Top 8: Richard Cherry (UK) vs. Raul Fernandez Guiscardo (ESP)

[p]This is probably the second most important Match of the day (right after the finals); the winner earns a spot in the World Championship – the most prestigious tournament of the year! The loser will have added a great performance to his resume, however, that will most likely be a cold comfort…[br]
Fernandez relied on Worms while Cherry piloted the Six Samurai through the field!
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Our table was picked for the deck check this round, so this gave the players some extra time to breath and focus. Fernandez asked about the prizes for the Top 8 players and Cherry told him he’s already won an X-Box. He couldn’t believe how lucky he was and his mood got even better than before (he’s a pretty cheerful person). The judges came back with the Decks and we were ready to let the games begin!
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Could Raul Fernandez from Spain qualify for the World Championship?
Could Raul Fernandez from Spain qualify for the World Championship?

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Cherry won the die roll with a 2 – something you don’t see everyday. [gateway] was activated first, he then followed it up with [kageki], but [veiler] was sent to the Graveyard so Cherry couldn’t start Synchro Summoning into [shi en] on his first turn. A Set Spell or Trap, then [kizan] was [ss]ed. 2 counters were removed from [gateway] so Cherry could add [hand] to his Deck!
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[duality] revealed [yagan], [xex] and [prison]. [yagan] was picked. Fernandez Set a monster and 4 back row cards!
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Cherry drew for his turn and considered his options. He [ns]ed [kagemusha] and Fernandez activated [nebula]! [ced] was Chained to return the Set [yagan] to Fernandez’ hand. [kizan] and [kagemusha] were Tuned to [barkion]. Another [kizan] came down as a [ss], which added 2 more counters to [gateway] (4 total). All of them were removed so Cherry could search his Deck for [grandmaster] and add it to his hand. He [ss]ed it and play proceeded with the Battle Phase.[br]
[barkion] attacked into [prison]. The Synchro Monsters’ effect was Chained, trying to negate [prison], but Fernandez Chained [fchalice] to get rid of it! Attacks of the Six Samurais followed and all went through. Cherry then wanted to activate [ascet] to bring out another [kizan], however, in the Deck, [kizan] still has only 1800 ATK. Therefore he couldn’t be brought out and Cherry was done with his turn.
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Fernandez drew, but couldn’t find an answer, so he shuffled up his cards.
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Richard Cherry takes the first Duel with only 2 turns!

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That sure went fast. [gateway] on his opening hand allowed Richard Cherry to find all the tools he needed early on which gave Fernandez no time to get his feet on the ground in the first Duel.
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Richard Cherry is one of 3 Duelists from the UK to make the Top 8!
Richard Cherry is one of 3 Duelists from the UK to make the Top 8!

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[duality] revealed [yagan], [fchalice] and another monster. Fernandez was hoping for [fchalice] and immediately picked it! He Set a Monster and 3 Spell or Trap Cards.
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[hand] came down and [kizan] was next. [hand] Tributed itself to destroy [cartaros]. [kizan] attacked into [mf]. Cherry Set a Spell or Trap and play was back to Fernandez.
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He [ns]ed [xex], used its effect to send [yagan] to his Graveyard. He then brought [yagan] back with its own effect. [xex] attacked directly and Fernandez was done with his turn.
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Cherry Set a card to each zone.
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Reborn Tengu vs. the Worms!
Reborn Tengu vs. the Worms!

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[xex] attacked over the Set [tengu] and another one came out. Fernandez Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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3 cards in Cherry’s hand. He [ns]ed [kagemusha] and activated [ascet]. Fernandez [ss]ed [elder] from his Deck and Fernandez shook his head. He eventually flipped [tt] after giving it some thought. Cherry had to consider if he wanted to respond, but yeah, [maga] seemed like a strong play. Both Six Samurais were then Tuned to [shi en]. [warning] was flipped and Fernandez remarked: “[sj] and you’re no longer my friend!”[br]
“I would be pushing it, wouldn’t I?”, Cherry replied. He thought for a second about it, but eventually sent [shi en] to the Graveyard. Only 1 card left in his hand. He flipped [double] to bring back [hand] and [kagemusha]! [hand] Tributed itself to destroy the Set [yagan]. Then, [kagemusha] and [tengu] were Tuned to [gaia]. Out came another [tengu]![br]
Still Cherry’s turn, who only had 1 card left in his hand. He attacked with [gaia] over [xex] and [tengu] attacked directly, leaving Fernandez with 3500 Life Points. Cherry Set his last Spell or Trap and passed.
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“I have to try it!”, Fernandez explained. He [ns]ed [xex], used it to add [yagan] to his field and attacked over [tengu].
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The Samurais tried to fight back with Synchro Monsters!
The Samurais tried to fight back with Synchro Monsters!

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[smoke] got Cherry [kageki]. He opted to activate its effect, but [fchalice] was Chained. [kizan] was then [ss]ed to the field! A strong bluff by Cherry, making Fernandez waste his [fchalice]! [gaia] attacked over [xex] and it was back to Fernandez.
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He [fs]ed [yagan], getting rid of [gaia]. He Tributed it then for [worm king]. It attacked over [kageki], Fernandez Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[kizan] was switched to [def].
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Fernandez attacked and added a card to his back row.
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Cherry activated [hole]!
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Fernandez Set a monster and passed.
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[reborn] from the top was met with [warning]!
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[yagan] was flipped and [veiler] was [ns]ed. Both were Tuned to [android]. Fernandez Set another Spell or Trap after attacking.
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Cherry only Set a Spell or Trap.
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[duality] got Fernandez [prison]. He attacked directly with [android]. He Set [prison] and play was back to Cherry.
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[kagemusha] came down and Cherry had [ascet], but Fernandez Chained [opp]! A huge applause from the crowd who was following the game on the big screen! [gm] was [ss]ed and Cherry asked if Fernandez felt like paying. He didn’t. Cherry passed with both Six Samurais and a Set Spell or Trap on his side of the field.
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Fernandez attacked, but [bom] turned his Synchro Monster face-down. He Set a Spell or Trap.
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Dimensional Prison is one of the best answers to Grandmaster of the Six Samurai!
Dimensional Prison is one of the best answers to Grandmaster of the Six Samurai!

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[gm] attacked and Fernandez flipped [prison]. Cherry wanted to redirect it to [kagemusha], but Fernandez pointed out that [kagemusha] wasn’t attacking, so a change of target wasn’t possible. [gm] was banished!
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Fernandez drew into [mst] and used it to clear the way for a game-ending attack!
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Raul Fernandez comes back and equals the score!

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It was a very fast paced Duel were both players were low on cards in their hands and had to rely on the cards they drew. The game went back and forth, but Fernandez found the right answer in [prison] to get rid of Cherry’s biggest threat: [gm].
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Cherry opted to go first in the final Duel. He activated [rota], which fetched him [elder] – something you don’t see too often. He played [elder], activated [ascet] and brought out [kagemusha]. Both monsters were Tuned to [shi en]! [grandmaster] came down and after Setting 3 Spells or Traps, Fernandez was on!
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[duality] got him [prison]. He Set a monster and 3 Spells or Traps.
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Cherry Set 3 Spells or Traps and activated [ssu]. He activated [double]. Fernandez responded with [tt], but [shi en]'[s] effect was Chained. Fernandez discarded [veiler] and every monster on the field was destroyed! Cherry couldn’t believe it. [kagemusha] was returned to Cherry’s hand, he [ns]ed it, drew 2 for [ssu], Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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Duality found answers for Cherry!
Duality found answers for Cherry!

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[duality] got Fernandez [rai oh]. He Set a card to each zone and passed.
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Cherry used [smoke] to search his Deck for [elder]. He Summoned it and Tuned both monsters to [shi en]. It attacked over [cartaros] and Fernandez searched for [yagan]. Time was called at that point.
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Fernandez Set a monster and passed.
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A fourth Spell or Trap was Set at the beginning of [mp] 1 in Cherry’s following turn. He passed.
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[yagan] was [fs]ed and it obviouisly targeted [shi en]. [bom] was Chained to turn it face-down. The judges ruled that [shi en] would still get returned to the Extra Deck and the call wasn’t appealed (it’s probably the wrong call). [yagan] attacked directly and Fernandez passed after Setting a Spell or Trap.
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Cherry drew into [hole]. He [ns]ed [kizan] and attacked, but the attack ended in [prison]. Cherry was stunned as he watched his ticket to the Worlds get ripped apart by [prison].
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Raul Fernandez Guiscardo advances to the Semi Finals!

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