Top 32: Simon He (Agents) vs. Frederico Zoppini (Mermail)

[p]Only 5 more rounds and this is where it counts the most. We invited Europe’s most consistent player, Simon He, and Italy’s Federico Zoppini to our Feature Match table. Zoppini is piloting Mermails this weekend while Simon He tries his luck with Agents, the Deck that already helped him to top the YCS before.
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He started with a 2 – 2 record into the event. He went on and won all of the remaining rounds, adding yet another “day 2” performance to his already impressive resume!
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This was the gadzillionst Top 32 for Simon He this year!
This was the gadzillionst Top 32 for Simon He this year!

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Zoppini won the die roll and kicked things off with a set monster. He mirrored his play.
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[pike] came down, Zoppini discarded [adrag] and he then searched his Deck for [amark] and [megalo]. He then discarded to [ss] [megalo], to which He responded with [maxx]. Zoppini destroyed [sangan] on He’s side of the field and he added another copy of [megalo] to his hand.[br]
The British Duelist searched his deck for [orange], giving away what he was playing.[br]
Zoppini [fs]ed [amark], he attacked with it, [ss]ing [adrag] to his side of the field. He drew another card for [maxx]. Attacks with the newly summoned monster, [megalo] and [linde] followed, leaving He on 800 Life Points. He set a spell or trap and ended.
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Zoppini let out a call and the Ocean answered!
Zoppini let out a call and the Ocean answered!

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The Brit was standing with his back against the wall, staring down a huge field and a set spell or trap. He activated [storm] first, to which Zoppini didn’t respond with his [asphere]. He checked his opponent’s Graveyard and then [ns]ed [tgu] and activated its effect. Zoppini responded with [maxx]. He chained the effect of [orange], ditching [msb] with it. Zoppini now wanted to chain a second [maxx] and a judge was called to make a ruling since He claimed it wasn’t possible to chain a second [maxx] during the same chain. The judge sided with He, which meant Zoppini wouldn’t get to draw a card.[br]
He now had 2 [tgu] on the field while Zoppini still controlled 4 monsters straight from the Abyss. [sorcerer] followed, with He banishing [sangan] and [orange]. He needed a moment to consider his follow-up play. It seemed to be an extremely tough decision for him, but eventually, he opted to [xyz] [leviair]. He used its effect, bringing back [orange]. [mind control] on [amark] followed, both monsters were then used to [synch] [catastor] and He advanced to the Battle Phase.
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He knew how to turn this whole game upside down!
He knew how to turn this whole game upside down!

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[catastor] dealt with [megalo], [leviair] attacked over another monster and [sorcerer] got rid of the last monster Zoppini controlled!
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“Dark Hole?” He asked. Zoppini shook his had. He had [salvage], though, bringing back 2 copies of [amark]. [moulin] came down, costing He [rai oh], but when it attacked, [treacherous] dealt with it! Zoppini set a monster and passed.
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He activatd the effect of [leviair], bringing back [sangan], with Zoppini responding with [maxx]. [sangan] attacked over [amark], [sorcerer] and [leviair] attacked directly. [trag] came down and He ended.
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Zoppini used ALL the effects of Tragoedia!
Zoppini used ALL the effects of Tragoedia!

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[trag] helped Zoppini gain control of [sangan]. He used its second effect and then [xyz]ed [zenmaines]. [mind] followed and [sorcerer] banished itself. Back to He!
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After checking both Graveyards, [leviair] was switched to [def]. Zoppini only set a spell or trap. He mirrored that play, Zoppini flipped [asphere], but He chained [mst] from his hand!
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Nothing happened the following two turns, so it was Zoppini’s turn again. He set a monster.
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Back to the British Duelist, who now had to check both Graveyards again. He looked long at [zenmaines] and he then switched [leviair] to [atk]. He attacked into [zenmaines], took 300 damage and [ss]ed [trag] (you don’t see that too often). Then he entered [mp] 2 and Tribute Summoned [kristya], then ended his turn.
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"Dark Hole? Soul Taker? For game?" He asked...
"Dark Hole? Soul Taker? For game?" He asked...

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It certainly looked like Simon He was close to losing that game. Zoppini attacked with [zenmaines] into [kristya]. He discarded [honest]! That meant Zoppini would take 2800 damage (but still live). The Brit couldn’t believe it as he somehow miscalculated (even though his own scoresheet had Zoppini on 3200); he thought that he had just trapped Zoppini into a game-ending attack. After he did the maths again, he went for his Side Deck.
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Federico Zoppini takes the lead!

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After tight game Zoppini was now in a better position than ever before to move on to the round of the last 16.
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Frederico Zoppini so far played more successful!
Frederico Zoppini so far played more successful!

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He [ns]ed [rai oh] and ended. Zoppini didn’t perform any actions, so play was right back to He.
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[rai oh] attacked directly, [trag] was supposed to come down, but [orange] negated its effect. The following turn, Zoppini wanted to bring it back with [reborn], which worked. [trag] attacked over [rai oh] and He fell down to 6900.[br]
Zoppini then [ns]ed [undine], discarding [adrag] to add both [genex controller] and [ahi] to his hand. He ended his turn after.
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He didn’t perform any actions.
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Zoppini was going for it again!
Zoppini was going for it again!

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[megalo] came down, with [adrag] and [ahi] getting discarded to Zoppini’s Graveyard. He added [asphere] and [adrag] to his hand. [undine] was [ns]ed next, with [adrag] getting discarded, netting Zoppini [diva].[br]
He followed it up with [moulin], which cost He [msb] and [mst] from his hand. Next, Zoppini had [poa] or in other words: everything! The British Duelist still didn’t flinch.
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Zoppini's army of Water monsters!
Zoppini's army of Water monsters!

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The first attack ended with He losing Life Points and [ss]ing… [trag] – not what he needed. He extended the hand!
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Federico Zoppini moves on the to Top 16!

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Quite the match if you ask me! Even when he’s not leaving the table victorious, Simon He is always good for some entertainment. On top of that, you can always learn something from him even if his play at the end of Duel 1 did not bring him the win.
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