Sunday, April 26, 2009
I've been wanting to hold a tournament at Plaza Singapura for the longest time and finally, we got the green light to do so! Not to mention, it's on a public holiday, Labor Day. My guess is that people won't be tired from work when they go down this time around, which I hope means a higher level of play.
The format will be 1v1 just like last week's tournament. I'm hoping to have double elimination as the format if we get a number close to 32. If we get more than 32, however, I'll definitely not want to limit registration and I'll look into making it group round-robin so everyone can join. So don't worry about having no space left to join, just come on down and I'll make sure there's space for everyone to participate. =)
Time, rules and prize money are the same as last Friday's tournament. Details here.
So I'll see everyone at 7:30pm, TKA Virtualand/StarFactory. In case you don't know where that is, it's on the highest level next to Golden Village Cinema. =)
Your top 3 for Bishan's 1v1 tournament!
3rd: Rchan with Balrog
1st: Leslie with Sagat
2nd: Ganguro with Sagat
Congratulations to the winners and a big THANK YOU to all who made it down. Grats to tournament newcomer Clinton Who? for getting 4th! We had a perfect number of participants for double elimination (32), and I everyone was really sporty: cheering when great moves were pulled off and when comebacks were made. It was good to see lots of new faces (I really would have liked to chat with all of you but as always, I'm just really busy running the show).I really liked the Bishan Virtualand setting as well. It's a really nice arcade with direct access to the food court, which has good beef noodles haha.
So, here are the videos of the Losers Semis to the Finals. Enjoy.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
(Justin Wong, center, the US champ. Thanks to www.eventhubs.com and www.gootecks.com for the pictures and results. Thanks to Ganguro for giving me the heads up on the results!)
1st - Daigo, Japan (Ryu,)
2nd - Justin Wong, USA (Rufus)
3rd - Iyo, Japan (Dhalsim)
4th - Poongko, Korea (Ryu)
1st match - Iyo beats Poongko 4-2
2nd match - Daigo beats Poongko 4-1
3rd match - Justin Wong beats Poongko 4-3
4th match - Daigo beats Iyo 4-3
5th match - Justin Wong beats Iyo 4-2
6th match - Daigo beats Justin 4-0
Dang, I believe this is as a BIG wake-up call to those outside of Japan and America. For a while many of us (myself included) were saying that the level of the US isn't up there. We watched some videos and we made judgments based on that, but today's result showed us that the US is still a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps Rufus v Dhalsim is a really bad matchup for Dhalsim, but mad props nonetheless to Justin Wong for beating the reigning Japan champ and Poonko (The Korean champ, whom I've played before).
Before I get to Poonko, let me draw your attention to this post on gootecks.com.
In particular, this line:
"we headed to Keystone II, which is a secret arcade at Albert’s house (yes, it’s in his backyard) where all the NorCal pros train on Friday nights."
This, to me, was THE reminding factor as to why you can't ever rule US out. As long as they have a collective of pros that get together to TRAIN, they will always be competitive. Train. NOT just getting together, having some games, playing to win and feeling good about beating people that you play with every week anyways. Instead, training means trying out new things in games against top players. It also means 'debriefing' after every game to discuss how the matchup went in an intelligent manner. What moves were good? What moves were bad? How did I win/lose? ("Sagat is sooo powerful" isn't an intelligent comment. By the way, I think we can lay the whole "Sagat is cheap" notion to rest now. He's still the best character in the game, but there was no Sagat in the world tournament. Only the Japan finals had a Sagat, the US and Korea finals did not.) Now, I don't know if this is exactly what the 'Norcal Pros' actually do, but I've trained with top players before (Laugh, who was part of the Cali scene included) and this is how we did things.
Another thing that struck me is that these 'Norcal pros' delibarately get together on a regular schedule to train. I think if we're going to take ourselves seriously in this game, we schedule training sessions on a regular basis. Maybe even just once a month, but a regular schedule means we're being professional about this, instead of randomly popping up at the arcades or on PSN/XBL. It has a sense of deliberateness about it which brings about a more serious attitude during the sessions themselves, which in the end ups the level of training. So, no matter what level you are in SF4, I encourage you to get together with people around your skill level to train regularly. (at least once a month. If you're time constrained, then cut down on your 'random casual' game time.)
Now, on to Poonko. While he came in 4th, i think its enlightening to know that we are within touching distance of his level. Personally, I feel that Peihoon would go even with him should they fight. And while I still feel that Peihoon is Singapore's best player, he hasn't reached that 'completely dominating' level relative to the rest of us yet, which means that with a little bit more serious training we could all compete on an international level.
So at the end of this long-winded post, I guess I'm just trying to encourage everyone to get some serious training sessions up, and to share tactics and teach other people how to beat YOUR own character. If people are falling for stuff over and over again, you should tell them how to get out of it because chances are, top players from other countries already know how to. As shown in the world tournament, just because Poonko looks good in the videos tearing it up against the people around him doesn't mean that he's going to do the same against the rest of the world. Which mean that people only look as good as they competition allows them to. Oh, and lastly, more props to US for having a Rufus v Honda matchup. I've read some of Mike Ross' (the Honda player) comments about playing a supposed 'lower-tier' character and its encouraging to know that despite the difficulties, he made it work.
(This is by no means a diss on Poonko. I went 5-1 or something down against him when we fought. Flashy combos aside, he's a very, very good player that will OBLITERATE 99% of the world Street Fighter population)
Edit: Crap quality vids are up! Oh my God, Poonko put up an incredible fight against Daigo. That was seriously one of the best SF4 matches I've ever seen.
Double Edit: Watched more vids, and seriously, the level of all play is insane. Poonko was messing up alot of his inputs which is very uncharacteristic, and Justin Wong had AWESOME home crowd support. Love it when the crowd puts their hands up evertime Rufus finishes his ultra.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I neglected to mention that TKA Virtualand Bishan closes at 10pm so if the response is good for the tournament later then I will have to change the format to double elimination to save time. Just a heads up and apologies for the last minute change. What this means though is I'm sure we'll have time for a good supper afterwards. See you there!
Monday, April 13, 2009
This Friday's 1v1 casual tournament @ Bishan Junction 8 is GO!! Here are the details.
Time: Tournament starts at 8pm sharp. Registration opens at 7pm. Look for the microphone/laptop booth near the SF4 machines. Come down after work and dinner!
Place: Virtualand, next to Junction 8 Foodcourt
Entry Fee and Prizes: $2, pay for your own games. All entry fees will be converted into TKA Virtualand tokens that will make up the 'pot'. This must be done because prizes cannot be in cash, as doing such would violate the anti-gambling laws of the land.
1st Place wins 50% of the total token pot.
2nd Place wins 30% of the total token pot.
3rd Place wins 20% of the total token pot.
TKA has decided to chip in and effectively DOUBLE the pot prize. This means that for every dollar collected from entry fees, TKA will be topping up an additional dollar to that.
- No characters are banned.
- Each match will be best of 3.
- All players must indicate the character they wish to use upon registration. No switching mid-tournament allowed, Japanese style.
- No forms of physical and/or verbal intimidation outside of the game shall be used whatsoever. This is a friendly tournament people.
- Due to legal issues, winners may NOT sell their tokens for cash within the TKA Virtualand premises.
Format: Group stage matches. This allows every player to get at least 3-4 games in. Best 2 of each group advance to the knockout stages.
***UPDATED: Frequently asked questions!!***
Q: Why should I join this tournament? Won't all the 'pros' be there?! I won't have a chance of winning!
A: Because of this.
The above link is a must-read in my opinion.
And also because I hope we'll all have a good time knowing the rest of the people in the Singapore SF4 scene. Let's all have fun playing this game that we all love together!
For those that think they're really good, come down and prove it.
Q: Why are you hosting this tournament? What do you have to gain from it?
A: I don't receive any money whatsoever from this. There are two big reasons why I'm doing this.
1) To get the whole SF4 Singapore community together. Currently, it's pretty fragmented.
2) To increase the level of SF4 play in Singapore. From what I hear, there's a good chance that top Japanese players will be invited to compete at the next TKA SF4 tournament here. The possibility of that, and I want to put Singapore's SF4 scene on the world map with match videos and hopefully see some Singaporeans at international tournaments soon!
Remember to check out past tournament and casual videos @ http://www.youtube.com/user/atatashai .
If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you this Friday!
Special thanks to Bernard from TKA Virtualand for giving this event the green light and full support.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
As the title suggests, I'm postponing this weeks' tournament to next week because I overlooked the fact that it's Good Friday (link is to a blog I came across with a really nice poem) this Friday. With most Churches (including mine) holding Good Friday services on Friday night, the wise choice would be to have the tournament next week instead. These Good Friday services are usually very non-Christian friendly, with skits and simple messages, so if you've been wanting to check a Church out, this Friday night's a good night.
My sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by the previous announcement and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone next Friday instead. Have a blessed Good Friday everyone. =)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
We had a really good crowd last Friday, with lots of people showing up to see just how good Singapore's top players were, and no one was dissapointed. The level of play just seems to go up a notch every time tournament Friday comes around and at this rate we'll be ready for international competition in no time.
From left: 3rd place: Team 1st-Attack with Laugh(Ryu) & Yagami(C.Viper), 1st Place: Team Boy Band with Elcie(E.Honda) & Realdeal(M.Bison), 2nd Place: Team Tan & Co PTE LTD with Kenny(Ken) and Peihoon(Balrog)
Congrats to the winners! Team Boy Band certainly were dark horses in the tournament and they proved that OLDSCHOOL can still bring the house down. Thanks to everyone who made it down and helped me run the tournament. Special mention to Vx for his excellent commentary while I was playing, Laugh for making it down to Singapore and for Cody who handled the bracket software excellently.
And without further adieu here are the videos of the Loser's Bracket Finals and the Grand Finals. Enjoy!
Loser's Finals Match 1 Laugh(Ryu) vs Kenny(Ken)
Loser's Finals Match 2 Peihoon(Ba) vs Yagami(Vi)
Loser's Finals Match 3 Laugh(Ry) vs Peihoon(Ba)
Grand Finals Match 1 Elcie(Ho) vs Kenny(Ken)
Grand Finals Deciding Match Peihoon(Ba) vs Realdeal(Bi)
Special thanks also to Christopher Morben from California who took the excellent photos of the event. For more SF4 related pictures he took during his stay here, do visit his Flickr.