Round 8 Mega Feature

We’ve made it to the very last round and I’ll now take a look at several of the top seated players. In other words: This is the article you’ve all been waiting for since we’ll now do another mass feature!
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Konrad Grünewald had a great opening hand at table 1!
Konrad Grünewald had a great opening hand at table 1!

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Kicking things off are Federico Zoppini and Konrad Grünewald, both still undeafeated and borth playing Dragon Rulers. Grünewald went first and as you could see, he had quite the opening in this match.
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Kevin Langenberg was the top seated Brotherhood of the Fire Fist player!
Kevin Langenberg was the top seated Brotherhood of the Fire Fist player!

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On the second table, we have Kevin Langenberg and Enzo Duval, with Langenberg relying on the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist and Duval piloting another Dragon Ruler Deck. It certainly seems like Langenberg is able to hold his ground against the powerful archetype, but if that weren’t the case, he wouldn’t still be undefeated.
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Federico Pastore had to rebound after a Draw in our Round 7 Feature Match!
Federico Pastore had to rebound after a Draw in our Round 7 Feature Match!

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This is an image from table 4, where Daniele Stella has to hold his ground against Federico Pastore who we last saw in our Round 7 Feature Match. Pastore is of course playing Infernities while Stella is one of the many Dragon Ruler players.
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Dave Grabert made short use of the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist!
Dave Grabert made short use of the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist!

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Dave Grabert on table 5 seemed ready to wrap things up against Cristian Feruglio, one of the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist Duelists remaining in competition this weekend.
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This Brotherhood of the Fire Fist player was in much better shape!
This Brotherhood of the Fire Fist player was in much better shape!

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Things were looking much brighter for the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist on table 10, where Paolo Trapani had to overcome Nikos Hadjiioannou. [iiw] and [empty] certainly seemed like the right cards to fight the strategy of the Dragon Rulers.
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Federico Zoppini was ahead, but that was before Grünewald summoned a bunch of monsters!
Federico Zoppini was ahead, but that was before Grünewald summoned a bunch of monsters!

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Back to table 1, where Konrad Grünewald was fighting back Federico Zoppini who had seemingly taken control of the game with [afd] and [46]. A [debris] allowed him to [synch] [brd]; he didn’t activate its effect and instead used both of his Level 7 Monsters to [xyz] [11], taking control of [afd]. It destroyed his own [ravine] so he would gain 1000 Life Points, he then searched his Deck for a second copy, activating it and further thinning out his Deck. This was certainly looking good, but I instead moved over to table 5 real quick…
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Dave Grabert considering his Side Decking options after claiming the first Duel!
Dave Grabert considering his Side Decking options after claiming the first Duel!

[h2]Dave Grabert claims the lead![/h2]

Dave Grabert was almost done shuffling his Deck for the second game since he had been able to overcome Cristian Feruglio a few moments earlier. So back to table 1.
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This didn't look like Zoppini could turn it around, or did he?...
This didn't look like Zoppini could turn it around, or did he?...

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Zoppini was staring down a huge field. He started fighting back with [redox] and [tidal], using both to [xyz] a [sack]. Grünewald gave this some thought, but he seemed fine with it. [sack] left the field, destroying the set [pwwb], the only real defense Grünewald had apart from a million monsters.

Zoppini then activated [return] and before he could decide what to bring back, Grünewald shuffled up.

[h2]Federico Zoppini wins the first Duel![/h2]

As you can see, both Daniele Stella as well as Federico Pastore are also in the process of shuffling since Stella was able to beat his opponent in game 1.

[h2]Daniele Stella wins the first game![/h2]

Daniele Stella was able to overcome Federico Pastore in the first Duel!
Daniele Stella was able to overcome Federico Pastore in the first Duel!

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On table 10, a [sd] just got activated, obviously a card that got introduced to the match from a Side Deck. I asked both players and they told me that Paolo Trapani and his Fire Fist Deck was leading!
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Paolo Trapini had won the first game!
Paolo Trapini had won the first game!

[h2]Paolo Trapani is leading against Nikos Hadjiioannou[/h2]

This Imperial Iron Wall felt like a nail in the foot...
This Imperial Iron Wall felt like a nail in the foot...

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I went back to table 2, where Enzo Duval was staring in disbelief at [iiw]. Kevin Langenberg’s tech straight from the Side Deck seemed to be giving him a hard time, but he was far from being out of options. He started searching his Deck after discarding 2 Dragon Rulers, [mst] then destroyed [iiw] and this cleared the path for [blaster], causing Langenberg to chain [maxx].
The following attack left Langenberg with no monsters on the field and Duval in a seemingly favorable position.

On table 3, Kamal Moustaid had been able to beat Christos Mourikis so he’s now also having quite the advantage.
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This Crimson Blader was able to tie the scores on table 1!
This Crimson Blader was able to tie the scores on table 1!

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I arrived just in time on table 1 to take a picture of [crimson blader] which caused Federico Zoppini to shuffle up in a slightly frustrated manner. It seemed like he had no out to Grünewald’s Xyz Monster that allowed the German to tie the score.

[h2]Konrad Grünewald equals the score![/h2]

Danielle Stella sported quite the field!
Danielle Stella sported quite the field!

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Back to table 4, where Daniele Stella sported quite the field. He wanted to wrap things up right then and there, however, Federico Pastore found a [bom] to buy himself an additional turn!

He drew into a monster, which was not what he was hoping for it seemed. He summoned [patrol] and attacked, but a [bom] flipped it face-down. He added a fifth back row card and ended.

Play was back to Stella, who [fs]ed his face-down monster again before performing an Xyz Summon. [11] claimed control of [patrol] and now, staring down an open field, he declared attacks. Pastore extended the hand.

[h2]Daniele Stella overcomes Federico Pastore![/h2]

[h2]Kevin Langenberg wins 2 – 1 against Enzo Duval![/h2]

Did Federico Zoppini swap Decks in between Duels?!
Did Federico Zoppini swap Decks in between Duels?!

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Matches were wrapping up and fast! I hurried over to table 1, where Federico Zoppini had seemingly Side Decked into an Anti Deck; on his side of the field we saw [trag] and [pachy]. Grünewald didn’t seem too happy with what he saw, he discarded [blaster] with another Dragon to destroy [debunk]. He then set a monster and ended.

[trag] attacked over [electric virus] and [pachy] dealt some more damage.

Once again, all Grünewald could do was set a monster.

Zoppini had [trade in] to draw 2 more cards, he checked both the Life Totals and his opponent’s Graveyard and he then attacked with [pachy], destroying a set [crow] and [trag]. He set a back row card and ended.

Grünewald drew and extended the hand – he had nothing to deal with [pachy].

[h2]Federico Zoppini overcomes Konrad Grünewald![/h2]

On table 3, Kamal Moustaid was about to make a big play, with Christos Mourikis watching carefully. I then realized that Dave Grabert was shuffling once again, so I asked…

[h2]Dave Grabert beats Cristian Feruglio![/h2]

Bad news for all fans of the Brotherhood of the Fire Fist, but there was still hope in case you were into fiery monsters.
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Plenty of Fire Monsters on this field...
Plenty of Fire Monsters on this field...

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Fire Monsters everywhere on Kamal Moustaid’s side of the field! He attacked with [crimson blader] over his opponent’s last monster and [star eater] took a huge shot at Mourikis’ heart.

The Greek wasn’t defeated yet, however, using [ravine] to fill his Graveyard and prepare for the comeback. It seemed a little too early, though, so he passed without summoning or setting any monsters.
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Something was going on over at table 10!
Something was going on over at table 10!

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The match between Paolo Trapani and Nikos Hadjiioannou was interrupted, meanwhile, since a judge had to be called over to resolve a situation.
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More monsters are never ever a bad idea?!
More monsters are never ever a bad idea?!

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In the meantime, Kamal Moustaid had decided that he would take his opponent on his invitation, committing more monsters to the field, among them a [scrap dragon]. He destroyed it to also get rid of Mouikis’ back row card, with the Greek thinking long whether he wanted to chain it or not. He opted against it, losing his [return]. [star eater] then attacked directly, but [crimson blader]'[s] attack ended in [scarecrow]. So Mourikis did get another turn.

He drew and checked his Graveyard right away; he had 4 cards in hand. He gave it a lot of thought before deciding to [ss] [redox]. That worked, he searched his Deck for [debris], he summoned it next and this then allowed him to bring back [f guard]. Together with the Dragon Ruler, this helped him to [synch] [scrap dragon] and he destroyed it to get rid of the set [sarco].
[blaster] then returned to the field, [tidal] followed suit, both were used to Xyz Summon [sack] and it helped Mourikis to [synch] [afd] with a Token and [debris]. He got rid of [ravine] with its effect, [sack] then traded with [star eater] and this concluded the turn.
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This match slip was about to get signed!
This match slip was about to get signed!

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Now it was Moustaid who had to check his Graveyard twice to make sure he would make the right move; he returned [blaster], went searching for [redox], [tidal] followed, both were used to [xyz] [gdtc] and after Mourikis considered that for a moment, he extended the hand.

[h2]Kamal Moustaid overcomes Christos Mourikis![/h2]

I checked with our scorekeeper so I could give you the last result and this is how that match ended…

[h2]Paolo Trapani beats Nikos Hadjiioannou![/h2]
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I hope you enjoyed our mass feature once again. Make sure to check back tomorrow when we’ll bring you all the action from Day 2 of YCS Turin!
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