Top 32: Luigi Alici (Inzektors) vs. Bernardo Guerreiro (Dino Rabbit)
15.04.2012 | 12:39
We’ve made it to the final 32 and facing each other now are Luigi Alici from Italy and Bernardo Guerreiro from Portugal. You might remember Alici as we featured him before in the first European YCS, the YCS Bochum where he was up against Claudio Kirchmair in our Round 1 Feature Match. Today, he’s packing an Inzektor build featuring interesting cards like Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite don’t see everyday and it has to stand its ground against Guerreiro’s Dino Rabbits!
Alici won the die roll and opted to go first.
He had to consider his opening move for a bit and was about to set a monster. He eventually decided against it, returned it to this hand, then set it again together with a back row card.
Play was up to Guerreiro for the first time and he set 2 Spells or Traps together with a monster.
Alici Normal Summoned Armageddon Knight and Guerreiro had to give that some thought. He eventually decided to activate Fiendish Chain to make sure Alici wouldn’t get his engine going! He set a back row card and ended without attacking.
Sabersaurus was Normal Summoned on Guerreiro’s following turn. He declared an attack into Alici’s face-down monster, which was revealed to be Sangan. It bit the dust and the Italian Duelist added Inzektor Dragonfly to his hand. Play proceeded with Main Phase 2 and Guerreiro Flip Summoned Kabazauls. He used both of his monsters to Xyz Summon Evolzar Dolkka before setting a Spell or Trap.
Alici drew for his turn, briefly checked his face-down cards and he Normal Summoned Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite. He used it together with Armageddon Knight to Xyz Summon Wind-Up Zenmaister, however, Bottomless Trap Hole banished it! Alici set a third back row card and passed.
Guerreiro added a second back row card.
Inzektor Dragonfly came down and Alici opted not to use priority. Guerreiro still had no response. Alici flipped Call of the Haunted, targeting Armageddon Knight. It was Special Summoned to the field and Alici used its effect to send Inzektor Hornet to his Graveyard. Inzektor Dragonfly activated its effect and Guerreiro Chained Evolzar Dolkka's effect to negate it. Alici found Fiendish Chain in his back row, Chaining its effect! Guerreiro had to give this some thought and he eventually Chained Forbidden Chalice! The Chain resolved with Inzektor Dragonfly now sporting 1400 ATK, but not effect.
Alici wouldn’t have it stay on the field as such an easy target. He brought back Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite, returning Inzektor Dragonfly to his hand. He then used Blackwing - Zephyros the Elite and Armageddon Knight to Xyz Summon Number 39: Utopia. He send it into Evolzar Dolkka and Guerreiro lost his monster. Alici advanced to Main Phase 2, Xyz Summoning Number C39: Utopia Ray before ending his impressive turn!
Play was back to the Italian Duelist, who checked his Graveyard briefly before Normal Summoning Inzektor Dragonfly. He used its effect and Guerreiro Chained Torrential Tribute with the intention to destroy both monsters on the field. Alici wasn’t happy with that, so he Chained Solemn Judgment to negate the Trap Card! Inzektor Hornet was returned to the field], it left it again for its own effect so Spirit Reaper would be destroyed. This got Alici Inzektor Centipede, he used its effect to also equip it with Inzektor Hornet and some attacks followed. Guerreiro was left with 4700 Life Points.
During Main Phase 2, Alici used Inzektor Hornet's effect to destroy his own Call of the Haunted, searching his Deck for another Inzektor Dragonfly. He then Xyz Summoned Number 17: Leviathan Dragon, used its effect to detach Inzektor Centipede and that concluded the turn.
Guerreiro set a card to each zone.
Alici activated Heavy Storm and that’s when Guerreiro decided it would be time for game 2!
Luigi Alici is one win away from making Top 16!
That’s certainly no ordinary Inzektor Deck that Luigi Alici has brought to the table today. Lots and lots of tech cards also found a way to sneak into his interesting build, providing him with outs where other Decks couldn’t perform any noteworthy actions. Let’s see if he would be able to surprise us again in the second game!
Guerreiro decided it was time he kicked things off! He Normal Summoned Sabersaurus, set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
Alici activated Pot of Duality, revealing Dimensional Prison, Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter and Inzektor Giga-Mantis. He picked Dimensional Prison, successfully Normal Summoned Inzektor Hornet and Guerreiro considered his response. He flipped Macro Cosmos! Alici set a Spell or Trap and ended.
Guerreiro set a face-down Spell or Trap and ended.
Alici set a card to each zone. Nothing happened the following turn.
Alici Flip Summoned Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter, selecting Macro Cosmos as his target of choice. Guerreiro Chained Torrential Tribute, which meant that Sangan and Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter would be sent to the zone of banished cards! Not what Alici wanted, he needed that Sangan!
Guerreiro set 2 cards in his back row.
Alici set only a monster.
Back to Alici, who Flip Summoned another Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. Guerreiro beasted it with Fiendish Chain, saving another face-down card from destruction. Alici Chained Book of Moon! One of the best answers he could possibly have! Guerreiro was certainly not happy about it, but there was nothing he could do about it. He lost Bottomless Trap Hole and Fiendish Chain (in a way, it was still on the field). With that, Alici passed the turn.
Guerreiro performed an Xyz Summon into Leviair the Sea Dragon. He activated the effect, trying to bring back Sabersaurus. Fiendish Chain was supposed to foil that plan, but this time it was Guerreiro who had Book of Moon! He Mystical Space Typhoon’d Dimensional Prison, Normal Summoned Kabazauls, performend an Xyz Summon into Evolzar Dolkka and attacked Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter. Evolzar Dolkka negated the effect and Guerreiro ended.
Allure of Darkness provided Alici with 2 new cards. He banished Inzektor Centipede and activated Dark Hole. Solemn Judgment negated it! With Evolzar Dolkka still on the field, Guerreiro felt confident about this play. Alici considered his next move and he considered playing his last remaining cards: Inzektor Dragonfly and Inzektor Giga-Mantis. He thought long and hard about it and eventually Normal Summoned Inzektor Dragonfly. He equipped it with Inzektor Giga-Mantis, but Evolzar Dolkka negated its effect. Inzektor Dragonfly's effect got also negated, this time with Effect Veiler, though! That left Alici with only Inzektor Dragonfly on the field. Time was called during this turn.
Guerreiro drew, set a monster and switched all of his monsters to Defense Position.
Back to Alici, who had to consider his next play carefully. Both players checked their respective opponent’s Graveyards and Alici thought about bringing out Inzektor Exa-Beetle. He activated the effect of Inzektor Dragonfly, bringing back another copy. Inzektor Centipede was Normal Summoned, equipping itself with another Inzektor Centipede from his Graveyard. Both of his equipped Inzektors were then used to Xyz Summon Inzektor Exa-Beetle! He opted to bring out Inzektor Exa-Beetle in Defense Position, he equipped it with Inzektor Giga-Mantis and he then activated Inzektor Exa-Beetle's effect to destroy his own Inzektor Giga-Mantis and the Inzektor Centipede on Guerreiro’s side of the field. He returned the very same Inzektor Centipede to the effect of Inzektor Giga-Mantis, equipped it with Inzektor Giga-Mantis and then attacked over the set Kabazauls. That concluded the turn.
Guerreiro set a monster and passed.
Alici used the effect of Inzektor Exa-Beetle, destroying his own Inzektor Giga-Mantis once again. He also got rid of Evolzar Dolkka on Guerreiro’s side of the field. He brought back Inzektor Dragonfly, used the effect of Inzektor Centipede to search his Deck for Inzektor Hornet and that’s when Guerreiro realized that he couldn’t win the game.
Luigi Alici advances to the Top 16!
Quite the match! Guerreiro made a crucial mistake, not attacking Inzektor Exa-Beetle in his last turn. This would have made all the difference as Alici would then not have been able to destroy Inzektor Giga-Mantis once again to start another combo loop.