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February 14th, 2018

Valentine’s Day. Normally, I’d be all about the festivities and hanging out with everyone, but tonight Mike and I sat down and did some hardcore training around the bracket matches. I didn’t take a moment to check out the new stream setup, or listen to Clario commentate. I was solely focused on training. It was really cool for me, but I felt like I did a lackluster job capturing the feeling of the night.

Boat and Navi put together some really great prizes and events. Boat made some amazing Valentine’s Day cards and I just kind of ignored it all to work on my improvement. I felt bad so I wanted to make sure I took the time to thank Boat and Navi for organizing all the festivities and putting in so much effort.

Back to training. Mike provided me with a couple different websites I was unaware of. I’ll the links below. They seem really useful. I’m going to do a full review of them later. Mike and I worked combos, teching, MU goals, and did a bunch of friendlies then talked about matches. I feel like I have a much better understanding of both Dedede and Ganon now. A huge thank you to Mike for taking the time to work with me.

On the night, I went 0-2, 0-2 but I felt like I had some good games in there…despite the numbers. First up was JustGoodPop. Yep, we’ve fought for the last four tournaments and I think I finally have a decent understanding of Corrin. I got close in one of the games, so now I need to review all of our matches and set up some study time for myself.

Next up was Boat. Boat and I did some friendlies earlier so going into the match, we had a great game 1. Toon Link vs. Lucina…but then that dastardly Boat switched it up on me and went MewTwo. She even said, I figured you wouldn’t know that matchup and game one was too close. Ouch. That was like a dagger in the back. She took me down easily and I was out of the tournament.

This just goes to prove how important matchup knowledge is, how important being comfortable in a matchup is, and how matchup experience can make you a better player. The trouble I have is and always will be time. It’s so hard to find time to put into research, training, practice, friendlies, tournaments, etc. There is so much and I’m just barely scratching the surface.

Well, lots to work on before the next tournament. Good thing to note was that I felt my confidence going back up. Hopefully that trend will continue.

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I’m also setting up an official Twitter at Beyond Beta Podcast…bear with me as I set it all up and get it linked.

Thanks for watching.

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