Kombat Cup Power Rank
NEC is all done and dusted off here. SonicFox claims victory once again, PLG | Tekken Master made top 8, and Hayatei showed us that Ronin is still pretty godlike. The question is…how was Infused | Daze‘s Kombat Cup Power Rank affected by the holidays. With a lot of pro players missing out last week, ranks have shifted one more time.
Winning Konquest and placing Top 8 at NEC have helped GTG | Sylverrye beat TTT | Sacky out of the 10th rank. Because this rank values consistency, a Liu Kang player is likely to have an edge over someone who plays Quan Chi. In any case, Sylverrye’s placings and form are no laughing matter. We expect him to make yet another impressive top 8 soon while the brothers of destruction attempt to close the gap in points.
Noble | Raptor managed to get into semi-finals wit some crispy Hellfire Scorpion play. As Echo mentioned, his Scorpion seems to be improving week by week at an exponential rate. Sadly, he hit a brick wall in GTG | Semiij this time. However, his efforts were not in vain as Raptor demonstrated what a Scorpion player can do when conversions have been mastered, acquiring high damage out of every hit. Raptor also uses lots of risky gimmicks, like a canceled teleport in EX teleport, but we believe he’ll find a way to balance these out and set himself on the right path.
Noble | Tweedy didn’t make top 8 this week, nor he did at NEC. Although his footsies and overall match-up knowledge are pretty good, it’s a fact that players are getting to know Kenshi better. The average competitive player knows about Kenshi’s EX overhead special (DF4) being plus on block and several ways of avoiding and punishing it have become public. Since people respect this move so much, Tweedy has been grabbing instead. Let’s see how far this takes him!
Revet is in a difficult place right now. He didn’t manage to get into top 8 despite his Tanya looking deadly last time. He gets a spot above Tweedy because he did win a Kombat Cup but that is also fading away. Many wonder if anyone other than YungMonster and Sonic Fox can beat Revet on his good day?
YungMonster gets a higher spot than his brother since he defeated him last time they played. He also eliminated Sonic Fox that week and won the cup. This is no reason to slack however. Since it’s so hard to get into the main points now, the two brothers will have to battle each other to get into the finals.
With the recent announcement that PG | Scar is suffering from sever health issues, our thoughts and wishes go to his well being. He got a solid second place at NEC and continues to shift between Smoke and Sonya. Even if his absence from the Kombat Cup may affect his seed placing, we’re sure he’ll be back strong to put a great show. Much love, Scar!
Circa | Destroyer almost had it in the bag but Semiij got away with it. Infused | Daze concludes that Destroyer is similar to Brazil’s 1960’s soccer team: He’s figured out the offence perfectly but struggles when people go on the offence against him. Sadly, this can be attributed to Predator in general since his wake-ups and defensive options are weak. However, Destroyer made a good impression at NEC and we hope to see him get an even higher spot next week.
SonicFox didn’t grace us with his presence last week in the Kombat Cup, which he kind of earned after placing first at NEC. However, since this online league is coming to an end and SonicFox is already qualified, he really will only be playing for seeds now. The question is wether he cares enough to play his best just for seeding.
Noble | Dragon lost again to SonicFox at NEC. It seems he just can’t figure him out. However, he does amazingly well against everybody else. It just seems like his style is too safe against Fox. He doesn’t use any kind of gimmicks or risks much as he ends his strings in the most safest way every time. While this is good, MKX has proven again and again that an hyper-offensive and gimmicky style tends to provide an upperhand.
GTG | Semiij finally took over Sonic Fox in points at the Kombat Cup. If he can keep this up another 3 weeks, he will get the first seed for the up and coming finals. That’s certaingly crazy if you think about how many early cups SonicFox managed to win. However, it’s clear that Sonic did help Semiij get first in points by not showing up.