Evo 2012 Observations/Predictions/What I learned

Evo 2012

Ahoi,

This weekend is the weekend for fighting games, so I get to enjoy a lot of SSF4 ae.

Final Thoughts:
Infiltration beats Daigo
PR)Balrog beats Human Bomb
Gamerbee beats Dieminion
Poongko beats XiaoHai
Gamerbee beats Human Bomb
Daigo beats Poongko
Infiltration beats PR)Balrog
Gamerbee beats Daigo (ended up being XiaoHai)
Gamerbee beats PR)Balrog
Gamerbee beats Infiltration

7/10 on my predictions. The Poongko prediction was a bad one in hindsight, betting on someone who takes a lot of risks himself, is never a safe bet despite the lack of them vs XiaoHai. The only reason Gamerbee lost in the finals was the same reason he lost to Daigo on Fri, getting blown up by ultras way too often.

    • Very surprised that neither Justin Wong nor Ricky Ortiz made it to top 8
    • Even pro level players make mistakes, see Poongko missing chip ftl @ 6:10
    • As they were saying on the stream, this may be the first major SF tourney ever to only have 1 Japanese player in top 8
    • Not so surprised at the variety of characters in top 16.  The only repeat being Cammy.  List as follows:
      1. WW.MCZ|Infiltration (Akuma, Gouken)
      2. AVerMedia|Gamerbee (Adon)
      3. CVPR|PR Balrog (Balrog)
      4. Human Bomb (Sakura)
      5. eLivePro.Qanba|XiaoHai (Cammy)
      5. MCZ|Daigo Umehara (Ryu)
      7. BT|Dieminion (Guile)
      7. TH|Poongko (Seth)
      9. Kindevu (Cammy)
      9. Haitani (Makoto)
      9. RZR|Fuudo (Fei Long)
      9. Dogura (M. Bison)
      13. DMG.MCZ|iPeru (El Fuerte)
      13. Kyabetsu (C. Viper)
      13. coL.CC|Mike Ross (E. Honda)
      13. EG|Justin Wong (Rufus)

Things I learned/observed:

  • Jumping in to gain spacing is usually not as good as dashing/walking/using a special to move gain distance.  An unsafe jump leaves you open to pretty much whatever your opponent can think of to best punish you.  Also makes you vulnerable to Dp’s
  • That Adon can pull off some crazy 7 hit nonultra combo (jHk-Hp-Mk-cLp-L Rising Jaguar).  Combo @ 4:40
  • Daigo showed exactly why I hate playing against Ryu;  Losing the round, losing the round, pop you up with a dp into ult, GG
  • Not sure why Dogura didn’t go with more air atks on Gamerbee, Adon has trouble with overhead atks
  • Having never seen KoF 13 before, it looks awesome, the hype was ridiculous and may start playing it
  • Saw a major correlation in number of dropped combos and how far a player went in the top 8
  • And for those of you who missed it, The  SSF4 AE 2012 Top 8 in its entirety
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