Reader - eric:
keno proved himself to be am excellent rog in the team tournament and singes but i'd like to hear your opinion on the match. what gave you a hard time and what limitations does ryu have when it comes to boxer/what other matchups do you feel ryu is at a large disadvantage. or do you just think you could have played that match better?
i hope you don't mind the questioning but i want to be more than the typical reader who post messages like "awesome shit @ wcw... you rule".
also who impressed you at wcw? i'd like to get the opinion of a competitor and not just of those in a stream. was there anyone whose matchup knowledge or just experience inspired you (at wcw or from a tournament before you started competing.) /picking miky's brain
Keno was really strong. Air (I'll address him as Kenny) was telling me before the match that he was really strong. As strong as a Japanese Balrog player. I was more excited in playing him than before after hearing that. I had always wanted to play against Keno after watching him fight John Choi at Evo 2010. His spacing was great in the corner, his decision making was strong, and he respected me. When I was fighting Keno, I was determined to test my footsies against his Balrog. I kept up! At least I thought I did. I wanted to challenge his footsies and his fundamentals. It was really nice! I don't feel Ryu has major disadvantages. He is a solid character that has many tools to fight against the whole cast.
Against Balrog it depends on how you play it. Both characters are solid and if put in both equally skilled players I believe its a 5:5 match-up. The level of knowledge and skill against the other player is what determines how skewed this match-up is.
Keno impressed me the most at WCW. I also am inspired by PR Rog, John Choi, Mike Ross, and Jeff Schaeffer.
PR Rog - He inspired me to double tap. If someone coming from PR gets that good and executes that well then I can too!
John Choi - He really helped me realize fundamentals are very important. For someone who doesn't play as often as others he can kill a player who has weak fundamentals and spacing.
Mike Ross - He was the first player outside of Fresno that played my terrible Ryu back in Vanilla. I remember telling him, "I want to fight you and Gootecks someday in a tournament." He said, "You will someday. :)"
Jeff Schaeffer - If you ever get to watch his youtube videos, that guy is awesome. He inspired me to compete no matter who I'm up against. I did it before watching his videos, but it's nice to know that I was on the right track ahead of time.