Hello, I am a long time lurker. I main gen and am looking for a new secondary, ken isnt cutting it. I just thought I would share my experience at WNF at super arcade.
So I sign up as SodiumBringer and got a few laughs. The energy in the place was pretty high. It was packed with people and everybody was sweating. I had been getting smashed in casuals all day by a fei long and a sagat, both played by the same person, and zangief played by some asshole named Mike Ross (jk he’s cool) so I was ready to play some matches against other characters.
My first match was against a Balrog player. The matches were best two out of three. The Balrog was pretty good. Luckily for me, he did not know which way to block when I came down with ogas on his face on wake up. I did a few ogas to up kicks, crane jumping mk, s. lp, cr, lk, to super —> ultra. Round 1 goes to me. =D The second round, Alex Valle needed our console for some reason and said that we would play round 2 on the livestream. I was pretty nervous, it was my first time on a livestream in an actual tournament. My opponent got a fightstick from his friend and we went at it again. He won the second round with typical Balrog tactics. Jabs, throws, headbutt to ultra ect. So then the pressure was on it was 1-1. I dont remember the details of the second round but I took his fight money with ease.
Is it just me or is it easier to do cr. mp --> hands on xbox 360 and arcade machines? I have a ps3 and it seems harder.
So after I won I waited a while and watched a few friends play their matches. Being in winners is such a good feeling. My second match was against a rose player. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to go Ken first and he picked rose. I lost that pretty badly. We switched characters and I picked gen. It was down to the wire, people gettin hype, yelling and what not. We were at one win each and both our lives were at about 5%. He did rose’s ultra 2 and did that sliding attack. I remembered my friend talking about mantis light punch super’s start up invincibility so I decided to go for it. My super hit him and I won round 2. We changed characters and he picked el fuerte. It was pretty close, but I have virtually no serious match up experience against el fuerte and he sent me to losers bracket.
The next round I played against a ryu. When we were picking characters I snuck down to ultra 2 and hit the button really fast =P. I won the first match with just good play. The second match was hilarious. We were both down to about 10% and I kept neutral jumping. He liked to throw fire balls, but with good timing, I neutral jumped about 5 of them before finally getting the crane ultra 2 combo out. oh how salty he became. The second round was pretty funny too. The exact same thing happened. Neutral jumps -> ultra.
So after that I played a guy who said he was part of the cross counter crew. He was a rose player. He was pretty good, my oga got hit by his ultra 2 twice and that cost me the match. The first time we both jumped and his ball hit me right as I was coming down. The second time I came down and both balls hit me…then he used soul throw. this game is dumb lol. His normals kept beating mine and he jumped in non stop…no respect for old men these days…sigh.
overall I did much better than I thought I would. I played a few casuals with Vanesco, my forward button wasnt working, and got some good tips. He didnt like how I spammed crane j. mk. so I could so super to ultra lol. Hopefully I’ll do better next week. When I play online I can use crane jumping mk to cross up all day long, but in the arcade man, it seems everybody knows how to block it. I wonder if anybody recorded the brief time I was on the stream, I didnt play THAT well but its always good to have footage of gen winning.
If you read all of that thanks. WNF is fun as hell and it would be cool to see a gen in the top 8 or even win it all.
TL : DR
I played gen in my first tournament, beat a few people, improved a lot, had fun.