Most people who have talked to me post-EVO know how disappointed I am with myself. Getting beaten down so badly by Alex Valle is one thing, because I kind of expected it, never having fought a good Ryu in my life…and then having to face THE best Ryu in the USA. I have no problem losing to another respected American player like Alex, and I have massive respect for him.
But the way I let Tokido by to qualify for top 8, and then go on to inevitably eliminate many top US players and basically ruin AE finals with his bullshit CE Bison tactics, is just unacceptable and unforgiveable to me. I could have won that match so easily by just counter-picking, I’ve had SO MUCH practice against CE Bison training for EVO, but I let my fucking pride get to me and HAD to mirror match the guy again and again. Which led to my inevitable loss in AE and single-handedly fucking up things for the USA and for the entire tournament. Anyone watching AE finals will admit it was total ass seeing Tokido win with laughably scrubby CE Bison tactics.
Not only did I let my friends, my team, and the entire East Coast down, I also let my country down. I’ve found it hard to live with myself these past few days, but I’ve finally let it sink in, and I know what I have to do.
I’m laying it out right now in front of everyone:
Next EVO, I’m challenging Tokido to a set in ST (since that will be the game played once it’s released arcade-perfect for PS2 in November). There can be money on the line, or not, it doesn’t matter to me. But here are the real stakes:
Regardless of how the loser of the match placed in pools, qualifiers, or anything else, if they lose the match, they will not be able to participate in the semi-final brackets of ST at EVO 2k7. This means that even if I win EVO East ST again, but I lose to Tokido, I completely forfeit my spot in EVO Finals for ST and any chances of making top 8.
I feel this absolutely has to be done. I have to prove that I care enough about my country to put it all on the line in order to make EVO a better tournament. This is the only way I can think of to make up for what I did at EVO 2k6 and be able to live with myself in the Street Fighter community.
If anyone knows how to contact Tokido, please notify him immediately of this challenge.
I’ll see you all next EVO. USA for fucking LIFE!