Overall I’d say Manila Cup 2016 is a VAST improvement over its predecessor. The only thing that I can complain about would be the “lesser game coverage”.
Last year we got 6 games: Ultra Street Fighter IV, Guilty Gear Xrd -sign-, Blazblue Chrono Phantasma, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Super Smash Brothers 4. Manila Cup 2016 had 5: all the same games (well, their updates at least) minus Smash 4. Kinda a bummer the Smash community got the shaft for Manila Cup 2016. So I hope they alleviate that issue for next year’s Manila Cup.
Before I end, there’s one more thing I’d like to talk about, and that’s the competence of the local FGC versus international players.
Save for some spectacular performances by local members such as PBE|Don (getting into Top 8) and Striderben (sent Evo finalist Eita into losers and almost won their runback match), most of our players got defeated, decisively, by the international players. So I asked both Gootecks and Mike Ross (who yay, remembered me asking about it considering they talked about it during the day 2 commentary) about how the community can improve to get on level with players such a Justin Wong.
Both of them gave a similar reply:
Gootecks said that players should really diligent in studying your opponent. What he meant was this – we know that Justin Wong is coming to Manila a month prior to the event. So for that one month we should be preparing: watching Justin’s past matches, learning his tendencies and weaknesses, learning which characters he tends to be weak against, practicing the Karin match-up. Basically it comes down to learning, and beating your opponent before you even get to fight him.
As for Mike said, I’ll summarize what he said was twofold. First to grind really hard. I.e. he gave Justin as an example: people think that he doesn’t train as much, but he allots x amount of time each day to just practice playing SFV. His other tip was to not be intimidated by your opponents. Treat every opponent the same and don’t be intimidated no matter who your opponent is.
Hopefully we in the Philippine FGC take Manila Cup 2016 to heart, hopefully next year it won’t just be 2,3, or 4 outstanding players who make an impact on the international players. Hopefully next year, it will be the vast majority of the Philippine FGC that will surprise these individuals.