Had a great time at the tourney. Great competition, great venue. Not a huge turnout but when half the people there are big name players, I think that is a good thing - I’m tired of squeezing by a bunch of smelly randoms to get a peak at the monitor.
Even though I just went 2-2, this was definitely the best SF performance of my short career, as I managed to defeat Rahsaan’s Gen (I got a little lucky and I think Gen sucks to be honest), went toe to toe with Aulord yet again and convincingly won the first round against Andre before he… well, beat me (ok that last one is a stretch). But still, I feel like I can really compete now, and that’s an amazing feeling after putting in a LOT of time into this game and after almost giving up on being a great player so many times tear. I’m having a blast and I’m sticking with it… by EVO next year, I expect to have a lot of scalps to my name.
Also, I’ve really started to enjoy the people in the NYC scene. Aqua, Andy, Aulord, Yuppy, Adnan - great chatting with all of you guys.
Gameplay wise, the usual top players all had their awesome moments, but I think it’s safe to say AquaSilk and Aulord stole the show. Aqua’s gief is so smart, and actually FUN to play against which I never thought I’d say as an Akuma player Very impressive stuff dude. And Aulord’s pad Cammy is a real fuckin treat to watch. Every time I thought Aulord’s Cammy was toast, he would bounce back with a ridiculous string of mixups, combos, cheesy ass throws (my favorite). Really beautiful playing by both of you guys, and I can’t wait to fight you again.
I’m visiting home right now in Birmingham, AL, but I shouldn’t be gone too long - I’m ready to get a job back in NYC after I catch a couple of football games down here - and I will definitely be at future events.