I’ve always loved Tow tier. I just like the idea. Alright, life story -
I was born and raised in Hawaii. It’s cool and hot at the same time. So, in the Summer of 08’ I picked up 3S for no reason. Didn’t even know there was a scene yet. Me and my friend just drank and played for fun, wishing this was a thing we could find other players in. Also … we sucked. But despite, we found out from a friend that Hawaii was going to get a SFIV machine, then we found out from our bar guy that it was already downtown at Hawaiian Brians (a local dive arcade)! This was August 08’, a mere month after Japan!
We ran down there and thought we were untouchable, destroying guys on a Tuesday afternoon. A couple days later my friend calls me and told me he just got destroyed. I couldn’t believe it. He also said a guy named Jeff told him about a local tournament and he should enter. At the time I was working at the local paper and I thought, “Awesome I’ll write a cool feature about this little group.” Next thing I know, I’m meeting Dagger G, Leviathan, Shigz, Josh Pryor and a host of amazing local players. Then I found out Leviathan lived in the apartment right next door and Dagger was the floor above me! Crazy! We played and I got better and wrote more stories in the newspapers blog (we each were required to have one).
When the paper closed in 09’ I had to move from Hawaii to find work. I traveled to SF and played at the local arcade (which is nothing to what it is now), then I went to Phoenix where I played with Big Marcus, Scum bag, Saber, Mr.SNK and Juicebox among others. This is also where I entered my first major - Devastation, where I got top 16 and got knocked into losers at the end of pools by Juicebox, who sat, and then Showst0pper who just sat with his dumb Balrog, finished me in a CLOSE, next-hit-kills game. Then came EVO where I lost in the battle for my pool against the Honda with the ponytail from SF (sorry, don’t know name) in a Honda mirror match (who loses EVO in a mirror match?). Felt good, overall 11-2 for my first EVO, pretty good.
Still looking for steady pay and catching rides with my GF to her internships across the country, we went to Boston for four months (nothing to report) and, finally, down to New Orleans where I’ll have been for about five months. I just found the local scene last week, a cool upstart scene that has about 50 dedicated and phenomenal players. Now I get to play with Slick Rick and the other awesome LA players and where I unveiled my Hakan last week to great success, getting 3rd on Monday’s fight night against, around, 30 guys and losing to another sitting Balrog (I just can’t play that match, anybody else have trouble?)
One day I hope to live in LA (Cali)and pursue my dreams while playing with the best. I also hope my friends and brother can live there so we can start our low-tier team, “the pleasant fellows”, with a Makoto, Hawk, Fuerte and Sakura/Blanka.
I play the following:
SFIV: Was Honda since Vanilla Arcade but now Hakan since Super and, now, learning Gen in AE for fun, but not dropping Hakan.
SFXT: Marduk/Bob (you know it too… unless they release even weirder guys. I hope so.)
Smash: Game & Watch
I wish I could play Samurai but GGPO is a rare thing for me since I don’t have a PC right now.