Published on 08-17-2010 06:13 PM
Tournament finals, Axl v. Slayer. It's just a regional, but both players are bringing their A-Game, and everyone in the room is hype. It's down to the wire, the last round of the last match. Both players are about halfway down their HP bar, and a single combo can decide the outcome. Axl gets a lucky knockdown, and throws down a 2H to oki Slayer at the last second. But the Slayer's seen this before. He pulls out a perfectly timed reversal super. It's going to be a counterhit, and the combo after will end the game.
But right before the superflash, there's a smaller, familiar blue flash. Axl has FRC'd the 2H, and blocks the super. The Slayer yells “You bastard!” as he takes a big anti-air combo and loses the match. What happened there? A psychic reversal gets beat by an even more psychic bait? Nope. What happened there wasn't a coincidence, and it wasn't anyone being psychic. It was operant conditioning in action, and it's an important part of higher-level mindgames.