Here are my predictions for every game (cvs2 first more games to come later), feel free to include arguements and reasons for your picks. To all the top players: No disrespect to anyone these are mock results!!!
Kindevu A-are A(sakura/bison/blanka2)
Bas-D44 D-are A(vega/bison/blanka2) will switch out vega for sakura/honda depending on situation
Ricky A(vega/sakura/blanka2) took sakura out for cammy during TS5
Mago C(honda/vega/blanka2) might switch vega out for sagat
Tokido A(vega/bison/blanka2) might go back to old school N groove team if things get desperate?
Dan C(ryu/ken/sagat2) Known to have switched out ryu for guile on occasion
Buktooth N(iori/morrigan/hibiki2) will switch out morrigan for chun-li depending on match up
Although I don’t think Kindevu is the best player on the list he is the most consistant and definitely keeps his cool under pressure, he’s shown that at EVO2k4 and TS5 (singles and team) by going undeafeated, he is my #1 pick
BAS getting 2nd is a stretch due to his history in tournaments. He is without a doubt the most skillfull player and flashiest when he’s on point. Can he finally stand up to pressure this year? We’ll see!
Ricky’s vega is unmatched anywhere else, only thing standing in his way are other top japanese A-are players.
I personally think that Mago downgraded his team by switching out sagat for vega. Honda will have a hard time this year now that vega is THE character to play in A groove.
tied 5) Ohnuki plays this game the way everyone wants to play street fighter in general (RTSD) But his N groove team will run into problems against a good A-groove team. Akuma is the wildcard on the team, if akuma does well he could go even further then 5th place. Chun-li and sagat will take care of business as usual.
tied 5) The evo 2k2 champ and sbo1 champ, Tokido would be my favorite if he played his N groove team. Without a doubt the best N blanka, paired with a ratio 2 = unstoppable. Actually untouchable since he turtles.
tied 7) The king of mid-tiers moves up!!! Morrigan does well against players that doesn’t know how to fight it. Will have a very hard time against veteran players. Switching morrigan out for chun-li will give buktooth a more solid arsenal as opposed to characters relying on tricks.
tied 7) I don’t even know how dan can kick so much ass with the mid-tier team that he plays in C. He plays the team to perfection but the limitations in character choice will keep him from going deep into final 8.
John Choi, Combofiend, Daigo.
- 3S is hard as hell to predict but if KO doesn’t come Daigo will win it for sure. Finals for the past two years were close and daigo could have won both of them if it wasn’t for the 3/5 set format.
- Co SBO3 champion Ohnuki’s chun li is packed with some serious rush down power, finals will be fun to watch.
- MOV, I’ve never seen this guy in action but if he’s as good as kuni says he is he will go far in final 8. Quote from kuni ** watchout this guy!! he’s the only one who defeated Daigo in SBO3 as well as OCVed all other matches. **
- After the disappointing loss to daigo last year justin would seek to do better then his 3rd place finish at evo 2k4, it will be hard to get further then 3rd or 4th but hey it’s justin.
- Top 5 yun in japan. Lost to watson last year 1 round before final 8 will be motivated to make final 8 this year.
- Member of SBO2 championship team. Had problems playing on supergun last year against justin would he fare better on console this year? Maybe not.
- The most consistant american player since the debut of 3S in NA. Will he play akuma against other japanese players?
- 2nd place SBO3 Kokujin has shown that he can go deep in tournaments. Of course it makes it a lot easier with KO on your team. With 3S swarmed with talents this year making final 8 would be an accomplishment in itself.
If these guys show up: KO (without question top2), Pyrolee, Franki 3S
Barely miss final 8: Mopreme (fresh from japan), Vic Vance, Ricky, KSK, Tokido, Nitto.
As I said 3S Final 8 would be hard as hell. Anyone mentioned on this list could crack final 8.