Win ratio: 51.2%
Losses to Nanaya: 14
Best win streak: 4 wins each with F-Sion and H-VSion
Only me and Jlee were the experienced players there this week, so it was pretty much a Nanaya gauntlet for most of the night. Self-reminders: use F-Sion’s 6C more; H-Sion has a mysteriously bad matchup against C and F-Nanaya, must analyse that weakness more.
One of my good friends who was my roommate last year when I visited Japan, Rabidux, was trying to learn F-Ries. It was a Day 1 experience for him, and he had lots of problems with execution on the joystick (happens to every FG beginner). I was trying to coach him on playing Ries, but then I realised, the only way for me to offer him any solid advice is to play the character myself. So yes, I guess it’s time to hit the lab and learn a new secondary character.
Rabi managed to steal a few rounds against Nicholas, another beginner who plays Hisui and Chaos. For a Day 1 performance I’m saying he did a pretty good job. All he needs now is to master his stick execution properly, and stop dropping his hit-confirms and combos. Unfortunately, this is something that can only be accomplished with time and sheer practice, not coaching.
It seemed like aeons ago when I first started learning MB. I remember I had massive problems doing simple things such as jump cancelling or even finishing my combos with an airthrow at the end. These are all second-nature, muscle-memory reflexes to me by now, but seeing Rabi trying to learn a new genre got me thinking: I bet there are a lot of similar players like him, genuinely interested in learning MB, but facing a lot of obstacles that might turn them off. And without guidance or friends to play with and encourage them, they most likely end up throwing in the towel.
For an indie fighting game like MB, the loss of potential new blood could spell instant death for the community. And I realise now that perhaps, I haven’t really done much to help ease the newbies into our community. There were about eight new faces at our 22 June tournament, all of them I’ve never seen before, and unfortunately, I completely forgot to chat them up because I was busy running brackets and doing commentary. Eight fresh faces that could bolster the numbers of our already small community, forgotten just like that.
I believe I have stated this mantra before in the past: a videogame is only as dead as the community wants it to be. I definitely do not want MB to die. I need to do more. I’ll start by coaching Rabi and see how it goes from there.