The EVO Report from THE ANSWER
This past weekend DreamCancel.com, orochinagi.com and snk-capcom.com united forces to bring a KOF XIII side tournament to EVO as it was not part of the official lineup this year. Overall this was the best event we had so far event thou we couldn’t get the top 4 on stream due to the time schedule. The event that I dreamed of as I fell asleep in the back of Nocturnal’s car as we drove back from even became true and it exceeded my expectations, we had over 50 participants and top players to many different countries such as France, Singapore, Japan and Mexico which is something I never expected. As I said in a previous podcast, I would have been more than pleased to have 32 participants so this makes me very happy.
Before mentioning anything else I want to thank all the people who helped make this possible:
Kane317: for helping with the bracket, seeding and running around to find players.
Giby: for bringing an extra setup, fundraising money for a bonus pot, helping with the registrations and prices.
Nocturnal: for helping configure the second setup when Giby was not around and finding people.
Atlus: for sponsoring the tournament and providing prices for the top 4.
iPLAYWINNER: thank you for offering to stream the top 4.
nilcam: thanks for your support and keeping people up to date on dreamcancel.
MrWizard and EVO staff: for allowing us to make this possible and organizing EVO.
Gunsmith: Thank you for organizing the community on the other side of the pond and sending one of your best to represent at EVO.
#snkplaymore guys: Thank you for showing up. Laban it was a pleasure meeting you and your group. Let’s take this as the first step in uniting all of the KOF communities across the country.
Team Chaos: As always guys thank you for your support and making the effort to come all the way out here.
There were a few minor issues that have been blow out of proportion and I would like to address:
1. BALA and RJ: There was an issue in the early rounds in a match between BALA and RJ. What happened was that in their first match, RJ had a huge lead over BALA to the point of almost OCVing him and, just as the match is about to be over and BALA was down to about 20% health, he raises his hand and says the button is not working. I am right behind the setup when this happen (looking at the back of the monitor). I see everybody very confused and I immediately go to Kane317 and he explains what happened. I went to BALA and asked him to tell me what happened. He shares his side of the story and so does R. I ask Kane317 to go to the back with me where Giby is on a podcast since this was going to be a judge ruling. We go over the scenario with Giby and we all agree that we need to give RJ the point. I head straight back to them and explain to BALA that we will give RJ the point. BALA tries to explain again what happened and all I said was “I’m sorry but we already made the decision.” At this point RJ steps in and says “No, his stick didn’t work, I don’t want the point” and per RJ’s request they replay the match. Whether people agree
with the outcome or think this as a bad sportsmanship act from BALA, all we can be responsible for is that, as the event organizers, we made the decision that we felt was correct and was declined by both parties involved. As far as I am concerned that is all we judges should be responsible for.
2. Xian and the second setup: Giby provided a second setup which used PS2 converters, unfortunately this converters caused some very noticeable lag which was immediately detected by the competitors. A lot of the participants such as Mr.KOF refused to play on that setup for the finals. One of the benefits to this setup was that we were able to reconfigure the button layout which was something we could not do on the main setup; this helped us accommodate a player named Xian who came from Singapore and played on a very unique button layout. I had to play Xian in my 3rd match; I decided to set the example and chose to play him on the second lagging setup even when the odds were against me. As expected I ended up losing but that’s okay, I’d rather lose that way than beat my opponent with an unfair advantage. Yoshi, another strong player from Team Chaos, had to face Xian next, he also chose to play on the second setup so that Xian can play comfortably. He put a good match but his fate was the same as mine. Mr.KOF faced him next and managed to beat him in a very close match and as he walked away he said “I’m not playing on that setup anymore.” Once the finals came around and Romance had to face Xian next, Romance asked to play on the main setup as he noticed that Xian had an overwhelming advantage on the second setup. We flipped a coin and let the winner decide where would the match be played. The winner was Romance and he chose the first setup. As a surprise to no one, Romance easily won the match and Xian was eliminated. Some people might judge Romance for choosing to play on the first setup but I don’t. I think if I was in his shoes I would have done the same thing since it the finals.
Another subject that I would like to briefly touch since this is a very sensitive topic is racism and discrimination. There was a brief conversation at EVO about me possibly not doing the commentary for the special event that was streamed because people online think that I have a Mexican accent and don’t like tone of my voice. I almost agreed to not do it but I quickly reconsider and said no, this cannot happen. Some members like nilcam know how strongly I feel about discrimination and racism. All I will say is that I might not have the voice of a sports broadcaster and there’s nothing I can do about my accent, but I sure know my KOF! lol!
I am very happy with the results and the way the event turnout, and to everybody who came over and thanked me for making this happen, I thank you for supporting this event because without everybody who didn’t place in the top 6 this would have not happened. I feel that the KOF community made a good impression at EVO this year and should be consider to be part of the main lineup at EVO next year.
So what’s next? Well for the moment I will lay low for a few weeks, to focus on my personal affairs such as my job and my marriage till the console release, but I will support any events any of my comrades might organize. Once the console version of the game comes out, expect to see me back in the trenches for you guys, as I will be hosting SoCal Regionals in November and another “little” event that is in the works for January.