Justin had Row off balance so badly that even when Row had his chances to get some game-breaking plays in, he messed them up. There was a game where Mags and Cyclops got snapped out together where Row failed to launch Cyclops to death, and a second one where Cable was shooting Mags and Cyclops together and blew the very last AHVB with just pixels left of Cyclops’ life. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Row kept so completely on the defensive for that much of a match, and it pretty clearly rattled him. Kuan looked somewhat rattled after the match with Justin too, because I think his frustration carried over into the losers’ finals with Row.
I lost to samB on the screwy split cabinet. Ugh. Yet another player originating in the Portland area gets his name off the list of people who’ve never beaten me in a tournament in their lives. Wait a minute… now I’m on his list! That’s not allowed! :bluu:
I’m not terribly ashamed of my performance in ST, although I definitely need to get more practice at that game so I’ll feel like I know what game plans I want to follow and won’t fall for relatively simple situations any more. Lost a Bison mirror match largely on the merits of some really, really simple stuff that shouldn’t have worked (and wouldn’t have in my college days). My losers’ bracket match was lost to Veteru… he was using Honda and for some insane reason I tore him up in the first game with O. Sagat and almost did so again in the second game. Then I lost faith in Sagat for some reason and went to O. Guile, which was probably a mistake in retrospect. Like I said, I think I need to get a better practice regimen going in this game if I want to really ever do well in these things.
Sent/Cable/BH is truly mine once again. Finally stopped losing mirror matches with that team to Up.
A photo exists of me with my arm around Justin. Justin and Ricky definitely look older than the last time I saw them… but then, it’s been a couple years and they’re probably hitting right about 18 now so this would be a point where they would start to look older. Ricky still looks pretty feminine but less than he used to. Scary to see someone with wrists even smaller than mine.
I think I need to revisit my game plans again if I’m going to keep up with MvC2 too. I think I’ve got a better grasp on the way the game is changing than most other Portland players, but I still think there’s other things I could be doing better. Portland’s MvC2 scene in general seems to be gradually fading and it’s taking its toll on the lost of us. We’re good enough at turtling that basically no one can truly rush on us in this town without getting pounded down, and it’s starting to stunt our development in the game… since the tactics we might use against one another’s rushdown flat out wouldn’t work in Seattle to a large degree, at least not at a high level.
Watching Justin and Row play each other in a Team Row mirror match in casual was amusing though. Row won the game, although it wasn’t a blowout. Row definitely saw it as a bit of an audacity that Justin would challenge him to a mirror match though… they were in two cabinets hooked up to a video feed and a projection screen, the cabinets standing back to back, and Row leaned out over the side of his cabinet to look at Justin on the other machine with this grinning but half-disbelieving look of “Are you for real?” I’m not sure they’ve ever played a casual match with Row’s team in a mirror match before, but the look on Row’s face seemed to suggest that this was a first. As Drew-Dub said… at least from this game, it’s still his.
OTOH, I think Row needs a backup plan for when his team doesn’t work. It’s a very good one-size-fits-all team but either he needs to be ready to deal with matchups where he’s only going to get a very few opportunities and be ready to make the most of them without screwing them up (i.e. play it more patient and play it like an assassin rather than an aggressor) or he needs to have at least a second team in his back pocket. Both Row and Kuan basically got controlled for a large part of their games with Justin, and frankly seeing this makes me wonder if anyone’s ever going to beat that kid. However, I don’t doubt that Seattle’s going to integrate some of the stuff that Justin did to them, especially once the DVD becomes available to us. This particular time around, though, Justin just flat out made those guys look rather foolish, enough that even when he did make mistakes and get caught at things, they often failed to execute just because they’re not used to getting controlled like that. Ugh.
I think everyone had a good time, though, and Justin definitely seemed to enjoy coming to the NW to play. We actually had a bit of a discussion about how he comparatively enjoys going to different parts of the country, how he gets booed in some areas but other places are perfectly cool with him. (The NW’s peeps are generally nice enough that we don’t usually boo anyone, at least not most of the major areas.) I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing him come back some time.
That’s about it for right now. I’m a little sleepy (I didn’t get to bed until 5:30 AM last night) so this probably isn’t quite as amusing as one of my more formal tournament novels and I didn’t even get that much sleep yesterday either. Hope no one’s too disappointed.