Top Tables Round 9

[p]There are still a number of creative decks in the tournament. You’ll get an introduction just a little later; we already searched out the decklists for you! In this article, I’ll take a closer look at the top tables in Round 9 to tell you a little more about the various pairings between some of Europe’s most skilled Duelists.
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Our little journey begins on table 1, wehere Luca Chetoni (on the right) plays against Sebastien Ma
Our little journey begins on table 1, wehere Luca Chetoni (on the right) plays against Sebastien Ma
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Sebastien is playing Mermails, while Luca decided to go with Wind-Ups this weekend. Table 2 features Rocco Tamburlini and Angel Matas Gutierrez who you might remember from his Round 2 Feature Match. Both players are piloting Wind-Up Decks.
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Next to them, on table 3, Ruffy Sarmiento has to go up against Marcus Schulze, who is running Chain Burn! This might sound like he’s the odd one out, however, right next to them, Charly Ou is relying on the very same deck! He has to duke it out with Alpay Engin, also playing Wind-Ups.
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Table 7 pits Anthony Tutu against Worlds Competitor Joshua Schmidt!
Table 7 pits Anthony Tutu against Worlds Competitor Joshua Schmidt!
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[p]Joshua Schmidt certainly hasn’t lost his touch; he was victorious against Anthony Tutu (playing Wind-Ups) with his Mermail deck, which means he’ll advance to the Top 32!
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The second row of tables starts with Tolga Erkoc (left) and Federico Zoppini
The second row of tables starts with Tolga Erkoc (left) and Federico Zoppini

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Tolga is still feeling confident in “the deck that was about to win Seattle”. He refers to an Agents build that was one of the most successful decks in the Swiss rounds, but which eventually got eliminated in the knock out portion. A lot of Duelists have a tendency to overlook the decks that did really well in the Swiss rounds, instead only focusing on the winner’s deck. Will Tolga’s broader approach get rewarded?
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France’s own Noel Garde, who is playing on table 11, also relies on Mermails. He has to overcome Giancarlo Sciddurlo, playing Wind-Ups this round.
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This time, Peter Groß goes up against Luigi Alici!
This time, Peter Groß goes up against Luigi Alici!

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Peter Groß’ Inzektors have to fail him yet as he’s looking in a pretty good position against Luigi Alici from Italy.
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On to the next row of players!
On to the next row of players!

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Wind-Up certainly seemed to be one of the most represented decks this weekend, but Mermails tried to hold them at bay. This trend continued on quite a few of the following tables…
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Sometimes, the side decking process in between games is the most important part of the match!
Sometimes, the side decking process in between games is the most important part of the match!

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What you can’t see is that we also had a few other decks that remained in competition up to this point. Most of them simply finished their matches too fast for me. We’ll be introducing you to Julien Lafon’s Dragunity who you already got to know during our Round 4 Feature Match, Nicolas Pirasteh’s Malefic Deck (!!!) and Nicolas Petz’ Ninja build that you also know from a Feature Match.
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Piran Asci (right) has to overcome Florian Costes, playing Six Samurai!
Piran Asci (right) has to overcome Florian Costes, playing Six Samurai!

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And with that, I hope you gained an impression that it can pay out to rely on one of the less popular decks! The element of surprise can often make the difference as most players simply prepare for the go-to decks during the days leading up to the tournament!
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