Sunday, July 19, 2009

Evo 2009

I got 9th place at evo 2009 this year, for HD Remix. It's kind of funny, because I also got 9th last year, where I missed top 8 by a sliver of health.

I lost to John Choi, who crushed me in a ryu vs claw and then ryu vs chun li match. It really drove home to me that I didn't have a good answer to ryu, and I need to brush up on some character that will do better against shotos. I then lost a really good set to Graham Wolfe. We played Chun vs Boxer (he won), Chun vs Boxer (I won), then Chun vs Claw (he won). Thanks for the great games guys!

I mostly played Chun Li throughout the tournament, picking Dictator twice as well. I did a lot better than I expected, thinking that there would be a lot of talented new blood from xbox live. I'm really happy to have gotten 9th, of course, but I have to admit that I'm a little bit disappointed to have missed top 8 by such a close set two years in a row. With that said, I'm really happy with how the northwest group as a team did. Myself, Jason Cole, and BBH all tied for 9th, and Axel Kelly tied for 13th. I think that's a great team showing!

There was also a really fun team regional 3v3 tournament. The tournament was originally scheduled to be 5v5, but we had to pare it down to 3v3. Our 5 man team was going to be: RaybladeX, BBH, Jason Cole, Axel Kelly, and myself. Rayblade was judging so it made it hard for him to play, so we were left with four. Since all four of us wanted to play, the tournament organizer (EA Megaman) let us have a four man team, and we'd just pick three people per set. We ended up taking third place, I think doing a good job of putting the NW region on the map :)

I'm looking forward to see videos on youtube of both the 1v1 and the 3v3 tournament for commentary!