Sup yall? Been wondering if yall could help me out with this.
4 part story btw
I’ve been playing fighters since 7th grade(bout to get into my first year of college) and I consider myself to be pretty good.Started off with CvS2 and moved on to every other one you could think of. Been playing consistently with my boys and I’ve never really had any problems.
My first tourney was Anime Boston (I know, ew) 3 years ago. Now it’s not much, but I figured I’d start off small and work my way up. But every tournament I entered I got peaced out first round to people I knew I was better than. In casuals, I’d go on streaks as long as 3 1/2 hours but when it came tournament time I got nervous as hell and wasn’t able to execute. I shrugged it off as first time jitters.
But when I played more and more tournies, it kept happening. I kept thinking about stuff I wouldn’t normally think about in matches, and being afraid of taking risks I’d normally take. Of course I was using Chun-li back then and it was really cookie cutter, too. I decided to make a change.
Right before AB this year, I started learning makoto for like 4 months before then. I wanted to win because I could execute better than my opponent, not because my character’s moves out-prioritized my opponents 80% of the time (no offense to any Chun players out there).
I entered a sort of practice tourney 2 days before AB. I used Chun-li, Dudley and Ryu for the majority of the tournament. I went undefeated for the first half, but one of my boys who’s seen me play Makoto and faced her before asked me why I wouldn’t use her. I wasn’t really confident in my Makoto game I told him and he practically begged me to use her. Guess he never seen her stuff in person. So next game I drew my friend Alan.
I ended up straight raping him with Makoto. Mainly cause of the pep talk I got from my boy it built my confidence on how easily I beat him and ended up winning my first tourney undefeated. Got some money out of it, too. If I didn’t use makoto in that tourney I wouldn’t have used her in AB. So now I was thinking maybe I could do a lot better this year.
So then Anime Boston comes and my boy’s clowning me for getting so amped up for a tourney that was probably full of noobs anyway. I just thought of it as a stepping stone so I could enter more tournaments. I felt I was one of the the better players there Day 1…but of course I wasn’t naive enough to believe that the “real 3s players” would show up day one…
Part 2 coming up