Alright I did my first qualifier today. I got some vids but unfortunately my computer is in the shop. I’m in a manga cafe right now so I’ll post them as soon as I can.
Anyways. There were a good number of ryu/Karas teams. That was definitely the most popular team, although no Karas users made it into the finals. It seems like the metagame has sort of passed him up. All the really high level players knew exactly what to look for and how to punish it in his pressure strings, and the karas players didn’t have any mixups, just spam/lockdown games. That’s just my interpretation though.
The winner was a Ken/Tekkaman player from Kyoto, he beat out a Ryu/chun li team in the last round (this was the guy who beat me). I made it to quarterfinals, but that only meant 1 win.
If you want to read about it in depth, check my blog. http://billisinjapan.blogspot.com/