Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by MarioAngel1
The Friday Revue: CEO 2012!
Welcome back to the Friday Revue! Queso and I were too busy last week getting ready for CEO 2012 for me to prepare anything. Making sure we we didn’t go 0-2 takes top priority over educating the plebeian masses. Get ready to hear about the fantastic experience we had this weekend.
Queso and I attended CEO 2012, the largest fighting game tournament in Florida, this past weekend. It was an all weekend affair that drew some of the best players from around the world to play an assortment of games. There were around 600 players competing to be the best. All fifty states were represented and 8 countries, with Japan bringing in some real killers and America showing all its big guns. Big names were everywhere, in every bracket. You could look anywhere around you and see a top player. You only had to win a game or two and you were guaranteed a match with a top player… or at least that’s what happened in all of my games.
I play my first Street Fighter 4 match and win. It’s a close match but I finish off a Ken player with my Seth and stand around for my match. I’m feeling ok until I find out who I play next: Dieminion. For those who don’t know, Dieminion is one of the best, if not the best, Guile players around. I try to get psyched about it but I know how the match is going to go: there will be sonic booms everywhere and I will probably get hit every time I jump over one toward him. I do my best but I get stomped very, very hard. Everything I do he has some counter to it and I’m so nervous that I keep making dumb mistakes over and over. There seems to be a permanent sonic boom on the screen and I can’t keep up. The fireball war begins, Seth’s sonic booms versus Guile’s, but the original is always best. I stop thinking and boom one time too many, and Dieminion jumps in at me and takes a good third of my life and shoves me in the corner. He wins, we shake hands and I wait for my next less eventful but disappointing loss.
My next game of the day is King of Fighters 13 (KOF XIII). Queso and I only recently started playing and have been putting a lot of work in to get good. I didn’t fool myself into thinking I might make it out of my pool like I did with SF4 but I was just hoping to get some good matches in and have fun. I did much better than expected. I run through my first two matches with no problem. A few fancy tricks here and a few impressive combos there and I am feeling great. Then I have my third match.
Mago is one of the killers from Japan I alluded to. His nickname, “Mago 2d god,” is about as accurate as a nickname could be at describing someone. I’d seen him play a lot of other games, but not KOF, and every game he played he was phenomenal. I was not ready to play someone at his level in KOF. Mago and I sat down, said our pleasantries and started playing. Then the power on several stations cut out; people kept kicking and pulling out the extension cords feeding into several stations. The entire time we waited, Mago never stopped hitting the buttons on his arcade stick. Over and over very loudly he kept hitting them. I tried not to let that affect me and we finally got into the match. Power back, we started. I got manhandled for the next two games by Mago. Later that day Queso and I came up with a name for what happened: I got Mago’d. My lack of experience showed in my inability to block the right direction. I was getting hit again and again with combos that had me waiting forever to finish. We shook hands said some more pleasantries and I get called to Street Fighter X Tekken (SFXT).
I stopped playing SFXT in April but I had registered for it in February and they incessantly called my name from the main stage until my KOF pool organizer realized who they were calling and sent me over. I was ready to just stand by and take a disqualification like I already had for Soul Calibur 5 and Marvel (I wasn’t going to be bothered to wake up that early to make those games). I sit down for my first match and then Mago sits down next to me.
We look at each other and just smile. He puts out his hand and says “Nice to meet you” and we start laughing. I know it’s not going to go well but I go ahead and play. Mago then shows me all the reasons I don’t played the game anymore. I have no chance. He just keeps me locked down in the corner with Ryu and I give up. More pleasantries and I get thrown into another match. Somehow I win. The most recent updates for SFXT are not even on my 360 and I win a match. Then I lose in a match as humiliating as my first. Here’s a video of Mago losing on Sunday, my only consolation for my crushing defeat.
Queso did something the week of CEO 2012 that must always be discouraged. He made a character switch. Queso’s three day DeeJay did not make any waves. That’s really all I can say about him.
CEO 2012 finals on Sunday were incredible. Hundreds of excited people cheering and before every match dozens of people running around asking people if they want to make any bets. I made some money and then lost some money but every game became much more exciting when I had my own money on the line. The main stage was a wrestling ring, and every player had an intro song heralding their entrances like any good wrestler would. For SF4, the main event, instead of a trophy, CEO offered its winner a full size championship belt. Justin Wong played fantastically during the whole weekend and went home with the CEO 2012 belt. You can watch Grand Finals between Justin Wong and Momochi right here, thanks to Team Spooky.
CEO 2012 was an amazing experience but Team RapConQueso could not clinch victory this year. None of us were ready and several had failed to even register before the deadline. 2013 will be ours. Make sure you look for the guys with RCQ in their names. One of them will be holding a championship belt next year. Until next week you can contemplate the message of this video featuring Mister Rogers.