Here goes! I will try and address all the calamity that attached itself to this turney.
** EDIT:** I played MegamanDan 3/5 for Winner’s Finals. I beat him 3-0 and now he’s in Losers set to someday face Jwong. I, on the other hand, am guaranteed top 2.
1st - (3 way tie) MegamanDS (Storm/Cyke/Mag) , DogfaceVic (Ryu/Cam/Wolv) , Justin Wong (Storm/Cyke/Chun)
4th - The Rich (Storm/Cyke/Chun)
5th - Fanatiq (Storm/Mag)
5th - War Destroyer (Wolv/Sabre)
7th - Thomas AzianPulse (Chun/Mag)
7th - Cableguy (Wolv/Cyke)
Now, the biggest issue is the three way tie for 1st. The reason this occured is because MegamanDS and I never played to see who would face Justin in losers. I was told to shut down my setup, and then the issue became relocating to finish up. But by then Justin was too involved in the remaining EVO finals.
I decided to take the pot and split it in three. Justin and MegamanDS weren’t interested in prizes, so I just gave them cash. The mythical Golden Head of Apocalypse Trophy came back to Cali with me. Someday the “real” winner will be determined.
I had too many people in my ear this tournamnet telling me to hurry up, and that I should DQ people. That was probably the most frustrating of all. I tried to run the turney quickly and effectively, and be courteous to all the players involved in other EVO turneys. Justin is an excellent player, and in almost every final, so I’m not going to DQ him if he can’t make an XSF match. And I extended that courtesy to A LOT of players. I personally called a lot of players on my phone, searched the Main Room for them, and waited for them. And for a 5 dollar entry fee, competitors played in pools, which allowed for more XSF play. If I was just interested in “getting it done” I would have done 2/3 single elim, but that sucks IMO.
Somewhere it’s posted that we waited 7 hours for a match. Let me be very clear on that rumor. I set up 5 man pools on Friday to give everyone the chance to play as much XSF as possible and then the winners would move on to Saturday brackets. Saturday of course was a nightmare since MvC2 started and 90% of the entrants were involved in Marvel in some way. Still, people would complain to me about waiting and tell me to DQ people.
There was still a pool to be completed come Saturday which started at noon. At 2pm someone noticed problems with the sticks. Since the sticks were questionable I paid Tushar to replace them, do some soldering and wiring. We were going again by 4pm. DSP played War Destroyer at 7pm, and between 4 and 7 I was running pool and bracket matches. And when there wasn’t matches being ran, I had by setup on free play. XSF was **NOT **held up for seven hours waiting on one player (War Destroyer).
It was a really frustrating experience. I don’t know if I would do it again next year. More than likely I’ll just do King Of The Machine Tournaments so I can do multiple games, of let Tushar run XSF. Bare in mind, that I rented a car so that I could bring my stand, my sticks, three chairs, a television, and a super gun to Vegas. I did the best I could for the XSF community. People wanted me to DQ Justin but honestly, seeing Justin play XSF makes a crowd. It’s good for XSF. New people will look at vids just to see that.
Anyway, enough of that. There was also a lot of positive experiences too. The money matches were very exciting and HUGE thanks to Rotendo for getting so much footage. Much thanks to my boy Rich for running brackets when I was going to explode. N-Ken, Fanatiq, Sabre and Rotendo for helping me out. James Chen gets eternal thanks for making te hottest trailer in town. Majestros for his generosity. And most of all, thanks to everyone reading this thread and keeping XSF alive. This ten-year old game had 30 entrants this year. And a lot of players stuck around to play in casual play. Duc Do showed off his OG skills, Arturo (“Sabin”) showed us how the EC does it, and many people just stopped to watch.
I’ll say it right now, MegamanDS is the best XVSF player in the US. He beat Justin solidly 2-0 when they fought in winners. He beats me all the time. I’ve seen him beat David Lee, and just about any other player in the US. I think had we been able to finish the tournament, he would have emerged on top. If I regret anything, it’s that I was unable to give him the victory he deserves. It was definately his year. And he’s like family to me. I knew when we met at the Cal Poly XSF machine years ago that he was something. And he is, in my opinion, the best there is. Thanks for all your help Dan. I heart you.
There’s some footage waiting to come out of money matches and casual of me versus tons of peeps like Sabre, DSP and Arturo. I think it will show the kind of XSF I like to play.
Here’s a list of pools. “W” indicates who qualified out to winners, “L” indicates who qualified out to Losers.
G $$$ aka Crypthesia
Thomas Azianpulse - L
Justin Wong - W
R2J - L
War Destroyer - W
Robskilz - L
100% Juggs - W
Cableguy - L
Fanatiq - L
MegamanDS - W
Pool 6:(only 4 entrants)
Buff Mike Chaos
Geo - L
Mike Z - W
Thanks to everyone who supports XSF!