Quarter Finals: Ali Fawaz (Agents) vs. Luca Chetoni (Wind-Up)

[p]We’ve made it to the Quarter Finals. Facing each other will be Germany’s Ali Fawaz, piloting Agents and Luca Chetoni from Italy, who plays Wind-Up. Just recently, Fawaz came back from a 3 year hiatus; it was quite challenging for him to re-learn everything he already knew, especially considering the changes the game has gone through recently. Chetoni on the other hand has years of experience and as far as I know, he never took a break. Could this prove crucial in the quarter finals?
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What a comeback for Ali Fawaz!
What a comeback for Ali Fawaz!

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Fawaz went first, only setting a spell or trap.
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Chetoni [ns]ed [sangan], he didn’t attack, set a spell or trap and ended. He certainly threw Fawaz off balance with that move as he didn’t perform any actions the following turn.
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Chetoni then set a card to each zone.
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Fawaz [ns] [tgu], which was met with [fiendish].
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Play was back to Chetoni, who had [sangan] trade with [tgu]. He then searched his deck for [w shark]. He added a set monster as well as a set spell or trap and he ended.
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Chetoni played hide and seek with Fawaz!
Chetoni played hide and seek with Fawaz!

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When Fawaz tried to get his engine going with [earth], Chetoni answered with [fiendish].
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[mst] the following turn destroyed [treacherous]. That cleared the way for some more aggressive plays and Chetoni followed it up with [w mag] and [w shark], to which Fawaz responded with [maxx]. Chetoni considered his follow-up play and eventually, he went for [16]. Fawaz stopped him, thinking about a possible response. He had none, then [16] attacked over [earth]. Play was back to Fawaz.
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[taker] destroyed [16]. 9000 Life Points for Chetoni. [tgu] came down next and Fawaz wanted to search his field, however, Chetoni pointed out that [16] would still negate its effect. A judge confirmed that, foiling Fawaz’ plans.
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Chetoni tried to go off with [w rat] next, but [veiler] negated its effect. Chetoni added a second back row spell or trap and ended. Fawaz ran with [tgu] over [w rat] the following turn.
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In case you were lacking some guidance, we got the right girl for the job!
In case you were lacking some guidance, we got the right girl for the job!

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Chetoni tried again with [tgu], but another [veiler] also stopped that card. Fawaz set a monster.
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The following turn, Fawaz had [tgu] trade with Chetoni’s copy. He then [fs]ed [msb], he also [ns]ed another one and both were then used to [xyz] [ggg].
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Nothing happened on Chetoni’s following turn. Fawaz was ahead, with 5 cards in his hand compared to Chetoni’s 1 card. The Berlin resident checked his opponent’s Graveyard and activated [reborn] shortly after. This got him back [earth]. He [ns]ed his last [msb] and together with [earth], this allowed him to [xyz] [dnix]. Chetoni used [sj] in response, falling to 3800 Life Points.
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Chetoni activated [w fac] and he then followed it up with [w shark]. This got him [w rat] from his Deck. He then passed play.
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Time for the heavy hitters to make an appearance! Say hi to Hyperion!
Time for the heavy hitters to make an appearance! Say hi to Hyperion!

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[hyperion], [sorcerer], [mind] was all Fawaz needed to force game 2!
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Ali Fawaz takes the lead!

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Fawaz was quick to point out that he drew all 3 of his [msb][s]. Chetoni was able to one up him, telling him about the 2 [w mag][s] and 2 [w rat][s] his Deck provided him with that game.
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Both knew that the second game would probably go a much different route.
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Luca Chetoni now had to win 2 games in a row!
Luca Chetoni now had to win 2 games in a row!

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This time, it would be Chetoni going first. He set a spell or trap and ended.
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Fawaz mirrored the play.
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Chetoni now set 4 (!) more spells or traps and he ended.
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Fawaz [ns]ed [venus], but [bth] dealt with her. He then set a second Spell or Trap Card. Nothing happened the following 3 turns.
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Play was back to Fawaz, who added a third set spell or trap.
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Rai Oh was a strong offensive play for Chetoni!
Rai Oh was a strong offensive play for Chetoni!

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Chetoni then felt like making a play and he [ns]ed [rai oh]. He attacked successfully with it, leaving Fawaz on 6100 Life Points. [trag] came down, but [warning] made sure it would be sent to the Graveyard right away. [mst] during the End Phase destroyed Chetoni’s newly set card ([ced]).
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Fawaz set a card to each zone.
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Chetoni had [tgu] and it [ss]ed another copy from his deck. Then, Fawaz activated [gozen]. Chetoni lost both [tgu][s], [rai oh] attacked into [msb] and play was back to Fawaz.
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He didn’t perform any actions, so Chetoni’s [rai oh] took another chunk out of Fawaz’ Life Points.
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Once again, play was back to Fawaz and this time, he set a monster.
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[rai oh] attacked over the next [msb]. Good times for Chetoni.
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Fawaz drew and let out a big sigh. He clearly wasn’t happy with his draw so far. He checked his opponent’s Graveyard and shortly after, he activated [reborn], targeting [trag]. Chetoni had a [bth] for it. Fawaz set a spell or trap and ended.
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Chetoni attacked, set a spell or trap and [mst] destroyed it. “Rai Oh might just win you the game, you know?” Fawaz asked.
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[earth] was [ns]ed. Then, Fawaz basically Tributed it to [ss] [hyperion]. [rai oh] made sure it didn’t hit play.
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Chetoni shuffling faster than light!
Chetoni shuffling faster than light!

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[w mag] attacked directly. Chetoni ended.
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Fawaz passed without performing any actions. [w mag] attacked again, 1100 Life Points remaining for Fawaz.
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On his following turn, Fawaz finally found a monster that might stick: [rai oh]. He [ns]ed it and Chetoni had no response. Fawaz didn’t dare to attack and he ended.
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[w mag] got switched to [def]. Chetoni added a set monster. Fawaz didn’t perform any actions the following turn.
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[dark hole] wiped the field. [poa] followed and Fawaz asked his opponent to reveal a monster. He did and Fawaz shuffled up.
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Luca Chetoni ties the score!

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Once again, Ali Fawaz found way too many [msb][s] than he wanted to. My initial prediction that the second game couldn’t go like the first was only 50 % wrong since Fawaz basically drew into the exact same cards, with [rai oh] on Chetoni’s side on the field acting as the difference maker.
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We had 5 minutes remaining on the clock and just like the first game, Fawaz would kick things off.
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Chetoni still had a few aces up his sleeve, but no way to stop Earth!
Chetoni still had a few aces up his sleeve, but no way to stop Earth!

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He [ns]ed [earth], which got him [venus] from his Deck – maybe he would actually get to summon his [msb][s] in a different way this time!
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Chetoni had [rai oh] again. He set a spell or trap, also set [df] and he passed.
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[storm] destroyed [bth] and [df]. That cleared the way for [venus]. Fawaz activated the effect – no response! All 3 [msb][s] hit the field!
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Finally! Fawaz didn't draw into the Mystical Shine Balls for once!
Finally! Fawaz didn't draw into the Mystical Shine Balls for once!

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Fawaz’ whole posture changed that moment. Suddenly, he seemed a lot more relaxed; he went on and [ss]ed [ggg], to which Chetoni responded with [rai oh]. [earth] and the remaining [msb] were then used to Xyz [dnix]. Attacks followed, leaving Chetoni on 3500 Life Points.
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The Italian activated [df]. He then followed it up with [w rabbit] and [w shark]. Both were used to [ss] [w maity]. This got Chetoni [w rat], which in turn [ss]ed [w shark] back to the field. Both were then used to Xyz Summon [zenmaines]. Chetoni attacked over [dnix] with it and he detached a material, so Fawaz was left with no field!
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Chetoni turned it around, but Fawaz was far from being done yet!
Chetoni turned it around, but Fawaz was far from being done yet!

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[hyperion] came down! So many Special Summons this game![br]
Fawaz used its effect on [w maity]. He then followed it up with [venus] and both of his monsters attacked over [zenmaines]. Now it was Chetoni who didn’t have a field!
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Chetoni set 2 cards. For the time being, Fawaz certainly seemed like he mastered the art of coming back a little better. [night beam] and [mst] on Chetonis 2 set cards was all she wrote!
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Ali Fawaz advances to the Semi Finals!

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Wow, what a match. Ali Fawaz looked like he had given up on his Deck at the beginning of the 3rd game. Once [venus] stuck and Chetoni didn’t have a response to the activation of its effect, Fawaz’ whole approach changed. You could tell he was thinking: “I got this!” and that’s how he was able to first deal a lot of damage to force Chetoni to make a play and then come back with [hyperion] and [venus] to wipe his field for a second time!
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A perfect execution from Ali Fawaz in the last game that meant he would walk away victorious from our Feature Match table!
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