3rd Strike tournament highlights:
In the last chance qualifier Ricky and Justin were just beasting on everyone. The final match between Justin’s Chun Li and Issei’s Yun was really good. Justin turtled and ran away so well that Issei only was able to hit Justin like once or twice during Genei Jin.
In the top 32, Frankie kicked the crap out of this Chun Li player. He landed full denjin like 3 times. But then his partner Issei was able to beat him and then the match between Pyro and Issei was really close. Could have gone either way. Who ever landed Genei Jin at the end was going to take it.
In the second round Kuroda’s Q took out both Ricky and Justin. Kuroda is such a smart player. He out turtled Justin and won by time out. Justin was literally mili seconds away from winning the round, having thrown Q, but the animation didn’t finish before the time ran out. Kuroda also out turtled everyone on the select screen.
In the top 8 Goemon’s team beat Devil Knit (Raoh Chun/Knit Yun). Goemon’s Yang was down on life to Raoh’s Chun, and then he just knocked Chun down once and just went off doing tricks and took off like 3/4 of his life for the win. Knit was playing almost perfect up to that point; many were suprised that they lost.
Semifinal K.O Kokujin vs Kuroda Hayao
First off, Kuroda cosplayed as Q, and Hayao, well, cosplayed as something that wasn’t very manly. Kuroda was almost invincible coming into the top 4, but K.O owned him hardcore. Q really can’t do anything to Yun. Then Hayao came in and played what was the best match of the tournament. Japanese players time and time again show that a character’s weakness can be offset by the player knowing the matchup and just being smart. Everyone went nuts when Hayao won. But then Kokujin came in and took the win in a very close match. Hayao did some crazy Red Parries into Gigas, his Hugo was so much fun to watch.
Semifinal Umenuki vs Goemon Ikka
Ohnuki played extremely well in all of his matches today. He took out both Yang and Ken. Goemon and Deshi put up a good fight, but today was Ohnuki’s day.
Finals Umenuki vs K.O Kokujin
Really really exciting. Really really close. Ohnuki beat Kokujin. K.O beat Ohnuki. Daigo beats K.O. I think every match went down to the last round.
3rd Strike was overall a great tournament. All the matches were great. Even though the American teams didn’t place that high, everyone had nothing but good things to say about the U.S. in terms of 3s ability. 3rd Strike was the most exciting tournament of the day.
Tekken 5 highlights:
I know nothing about this game. Nin killed everyone. He literally did the same move over and over and the Japanese got hit by it almost every time. It didn’t even look like he was mixing it up, he just kept spinning around and going low and the Japanese kept getting hit. Nin is like a robot. Him and Kuroda should team up for something.