I’ve read online a lot lately that people are really complaining about Mr.SNK being a representative of the US at SBO Tougeki 2011. And how he doesn’t deserve to go.
A lot of people say, “Oh, Mike Ross should’ve gone instead, they should swap him. He’s the better Honda.” But people don’t realize, that’s just an opinion. Sure, even I think he is worse than Mike Ross, but in a team tournament, I believe it is better to have team synergy than to just pick up the best players. It’s about being able to play with your teammate and understanding each other’s abilities. It’s not just easy to pick up anyone.
Mr.SNK did not give a good showing at SBO Qualifiers, but he’s done a lot for the community and he’s done a lot for the game. I believe that if he didn’t go with Latif and drive with him, Latif would have not came to SBO Qualifiers, and would a better team have won? That’s still and will forever be up for debate. But like Latif told me at qualifiers… If you can’t beat him, then that means he has the best team. Latif also told me he didn’t want to drive 8 hours by himself with no teammate three days before qualifiers. I didn’t even think he was going to show up, so he picked up the teammate that believed in him. Congratulations on getting to Japan :).
What people don’t realize is that there were many teams in the tournament, trying to keep away the top players from winning that had no intention of winning. Do I think that’s more of an argument than Mr.SNK? Yes. I do. Why would you purposely enter a tournament that had no prize except a plane ticket, but had no passport, no money to go to japan, or not even having the intention of going to Japan? There’s no rules against it, but then again, it’s what everyone calls, “Gatekeeping”. But in the end, is it really worth the hassle to keep everyone who actually plans on going from going? Is that a nice thing to do or a straight up dick thing to do?
I found it to be retarded that Justin and Valle played me and ClakeyD to keep us from going to Japan, and that’s cool, but in the end, Justin would have just let EG win if they had gotten to them. No, Justin didn’t tell me this (we don’t talk that much fyi), and, of course, this is all speculation… Blatantly obvious speculation. You could have a bad matchup against one person, and that one person who has no intention of going just beats you and laughs. They don’t care. Is that sportsmanship? Isn’t that just being straight dirty? Is that really sending the best team to Japan, that could potentially lose to other teams, but those teams are being wiped out by one team that has no intention of going, just knocking out the competition of their teammates? Probably not.
For example, look at how teams ComboJack/HungBee took out… They had no intentions of going just going. But in the end, justice is served, and the man who had intentions on going and the best man at the tournament, Latif took out everyone ^_^
Let me know in the comments homies :).