—Ryu & Rufus are obviously the best characters in the game. After several days of rigorous training and critical, in-depth experimentation (ex. Mission Mode) with ALL the characters in SFxT, it was determined by the (stronger) contestants that Ryu/Ken/Rufus/Akuma/Sagat were the way to go to get past elimination. That would certainly explain the lack of character variety when things were on the line, and it’s obviously not because of reasons like “easy to pick up, play SFIV-style and win with.”
—3rd Strike players, who seldom play or place-in Street Fighter IV, should not play SFxT. Also, post-loss, 3rd Strike players seem to have a lot to say about the game AND the show. Most of their input is along the lines of “It’s made me tired” and “that character is broke. I could’ve picked him, but I picked Zangief instead.” And keep drinking your water.
—when you body your training partner 3-0, be sure to mention how you were both "pretty much even.", even if they don’t shake your hand when departing from the victory stage. And don’t forget to say something about Japan, the place you’ve always wanted to go to ever since you started watching every episode of Bleach & Naruto.
—microphones & public-speaking makes competitors with “electrifying, Hollywood personalities” fall to pieces. So whenever you’re at a loss for words, be sure to fill the gaps in your sentences with “like” and “whatever” and “Shoutouts to…[insert unimportant people here].”
—coaches remain humble with they see their pupils taste victory, sticking to delivering soft lines such as (paraphrased) “my boy over there won $25,000!” after they win a set by doing basics against someone that mostly plays 3rd Strike.
—online-heavy players don’t really know what to do once they fight fairly competent players and their random sweeps & jump-in Roundhouse kicks no longer work.
—not much has changed throughout the years of competitive, male-dominated video games in regards to how males “interact” with female gamers, however if such antics are caught on tape, then it suddenly warrants a nation-wide awareness on the issue and it demands 20+ kotaku articles begging stream monsters (people who seldom care for the “positiveness of the scene” and whom are not likely to ever travel to compete) to be more polite and welcoming to all gamers. Coincidentally, this may also be the most memorable thing on the show, not any of the matches.
—**if Capcom wants it’s players to put on a show and make their game look good…**then obviously putting up $25,000 wasn’t enough to do it.
Congrats NerdJosh and Alex Valle! Thanks Capcom! See you all @ Season 2!