First, thank you to each and EVERY one of you for making it out to ECC this year. I know it took a lot of faith to come out and trust in Josh Wigfall and I, especially with all the added drama of the Jinmaster/Tekken and James Austin/Ohio/Guilty Gear situations. But you DID show, IN DROVES, more than we ever expected, and the tournament completely fucking ruled.
This was due, in part, mostly to the two factors listed below:
- People actually listening and being in the right place at the right time, instead of wandering off and not listening
- People stepping up and doing whatever it took to help us make ECC work, including players helping to run things, find people for their matches, update us on when people were standing in front of the break in groups (stupid cops), the counter staff for feeding us/giving us liquid to stay hydrated, to all the players who DONATED the crucial needed equipment, and just plain being entertaining and making this weeknd ENJOYABLE instead of a major pain in the ass.
Ultra-recognition goes to:
-Phi, who not only showed up to play at ECC, but basically installed/fixed all the controls, made the MvC2/ST brackets, and was the liason between Chris Cotty and Josh Wigfall/myself. AND IT WASN’T EVEN HIS TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR! Phi, I want to let you know that you are fucking awesome and we will be forever greatful to you, bro. THANK YOU!
-Flash G, who not only helped with creating/Running 3s Pools/top 16 but also ran ST!
-NKI for helping to run ST!
-GAVIN and MARNETO and MASTER CHIBI for running Guilty Gear XX Slash!
-ZACH aka Preppy for donating his MvC2 boards and recording all the hotness that is MvC2 at ECC!
-Nagata Lock who helped me run CvS2 top 16 when I couldnt stand up anymore!
-Justin Wong for running CvS2 pools in the back while I ran them in the front…I can’t be two places at once!
-The Break staff for being ridiculously accomodating and giving us free drinks/food all weekend so we didn’t have to leave…and not only that but offering free stuff every time an order was mixed up…nice!
-ALL the gamers who came from all over…whether it be locally, or pretty damned far away (Canada, Texas, and Cali come to mind!).
WE FINISHED EVERYTHING ON TIME!
NOBODY GOT SCREWED!
NOTHING WAS STOLEN…THATS RIGHT EVEN WITH ALL THE DONATED EQUIPMENT THERE!
ATTENDANCE WAS MUCH HIGHER THAN EXPECTED AND WE WERE STILL ABLE TO HANDLE THE LOAD!
In closing, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR ATTENDING ECCXI AND HELPING MAKE IT THE HUGE SUCCESS IT WAS! I freaking love you guys and I had one hell of a time. Hopefully I will be at EVO East, so hope to see some of you there!