Overall Canada Cup Experience Tuesday 06 December, 2011

So.. I understand that I am about a month late, please forgive me!

Day 1:
Top 32 Qualifiers (Singles)
I almost made it out of my pool =( I was sent to losers and taken out by Andreas, the Rufus player from Europe. They were quite interesting matches and were really exciting for me. Overall, I got 33rd at the tournament. After the qualifiers were over, I was able to get a lot of casuals in. I got a rare chance to play with a lot of international players such as MOV, Cuongster, Kindevu, and RF. I must say, I got my ass handed to me! However, playing everyone and having them expose the flaws in my gameplay was a good eye opener. It helped me realize what I need to work on. Some of my casual matches between me and MOV were uploaded here:

My matches with MOV start at 0:17:00. Also in this video at the beginning is a money match between Luffy (European Rose) and Wolfkrone (American Viper) if anyone is interested! Other games on the casual setup including money matches with RF, Kindevu, Ryan Hart, Luffy, Wolfkrone, and others that were recorded can be found here:
Canada Cup Casuals

Day 2:
Top 32 AE
Canada Cup’s top 32 was definitely stacked. With 8 different teams and 5 players on each, that’s 40 top players from around the world. Each match was very entertaining and displayed a high level of skill from each player. Kazunoko won the whole tournament using Yun but I’d say the MVP of the tournament was Leslie, the Sagat player from Singapore, who got second. Not many people knew about him because Singapore hasn’t been big on the map in America compared to other countries. Leslie awed the crowd with his outstanding gameplay. Here’s some footage of Leslie’s Sagat (Semi-final match at Canada Cup 2011 against Mago):

Top 8 results for AE were:
1. eLive|Kazunoko (Yun)
2. Leslie (Sagat)
3. MRN|WolfKrone (C. Viper)
4. MCZ|Tokido (Akuma)
5. Infiltration (Akuma, Gouken)
5. MCZ|Mago (Fei Long)
7. Cuongster (E. Honda)
7. EG|Momochi (Cody)

International Teams 5v5 Exhibition
Here are the results:

1st place — Japan 2
– eLive|Kindevu (C. Viper)
– eLive|RF (Sagat)
– eLive|D44Bas (Akuma)
– eLive|MOV (Ken)
– eLive|Kazunoko (Yun)
5th place — Korea
– Laugh (Ryu)
– Infiltration (Akuma)
– Zzang Moo (Zangief)
– Naraks (C. Viper)
– Whitedoong2 (Dudley)

2nd place — USA
– EG|Justin Wong (Rufus)
– coL.cc|Mike Ross (E. Honda)
– MRN|WolfKrone (C. Viper)
– EG|fLoE (Yang)
– coL.cc|Filipino Champ (Dhalsim)
5th place — Europe 1
– LLL|Ryan Hart (Yun)
– Evans (Fei Long)
– WDM|Louffy (Rose)
– Coungster (E. Honda)
– Skatan (Sakura)

3rd place — Japan 1
– MCZ|Tokido (Akuma)
– MCZ|Mago (Fei Long)
– Bonchan (Sagat)
– Neurosis (M. Bison)
– EG|Momochi(Cody)
7th place — Singapore
– cc|Xian (Gen)
– Leslie (Sagat)
– Real Deal (Ryu)
– cc|Zhi (Zangief)
– HZY (C. Viper)

4th place — Canada
– Air (Ryu)
– Chi-Rithy (Yang)
– Jozhear(Claw)
– Snafoo(Dhalsim)
– Riceta (Blanka)
7th place — Europe 2
– Andreas (Rufus)
– FWord (Ibuki)
– JiJi (Sagat)
– Problem X (Seth)
– The Emporer (El Fuerte)

I had really hoped Team USA would win but props to Team Japan 2 taking first. Honestly, I didn’t really think Team 2 would beat Team USA. My guess was if Team USA didn’t take first, Team Japan 1 would take it. Here is the footage of the grand finals between Team USA and Team Japan 2:

Kazunoko became the biggest threat when he ended up OCVing Team USA the first time they faced off. When Floe ended up taking out Kazunoko in grand finals, I felt like Team USA had a very good chance of resetting the bracket. However, Kindevu anchored for Team Japan 2 and ended up taking out America’s anchor, Wolfkrone. I am very happy that I got to witness this historical moment go down in person. There is no substitution for this live experience and I encourage everyone to try and make it out next time!

Many thanks to Lap Chi for keeping a local bar open for us. I had an AMAZING time! There were a couple setups for money matches and what not, but there was also great music, pool, and drinks. I’ll let the pictures do the talking =P :

After the afterparty, the hotel was kind enough to open up a room for us to host money matches. I don’t have any footage of the epicness that occurred, but it was a crazy experience (not to mention my 100:1 odds side bet on Neurosis vs. Zzangmoo with Lap Chi! Almost lost me $200!) I won a money match as well ;). It was so fun and I got to know a lot of the other players. Luffy, Cuongster, Skatan, Infiltration, Laugh, Zzangmoo, Neurosis, Zhi, Xian, among others showed me how amazing this community can really be. Much love to them <3. I ended up having so much fun that I stayed in the money match room until 8am and then I had to leave to the airport. =( I was really sad leaving but it just makes me appreciate tournament experiences like this so much more! Here are some pics during the tournament from my dear friend Rose. You can check her out at Roseangeli Photography:

Other pictures from Canada Cup by Rose can be found here: Rose’s Flickr

I want to thank Canada Cup Gaming, especially Lap Chi for hosting this amazing tournament. This tournament really set the bar high for other major tournaments. If you want to check out upcoming events hosted by Canada Cup Gaming, check out their website www.canada-cup.ca and follow them on Twitter @CanadaCupGaming!

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