So I attended my first tourney today here in Charlotte, NC…it was definitely an eye opener. To all my fellow beginners and low level players, I strongly suggest you attend one. It was worth the trip, and I definitely will be in attendance for the next one in August.
Being a guy who just moved up here with no one to play offline sessions with (I main SSFIV AE), this was like night and day. I got to see some great matches and saw things that I normally read in the forums. For example, Bison’s cr. LK is beastly…this guy was just throwing em out to interrupt block strings and such…it was beastly. I also saw the do’s and don’ts of Shoto play.
Then I decided to jump into a few casuals myself…most of the tournament was already played and people were just playing the “I got next” game. I put my Cammy to work. Played an Evil Ryu that pretty much raped Cam the Blam…i held my own but I dropped some crucial punish combos and overall played too defensively. Then I played a seemingly Godlike T.Hawk…the only thing I could really get in on him was a CS on his Condor Dives. His pokes are insane and if he spaces out his Condor Spire well, he can poke with no fear. I didn’t win any matches…but I didn’t go to the tourney to win…I went to LEARN.
Aside from all that, I met some cool ass folks…but didn’t exchange any contact info cuz I didn’t really talk much… I was there by myself, nervous as F. It was a pleasant experience that made me hungry to go home and train my ass off. To all my noobs out there who want to level up, go to a local tourney and check it out. I promise you it’ll be somewhat inspirational. I hope this is a good read for whoever comes across it!