It’s been about a month now since Tekken 6 was released so let’s see how things have panned out. There have been a total of two Tekken tournaments in Upstate New York since the game’s release with interesting results.
The first tournament was UpstateFighting’s E-Gamer’s Exchange Launch Tournament. This tournament was very reflective of past Upstate Tournaments during of the DR Era. Zzy and Joey Fury two of Upstate’s perennial Top players showed up big time like they usually do. They again met in Top 3 with Joey getting the best of Zzy again. For those that don’t know Zzy has lost to Joey in tournaments every time they’ve ever met. However Zzy has subsequently bested Joey in money matches after the fact twice.
However at Buffalo’s Rumble In The Tundra III Zzy took a surprising early tumble in the tundra against the players from Canada. He ended up in 17th place. Before the tournament Zzy said he wasn’t worried about the Canadian players and one has to wonder if he took them lightly entering the tournament. Zzy’s 17th place performance is curious. Was it a character match up he didn’t know, was he plane out played, or did nerves just get the best of him? Either way Zzy’s strive for consistency will follow him Philadelphia where he will try to place in the first EC major Tekken 6 tournament. Zzy has never been know to do too well at NEC tournaments but there is no doubt if he plays well he will be on of the favorites from Upstate to place.
Joey has been the most consistent placer in all the Upstate Tournaments so far. A 2nd and E-Gamers’ and 5th at Tundra have already cemented him as the #1 player in Upstate. Joey’s prodigy like skills have always garnered him much successes but this trip to NEC will put his skills to the test. Joey’s consistency will be his greatest strength but he seems to be flip flopping between characters at this time. Once a Bryan player, Joey now can enter a match playing either Bryan, Jack, Law, or Marduk. The questions lingers, is he limiting himself by not dedicating himself to one character? Regardless, Joey has placed at big tournaments before and he will most likely be the favorite to place heading in to NEC.
Right behind Joey is the second most consistent placer in the tournaments so far, PolishMafia, taking 5th at E-Gamers and 4th at Tundra. Polish is the Nina player with no fear. Throwing caution to the wind, it’s more than likely if you’re watching a PolishMafia match, you are going to be entertained. You may slap your head and say “WTF are you doing?!” or you may go “OMFG!” PolishMafia has always been one of Upstate’s best. Though somehow matches of him winning never seem to surface and he never posts on the internet period. He’s a bit of a phantom in that regard. Those who have played him however never forget. At one point EVO2007 runner up SperoGin said “He might be the best Nina I’ve ever seen”. His reckless style can lead him into trouble though and he still doesn’t have a feeling for the changes to most of the cast. He has a record of doing well at NEC in the past, we will see if his years of Tekken experience can lead him to a Top 8 finish this time.
The Dark Horses:
There are two kinds of risks. Calculated Risks, like the ones PolishMafia takes and then there is something we call the DustBowl. Damus Hayden is his own worst enemy and his own greatest ally. Never has a player been so crappy at punishing but never has one been so good at putting people into ridiculous 50/50 situations. Damus would forgo guaranteed damage that would win him a round in favor of a launch punishable tripping low. It’s madness, it is Egypt! The Sun God Ra’s magic flows in this man’s veins. Sometimes he can be so bad, sometimes so good. Damus looked like he was heading for mediocrity at Tundra when he, just like at E-Gamer’s; lost to Big Daddy Kane in the first round of the tournament. However Damus went on a unbelievable streak afterwards, defeating, Eddy Kusanagi, Devil Himself from NJ, and got the luckiest win of his entire career when he beat me(JK Damus good shit.). The magic carried him to Top 8 at Tundra. Damus has been working tirelessly to improve his skills and fix the holes in his game. If he does he could put on another magical run at NEC. Damus Hayden did take 9th at the last Final Round, just outside of Top 8. Damus is one of the Dark Horses for Team Upstate coming into NEC. I’ve got a feeling a lot of people will be dusting themselves off after NEC.
Jorioi95? J. Honda? We just call him Jason. Jason has been playing Tekken for a long time but has never been too serious about it. When Street Fighter IV came out he was one of our best and said he’d be back when Tekken 6 came out but Jason was unable to make it out to E-Gamer’s. However he showed up at Tundra and surprised everyone. Much like Damus, Jason lost in the very first match of the tournament against some scrubby Paul player. It looked bad, REAL BAD! However Jason rebounded storming through losers. taking out Barry, Shinjoker, but lost a nail bitter to Eddy Kusanagi. When Jason calms down and thinks about what he is doing he has the capabilities to do a lot. However he’ll be at a pretty big disadvantage because lots of players from NYC know how to beat Ganryu. Regardless he’s proven he can take out solid competition in a tournament and he’ll be able to carve up anyone who stands there and takes his mix up. He’s another Dark Horse entering NEC, Osoi!
But where you are probably asking is the most dominant player of the DR era in Upstate New York? Well here he is. Lingmassacre has yet to enter an Upstate Tournament due to personal reasons. He’s undeniable got the skills to place anywhere. He placed at NEC last year. However his transition to this game his been a bit rocky and we’ve yet to see how his new Ling will work in a tournament environment. Out of everyone, his transition from DR to BR has no doubt been the hardest. Everyone in Upstate is waiting to see what the mad scientist has been cooking up in his lab. Either way come NEC, it will be a massacre.
Tournaments have not been kind recently to PhunnyKidd Mark Kiley. He’s been looking solid in casuals though lately. Can he finaly return to the form that lead him to place at Final Round last year? We shall see.
StridaJin is a bit of an enigma. Some say he wins because he uses new characters, some say he’s just solid period. Either way was a poke away from sending FightingGM to losers at Tundra. BUT later got randomed out by a Steve player? With a 4th and a 7th finish he’s the 3rd most consistently placer in Upstate tournaments. Who will he play at NEC and can he prove himself on this big stage?
Ofdp? has unrivaled execution but needs to invest more time into the game. He has been consistent in his placings but they haven’t broken into the Top 8 in any tournament. Unquestionably he’s got the talent to do well at NEC. I think of Zack plays up to his potential at NEC he’ll be like a sun burnt peter, Unbeatable.