Note: Pictures and more detailed results are forthcoming as soon as the organizers send the information to me.
I’ve only been to five tourneys thus far, but this was the most fun tourney I’ve been to yet. 27 people showed up to throw down on Street Fighter 4 and the hype was high from start to finish! D’Avino’s really was an excellent venue. There was plenty of space and the setup they provided was the best I’ve played on in a tourney (a very nice and large flat-screen). Due to the layout and the screen setup, it wasn’t difficult for all of those people to comfortably watch matches. It was also very nice that we were right there in an eatery, so if we got hungry or thirsty it was right there.
I have seen and met about a third of the people that came to this tourney at other venues. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many new faces! It really made me wonder how many people would have come to this tourney if the organizers at D’Avinos didn’t happen to schedule it on the same day as Justin’s (SonGohanX) tourney in Myrtle Beach. We can’t complain too much though. How many times have we had to worry about scheduling conflicts between multiple South Carolina tourneys?
There were a lot of amazing matches and virtually all of the players there were good and some were great. (Disclaimer: Hope I got the names right! I haven’t gotten any official info from D’Avinos yet) Some of the more exciting matches for me personally to watch included the John Pading (Rufus) and Boo (Ryu) matchup which not only was close but also won my award of the show for player hype. They were jumping out of their chairs and hopping up and down between rounds with excitement! John’s (SimpleKiss) Ryu was fun to watch and so was Trevis’s Ken. I’ve seen both players play before in previous tourneys and the progression in their skill was obvious. I was also impressed with ScNinjaBoy’s Rose for a reason almost nobody in the crowd probably realized. He put up an exciting match against Matt’s (U-Volt) Balrog. The reason I’m impressed though is due to the fact that it was his very first time ever using the Madcatz Fight Pad (He borrowed it just before his matchup)! You wouldn’t have known it from seeing that match, however. Rahjon’s (Hi-Tekk) Akuma showed amazing mastery of focus attacks against U-Volt and was fun to watch! Juan’s Sagat tore through the competition before finally getting bested by U-Volt in the semi-finals. Juan took me out in the second round in a match that was so exciting for me to play that I was still satisfied even after walking away with a loss. He earned that win for sure!
To me though, despite all the great matches that were played, the thing that really impressed me most about this tourney was the hype. I don’t think more than a handful of people left until it was all over. Everybody was really into the action and were all great sports. Every match concluded with a round of applause and cheers. Some of the big moments of the tourney, including John P. and Boo’s hype and my pulling off a Blanka counter-Ultra to Juan’s Sagat Ultra, really had the place full of excitement. It was amazing to be a part of.
The star of the whole show was Matt (U-Volt), whose Balrog play was just beastly throughout the tourney. I play against Matt all the time and know him to be a fantastic player, but he put his best Balrog out there during the tourney. There were players who certainly didn’t make it easy but Matt truly deserved his first tourney win! Great job Matt!
There were a few other highlights of this tourney as well. The guys at D’Avinos who ran the event really put on a great tourney and it was obvious that their hearts were into it. It all ran very smoothly and they announced and congratulated everybody after matches. Another highlight was actually an unexpected prize. We didn’t even know that they were giving out a prize for fastest victory in a round until we found out that Juan won with a 22 second round! He won the single biggest pizza I have ever seen in my life! I think we were told it was 28 inches but it looked like the size of a car tire! He was so happy when he got that pizza that you would think he won the tourney! We had to put that thing in the trunk on the way home because there was no other way to get that thing in the car.
So, to everybody who came out I hope you guys had as much fun as I obviously did (and it looked like most of you did). I want to wholeheartedly thank the owner and the great people of D’Avinos Pizza in Dutch Square Mall for doing all of this. This tourney was completely free to enter and they gave away awesome prizes completely at their cost. The good news is that they already have other tourneys in the works for other games all the way through December and we’re going to work with them to see if we can get more expanded tourneys with SF4 and other fighters. Again, Congrats to U-Volt!
Pics and more detailed results are forthcoming. I’m waiting for stuff to be sent to me from the organizers. I’ll post them when I get them. From what we remember, here’s the top 5:
1. U-Volt (Balrog)
2. SimpleKiss (Ryu)
3. Boo (Ryu)
4. BushidoX (Ken)
5. Juan (Sagat)