Round 9: Benedikt Junk (DEU) vs Alejandro Ropero (ESP)

[p]Today’s second Feature Match pits Germany’s Benedikt Junk against 2011 Spanish National Finalist Alejandro Ropero. Ropero hails from Madrid and is running Worms, while Junk has gone back to the Deck he made Top 16 with at YCS Milan, Scrap Synchro! Both Duelists are 7-1 at the moment and in with a great shot of making Top 64, but after this Match one of those will have to win their final round while the other has a safer passage to the playoffs, let’s find out who![/p]
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Benedikt Junk's looking to take Scraps to another playoff!
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[p]Junk won the roll (4 to 3) and decided to go first. He activated [syard], adding [s beast] to his hand. He Summoned [tengu], and Set [book], [econ] and [decree] to complete his opening turn.[/p]

[p]Ropero started his Match with [duality], showing Junk [tkr], [veiler] and [prison] before adding the Veiler to his hand. He [ns]ed [xex], sent [yagan] to the Graveyard and [ss]ed it [fd] with its effect (Junk used [maxx] just before this to draw 1 card). [xex] attacked over Tengu, and Junk Summoned another Tengu. Ropero Set 1 Spell/Trap before [decree] was activated in the End Phase.[/p]

[p]Junk played [upstart] to draw a card, Ropero going up to 9000 Life Points. He [ns]ed [s beast], [synch]ed [scrap d], and [ss]ed his final [tengu]. [scrap d] targeted Ropero’s Set monster and Junk’s set [econ], but Ropero negated the effect with [veiler]. Junk took down [xex] to being Ropero back to 8000 Life Points, and chose not to attack the Set [yagan].[/p]

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Not many Decks can tear this setup down!
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[p]Ropero [fs]ed [yagan], sending [scrap d] back to the Extra Deck. [tkr] was then Summoned, and [econ] shifted it to [def] when it declared an attack on Tengu.[/p]

[p]Junk [ns]ed [s chimera], and the target ([s beast]) was banished by [crow]. Tengu took down Yagan, Chimera attacked directly. [/p]

Ropero Set a monster on his turn.

[p]Junk Summoned [s goblin] and [synch] [scrap archfiend]. Archfiend attacked a [yagan] and went back to the Extra Deck. Chimera scored another direct attack though.[/p]

Ropero Set a Monster and a Spell/Trap.

[p]Junk Set a Spell or Trap of his own, [ns]ed [s chimera] and [ss]ed Ropero’s [tkr] with [reborn]. Thunder King attacked over the Set [cartaros], both Chimeras hitting Ropero directly.[/p]

Ropero Set a Monster and a Spell or Trap on his turn.

[p]Junk drew and entered his Battle Phase, to which Ropero flipped [mst] to target [decree]. Decree was destroyed but Junk activated another one right away! A Chimera attacked the [fd] [dyna], which destroyed [tkr] before the other Chimera did what it’s being doing all Duel.[/p]

Ropero set another Spell or Trap on his turn, but after Trunade appeared in Junk’s hand he conceded.

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Scrap Chimera puts in the effort to give Benedikt Junk a Duel 1 win!

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Ropero said that this matchup was quite a tough one to side for.
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[p]Ropero started with an incredible hand (check it out below)! He Summoned [xex], got [yagan] to the field by both monsters’ effects, and Set 3 Spells or Traps.[/p]

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What can he do with this? Read on!
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[p]Junk Set a monster and a Spell/Trap, and Ropero activated [nebula] in the End Phase, flipping [nebula], and [yagan] over (to bounce Junk’s Goblin back to his hand after the Chain resolves) before flipping Yagan and Xex down again to draw 2 cards and [ss] a [wking]![/p]

[p]Ropero drew for his turn, and [wking] destroyed [yagan] and Junk’s [mst] (which was Chain to destroy Ropero’s [warning]). He [ns]ed [tkr], [fs]ed [xex] and dealt 6350 points of damage with his monsters.[/p]

[p]Junk tried to mount a comeback with [cydra], but Ropero was having none of it and flipped [ro], sealing the Duel![/p]

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Alejandro Ropero takes this Match to Duel 3!

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Junk started Duel 3 with [s beast] and 2 Set Spells or Traps.

[p]Ropero activated [pod], adding [reborn] to his hand after sending [warning] and [wking] back to the Deck. He Summoned [breaker], got a Spell Counter, and tried to attack [s beast]. Junk responded with [sstorm], sending [s chimera] to the Graveyard, destroying [s beast] and drawing a card. A replay occurred and Breaker attacked directly before destroying [decree]. Ropero Set 3 Spells or Traps to finish out his turn.[/p]

Junk Summoned a Breaker of his own! Its effect destroyed [book], which flipped it [fd].

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I love Breaker, you love Breaker, everybody loves Breaker!
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[p]Ropero played [reborn] on [s beast], Tuned with Breaker to Summon [stardust], and [ns]ed [dyna]. Dyna took down Junk’s Breaker, and Stardust attacked directly.[/p]

[p]Junk activated [smash] and [stardust] negated it. Junk Set a Spell or Trap and Stardust couldn’t be Summoned in the End Phase.[/p]

Ropero’s [dyna] destroyed [s goblin] in battle, and he Set another monster.

[p]Junk played [hole] and was ready to make a comeback! [tengu] was Summoned and attacked directly. In [mp2] Junk added [s beast] to his hand with [syard].[/p]

Ropero Summoned [tkr], took down Tengu in battle before another one was Summoned.

[p]Junk activated [mst] and rolled a die to randomly choose one of Ropero’s 3 Set cards! It landed on a 5 and he chose the far right, [fchalice], which was Chained to give [tkr] and ATK boost. Junk [ns]ed [s beast] and Tuned it with [tengu] to Summon [scrap d] and Ropero negated it with [tkr] (Chalice doesn’t stop effects that activate) and [tkr] negated the Summon (none of us picked it up at the time but [tkr]'[s] effect should have been negated by [fchalice]). [scrap d] was destroyed, but Special Summoned [s beast] and another Tengu was Summoned. Junk [synch]ed [stardust] and attacked directly.[/p]

Ropero Set the Spell or Trap he just drew, but Junk sealed the win next turn with [s chimera]!

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Benedikt Junk turns the Duel around and wins Round 9!

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