Well there you have it, the results of Final Round. Before the tournament there were talks that the Japanese and other asian countries no longer had a head start with the game. In fact, it may be that America had much more playtime opportunity than those asian countries with the game. We even had claims from Mike Ross that said that America looked “nicer” than the international players so far (did he ignore the fact that Tokido had 5-0’d in the grandfinals 5on5?).
The results of Final Round speak for themselves. The top 8 had 5 International players and 3 Americans. Those Americans went 2-12 in games won in the top 8. None of the Americans were present in the top 4.
Why did this happen? We can’t point to the fact that the Japanese/international have the arcade advantage months or years before the game is released in America. I think it is time to concede, the discipline is not adequate to compete at these high levels, regardless of how much more experience they may have against the international scene in a particular game.