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January 5th, 2018

Tonight was awesome. I was pumped to go 1-2 because it was an actual game that I defeated someone much better than I am. It wasn’t a case of an SD or beating someone on my level. I beat Joestar—our resident Mega Man. It was really eyeopening because it was not a matter of me being on point or killing it, it was Joestar’s play style. Mega Man’s range and constant barrage of attacks made me stop and think. Think about what he was doing and what he wanted to do. It was the first time in bracket that I really slowed my play and asked what is my opponent doing…and I won a game. It was awesome. It was also something I’ve been trying to do for over month now.

You might think that Joestar would be pissed for losing to me, but he wasn’t. After the match, he shook my hand and gave me a hug. He was just happy to see improvement on my part and that was an amazing thing for me.

The bad thing was that I didn’t carry this forward into my second match. I ended up losing to Milo 0-2.  But, right after the match, Milo said let’s set a date for a practice session to get you ready. That’s what is great about this scene. People are always looking to help out and push me forward.

Also, SoGoodPop asked me to put timestamps in for my matches. I thought that was a great idea. I’ve done that for the supplemental matches I’ve captured, but I haven’t done it for mine. I like the idea, though, so I’m going to go back and I’ll add in timestamps for all my previous videos and I might break them up into playlists of my matches and supplemental matches.

Lastly, I offered to do the PR video for Vegas Smash 4. I wanted to give something back to the Las Vegas Smash community since they have been so supportive of my blog/podcast. I thought it would be cool to do a samurai/ninja themed PR video. Either way, it was a lot of work and good experience.

Thank you Navi and Z for the feedback and suggestions.

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

Have a good one.

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