Hinako, pls! SNK Qualifiers: East Asia, Saudi, Morocco

Updated with stream link for the tournament in Saudi!

Dunno what happened but Thursday night was kicking off, and I can still hang fairly well with the Immortals, kek.  The sad part is that it’s down to players like me who take the time to host and then can’t do much else because of course the lobbies are not up to KOF14 standard.  Still today, KOFXV gets reviews about bad matchmaking, even though the matchmaking is now fixed.  The irony is that there are a good amount of rooms but the system isn’t listing them all and of course everyone’s default setting is their own region.  Some players don’t even know how to change their settings and sit in a practically private room wondering why nobody will join them.  The invite button on steam still doesn’t do anything for me.  I have a good feeling these issues will be cleared up for COTW but at such a huge cost to KOF.  Anyway, Gunsmith is still here and still supporting, along with the other heads in the community and the myriad of nonsensical Discord rooms! And let’s not forget that kofxv has overall good reviews (82%) today. Play it! (Oh wait I’m talking to the choir again)

Now let’s talk about Hinako, like she’s actually a good design, but wow, the difficulty curve. I’m getting better but throw priority kills a lot of her setups (of course).   She’s really a ground based character and they drove that home with her terrible jump speed and short range attacks.  Unlike Kyo, a lot of her moves are punishable so you really have to be precise with her.  And why is her down-forward C not mash friendly after sumo stomp?  If she’s the last dlc of KOFXV she’s a good deep character that will take a long time to master but at the same time what a pain in the ass!

Then this Saturday morning, from 5am CET, Frelissimo will be leading the English language restream of the SNK East Asia Winter Tournament, which is an online qualifier for the SNKWC2023.  With a few famous players already qualified, there’s another chance for Leshar and ZJZ to get back in, not to mention others. The Japanese language stream will be available on SNK’s official channels.

On the same day you will be able to see White-AshX, Frezzer, Bustahwolf, DepthofGnosis, FlameofNova fight it out in Saudi Fighting League!  here’s the stream link.

and perhaps the hottest EMEA tournament is coming up in January. I’ll be there on the mic… More details to come but if you want to join, grab that ticket to Casablanca NOW

Last but not least, there’s another Hessen Crash in March!


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