First of all, here’s a look of the top 16 for the Shadowloo Showdown tournament that is held this week-end in Australia:
[INDENT=1]•Kindevu (Yun, Sagat)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•Poongko (Seth, Yang)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•RF (Sagat, Fei Long)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•Toxy (Akuma, Yun)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•Human Bomb (Yang)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•Itabashi Zangief (Zangief)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•Mago (Fei Long)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•Mike Ross (Honda)[/INDENT]
[INDENT=1]•Momochi (Ken, Cody, Yun)[/INDENT]
Total: 14 different characters in this top 16; which is very good !!
As you can see, this roster is STACKED !!! INCREDIBLE !! Justin Wong and Ricky Ortiz woudn’t even made top 16 in this tournament. And all of theses players listed are coming to EVO !!
Mago, Tokido and Momochi are all in Losers Bracket for gods sake !! And the guys in the winners brackets are absolute monsters. No American players comes close to their level of talent right now. Wolfkrone and Mike Ross are the only two that might be.
On top of that, with all the best EUROS out there (Luffy, Alioune, Starnab, Ryan Hart, V-Ryu, etc.) and probably at least 10 more japanese players (Amiyu, Neurosis, Daigo, Sako, Shiro, Bonchan, Tsrai, Fudo, Eita and more) + Infiltration that are coming over, aside the ones we’ve seen at Shadowloo showdown that are crossing the ocean too…
Folks, this is not looking good for the USA/Canada…Overall, I will be EXTREMELY surprise if more than 2 americans makes top 16 at EVO this year and I’m dead serious !!
IMO, Mike Ross, Wolfkrone and Hsien Cheng have the most chance of making top 16, but it will be extremely difficult for them… Justin Wong is not in the Elite class right now…
The Americans will leave EVO this year with several bags of salt in their pocket, book it !![/INDENT]