Overall, I really enjoyed TX. The one thing I’d like to criticise is the venue’s food and drink options, but I’ll do that later. (I will admit that I preferred it over T9’s venue, though. The sauna was much worse, even if it was cheaper.)
By the way, Arturo won ST singles and SF4 singles, and in both cases the hype was dead during the grand finals. :lol:
Also, BlazBlue top 3: John (Taokaka), Pui (Litchi, Carl), Russel (Tager, Noel).
Arturo, great to finally meet and play you in Arcana again. Your Kamui is definitely your best char, imo. It felt like you controlled space and the pace of the match much better with her. It’s still a pleasure to play vs you, even an out of practice one, since you still reveal many weaknesses in how I attack and defend. Hopefully other people learned a lot from playing vs you in SF4 and ST, as well. You also felt much more “beatable” to me than 1 year ago, and if we ever get an AH2.6 arcade board or decent port, expect Canada to come for you.
Bob Saget, good to meet you, too. Hope you guys enjoyed the event.
Shoutout to Dan from Britain: must’ve been a pretty big let-down overall to come last place in the team tourney after getting stuck with 2 random scrubs who didn’t have a team yet (i.e. Yang and I ), and then on Saturday, you’re DQ’d 1st round during a smoke break. I hope you managed to get a lot of casuals in, at least. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Canada.
Shoutout to nGuman: we never got to show you [media=youtube]OfRNuJd_HkY[/media]!
Samir: wtf @ winning the grand finals of 3s teams by yourself. :lol:
Thanks to Ack, King, and everyone else who enabled 3s singles to run smoothly: thanks for taking over for me. Evidently I shouldn’t try to help direct a tournament when I’m a lot more hype for a different game. (Yeah, it sounds pretty obvious. >_< )
BlazBlue was super-hype. Sucks that the TVs lagged until the winners finals in teams, but I don’t think it made a big difference overall. At least they were lagless for the rest of the tournaments. Thanks to Pui and the rest of the Lovegety crew for running the tournament. Thanks to everyone who provided sticks for it. Thanks to derek for bringing a setup for casuals on Sunday. And thanks to everyone else who entered, played casuals, or just watched, for helping to make it so hype. :tup:
Special congrats to Russel for coming in 3rd place with TAGER! Even beating Spiral Guy’s Nu and Hermes’s Arakune to get there. (And I heard you won a game vs Pui’s Carl, too? Too sick.) I wish I had watched more of your matches before we met in losers, because I didn’t realize how much of a BEAST you are with him. :wow: In retrospect, I definitely would’ve had better odds counterpicking with Arakune, and possibly having to win Arakune vs Noel, than trying to beat Tager with Taokaka.
Special thanks to Issac for giving me a lift to/from Brampton for Saturday night.
So about the venue: I don’t mind a no-outside-food-or-drink policy, as long as the venue provides reasonable food. For example, not selling cans of pop for $2, or selling more than just chicken and fries for dinner. (By the way, was that food even available all the time? Seemed like people kept announcing when dinner was available, implying that for half the day, you couldn’t even buy any food in there…? ) I, for one, would rather pay a higher venue fee to have much better food options. Hell, I threw away about $5 on their overpriced drinks alone (before I just smuggled my own in).
Also, recall the complete lack of garbage bins outside, despite having a rule where people are obviously going to be finishing their food and drinks outside. :tdown: Hopefully they’ll learn from the mess of trash left outside.
Lastly, I give the security guys a :tup:. In my experience, they were strict about the no-outside-food-or-drink rule, while being as polite as you can when you’re enforcing a very inconvenient rule. They didn’t complain about anything else. Heck, I’m pretty sure one of them saw me drinking a smuggled powerade on Sunday, but he let it slide.
The janitor was a dick, though. I walk into the men’s room Sunday morning, and he bitches at me to leave 'cause he’s working in there. At least put a sign up if you don’t want anyone to come in, sheesh. :rolleyes: