Max Out tournament in KC

Had a blast this weekend!  I drove up with two other friends to participate in a big tournament featuring Street Fighter, Tekken, and Guilty Gear in the lineup.  Lots of people attended (over 50) coming from as far as St Louis and Oklahoma City — that's a room full of some very hardcore players!

I didn't too well myself, but I met a lot of old friends and watched a ton of good matches.  Especially the guys from St Louis; there was an amazing Blanka player who had a dizzying array of mix ups and ground games that wowed the crowd.  KC was no easy walk over either — many of them placed consistently in the top three in nearly every game.

I also learned about a new rule that I wasn't aware of before.  I think its more of a gentlemen's agreement more than anything, because I've never heard of it:

Whomever wins the first match is not entitled to change characters lest the loser is unable to adapt within a fair amount of time to produce a counter strategy.

To be fair, it wasn't written on the billboard but many tournaments around the country use and employ this rule.  I was told it was a standard in all Japanese tournament play, which I can believe.  Personally I don't agree with it, but if the venue holding the tournament upholds the rule, I will respect it.

So what was the best part of the tournament?  Old buddies!  And I'm talking about these guys — always good to see a familiar face!

Mr Weeks on the left, and Triv Somar on the right.Ben-Ra from KC.

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