Behold the utter magnificence that is me eating repeated foot to face!
Well actually I’ve been meaning to put up the two Shadowloo Showdown videos for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to doing it. I’ll try to write down what I can remember about the matches.
Guess who put me into loser’s bracket at Shadowloo Showdown?
I remember something interesting about the match; when I heard I had to play Momochi next on the big screen I thought I would be petrified. Because the only other time I played on stream was against Genxa at BAM 2010, (I got bodied) and I was really nervous beforehand.
And this was Momofuckingchi. I thought I would be shaking with nervousness; quivering in my booties.
But it was totally different to what I was expecting. When I sat down I simply felt so excited! I was actually super hyped/looking forward to playing him. I kind of surprised myself that way.
However one thing that I did not like was a big bunch of my non-SF friends happened to pop into Shadowloo Showdown…just in time for my match with Momochi. When I saw them show up I was like; aww. Couldn’t you guys have come half an hour later?
At that time I was thinking that I didn’t need any additional pressure to screw me up. But again I surprised myself, and I didn’t even think of them at all during the match. Hm.
So I got called to the main stage, and the Melbourne players give me some vocal support. I tried not to flash… but I really appreciated it guys. On my way to the stage I caught Mike Ross’ eyes and gave him the “Oh shit. Time to get bodied.” eyebrow raise. He gave me a big smile, and gave me a reassuring handshake to send me off to my doom.
So I sat down, and started thinking about Yun.
Yun, Yun, Yun, Yun…wait what is Momochi doing?
He took a awful long time to choose his character and all this time I was rubbing my hands to keep them juicy (but I probably just ended up looking like a big pervert on the stream).
Then he chose Cody.
At first I was like…what? Is he sandbagging against me?
Then I thought about it some more; I’ve heard that Ryu does pretty well against Yun. Well I certainly haven’t had that experience before, but it was definitely interesting that Momochi might’ve been playing the character matchup he was more comfortable with.
I sat back and thought…Cody? Huh. Maybe he knows something I don’t.
So we start playing and I resolve to be solid and walk forward and be a bully Ryu.
First round it seemed to go pretty well, I was fireballing with confidence and wow! I even fucking anti-aired for once.
Then he started adapting so fast, countering my every low forward fireball for big damage, and frame trapping like mad.
Trust me when I was sitting there I was thinking “Don’t press no buttons.” And even though I thought I had done a pretty decent job of doing that, when I watch the match again I see that I still ate a whole bunch of frame traps.
I remember feeling pretty confident at the start with low forward fireball. When he started bingoing and ruffian kicking and blowing me up everytime I did low forward, my confidence evaporated pretty quickly.
I felt like if I couldn’t even do low forward to him, what the hell else am I supposed to do? It felt pretty hopeless.
But that’s the mark of a top player. He identified my plan A, and shut it down. I didn’t really have a plan B, I just tried to be solid on defense and wait for an opening.
Which I guess is what Cody wants, to set the tempo. And he dominated me after that.
I got in one low forward buffer super in one round though, which drew a cheer from the crowd. I had been thinking about it from basically the moment I got Super and was about to die, so I threw it out at whiff range hoping he would move into it and he did.
I don’t know what I was doing with the fireball after the crossup, but I botched my frame trap opportunity and my only chance to come back.
Finally, Momochi killed me in the last round with some nasty-ass ambiguous crossup in the corner. I blocked it like a crossup and I got hit.
I later saw him sitting with Choco and I asked him whether it was a crossup or not and he said it was a fake crossup. Nasty shit!
I really didn’t want to lose this match. For three reasons:
1- I really, really, really hate Adon. I guess Adon is a character that really attacks my weak points; my reaction time and anti-air. I hate it everytime I lose to a Adon.
2- I remember Ace sitting down and going like “I don’t play this game anymore.” I know he plays a lot of Marvel these days, I’m not sure but I think that’s his main game now. So I really didn’t wanna lose to someone who is not really playing SF4 anymore.
3- Okay, I’ll be completely honest. I really didn’t want to lose to a Sydney dude.
But Ace beat me 2-1, knocking me out of the tournament and I only have myself to blame. I’m still really bad at reading people, and I ate all his uppercuts and things like that.
GGs Ace. I still had a good time playing against you, and it was pretty funny to see your reaction to the people around you!
It’s funny. I had a very strong feeling that I played better- or more solid at least against Momochi than against Ace. But after watching the vids…hm. Maybe it’s all in my head.
I covered this match in my CW recap: My first top 8.
Now I can relive all the trolling Kyle and Ali gave me on the mic. Thanks guys!
Okay, that should be it. Also, damn all you Oni players that keep beating me. I hate you all 😛