Went to my first Tekken tournament yesterday, I was out 2-0 but still had a tonne of fun! Winner’s, loser’s and grand finals were all super exciting, and I got to go to someone’s place for casuals afterwards
First match was against a friend I had beaten easily before. I won one game of the three, and another went to final round but I was really feeling the nerves. I dropped some combos, let him go lows and throws on me too many times and eventually got outplayed. My best moments were comboing off one of Alisa’s unblockables and doing some nice low parries.
Second match was against one of the top players in the country in loser’s bracket, and I got smashed 6 rounds to none :’D. People had been telling me for a while to watch his Nina if I wanted to learn how to play her so I got to experience that firsthand. I think I should have tried committing to ducking and high crush moves more, and really the best thing I can say about that match is that I made some safe getups (and that I now have some ideas for easily tag-buffered Nina combos).
Overall I feel I definitely could have performed better in both matches- the first by being more aggressive and exploiting all the advantages I got, and the second by having more solid defense. For now I can focus on ducking and sidestepping certain non-jailing strings on reaction, and working on my offensive poke and sidestep flow.
It’s a really unique experience playing against players on a completely different skill level- exhilarating and humbling at the same time. I still have some time to work on my game before another tournament next weekend, and no matter who I face there I hope to play more effectively (/^▽^)/!
I’m just trying to get lunch, not have an existential crisis.