Top 32: Sijing You (GER) vs Andrea Zenari (ITA)

Often times the top 64 is one of the hardest games of the tournament. You have just progressed from the Swiss rounds and it’s the first knockout stage of the tournament. Defeat puts you out for sure while victory calms the knockout nerves. Both of these Duelists have made it past that point – Germany’s Sijing You has come this far with Madolche while Italy’s Andrea Zenari has piloted Bujins to the second knockout stage.

After a re-roll Sijing won with a three and decided to start. He opened with [mad mag] to replenish itself in the hand and [m ticket] along with two backrow.

Zenari started with [bujin yam]. It attacked over [mad mag] which was returned to the Deck and [engelee] was searched from Ticket. Zenari set three cards and in the End Phase searched [bujin hare] and discarded it. Also in the End Phase Sijing flipped [lance] and then activated [full house]! It was a huge play that wiped out Zenari’s entire backrow.
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Full House just took Zenari's backrow apart!
Full House just took Zenari's backrow apart!

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Sijing Summoned [mad mag] and searched [mad miau]. He played [double summon] and then used his additional Summon to bring out [engelee]. The effect bought out [mad hoot] which in turn got [mad eis] and subsequently [mad chat]. The game was moving forward at a lightning pace.
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The Madolche revolution was taking place!
The Madolche revolution was taking place!

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[leviair] hit the field next and returned [mad mag] which was used with [engelee] to [xyz] [mad tiara]. The effect sent Yamato back to the Deck and in the Battle Phase Zenari ate a face full of damage leaving him on 1400. The German was wasting no time in putting his Madolche cards to work.

Zenari Summoned [bujin hir] and [bujin turtle]. He [xyz]ed [103] and bounced Tiaramisu. Messengelato went down in battle and Zenari set a backrow.

[mad miau] allowed Sijing to bring out [mad hoot] from the hand and Zenari paused play to think. [fiendish] hit the Hootcake and [103] bounced the [mad miau]. Sijing set a backrow.

Zenari had [pod] which gave him [lance]. [ff tenki] searched him a [bujin yam] which was Summoned. [103] attacked [leviair] and Zenari set a [st] before searching in the End Phase for a [bujin quil] and discarding it.

Sijing played [mad miau] and [engelee], using the latter effect for [mad hoot] and that effet for [mad eis]. It searched another [mad chat].
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A flurry of Special Summons from Sijing
A flurry of Special Summons from Sijing

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[leviair] returned a Monster which became [mad tiara] and returned [bujin yam] and the Italian’s set card. This was enough for him to conceed as there would be more than enough attack on the field to wipe out his remaining LP!
[h2]Sijing You takes the first game with Madolche![/h2]

The German was playing at breakneck speed – knowing exactly what he wanted to achieve with his turn and how he wanted to do it. Winning the first game meant the Italian would get underway in the second.

He did so with [bujin yam] and three set [st]s. He ditched a [bujin hare] from the Deck in the End Phase.
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Zenari would have to pull two games back!
Zenari would have to pull two games back!

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Sijing spread five backrow down and looked his opponent dead in the face while saying “CHAIN BURN!”

On Zenari’s turn, [fiendish] was halted by [mst] and Yamato attacked successfully. In the End Phase [bujin turtle] was send to the Graveyard.

Sijing added another backrow to make it five again.

Yamato poked again and Zenari upped his backrow to three. Sijing had nothing in the End Phase to stop a second [bujin turtle] getting fuelled in the Graveyard.

Sijing just set a Monster. He had one card in hand.

A Turtle was Banished to Summon [bujin hir] and in the Battle Phase Sijing’s [mad hoot] went back in to the Deck while he ate some more damage.
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A defensive setup from the German
A defensive setup from the German

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After setting a [st] Zenari moved to his End Phase where [fiendish] stopped Yamato. [mst] took out the newly set [sw] and play was back with the German. He Summoned [mad mag] and fished out [engelee] from the Deck. Another set [st]was added and play went back to Zenari.

He sent Hirume in to attack over [mad mag] leaving Sijing on 1800. Zenari played [kaiser col] and in the End Phase Sijing flipped [full house] to take out his [fiendish] and Zenari’s Kaiser and entire backrow. Chain going meant Yamato could use the effect and sent a [bujin hare] to the Graveyard. Another powerhouse move from Sijing.

On his turn he Summoned [engelee] and got [mad hoot]. When he wanted to use the effect [crow] Banished his [engelee]. “Sometimes I wish it was a cost” said the German. “Sometimes I don’t.”

Zenari Summoned [bujin mika]. The Hootcake could not be destroyed by battle so Zenari had to find another way around it. He decided not to do anything else so moved to his End Phase where Sijing flipped [lim].
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Invicible Hootcake is invincible!
Invicible Hootcake is invincible!

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He added another set on his turn and in the End Phase Hootcake returned to the Deck.

Zenari attacked on the following turn and none of Sijing’s four set cards could help him!

[h2]Zenari evens the score and this one is going to the wire![/h2]

Sijing had a fully resolved [full house] in both games now. It was really causing a problem for Zenari who was losing three to four cards every time it went off. He managed to have enough of an established field in that last game for it to not matter but couldn’t rely on that going forward.

Sijing would start the third game which gave him more of a chance to pull off his combos and he began the final game of the match with [mad mag] to search out [engelee]. He set four and passed.
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Sijing looked to build on his game one win
Sijing looked to build on his game one win

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Zenari Summoned [bujin hare] and it attacked to send [mad mag] back to the Deck. A single set ended his turn.

Sijing Summoned [engelee] and it cost Zenari 2000LP to have his [sw] negated by [wiretap]. [engelee] got her effect and [maxx] from Zenari got him some cards. [mad hoot] was [ss]ed and the effect was halted by [crow] to Banish [engelee].

Zenari added a second [bujin hare] to his side of the field and used the two to [xyz] [eek]. Zenari had one card less than Sijing so the effect took out his entire field including three backrow. [kaiser col] would stop any big plays and Zenari passed.
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Kaiser stopped Sijing from making his strong Madolche plays!
Kaiser stopped Sijing from making his strong Madolche plays!

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Sijing set a [st] and Monster.

Zenari ran over it – [wolfbark] – with [eek] and set a card.

Sijing set a second backrow.

[eek] poked directly.

Sijing had [ff tenki] for [ff bear] which was met with a [fiendish] after sending the Tenki to the Graveyard. Sijing passed.

[eek] attacked over it to leave the German on 5500 who passed his next turn.

[ff tenki] searched Zenari [bujin yam] and it was Summoned after [bujin hir]. He was making the final push!
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Too much for Sijing to handle!
Too much for Sijing to handle!

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Attacks were successful until [bujin hir] attempted to end the game, where [fiendish] kept Sijing in it. [ddw] in [mp2] dealt with the set [lim] and Zenari passed.

Sijing drew and counted all the cards in both players’ hands and on the field. He Summoned [engelee] and used her to Summon [mad pud]. She attacked over the [eek] and Sijing passed.

[bujincarnation] from Zenari was enough for Sijing to extend his hand and admit defeat!

[h2]Andrea Zenari would be continuing on to the top 16 with Bujin![/h2]

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