I guess Tokido meant it when he said Freida was better than him. Tokido probably realizes he uses a bit of a crutch with Phoenix in the back but also probably realizes skill wise Freida has him beat in the game. Tokido’s team just relies on a riskier guns blazing version of Viscant’s team that tears your team apart extremely fast while mind screwing you about Phoenix. As opposed to Viscant’s team which is more consistent in playing to not get hit and packing himself with an assist that stops left right mix ups while building the 5 and holding onto XF unless he’s already in the lead.
I think Ranmasama gave Tokido a lot of trouble because left right mix up characters lose to Haggar. Wolverine’s huge hit box coming out of the berserker slash gives him an auto mix up that’s strong even without an assist but Haggar shuts down the cheap left right mix ups that give other players so much problems. Once Tokido realized he wasn’t going to get his left right mix ups against Ranma I think he buckled down and Ranma took advantage.
It’s no surprise (well not now any way) Captain Haggar won Evo. Characters like Wolverine have a really hard time against lame play with point + double lariat. The left right style play of Wolverine has been dominating tourneys and now it has a legit counter. Viscant said he had the answer to beating Tokido’s team and I guess he found the answer to beating any Wolverine based team with the mayor.
I already thought that Richard N’s Dante/Haggar/Phoenix team was strong enough to make like top 5 easy but he strangely strayed away from the super cheap team. He strangely strayed to a standard Dante/Wolverine/Haggar team instead and gave up on the meter harvesting strat changer of Phoenix.
Clearly Haggar is the new IT factor of MVC3.