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EVO 2014 Thank yous!

Time for the thank you / shoutout post! None of these big tournaments get done without the hard work from so many people.

Mr. Wizard, Tom & Tony Cannon (EVO) – for allowing us to hold this special 20th anniversary celebration, including dedicated space for us to run our tournaments and of course, X-Mania USA on the main stage and stream.

Chris Li (EVO) – Chris did a lot of behind the scene work to help us with this event. He doesn’t want the recognition but I’m going to give it to him anyway.

Karl Wickman (Sergjiev) – Karl did an unbelievable amount of work, including building the kurosticks (which I still can’t believe that he gave to me), streaming the Super Turbo Saturday shows to help promote ST and ToL II/X-Mania USA, getting early to the venue on Friday and Saturday to make sure we were set up in time to start at 9:30AM, then streaming all day both days including volunteering to help out the Vampire Savior community by streaming their Top 8 during X-Mania USA.

Alex Monin (Bernie) – This whole thing probably doesn’t even take place without Bernie once again lending us his cabs and CRT to use for the weekend. And also prepping the cabs with the USB converters and prepping the main cab for streaming. It’s not easy moving those cabs in the Vegas summer heat so please thank him when you get a chance.

Brian Grissom (Undamned) – Big thank you to Brian for bringing two CRTs and UD-CPS2s and USB converters for us to use for the tournaments and casuals afterwards. And also providing a UD-CPS2 for the winner of ToL II.

Reginald Tuttle (Mr. Tuttle) – Tuttle was a huge supporter with the donation drive and was also the man responsible for renting the 3rd cabinet from Watson to give us a cab we could use for casuals while the tournaments were taking place. Without his help, we may not have been able to bring a couple of the Japanese players over and help provide them an enjoyable experience.

Damien Dailidenas (Damdai) – Without Damien, maybe X-Mania USA doesn’t happen. He was able to influence Mattsun to run X-Mania USA on stage even without Japanese cabs. Also a big thank you to Damien’s wife for helping with e-mails to Mattsun.

Papas Si (STR) – Papasi does a lot of work behind the scenes with planning and he did an incredible job with Chris and Harmon running the brackets for both ToL II and X-Mania, He also took the Japanese players to dinner on their last night here, which was a very nice touch.

Chris Hatala and Harmon Tam (Ghaleon & Nomrah) (STR) – Chris and Harmon worked their butts off running the brackets with Papasi and made sure we got everything done in time. In fact, we finished ToL II an hour and a half ahead of schedule.

Josh Cooper (JoshC) – For the huge task of organizing the Salty Suite and helping us cover some of the tournament expenses.

Eugene Lin (eltrouble) – Eugene provided commentary, help with planning and also a lot of work promoting ToL II/X-Mania and the whole ST scene with Karl on the Super Saturday shows.

Victor Fontanez (Sp00ky) and crew – They coordinated with us and helped us test everything on Thursday night so there weren’t any technical difficulties when ST hit the stage on Saturday night. Sp00ky even bought equipment dedicated just for running ST on the stage.

Darryl Austin (MuffinMan) – Darryl pitched in and volunteered to record matches on the kurostick UD-CPS2 station for ToL II and X-Mania.

Terry Cox (Zaspacer) (STR) – Terry helped out with so many miscellaneous tasks and did relentless work in getting everyone to sign the ToL II poster. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get three signatures because they were so busy. But yell at those three for that, not Terry.

Brian Dawidowicz (Fatboy) – Brian helped us bring all the equipment, prizes, etc. in his SUV, provided a ton of commentary and help out with miscellaneous tasks as well.

Brendan O’Dowd (Hanasu) – Brendan provided a lot of great commentary and was also a big help translating for the Japanese players.

Julien Beasley (Zass) – Julien also helped out with a lot of help translating for the Japanese players, especially under some stressful circumstances.

Boeken – Boeken also helped with some translation at the Salty Suite and also with some interviews I believe.

Zhi – Zhi graciously helped us out with an interview with MAO, Mattsun and TMF.

Ken Olaku & Tai Olaku (Dark Gaiden & Vintage) – Ken and Tai provided us once again with another awesome promotional banner to help make us look professional.

Christopher Vogel (Spartanfan) – Chris helped out with a bunch of commentary and also with a bunch of setup on Thursday night.

Ryan Yabuta (Blastcity) and Armando – I don’t know the exact details but I believe they helped us out with equipment and support with streaming.

Mark Julio ( Markman) – Markman graciously donated three Madcatz sticks for us to customize into special X-Mania USA prizes.

James Chen and David Graham (Ultradavid) – For all the promotion they do for the ST scene and ToL II/X-Mania USA.

All the TOs and others that were involved helping with ToL II qualifiers all over the world:

Michael Power (Zero1) – IIX 25th Anniversary – UK
Eric Small (BigE) – Winter Brawl
Alex Valle (Calipower) – So Cal Regionals
Larry Dixon (ShinBlanka) – Final Round
Chris Chou & Javier Moreno (Ranma0005 & Javi) – Texas Showdown
Robin Palm (Renegade) – Civil War
Terry NG & John Choi (Kineda & Choiboy) – Nor Cal Regionals
Arturo Sanchez (Sabin), Henry Cen & Ben Fong – Next Level
Chris Hatala & Jesse Baker – Arcade Legacy
Michael Yu (Airslash) & Chris Anderson – Northwest Majors
Walid (Waldo) – Stunfest
John Gallagher (Sweet Johnny Cage) – East Coast Throwdown
Mike Watson – Super Arcade
Kenny Ng (Unessential) & Russell Ordona – Toryuken
Johnathan Kincaid & Ryan Tang – Saltmines
Don – Don’s Arcade

Other special thanks:

Seth Killian (s-kill)
Paul Dziuba (souperfx)
Myung Kim (Gamecenter)
Inaba-san (Godsgarden)
David Boudreau (XSPR)
Yuichi Takahashi (Nekohashi)
Nakamura
Kusumondo
Tonegawa
CrasherJ
Glenn Cravens
Jim Sejas (Rekkaken)
Jason Cole (AfroCole)
James Romedy (Simpower)
Ernest Delgado (Yogaboy)
Nathaniel Ridad (Fudd)

All the Japanese and international players who came and participated (MAO, Kurahashi, Kent Hiramatsu (Mattsun), Hanashi, Noguchi, TMF, Nuki, Daigo, Tokido, Orf, Balcork, Isimorn, RetroRic, Spidercarnage, Megadarve, Hokuto, JimmyBones, IM Amazon, Minibok) – It’s always great to have international players competiting in the tournaments and this year we had the most we ever had. A quick shoutout to Robin Prv, who unfortunately couldn’t make it at the last minute. Everyone wishes you were there!

Everyone who came out and supported and participated in ToL II and X-Mania USA! We had 96 players for X-Mania USA and had to turn away players during pre-registration because the tournament had capped and 80+ register for the ToL II pools, not including the 25 players who were already in the Top 32. Our participants have grown every year at Evo!

Last and not least, all the people who donated to the donation drive. Without your support, we would not have been able to make this tournament as big as it was. I will try to have the unsigned posters (for those who donated for those) printed this week and will try to ship the posters and t-shirts hopefully in the next week or two.

Anyone else I may have forgotten (hopefully no one)!

This is the last tournament I will be organizing (sorry Karl!) but I’m positive there will be a big ST presence next year at Evo! Those of us who were there early Monday morning saw Mattsun help me pass the torch to…

dramatic pause… Damdai! No pressure there, Damien.

But I will continue running the STR website and will still help behind the scenes a bit with some things.

-kuroppi

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Coin-Op Game Room Hyper Fighter Tournament – 8.2.14

A little non-Super Turbo news to pass along but we’re always happy to promote any SF2 events!

Coin-Op Game Room barcade will be continuing their monthly Street Fighter Hyper Fighter tournaments, which will be held the first Saturday of every month at 2PM.

Join us August 2nd @ 2PM for the next tournament!  There is no entry fee and there will be prizes and gift cards for the winner and runner-up.

Coin Op Game Room is located at:

3926 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104

Coin-Op Game Room website
Coin-Op Game Room Facebook Page

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Gamespot Versus – 7.22.14

The latest GameSpot Versus East vs West battle from June 3rd courtesy of supersf2turbo. This week features Suzuka, Risty, Kato, Jimmy, Moro, Mushoku, Aoreppu, Seion, Nao, Aze, Hide, Shonen Ninja, Gucchi, Choshu, Nikaiten, Numa, Souzou, Tomoza, Koedo, EcoDJ, Kasei Tsutsumi Tarou, Kawasim, Fujinuma, VIPER, Tera-san, PECO, Kikai and YuuVega!

 

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Gian Recital 2014: Final Fight – by Fudd

Gian Recital 2014: Final Fight (as told by Fudd)

“Mucus? Eugh.”
-Jcole, Casino Cup 2011 (while reading moocus’ name on the bracket)
source: damdai

“So much of this game is just timing.”
-moocus, circa 2013

I wasn’t feeling too well and my condition didn’t fully blossom until I got on the plane. While I was on the plane, my ears went out of balance and didn’t rebalance until maybe a few weeks later. As unfortunate as the timing for was for my health, the circumstances were good enough to go to Japan for the last Gian Recital. I only had enough time for about two full days in Japan. The plane ticket was more expensive due to the popularity of Buddha’s birthday, or Golden Week as some refer to it. I departed from Seoul instead of Busan and arrived at night instead of the afternoon. I had a difficult time finding my capsule hotel since it seemed to be directly in between two subway stations, so I wasn’t sure which one to go to. But, I had soldiered on and eventually found my bed (which included a walk-in closet, a new experience for me as far as capsule hotels are concerned).

I arrived fairly early in the day just to scope out the situation first, maybe even warm up a little. I was welcomed by the sight of something I had only seen in a picture and was so awestruck by its beauty that I had to take my own picture, finally having seen the real thing for myself.

 

I climbed up the stairs to find some players on the four isolated H2H stations in the back and most of the other ST cabs unoccupied. According to XSPR, X-MANIA even has one or two more stations than the Gian Recital!

 

Shu-san walked in not long after I did and after exchanging pleasantries, I told him I would step out for lunch since there weren’t too many people around just yet. Lunch also gave me a time slot to contact Mr. Bob, who was almost too busy for the event but also lucked out with fortunate timing that weekend. There were certainly more people at Mikado by the time I returned and as the hours passed, I would get to re-experience the crowdedness of an ST event, but to an even greater extreme than the New Year’s event.

Before the Recital even started, I told Mr. Bob: “If I could choose any day to be ‘Groundhog Day,’ it would be today.” Even though I was producing an overabundance of phlegm and felt less-than 100%, it would be any ST player’s dream to relive such a day, such an opportunity, into infinity. It was like how Faka described the honor of teaming up with DGV at EVO2013 for the ST Games, “It was like the make-a-wish of ST.” Except this time I’m in the deathbed of the terminally ill child. Tell me, when was the last time you were standing around, watching Komoda work his magic and watched other big names clash with just-as-big names with KKY casually coming upstairs behind you? Or looked to the left of you to see Muteki two cabs down and Ohnuki two cabs to the right of you, waiting for a new challenger, Nakamura?

I shared with Shu-san how I was feeling starstruck and “doki doki” because of all the celebrities. I was seeing so many stars I must have been dizzy. It would actually be easier for me to list the players who were absent rather than those who were present. Kusumondo and Seki (perhaps he’s already retired?) were nowhere to be found and Hakase (who XSPR might address as the muthafuckin’ D.O.C.) made his appearance right after the tournament ended. Just about everyone else I can think of was there in the flesh.

I saw the twins — Aniken and Otochun — for the first time and I thought I remembered Muffinman saying something about Aniken speaking English. I asked Shu-san about that and he wasn’t sure, but said it was worth a shot. So, I walked up to Aniken and gave my canned Japanese introduction. When I mentioned that I was from America, he lost his shit. Aniken straight up hugged me: a complete stranger. Looking back, it was kind of a spiritual experience. The man spoke no English, but was exceedingly friendly and made an observable effort to remember my name for Facebook purposes. He even offered me the chance to play when a spot opened up on the game we were spectating, but I didn’t have the right coin on me so I let him sit down. That man has some serious love for ST. I could hear it in the heavy, meaty, sumo-like claps he was doing to cheer his team on later when the tourney was finishing up.

Watching Muteki and Kurahashi go head-to-head is never boring and is an even greater spectacle in real life. One of those notes I took says that Muteki punished a tatsu with cl. st. fierce xx flash kick. Most people have a hard time punishing tatsu with cr. fierce, if at all. I played a game or two against Kurahashi and ALMOST made a corner comeback to win a round, but he clutched it out.

I saw Sasori and Pony wearing earplugs (even during warm-up games). MAO was wearing the same exact shirt he wore at the Tournament of Legends (which kind of makes me feel a little less weird for having a “tournament shirt”). I played a few DJ mirrors with Ito and got fuckingdoubleperfectedWRECKED on the first game, not doing much better afterwards.

As strange as this may sound, a big and satisfying smile forms on my face when I can’t outwit yaya. There’s never a moment when he’s not doing something smart and/or tricky. But even just getting the tiniest win on a crafty play makes the smile so big my face muscles start to hurt.

I tried my DJ on yuuvega and he ate me up with throw tricks (instead of xup ToDs this time). What he would do after I softened a throw was mix up cr. short whiffing and ticking along with varied spacing. It’s surprisingly a lot to process if you’re not used to it and it goes by very quickly to catch you off-guard. Maybe I didn’t do all that badly though since he looked over the cab to see his opponent after I stood up to walk away after losing.

I had the honor of meeting my favorite Dee Jay player, Yuuzuru. First, I asked Shu-san if Yuuzuru was at the event and Shu said he saw him earlier, but couldn’t locate him amidst the sea of people. Then, I asked XSPR about Yuuzuru and XSPR said he would introduce me if the chance presented itself. I think it took a couple hours for him to be out in the open, but XSPR finally helped me in telling Yuuzuru that he had killer combos. XSPR and Yuuzuru actually have a bit of history and they used to play against each other a lot when XSPR lived in a different part of Japan.

A bit more trivia: Yuuzuru uses the wine glass grip.

I played some DJ mirrors with him on the loudest cab near the end of the tournament and it was even louder to one of my sensitive ears. But it’s not every day you get to play with your idol. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed when XSPR translated my compliment of Yuuzuru’s combo proficiency into a response explaining that most of his combos are made-up on the fly.

I made the most out of this opportunity by secretly recording his hands during casuals for a little bit. I also have some footage of a certain “invincible” player’s hands. XSPR kindly reminded me that photographic privacy is kind of a big deal in Japan and it’s frowned upon/poor tact/…illegal(?) to take publish/take pictures of a person without their consent. This is why you’ll often see black bars over eyes on pictures of people sometimes. It’s for privacy.

 

Lastly, I saw the black Zangief player I just couldn’t beat during my first visit and asked XSPR to identify him. XSPR stumbled with remembering the name, but I discovered that the unbeatable black Zangief was actually ToMo F (TMF). This was before TMF was announced for EVO and I was happy to see his name appear one day for XMANIA USA/ToL2. I knew about him before I even played him and now that I have played him (albeit unknowingly) I have a ton of respect for how polished his game is. I feel so much satisfied frustration at losing to TMF and yaya that I consider them to be rivals/players to gun for.

A brief aside, I also told Mr. Bob that I wanted him to take a picture of me hugging a ST cabinet at Mikado later. Due to having too much awesome packed into one day, the photo opportunity totally slipped my mind and I had to have the picture taken the following day at Mr. Bob’s house with his own cabinet. In a moment of hilarity and embarrassment, right before Bob snapped the first picture, his wife saw me from down the hall and said, “Nan de…?”

 

Mr. Bob: *laughs* “He’s even more hentai than I am.”

During one of my trips downstairs to get some fresh air / coughing room / hawk a fat loogey, I saw a shmup I practically never see anymore and didn’t see upon my previous trip to Mikado.

 

I’m pretty obsessed with Area 88, so this was icing on the cake of a Capcomriffic day for me.

Now that I’ve discussed the players who were there, you might see why I have such little to say about the actual tournament. XSPR teamed up with some people he knew/arranged a team with and I ended up on a team with Mr. Bob and other free agents. Mr. Bob said he recognized at least one of them to be a pretty good Guile player, although I didn’t really know any of our teammates. Aside from the Guile, there was a somewhat low-level DJ player and a N. Ryu player that tended to anchor for us. XSPR’s team wasn’t doing so well on their first encounter, but XSPR managed to at least put a dent into some of the team, threatening a reverse OCV before going to the loser’s bracket. I think all three of us were surprised there even was a loser’s bracket, but it gave everyone more opportunities to play, so no complaints there.

When we had to play our first opponents, Mr. Bob pointed out that it was Muteki’s team. We never even had a chance to play against him though since there was another Guile player on the team who pulled a lot of weight for them not once, but later on again when we met via double jeopardy. It was a long wait in-between playtimes due to the 5v5 format and the high number of teams. When we had our second opponents, Mr. Bob guessed that they weren’t very good since he didn’t recognize them. His instinct was right since I volunteered to go first and no one else on my team had to play.

You can find some footage of Mr. Bob and I playing at the 2014 Gian Recital on his YouTube channel

The Guile player on our team said something about “Akihabara” while I was playing, so maybe they were a gang of scrubs from Akiba. Yeah, I OCV’ed a team of Japanese players, but it wasn’t rewarding since they weren’t very skilled. The big (joke) claim to something that’s actually small reminded of the 2010 USA SBO Qualifier. zerodotjander was able to accurately say he placed Top 8 in an SBO Qual (I think there were only 7 or 9 players, something like that).

After the event ended, I left Mikado with Mr. Bob and XSPR to chat over dinner at a pricey (but open) pizza joint about the future of ST and living overseas — comparing Korea to Japan. Infrastructure, for one, is a huge difference between the two countries.

 

My physical body was feeling slightly sick, but I was feeling the Holy ST Spirit that day!

You can find the Gian Recital 2014 results here.

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X-Mania XV Announced! 8.31.14

Mattsun announced on Twitter that X-Mania XV will be taking place on August 31st at Mikado, starting at 2PM (Japan time) / August 30th 10PM (PST) / August 31st 1AM (EST)

Stream will be at: http://www.twitch.tv/mikado_ssf2x

 

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X-Mania USA Results

Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 32 teams / 96 players
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
MAO Claw


Mattsun Ken


TMF Zangief



2nd
Noguchi Claw


Hanashi Fei Long


Kurahashi Ryu



3rd
AfroLegends Boxer


Damdai O. Ryu


Ganelon Claw



4th
Mike Watson Boxer


Alex Valle Ryu


John Choi O. Sagat



5th
Daigo Umehara Boxer


Tokido Claw


Nuki Chun-Li


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5th
Orf Ryu


Balcork Fei Long


Isimorn Claw



5th
DNGR S PAPERCUT O. Hawk


ultracombo O. Sagat


Shotosallday O. Ken



5th
MonGoloRoboKop Cammy


Digital Infamy Boxer


Moocus O. Hawk


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool A
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
Moocus O. Hawk


Digital Infamy Boxer


MonGoloRoboKop Cammy



2nd
Marsgattai Guile


krost O. Ken


Technical Monkey Chun-Li


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3rd
RetroRic Honda


OG Ken O. Ken


Grom Claw



4th
Mr. Tuttle Dee Jay


munn3y Boxer


Zachery Claw


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool B
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
Shotosallday O. Ken


DNGR S PAPERCUT O. Hawk


ultracombo O. Sagat



2nd
Jumpsuit Jesse Fei Long


RekkaKen Ryu


Zaspacer Dictator



3rd
Bernie Dictator


Bolo Yeung Claw


Fatboy Dhalsim



4th
Mr. Tuttle Dee Jay


munn3y Boxer


Zachery Claw


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool C
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
Alex Valle Ryu


John Choi O. Sagat


Mike Watson Boxer



2nd
Justin Wong O. Sagat


StiffPeter Dictator


FlashG O. Ken



3rd
Minibok Boxer


IM Amazon Blanka


Hanasu Honda



4th
Irrelevant Ken


Flying_V Dee Jay


Moonchilde O. Claw


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool D
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   

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1st
Orf Ryu


Isimorn Claw


Balcork Fei Long



2nd
Simpower Claw


kuroppi O. Honda


AfroCole Dhalsim



3rd
Hoss Zangief


Katsu Honda


Klimax Boxer



4th
Darkness Boxer


Georam Dictator


paulkachou Chun-Li


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool E
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
MAO Claw


Mattsun Ken


TMF Zangief



2nd
Graham Wolfe Boxer


Thrust07 Claw


Vestax Honda



3rd
Fromo Blanka


Miles O’Keefe Cammy


Faka Ryu



4th
Rivals Ryu


Blastcity Chun-Li


Interrobang Claw


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool F
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
Noguchi Claw


Hanashi Fei Long


Kurahashi Ryu



2nd
Jollies Boxer


Hokuto Claw


Zoolander Dee Jay



3rd
Hyphen-ated Fei Long


Ryu1999 Dhalsim


Airthrow Boxer



4th
Scrambles  


Constantine  


AggroCrag  


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool G
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
Damdai O. Ryu


AfroLegends Boxer


Ganelon Claw



2nd
Zass Claw


LordBBH Dictator


RayBladeX Boxer



3rd
Immortal Claw


Ghaleon O. Ryu


Nomrah Honda



4th
Sergjiev Honda


Undamned Ryu


Spartanfan84 O. Sagat


Name: EVOLUTION 2014 – X-MANIA USA Pool H
Date: July 12, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Entries: 4 teams
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge
   


1st
Daigo Boxer


Nuki Chun-Li


Tokido Claw



2nd
eltrouble Dhalsim


Miller Time Honda


Muffin Man Ken



3rd
Miguel Chun-Li


Bonki Blanka


Chris Gamble Honda



4th
Mr. Wizard Chun-Li


Seth Killian Boxer


Chris Li Honda
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