This doesn’t just pertain to SF4 persay, but more to fighting games in general.
While 1v1 is always incredible to watch, I think with the numbers and the international presence that these games now have we should perhaps turn to team tournaments.
SBO has always been a prestigious tournament, and while some that has gone away it still means something to have won or to have even qualified.
My point is this:
Out of all the killers in the community regardless of nationality, match ups make up too much of an outcome. If you OCVed in a team tournament, that shows for a fact you know your shit and deserve to have won.
In a simple 2/3 set, a lot of it might depend on match up experience. If you played Zangief and lost to a Dhalsim, that’s just a horrendous match up.
Team tournaments might make some people groan due to their length, but I think that should be the way some tournaments should be heading. One person might also just outplay another, but what does that mean? Daigo outplayed Gamerbee to make it into top 8 and then proceeded to lose both to Infiltration and then Xiaohai. Gamerbee was still in grand finals.
Think about how Mago and Fuudo lost to Dieminion. He played so well, but Guile is a known bad match up for Fei Long.
Infiltration also ran a train through the entire tournament, but he didn’t have to run through anyone in the losers bracket, who knows what could have happened if he played anyone in there?
Point being: I put the title “world champ” with a grain a salt on whoever wins Evo in Street Fighter. It’s just hard to pin point the best as it all comes down to match up knowledge and individual decisions. Much like how Daigo got owned by Poongko last year, but then bodied him in a FT10.
Just my 2 cents.