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Top 16 Mega Feature

28.04.2013 | 15:54 |

You know the drill by now. This is a feature of the remaining Top 16 matches!
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Long Dao's 53 card Mermail Deck went up against Andrea Caruso's Monarchs!

Long Dao's 53 card Mermail Deck went up against Andrea Caruso's Monarchs!

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While Andrea Caruso’s Monarchs put up a strong opposition, Long Dao found [moulin] to turn the game upside down and win the first Duel!

[h2]Long Dao claims the lead![/h2]

Federico Zoppini had all he needed to unleash the combos of the Prophecies!

Federico Zoppini had all he needed to unleash the combos of the Prophecies!

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Federico Zoppini’s Prophecy Deck was running wild, with [tgst] active on the field, next to [priestess] and [sbmag]. Paolo Pacchiana found himself in a rather bad position, but he still had 3 more cards in hand.
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Diva was supposed to get Pacchiana back into the game!

Diva was supposed to get Pacchiana back into the game!

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He tried coming back with [diva], but [fiendish] stopped it dead in its tracks. The following turn, Federico tried to wrap things up with [priestess], but his target, the face-down card that Paolo controlled, got chained: [asphere], [ss]ing [linde] to the field, which then got him [pike] after it also bit the dust.
The effect of [pike] got activated, discarding [adrag], which refueled Paolo’s hand.
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Zoppini was in great shape when I left the table!

Zoppini was in great shape when I left the table!

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Federico wasn’t done, though, accessing this Deck thanks to [sb secrets], adding [sbmag] to his side of the field, the then switched [priestess] to [atk] and activated [sb mag] on one of the [sb mag]. [sb mag] on [priestess] followed, play then proceeded with the Battle Phase, after [sb mag] got rid of [diva], Federico added [sb secrets] to his hand, he also got rid of Paolo’s remaining monster, he then went for [ggg], Set 2 spells or traps and passed. I then left the table to take a peek at the other matches.
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Joshua Schmidt started accessing his Side Deck!

Joshua Schmidt started accessing his Side Deck!

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Miha Flisek just won the first game against Joshua Schmidt and both players were busy accessing their Side Decks. Since they both relied on Mermails, the new cards introduced to their Main Decks would now probably prove crucial.

[h2]Miha Flisek is leading against Joshua Schmidt![/h2]

This game was in a crucial stage!

This game was in a crucial stage!

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Next, I stopped at the table of Alpay Engin, who had to go up against Stefan Batterbee. The score was still 0 – 0, but with so many monsters on the field, it certainly didn’t seem like that would be the case for much longer.

Batterbee [ss]ed [leed], he cost Engin 1 material of [ggg], he then [xyz]ed [gaios] and passed.

Engin used [mst] and when Batterbee chained [squall], Engin started accessing his Side Deck!

[h2]Stefan Batterbee claims the lead against Alpay Engin![/h2]

The Brotherhood of the Firefist was also represented among the Top 16 Decks!

The Brotherhood of the Firefist was also represented among the Top 16 Decks!

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Nikolay Paller, piloting Mermails, had to go up against Marcus Patel’s Firefist Deck on table 3. Patel went for the second [dweller] in this game, he activated the effect, attacked over [linde] and passed.

There seemed to be nothing Paller could do.

[dweller] connected again.

Paller now found [pike], to which Patel chained [fiendish]. [amark] destroyed the Set [mf] of Patel, then Paller passed.

Patel attacked over the last of Paller’s Monsters, nothing happened on the following turn and [dweller] connected again. Patel added another back row card and he ended.
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Abyss Dweller was giving the Mermail Deck a hard time!

Abyss Dweller was giving the Mermail Deck a hard time!

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Another [pike], to which Patel chained [dweller]'[s] effect. Paller could only search for a monster, not really improving his field.

The monster died the following turn.

Paller Set a monster.

Patel didn’t attack, not risking any dangerous effects. [mst] destroyed [warning] and play was back to Paller.

He now had 3 cards in his hand and one of them was [diva]. He went searching and he found [amark]. He then Tuned both of his monsters to [catastor], but [bth] dealt with it.

Patel [ns]ed [tengu]. He attacked with [dweller] over [linde], this got Paller [teus], Patel only Set a spell or trap and he passed play.

[storm] was met with [ff tensen] on [tengu], then Patel lost his back row. Paller passed.

Patel added 2 back row cards, one of them being [mst] that destroyed Paller’s Set card: [mind control].
When Patel then found [papi] on his following turn, Paller shuffled up!

[h2]Patel takes the lead![/h2]

Marcel Leucker vs. Denis Miric!

Marcel Leucker vs. Denis Miric!


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Here you see Marcel Leucker who needs to best Denis Miric. Denis just found a [banisher], but [sb power] on [priestess] made sure that it could easily attack over it, netting Leucker a [sb secrets] from his Deck. Miric complained that he was ahead until a double [mst] brought Leucker back into the game. [priestess] destroyed [tt], which left Miric without a field, Leucker Set 2 spells or traps and he ended.
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Reborn brought back Banisher of the Radiance!

Reborn brought back Banisher of the Radiance!


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[reborn] on [banisher] allowed Leucker to win the game, equaling the score!

[h2]Marcel Leucker ties the score against Denis Miric![/h2]

Simon He was once again making some impressive plays!

Simon He was once again making some impressive plays!


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Simon He had to overcome Robin Bachofner on table 7. He just went for a gigantic [dewloren], leaving Bachofner with nothing.

The Swiss Duelist Set a monster and ended.

When He declared an attack the following turn and flipped [asphere], Bachofner extended the hand.

[h2]Simon He advances to the Top 8![/h2]

Long Dao rejoicing and getting ready for the next round!

Long Dao rejoicing and getting ready for the next round!


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I had to take a short break, taking down the Top 8 profiles of Simon He and Luca Chetoni. I came back, only to see that Long Dao just finished his match against Andrea Caruso. I could tell from the look on his face that he was happy he advanced to the Top 8!
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One of the few matches that were still underway!

One of the few matches that were still underway!


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More Top 8 profiles (Long Dao, Marcus Patel, Paolo Pacchiana) and then there were only 2 matches still undecided. Joshua Schmidt and Miha Flisek were tied, just like Alpay Engin and Stefan Batterbee. The picture above is from the match between Schmidt and Flisek; it was Schmidt’s turn, he just [ss]ed [megalo] to the field, attacking [pike]. Flisek took the damage, but he dropped [trag]. Schmidt then Set 3 Spell or Trap Cards and he ended his turn, with [teus] leaving the field thanks to the effect of [asphere].

Flisek [ss]ed [teus], discarding [amark], targeting [asphere] of Schmidt, which he chained. This got him [linde], which he happily added to his field.
[trag] and [leed] were then used to [xyz] [11]. Flisek followed it up with [diva], he [ss]ed [amark] to the field, he used the effect of [11] to claim control of his opponents [pike], he then went for [dewloren], returning his own [amark] to his hand, allowing him to [ss] [megalo]!
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Flisek was dictating the pace of the game at this point!

Flisek was dictating the pace of the game at this point!


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Schmidt used [asphere] to add [teus] to his side of the field in [def], to which Flisek responded with [maxx]. He added [asphere] to his hand, [ss]ed [teus] and then he [xyz]ed [gaios]. He wanted to attack with [dewloren], but [gaios] didn’t allow him to do just that. Therefore, [gaios] attacked over [megalo] and during the End Phase, Schmidt lost his field to his own [asphere] effects, only ending up with [leed]. Another card for Flisek thanks to his [maxx].

Time was called during Schmidt’s following turn; he activated [squall], bringing back [teus], [megalo] and [linde]. He then went for [11], activated its effect, but [gaios] negated it. [diva] followed, [ss]ing [ahi] to Schmidt’s side of the field.
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Schmidt put up a strong defense!

Schmidt put up a strong defense!


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Still on the same turn, Schmidt went for [gungnir], to which Flisek chained [asphere]. [mst] from Schmidt’s hand made sure that plan didn’t work. The following attacks made short use of Flisek’s monsters, he dropped to 6600 Life Points, Schmidt Set a Spell or Trap Card and play was back to Flisek.

He Set a Spell or Trap Card and ended.

Schmidt attacked, causing Flisek to use [asphere] to [ss] [linde]. It got Flisek [pike]. It wasn’t possible for Schmidt to chain to its effect (discarding [ahi]) with [gaios], since it resolved during the Damage Step. This cost Schmidt [gaios]. He ended after that.

Now Flisek wanted to up the ante again. He [ss]ed [teus], discarding [gunde], which got him [megalo]. He then went for [gaios] again.
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Mirror Force - crushing dreams since 2003!

Mirror Force - crushing dreams since 2003!


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Flisek added [linde], he declared an attack and Schmidt flipped [mf]. After that, Flisek couldn’t deal any more damage, which meant that Schmidt won the game!

[h2]Joshua Schmidt advances to the Top 8![/h2]

That was all I could pick up during the Top 16. Let us know what you think about our new coverage feature so we’ll know where to implement it again in future coverages!
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