Our Very Own Doza Beats Dogura, K-Brad Gets in Wolfkrone's Face, and More!! - Team 482's Trip to Final Round XX
It was a good year this time!!
Final Round XX was a very good and very fun trip for the boys at Team 482 this year. The event did not provide a good experience for the team for the past three years, but this time the production team for Final Round brought about a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience. The event was run at a new venue in the Georgia International Convention Center. The new venue was much more spacious and well-ventilated so it wasn't a hassle to move around from setup to setup. There were more options for food and many places to rest at as well. Most of the events were run on time and pools were very well-organized. All of these changes were very much needed from the lackluster and uncomfortable experience in previous years. We at Team 482 were very impressed by the changes made at the event and we're looking forward to the future of Final Round.
Many crazy and hype things happened at Final Round XX this year. It all started with our anime players playing in the Blazblue Central Fiction tournament on Friday. Most of our players did very well, but one player's popoff in particular became the main headline for many gaming news websites, Reddit, and Twitter. That player was our very own Doza. Due to his poor placement at Kumite in Tennessee a few months ago, he was seeded last in his pool. The highest seeded player in his pool was Dogura: a very strong Japanese player who has won many tournaments and was favorited to win the tournament this year. Doza made it the Winner's Finals of his pool to face off against Dogura to see who would make it to Top 8 on Winner's side. Doza took first blood by winning Game 1. Dogura came back to win Game 2 in very convincing fashion. In a nail-biting Game 3, Doza was not only able to win but he also won on a Perfect. It was something not even he himself expected. It was so unexpected to him at the time that he didn't even believe that he won the set to advance to Top 8. He believed the match was supposed to be First to 3 as opposed to First to 2. His reaction after winning was priceless:
The team here at Level 482 are very proud of Doza for his accomplishment as well as his good sportsmanship by winning and still shaking Dogura's hand, and while he did not win the runback in Top 8 he still had an incredible showing at this tournament. We can't wait to see where he goes from here.
That wasn't the only popoff, however:
Following up from Wolfkrone's victory at Kumite in Tennessee was this moment. K-Brad won, got up in Wolfkrone's face and took his headphones off. Hardly any words were said, and no words needed to be said. Everyone knew what was going on in those players' heads. This was easily one of the most heated and hype moments of the tournament.
And of course the Top 8 Finals on Sunday were mostly entertaining with very good play for Dead or Alive 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, The King of Fighters XIV, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Pokken Tournament, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V. Everything ran very smoothly. There were no special announcements from Capcom this time around, but regardless it was a good show. We at Team 482 are already looking forward to the next year.
Here's the full list of accomplishments from our team members at this year's Final Round:
Doza - 5th place in Blazblue Central Fiction, 5th in Brawlhalla, and 5th place in The King of Fighters XIV
MastaStef - 5th place in The King of Fighters XIV
Creole Mustard - 7th place in The King of Fighters XIV
If you were at Final Round XX this year, tell us what you thought about the event in the comments below!!