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January 12th, 2018

I tweeted something out right after the tournament tonight. It said, “There’s an interesting thing with fighting games…you can somehow play better and with more confidence than the last time but still come up with worse results.”

That’s what happened tonight. I felt good, felt confident even when I was getting bodied. It was an odd feeling. I felt like I was on the cusp of something great, but I was losing…badly.

I’m still trying to figure out how that occurred. I honestly loved having the confidence. If I can translate that into skill, I will. We’ll see what happens with that. I need more work and more experimentation.

Another weird thing happened tonight. I fell into a nasty DAIR habit. I couldn’t stop doing it. I knew it was getting me killed and was a horrible option, but I kept doing it. It made no sense whatsoever.

On the community side, it was pretty crazy. There were fifty-three people at the tournament tonight. It was packed. The atmosphere was energetic and fun. People shared information, passed on words of encouragement, and told me I’m getting close to winning a set. I feel like things are starting to come together…but I have a long way to go.

Anyway, people were excited about a Smash 4 community BBQ thrown by Snoop and Pollo tomorrow. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to make it. Things like this BBQ are great, though. It’s an opportunity to hang out, outside of Smash and help the community bond. I’m looking forward to more of these types of things in the future.

You can check out my progress in Esports at, follow me on Twitter @SteveJShockey, and subscribe to my YouTube page called ShockSmash.

Thanks for watching.

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