady considered adding another face-down Spell or Trap, but ultimately opted against it and passed.
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Another direct hit from [rai oh].
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Tiplady was obviously not satisfied with what he held in hand. He now Set a second Spell or Trap and activated [card destruction]. [imps] were discarded by Scherer, but that gave Tiplady some breathing space. He now used [hole] and [mst] to get rid of all of Scherer’s cards, then activated [gates] and followed it up with [broww]. He attacked directly with the Fiend, Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Tiplady went on the offense with... Broww?!
Tiplady went on the offense with... Broww?!

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Scherer went up to 7 cards at the start of his turn. He [ns]ed [i fly] and equipped it with [i hornet] from his hand. [veiler] was discarded in response, so [i hornet] was sent to the Graveyard as well.[br]
[rai oh] and [imps] were banished, which allowed Scherer to [ss] [bls]! He declared an attack with [bls], aiming for the win! Tiplady revealed his remaining cards: [ddv] and [drain] – nothing that helped him in this situation, so Scherer’s gamble paid off big time!
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Georg Scherer advances to Day 2!

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Scherer’s Side Deck tech [imps] helped him tremendously in this match. Tiplady desperately needed some new tools, however, when his [card destruction] was negated, he couldn’t find them. [bls] then sealed the deal for Scherer, marking the perfect conclusion for the first day for him!
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