Ridiculous turnout, I’m gonna give a log of my matches and that’s probably it, but first props to those who ran such a successful tournament again, gs.
1st Round - Rekanize: So the seeds were random, and instead of getting my first round bye and first place seed, I have to play a first round. This guy picked Chun Li and I picked Rufus. Basically the match goes as planned… until he has EX meter. Afterwards it seems after every divekick I decided to use, my followup was always stuffed by EX-Lightning legs. I figure that online lag practice owning me up, so I decide to start doing dive kick nothing, and then just punish the EX-legs or I do dive kick ex messiah if I have 3 meters + ultra and I win. GG Mr. Chun Li.
2nd Round - Blessed: So, this guy starts off the match with a great convo… “Weren’t you the guy who won the last tourney?” “Yes” “Can’t you pick Ryu or something on me?” “Nah, I’m playing Dhalsim”. And his character. . . GOUKEN. So I figure all my training and my matches with noodles would have prepared me, but apparently my sim fails miserably against this guy’s gouken. 0-1 and I’m thinking “Should I keep with the same matches or switch it up to Rufus?” The answer is obvious. I PICK RUFUS.
In all rights I’m pretty confident Sim is a better matchup, but my sim wasn’t on point that early. So Rufus does extremely well against this guy, and its 1-1. Final match, and he takes the first round, UGH. Am I really this close to going to losers? I RAPE him in this round, and in some huge and very insulting brain fart, after I land my ultra I reach out my hand for the scummy JS handshake, BUT I ONLY WON ONE ROUND. So basically the whole room thinks I’m an ultimate scumbag, which I admit I was, and I need to play the last round. I was 100% convinced I was gonna get karma’d huge, but apparently I run good and it goes just like the round before. Good matches.
3rd Round - BLITZMAN G: Well, if you’ve been to the other tournies, you know how this matchup goes. I pick Rufus, he picks rufus, I lose, I pick Sim, he loses, he picks Ken, he loses. But apparently today was completely different, and I started Sim and he started Rufus. So I win extremely convincingly in the first match and I’m up 1-0. In a swing that even the 8ball couldn’t have seen coming, the guy switches to Seth. Now let me tell you, my absolute worst win record on SF4 is against Seth, I’ve lost to at least 50% of all Seth’s I’ve played against, so I was definitely scared going into this.
To keep it short… he rapes me 2-0 with Seth, for a score of 1-2 and I’m off into The Losers Bracket, UGH. How did this just happen, SCREW YOU RANDOM SEEDS AND MY SCRUBINESS. GS to blitzman. He ends the match saying “BLITZMAN NOW PLAYS SETH!!!”. I later prove that this is not the case Bah.
4th Round - Dice01: I’ll be perfectly honest, at this point I had some stored up Black Rage, and the only character that I felt right choosing was Balrog. I should also add that I wanted to knock out as many people as I could, this was now my goal Dice picks Rufus and I know the Balrog vs. Rufus matchup from both sides extremely well imo. I win 2-0 and Dice is out. It sucks that box had to knockout box, but whatever. GS, keep working on that Rufus, he’s such a solid character.
5th Round - Jug: What? This guy plays Dan? What? This guy is the second Dan player Anant had to play in a row AND is the guy who knocked him out? I pick Dhalsim. I have to say, I think that Dhalsim vs. Dan is about as bad as a matchup can get. His Dan is all kinds of nutty, and a lot of hte rounds were close, but I pull off the 2-0 and am starting to get my confidence back. GGs, look me up on the box sometime.
6th Round - Miles: I’m convinced no tournament that Miles comes to is completely unless he plays me at some point. He picks Gen, I pick Rufus, good times are had by all. Until. . . I do df+mk, he counters with reaction ultra, and somebody somewhere pressed the PS3 home button. The game goes into the home mode, then leaves and goes to pause screen. Russell makes the decision to let me keep my 1 match 1 round lead and start over with nothing, me and Miles make the decision to just replay the 2nd match from the beginning. *Note - The ultra that he did on reaction SMOKED my roll and did nice damage We play the last match and I take it 2-0. GGs Miles, always nice to see you.
7th Round - Jay: UGH, what is Jay doing in losers? UGH, what am I doing in losers? Oh well, if I’m going to lose it might as well be against Jay. This entire match was a solid display of the Sim vs. Ryu matchup. It was down to the wire every time and all I can say is reaction ultra’s to j.hp is godlike, why do uppercut if you can do half health? Great games and I pull it out with some miracle blocking of the whiff lk hurricane, ultra gimmick. 2-1.
8th Round - Ian: I was watching Ian play all day, and I noticed he plays a lot like CvS2 (just like Justin said he did), but I also noticed that he doesn’t use FAs all that often. What does this mean? s.FP ftw. The first round was crazy for Ian I think, the look on his face after I took it was priceless, I don’t think he’s played against a decent Sim before. I win 2-0, but the second match was very close as he started adapting since he is such a good player overall. GGs, I wanna play you more.
9th Round - Blitzman: I was looking forward to this rematch so hardcore. We decided to keep it fun, so we decided to run the first match Rufus vs. Rufus (we both love this matchup) and decide to go serious afterwards. Basically… it was 1-1 rounds in a really solid display of Rufus vs. Rufus during hte first match… the last round of that match, I get perfected. GFG. I switch to Sim, I beat his Rufus, 1-1. He picks Seth again. This match was recorded I believe and it has some really interesting BS. I’m pretty sure I get raped the first round, and the second round was more even. I have a lead, and he lands the focus attack into c.hp, uppercut.
Naturally I get hit by the reset, and I DON’T GET STUNNED BY THE LIGHTNING LEGS. Oh wait… apparently in corner after lightning legs he can do 3 more stomps and the dive kick, and I’m stunned. So basically I’m confident I’m out of the tourney and was about to shake his hand. His combo after the stun, FA lvl 3, c.hp, super. I would like to say that this was the miracle of all miracles. His entire combo after the stun did less damage than a jab.
I would like to stress this again. FA lvl 3, c.hp, super did less than 1 pixel of damage. I pull off the miracle comeback and win the next round, 2-1 and I’m onto loser’s finals. How did that just happen? Its on tape and its interesting to watch how good I run. GGs Blitzman, hopefully we won’t have to play so early next time around, you’re always fun to play.
10th Round aka Losers Finals aka Rape of the Century - MR. TRITE: This is the guy who came second at the UofT tourney where I won my SF4. I think this was some kind of evil revenge. Basically, he rapes my rufus 2-0 and I tank. I’m considering very heavily on whether I should pick the Sim in case he has a poor matchup because of lack of experience, or pick the Rog mirror because I was playing that all last night and the night before with EX_Matt and JWang. My choice was obviously the wrong one. I pick Sim.
Basically, this went just as it does vs. Spiral guy and Jay Wang, with one small exception. In the close 3rd round, he pulls off the win with ex-dash upper, c.lp, c.lp, headbutt, ultra. NAO. I sit there hoping for a miracle to happen like in the match before, but it doesn’t come. I’m out of the tourney. 0-3. Mr. Trite. GGs.
Very awesome tourney experience for me, the fight through the losers was a lot of fun, but I learned about my extreme weakness to Balrog I need to work on it a lot.
Good games to everybody, thanks Kai for lending me your TE stick throughout all of losers. BTW, I don’t know what everybody is saying about the TE sticks, they’re the best sticks I’ve ever played on next to noodleman’s stick.
PS - 10% of 270 is not 15 dollars
PPS - Thank you Fareed for the drive home! And thank you McDonalds for randomly giving me a cinnamon bun as a consolation prize for free.
PPPS - GS Jay Wang on your Tourney Win. I told you this one was for you. You’ve been playing on point so much the past few weeks, its definitely your time. I’m coming at you with Rog next time, you better be ready.