Coming Out Swinging
Stop. Collaborate. Listen. Tigerfangs is
back with a brand new invention. Actually, it's the same invention with
12 new gamers vying for supremacy to the tune of $100,000, the ultimate
Samsung prize package, an Alienware desktop, the title, and of course...
the right to say "I PWNED THE BEST." Last year, Mark Smith was crowned
as the first ever WCG Ultimate Gamer. The question is... which one of
these players will reign supreme THIS year?
- Yaz Ammari (clowN); reigning
world champion, Counter-Strike: Source
- Vanessa Arteaga (Vanessa); the reigning WCG Pan-American
Champion in Dead or Alive 4
- Ryan Burnett (I RyBu I); a Rhythm expert who holds multiple
local tournament titles
- Katherine "Kat" Gunn (III Mystik III); National Champion, Dead
or Alive 4
- Mike Labelle (michs09) 3-Time WCG National Finalist in the FIFA
- Faye Mata (Princess Aura); Regional champion of Super Smash
- Anthony "AJ" Mazur (Hatperson); who's up for Rock Band World
- Caesar Noriega (CDN the 3rd); a top 8 finalist in Gears of War
- Jake Pfister (Thirstee321); who is a tournament winner in 3
- Rachel Quirico (Seltzer); a "Team Fortress 2" champ and expert
- Sebastian Burton (Chosen1); a national finalist in Madden NFL
- Justin Wong (JWong); a fighter who holds titles in Marvel vs.
Capcom 2 and Streetfighter IV
The rules stay the same. There will be
three phases to each round, a Real Life Challenge, where the players act
out the stunts in the games for real; an Isolation Challenge, where it's
just you against the computer; and the Head-to-Head Challenge at
Samsung, where the lowest-scoring player in the first two challenges and
a player of the leader's choosing will square off to avoid elimination.
But not all is as it seems, as the final
two will take their beef to the WCG Grand Final in Los Angeles, where
they will compete... LIVE.
Speaking of beef, the show's second
season is not five minutes old, and we have a rivalry brewing between
Kat and Vanessa. They just don't click personality wise, but what Kat
understands... "I just took your boyfriend." See? Even gamer chicks have
The next morning begins the competition.
And we begin the competition with the latest entry into one of MY
favorite fighters of all time... "TEKKEN 6" (Namco Bandai Games,
REAL LIFE CHALLENGE (worth 50% of overall
score): Hanging Tough
Tekken is all about high-flying attacks,
and this week, the gamers will be flying high in wired fight sequences
as seen in Hollywood blockbusters. The gamers have been split into two
GREEN: Faye, Sebastian, AJ, Kat, Rachel,
PURPLE: Yaz, Vanessa, Ryan, Caesar, Jake, Justin
There will be a fighter and a catcher in
each round. The fighter will try and pull orbs from the catcher's suit,
with purple and green orbs worth 1 point and orange worth 2. The catcher
will try to catch those orbs. Only caught orbs will count. The rest of
the team will try and maneuver the fighters.
And for no other reason than we had to
have some big name talent: Kelly Hu of "X-Men 2" and "The Scorpion King"
will judge who fought the best. That player wins a Hori Real Arcade Pro
EX Fight Stick. Get me some of that, baby.
- RACHEL vs. RYAN. Round 1... Ready...
GO! (Purple leads, 3-2)
- MIKE vs. YAZ. Round 2... Ready... GO! (Purple leads, 7-6)
- FAYE vs. JAKE. Final Round.... Ready... GO! By the way, did we mention
it was raining?
First up, the MVP of the challenge... YAZ
for the bonus score. Now who won the challenge? It was... PURPLE! (8-6).
They're all tied for first.
The man to beat in the fighting
category... Clearly Justin Wong. You beat him, you learn from him,
you're in a good place for Isolation. Meanwhile, Faye and AJ are really
starting to hit it off... oh yeah, and they're clicking as well.
The house sees Kat as a threat, meaning
that somehow they've got to get her out early. She's a pro. She's got a
pedigree. Most likely, Wong's going to have to make that choice later.
Sebastian is chosen to throw Isolation in order to take on Kat in the
Head-to-Head. Meanwhile, Ryan let's Kat think that she's gaining his
trust. He's here to get in people's heads.
ISOLATION CHALLENGE (worth 50% of overall
score): Tekken 6
The challenge this week: facing off
against the computer in Survival Mode. The goal: survive. Rankings will
be based on the number of computer opponents you beat.
AJ, Mike, and Vanessa take powders early.
Wong, Yaz, and Jake last the full ride. But who will have the advantage?
The person in last place and headed for
The person in first place and determining
his opponent... YAZ. Unfortunately for someone who may get the idea to
"pull a Swoozie", in season 2, you will NOT be able to send yourself to
Justin thinks that teaching some choice
moves in the game might have cost him the win.
Yaz has three options, none of which come
from the purple team in today's challenge. He goes to his good friend
Vanessa, and she immediately thinks... Kat. Not because they have beef,
but because there is a possibility that later on, she'll become a fierce
competitor. The other two options: Sebastian and Faye, are fighting it
out in practice.
Yaz talks to Kat, saying that he would
never choose her because of Vanessa. Yaz was sure that he was going to
pick Kat... but then she broke into tears talking to her, so right now,
anything can happen.
At nomination, Yaz chooses... KAT to take
on Mike. Kat thinks that there's more to it than strategy. For the
record, in the overall, Kat came in 8th place.
And as soon as the gamers get to the
loft, all hell breaks loose between Kat and Vanessa. When $100,000 are
on the line, and you already have beef, things get crazy. Time to
Using any character in Tekken 6, Kat and
Mike will compete in a best-of-nine, first to five match. Let's go to
the tale of the tape...
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The players take their positions. And... GAME ON!
Kat has chosen to play Lili to Mike's
Bob. Each match is set to 60 seconds.
Round 1... FIGHT! Mike takes it in a
walk. (Mike leads, 1-0)
Round 2... FIGHT! Mike continues to toss
her around. Lili known for her quickness, but Kat has not taken
advantage yet. But she's got a combo in him. (Tied at 1)
Round 3... FIGHT! Kat finally gets a hold
of Lili's speed, but Mike gets back up and pours on the pain. (Mike
Round 4... FIGHT! The key to winning will
be putting your opponent in the air. Kat puts Mike in a corner. (Tied at
Round 5... FIGHT! Not even a challenge.
(Mike leads, 3-2).
Round 6... FIGHT! Kat misses a follow-up
opportunity.... but doesn't miss another (Tied at 3)
Round 7... FIGHT! Mike looks like he can
catch up... doesn't happen. (Kat leads, 4-3)
Round 8... FIGHT! Mike with the perfect!
(Tied at 4)
Final Round... FIGHT! Distance..
Chains... Counter... Reverses... More chain... KAT FTW! Mike kept it
close, but unfortunately for him, and maybe for the rest of the house,
it's GAME OVER.
Next week, grab your Wii-motes for an
Ultimate Gamer first...
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