On the eve of their monthly Anime Cosplay night, Planet Zero Anime Center hosted their first BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 tournament since Texas Showdown Championships at Anime Matsuri back in April. Though the turnout was small, it still featured the top BlazBlue players in the Houston area over the past few years, past SBO representatives Jason “Kid Viper” El Srouji and Kevin “Kensou” Turner. In April, those two former teammates battled in the finals of Showdown with Kensou prevailing. In the inaugural BlazBlue tournament in 2009, it was Kid Viper defeating Kensou. As the tournament is about to start, the crowd is curious to see how this plays out and see who’s wins this time.
First up was Lacking Lady Lover vs AzureRage. As the name suggests, Lacking Lady Lover picks Noel while AzureRage plays Ragna. Round 1, Lady gest the first hit, but Azure combos right back to take a lead. Lady lands a nice combo to even it up, but Azure locks Lady down in the corner and takes it. Round 2, Lady gets the first hit again, but Azure shakes it off to take the lead again. Big combo by Azure gives him a commanding lead. Lady gets a throw combo XX super, then a corner combo, Azure bursts out of the corner, but Lady gets another combo XX super to even it up. Round 3, Azure gets the first hit, and big combo. Lady attacks her way out, Azure bursts her back and locks Lady in the corner. Lady tries to fight out, but its no use and AzureRage takes it. Next up is Noobster vs Dedede. Noobster playing Iron Tager and Dedede playing Tsubaki. Round 1, Noob goes on the offensive first, but Dedede shakes it off and expertly blocks and counters nearly everything Noob tries to do and takes the round. Round 2, Noob gets in, but can’t finish his combo. Dedede fights back, but Noob bursts. Big combo by Dedede, but Noob uses his final burst. Huge combo by Noob, but drops the ending mixup! Dedede capitalizes on the mistake and finishes off Noobster!
Now we have FUBU vs Issac. FUBU was one of the most improved players at Showdown and sticks with Bang, while Issac plays Noel. Round 1, Noel starts with a big combo, FUBU fights back, but eats another big combo. FUBU with a couple of throw to even it up, but Issac gets a combo that could finish it, but drops it! FUBU with the wakeup super and mixup to steal the round! Round 2, gold burst by Issac gives him a corner combo. FUBU combos back to even. Issac with the air grab and combo. Its all even again before Issac lands a corner combo XX super to even it up. Round 3, Issac lands a big combo to start, FUBU bursts, but eats another combo. FUBU fights back, but still down, overhead by Issac is good forcing FUBU to use his last burst. Issac lands another combo, then baits FUBU to super and punishes it to win. Follwing that is RSD vs Last Blade. Last Blade was the Arcana Heart 3 SBO rep last year, and finished in 4th at Showdown for BBCS2. RSD picks Ragna, while Last Blade picks Carl. Round 1 is a straight combo exhibition as Last Blade rolls right over RSD. Round 2, RSD lands a good combo at the start, but Last Blade comes right back. RSD uses his two bursts almost simultaniously, RSD comes back and takes it. Round 3, RSD gets the first hit, Last Blade lands a throw, big corner combo, RSD gets bursted into the corner. Air throw by RSD, counter by Carl, but he drops the combo. RSD can’t capitalize and Last Blade wins it.
Next is AzureRage vs Kensou. Kensou picks Bang as Azure sticks with Ragna. Round 1, Kensou knocks Azure into the corner, and destroys him. Thats pretty much it as he gets the perfect. Round 2, Kensou with the early combo, but Azure uses his burst and finally lands a hit. Kensou knocks him back in the corner for a combo, but Azure uses his last burst. Azure with a last ditch combo, but its not enough as Bang hits a wake up super and wins the match. Dedede faces the other big name in the tournament Kid Viper. Kid VIper playing Hazama vs Dedede’s Tsubaki. Round 1, Dedede lands two big combos to start and hold a big lead. Viper gets it and evens it up. Both players sitting before Dedede gets impatient and pays the prices. A couple of super combos later Viper takes it. Round 2, Combo by Viper and a throw, big corner combo before Deded bursts him off. Dedede lands a big combo of his own, but Viper easily shakes it off and finishes him off. Evil Buho vs Issac follows them. Issac playing Noel vs Buho’s Iron Tager. Round 1, Issac keeps Buho just out of range, landing consecutive combos, and stunning Tager. Buho fights back with a couple of jumping elbows, and a Fatal counter, but Issac calmly chips away to win it. Round 2, jumping elbow and bull charge gives Buho an early lead. But Issac storms right back with a big combo, then holds his ground. Buho with his final burst, Issac is content to sit and chip away to win.
Kensou vs Last Blade is the first big match of the tournament. Bang vs Carl. Round 1, Kensou with first blood as LB whiffs. Another big combo by Kensou, but LB finally gets some damage in. Bumper setup gives Kensou a corner setup and the win. Round 2, LB with the early combo, but too far. Kensou traps LB in the corner, LB blocks it all and gets out. LB uses Nirvana to keep Kensou out, but not for long. Kensou lands an overhead forcing LB’s final burst, air throw by LB, 10 seconds left, super combo by LB, tries to chip with another, but Kensou is able to barrier with meter and holds on for the time out victory! Issac and Kid Viper were next. Round 1, Viper with the early combo, but Issac counters back. He drops his combo and Viper capitalizes. Issac with the fatal counter, but can’t take advantage as Viper wins it. Round 2, Issac with first blood, but minimal damage. Viper gets in , but Issac bursts and gets a big combo XX throw. Issac gets guard broken and eats a super from Viper, but he fails to follow it up. It doesn’t matter as Viper finishes him off to advance to the anticipated matchup in the Winners Final.
Back in the losers bracket Lacking Lady Lover faces Dedede. Dedede prevails after a close 2nd round nearly evened up the match. FUBU holds on to win over RSD in a close 3 round match. AzureRage gets a huge win over Noobster, getting a perfect in the first round and coming back in the 2nd! Dedede takes the match over Evil Buho in straight rounds. FUBU comes from near death to storm back and win in 3 over AzureRage. Last Blade defeats Dedede in straight rounds. Issac vs FUBU came down to a close back and forth 3rd round with saw the lead change many times before FUBU lands the Hail Mary wake up super to win.
Winners Final, Kid Viper with Hazama vs Kensou’s Bang. Round 1, Viper with a combo into the corner. Kensou right back with a combo of his own, but Viper bursts and comes back. But Kensou holds on to win the round. Round 2, Viper goes combo exhibition mode and gets a perfect. Round 3, Kensou combos Viper from one corner to the other, Viper bursts him off, but its no good as Kensou is able to hold on to advance to the Grand Finals.
Losers Final, FUBU vs Last Blade. The other Bang in the tournament facing the only Carl. Round 1, LB with the ridiulous combo to start, mixup, another combo, tech throw, but its not enough and LB gets the perfect. Round 2, FUBU with the command grab. But LB gets his combo started, however he drops it, FUBU tries to fight back, but to no avail and eats a super and LB moves on to face Kid VIper in the 3rd Place match.
3rd Place match, Last Blade’s Carl vs Kid Viper’s Hazama. Round 1, both players are even halfway through the match, but Viper with the corner combo and finishes it off. Round 2, both players sit back and tries to control the spacing, but then Viper gets in, but LB burst and combos right back. Even halfway through, but Viper lands a combo XX super. Big lead with 10 seconds left, but LB can’t get in and Kid Viper advances to the Grand Finals and a chance at revenge against Kensou.
Grand Finals, Kensou’s Bang vs Kid Viper’s Hazama. Round 1, Viper with the early offense, corner combo, but drops it, kensou with his own combo, overhead is good, mixups, but Viper comes back, Kensou with a burst, but drops his combo. Viper with a super and takes the lead. Overhead by Kensou, but no dollow. Overhead by Viper, tech by Kensou, but Viper holds on to win it. Round 2, big combo into the corner by Viper. Kensou gets out, sets a bumper and evens it up. Viper right back with a combo XX super, tech throw by Kensou, bumper gimmicks, and a command throw. Both players at 15%, but Kid Viper finishes it off with another super and brings the finals to the last game!
Final Game, Round 1, Viper with the first combo, and another big corner combo. Random wakeup super by Kensou is no good, punished hard by Viper, and ends with another super for the perfect! Round 2, Viper with first blood, but Kensou comes back. Burst by Kensou, combo into the corner by Kensou, but Viper comes right back. Kensou locks Viper in the corner for big damage. Viper gets out but eats a wakeup super to bring the last round! Final round, Viper with the first combo, Kensou comes back to even it up. Nails XX corner combo by kensou, Viper gets out and Kensou uses his last burst. Viper locks Kensou in the corner for the tournament ending combo! Congratulations to Jason for winning tonights BBCS2 tournament at PZ!
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