**Chatlog has been slightly edited for grammar.
Huey253: "Okay I'm starting now."
Huey253: "For the people entered in GG or P4 (offical evo games), what did you do to prepare for your pools (if you did)?"
Kid Viper: "Would you like to start with someone first? lol"
Kid Viper: "Like direct it to someone."
Huey253: "Let's start with you."
Kid Viper: "Oh, ok. haha"
Huey253: "Please feel free to comment on responses as well (everybody else)."
Kid Viper: "So as soon as beta pools started showing up. Of course, the first thing I think is, "Oh hey look it's Ogawa. Who would have guessed with my bracket rng lol?", but then I saw the rest of the bracket and its like “Wow, there's Shine and Alex Smith and others.” I thought, “Wow this pool is pretty rough” but obviously I need to focus on Ogawa so I asked Julian (Beautiful Dude) to play with me a lot. We actually would play for hours until like 4 or 5 so like 6 hours on end lol. I felt somewhat comfortable but Ogawa was another level "
Huey253: "Ogawa ended up becoming the EVO champion, so it's not a bad person to have send you to losers. Did it feel close?"
Kid Viper: "Not even lol. The match was on stream but I never want to go back and look at it. I actually never got to play and as soon as ogawa misplaced something he already had a counter waiting. He was the only player I fought in bracket where I completely felt helpless."
Kid Viper: "Ayyyyyeeee."
Nakkiel: "Gotta keep it easy."
Huey253: "What about you Bananaken?"
Bananaken: "Before anything else, we (usually me, Bace, Colpevole, mixedmethods, among others) looked at the list of JP players going to EVO and got all the online footage available for each of them. If there was anything noteworthy from the footage we would write it down. From there I worked on matchups starting from where I felt the weakest."
Kid Viper: "Wow, that's a strong unity there."
Bananaken: "Looking at pools one of the first threats was Pet, an Adachi player. Unfortunately Adachi was one of the biggest holes I had in terms of matchup experience, there just weren't enough Adachi players to prepare adequately. Because of this, Pet sent me to losers "
Huey253: "Who ended up eliminating you?"
Kid Viper: "It's really hard to go into tournaments knowing what to expect but not being able to prepare adequately enough huh?"
Bananaken: "Aguro, the Narukami player."
Dsmoove12: "Aguro was like....super gdlk hahaha."
Kid Viper: "He was so crazy haha."
Bananaken: "Yes, he's very strong, he's cool though."
Bananaken: "According to him his favorite animal is a baby duck."
Huey253: "Hahaha "baby"."
Huey253: "I feel like that's cheating."
Huey253: "What about you Dsmoo.... Bobby? I saw a clip on youtube of you saying Bananaken was free."
Huey253: "Did you ever end up fighting him?"
Dsmoove12: "Hey to be fair I said I was kidding after!"
Dsmoove12: "Yeah he ended up knocking me out of the tournament ;_;"
Huey253: "Did you prep for your pool at all?"
Kid Viper: "He was too busy prepping the gorilla suit lol."
Huey253: "GORILLA! Japan was entertained lol."
Nakkiel: "It was worth it."
Bananaken: "Gorilla dsmoove vs Frieza cosplayer."
Kid Viper: "Did that actually happen? Haha."
Huey253: "That happened!?"
Dsmoove12: "Yeah, when prelim pools were announced I saw that BLEED and Rsquared were in my pool and if I could get out I would have a pretty good chance making top 16. I studied Bleed really hard but ended up losing still. In GG, no prep just went wild (went surprisingly well)."
Dsmoove12: "And I did not see the frieza sadly hahaha."
Bananaken: "No, but it should have."
Huey253: "You could've stopped Frieza's revenge!"
Kid Viper: "I didn't know BLEED plays. What character dies he use?"
Kid Viper: "Does*"
Bananaken: "I even took a picture with Frieza <https:twitter.com/BananaKen/status/622506909686366208>"
Dsmoove12: "He played Margaret."
Bananaken: "(sorry if this is off topic)"
Dsmoove12: "People were saying he was the weakest of the Jps, but I highly disagree haha."
Dsmoove12: "I must meet that cosplayer in the future hahaha."
Nakkiel: "Who do you think was the weakest, then?"
Bananaken: "Of the JP players?"
Bananaken: "JP P4AU*"
Kid Viper: "I only knew BLEED as a GG player so I honestly would have thought he would be the weakest."
Huey253: "Eh, I knocked some JP Minazuki players out of the tournament, but I think they were focused on other games (I hope)."
Bananaken: "That's hard to call, honestly. I played a lot of them but they all felt at least knowledgeable."
Dsmoove12: "I think Ui/Moja were weakest. They were pretty good but didn't feel a "WOW" when I saw them play."
Bananaken: "Uinyan the Rise player probably would have had a pretty rough time against me and Bace though, we have two strong Rise players that we play with constantly."
Bananaken: "And yeah, same."
Dsmoove12: "Strangely though he was one place away from top 8."
Bananaken: "Yeah, I got 13th so I can't really say anything hahaha."
Dsmoove12: "Maybe he powered up in tournament haha."
Kid Viper: "Momentum is a powerful thing."
Huey253: "SKD, what was your toughest or closest match of the weekend (any tournament)?"
Bananaken: "Pad vs Thumb matchup is 10-0."
Nakkiel: "Obviously not anything regarding the qualifier!"
Kid Viper: "So ez."
Dsmoove12: "BackPack Boyzzz."
Huey253: "I don't know if (SKD) entered anything outside of BB singles and teams."
SKD: "Hmm, well, it would be pretty obvious but I think Dogura in the second set, but I think it was difficult for a lot of personal reasons?"
SKD: "Yeah, just BB singles and teams for me."
SKD: "I think I also had a similar issue against Koji Kog."
SKD: "Going into my match against him, I kind of figured "Oh, I'll probably just win" and before I knew it, it was last round."
Huey253: "Personal? As in playstyle conflicts or mentality?"
Kid Viper: "Personal reasons? Was it something like overthinking or comfort? "
SKD: "Mentality in matches, I think."
Kid Viper: "Ah."
Huey253: "That's a dangerous thing to do, especially if you are stronger than your opponents."
Huey253: "But I'm glad it worked out! USA USA!"
SKD: "Well, I'm kind of comparing it to how I felt back at NEC."
SKD: "When I had to play Dora, I didn't know if I could do it, and I think it helped me play better."
Bananaken: "I feel like that mentality was creeping up on me in grand finals at CEO."
SKD: "In the second set, I started taking liberties that I felt like I had."
Bananaken: "I snapped out of it after the reset vs Souji though."
SKD: "Dogura in winners, I started out very nervous but I picked it up quickly."
Bananaken: "I wish it didn't take a reset. "
Kid Viper: "So was it complacency in grand finals at first?"
SKD: "Then by the time I beat him, I already felt like I had won, almost. Pretty dangerous! "
Kid Viper: "In a sense? "
Bananaken: "For me, yea."
SKD: "Yeah, honestly I spent the first set really thinking about how to specifically target him in the second set."
SKD: "And change it up, I had the chance to get a lot of information."
SKD: "But kind of, again but the other way."
SKD: "Before I knew it, I was on tournament point."
SKD: "I don't really think it's good at all to feel like that."
Huey253: "Did you feel any sort of mental tax during the grand finals set? Playing important games in a row can be stressful. :| "
SKD: "So I'm kind if disappointed in myself for playing like that in a way, despite the result."
SKD: "Actually, it was kind of relaxing! I was mainly worried about the 3v3 and wanted to make sure I was warmed up and focused before it."
SKD: "So when I played him and made those mentality mistakes, it was nice because I got a chance to really check myself before the 3v3."
Kid Viper: "Not like to needed it for the 3v3 in the end though lol."
Kid Viper: "You*"
SKD: "Kind of a strange way to look at it, definitely don't want to be overconfident..."
Huey253: "What about you Nakkiel? What was the toughest/closest match you played EVO weekend?"
Dsmoove12: "Overconfidence......can be very fatal."
Bananaken: "Go ahead."
Nakkiel: "My toughest match was probably in my GG pool, there was a JP Bedman player and he was solid on top of me not knowing the matchup well enough. He was my match in Winner's Finals of the pool and after I lost and finished out in loser's side I decided to just DQ myself so I could focus on BB."
Nakkiel: "He 2-0'd me for context, lol."
Dsmoove12: "EVERYONE SLEEPIN' ON BEDMAN!"
Nakkiel: "I was also kinda sad I couldn't close it out vs Blacksnake in the team tournament. We were both down to last hits, but I could have kept it from getting to that point. I want to do better in GG but it's on the back burner until we're back from Arc Revo, at the very least."
Huey253: "What's this I hear about you not choosing team order? Is it related?"
Huey253: "Seemed like a light hearted joke?"
Nakkiel: "Haha, not particularly. LK really wanted to fight Shingo, the Bullet player first but we both lost due to a lot of personal errors, in my opinion."
Nakkiel: "For the qualifier, Lich, SKD, and I mostly agreed on the team order as 3 people rather than one person deciding."
Huey253: "Ahh last year Arc Revo. Are there any things you feel seperate you as a player from last year's Arc Revo?"
Nakkiel: "Mostly experience, I guess? I've fought a larger portion of the cast and I've also been exposed to a really high pressure single elim, 1 match format a couple times now."
Huey253: "Sweet! Good luck out there! (you too SKD)"
Huey253: "Dsmoove12, how do you balance playing multiple games and being competitive in most of them?"
Dsmoove12: "Before I answer."
Huey253: "From memory, you played BB, GG, P4, and Uniel?"
Dsmoove12: "What did YOU do to prepare for evo weekend?"
Bananaken: "He put you on the spot, Huey."
Kid Viper: "I also wanted to hear this."
Dsmoove12: "I always saw on Twitter you holding offline training sessions."
Dsmoove12: "I'm like... man Huey must be grinding super hard."
Kid Viper: "And wanted to know his personal experience in terms of the tournaments he entered."
Huey253: "When BBCPExtend came out on console, I spent about 3 weeks researching combos so I could find the right ones to do in tournament matches."
Huey253: "It's really hard to pull off super optimal combos in a 1 game format!"
Huey253: "After that, I had people come over two to three times a week and I would just play while taking mental notes."
Huey253: "That's pretty much it, I had some other personal things going on but I did the best I could."
Dsmoove12: "2-3 times a week is still alot haha."
Kid Viper: "Much more than me haha."
Nakkiel: "My prep for EVO and for Arc Revo has been really sporadic. Hard to get people to come over lately!"
Huey253: "For Persona, I didn't expect much out of it, so I didn't practice."
Huey253: "I had the easiest pool by far, and I was expected to get out in winners."
Huey253: "I ended up getting to the last round last match and I pulled a Momochi."
Huey253: "So I lost"
Huey253: "to a ken play"
SKD: "Hmm, from 1.1 I understood a lot of things about my character and important ideas that I needed to flesh out, so I ended up exploring them in Extend. I started about a month before the tournament, but it was more of me thinking about the game than playing."
Bananaken: "Honestly, even though we only played once I think you could be our best aigis player."
Bananaken: "You just had to keep playing."
SKD: "I usually don't get to play at our locals so thought exercise was my big way of practicing."
Huey253: "Hahaha I'm so weak though. I have ideas but I think the character is incompatiable with me"
Huey253: "I switched back to Junpei."
Bananaken: " "
Huey253: "My Junpei hero has inspired me! NinjaElephant!"
Dsmoove12: "Well...you could channel NinjaElephant."
Huey253: "Did you guys see him play?!?!?"
Kid Viper: "Even though I grinded a lot with Julian outside of that I didn't really spend as much time as I imagined practicing".
Huey253: "He defeated the strongest US Narukami (Grover)."
SKD: "No, but I did think it was great that he beat him lmao."
Dsmoove12: "That upset was......insane."
Dsmoove12: "I thought it would be impossible for Grover to lose."
Kid Viper: "I didn't see that but it sounds crazy. Was it on stream by chance?"
Huey253: "Yeah, and he's the smallest 16 year old i've ever seen. He's going to destroy us all in 3 years."
Huey253: "No, it was off stream. "
Huey253: "For BB, I felt like I could beat anybody in one game format, but I wanted to avoid playing."
Dsmoove12: "He also saved me in P4 pools hahaha."
Huey253: "I was the predetermined anchor."
SKD: "Not to take away from it, but a lot of it was Grover "losing"."
Huey253: "So I wanted to avoid the stress of having one life."
SKD: "Oh? Our team order was pretty flexible."
Huey253: "Yeah, it's a good strategy normally, but I don't think my teammates felt as confident switching around."
SKD: "Usually we'd talk about me being anchor, and that's how it panned out."
Nakkiel: "Yeah, I agree. The only thing I wanted to avoid was playing anchor. I always have before in team tournaments so I can handle the pressure but I feel like v-13 is fairly unreliable as a final character."
Huey253: "I ended up playing 5 games in a row with one life, which made me lose a couple years of my life."
SKD: "But initially I thought we'd send Lich first, but Nakkiel first made a bit more sense to us on the spot."
Dsmoove12: "Hahahaha sorry about that."
Kid Viper: "I actually talked to Derek and you about the flexibility of your team. It's actually insane."
Huey253: "It was a friendly reminder that mental endurance is important. I've forgotten about it."
Kid Viper: "A lot of people don't realize how much mental fatigue happens in tournaments."
Dsmoove12: "Day 1, I felt really good and overconfidence carried into day 2."
Dsmoove12: "Which ended up in ultimate despair."
Huey253: "In the past, I've usually gotten first or third place at tournaments, so getting second was actually odd (also a first iirc?)."
SKD: "Haha, it may seem a bit rude but going into Evo, I was much less confident than when I actually was there and playing."
Huey253: "No, no. I completely understand."
Huey253: "I mean, your play showed it."
Kid Viper: "I think that's probably how most people would go into it."
SKD: "My play in the 3v3 that never happened."
Kid Viper: "There's so much you don't know until you get there."
SKD: "I was a bit excited to go in, honestly, but better safe than sorry."
SKD: "Coming off the match with Dogura, I don't think I could have been in a better place."
Huey253: "One game vs Valkenhayn is scary."
SKD: "I felt confident against Jona for a few reasons, but the character is very scary."
Huey253: "Yeah... I understand."
SKD: "Ds I think was the most unpredictable haha."
Nakkiel: "Yeah, I was most worried about you (Huey) and Bobby in the 3v3. In really long sets, Jona could go close to even with me but the first 6~ games or so I would always win."
SKD: "I felt like I understood how he grasped neutral and stuff, so I wasn't scared, but he didn't have any GLARING weakness."
Huey253: "To everybody: Do you think you have a player matchup advantage or weakness ? Like someone who gives you a lot or little trouble?"
Huey253: "Bobby is really strong!"
Huey253: "I think he was a bit nervous at the time hahaha."
Huey253: "Azreal almost ended us"
Dsmoove12: "Yeaaaahh....pressure was insane haha."
SKD: "Yeah watching that was surreal."
Huey253: "It was odd, I didn't expect it at all."
Nakkiel: "I had made a bet with Lich that I would give him $100 if your team lost to Danke's team, since I was so confident you would win. I kept saying, "I can't believe this is happening." when Sunfish was beating Jona and Bobby, haha."
Dsmoove12: "I thought it was team randoms + Danke but Plectrum (Sunfish) was there."
Huey253: "Speaking of which: How does everybody overcome nerves in a high pressure situation?"
Dsmoove12: "Delta told me after that he had been hunting me for what happened at Blue Arc Revo."
Huey253: "I know the answer for you Bobby :P "
Huey253: "Jk jk."
Dsmoove12: "And for nerves.....sounds silly but I scream hahaha."
Dsmoove12: "No you were prob right lmao."
Nakkiel: "I've taken to just focusing as hard as I can if I feel nervous... it's why I looked kind of angry while I was playing the matches during the team tournament. It helps to just block everything out."
Huey253: "THATS WHY YOU SCREAM??? I thought you were just being silly."
Dsmoove12: "It actually helps relieve pressure also haha."
Dsmoove12: "Reminds me that instead of being nervous I should be having fun."
Nakkiel: "Didn't you go to college?!"
Huey253: "Where are the auto correct gods?"
Kid Viper: "Before GG specifically I feel like my big flaw was against wild players. During the downtime between Evo last year and GG's release I actually started hanging out with Hamad (the SF4 player) a bunch so I would play SF4 with him so much. He actually taught me a lot about myself as a player and what I needed to do to improve. So going into GG I feel like my whole mentality got stronger as well as my overall play. The more I kept playing GG the more I felt I understood the players I fought against frequently more themselves."
Bananaken: "I think I don't particularly have a player disadvantage, but since I don't go to tournaments as often lately, I think I've gotten worse in terms of how I adjust in short sets."
Huey253: "I'm a CS major homie."
SKD: "I think I'm great under pressure."
SKD: "But I never realized I was."
SKD: "Until I was in tournament situations often."
Bananaken: "I know some people will do really bad against me because it's me, it's kind of unfortunate that it happens but I can't exactly complain."
SKD: "Yeah, one of my thoughts going into Arc Revo."
Huey253: "Personally, I have a really difficult time beating Spark and to a lesser extent Kid Viper. I don't think I can defeat them unless i'm at 100% strength."
SKD: "Is that I'm not practiced enough as far as my critical thinking within short sets."
Bananaken: "In high pressure situations if I prepared properly I have no problems executing my gameplan regardless of pressure."
Huey253: "I think I'm really strong versus wild players."
Bananaken: "If you practice enough that doesn't betray you (at least in my case)."
Huey253: "That would be my good matchups I guess."
Bananaken: "If I need to calm down then I find listening to hype ass music beforehand helps."
Kid Viper: "For dealing with nerves it kind of stems back to SBO for CT. When I got there I said to myself, "You're already here so you may as well play your best and without worries.". So I constantly remind myself when I go to tournaments of that fact. I also have a pre-match ritual where I sit on my legs and adjust my volumes on headsets (if they have it) as well as hit the buttons to specific rhythm haha."
Huey253: "2 x SBO Qualifier!!!"
Bananaken: "Or in between matches just slow and deep breaths."
Huey253: "I always wanted to go to SBO. "
SKD: "Maybe I'm not thinking about the situation enough haha."
SKD: "I like to just get it going."
Kid Viper: "SBO was hype but I feel like Arc Revo really carries the torch of the SBO feel."
Kid Viper: "I get a huge sense of nostalgia watching Arc Revo, honestly."
Bananaken: "Yeah I agree, Arc Revo feels that way."
Bananaken: "Including the format, for better or worse."
Kid Viper: "I love team formats, honestly. lol"
Huey253: "The matches end up super hype."
Kid Viper: "It kind of feels like..."
Huey253: "The only real exception I can say to single game being more hype is BBCP EVO GF."
Huey253: "That was amazing."
Kid Viper: "Oh my God haha."
Huey253: "I'm so grateful to have watched it in person."
Kid Viper: "I rewatch that set many times and still freak out and some of the stuff that happened."
Huey253: "I might be slightly biased (I love Blazblue) but that was the best tournament GFs i've ever seen."
Huey253: "In any game."
Kid Viper: "Like "Holy shit that confirm was crazy. How was he ready for this situation? Oh my God how did he do this!""
Dsmoove12: ""OMG WHY DID HE LET GO OF BLOCK?!""
Kid Viper: "I think i would agree to be honest Huey. I still have yet to see a finals better than that."
Dsmoove12: "when Galileo reset him into OD super."
Huey253: "What games are you focusing on in the next year? Assuming Revelator is out but BB and P4 are not."
Huey253: "Let's start with Bananaken."
Bananaken: "Probably SFV first, then Revelator once that comes out."
Huey253: "Mmmm It's probably safe to assume most/all of you will be doing that. Are there any exceptions to this?"
Bananaken: "Jack-O seems like an interesting character design so I really wanna try her. I might play BB/GG in the meantime but I haven't decided."
Nakkiel: "I'll probably still be focusing on BlazBlue, to be honest."
Dsmoove12: "I'll continue to focus on BB also."
Dsmoove12: "After EVO I got motivated to play again and to become a better player."
Kid Viper: "I have actually been playing BB a lot more lately. I wanted to catch up again but the level of play among the top players has increased so much. I feel so left behind lol. "
Kid Viper: "I do plan on playing SFV and GG though but I'm not sure if I'll be sticking to Elphelt by that time."
Dsmoove12: "She got that hot new outfit doe."
Dsmoove12: "Dont tell me you dont like it?!"
Kid Viper: "Dude I love that look. After Evo though I've been character hopping starting with Ky to better understand my loss to Rion. It seriously still haunts me even now. Today I started playing Ram (my original pick before elphelt got announced) and she's a lot of fun! "
Huey253: "How would you suggest new/intermediate/strong players to discuss character matchups? I know this is a hot topic lately and your inputs could really help out everybody!"
Kid Viper: "After Evo it really struck me how influential the lack of experience plays in GG so that's my main goal for character hopping. I feel by understanding the character by playing them it will only help me for my main."
Huey253: "Like suggestions or guidelines (i.e. be objective as much as possible)."
Kid Viper: "So, the first thing I would say is to disregard discussion for the most part. "
Huey253: "I use that technique too! Especially for the hardest of matchups."
Kid Viper: "I don't feel like the at the moment many people are able to fully understand their character enough to be able to discuss much haha."
Huey253: "How do you think people should communicate with others to learn? Or...."
Kid Viper: "A lot of matchup discussion has to first come from within your own objective critique of your play and how things went bad first."
Kid Viper: "If you can understand that then it will narrow down errors to the point where you can start objectively pointing out matchup specifics."
Bananaken: "I think for beginners specially, the easiest thing is to just discuss situations you encounter and give you trouble one at a time."
Kid Viper: "^^"
Kid Viper: "I guess my advice is more towards intermediate play trying to make the jump to strong /advanced play? "
Bananaken: "Some things might not be matchup specific, but the overall intent is to improve through the discussion anyway. Like if you're Ryu and a character jumps at you a lot and you ask how to deal with it, someone would tell you, "Do a DP"."
Bananaken: "It's an obvious example of course, but being able to break things down and narrow it to specific situations helps a lot in getting an overall picture of how a matchup works."
Kid Viper: "(Haha I guess I'm more of a loner when it comes to improvement! Sorry if I'm kind of useless on this question.) "
Nakkiel: "I think something I see a lot when discussion happens is weaker players have trouble finding the next step, or expect an answer to work every single time no matter what."
Kid Viper: "Ah yeah that's a huge deal."
SKD: "Yeah, I'm also very situated around improving on my own so I think I have a hard time really putting myself in beginners shoes."
SKD: "It's a bit difficult to convey what I'm thinking too, but that's my fault haha."
Kid Viper: "I think players also should be able to start out initially on one problem but constantly expand that problem."
SKD: "I think discussion at high level about character matchups is really easy actually!"
SKD: "Because we're all on general consensus for the most part."
Kid Viper: "As in, "Is there anything they can do to stop this answer?”. “Is there some way for me to stop this answer of his?" and so on."
Huey253: "Is there any advice or shoutouts that you guys wanna do?"
Dsmoove12: "RESPECT YOUR OPPONENT."
Bananaken: "Shoutouts to all the roleplayers in the Junes lobby!"
Dsmoove12: "Shoutouts to Banhordan!"
SKD: "I want to give Brian Tom a shoutout!"
Kid Viper: "Shoutouts to ShakeLord Steve for making it possible for me to travel to all these events over the past year. Also everyone in Houston as well as our newest Arcsys player Hamad! "
Nakkiel: "Stay easy!"
Dsmoove12: "Hope to see everyone at CEOtaku!"
Kid Viper: "Everyone should try to make it to that tournament! I'm trying my hardest to make it but we'll see how work ends out! ;;"
Huey253: "My shoutout is for everybody that has or is using Dustloop. Thank you for your patience and please continuing supporting it."
Huey253: "Thanks for joining everybody."
Huey253: "i really appreciate you spending time to have this type of discussion."
Kid Viper: "I'm sorry I talked too much."
Bananaken: "yeah, no problem!"
Huey253: "I think it could create some sparks for players or even future discussions."
Dsmoove12: "No problem mayne thanks for putting it on."
Huey253: "So I really really appreciate it."
Bananaken: "Start some fires, even?"
Huey253: " :P "
Huey253: "I'm just trying to help the community grow."
Huey253: "Forgive me, onegai."
Huey253: "See ya!"