My opinion on the recent tournaments of KOF and the scene
SCR: it’s solid, the story of khanibalito rising from the loser’s bracket to eventually reset and beat reynald in the finals was an echo of sorts of reynald’s victory on Evo last year… for 2 straight years it was Khanibalito whom eliminated Reynald, he’s one of the consistent demons reynald has had
IGT: Tokido has really stepped up his game, at Evo 2012 he nearly made it to Top 8 (I beleieve) but Reynald beat him, last year he nearly made top 3 but was defeated again by Reynald (more on that rivalry later) but his strong performance was a thing of beauty, he was i believe on the losing end against ET until he downloaded him and murdered him…
on a side note it was heartbreaking for Khanibalito to go down the way he did when Dakou (a street fighter 4 cammy player) put him down, especially after his convincing victory against reynald.
that first to ten Japan vs Korea was a show stealer as well, and it’s awesome to see Tokido against Madkof as the Anchors and in the end Tokido stood triumphant (one Evo champion conquered)
NCR: was basically a Reynald Massacre show, there were no real killers up to his level, no Khanis, cha’s and romances (last year’s NCR was more stacked with reynald, luis cha, romance and xian) but it was nice to see reynald playing against his brother 4leaf and kaneblueriver’s raiden kinda caught my eye
Northwest Majors: IMO a better torunament than both NCR and SCR, as it was spearheaded by an Awesome Champion vs Champion match as Reynald Fought evo-psueo rival Tokido in an amazing FT10 match which saw Reyanld taking it 10-6, with 6 being a strong showing for Tokido but that’s just the icing on the cake (and the fact that both James Chen and Ultradavid ignored this on their Ultrachen series instead of alloting even just a single sentence to acknowledge this irks me greatly)
this was a tournament that had both Romance and Reynald in it after a long time (they almost always met at the top of the majors leading up to evo last year) but they never met, I saw Kaneblueriver a bit better as he even OCV’ed romance in one instance, loved Joel A’s Daimmon and it was refreshing to see claw iori be in the spotlight again, but in all honestly i was eagerly awaiting a Reynald vs Tokido rematch, and they met in winner;s finals and grand finals with Tokido this time making a surprise turnaround by beating reynald both times and taking the tournament… This rematch did indeed tell a story and a match that’s IMO more entertaining than the latter AE 2012 finals between Tokido’s Akuma and Kbrad’s Cammy, don’t get me wrong that was a great match as well, but knowing the FT10 reynald had with Tokido the stakes for their Finals was IMO more encompassing than Tokido’s with Kbrad (with again Ultrachen treating as though Tokido only won one tourney)
Reynald (FT10)10 + (WF)1 + (GF)2 = 13
Tokido (FT10)6 + (WF)3 + (GF)3 = 12
Reynald still has the numbers adavantage (but that’s just the purist in me)
other torunaments like Texas showdown (where kof is a side) final round, and UFGT were watcheable but nowhere as good as those i’ve listed (well maybe except for the rlatively unhype NCR) since it’s basically Romance plowing through the competition.
it is good to see some peeps make a name for themselves in KOF like DJ Houshan, Chris G, Flocker, Kaneblueriver and Mario E (loved his terry at UFGT) although they are all Primarily Mahvel Mains
for Evo as of the moment I would predict Reynald, Romance AND Tokido making it to top 8, i would have liked to add Madkof but he grew weaker in my eyes (though still a stone cold killer) Fox defeated him in IGT and Frionel had a better showing against him when a few months back he was basically snuffed by Bala.
Xian no longer plays so i leave him out
There’s MadKOF and the cafe ID guys
The Latin American Faction, Khanibalito, Luis Cha, Kula, Koopa
There’s the Xiaohai, Dakou’s and Ren’s of the east
There’s Fox and Frionel from europe
There’s theCCG/Air’s, Raynex, neorussell and Karn of Canada
of course there;s the Marvelites Kaneblueriver, DJ Houshan etc.
I could only hope for Bala and Woo