Top 32: Thomas Cavaliere (Agents) vs. Long Dao (Dark World)

[p]… and we’re down to just 32 Duelists remaining in competition! Our Feature Match of this round is made up of the reigning Austrian National Champion Long Dao and Thomas Cavaliere from France. Dao is running Dark Worlds and Cavaliere was piloting a Agents Deck all the way to the tops! Let’s see how this will go down!
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It seemed like both players couldn’t quite decide if they should feel more nervous or happy for making it to the Top 32. Cavaliere won the die roll and declared that he would go first.
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Could France's Thomas Cavaliere overcome the Austrian Champion?
Could France's Thomas Cavaliere overcome the Austrian Champion?

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Dao wasn’t quite sure what Cavaliere was running. He saw a couple of tokens and guessed the French Duelist was running plants. Then [earth] hit the field and Cavaliere searched for [venus] – he obviously wasn’t running Plants. [duality] followed and got Cavaliere [dustshoot]. He set it and passed.
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[grapha] was sent back to Dao’s Deck during his Standby Phase. He had only Spells and Traps remaining on his hand which you can see below.
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Dao's hand wasn't featuring any more Monsters!
Dao's hand wasn't featuring any more Monsters!

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He took some time to consider his own opening, set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Cavaliere [ns]ed [venus] and he used its effect thrice to [ss] 3 copies of [msb]. He knew Dao didn’t have [mf] nor [tt], so he could perform the following actions without interruption: [earth] and 2 copies of [msb] were Tuned to [brionac], he then discarded [sangan] for the effect of the Synchro Monster to return Dao’s set Spell or Trap to his hand (which was chained: [reckless]), this got him the Dark Monster in his [grave] that he needed, so he was free to both [ss] [hyperion] and [bls]. The following attacks ended the Duel!
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[header]Thomas Cavaliere wins on his second turn![/header]
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Wow! Talk about an early lead! Long Dao could only shake his head when Cavaliere [ss]ed all those monsters to the field and left him no chance to ever get a foot on the ground in this first Duel. He didn’t waste any time, went for his Side Deck, looking for answers.
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Long Dao had to come up with something to turn this match around!
Long Dao had to come up with something to turn this match around!

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[dwd] marked the start of Dao’s turn in the second game. He discarded [snoww], Cavaliere lost [msb] and Dao searched his Deck for [grapha]. Another [dwd] followed, Dao sending [broww] to his [grave] this time. He drew another card, then followed it up with [gates]. He [ns]ed another copy of [broww], used the effect of the Field Spell (removing [broww] in his [grave]), discarding [grapha] for its effect, however, Cavaliere’s [crow] banished [grapha] before he got a chance to return to the field! Still, Dao drew into yet another card. He set 2 Spells or Traps and that concluded his turn! Quite the opening!
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Cavaliere set a Monster and 2 Spells or Traps. Play was back to Dao.
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He [ns]ed [tour], searching his Deck for a second copy and both were used to Xyz Summon [leviair]. He used its effect to bring back the banished [broww] and together with the [broww] he already had on the field, he could now Xyz Summon [zenmaines]. He attacked with it, but Cavaliere found [prison] in his back row to deal with it. An attack with Dao’s [leviair] followed which destroyed the set [sangan] in battle. Cavaliere searched his Ddeck for [earth].
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Dao decided it would now be time to bring back [grapha] and [zenmaines] via [return]. The following attacks left Cavaliere with 3500 Life Points!
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[ddv] was used with [grapha], which cost Cavaliere [earth]. He was left with [hole] and [hyperion] on his field. [reborn] on [snoww] followed and Dao brought back [grapha]. He opted to use the effect of [gates] now, but Cavaliere chained [mst] to destroy the Field Spell and negate its effect! At that point, Dao decided that he was done with his turn.
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Long Dao's impressive army that's not entirely made up of Dark World Monsters!
Long Dao's impressive army that's not entirely made up of Dark World Monsters!

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Cavaliere drew into [crow], but [ddv] made him discard the card. He used [hole] to wipe the field and followed it up with [hyperion]. He attacked and play was back to Dao.
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He had a [hole] of his own, he followed it up with another [gates] and he also brought back [grapha]. Lots of pressure on Cavaliere! He revealed [mind crush] in his hand which would mean he could get rid of Cavaliere’s next card no matter what it was (as he would see it because of [ddv]) and that caused Cavaliere to shuffle up.
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[header]Dao equals the score![/header]
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Cavaliere started without performing any actions. Dao simply set 2 cards to his back row.
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[sangan] came down and took a direct shot at Dao’s Life Points. That concluded the turn.
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Dao passed without making any plays.
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[sangan] attacked directly once more, Cavaliere set a Spell or Trap and he passed.
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Not much was happening on Dao’s following turn; he simply passed.
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Could Light-Imprisoning Mirror turn the Duel in Dao's favor?!
Could Light-Imprisoning Mirror turn the Duel in Dao's favor?!

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[earth] was [ns]ed, but Dao now flipped [lim]! This meant Cavaliere couldn’t search his Deck. [sangan] attacked and Dao had to consider responding. He took it as well as the following attack by [earth].
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[dwd] was activated, but Cavaliere used [imps] to negate it. Dao seemed nonplussed as he followed it up with [reckless] and then [allure] to draw a million cards! He set 3 Spells or Traps before activating [card destruction]. Another copy of [imps] negated that Spell as well and this time Dao let out a huge sigh! He [ns]ed [snoww] and attacked over [earth]. [reborn] followed in Main 2, which got Dao [earth]. He activated [dragged] next, which made him discard [snoww] while he saw Cavaliere’s hand:
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Cavaliere's hand was full of Monsters!
Cavaliere's hand was full of Monsters!

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2 [tragoedia], [crow], [hyperion], [bls] and [msb]. With 2 [imps] in his [grave] and [sangan] on the field, it wouldn’t take Cavaliere long to make sure most of his monsters could hit the field! [bls] was picked, then both players drew. Cavaliere added [venus] to his hand while Dao’s hand was a mystery at this time. He searched his Deck for [gates] thanks to [snoww]'[s] effect, Tuned his Monsters to [brionac] and with 1 card left in his hand, he passed the turn.
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[mind crush] was used on the following turn, declaring [hyperion]. This cost Cavaliere another strong monster after [bls] was already taken care of the turn before. The French Duelist took a little while to consider his next move and he eventually decided to bring out [earth]. Together with [sangan], this got him [android] and he searched his Deck for [imps] with [sangan]'[s] effect. [android] was sent into [brionac] and Dao took 100 damage (Cavaliere didn’t gain any Life Points during the End Phase because of [lim]).
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Dao didn’t perfom any actions on his following turn as he didn’t draw into another card ([reckless]).
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Cavaliere now [ns]ed [venus]. Dao thought for a second, but eventually opted to extend his hand as there was nothing he could do to stop the attacks this turn and the following.
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[header]Thomas Cavaliere advances to the Top 16![/header]
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It wasn’t hard to figure out what the deciding factor in this match was; 2 copies of [imps] totally foiled Dao’s plans and left him with a less impressive hand. If his [card d] would have resolved, he would have been able to apply a lot more pressure the following turns!
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Cavaliere packed up his cards and wanted to send his greetings to his friend Charly Ou for lending him some cards!
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