Top 32: Rodrigo Togores (España) vs. Stewart Almeida (Luxembourg)

Our table judge wasn’t amused when Rodrigo Togores put the official playmat aside to put his own playmat below it. “I’m a little superstitious”, the former European Champion admitted showing his trademark smile and it caused the judge to give him the go for the little stunt.

His opponent, Stewart Almeida, on the other hand, immediately replied doubtfully: “That doesn’t make any sense.” Let’s see if the Luxembourgian Duelist will be the last one laughing after this match concludes.
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Rodrigo Togores has once again advanced to the knock out portion of a Sealed YCS!
Rodrigo Togores has once again advanced to the knock out portion of a Sealed YCS!

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Both players kept their respective hands and Almeida went first, only setting 2 back row cards.

Togores found [evo ch] and he attacked directly with it. He set 2 spells or traps and ended.

[zombyra] attacked into a [d shield], which meant Togores went up to 10100 Life Points. That was mostly fine with Almeida, who set another spell or trap before ending his turn.

The second summon of [evo ch] was successful, but when the Spanish superstar tried to equip it with [grarl], Almeida found a [bom] among the cards in his back row to make sure that plan wouldn’t succeed. [zombyra] then made short use of the face-down monster on his following turn and once again, play was back to Togores.

He had a [dck] and he followed it up with [riryoku]. “How much would that be?”, Almeida asked and Togores explained that “it’s basically the same as [honest].” After the dust had settled, Almeida was left with 4200 Life Points while Togores was still up on 5 digits.
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One of Togores' magical sleight of hand movements captured on camera!
One of Togores' magical sleight of hand movements captured on camera!

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[zoma] that hit play during Togores’ End Phase switched to [atk] on Almeida’s following turn. He had [successor] to make sure his Trap Monster would get to hang around. He added a new face-down Spell and Trap Card and ended.

Togores thought long about his next play and he eventually settled on [quake] followed by [ranshin]. It took out [zoma] and Togores went down to 8000 Life Points – “back to where we started.”
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Mausoleum of the Emperor said: 'Bring on the Tribute Monsters!'
Mausoleum of the Emperor said: 'Bring on the Tribute Monsters!'

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[mausoleum] allowed Almeida to [ss] [zerato] who then was further buffed by [fighting spirit]. It attacked over Togores’ lonely monster, so the former champion was left with 6700 Life Points. [fsanc] provided Almeida with a token and he passed play.

Togores took his time, reading over [fsanc] again before running into any more or less obvious traps. He then [ns]ed [ngs] before using [ffs] to deal with [zerato].

Almeida didn’t pay, which meant he lost his token. He then paid 1000 Life Points to be able to Tribute Summon [megacyber]. He attacked over Togores’ monster and play was back to the Spaniard.

[pho wyv] was a great topdeck for Togores, who immediately summoned it to the field, paying 2000 Life Points. He wanted to destroy Almeida’s face-down card, which was revealed to be [goatz]. He took out the [megacyber] and passed.

Almeida added a back-row card. Togores activated [c trader] and killed a token.

Almeida set a monster. Togores used the effect of [c trader] and he then activated [shard]. 2 tokens remaining.

Almeida [fs]ed [gww] He attacked into [pho wyv], activating [rush], but Togores found [proar] in his own back row, making sure he’d stay ahead in terms of monsters.

Almeida set another monster while Togores further reduced the number of tokens.
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Togores was taking out Almeida's monsters one by one!
Togores was taking out Almeida's monsters one by one!

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Almeida passed, Togores found [ngs], he then left Almeida with no field and on the following turn, the Spaniard wrapped things up!

[h2]Rodrigo Togores claims the lead![/h2]

This time it would be Almeida going first and once again, both players kept their respective hands.
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Could Stewart Almeida do the impossible and beat Togores twice in a row?!
Could Stewart Almeida do the impossible and beat Togores twice in a row?!

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He only set a monster, which Togores’ [a drago] revealed to be a [truck]. 3 face-down spells or traps for Togores.

[grace] helped Almeida getting rid of [fsanc] and [mausoleum]. He then [ns]ed [dda] and attacked into a [d shield]. He added 2 face-down Spell or Trap Cards of his own and passed play.

[ngs] got summoned, [a drago] switched to [atk] and Togores went on the offensive. [no entry] foiled that plan and when he passed, Almeida also activated [zoma].
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This time it was Almeida who was gaining ground!
This time it was Almeida who was gaining ground!

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On his following turn, he switched [zoma] and [dda] to [atk] and he declared an attack with the Trap Monster. “I have to think for a second”, Togores admitted, which was fine with Almeida, much to the dismay of our table judge. [ngs] then bit the dust, while [dda]'[s] attack ended in a [bom], which meant that Togores would get to keep his [a drago]. Almeida set 2 spells or traps and ended.

[luster] got [ns]ed and it attacked [zoma]. [rush] during the Damage Step made sure that the Trap would to continue its brief run in the Monster Card Zone, with Togores losing his monster. [dda] then traded with [luster] before [call] brought back [ngs] so Togores could rid the field of [truck].
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Who needs real monsters when you can have Traps working for you?!
Who needs real monsters when you can have Traps working for you?!

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Back to Almeida, who had [chiron] and [fighting spirit] to deal with [ngs]. He also flipped [tiki c] during his Battle Phase to deal some more damage, leaving Togores with 5200 Life Points.

[quake] followed by [slate] marked the Spaniard’s comeback. He followed it up with [reborn] on [ngs], attacking [chiron] with it. [slate] then took down [tiki c]. Suddenly, Togores seemed like he was ahead!

“You got nothing else?”, Almeida asked. “Yes, that was all”, Togores replied. Almeida then switched his [zoma] to [atk] and he sent it into [ngs], destroying both monsters and dealing 1800 damage to Togores, who was now down to 3400.
In [mp] 2, [pho thrasher] came down and Almeida passed play.

Nothing happened the following turn.

Almeida took the bait and attacked over [slate], which meant his monster would get weakened. He added a back row card and ended.

Togores [ns]ed [dck], which attempted to take down [pho thrasher], but [successor] made sure Almeida’s monster would hang around.

An Attack on Almeida’s turn and back to Togores, who found [gaf]! It finally dealt with the lonely opposition, dealing first damage to Almeida.

The Luxembourgian Duelist found [alexandrite] and it dealt with [gaf].

Togores set a monster and added [shard]. However, when he didn’t find another monster the following turn to protect his Life Points, he went for his Side Deck.

[h2]Stewart Almeida ties the score![/h2]

Last chance for both players to take advantage of the mulligan, but none of them did. Togores then kicked things off in frenetic fashion, inviting [a drago] to his party and setting 2 back row cards as well as activating [c trader].

Almeida had [dda] and 2 back row cards of his own.

Togores [ns]ed [evo ch] and passed play.
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Almeida was going over the options his back row provided him with!
Almeida was going over the options his back row provided him with!

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Almeida wanted to get rid of the threat and declared an attack with [dda] into [evo ch], but [d shield] made sure it would get to see another turn. Almeida set a card to each zone.

[dck] came down and Togores let out a sigh, possibly indicating that he forgot about the second summon of [evo ch]? He ended right after that.

Almeida [fs]ed [gyroid] and he declared an attack, causing Togores to activate [coa].

Back to Togores, who now Tribute Summoned [pho wyv]. Almeida chained [metalmorph] as well as [tiki c] AND [successor] – he lost no single card despite the destructive effect of the monster. That would change momentarily, however, since Togores’ [a drago] attacked into [dda]. [pho wyv] dealt with another monster and [call] on [evo ch] made sure Togores wiped Almeida’s complete field save a lonely [tiki c]! He added [shard] and passed with no more cards in hand.
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Rodrigo Togores was well on his way to victory!
Rodrigo Togores was well on his way to victory!

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Almeida used [reborn] to bring back [gyroid], which he then Tributed together with his remaining monster to Tribute Summon a [pho wyv] of his own. He attempted to activate [aau], but [dck] in Togores’ grave was no legal target. He then destroyed his opponent’s [pho wyv] with the help of [successor], buffing his own copy of the big monster.

Togores used [c trader] and he Second Summoned [evo ch]. [shard] went up to 1 counter. “Better than doing nothing”, Togores remarked somewhat drily.

[blion] came down, providing Almeida with yet more field presence. He then attacked over [evo ch] with [pho wyv] and [blion] made it 6400 Life Points remaining for Togores.

The Spaniard drew and he shuffled a card back. His [shard] then allowed him to draw 2 more cards, making it 4 in his hand. He set 3 of them to his back row and passed.
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An amazing comeback for Almeida who suddenly found himself in the driver's seat!
An amazing comeback for Almeida who suddenly found himself in the driver's seat!

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[pho wyv] attacked and Togores had no response. [blion] followed.

Togores drew no monster and used [c trader]. That got him [ngs], which was something. He [ns]ed it, activated [riryoku] and attacked over [pho wyv], destroying it. The judge called the time out.

[blion] was sent into [ngs] and Togores considered his response. He used [dress] on his opponent’s monster in the Battle Step, which meant that Almeida had to watch his monster getting destroyed.

Togores found [ranshin], but his attacks ended in [goatz]. With him being behind in Life Points, that was a very bad sign!

Almeida set a card to each zone and play was back to Togores.

He drew for his turn and checked the Life Points again, thinking about whether to shuffle the card back or not with the effect [c trader]. It was the last turn for the Spaniard, so he now had to either go big or go home!
After giving it quite a bit of thought, he decided that he wanted to shuffle it back. He took down 2 more tokens and passed.

Almeida had no plays and that meant that we would now compare Life Points, with the Luxembourgian Duelist still being ahead. That meant he would move on to the Top 16.

[h2]Stewart Almeida advances to the next round![/h2]

A great accomplishment for Stewart Almeida who we last saw at YCS Bochum. Can he go all the way today? We’ll know in just a few more rounds!
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