Brackets for the tournament: http://challonge.com/MBAACC_MinnaCon_2013. We had no recordings or streams of the matches unfortunately, because Twitch was down for the most of Saturday for emergency maintenance.
I spent almost 12 hours on the previous day, studying the matchups against Nanaya, Satsuki, and Seifuku, because I predicted that more than one of those characters would appear. And the three of them were the characters I hated most to fight against as Sion. I actually learned a lot of useful new things, such as the ability to shield the first hit of Satsuki’s AAD.
In the end, I lost to C-WLen. Twice. Our strongest C-WLen player, Farhan, knocked me to loser’s for my first match. He was subsequently knocked into loser’s later in the tournament… and guess what? I had to face him yet again. The one matchup that I totally did not focus on studying, and I was fated to face it. Twice. It was not a one-sided matchup, I had plenty of chances to reverse the momentum of the match and go for the win. But Farhan’s superior reactions and solid mixups won the day. This is still an incredible achievement because I have always struggled with the C-WLen matchup for my entire 3-year career of playing MB, and there were some times in the past where Farhan was near invincible and untouchable. The fact that I managed to steal one point against him was a great source of satisfaction for me.
And I managed to defeat Take’s (Takumi-san’s) Nanaya quite easily with F-Sion in one of my earlier losers’ brackets matches. So yes, I have fulfilled my personal goal of knocking Nanayas out of the tournament, and I lost twice to one of Singapore’s top players. Really nothing much to complain about my performance here.
Here’s looking forward to the next Singapore tournament. Hopefully it won’t take another year to be organised again.