This was a tough tournament… nothing easy anywhere.
What can I say about my own experience? Cause for hope and yet intensely frustrating? Something where I should be happy that I at least went down fighting? So close and yet so far? The longest two seconds of my tournament career? I don’t know. It would’ve been an extremely good feeling if I hadn’t called Cyclops one too many times, I’ll say that. As it is, it’s yet another of those “almost” stories that has me very frustrated with my seemingly perpetual status of knocking on the door and yet never quite getting my foot in.
Recap for those who weren’t there or didn’t hear about it already: after getting spanked by Rattana in the first round (I was seeded, he chose to play me), I was in the losers’ bracket early, and due to an upset at Jackson’s hands, so was Row. So this left me playing him in only the second round of the losers’ bracket. First game, he’s going for Mag/Sent/Tron against my Team Scrub, sorry, I wasn’t going down that easy. So he goes to the classic Team Row, wins the second game in a respectable enough fight. Third game… argh argh argh. I go to Sent/Cable-A/Clops (Team Clops? My choice of abbreviations seems to have become something of a running joke, why not call it that?) for the third game, as I’d been planning to do at all points when I’d lost a first game. More or less the same thing I did last time with the Cammy variant of it, but I’m liking Cyclops more for it lately. At any rate ™, Sentinel carves a pretty good sized hole in his Magneto and his Cable before he is inevitable reduced to so much scrap metal, but it’s in good enough shape that my Cable needed only one or two Cyclops hits to be put in what looked like a pretty hopeless lead. I went into “runaway to stall” mode at about 40 on the clock, and I’m far enough ahead that it looks like I’m going to get away with it. His Cable dies trying to chase me down, his Sentinel comes in with a full life bar on my half-life Cable and full life Clops, his Magneto has pixels of life. Running, running, running… two seconds left. People are literally calling out “game over”, everyone in the room thinks I’ve got him. Hell, he and I both thought I had him. I called Cyclops, Row takes the opportunity and pounds on him, does just enough damage that it goes the other way. It was so frustrating that I slumped over the cabinet in horrified disgust at what’d happened, only to be summoned back to reality by a pair of arms wrapped around me, I turn around and realize it’s Row giving me a bear hug. Row is too good and too cool… even when you think you’ve got him cold he finds a way to come back, and then when he does he’s still completely cool about it. I honestly can’t think of a time in my life when I’ve seen that guy without a smile on his face… he’s one of the great ones, no doubt about it.
Nonetheless, to say that ending was a disappointment would be something of an understatement. Oh well… what can I do? Figure out what to do differently next time. :bluu:
I feel bad for N-Ken, getting owned for fun by Morrigan/Cable/Tron twice, first by zachdms and then my me figuring I’ll have some fun and showing Zach he’s not the only guy in the NW who’s tinkered with Morri/Tron. Maybe it wasn’t my best tournament performance-wise, but busting out Morrigan and having some fun and getting away with it was a blast.
If I’d managed to hold on against Row, I would’ve had a rematch against Issariya. I didn’t recognize that guy at all. Glasses, short hair… I had to see him point out his name on the bracket sheet before I knew who the hell that was. He and I got a laugh at Gadoken’s expense, though. Anyone else notice that that guy got real quiet when Issariya and I both called him out?
Jackson’s a beast. Rough part of the bracket, he still holds on for top five.
Sacramento peeps were good. Hadn’t seen Mikey since B5 or Evo, didn’t get a chance to play him. The Sent/Cable/Tron that Andrew broke out was unorthodox, but got the job done for the most part. Very sound technical execution overall, and they went down pretty tough… 7th and 9th places all around.
Team choice… other than the throwaway Morrigan/Tron team, what to say? I’m probably going to take Team Scrub off of my roster, partly because I think it’s just played out and because I’m not sure there’s a lot I’m doing with that team that I’m not doing better with Ye Olde Team Stilt (Sent-A/Cable/BH) and Team Clops, as it were. To some degree, it’s a uniqueness thing (I like being able to say that I come up with most all of my own stuff), but a lot of it really is that I’m just liking how I’m doing with those teams better. Team Scrub wasn’t even particularly competitive against anything anyone did on me except Row’s Mag/Sent/Tron, whereas Team Clops was doing well enough that I had to at least blow leads to lose with it each time. I’m still pretty damn green with that version of the team, IMO, so doing this well with it in its first tournament outing isn’t a bad sign. But using it for less than two weeks as opposed to the fifteen months I’ve been using Ye Olde Team Stilt sort of showed. Should’ve had something better for a game plan on a Cable-less Sent/Mags than just running without doing anything. (Yeah, that’s right… you read StiltMan saying there’s something better to do than run away. Ye gods, take cover, the fire and brimstone is sure to follow soon. :eek: )
Kuan is still a beast… and I like his new game plan for tournaments. Bust out the MSP early, since that’s enough for him to win, and save Team Scrub for the tough fights later on – since that’s what Row’s going to need to beat to stop him. With the new scheme he uses with Team Scrub, this leaves Row with a minimum of chances to observe the team… or to put it another way, if there’s a weakness in Kuan’s new tactics with it, Row’s going to have to find it the hard way, on his own, rather than by watching someone else stumble across them for him. If someone finds a way around Kuan’s MSP… oh well. But nobody seems to actually beat Kuan’s MSP until it gets to the end, and so it does its job just fine. Ah, the luxuries that are presented when you can own everyone in sight with your choice of teams and save the good stuff for last.
Kudos to Kuan… now he’s done it twice, to show that last time wasn’t a fluke. And if he can keep holding people at bay without needing to go to Team Scrub until the very last fights with Row himself, it could stay that way for quite some time. Being able to hide your best crap from your principal observation is a very nice goal to reach. I need to do that some time. Oh yeah, that means I’ve got to be able to pound everybody except one guy without having to get too serious. Minor detail, that.
(Maybe in Portland…)