I agree that it’s not certain how well I’m performing wall dives. Based on results, I’d say MAO is clearly doing something better in mid-screen scenarios. I’m just saying mine are good enough that in certain situations, nobody in the world can stop them.
I brought up Nobel Prizes to illustrate how your analogy about confidence vs. skill in science for little kids doesn’t consider at all the skill in science for top level scientists. US kids may be confident about science because we have the world’s highest rewarded scientists here, even if the majority of people aren’t any good in science. I was showing how the “facts” you pointed out only show a limited perspective that could easily be viewed in an opposite manner (e.g. that confidence comes from national pride in top level ability), not unlike your perspective on ST.
As for the claw mirror, sure, there could always be another factor than online charge timing. But again, that wasn’t my point. My point was that even if I knew everything, charge timing is so critical of a point in that specific matchup that I still couldn’t consistently win. MAO’s play should easily show the fundamental importance of fast wall dives to you, even if he has other tools in his repertoire.
As for the comparison between you and me, the problem with your analogy is that we’ve never played in any form at all. I would gladly mm you offline even in my current state but I suspect you don’t have any plans to return to the US for an ST tourney and you consider claw too difficult for your main anyway. I’m not sure if I made this clear but back in 2010, I already played the JP folks you refer to as apex predators in casuals. There were lion kings that had an edge on me and tiger moms that crushed me, but there were also mama bears that I matched blow for blow, alpha wolves that had trouble against me, and crocodile ancients that I bludgeoned.
I had over a 10-win streak at Mikado during the packed Wed. session the week of SBO 2010—which is how I discovered the way Mikado links its machines up for freeplay. Now, I don’t think casuals mean much, even in serious-play-all-the-time Japan, but in light of tourney results elsewhere, I don’t see why you’re so quick to dismiss US players. Peg us down a notch or 2 under our Japanese brethren after this Evo, fine, but us old eagles are still dangerous to all but the wildest animal mothers.
Anyway, since you started the non-TRUST talk in this topic, I’d rather finish it here this time around. I suppose if there’s one thing we can both support, it’s the TRUST tool.