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Nica K.O: My reactions to the Capcom Qualifier

Posted by Nica K.O on August 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1)

First off I want to say thank you for everyone who supported me throughout the entire tournament even from the weeks prior.  Many players will think to look at the Grand Finals as a match where I outsmarted Ricky but in reality, it was adjustments but even more so the support and faith everyone had in me to win this tournament.  I was a major favorite to win this tournament and being put into losers 0-2 by Ricky didn't shake me too much.  I looked deep inside myself during my losers finals match after i lost my first round to Adam3s and i said "I am not going to lose this!".  Then the change began....i became much stronger after the 1st round and stayed completely focused on the grand finals.  In a top player's mind 9 times out of 10, they look inside the game to figure out how to beat the other player rather than looking inside themself and asking how much do they really want the win.  I had no doubt in my mind after my losers finals match that i wasn't afraid and persevered through a grueling 2 sets vs the best character in the game being controlled by one of the strongest players in the country.  Making adjustments to his style of play became easier after my 1st win in grand finals, from there the confidence plus everyone believing in me took me to win the 1st set.  Things became much more clearer in the game as well as outside the game.  I began to notice Ricky guessed a lot, his had no understanding of the punishments on his whiffs Yang can do, and his reactions became his biggest weakness being that in the heat of the match, one short nerve plus reactions = a bad mistake and i took that into account.  From there I saw the things that lied ahead of me and realized that without a doubt, i KNEW and FELT it in my heart that i was going to win.  Many people will look at this post and think "wow that's really cliche" but in reality, just like in any anime, any sport, any movie, or any story, the big moments occur when someone believes in themself before anything.  After i took the win in the grand finals and everyone rushed the stage with excitement, there was no words that can describe the way i felt, it was simply an amazing feeling that can only be acheived thru the hardest possible fight a person can have both physically and mentally.  To push myself beyond what I could do and win it all to acheive something that's only in a 3s players dreams was surreal.  I'm became very proud of myself but more importantly i  became proud of what i stood for, everything 3s in this country was reduced to merely people bashing the game with Chun, Yun, Ken finals omg omg soo boring, blah blah blah Justin this, Ricky that, only Chun Chun Chun and this win is more than just a trip to Cali in the finals to play the best, it's a win for EVERYONE in the world that lost hope in 3s but wishes to believe it can be something greater and I am happy to have lead this community to that victory so for that i thank ALLL of you!!

Being my biggest tournament (over 140 players) ever, with the biggest moments, and strongest players, it takes a lot of mental and physical capacity and I'm grateful I was put in the position many times to test myself.  But for me, the road doesn't end, it's just beginning!! On the way i plan to help as MANY players as i can, provide them with the hope and support necessary to win at something that seems small but can have the biggest meaning to a true 3s player, the final stop will be to take on the world at San Fransisco with my family and some friends joining me in my trip to support so I will be prepared for anything and everything because this is 3s and it's NOT that kind of game!!


3:39:50 Grand Finals

- Nica K.O

Nica K.O Training playlists

Posted by Nica K.O on July 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

For anyone who missed the stream yesterday or haven't been watching, I've been going over match up specifics with various characters that help improve those who are struggling especially vs Chun li since it was the most requested match up. I've made a playlist of the highlights I have so far so it has about 2 hours of matchup specifics


Along with this are regular match vids that I've had vs other players (online, offline, etc)


And finally the first 2 Danisen battles that were already held



In-Depth Frame Data

Posted by Nica K.O on June 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

For anyone who is planning on studying or researching frame data to enhance their game, you can check out the site posted below for accurate information as far as hitboxes, frame data, or even special info on techniques such as kara shoryuken on each character


For those that aren't confident, you can use this data to enhance your punishments with certain characters and improve your mind set vs certain matchups

Top Player Mentality by KOFiend

Posted by Nica K.O on June 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (1)

For everyone planning on progressing in their game, whether you're stuck at a wall or just starting out, you can use these quick tips to expand your mindset and maximize your potential as a 3s player.

The Game:

Learn the alphabet:

Moves, mechanics, distances, timing, etc.

Build an offensive and defensive vocabulary:

Have a MINIMUM of 3 different mix ups for ANY offensive and defensive situation. Or die.


Use your damn memory!

You have 10+ options for any situation:

High move, low move, DP like move, super like move, high parry, low parry, high block, low block, neutrals(throw/UOH), maneuvers(6 jumps/2 dashes/2 walks/roll/no roll), multi-options(combinations), etc. etc.

- These are all legit options given the right situation. Yes, even a UOH on your own wake up.

- Use everything in your toolbox. Yes a plumber can work without a wrench, but why?

Guessing gets you to a certain level really fast:

But it becomes easy to stay there.

Standard fighting game procedure:

“What I think he thinks about what I’m looking like I’ll do, but in reality, I’m gonna __ in case he already considers that I will…”


Throw away how you think the game should be played:

Just win. Nobody wants to play “Talk Strike”.

Never be satisfied with any “success”:

Self explanatory.

Always blame yourself:

Good or bad, be negative about your performance.

Losing is not impressive:

A clown will waste everyone’s time. There are better things to do with that same amount of time used.

Don’t play “Excuse Strike”:

Nobody cares that you’re capable of better or not a fan of the game. You lost.

There is a very thin line between confident and cocky:

If you can’t walk it, be humble. Half the players won’t avoid you and everyone will continue to improve.

Corny but true:

Distance = time:

For example, even if trip guard is activated, if the landing distance is different but your timing remains the same, you will have a problem.

You should lose to your opponent:

Not because you caged your own mind.

There is no right answer:

Find a marriage of the structured and unstructured. Everything can be very correct, but also absolutely wrong. Be firm but flexible. Be balanced from the center, but also from the extreme left and right.

See things beyond yourself:

Look at the game through the eyes of an mathematician/__ lawyer/__ economist/race car driver/fisherman/__ engineer/psychologist/gambler/__ doctor/etc.etc.