The champion of today’s tournament asked me: why were you knocked out so early?
Why indeed. I’m surprised that he would ask me that, as if there was some sort of predetermined expectation for me to perform well. I’m sorry Ryuko, I lost my way in today’s tournament and couldn’t quite recover.
I made absolutely sure that I used my joystick for all my matches today, or at the very least Mustapusta’s stick (since both of our sticks were the exact same model).
Very promptly, I still dropped several crucial combos, and proceeded to pay for the mistake by getting knocked out in my first match from the winner’s bracket. More dropped combos would follow in my next few loser’s bracket matches.
I suspect now that the difference in refresh rate and FPS on a laptop setup is seriously affecting my combo rhythm. Playing on a television monitor at the arcade, and playing on a monitor at home running at 60fps are two different things. Xian, our EVO 2013 champion, has repeatedly stated in the past that the monitors at our arcade are laggy, which is why he refuses to play at the arcade anymore.
No idea how I will be able to mitigate this factor. Should I train on my laptop instead, several days before a tournament starts, just to get used to a laptop’s refresh rate?
I have currently reached the peak of my ability to improve with Sion/VSion. I know that I can still play better, but that would require an exponentially high amount of effort just to see noticeable gain.
Honestly, I don’t know if I want to push myself any further to improve at MB. I will still continue playing this game, but I am starting to feel fatigued. After over four years of playing this game on a religiously weekly basis, maybe it’s time to take a break. A long break.