The weekly tournament series at Planet Zero Anime Center continues on this muggy night in December. This week begins a new season with the release of SSF4AE 2012. Marcus “Nytemare Raven” Ramirez repeats his success from the season before and now holds back to back titles. UMvC3 goes into its second week, and Jan Del Rio looks to add to his win in the first event. What new changes will be in store for Raven in the 2012 edition? Can Jan hold on to the belt against some new competition?
An uncertain crowd left AE2012 with only 8 competitors, but with the holidays and finals, that number will be sure to pick up after the New Years. Quantic’s Kevin “Kensou” Turner showed up to watch the event, but had to leave early to get ready to head to California for the South California Regionals this weekend. Good luck to Kensou!
Leading off was the back to back champ Nytemare Raven taking on Noobster. Raven would begin this new season victorious. Team Rejects Dim Sum and Ren squared off with Dim Sum victorious. Sajj was able to overcome Shannon’s Ryu, and Evil Buho held on to defeat Tofu Soup.
In the second round, Raven took out his friend Dim Sum, while Sajj continued his surprising run by beating Evil Buho. Nytemare Raven would face Sajj in the Winners Final, and his experience showed as he moved on to the Grand Finals.
Losers bracket action saw Ren eliminating Noobster, Shannon beat Tofu Soup and Dim Sum. Ren would go on to defeat Buho and setup a 4th place fight against Shannon. Slow and steady, Shannon held on for the victory. In the 3rd place fight, Shannon had a shot at revenge on Sajj, and revenge he got as Shannon moved on to the Grand Finals!.
After fighting through the entire losers bracket, it appeared to drain the shoto player. Nytemare Raven simply stuck with his game and tactics and wore out Shannon in the end. Congratulations to Marcus “Nytemare Raven” Ramirez on a successful start to the new 2012 campaign.
In UMvC3, there were 10 entrants tonight. Action began with Hiro scoring a win over Everest, and Rubecks defeating Douo. In the next round, Jan began his title defense with a win over Hiro, his brother Josh avenged a defeat from last week against Harold Tran. Sam’s Club upended 134, and Rubecks scored a big win over Kobe Shyne. The two brothers battled in the first semifinal, and Jan would take the victory over his younger sibling. Rubecks had another impressive win by knocked Sam into the losers. He then capped off his run with a win over Jan, and a spot in the Grand Finals!
Losers bracket action saw Kobe knocking out Everest, Hiro eliminates Douo, Harold then takes out Hiro, and Kobe defeated 134. Kobe would beat Josh, and took on Sam after he eliminated Harold. Sam would end Kobe’s run through the losers bracket, and then took on his teammate Jan. Sam seemed to have cleared a hurdle in beating Jan and moved on to the Grand Finals.
Sam looked for a measure of revenge as Rubecks did knock him into the losers bracket. Once his Zero got started, it looked awfully hard to stop. Sadly, Rubecks wasn’t able to stop it. After 6 straight wins, Sam took home this week’s title in UMvC3!
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