STR Presents: X-Mania USA AND Tournament of Legends II @ EVO 2014


Is ToL II and X-Mania being streamed?


Arkadeum will be streaming @

As always though, 4G access is real unreliable at Evo but we will try our best to have the stream up. If we are unable to do so, the matches will be recorded.


Awesome. Yeah I can’t imagine streaming through a cellular data channel would be anywhere close to optimum.


Damn…I was looking forward to him the most. I love seeing lesser uncommon characters used by elite talent.


Hey Kroppi where is the single tournament pool ?
I can find 3on3 pools here but can’t find single one…


ToL II (solo) pools are at the top, below the ToL II banner. X-Mania USA (3on3) pools are towards the bottom, below the X-Mania USA banner.


BE AT YOUR POOL ON TIME. The schedule is very full and we cannot delay pools waiting on players. YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE NOT AT YOUR POOL ON TIME.

For X-Mania USA, if your teammate is not there, YOU WILL HAVE TO PLAY WITHOUT HIM/HER.


Note: we are tentatively scheduled to do a Gamespot Versus East vs West style team battle Saturday night around 9PM following X-Mania USA Top 8 and dinner break.



9:30AM ToL II Pool A
10:30AM ToL II Pool B
11:30AM ToL II Pool C
11:30AM ToL II Pool D
12:30PM ToL II Pool E
1:30PM ToL II Pool F
2:30PM ToL II Pool G




9:30 AM Pool A
10:15 AM Pool B
11:00 AM Pool C
11:45 AM Pool D
12:30 PM Pool E
1:15 PM Pool F
2:00 PM Pool G
2:45 PM Pool H

5:00 PM X-MANIA USA Top 8 (Single Elim) – EVO Main Stage -



  1. Team M3 – Mattsun (Ken), MAO (Vega), TMF (Zangief)
  2. Team Japan 2 – Noguchi (Vega), Hanashi (Fei Long), Kurahashi (Ryu)
  3. Team Special Forces – AfroLegends (Balrog), Ganelon (Vega), Damdai (O-Ryu)
  4. Team OGSF – LU|Alex Valle (Ryu), Choiboy (O-Sagat), Watts (Balrog)
  5. Team Legal – MongoloRobokop (Cammy), Digital Infamy (Balrog), Moocus (O-T.Hawk)
  6. Team Japan 1 – MCZ|Umehara (Balrog), Nuki (Chun-Li), MCZ|TOKIDO (Vega)
  7. Team Triple OG – ultracombo (O-Sagat), shotosallday (O-Ken), DNGR S Papercut (O-T.Hawk)
  8. Team Europe – ISIMORN (Vega), ORF (Ryu), Balcork (Fei Long)


  1. MAO (Vega)

  2. Nuki (Chun-Li)

  3. Kurahashi (O-Ken, Ryu)

  4. Mattsun (Ken)

  5. Noguchi (Vega, O-Sagat)

  6. AfroLegends (Balrog, Dee Jay)

  7. Hanashi (Fei Long, Dee Jay, E.Honda)

  8. LU|Alex Valle (O-Sagat)

  9. Balcork (Ryu, Fei Long)

  10. Damdai (O-Ryu)

  11. Marsgatti (O-Guile, Guile)

  12. EG|JWong (O-Sagat)

  13. AfroCole (Dhalsim)

  14. ultracombo (O-Sagat)

  15. TMF (Zangief)

  16. shotosallday (O-Ryu)


Vega in #1 spot for both, no surprise.


I didn’t want to believe it but it appears the Japanese are still way ahead of the US in ST. Can’t help but give props to MAO though. What a monster. He has to now be considered the #1 undisputed worldwide champion of ST.

Any news of archival footage of the ST tourneys? Or Salty Suite action?


Yes, I’m specifically hoping for eltrouble vs moocus.
rubs hands


Will it be posted here?


Balcork Top EU.


Hey I got to catch a little of X mania, which was awesome, but completely missed TOL II. That was by far the thing I wanted to see the most in the entire tournament. Is their a vid of this somewhere?


I think Damdai and Afro are definitely Japanese-level, but MAO and the others are so far ahead of the game. Just from a brief weekend of hanging out with them and talking to them, they know so much more about the game than we do, and hopefully the future interviews will showcase some of that.

We definitely need more stronger players from the US scene to help push each other to get to that level. It’s possible, but difficult. We don’t have the advantage of gathering the country’s finest to play at the same arcade every single week like they do in Japan, so we’ll have to rely heavily on communication, teamwork, and practice to close that gap.


Yeah we recorded interviews with all of them except Nuki. Will take a while to upload and have someone help transcribe them.

Just some banter that are not recorded on camera

Mattsun (rebutting damdai’s claim that oryu isn’t that good): o ryu - cheap

Kurahashi : jab (black) is my original ryu’s color but in japan people start copying me so I have to keep changing (now it’s fierce). This tournament is special for me so I go back to my original color in tol2

Hanasi teaching tech monkey how to beat chicken wing with upkick - kara cancel a low forward into upkick, the low forward will make chicken wing whiff. he demonstrated it with a success rate of 1/4. it’s not easy but when you get trapped frame tight and not much life left this could be your way out.

Kurahashi doesn’t understand why US players (including damdai) use standing short before throwing a fireball. they only use jab because it changes fierce fireball’s recovery to a jab fireball. they will also use strong to fake throwing fb. he said that using short will make the fireball recovery worst.

Hanasi’s comment of Mao : mao – good player, but cheap

MAO is so confident in his game that he’s willing to MM our best guile player mars for $10. Mars only has to beat him once and Mao has to beat Mars 10 in a row. Earlier the night Mao wants to MM damdai. we negotiated a similar deal with a 6:2 odd. I bet my money on damdai. Lesson learned - always bet on MAO (zoolander made a killing in that side bet).

Hanasi explains that once hawk got knocked down, fei can harass hawk with chicken wing since reversal raising hawk will whiff. i tried it with him and indeed the raising hawk completely missed.
he’ll do jump back jab if chicken wing is blocked.

at 6am when we’re about to shutdown the salty suite, hanasi and noguchi demonstrated how to do the neg edge DP/block OS. He said if you can pull it off, you have 1/3 change of getting a reversal, 1/3 blocking the dive and 1/3 getting hit. During the demo he can pull it off 30-50% of the time.

we asked why sousoz feilong is always after hanasi in GSV. is it because sousoz feilong is better than hanasi? Hanasi said it’s because of the matchup. in GSV a lot of the stronger players at the end are shotos/guile and sousoz is a master of fei vs ryu/guile. otoh hanasi is an expert of fei vs sim/honda/gief

he also praised the US honda players since he thought it would be free but he’s having a hard time vs them.

TMF said the sousoz fei is the famous ggpo player aribon - though he no longer plays on ggpo.

free feel to post other interesting stuffs!


xgamer posted these links on fb


[Top 8]
no video team special forces vs team japan


Hey! - Good times to all. It was fun to see everyone. Every time I attended an event, I am reminded how awesome all you guys (and gals) are. I hope you all had safe travels home. See ya’ when I see ya.


did anyone record Kurahashi vs Afrolegends if so please post thanks