I have almost
completed the last article for elemental searchers,
but decided to insert a break due to recent
occurrences. If this particular article seems like I
am just soap-boxing that’s probably because I am.
Just bear down anyway and you may learn something.
Who are you? Are
you anyone special or recognized? Has your team
flown from SJC to SJC and landed several members in
top 8 spots? Whether you answered yes or no, does
this have any real effect on your skills in the
Let us start some
situations to get things rolling.
At Shonen Jump
San Mateo I had just completed my first match. As I
was bringing up my slip I bumped into a guy I met
once before at the Regional prior. He is a pretty
nice guy. We started talking a bit.
Him: “So, how did
Me: “I played a
little kid. Doesn’t mean anything. How did you do?”
At about this
time I proceed to learn that he 2-0ed Wilson Luc –
recognizably one of the top names in the nation.
That right there is one hell of an accomplishment in
my eyes and should be in your eyes too.
But do you know
his name? Will he ever be known?
Paul Levitin was
without a doubt the hottest YGO player in the nation
rolling into this SJC. That isn’t an opinion. Just
fact. Coming off of four consecutive top eight
finishes, this guy was shooting for his fifth.
Another good friend of mine (a hell of a nice guy to
play against) ended up ending this streak by
defeating him. Would you not accept this as a great
accomplishment as well?
But you do not
know who he is either. Do you even know the name of
the guy who went 8-1 but did not make it to
Top 8? To a lot of you these are just a couple of
nobodies in a sea of random nobodies in the crappy
San Francisco metagame.
game in the early stages I watched just as you all
do now. I learned about all these players that have
had success at major events and always thought that,
one day, I could do the same.
Well you can. It
may not come with the fame and massive national
respect that others have, but you still can. When
SJC rolls around to your area you can represent and
make yourself an impact. You may not get seen by the
others but you’ll have seen yourself. You will have
pitted yourself against the best and shown them what
you can do.
I will say this
honestly. I have kept up with quite a few Shonen
Jump Championships. I am pretty sure locals there
have made an impact as well. But I have never
seen the amount of trash talking towards them that I
have seen towards San Francisco. This is based
purely on observation, but the reasons are so
cloudy. Why are we so different? Why are we so
inferior in your eyes?
The fact of the
matter is I want to make one message clear: Wherever
you live, whichever part of the United States you
represent, you can make an impact. Practice to make
yourself the best you can be. When SJC comes around
go out there and throw two fingers to any
self-proclaimed “pro” who wants to look down on you
purely because he does not know you yet.
That about ends
the soap-box. I just had to get it off my chest.
Until next time…