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Representin' (Haxan's Off to Round 2 of The Gamestop Street Fighter IV US Tournament) [UPDATED]

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In less than two hours, I'm heading off to Gamestop to compete in the second round of The Street Fighter IV US Tournament.

Last week I accomplished the things that I wanted to with the tournament. I wanted to be able to call myself the best Street Fighter in my hometown. Even more than that I wanted to add another headband to my collection. Everything from here on out is just icing.

After last week I assumed that today I would be taken out in the first match. My opponents last week were far from amazing and were easily defeated. Round 2 is going to bring more hardcore folks; the type of people who keep my online win record down to around 50%. But today, I'm not so sure that's the case. I can say that I'm a better player this week than I was last week. Hell, I'm a better player today than I was when I woke up yesterday morning. My crossovers are deadly. My Ultra attacks come out of nowhere and tend to hit more often than miss. My focus is greater and discipline more sound.

I want to thank the community that has helped me to fight better than I thought possible (and with time, I know I'll be greater still). Thanks to all of my sparring partners this past week. Specifically Togail, Steel Squirrel, blooratard, FreeTouch2000 and Char Aznable. Big thanks also go to the countless members that I have played on HD Remix. To name but a few: Senisan, DanMartigan, Nilcam, C2C Shiro, Stella Wong. All of you (as well as everyone else that I didn't name) have helped me to outdo myself. I've been playing Street Fighter for 20 years and I'm continuing to improve. You're all helping me progress.

I have two more people to thank. First is my older brother, Dan. The Ken to my Ryu. My original Player Two. I've spent more time playing against him than I'll probably play against anybody ever. It's a treat whenever the family should gather and we reignite the rivalry. It doesn't matter how much I've progressed, nor how long it's been since he's played. It takes him only a few matches to shake of the rust and get back to beating my ass.

Finally, to y0j1mb0 (you thought I'd forgotten you, didn't you?). Our matches are epic and fierce. I always look forward to battling you. And this past week has been no exception. Even beyond that, however, I owe you a big thanks. Yesterday I was ready to blow off the tournament. I just had zero confidence in my abilites. I told him that it wasn't a big deal and that I was going to probably lose during my first match anyways. He simply said, "No, you won't." It was so matter of fact and certain, that I immediately believed him. Thanks, jimbo. You're the Doc Louis to my Little Mac.

So, I'm heading into this tournament optimistic. I may not win, but should I lose, I'm damn sure going to take a few of them out with me. Besides, I have to put on a strong showing. I'll be sporting the dtoid colors!



[UPDATE]
Thanks for all the well-wishes everybody! I really appreciate all of the support.

I actually did really well. There were only 10 competitors who showed up. Five of whom went home after the first set of matches. I wasn't one of them. I took out a rather mean Blanka, 3 rounds to 0 (we were playing best of five). Anyone who's played me knows that I was a good sport throughout. I complimented him on his good hits. Told him that it wasn't over yet going into the third round. He put up a good fight, and I told him so in the end. I was glad to see that I wasn't the only good sport there that day. Just one of many.

Of those winners, one person was randomly selected to bye the round. Since it wasn't me, I continued on against a really tough Guile. The first round just wasn't even close. He took me out and still had nearly 40% of his bar. Undeterred, I soldiered on. The second round was a whole lot closer. But I still fell in the end.

Haxan wasn't going out like that. My picks into dragon punch combos earned me the third round in another close battle. A comeback was in the making. The fourth round came down to the end. I was ahead. I just needed to get any hit on him and he was gone. But he panicked. And when fighters panic, one of two things happen. They shut down, or they play unpredictably. He staggered and was like a deer in the headlights, so I threw out a fireball. But he immediately regained composure and jumped over it and in to the kill.

That guy was good. So good, in fact, that he went on to become a finalist one match later. I congratulated him and exchanged PSN handles. Let my heart calm down. And then I was bummed. Not because I didn't win. I'm honestly so not upset about that at all. I was bummed because I still wanted to play some more.

I'm so proud that I made it as far as I did. Proud that nobody made a chump out of me. Proud that I could put on a good show for our community. Though it would have been nice to go forward to the next round (and win another headband, green this time [had I known that was at stake, I would've doubled my efforts!]). I'm honestly so happy that I was able to give this my all and fight well. Maybe it's time to find the next fight; the next tournament. Until then, I'll just be practicing my Dragon Punches at the nearest waterfall. Anybody up for a match?
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About Haxanone of us since 11:13 AM on 10.23.2007


Occasional contributer to Tomopop.com.

Random gaming facts about Haxan

Legitimately beat Mike Tyson and went through Another World Circuit undefeated.

Beat the original Contra without dying. Twice.

Can land the damn plane in Top Gun and can also refuel in midair.

Can't beat Ghost & Goblins without the level select code and has never lied about it.

Thinks Friday the 13th is a great game even if the physics, controls and weapons are garbage.

Mario Paint caused him to buy a Super Nintendo and largely leave his Sega Genesis behind. He has played it more than most video games and wore down the mouse pad so that the grid only shows around the corners.

Has beaten Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers on the SNES on the hardest difficulty without losing a single round. Multiple times.

Is still friends with the girl who worked at a local game store and sold him Street Fighter II nearly 17 years ago.

Beat Final Fantasy 2 in a weekend when he was a kid, yet can't get through a role-playing game these days if his life depended on it.

Has never beaten Final Fantasy VII.

Prefers pads to sticks.

Likes the N64 controller.

Prefers the Duke to the S-controller.

Doesn't think that Super Mario 64 is all that great.

Got an Xbox mostly for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. And thinks it's a damn good game. Really.

Swore he would never buy a Game Boy Advanced SP, but immediately broke down once the NES edition came out. (And regarding the NES Classics series, true in-store dialogue: "Dude, are you serious?! They seriously expect people to pay 20 dollars a piece for games they can just downlo...Ooh! Zelda!")

Really liked the first Halo. (Well, there goes my dtoid cred.)

Can rock out Dynamite Rave in Dance Dance Revolution like it's nobody's business.

Played the hell out of Animal Crossing: Wild World and hid that fact from nobody.

Stomped Brad Nicholson at Street Fighter IV, but had to resort to the cheapest of tactics in order to do so. ;)

Thinks you're really, really, really smart. And pretty.

Top ten favorite games (in no particular order):

•The Legend of Zelda (NES)
•Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
•The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
•Phantom 2040 (SNES)
•Street Fighter II (any version)
•Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
•Final Fantasy 3/6 (SNES)
•Ico (PS2)
•Sin and Punishment (N64)
•Picross (DS)



(NVGR)

I love drawing, though I realize that I'm not very good. I figured early on that drawing my own header art would help my blogs stand out. Thanks to Destructoid, and to the scanner that Carollelogram got me for my birthday last year, I feel like I've developed a unique style that's distinctly my own.

Outside of games I've got a DVD collection that is exploding out of a 5'x6' shelf (over 400 titles). So suffice it to say that I love movies. I'm a huge horror fan and I host an annual Dusk Till Dawn Horror Movie Marathon nearly every October. My top ten favorite films in order are as follows:

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cativo, 1966)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954)
4. The City of Lost Children (La Citι des enfants perdus, 1995)
5. The Apartment (1960)
6. Strings (2004)
7. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Music-wise, my top 3 bands are The Pixies, The Velvet Underground and Radiohead. I listen to damn near every genre of music (except modern country. I yearn for the days of Hank Williams, Sr. and Tammy Wynette). Hit random on my mp3 player and you'll get everything from darkwave to hip hop to 80's synthpop. I karaoke pretty regularly. I can't sing, but I surround myself with people who can. Still, you've not experienced all there is in life until you've seen me proper butcher True by Spandau Ballet.

Then, as for the literary interests, my love lies with pulp detective novels of the thirties and forties. Raymond Chandler is simply the greatest ever. And Dashiell Hammett is just fantastic. Lately, I've been reading through Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles at Carollelogram's recommendation. Two books in and I have to say they're astonishing.

If you do the Twitter thing, Haxan1 is my handle should you want to follow me.

Feel free to friend me to your console of choice should you ever want to play a game of Street Fighter. Just be sure to let me know that you're from Destructoid and you'll get the royal treatment.



Blogs I writed:


Reviews
•Virtual Console Review- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
•Review- Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Front Page
•Other Worlds Than These: The citizens of the land of Termina
•Community spotlight: Haxan goes above and beyond for the community

Monthly Musings
•Instant Replay: Street Fighter II
•The Start of the Affair: Solomon's Key

Editorials and assorted articles
•Does the Wii have RROD-type issues of its own?
•Okay, Nintendo. I guess that we can be friends again.
•Niero, do you have any idea what in the lobster milkshake you have done?! (dtoid 3rd anniversary post)
•10 things you might not have known about Haxan (but really only 8)
•Why Destructoid is awesome: Nilcam is the greatest edition (I honestly can't give Nilcam enough props for this.)
•Christmas shopping: Non-gaming, priest dad-style
•Bad Dye Job: A Darius Pickman Story
•"Congraturation" RetroforceGO!
•Nintendon't what?! Now you tell me just what the %#@$ Nintendon't do!

Neat stuff I played a bit part in
•The Destructoid children's alphabet book

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PSN ID:Haxan
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