Ultimate Battle Pack Showdown Round 2: James Pennicott vs. Richard Hainzinger

[p]We thought it would be only fair to take a closer look at the Battle Pack Ultimate Showdown after we announced it in such a spectacular fashion! Facing each other are two Duelists that won their round 1 matches: James Pennicott and Richard Hainzinger!
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James Pennicott had taken a long break from the game, but now he's back!
James Pennicott had taken a long break from the game, but now he's back!

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Pennicott kicked things off, Setting a monster. Hainzinger Set a Spell or Trap, he then [ns]ed [w sol], used its effect and it attacked into [blast sphere]. I had tears of joy in my eyes for seeing this card again![br]
Hainzinger Set 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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Play was back to Pennicott who Set a monster before passing right back.
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[blast sphere] took care of [w sol] during the Standby Phase. Hainzinger [ns]ed [strawberry] and Pennicott had to read the card (this happened rather often in this format). The attack ended in [tree] and that concluded the turn.
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Pennicott had some plans for his Treeborn Frog!
Pennicott had some plans for his Treeborn Frog!

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[tree] came back during Pennicott’s Standby Phase. He [ns]ed [blue thunder] and Hainzinger had no response. It attacked into [strawberry], but Hainzinger flipped [bwc]! Pennicott had [lance], though, which forced the attack through! Pennicott [ss]ed a token to the field which dealt another 1500 damage. 3800 Life Points remaining for Hainzinger. Pennicott Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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Hainzinger [ns]ed [insect knight], but its attack got stopped [wheel]. Hainzinger was forced to pass.
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Blue Thunder T-45 - do you know the card?
Blue Thunder T-45 - do you know the card?

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[wheel] dealt 500. Pennicott considered his next play carefully, but he eventually decided on [gggg]. Using it and [blue thunder], Pennicott was able to [ss] [utopia]. When [utopia] attacked [insect knight], Hainzinger flipped [power frame]. This helped him to keep his monster.
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We learned the following turn why, since he Tributed it for [dark dust]. That worked and Pennicott lost his field! A direct attack followed which left Pennicott with 5800 Life Points.
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Pennicott sported a comeback with [barbaros]. He Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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It's like a Skill Drain Deck mixed up with the Banned List!!!
It's like a Skill Drain Deck mixed up with the F&L List!!!

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Hainzinger flipped [call] and brought back [w sol]. Pennicott didn’t waste any time and responded with [offerings]! [shackles] were then used to equip [barbaros] and that concluded the turn. “Where is the negative effect?”, Pennicott complained, as he felt the card was way too good.
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Pennicott switched [barbaros] to [def] and passed.
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Hainzingr’s [shackles] triggered in the Standby Phase, he Set a monster and ended.
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[valley] helped Pennicott to get his game going once more, but he only Set a Spell or Trap.
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Monarchs are some of the strongest monsters in the Sealed Pack format!
Monarchs are some of the strongest monsters in the Sealed Pack format!

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Hainzinger used his Set [exiled] to Tribut Summon [mobius]. Pennicott chained [reckless] and drew 2, then he took a direct hit from the Monarch! Hainzinger Set a Spell or Trap.
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[tree] came back during Pennicott’s Standby Phase. He Set a card to each zone and passed.
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Hainzinger [ns]ed [agk] and he attacked with it into [tree]. Pennicott activated [liberty]. Hainzinger couldn’t believe it!
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The following turn, Pennicott brought back [tree]. He [fs]ed [trooper] and before he could use its effect, [ced] returned it to his hand. Pennicott [ns]ed it again, sent [axe], [coh] and [fissure] to his Graveyard (!) and the following attack scored him the win!
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EPIC MILL by Card Trooper: Axe of Despair!
EPIC MILL by Card Trooper: Axe of Despair!

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James Pennicott takes the lead!

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“I love this format. I still remember the times when I was allowed to play [coh] in Constructed; I took a long break, now I’m back and I can play it again thanks to this format!”
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Richard Hainzinger wanted to turn things around in the second and a possible third game!
Richard Hainzinger wanted to turn things around in the second and a possible third game!

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Hainzinger started the second Duel with [grace]! “[sinister]!!!”, Pennicott announced.[br]
Hainzinger had to disappoint him, discarding [insect knight] and [mad dog]. He Set a monster and 2 Spells or Traps and passed.
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Pennicott Set a card to each zone.
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[breaker] was [ns]ed and used its effect on [wheel]. He then [fs]ed [hyper] and [breaker] attacked into [blast sphere]. An attack with [hyper] followed and in [mp] 2, Hainzinger Xyz Summoned [utopia]. That concluded the turn.
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Clearly, Pennicott wasn't running out of options!
Clearly, Pennicott wasn't running out of options!

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Pennicott Set a card to each zone.
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Hainzinger used [exiled] to get rid of [twb]. He attacked with [utopia] and ended. During the End Phase, [twb] came back.
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Pennicott added another Spell or Trap.
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[ape fighter] was [ns]ed and it attacked over [twb]. That’s when Pennicott used [liberty] to give himself some room to breathe![br]
[call] got Hainzinger [insect knight] back, but its attack was stopped by [shadow spell].
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Pennicott Set a Spell or Trap. [poc] was [ns]ed, Pennicott then used [coh] to gain control over [insect knight] and he then Xyz Summoned [utopia]. He attacked directly with it and that concluded his turn.
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Hainzinger Set a monster.
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Pennicott used [reckless] to draw into 2 cards. He Tributed [utopia] to summon [raiza] and he attacked directly. This left Hainzinger with 3100 Life Points.
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Hainzinger drew, Set the monster he drew and passed.
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Help?! No worries, Helping Robo to the rescue!
Help?! No worries, Helping Robo to the rescue!

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Pennicott now [ns]ed [robo]. He brought back [twb] with [burial], [raiza] attacked into [snowman] and it destroyed [robo]. [twb] attacked directly.
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[archfiend soldier] was [ns]ed and it attacked over [twb]. Hainzinger ended.
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Pennicott attacked with [raiza] into [archfiend], but [ego boost] made sure it would win this battle! He Set [tree].
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Hainzinger now [b]Tributed his monster for [airknight]!!![/b] Pennicott cried. Literally. It attacked over the face-down [tree] and drew Hainzinger a card!
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Pennicott brought back [tree]. He Set a Spell or Trap and passed.
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[airknight] attacked [tree], but [offerings] destroyed it. Hainzinger had to end.
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Pennicott wasn’t allowed to draw. Hainzinger on the other hand found a monster to deal the final points of damage!
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Hainzinger ties the score!

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Pennicott was allowed to go first in the final Duel. He Set a card to each zone and passed.
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That Change of Heart always brings back some fond memories!
That Change of Heart always brings back some fond memories!

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Hainzinger attacked into [cyber jar]. Pennicott wanted to resolve the effect, but Hainzinger had to read the card first. Pennicott hit 4 monsters, [blast sphere] (face-down), [valley] (face-up), [milla] (face-up) and [twb] (face-down). Hainzinger got [archfiend soldier] and [wotbf]. Pennicott added [fissure] to his hand while Hainzinger got [ced], [fighting spirit] and one more card. [archfiend soldier] attacked into [valley], Hainzinger used [fighting spirit] on [archfiend soldier] in [mp] 2, he Set a Spell or Trap and ended.
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“It’s [wotbf], can you believe it?!”, Pennicott said. He then used [coh] to gain control over [archfiend soldier]. He had to crunch some numbers to make sure that his plan would unfold the way intended. He Tributed the Set [blast sphere] for [raiza], returning Hainzinger’s Set [wotbf] to his Deck. [twb] was [fs]ed. It attacked and that’s when Hainzinger had [etaqua]. Pennicott chained [bribe]!
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Pennicott went in for an all-deciding attack, but Hainzinger still had another answer!
Pennicott went in for an all-deciding attack, but Hainzinger still had another answer!

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When Pennicott went on to attack with [milla], Hainzinger used [ced] on his own [archfiend soldier]. After the attack of [raiza], he also Summoned [gorz]! Game proceeded with [mp] 2 and Pennicott felt convinced he had to use 2 (!) [fissure][s] to get rid of his opponent’s field. Pennicott Set 2 Spells or Traps and ended. Time was called during this turn.
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Hainzinger [ns]ed [w sol]. It’s effect turned it into a much more impressive monster, now boasting 2200 ATK. Hainzinger used [prebu] to bring back [gorz]. “That’s fine”, Pennicott commented. [gorz] attacked into [raiza], but [ego] made sure Pennicott would keep his monster. The attack of [w sol] got stopped by [wheel]. Hainzinger Set a Spell or Trap while he was still shaking his head and he passed.
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You go first, Raiza!
You go first, Raiza!

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[raiza] attacked, but [power frame] was activated in response. [milla] was Tributed in [mp] 2 so Pennicott could summon [freed]. He passed the turn.
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Hainzinger played [archfiend soldier] and used both his monsters to Xyz Summon [utopia]. He attacked [freed] and Pennicott asked if Hainzinger wanted to use [utopia]'[s] effect. The Austrian Duelist was confused and it took him a while to understand that his opponent seemed to mess with him. He eventually realized what was going on, declared he wouldn’t use the effect and the attack went through. He ended.
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Pennicott Set a monster and switched [raiza] to [def]. That concluded the turn.
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Hainzinger had [exiled] to blow up the face-down [tree]. He then attacked over [raiza], but he couldn’t find a way to deal any more damage. That meant that Pennicott would walk away victorious!
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James Pennicott remains undefeated!

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Wow, a million cards I haven’t seen in years! I hope you realized while you were reading this how much fun the Sealed Pack format is. On several occasions this game, the players had to laugh about the absurd plays that were happening, especially when [cyber jar] sped up the game and turned the field upside down!
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