Road to Evo Diary Part 3 – Four Days to go, What do you do?

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Evo starts in four days. FOUR DAYS. I am nervous. I am anxious. I…am not where I want to be. I’m not going to lie, I’m not as ready as I’d like to be. I went through a 12 day straight 120 hour work gauntlet, and had a bunch of social obligations I had to keep. I haven’t been able to keep my own practice regimen commitment. I feel bad. You know what though? A set back is a set up for a come back. So what am I going to do?

I have been told by many people that your first Evo doesn’t usually go too well. One advantage we have in the fighting game community is that unlike in regular sports, you don’t have to go through a “season” of games to qualify for the “playoffs” so to speak. Anyone can sign up and make the trek to Las Vegas for Evo. You get to play in the World Series, with the only qualifying factor is your willingness to put your skills to the test against the world’s best. It’s a good amount of pressure, and it’s a good way of seeing where you truly stand in the fighting game community.

So what am I going to do? Go in and do my best, that’s what. I know that I am not as ready as I should be, but that doesn’t mean I’m going in there with the idea that I’m going to lose. I’m going in with the idea that I’m going to take it all. If you go in with any other attitude, you probably won’t get far. I’m sure you’ve heard this type of stuff before though. The difference is that I know that I will do well. How I decide to rate and how I gauge it is up to me. I will have a fantastic experience, and I will compete with my best effort. I know exactly where I’m lacking. Mostly execution, and punishes, and that is through all three games. It’s things I could have improved with practice. It’s OK though. Adon, Captain America, Chris, Dormammu, and The Joker will bring it for me at Evo 2013.

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