Coming into this past weekend's Battle at the Capitol, I really didn't know what to expect. Prior to this, I've never covered a "major," just a bunch of small tournaments at SacAnime, SacCon, and Capitol Fight District. But by the time the event was over near 10pm Sunday night, I have this certain feeling, something that I haven't felt in such a long time.
The day starts out very early, around 11am. The CFD crew shows up to set up shop for the weekend, as well as some event coordinators for NOS High-Performance Energy Drink. They were sponsoring Battle at the Capitol, and all of us were treated to a near mountain of drinks both during and after the tournament.
I couldn't stay the entire time because I had to attend a function in the evening, so my focus was to get situated in, cover a few events, and prepare for tomorrow.
The early highlight of the tournament was a $100 King of Fighters XIII money match, first to 10 victories between FinestKO's Coopa and Southtown Arcade's HellPockets. To have early stakes at 1pm in the afternoon on Day 1 meant that this tournament was going to be something very good. Coopa defeated HellPockets 10-6, winning the money match and having enough gas money back to Davis as I joked.
While the KoF Singles Tournament was underway I was checking out the casuals as well as a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 machine in the back room, which was occupied the whole weekend.
By 3pm, the time that I had to leave, the Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Singles were about to start, and just as I left, Martin aka Hi I'm Nastyy arrived. I've become a big supporter of him over the past couple of months, and by the end of the weekend...well, I'll leave that for Sunday.
I had some time before I left for the evening function, a family gathering for the Mayweather/Cotto fight, so I watched a bit of the UMvC3 Singles streamed on FinestKO.
That night, the King of Fighters XIII was wrapped up.
1st Pain (Saiki/Duo Lon/Leona)
2nd BBZ (Benimaru/Shen/Hwa)
3rd BBG|XsK_Samurai (Kula/K’/Kyo)
4th Fixel (Ralf/Mr. Karate/Shen)
5th Hellpockets (Terry/Joe/Kim)
5th Coopa (Clark/Kula/Leona)
7th Scamp (Mai/Vice/Leona)
7th Dark Talon (Iori/Kyo/Shen)
While I didn't do much today, tomorrow would bring the long haul from start to finish. Time for me to get some sleep.
- Prelim Saturday End-