Top 32: Sandor Malinowski (Six Samurai) vs. Jan Groenke (Dino Rabbit)

[p]Sandor Malinowski ended up on a respectable 16th place finish with his Six Samurai Deck while his opponent Jan Groenke ended up on 17th. Both haven’t been playing each other prior to this round, which resulted in some pleasant chatter prior to the start of the match.
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Sandor Malinowski was on a roll with Six Samurai!
Sandor Malinowski was on a roll with Six Samurai!

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Malinowski won the die roll and just as he expected, he opted to go first. He wouldn’t give away what he was playing right away, only setting a card to his Spell or Trap Card zone.
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Groenke drew and then [ns]ed [rabbit]. Malinowski had [warning] to deal with that, but a [reborn] brought [rabbit] right back and Groenke kicked into high gear early with 2 [kabaz] hitting the field! He sent both monsters in, dealing 3.400 points of damage, leaving Groenke on 2.600 Life Points.[br]
During [mp] 2, both monsters were used to [xyz] [laggia]. Groenke set 3 back row cards and passed play.
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Reborn made sure Groenke would get to Special Summon a bunch of monsters after all!
Reborn made sure Groenke would get to Special Summon a bunch of monsters after all!

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Malinowski had to come up with something or he would find himself under the wheels sooner rather than later. He [ss]ed [elder], followed it up with [bom], targeting [laggia], but [lance] made sure it would stay face-up, even though it lost a little of its power. [grandmaster] was supposed to come down next, but [bth] took care of it.[br]
It didn’t seem like Malinowski was out of options just yet as he activated [ascet] to [ss] [kagemusha] to the field. [kizan] followed as a [ss] and then, Malinkowski attempted to [synch] [beast] to the field. Just as expected, Groenke used the effect of [laggia] to negate the summon, but Malinkowski had yet one more card in hand and he didn’t flinch and activated it: [sss]. This got him another [kagemusha], he then used both of his monsters to [synch] [shi en] and it attacked over [laggia]!
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... And then only Shi En remained on the field!
... And then only Shi En remained on the field!

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Groenke set a card to each zone.
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[shi en] attacked over the set [sangan], allowing Malinkowski to add [tgu] to his hand. “I’m looking forward to the banning of this card!”, Malinkowski commented. He set a spell or trap and ended.
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[tgu] hit play and its effect allowed Groenke to [ss] another copy from his Deck. “Did you really draw into [bth]?”, Groenke asked stunned. “Try me!”, Malinkowski replied tauntingly. Groenke went for an [xyz] and [zenmaines] hit play. Malinowski had no response. [zenmaines] attacked into [shi en], [zenmaines] lost one of its materials and during the End Phase, [shi en] got destroyed.
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All Malinowski could do was add a second back row card.
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Wasn't that dino declared extinct 1 format ago?!
Wasn't that dino declared extinct 1 format ago?!

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Groenke [ns]ed [guaiba] and he declared an attack with [zenmaines]. Malinowski checked his Graveyard and he considered his response. He activated [double] to bring back [kagemusha] and [shi en]. That worked and Groenke let out: “You’re planning something.” He then attacked with [guaiba] into [kagemusha] and Malinowski activated [ascet] to [ss] [elder] from his Deck. “I don’t get it”, Groenke replied. After giving it some more thought, he took another look at [shi en] and he then added: “I got it now!” He figured Groenke wanted to Tribute another monster to make sure [shi en] wouldn’t leave the field during the End Phase.[br]
Finally, [guaiba] attacked over [elder], which meant Groenke would be allowed to add another [guaiba] to his side of the field. He used both of his monsters to [xyz] [laggia] in [mp] 2 and he ended his turn. That meant Groenke would lose both of his monsters thanks to the effect of [double], which would result in him losing the game.
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Jan Groenke takes the lead!

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The game took 17 minutes, but only because Sandor Malinowski’s unconventional plays confused Jan Groenke royally. He seemed puzzled for most of the game, but eventually kept his calm, didn’t commit a mistake and that meant he would now be in a very favorable position!
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Jan Groenke 1-upped his opponent and only had to win 1 more Duel!
Jan Groenke 1-upped his opponent and only had to win 1 more Duel!

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Malinowski drew 5 cards and he wasn’t too happy. That’s a bad hand. He added a sixth card – “Oh, it’s broken now!”[br]
He summoned [kageki], followed it up with [kagemusha], he [synch] [shi en], set 3 and ended his turn. Groenke, who had responded to the first summon with [maxx], was starting with 7 cards on his first turn.
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[rabbit] allowed Groenke to [ss] 2 [kabaz] to the field, but [bth] meant they wouldn’t allow him to go for an Evolzar. He set 2 spells or traps and ended.
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Malinowski had [mizuho], he followed it up with [kizan] and play proceeded with the Battle Phase. After the dust had settled, Groenke was left with 1.800 Life Points.
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A second Rescue Rabbit was exactly what Groenke needed!
A second Rescue Rabbit was exactly what Groenke needed!

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Groenke found a second [rabbit]! Malinowski tried to stop it with [warning], but [sj] made sure it would hit the field. Groenke then [ss]ed 2 [saurus] and he contemplated his next move, wondering what Malinowski had face-down. “It’s a [sj]!”, Malinowski announced. “You’re kidding me?!”, Groenke replied. He then went for [maestro], which was fine with Malinowski. It activated its effect, but a [fiendish] from Malinowski meant that Groenke would be stopped dead in his tracks. He set a spell or trap and ended.
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Malinowski used the effect of [mizuho], Tributing [kizan]. This way, Malinowski was able to destroy [tt]. He performed another summon and Groenke revealed his last face-down card: [warning]. On to game 3!
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Sandor Malinowski ties the score!

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“Not bad, but there’s still some room for improvement”, Malinowski announced. According to his logic, Groenke had one of the strongest starts he could have with 2 copies of [rabbit] while his Six Samurai could still be more explosive than they had just been. Groenke announced that he would go first and he added that he’ll have another [rabbit] in his opening 6. “I really want to win”, Groenke said, to which Malinowski replied: “I’m already a winner in my book. I’m enjoying myself a lot this weekend.”
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Groenke set 2 spells or traps and a monster.
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Malinowski's opening hand straight out of the time machine!
Malinowski's opening hand straight out of the time machine!

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Malinowski started with [kageki] and he contemplated whether to use the effect or not. He opted against it, [ss]ed [grandmaster], but Groenke used [warning]. Malinowski returned it to his hand thanks to its own effect. That was an expensive misplay by Groenke![br]
Once again, Malinowski attempted to [ss] [grandmaster] and this time it worked. He attacked over the set [kabaz], [kageki] followed, Malinowski set 2 and he ended.
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[saurus] hit the field and it attacked over [kageki]. Groenke added a back row card before passing.
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Everything this Deck runs is 'old school' - yep, that includes Synchro Monsters!
Everything this Deck runs is 'old school' - yep, that includes Synchro Monsters!

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Shien’s Squire and [grandmaster] were used to [synch] [barkion]. “I’m really missing that [warning] right now”, Groenke had to admit. “You still got a second one!”, Malinowski tried to encourage him.[br]
[barkion] attacked over [saurus], leaving Groenke with 3.700 Life Points. Malinowski then attempted to bring back [grandmaster] and [kageki] with [double]. Groenke activated [tt], but [barkion] negated it! The attack of [kageki] went through, while [grandmaster]'[s] attack ended in [prison].
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Groenke’s Deck provided him with one of his remaining outs: [mole]. He wasn’t sure whether to attack with it since Malinowski still had another face-down spell or trap. He went for it and it worked.
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Malinowski wouldn't give away the victory after fighting so hard!
Malinowski wouldn't give away the victory after fighting so hard!

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“Am I dead?”, Groenke asked. “Yep”, Malinowski replied. He [ns]ed [kageki], Groenke asked whether he had another monster, to which Malinowski just replied: “Which one do you want?”, Groenke pointed to [hand] and that concluded our match!
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Sandor Malinowski’s Six Samurai advance to the Top 16!

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Looks like [grandmaster] hasn’t been seen in a very long time as people have forgotten how to play against it. That’s the only explanation we could come up with after we saw a [warning] on [grandmaster]. Groenke felt confident that his hand in the last game wasn’t good enough to win the match either way, but it’s still not the way you want to end your run in a prestigious event like the YCS.
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