The Finals: Stefano Memoli (Fire Fist) vs. Alpay Engin (Wind-Up)

[p][b]IT ALL CAME DOWN TO THIS!!![/b] In less than an hour, we will know who would become the winner of the [b]largest European Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament OF ALL TIMES![/b]
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Alpay Engin came close back in YCS Barcelona. After an unfortunate round 1 loss, he went on and started an impressive streak that lasted up to the quarter finals where Stephan Sluis ultimately eliminated the German from competition. Just like he did in Barcelona, Engin is relying on Wind-Ups today; he called it “paying the Deck the respects it deserved” since he doesn’t expect it to show up at the top tables come March the 1st.
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Stefano Memoli on the other hand is no stranger to competition at the highest level either. He’s the reigning European Champion, he won a National Championship in his home country of Italy and he’s participated in 2 World Championship – you can’t collect much more high level experience than that! Let’s get this party started!
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Last time, Alpay Engin's run ended in the quarter finals. Could he go all the way today?!
Last time, Alpay Engin's run ended in the quarter finals. Could he go all the way today?!

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Both players claimed that they weren’t too nervous; they had both beat their expectations and even though they really want to win this event, they’ll be happy no matter in which place they end up.
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Memoli won the die roll, both players shook hands and [duality] started things. Memoli saw [hole] and 2 monsters and he thought for a bit before adding [ff bear] to his hand. He passed without performing any other actions.
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The first turn for Engin who was rather quick to set a monster as well as a spell or trap.
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Memoli [ns]ed [ff dragon], he set a spell or trap and ended.
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Engin added a second back row card!
Engin added a second back row card!

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Engin added another spell or trap, which got destroyed by [mst] during the End Phase.
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Memoli now [ns]ed [ff bear], [ff dragon] attacked over [sangan], with Engin adding [w mag] to his hand and [ff gorilla] took a direct shot, triggering its effect. Memoli added [ff tenki] to his hand and when he activated it in [mp] 2, the effect of [ff dragon] kicked in, allowing Memoli to set [ff tensen] to his back row. He then attempted to [ff tigerking], but [sj] foiled that plan. Engin was on 3.400 Life Points as a result of the costly activation.[br]
Memoli then activated [reborn] to bring back [ff dragon], to which Engin chained [maxx]. The German drew a card while the Italian suddenly had a field presence again; the European Champion added a back row card and he ended.
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A devastating Heavy Storm!
A devastating Heavy Storm!

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[storm] cleared Memoli’s back row, but not before he chained his trap to make sure [ff dragon] would receive a huge ATK boost. [w fac], then [w mag]. When Engin revealed [w shark], Memoli responded with [veiler]!!! A great answer, making sure Engin couldn’t go too crazy. Still, he got to search his Deck thanks to the effect of [w fac] and he added another [w shark].[br]
He then went on and [xyz] [maestro], he activated its effect to shrink the Fire Fist monster and the following attack made sure only Engin had cards left on the field.
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Memoli tried to rebuild with Gorilla!
Memoli tried to rebuild with Gorilla!

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Memoli [ns]ed [ff gorilla] and he added 2 back row cards to rebuild. Engin used the effect of [maestro] to flip [ff gorilla] face-down. He [ns]ed [w rat] in [mp] 2, but [veiler] came down immediately. The players now had a disagreement whether Engin gave his opponent a chance to respond to the summon or if he flashed [w shark] right away. The judge ruled that Memoli was wrong to discard [w shark] right away and that he didn’t give Engin a chance to [ss] [w shark] first; this meant Engin was allowed to [ss] [w shark] and search his Deck for [w rat] thanks to [w fac].[br]
Engin then announced that he wanted to activate the effect of [w rat] and Memoli gave this some consideration. He used [veiler]. [w maity] hit the field, followed by [w mag], another [w shark] came down, followed by a [w mag] from Engin’s Deck and that left him – for the time being at least – with the following field:
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It seemed like it wasn't just Engin who was in love with the Wind-Ups - the feeling was mutual!
It seemed like it wasn't just Engin who was in love with the Wind-Ups - the feeling was mutual!

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[w shark] changed its level, which triggered the effect of the newly summoned [w mag]; Engin then went for [papi], he added [w maioh], to which Memoli responded with [lance]. Engin was fine with that and he ended his turn.
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Memoli [fs]ed [ff gorilla]. He then went into the tank and contemplated his possible follow-up plays. Eventually, he opted to attack over [w rat], which allowed him to add [ff tenki]. He then activated it, searching his Deck for [ff bear]. He [ns]ed it, used its effect in [mp] 2 to get rid of both [ff tenki] and [w maity], he then performed an [xyz] for [ff tigerking], he searched his Deck for [ff tenki], setting it and he passed, but not after detaching a Xyz Material.
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Engin refueled his Deck with Pot of Avarice!
Engin refueled his Deck with Pot of Avarice!

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Engin activated [poa], earning a cheer from the crowd. Engin then activated the effect of [w maity], which got negated by [ff tigerking], but Engin would still get to trigger [w fac]. He searched for [w rabbit], he used the effect in the opposing Draw Phase to trigger [w fac] once again, this time adding [w shark] to his hand.
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Memoli had [ff dragon] to which Engin responded with [tt]. [ff tenki] allowed Memoli to search his Deck for [ff bear], he set a spell or trap and ended.
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Play was back to Engin, who now [ns]ed [w rat]. He attempted to bring back [w mag] with the effect of [w rat], but [fiendish] negated the effect. Still, [w fac] triggered once again, which meant that Engin would get to add another [w shark] to his hand. He then went for [zenmaines], he followed it up by 2 [w shark], both of them attacked directly and in [mp] 2, Engin [ss]ed [adreus], detaching a Material to get rid of [ff tenki].
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Engin wouldn't run out of Xyz Monsters to throw at his opponent!
Engin wouldn't run out of Xyz Monsters to throw at his opponent!

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Memoli drew for his turn and then started to put cards from his Graveyard back to his Extra Deck. A clear indication of a concession.
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Alpay Engin claims the lead!

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The tempers were running wild in the first Duel at a few occasions, but in the end, both players calmed down again with Alpay Engin coming out on top.
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Stefano Memoli was a hot contender for 2012's most successful Duelist!
Stefano Memoli was a hot contender for 2012's most successful Duelist!

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Memoli wanted to get back the momentum, activating [ff tenki] to search his Deck for [ff bear]. He set a spell or trap and passed play.
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Engin [ns]ed [rai oh] and dealt 1.900 points of damage with it. He set 2 spells or traps of his own.
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Memoli activated [hole], getting rid of [rai oh], he then followed it up with [ff gorilla], but [tt] destroyed it. That concluded the turn.
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[sangan] came down and dealt 1.000 to Memoli. Engin added a back row card.
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[duality] revealed 3 monsters for Memoli and he wasn’t happy: [gww], [veiler] and a Fire Fist monster. He added [ff bear] to his hand, [ns]ed it and he attacked [sangan]. [prison] foiled that plan.
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That Dust Tornado was sided in!
That Dust Tornado was sided in!

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[dust] destroyed [rivalry]. [tgu] followed, but [veiler] stripped it off its effect. Engin then went for his Extra Deck and he [xyz] [17]. He detached [sangan], attacked with it to drop Memoli to 2.600 Life Points and he ended.
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Memoli found another [ff bear], to which Engin responded with [mst], destroying [ff tenki]. Memoli set a spell or trap.
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Engin detached [tgu] from [17]. Before he advanced to the Battle Phase, Memoli dropped [veiler]. Engin had no fear and he still declared the attack! Memoli had no response and he lost his only monster. Engin set a monster.
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Could Memoli master a comeback with the help of Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon?
Could Memoli master a comeback with the help of Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Dragon?

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Memoli [ns]ed [ff dragon] and he added another back row card.
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Engin attacked with [17] over it.
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Memoli added yet another back row.
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Engin [fs]ed [w mag]. He [ns]ed another copy from his hand and then went for his Extra Deck, [ss]ing [maestro]. [reborn] brought back [sangan], which also worked. Memoli seemed like he had nothing. Engin went for it…
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Memoli just commented: “It’s enough!”
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Alpay Engin is your YCS Bochum 2013 Champion!

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Even though Stefano Memoli fought hard and tried to stop Alpay Engin from unleashing the devastating combos of the Wind-Ups, Engin found a way to pick the lock of Memoli’s defenses and he ended up the first YCS winner in 2013! It’s been a great conclusion of the September 2012 format and we look forward to welcoming you back to YCS Lille in April!
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