Train wreck of a SSF4 AE v2012 match: Gandhi faces FSP at DreamHack Winter 2013
Street Fighter fans will likely get a laugh out of that video just like I did when I watched it, but people who don't understand the game on a deeper level probably won't see anything odd about it. For the uninitiated, what we are seeing in that video is a "scrub-tier" player (someone with very limited skill or knowledge of the game) beating out a technically much better player at a tournament. This is something of a rarity in high level gaming competition, seeing as how the skill ceiling and depth of certain competitive genres (fighting games, RTS, MOBA, FPS... etc.) tends to make it impossible for lower-caliber players to hold their own in competitions such as this.
Originally Posted by EventHubs
A train wreck is described as "a chaotic or disastrous situation that holds a peculiar fascination for observers."
Such a Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 match went down this last weekend at DreamHack Winter 2013, between Gandhi (Ryu, bottom player shown) vs. FSP (Rufus, top player shown) in the group play stage.
So much was off in this match that it's hard to think where to begin describing it, but there is a good lesson here though.
Even when your opponent goes random and really starts to do things completely off base, you can see that it's important to keep your composure, or bad results can happen. This match is living proof, hit the jump to see it.
The reason that the better player (FSP) loses in this matchup is because he's simply not used to playing against someone so... random, for lack of a better term. Since Gandhi is clearly a poor player with almost zero knowledge of the game's finer mechanics or strategies, he's pretty much throwing out random stuff in semi-predictable patterns. It's strange that FSP wasn't able to simply adapt and punish all of Gandhi's poorly timed jump-ins and uppercuts, but he's clearly just not used to playing someone so unskilled at the game. As the commentators say in the video, FSP simply fails to properly adapt to this unfamiliar style of play and ends up losing the set.
After enjoying this video immensely, I got to wondering if this sort of thing has happened in other competitive games on a tournament level. Obviously it's more likely to occur in fighting games than other genres, given the quick nature of sets during pool play, but I'd be really interested to see similar situations in other types of games. If you know of any other videos of this kind of scrubtacular upset, please share them in this thread.