This weekend Planet Zero became Guilty Gear and Arcana Heart heaven. History was going to be made as the first Guilty Gear team since 2002 and first Arcana Heart player was decided.
This was a grand tournament in so many ways…
First off, the games:
Arcana Heart FULL - Everyone thought it was unusual choice from the first moment we announced it. But the respect from SBO commitee for actually wanting to host this game and players from USA who proved they can be on the same level as the Japanese and play an arcade fighter without hiding behind a console port was overwhelming.
Guilty Gear Accent Core - Probably the most controversial spot in the US this year. After a big problem with the last qualifier a few years ago and the winners not showing up at SBO, Arcadia has refused to give any Guilty Gear spots to the USA since. The announcement of this qualifier came as a shock to many players. The level of excitement in the community has never been higher.
Arturo Sanchez won Arcana Heart and R0b0t, Marn and Jan won Guilty Gear Accent Core and are have become the only players to represent USA at these games at SBO.
Secondly, the skill of the players was amazing. The audience was packed with energy.
Big thank you to Empire Arcadia for sending down Arturo to compete and win. Thank you to everyone who made this tournament all it could be. A very big thank you to the out of towners who made the trip out here.
Tournament Director: Chris ‘Ranma0005’ Chou
Tournament Organizer: Deneice ‘Trinity’ Phan
Announcers: Dictator, Machina & Vineet
Technical: Jamie Diaz
Executive Producer: Deneice ‘Trinity’ Phan
Director & Camera: John ‘Emotiongear’ Leigh
Photography: Shawn ‘dowxp-sp2’ Shu
Planet Zero: Mike Rivera, Ren Rivera, Fabio Pontes, James O’Connor & Tim Nguyen
Marketing: Theresa ‘Miyaka’ Ku
Pix from the tournament can be viewed HERE!
I will post the videos up soon.