The annual Nor Cal fighting game major known as Nor Cal Regionals took place on April 18th to April 20th of 2014. After years being in the Bay Area, Sacramento finally got a chance to host the extravaganza at the Holiday Inn located downtown. Team Spooky was back to stream the main tournament.
This was the second time I decided to compete in a major after So Cal Regionals the month prior. At this event, I opted to compete in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and Soul Calibur 2. I wanted to showcase my diversity in playing fighting games. I competed in Soul Calibur 2 because it’s my favorite game in the series. I opted to play DOA5U because the year prior, I had met some great folks that were passionate with the game, and I had put in some time in playing the game. I wanted to play Super Turbo because it was a game I have played my entire life, and wanted to attempt to qualify for the “Tournament of Legends” at EVO.
This venue was much different than the previous edition. NCR was back to having everything in one room while 2013 had tournaments in 3 small room. It wasn’t scorching hot where everyone was sweating bullets. I automatically loved this venue so much more than 2013.
Even though I am a jack of all trades, I am the master of none. My diverse game selection did not help at all as I didn’t do how I wanted to do. My game play was very terrible in SCII. I am proud to say that I made top 8 in DOA5U and only lost to killers in that game. I also got to play against one of the OG players in Arturo Sanchez aka NYCFurby but got destroyed as he knew the Ryu matchup as one of the greatest Dhalsim players ever.
One of the cool concepts was the attempts to bring back a lot of the classic pre ’09 games with some of the best players from that period. You had guys like Justin Wong, Alex Valle, Arturo Sanchez, Ricky Ortiz, Rom, and John Choi competing in games like Super Turbo, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 1, and Street Fighter 3rd Strike.
Another one of the great innovations from this tournament was their late night gaming. Usually at majors, if you want late night gaming, someone has to host a “Salty Suite” inside of their room at the hotel venue. At this event, one of the ballrooms was converted to a casual gaming area to allow people to get some games in. Ultra Street Fighter IV was even on display here. You had everyone hanging out at this late night spot. We had Justin Wong and Floe do commentary while everyone could take their crack at Infiltration as he was learning Ultra.
My experience was pretty awesome as I had made the trip with people I had never met before including the great Chilean player, Kane Blue River. I guess you can say I kind of look up to him in a way because he runs a Hulk/Sentinel team like I do in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. It was pretty cool to pick his brain on the team, playing all over the world, and just about fighting games period.
I won’t go too much into results, but overall, my experience was much better than the year prior. I made even more friends than before. My top 8 finish in DOA5U helped boost my self esteem that I could actually be successful in competing in fighting games. I got to get in some games against people I’ve seen so many times on stream. My tournament experience was great.
Written by: Mr. Timtastic