Winners Finals Writeup
The Build Up
Thatguy and his cousin versus my friend and I. Thatguy and I had agreed on a time. When that time came, I was still waiting for my friend as he had forgotten about the tournament! I also had to charge the gamepad... I had a feeling we'd be in for a surprise as we never practiced.
I have been following the teams throughout the tournament and had expected Cero and his brother to go far based on prior comments and the previous singles tournament. When Thatguy advanced over Cero, I knew my friend and I were in for a challenge. Seeing Thatguy's sparse writeups with character choices just confirmed that my friend and I would struggle. I had informed my friend after our previous round that the next team would likely be using Cloud/Corrin and were cousins, likely meaning playing locally on same console and suggesting strong synergy (Cero claims he is bad at teams, strangely even while teaming with his brother).
Player positions: Me/Thatguy's Cousin/Thatguy/My friend
Battlefield - Mario/Cloud/Corrin/Samus - 1-0 Thatguy's favor
Thatguy suggested Smashville, Town and City, or Battlefield for game 1. My friend picked BF. Anticipating Cloud/Corrin, I felt BF was a good choice as we may be able to juggle Cloud, and Cloud/Corrin wouldn't have much space to charge Limit or fire projectiles.
The first 30 seconds or so started out as quick chaos. Everyone had about the same level of damage built up. My friend fired a full charge shot, but Cloud avoided damage despite his weak shield. Cloud knocked my friend off stage with a dash attack. Offstage Cloud fired a (Limit?) Cross Slash toward the stage, but my friend dropped lower. After recovering, both continued their fight offstage. Cloud tried to get the up special spike only to plummet to his death. My friend went a bit low and died as well. After both respawned, Cloud avoided a grapple beam with ended up grabbing me instead. Cloud took advantage and quickly got a fair KO as I was still airbourne. Thatguy was still on his first stock and healthy. I respawned and tried to keep him away. I ended up avoiding the second dragon hit as Thatguy lunged through me and plumetted too off stage to recover. Game was pretty even with only a minute and a half since the game started. I connected with a dash attack, and my friend was there to followup with a dair on a very healthy limitess Cloud off stage which gave the first lead of the game! At just before the 2 minute mark, I got a face full of cannon fire while a dragon shot travels across the stage and stuns Cloud. Thatguy eats a full charge shot as he tries to finish me off after knocking me off stage. Audio confirmation that Limit is up. I dodge an attack right as a charge shot hits me and send me past the blast zone... A little over 2 minutes have passed and my friend tosses Cloud offstage and connects with a partially charged shot. Limitless Cloud falls and immediately shares stock. Within seconds Thatguy is lunges past shields off stage and is hit with a Samus dair. He is slightly too late when he starts his Ascent recovery (or misjduged the trajectory) as he fails to grab the ledge. We have the win in sight. Despite a healthy Cloud, my friend is under 100% with 2 stocks, and I am under 80%. I get juggled a bit to under 100%. I hit Cloud with a dash attack right as a charge shot is unleashed which misses a now airbourne Cloud and knocks me off stage. Cloud eventually connects with a Limit Cross Slash which kills my friend. I mispace a likely game winning upsmash only to be KOd by Cloud's own upsmash. Cloud is at 100% vs my friend at 0%. Cloud quickly racks up 64% before avoid a grapple beam. He eventually gets my friend to around 80% without taking damage. My friend misses a dair as he returns to the stage only to be met with a nicely spaced Limit Cross Slash. My friend dies due to poor/no DI...
The post game statistics show how little I contributed -_-. Although, my gorilla warfare tactics are mainly to support my friend and prevent 2 on 1s.
Final Destination - Mario/Cloud/Corrin/Samus - 2-0 Thatguy's favor
I don't know why my friend wanted FD as that would allow for more Cloud/Corrin projectiles. Mario wouldn't be able to rely on platforms to sneek in aerials and outmaneuver. Samus would have a slightly better ground and projectile game but lose aerial coverage as well.
Right out of the gate my friend hit Thatguy with 2 dash attacks into an uair. I distracted Thatguy with rolls and aerial fireballs for a while so my friend would just have to deal with Cloud. He eventually smartened up so I had to rush into the fray as well. 30 seconds had passed before Cloud connected with a Limit Cross Slash on my friend. Percent wise game was fairly even still. Somehow the 1v1s switch up with my friend fooling Thatguy with some ledge antics leading Thatguy to lunge through shield and miss his recovery for an assisted SD. Meanwhile I was going slightly offstage and back. Cloud took the hazzardous bait, as he misjudged the distance he had to climb, falling to death. With just under a minute into game 2, my team had a nice lead as we were both under 90%. Cloud quickly turned the tide as he got a limitless Cross Slash KO on my friend at a bit over 100% (bad DI again?). I almost mess up a recovery after air dodging but am able to make it to the ledge. As I get up, I'm speared to death by a dragon fang meant for my friend who is knocked towards Cloud! At around the 1 minute and a half mark, I connect with fsmash that could have killed Thatguy (red lightning). However he had knocked into Cloud who just got his Limit (not sure if Limit was before/after hit) which altered the trajectory? My friend some how grabbed in during the chaos as well. A Cloud upb hit me and a returning Thatguy. I tracked Thatguy as he came back down from the top right blast zone and landed a red lightning bair. Thatguy must have DI'd perfected as he was at 141% as he recovered to the ledge! I recovered and got back up the ledge as Thatguy was aiming for the ledge. As he got back up, I connected with a falling bair finally KOing him at 151%! We had a decent lead with nearly 2 minutes passing. My friend tossed Cloud offstage which Thatguy took advatage with as he secured a tooth KO! Shortly after, my friend tried to recover on the right side with Cloud at the edge while Thatguy began charging an usmash? trying to anticipate the roll get up! I interupt with a fireball and dash attack. I fsmash Thatguy a bit off the left as Cloud gains Limit before being hit with a full charge shot. I dair into Thatguy (shields?) and quickly shield as Cloud decides to send a Limit Cross Slash from the ledge. Meanwhile Thatguy avoids a full charged shot as he is lunging. The charge shot breaks my shield. Cloud misses a punish which would have killed me. Seconds later both Cloud and I are hit off stage and on our last stocks. A little more than 2 and a half minutes had passed with the game basically even as everyone is on their final stock. Thatguy has a bit more % than my friend but still under 100%. Cloud is grapple tossed and returns crashing down from his climb. My friend misses the punish and attempts another grapple. I'm hit with a dragon shot meant for my friend who then shields late. My friend gets up from ledge as Cloud goes for a limitlessl Cross Slash at ledge which may have gotten a stage spike if timed correctly. That guy avoids a grab and knocks me off stage. Before I can recover, Cloud connects with a dsmash killing my friend. I end up SDing 2 seconds later.
Looking at the post game stats, I had a much better game, but so did Thatguy. I was able to get 8 grabs but could not follow through and get throws.
Final Destination - Mario/Cloud/Corrin/Captain Falcon - 3-0 Thatguy's favor and advances to Grand Finals
My friend wants a FD runback. I should have disagreed with him.
After about 10 seconds of everyone dashing towards the center I realize my friend switched characters! I get stunned by a dragon shot as my friend falls back to the stage and lands a knee on Cloud who seemed to have rushed in to capitalize. My friend gets 2 uairs on Cloud right after getting limit. I miss my own uair and go for an upb as I land which ends up hitting my friend. My friend gets a stage dair on Cloud, but I am a bit far to get an aerial followup. A little over 30 seconds since the start, and I soon SD... My friend lands a bair on Cloud finally killing him at mid 100s. Thatguy gets a rapid jab on me which allows Cloud to followup with a downsmash. Cloud then KOs my friend at early/mid 100s and begins charging. Cloud gets a jab combo and dash attack on both of us as Thatguy begins charging the dragon tooth. I am quickly spear smashed off the side as I get up. A little over 1 minute and a half has elapsed with Thatguy still on his first stock while I'm on my last. I land a raw usmash on a falling Cloud. It could have killed if charged. Cloud wastes a limit as my friend airdodges only to be KOd with a fsmash. I try to keep Thatguy's attention away from my friend so he can hopefully finish off Cloud who is nearly at 150%. I shield right as Thatguy starts an attack. Unfortunately I misread it as it's the side lunge and hits me. Thatguy and Cloud are both at upsmash kill %. However Cloud gets a read and kills me from center stage. My friend quickly gets Cloud down to his last stock as Thatguy still stock tanks all 3 stocks. My friend jumps over Cloud and lands a bair KO on Thatguy. Thatguy returns to the stage as 2 and a half minutes have passed. That guy travels to the right side of the stage and taunts as my friend is launched over him by a 0% Cloud. My friend fsmashes a distracted Thatguy as Cloud get Limit. At 98% on last stock, my friend has a huge task against healthy enemies. My friend avoids getting hit for a good 10 seconds or so and able to get some damage in. Game has just passed 3 minutes. Cloud approaches with a jump, and my friend Falcon Kicks past him into Thatguy. Cloud soon turns around to unleash the final Limit of the game, Cross Slash (glad it wasn't Finishing Touch).
My Wii U has been having issues while I've been rewatching replays so didn't get to check the post game stats for this. Right after this game when I was able to look at the post game stats, I quickly heard 2 sounds indicating 2 people have left the room. When I returned to the character select, Thatguy's cousin and my friend had left. I guess no one wanted to play out the other 2 games...
Post Match Rant
Thatguy's cousin is definately the best player I've come across during the CAG tournament. I'd say his skill is above my friend's now. However after researching a bit, the cousin should probably have played a bit better. Thatguy informed me his cousin is a teenager. Some trivia:
My friend went to Nintendo World in 2006 or 2007 to play in Melee tournaments. He got destroyed by "some little kid with a Captain Falcon sticker on his controller". A year or two later, my friend and my other friend (now sort of a pro gamer) went to a Brawl tournament. My other friend saw some kid he had seen at other events and asked my friend and the kid if they ever played as my other friend recalled the story my friend told about the kid with the Captain Falcon sticker (yes I know... pronouns). My friend realized the kid was the same kid. The kid, who actually was probably around 13 at the time, did not recall as he exclaimed "sorry bro/dude. I don't remember everyone I beat" (paraphrasing a bit). Who's this "kid"? Well he's probably the best Captain Falcon player if not most significant and responsible for a Mega Man inspired reasonable yet overused Smash meme ...
Anyway the match was actually much closer than I had realized! I'd say Thatguy is maybe 1 or 2 "skill brackets" above me and probably closer in skill to my friend than I am to Thatguy. Despite that, I think we could have won the first 2 games if I were just a little better.
I initially hoped this tournament would be for CAGs only (my friend joined CAG before me actually), as I was tempted to ask my other friend to team (likely would not have obiliged and deemed it a waste of time). My friend hasn't really been a part of the competitive scene. Hopefully this loss may convince him to start. He was better than my other friend. SInce they last played in 2009 or so however, my other friend probably spent over 25000 hours playing/watching smash.
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