Live by the sword, die by the no-sword
Here’s a tale of a flex gone horribly wrong. At this weekend’s VSFighting tournament in England, Joshua “Rycroft” Podesta had Yota “Pekos” Kachi on the ropes in Samurai Shodown. After absorbing a super, Pekos was left with just a sliver of health. The fat lady was seconds away from singing.
But, then, a miraculous combination of ill-advised arrogance and opportunistic punishment! Rycroft dropped his sword to finish off Pekos with an unarmed attack. (Samurai Shodown has a mechanic where you can knock the weapon out of another player’s hand, but weapons can also be voluntarily dropped.) Things didn’t go to plan.
Rycroft ate crow about as spectacularly as you can in a fighting game. Was it a substantial defeat? Yes! Pekos went on to sweep the best-of-three series, eliminating Rycroft from the tournament for a fifth place finish. If only he didn’t effectively give a victory away. With Evo less than two weeks away, let this serve as a gentle reminder to never show any mercy nor hotdoggery.