I?m sure many players coming back from Evo this year would have stories and suggestions to share with the community for our future growth. This thread is intended for players to input their thoughts of why we are so behind the States and how we can improve in the future. Here?s my story:
With 10 years of tournament experience, I can say that I?m one of the more experienced players in the scene. Based on my skills and past experience, I was confident that I would do good in my first Evo. I was so confident that I didn?t study any American players or practice my bad matchups. (Even though I knew I had many potential weaknesses) Just a few weeks before Evo, casuals at my place were dedicated to marvel, smoking, or drinking. The place where once best players in the area gathered to play hardcore matches became a drug/alcohol house for ?top players? (myself included) to brag/talk shit about past achievements. It was only a week before evo when I realized my game isn?t as sharp as I wanted it to be.
@ Evo Pools
Las Vegas, a city filled with distractions. Smoking, drinking, gambling? Even though we still haven?t forgot about our goal for this Evo, we were softened by all these distractions. My pool started Friday morning at 9am. I got up after 3 hours of sleep from a whole night of gambling to the tournament. Knowing I had many top players in my pool, I still thought I?d prolly be clutch enough to qualify. Making it out of the pool? that was the only thought in my mind for the whole morning. However, my lack of sleep and poor mindset stopped me at losers finals. Sitting infront of the big screen, knowing I would either go home and or make a name for Canada by beating Wolfkrone, I wanted to win; I needed to win; losing to him would make me the 1st loser in my pool. And yet, I got raped. 4 rounds straight. I was just another scrub who got owned by Wolfkrone in the eyes of Americans. My head went blank after the first match, didn?t even try to counter or to change game plans. I stepped off the stage in great sadness. Later on in the day, I found out no one from Canada made it out of their pools. Not one person.
@ Salty Suite
Thanks to Chris Hu, Chi-rithy and myself were invited to the salty suite for the $100 tournament. We stood outside of the room for a good 30 minutes arguing whether or not we should go in. Even though their intention was just to get some pot fillers, I knew it was our last chance to prove ourselves and rep our country. I was determined to join. (Shoutouts to Teddy Bauza, who sponsored part of my entry fee to the tournament) Even though neither of us were on point at that time, our goal was to not come last place. Before the tourney started, chirithy and I sat in the corner, no one knew/cared who we were. Right after we both won our first matches, ppl came up to congratualate us, and asked about Canada. Top players of various places came up to me and asked for MMs. In the end, the skill gap stopped us from advancing in the tournament, but at least, we made Canada proud. Although this may sound a waste of $100 to many ppl; to me, it was mission accomplished.
After this tournament, I realized we are way behind the States, Japanese, and even Taiwan in terms of skills and mindset. More to come later?