Round 9 Mega Feature

Let’s wrap this up, shall we?! For the last round, we pulled out all the stops and that of course means it’s time for our legendary Mega Feature. Here we are trying to cover the results of several of the top tables simultaneously and provide you with a live insight!
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After his victory in round 8, Vid Gruden and his Bujins had to go up against Dragons again, this time piloted by Ole Wegner!
After his victory in round 8, Vid Gruden and his Bujins had to go up against Dragons again, this time piloted by Ole Wegner!

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Gruden had quite the start with [tenki] into [bujin yam], a face-down [st] and [bujin turtle] in his Graveyard. Wegner was nonplussed, though and he immediately started filling his Graveyard with Dragons. This would get interesting!
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Leo Giner was packing a one-two-punch with both of his Hands ready to unload on Hélio Babo!
Leo Giner was packing a one-two-punch with both of his Hands ready to unload on Hélio Babo!

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Table 2 was slightly more defensive with both players sporting plenty of face-down cards. Giner was relying on the HAT archetype while Babo went with Geargia.
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Aris Samaras was gaining an early lead in the Geargia mirror against Marcel Rambo!
Aris Samaras was gaining an early lead in the Geargia mirror against Marcel Rambo!

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On table 3, in a Geargia mirror, Aris Samaras was about to wrap things up in the first Duel, having Special Summoned a bunch of [ggx] to the field!
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We had another Sylvan player at the top tables with Ido Marcus!
We had another Sylvan player at the top tables with Ido Marcus!

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On table 4, Alessandro Donato and his HAT Deck had to stand its ground against the Sylvan build of Ido Marcus. Marcus seemed to be ahead, however, Donato had [i hand] in [def]. Marcus explained that [i hand] would miss its timing, though, which resulted in Donato losing one of his best monsters without being able to fight back.
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Table 5: Giovanni Paolini vs. Alexandre Dray!
Table 5: Giovanni Paolini vs. Alexandre Dray!

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Table 5 saw Giovanni Paolini who was apparently running at least 1 Monarch, which I found remarkable, and Alexandre Dray with Mermails. This match seemed like the ghost of Christmas past…
Currently, Dray was ahead and he just [xyz]ed [bahamut] to the field.
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The Bujin Deck on table 1 was about to wrap things up in the first Duel!
The Bujin Deck on table 1 was about to wrap things up in the first Duel!

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Back to table 1, where Gruden had just taken out Wegner’s last remaining monster: [sdd]. With his Graveyard still sporting a few “Bujin” monsters, he seemed to be in perfect shape to wrap this game up in just a few moments time.
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Leo Giner had clearly gained the upper hand in this Duel!
Leo Giner had clearly gained the upper hand in this Duel!

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Leo Giner had put his opponent Hélio Babo under a lot of pressure and in [mp] 2, he just [xyz] [con ple] to the field. Babo could only set a card to each zone, but a [2 cyc] the following turn made sure that he would now have to look for answers in his Side Deck!

[h2]Leo Giner takes the first Duel against Hélio Babo![/h2]

[h2]Aris Samaras 1 – 0 Marcel Rambo[/h2]

This Duel ended so quickly, I couldn’t even take a picture…

Back to table 4, where Alessandro Donato had found a great way to stand his ground against the Sylvan monsters: [ss]ing all his Artifacts to the field!
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The Sylvans were standing their ground against the Artifacts!
The Sylvans were standing their ground against the Artifacts!

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Marcus wasn’t out of options, though, and his [orea] allowed him to return 2 of his opponent’s monsters back to his hand. [s prin] returned to the field and after a set [st], he ended.
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With Kim Van Campenhout, we have yet another Sylvan Duelist at the top tables!
With Kim Van Campenhout, we have yet another Sylvan Duelist at the top tables!

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Kim Van Campenhout was also playing Sylvans today and he went up against Francesco Bellantone. Van Campenhout had also assembled quite the field of Sylvan Monsters and he seemed to be winning this match; his opponent was running Geargia.
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This was looking good for Team Sylvan!
This was looking good for Team Sylvan!

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Right back to Marcus Ido and Alessandro Donato. A [fertilizer] allowed Ido to pull further ahead and he just dealt first blood in this rather epic Duel! 7800 LP remaining for Donato.

A [hole] wiped the field the following turn, Donato then checked his Extra Deck and when he was thinking a little longer, I traded places once again…

[h2]Vid Gruden 1 – 0 Ole Wegner[/h2]

Apparently Vid Gruden’s victory against Dogay Kamar and his Dragons in the round before was no fluke; he is still taking apart the Dragon Deck easily!
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Hélio Babo wanted to fight back in the second Duel on table 2!
Hélio Babo wanted to fight back in the second Duel on table 2!

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On table 2, Hélio Babo had just started to unleash the power of his Geargia Deck and he dealt some damage to Leo Giner, who was left with no response. This Duel seemed to be going a lot better for the National Champion.
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Xyz Monsters everywhere!
Xyz Monsters everywhere!

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Back to table 3, where Marcel Rambo had just tied the score after he Xyz Summoned both [gt alucard] and [101] to the field and Samaras couldn’t find an out.

[h2]Marcel Rambo 1 – 1 Aris Samaras[/h2]

The match between Alessandro Donato and Ido Marcus had turned into a Mexican standoff; Donato had [101] and [f hand] while Marcus had just brought back [s sag] with the help of his [fertilizer].
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Miracle Fertilizer was putting in some work for Marcus!
Miracle Fertilizer was putting in some work for Marcus!

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He added a second [s sag], play proceeded with the Battle Phase, the first attack of an [s sag] ended in [prison], but the second ran over [myrmeleo]. In [mp] 2, Ido went for [scrap dragon] and he immediately regretted his choice; apparently, he wanted to go for a different Synchro Monster. He had [spore] return to the field, he activated [mont], he [xyz] [alsei] and that concluded his turn.
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This chain was exactly what Marcus needed to fight through Donato's defense!
This chain was exactly what Marcus needed to fight through Donato's defense!

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Donato just passed, so play was right back to Marcus.
He hit [s marsh] and that allowed him to build a chain with the effects of [s marsh] and [alsei]. This in turn meant that [f hand] would get to miss its timing and Marcus was now seemingly far, far ahead…

[h2]Alexandre Dray 1 – 0 Giovanni Paolini[/h2]

This field would soon turn into a bunch of Xyz Monsters!
This field would soon turn into a bunch of Xyz Monsters!

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Paolini was just about to tie the score, but Dray found a [hole] on his following turn. [con ple] detached a material to return one of Paolini’s Artifact Monsters to his hand, but…

[h2]Vid Gruden 2 – 0 Ole Wegner[/h2]

Gruden explained that he had drawn into 2 copies of [crow] which proved quite the answer to Wegner’s Dragons. That allowed him to wrap his up earlier than all the other competitors. Someone else joined the club right away, though…
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Aris Samaras joined the club of the fast winners!
Aris Samaras joined the club of the fast winners!

[h2]Aris Samaras 2 – 1 Marcel Rambo[/h2]

“This was the first mirror match I played all day”, Samaras explained.
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When in doubt, go for the shiny cards!
When in doubt, go for the shiny cards!

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Kim Van Campenhout had a [ddknight] on the field, but Francesco Bellantone just [ss]ed 5 monsters to his field! He had [dweller], [i hand], [f hand], [g auto] and [g arsenal]. This would provide him with a million opportunities!

[h2]Marcus Ido 1 – 0 Alessandro Donato[/h2]

The thrilling first game between Marcus Ido and Alessandro Donato had finally come to a close. That allowed me to take a picture of table 2…
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The thriller between Leo Giner and Hélio Babo continued!
The thriller between Leo Giner and Hélio Babo continued!

[h2]Leo Giner 1 – 1 Hélio Babo[/h2]

Once again, the game was dominated by face-down cards; Babo just invited [g arsenal] to his party, but [bts] made sure it couldn’t put in much work. [i hand] hit play for Giner, but [tt] from Babo emptied the board.
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You really should not discard the Mermails - they are still going strong!
You really should not discard the Mermails - they are still going strong!

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[undine] followed by [tidal] was a great way for Dray to pull ahead in his match against Giovanni Paolini. [a sanc] got activated when [tidal] declared an attack, though and [a beag] hit play. It destroyed [a mora] in Paolini’s back row, but [bts] made sure it couldn’t do any more damage.
It was still Dray’s turn and he attacked with [tidal] over [a mora]. [a sphere] followed which got him [megalo]. It attacked over [82] and play proceeded with [mp] 2, where Dray [ss]ed [a gaios] to the field. This was looking good for him!

Paolini couldn’t come up with a great response and that meant we would need a third Duel here!

[h2]Alexandre Dray 1 – 1 Giovanni Paolini[/h2]

[h2]Alessandro Donato 1 – 1 Ido Marcus[/h2]

Apparently Alessandro Donato had tied the score with Ido Marcus in record time after their marathon-like first match! He was now staring down a huge field full of Sylvans and a [ddknight] and he had to play defense; he had 2 face-down monsters and a [st].
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What an impressive field full of Sylvans!
What an impressive field full of Sylvans!

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[a sanc] the following turn when Marcus detached the last material of [ddknight] got Donato [a mora]. [lance] seemed like a perfect response from Marcus! His monsters took down [i hand] and [f hand] with the latter destroying [s sag], getting Donato [i hand] as his only card on the field.
He set 2 back row cards the following turn and passed play.

Marcus attacked over [i hand] – no more monsters for Donato.

He tried to fight back, but in the end, Marcus’ [ddknight] made all the difference and it connected for game just a few turns later!

[h2]Ido Marcus 2 – 1 Alessandro Donato[/h2]

A judge call interrupted this game for a second...
A judge call interrupted this game for a second...

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A judge call interrupted the game on table 2 between Leo Giner and Hélio Babo.Babo lost the timing of one of his Geargia monsters which put him in a pretty bad spot.
Giner attacked and Bavbo was running short in terms of LP.

He drew, but couldn’t find an answer and that concluded this match as well.

[h2]Leo Giner 2 – 1 Hélio Babo[/h2]

Another explosive Geargia finish on table 6; Francesco Bellantone had just pulled out all the stops against Kim Van Campenhout.
He went on and added a second copy of [ggx] to his field that also featured [g armor]. [g auto] followed, this got him [101], it equipped itself with [s sag] and the following attacks left Van Campenhout with just 700 Life Points.

[fertilizer] brought back [s herm]; it sent [s sag] to his Graveyard, he [ss]ed another [s sag] from his hand…

Van Campenhout sent [s prin] from his Deck to his Graveyard, allowing him to [ss] it to his field. He then went on and [ss]ed [15].

Bellantone was left with only [101] two turns later (after I took a look at some of the other games). He switched it to [def], he added a back row card and he ended.

Van Campenhout’s [mont] allowed him to send [lfb] to his Graveyard to put [s marsh] on top of his Deck. An activation of his [s sag] later, he sported a big field that was enough to wrap things up. Bellantone tried to buy himself another turn with [g gear]; [rose archer] was the perfect answer from Van Campenhout, however, and that’s how he wrapped things up in this match!
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The Sylvans were standing their ground against Geargia here!
The Sylvans were standing their ground against Geargia here!

[h2]Van Campenhout 2 – 1 Bellantone[/h2]

This match was also about to come to a close!
This match was also about to come to a close!

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The Mermails of Alexandre Dray had gained the upper hand against Giovanni Paolini. He went for [a gaios] before passing.

Paolini couldn’t find an answer and he shuffled up.

[h2]Alexandrea Dray 2 – 1 Giovanni Paolini[/h2]

That concludes this edition of the popular Mega Feature. We hope you enjoyed Day 1 of the European Championship 2014 as much as we did writing about it and we’re looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow morning, bright and early!
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