Round 8 Mega Feature

Since our new addition to the coverage team claimed the Feature Match area for this round, I’ll instead try something new. We’ll now take a look at several matches at the same time so you have a great live impression of all the excitement that’s going down during Round 8 of the Main Event.

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Table 56 featured Wytze Kluitenberg and Luke Lennard!
Table 56 featured Wytze Kluitenberg and Luke Lennard!

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Table 56 features Wytze Kluitenberg and Luke Lennard; both players are relying on the Mermail archtype and Wytze just tried to gain some ground, activating a [storm]. Luke fought back, unleashing a flurry of [ss]s, but Wytze had the [tt] to make sure he would get to see another turn!
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Table 1 pitted Nikolay Paller vs. Alain Ly in a Mermail mirror!
Table 1 pitted Nikolay Paller vs. Alain Ly in a Mermail mirror!

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Next up, we got our table 1 match between Alain Ly and Nikolay Paller. Alain isn’t looking too happy, which makes sense considering Nikolay just activated [mind], claiming control over his opponent’s only monster to then use it to [xyz] [dweller]. [linde] followed and Alain just commented “Ouch!” – this game might be over any minute!
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Robin Bachofner just won the first game against Roman Kieser on table 2!
Robin Bachofner just won the first game against Roman Kieser on table 2!

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Game 1 on table 2 just concluded, with Robin Backofner winning against Roman Kieser. A great advantage and if Robin is able to push it just a little bit further, he might have locked himself into the round of the final 32 for this weekend!
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Sergio Cavaliere was still going strong with his Hieratic Dragons!
Sergio Cavaliere was still going strong with his Hieratic Dragons!

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Federico Zoppini, who did well on the grand stage before, goes up against Sergio Cavaliere’s Hieratic Dragons on table 3. Federico relies on the Prophecy archetype and he seems to be in much better shape than most of the Mermail opponents that had to see their chances diminshed when Sergio used his Dragon army to reduce their Life Points to 0!
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Simon He is also among the top contenders this weekend!
Simon He is also among the top contenders this weekend!

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Karthihan Viji is playing Simon He on table 6. Simon took his time shuffling his opponent’s Deck after he won the first game and he asked whether he was playing 41 cards. Karthihan explained that he couldn’t decide on another card to cut and that’s why he simply opted to play 1 more card than necessary. It might seem like a minor thing, but when there are 2 Duelists playing at such a high level of competition, it’s the minor things that can make the big difference!
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Wytze Kluitenberg currently had the advantage over Luke Lennard!
Wytze Kluitenberg currently had the advantage over Luke Lennard!

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Wytze has won the first game against Luke and he’s in great shame to do just the same the second game. He just used [amark] to [ss] a second copy of [ahi] to his side of the field, using both copies to [xyz] [ggg].

Luke was far from being out of options, though, using [mst] to clear his opponent’s back row before his second [diva] allowed him to [ss] an [ahi] of his own. This then allowed him to [ns] the third (!) [diva], which then got him [amark].
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Luke was far from being defeated!
Luke was far from being defeated!

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Next in line were shiny cards: [catastor] and [dnix]. He also found [megalo], costing Wytze [hole] from his hand! After the attacks concluded, Wytze was left without a field and Luke had total control of the game!

Wytze used [adrag] to get rid of [dnix], but the following turn, Luke invited [linde] to his party to reduce his opponent’s Life Points to 1700. Wytze drew and shuffled up – we’d need a third game to decide on a winner in this one!
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We were back to table 1!
We were back to table 1!

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Back to table 1, where Alain just won the first game. Both players are now accessing their Side Decks with 24 more minutes on the clock.
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Despite his young age, Andrea Salviato is sporting an impressive X - 1 record!
Despite his young age, Andrea Salviato is sporting an impressive X - 1 record!

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Andrea Salviato and Emanuele Follenti are duking it out on table 5. Andrea just won the first game in the Prophecy mirror match and it’s refreshing to see such a young Duelist (11!) at the top tables!

In the meantime, both Sergio and Federico (table 3) and Alpay and Rafael (table 4) waited for the judges to return their Decks – they received a mid round Deck Check. Alpay is currently leading 1 – 0, thanks to the help of [gaios].
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The second game between Simon and Karthihan is about to come to a close!
The second game between Simon and Karthihan is about to come to a close!

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The second game between Simon and Karthihan is nearing its conclusion. It seemed a little like a stalemate with 2 [catastor] on the field, Karthihan Set 3 Spells or Traps, opted to not attack and he passed.

So it was Simon’s turn, who now went for [megalo]! He considered [ss]ing it in face-up Defense Position and after giving it some more thought, he opted to do just that. The effects of the discarded monsters and [megalo] kicked in, costing Karthihan his [catastor] and allowing Simon to add [linde] to his hand.
He [ns]ed [linde], attacked with [linde] over his opponent’s Set [linde], [catastor] attempted to take down the [megalo] that Karthihan [ss] from his Deck, but that plan was foiled by [econ]!
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Enemy Controller bought Karthihan another turn!
Enemy Controller bought Karthihan another turn!

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Play was back to Karthihan, who [ns]ed [pike], adding another [linde] to his hand. [asphere] followed, but at that time I had to move again.
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The last YCS Winner Alpay Engin is still in competition today!
The last YCS Winner Alpay Engin is still in competition today!

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Alpay tried to fight back with [trag] after his opponent Rafael went for some fishy combos. On his following turn, [trag] attacked over [pike], Alpay then [xyz] [zenmaines] with a [controller] and using the effect of [trag] and that seemed to leave him in a pretty strong position.
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Sergio's Dragons seemed in good shape against Federico's Prophecies!
Sergio's Dragons seemed in good shape against Federico's Prophecies!

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This picture doesn’t need that much explanation; Sergio had once again [ss]ed an army of Dragons and Federico now tried to find the weakness in his opponent’s strategy.
[birdman] came down and Sergio tuned it to [dragoncurse] to [ss] [sdd]. He then [ss]ed [redmd], returning [tefnuit] to his side of the field and the following attacks destroyed all 3 of Federico’s monsters. One of them allowed him to add a Spellbook Spell Card to his hand, setting up his comeback the following turn!
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Now we had white bordered Dragons for a change!
Now we had white bordered Dragons for a change!

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3 (!) copies of [priestess] and some Spellbook activations later, Federico seemed to be in pretty good shape. He banished [sdd], the only real obstacle in his way, activated [sb power] to make sure he could simply attack over his opponent’s monsters and after he dismantled Sergio’s field, the Hieratic player was forced to drop [fader] to at least see another turn.
Federico wasn’t done, though, now [xyz]ing [11] to claim control over [fader], leaving Sergio with just 1 card in his hand!
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Federico tied the score!
Federico tied the score!

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Sergio drew and even though he held on to [reborn], he realized he had to shuffle up his cards! 1 – 1!
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An epic contest on table 1!
An epic contest on table 1!

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It certainly seemed like some epic struggle was going on on table 1. Nikolay and Alain were still in the second game with 8 minutes remaining on the clock. Nikolay used a [diva] combo to add more monsters to his side of the field and when [amark] connected, Alain dropped [gorz] – the last card in his hand. “Now I have to think, [ahi] is gone!”, Nikolay announced. He [ss] [adrag] for the effect of [amark], attacked over the token and play proceeded with [mp] 2. He went for a Level 8 Synchro Summon, inviting [scrap dragon] to the field.
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Nikolay was about to tie the score!
Nikolay was about to tie the score!

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Alain drew, but he knew that it was over – another match tied!
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Something you don't see everyday...
Something you don't see everyday...

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Something you don’t see everyday; [arm] equipping [linde]. Karthihan passed and Simon took the invitation, [ss]ing [megalo]. He also had [a teus], he added [asphere] and [diva] to his hand, Karthihan then ushered him to play a little faster, to which Simon responded: “If I don’t win this turn, we’ll go to game 3. I just have to think!”

He [ns]ed [diva], adding [ahi] to his side of the field, he used the effect of [megalo] to destroy [ahi], getting rid of his opponent’s monster and play proceeded with the Battle Phase. Karthihan dropped [gorz], to which Simon responded with [debunk]!
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Debunk meant game for Simon He!
Debunk meant game for Simon He!

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He announced another attack. Karthihan extended the hand! “[debunk] was for game!”, he commented and he seemed like he had a pretty good point.

[h2]Simon He beats Karthihan Viji![/h2]

Sergio had an army of Dragons waiting for his command!
Sergio had an army of Dragons waiting for his command!

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Once again, Sergio went for some crazy dragonic shenanigans. With 2 [atum], [birdman] and [redmd] on the field, it seemed like he was about to wrap things up and leave Federico in a desperate position. [drago] made sure neither [gorz] nor [fader] could stop his attacks!
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Koa'ki Meiru Dragon made sure Federico couldn't stop Sergio's Dragons!
Koa'ki Meiru Dragon made sure Federico couldn't stop Sergio's Dragons!

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Federico checked the field one more time before extending the hand.

[h2]Sergio Cavaliere overcomes Federico Zoppini’s Prophecies![/h2]

A close look at the action going down on table 2!
A close look at the action going down on table 2!

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Time was called. Roman and Robin weren’t done just yet (table 2), though, just like Alain and Nikolay (table 1). Alain used [hole] to clear the field of [11], while on the table next to him, Roman did just the same, with a [zenmaines] remaining on his opponent’s side of the field.
Both Roman and Alain then dropped [megalo], with Alain sitting in a slightly better position since Nikolay didn’t control another monster.

Roman went for [11], claiming control over [zenmaines], while Alain was already busy dishing out damage. Shortly after, Roman did the same, then passing play.
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Xyz Monsters everywhere!
Xyz Monsters everywhere!

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Robin found [a teus], [megalo] and [linde]. Roman couldn’t help but openly show his desperation. Robin kept his calm, trying to read Roman’s reaction to guess correctly at his face-down back row card. Time was now called in their game as they had a time extension. Robin added [11], he claimed control over his opponent’s copy, activated its effect and suddenly, he was the only player still controlling a monster.
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ALL YOUR MONSTERS BELONG TO US!
ALL YOUR MONSTERS BELONG TO US!

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Since Roman now had to think a little longer, I went over to a different match.
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The Spellbook mirror was also coming to a close!
The Spellbook mirror was also coming to a close!

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Emanuele just activated several Spell Book cards to clear his opponent’s side of the field and add [ggg] to his side.

Andrea drew, activated [sb eternity], but he didn’t find what he was looking for, causing him to extend the hand.

[h2]Emanuele Follenti overcomes Andrea Salviato![/h2]

Back to Roman and Robin, where we had missed a turn by both players and play was back to Roman. It seemed like Roman was about to give it another shot, but he then reconsidered, shuffling up in frustration.

[h2]Robin Bachofner defeats Roman Kieser![/h2]

Out of all the matches we took a closer look at, only the table 1 pairing was still undecided.
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Nikolay was in a great position!
Nikolay was in a great position!

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Nikolay seemed in a great position with [megalo] and [leed] on his side of the field, but we’ve seen plenty of Mermail matches where things weren’t as they had just seemed a second earlier. Still, all Alain opted to do was Setting a monster before he passed for his turn. Nikolay had to think whether he wanted to perform an action during the End Phase, giving away that he had a face-down [asphere].

He then entered his turn, checked his Graveyard and now opted to activate [asphere], adding another copy of [leed] to his side of the field. Both were then used to [xyz] [a gaios], he attacked with [megalo] into [amark] and [a gaios] left Alain on 2500 Life Points.
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Could Gorz turn things around for Alain?!
Could Gorz turn things around for Alain?!

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[gorz]! Nikolay Set a monster, clearly unhappy about his opponent’s response and he passed his turn.

It was the last of Alain’s turns. He had to deal 1600 points of damage to turn the tide as otherwise, Nikolay would come out victorious. Both [gorz] and the token couldn’t attack, thanks to the effect of [a gaios]. Alain had 3 cards left in his hand and he thought long and hard before checking his Graveyard. Nikolay let out a deep breath – you could tell he was very tense!

The judges asked Alain to make a play, he then [ss]ed [a teus], discarding [ahi]. Nikolay chained the effect of his [gaios] before he lost it to his opponent’s effect. Alain then overlaid both [gorz] and [a teus] to [xyz] [11]. He detached a material to claim control over Nikolay’s face-down monster. He added [adrag].
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1.600 points of damage were all it took!
1.600 points of damage were all it took!

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Nikolay scouted the table carefully. “That’s 1900…”, he announced. Without hesitation, he extended the hand.
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Alain Ly remains undefeated!
Alain Ly remains undefeated!

[h2]Alain Ly remains undefeated in today’s competition![/h2]

That was the last of the matches we covered for this round. I hope you enjoyed the show and I’m looking forward to seeing a couple of these Duelists again in the knock out portion of the tournament!
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