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Top 8 Feature Match: Federico Zoppini (Spellbook) vs Chris Bountaloudis (Spellbook)

30.06.2013 | 19:28 |

The winner of this match would gain the sought-after prize of being flown to Las Vegas to represent Europe in the World Championship! To lose at such a stage is devastating so you can guarantee this is going to be tense! Italy’s Federico Zoppini will take on Greece’s Chris Bountaloudis in one of the most important matches of the weekend!

Both players had green sleeves which would in no way become confusing, especially with a mirror match(!) After rolling to decide who would start it was decided to be the Greek who would get us underway!

[sb cres] was the first move, picking [sb jud], [sb sec] and [sb master]. His opponent randomly picked Judgment and before playing it Bountaloudis Summoned [sb mag]. After Judgment resolved, [sb hall] was next, and Secrets searched Master. It was activated and copied the searching card, giving Bountaloudis a [sb fate]. [sb tower] was next and Bountaloudis set two backrow cards, first shuffling them. In his [ep] [sb wisdom], [sb eternity], Secrets and Master were added to his hand and [kycoo] joined the field.

His opponent revealed his strategy straight away – with his own Secrets. It searched Magician which was Summoned. The Greek would be in a much stronger position at this stage of the game as any Spellbook Spell cards Zoppini played would add to his Star Hall, and Kycoo stopped the Italian from using his own Fate. He searched Judgment and activated it. Bountaloudis chained Fate, banishing three to remove his opponent’s Magician from the equation – a smart move since now Zoppini couldn’t play Master. Tower knocked the Greek’s copy off the field and in the [ep] Secrets was added to hand and [veiler] to the field.
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Spellbooks getting a taste of it's own medicine!

Spellbooks getting a taste of it's own medicine!


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Bountaloudis drew and played Eternity to regain Judgment. He activated it and Summoned a second Kycoo. With Star Hall continuing to grow more powerful with every Spell activated Zoppini saw no way out and conceeded, opting to spend his time side decking instead.

[h2]Bountaloudis takes game one and it one game away from the World Championship![/h2]

Both players were into game two in record time, and the Italian would start things off. He opened with a Kycoo and set backrow.

Bountaloudis Summoned Spellbook Magician and used it’s effect to search for a Power. Judgment followed and Zoppini responded with [pwwb] to put Magician back on the top of Bountaloudis’s Deck! This would stop the Wisdom and Master play he clearly thought the Greek would make, but wouldn’t stop the Secrets coming next! It searched Tower and Zoppini cut the Greek off with [droll]. He simply set a [st].
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Zoppini was hoping to pull back a game and level the match!

Zoppini was hoping to pull back a game and level the match!


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Kycoo attacked and two [st]s were set to end his turn.

[droll] was Summoned and Power used to boost it. When the Master came, Zoppini used [sj] but didn’t see the same thing coming from his opponent! When everything had resolved, a Wing Blast put Lock Bird back on top of the Deck and the crowd went wild! An attack from Kycoo next turn left the Greek dangerously close to being wiped out and when he set his Bird on the next turn, Zoppini ripped a [justice] from the top and slammed it on the table, knowing he had game two!

[h2]This was going all the way! Both Duelists will leave it all on the Duel field as Vegas hangs on one game![/h2]

The Duelists shook hands and wished each other luck as they went into the decider, and the Greek started with Magician to search Secrets, in turn getting a Judgment. It was played and followed by two [upstart]s, leaving the Italian on 10000LP! Star Hall was next and a set [st] took us to the [ep]. [droll] hit the field and three Spellbooks joined the hand. The Greek had clearly decided that next turn was too late to draw the Lock Bird!

Zoppini mirrored Bountaloudis’s first move by Summoning Magician but instead searched a Judgment which he played. Star Hall was next, and Secrets followed, searching another Judgment – at this stage the Greek revealed his in-hand Lock Bird! A real thorn in Zoppini’s side. Magician attacked over [droll] and Tower was played.

Secrets searched Bountaloudis Judgment which he activated before summoning Kycoo. Power was used on it as it ran through Magician. Power searched Master which was played, copying Secrets and fishing out a Fate.
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Could this be the moment the Greek wins his invite to the World Championship?

Could this be the moment the Greek wins his invite to the World Championship?


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Tower knocked Zoppini’s off the field, which he slammed in the graveyard, clearly unhappy at what was happening. When Fate was played on his Star Hall the Italian, clearly emotional at what was happening, slammed his cards on the table in defeat.

He immediately regretted it and apologised to his opponent – but everyone will agree it was an incredibly tense top 8 match – but we have a result! Greece’s Chris Bountaloudis will be going to the World Championships!

[h2]We are one step closer to finding a winner of the European Championships 2013![/h2]