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20 ans de championnats / 20 years of championships
« le: 03 mai 2022, à 19:10:52 »
Puisque SMK va avoir bientôt 30 ans et surtout, que le championnat va avoir 20 ans et que sa 20ème édition aura lieu cet été, je vous propose une nouvelle version de ce topic que j'avais déjà fait pour les 10 ans mais je me suis dit que ça serait sympa de le remettre à jour.

Since SMK is turning 30 soon, and the championship is turning 20 with a 20th edition coming this summer, I open a new version of a topic I had already posted in the past, but I thought it would be nice to have it updated.

La plus belle victoire (globale, ou dans un mode) :
Best victory (overall or in a specific mode):

Le meilleur tournoi de TT:
Best TT edition:

Le plus beau match de MR:
Best MR game:

Le plus beau match de BM:
Best BM game:

Le plus beau match de GP:
Best GP game:

Le plus beau come-back:
Best comeback ever:

La victoire la moins méritée / Le plus gros vol:
Less deserved victory / Biggest robbery:

La qualification la plus inattendue / surprenante:
Most unexpected/surprising qualification:

L'élimination la plus méritée / drôle:
Most deserved/funny elimination:

Le plus beau gift de l'histoire:
Biggest "gift" of history:

L'affiche de finale la plus surprenante:
Most surprising opponents in the same final:

Le meilleur championnat (tous critères confondus: salle, spectacle, orga...) :
Best championship edition (all criteria: venue, game quality, organization…) :

Le moins bon championnat (mêmes critères) :
Worst championship edition (same criteria) :

Et à titre personnel, sur toutes vos participations (personal memories among all your participations) :

Votre meilleur moment en TT:
Your best personal TT memory:

Votre meilleur moment en MR:
Your best personal MR memory:

Votre meilleur moment en BM:
Your best personal BM memory:

Votre meilleur moment en GP:
Your best personal GP memory:

Votre pire moment en TT:
Your worst personal TT memory:

Votre pire moment en MR:
Your worst personal MR memory:

Votre pire moment en BM:
Your worst personal BM memory:

Votre pire moment en GP:
Your worst personal GP memory:

Votre plus belle perf / le sommet de votre carrière en championnat:
Your biggest achievement / the peak of your championship career:

Votre plus grosse contre-performance / déception en championnat:
Your worst championship performance / biggest disappointment:

Le match que vous auriez gagné si vous l'aviez disputé au lieu d'avoir été éliminé:
The game you could have won if you had played it instead of being eliminated just before:

Le championnat (ou mode) non joué que vous regrettez de ne pas avoir fait:
The championship (or mode) you didn't play, but wish you had played:

Le championnat (ou mode) joué que vous regrettez d'avoir fait:
The championship (or mode] you played, but wish you hadn't:

Le meilleur championnat que vous ayez disputé:
The best championship you have attended:

Le pire championnat que vous ayez disputé:
The worst championship you have attended:
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20 ans de championnats / 20 years of championships
« Réponse #1 le: 03 juin 2022, à 11:56:35 »
Best victory (overall or in a specific mode):
Sami in 2012. Finally the French domination had been broken. And this is despite the entire 'carré magique' teaming up to try and prevent it from happening. They were trying to meet him early in the bracket to kill him and shenanigans like that. It was very cool to see they couldn't succeed, Sami was stoic and simply destroyed them, he was too strong that year.  8)

Best TT edition:
Controversial answer, but for me it was SMKAS 2020. Not officially a CDM, but this was the TT tournament with the consistently strongest performances in the KO stage, handsdown. Aron was eliminated with a 1'06"30 on CI2 for crying out loud. :-X If I have to pick a CDx, it would have to be CDE21 for the same reason. Lots of TRs including a final with the best DP3 KO stage times ever driven in the history of these events (#6/#7 overall).

Best MR game:
The MR final of 2018, where ScouB survived 5 (!!) match points against Sami. Truly unheard of, what an epic comeback.

Best BM game:
2016 BM, Geo-ScouB 11-10. Classico to the wire, insane match. Both down to very last balloon at the end. It happened again in 2019, but that final was plagued by random greens at the end, so a little less epic.

Best GP game:
Sami vs Neo in the GP final of 2013. 5-4 to Sami, thanks to an incredible comeback again.

Best comeback ever:
As mentioned above, ScouB vs Sami in MR 2018.  8)

Less deserved victory / Biggest robbery:
I guess Sami's victory in MR final of 2009 thanks to the 5 lightnings. :-X

Most unexpected/surprising qualification:
Narnet reaching all top16s in racing modes in 2021. It was also due to the participants field, but STILL!

Most deserved/funny elimination:
Aron going out in MR 2018 by losing 18 out of the last 19 rounds he played (9-1 loss to ScouB and 9-0 to Neo). Credits for making the semi final though, but after that I think he was a bit drunk and faced monsters (clearly).  ;D

Biggest "gift" of history:
I can't really choose, but I think this one might go to Jarmou vs Wild on GV1 in their MR top 16 match. Double match point, she was leading GV1 with a margin only a lightning could overrule. Chris did not pick up a lightning, but Jarmou went for the jump anyway.  ??? ???
Other than that McNuggets running into a green shell at the finish of MC4 vs FF (same year) was a far bigger blooper in terms of driving, but this one carried a lot less weight.

Most surprising opponents in the same final:
I think it has to be Mario vs Lafungo in MR 2021. Eventhough after SMKAS it wasn't REALLY a surprise (to me), it's still someone that was never a medalist at CDx before (Lafungo) against someone that only made an MR final once (Mario). And Geo and Neo (and to a lesser extent me) were there to likely prevent this scenario.

Best championship edition (all criteria: venue, game quality, organization…) :
I am gonna leave Alphen out of the equation because I organized those myself. But I always loved la Suze CDMs. The last one was in 2017 and I remember it was very, very smooth. And emotional too.  :)

Worst championship edition (same criteria) :
Unfortunately, it's Strasbourg 2016. I must stress that I didn't "hate" it because of orga fails or vision differences like I know some of us do. Not at all. I know the orga did their best and we have to appreciate these efforts, truly.  <3 But for me it was the lack of airco and the incredible heat, plus the fact we had to leave the venue at 12 sharp that killed a lot of the fun.

Your best personal TT memory:
Easy. Finally winning gold (with a tour-de-force, as Mario might say) in 2021  :P

Your best personal MR memory:
Finally beating Neo in a KO stage for the first time in MR 2011 semi final. When Neo became dominant in 2007 it seemed like only Sami could potentially beat him anywhere, but I added my name to that list through a 9-6 win. Neo had beaten me more times that I can count before, including a dramatic lightning induced victory in quarter finals at double match point the year before. :-X

Your best personal BM memory:
Yes

Your best personal GP memory:
A third place play-off vs ScouB in 2019. We both had nothing to lose and I remember we played out of our minds as a result. He won 3-2, but it was just a great match to play.

Your worst personal TT memory:
There are many to pick from, but it's probably TT final of 2017. It was vs Sami on CI2. A track where I'm usually comfortably faster than Sami in 1-tries. I also had played very well the entire bracket, so I really believed this was finally the year. Then I inexplicably missed a boost, really no idea why. Very harsh way to lose.

Your worst personal MR memory:
Getting 7-0ed vs Neo in quarter final of 2013. It felt like an extremely unfair / tilted scoreline because the difference in our performances wasn't nearly that big. Was he better? Undoubtedly, but I remember it felt more like a 7-4 or 5 or something. Not that it matters.  ;D

Your worst personal BM memory:
My elimination vs Mario in 2021. Handsdown. First a random green blocked me from finishing Mario off (I would have won that match and it would have been deserved imo). I had 3 balloons left and he was at 1, standing still and ready to get eliminated. A few moments later another random green left me defenceless in the open and I lost all 3 my balloons. #WhyAlwaysMe?  ::)

Your worst personal GP memory:
Unequivocally my loss vs Jey in GP of 2021. I trained specifically on zoomstarts for that year, knowing it killed me so many times. My succesrate going into the tournament (and even during it) was high, no problem. I was leading Jey 2-0, comfortably. Then suddenly I started missing almost all of them and guess what? I lost the match. Heartbreaker.

Your biggest achievement / the peak of your championship career:
I guess finally winning TT gold in 2021.

Your worst championship performance / biggest disappointment:
Losing to zoomstarts (again) in GP 2021. Jey played well too, but I am confident I would have beaten him given how the start of the match went.

The game you could have won if you had played it instead of being eliminated just before:
No idea. Every game is different. Sorry for the lame answer.

The championship (or mode) you didn't play, but wish you had played:
2002. I'd love to have even been a fly on the wall to see what this very first championship was like.

The championship (or mode] you played, but wish you hadn't:
GP 2021.

The best championship you have attended:
As in my best CDx performance wise? I guess 2011 as it's my only trophy.

The worst championship you have attended:
I guess 2015 where I got 7th (4th in TT and QF elimination everywhere else)
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20 ans de championnats / 20 years of championships
« Réponse #2 le: 03 juin 2022, à 23:32:58 »
I'm going to "cheat" by including SMKAS and ASMKC in some of my answers, although I'll try to always provide a "CDX-exclusive" answer as well.

Best victory (overall or in a specific mode):
I don't have a particularly good answer for this, but one victory that comes to mind is Neo's win in GP 2016. He had already lost the overall title to ScouB, and had a surprisingly weak GP GS (with losses to ScouB, Geo, Jey, Sami, and Chollet). Despite this, he went on to absolutely demolish everyone in bracket, with 2-0 vs Chollet, 3-1 vs Geo, 4-0 vs Wild, and 4-0 vs ScouB to take the gold. It has added value in retrospect considering that the only gold medal that Neo has won since then is BM 2017.

Best TT edition:
Uh... shoutouts to the absurdity of TT 2018, I guess?  ;D
In terms of strength of the field and intensity of the KO stage, I'd give 2021 the nod (although I expect 2022 to be even better).

Best MR game:
ScouB vs Sami in the MR 2018 final is iconic. Hard to top that, although I think that my battles with Mario in the last couple years are worthy of a mention at this point.  :)

Best BM game:
BM 2016 final.

Best GP game:
Not sure, there have been several very exciting GP finals.

Best comeback ever:
ScouB vs Sami in the MR 2018 final, once again.

Less deserved victory / Biggest robbery:
No idea.

Most unexpected/surprising qualification:
I think that Lucas qualifying for BM 2010 at only 9 years old will never not be surprising. Also funny that he qualified off of a round-differential tiebreaker at his father's expense.  >:D

Most deserved/funny elimination:
Aron failing to qualify for TT 2019. There was no conceivable reason that such a strong TTer should fail to qualify, but Aron found a way to do it and in style (finishing 20th).
From what I've heard, Bab's elimination in BM 2009 Top 16 also deserves a mention for Drew playing with his back to the TV in response to Bab's shittalk prior in the day/week.

Biggest "gift" of history:
I think to evaluate how big a gift is, we need to take into account the stakes and moment of the match in which it took place. With that in mind, I think it's very hard to argue against Sami's VL2 gift in the MR 2018 final. That being said, I think that Jarmou's GV1 gift in MR 2021 upper Ro16 deserves a very honorable mention given that it was completely unprompted on lap 5 at double match point in a match involving two players who had never made a QF/Top 8 in MR before.

Most surprising opponents in the same final:
I think that results tend to be sufficiently consistent at CDX that it's rare for there to really be any big surprises in who makes it to the finals. With that in mind, I'd say that the most surprising final lineup was Mario vs me in MR 2021, especially if you're someone who didn't pay attention to or value SMKAS results.

Best championship edition (all criteria: venue, game quality, organization…) :
From what I've heard, 2017 was incredible from an organizational perspective and sounds like it was an extremely fun event.

Worst championship edition (same criteria) :
I don't know what conditions were like in the CDF era (I suspect 2006 might have been particularly "rough" for obvious reasons), but it seems to me that 2016 had particularly bad circumstances, especially with regards to the ridiculously hot and noisy venue.

Your best personal TT memory:
Hard to pick a single one, but I think that the best one might have been when I qualified for the 2018 QF. I was very, very nervous while waiting for the results to be announced because I really wasn't sure whether I had qualified or not. The minutes of anticipation made me very, very happy when Patrick called my name in 7th.  :etoile:
Special shoutouts to the final track of ASMKC 2022: I had been playing extremely well throughout the KO stage, and pulled off a balls-to-the-walls GV2 to edge out Karel by "02 and win my first ever championship gold medal.

Your best personal MR memory:
Although I've been really enjoying my MR duels with Mario since SMKAS, my best personal memory can't be associated with those because I ultimately fell short and got silver to him in both 2020 and 2021.  ::) Instead, my answer is my 7-6 win over Neo in 2021 upper semis. That match contained all the ingredients for an incredible memory: I came back from a 6-3 deficit with a combination of great items and execution, pulling off multiple do-or-die moves to stay alive and ultimately win over one of the all-time greats.  :eclair:

Your best personal BM memory:
I don't have any particularly strong answer to this. Two non-CDX answers come to mind. The first is my 5-2 win over Jey in SMKAS upper semis, in which I successfully implemented a strategy to grind him down over the course of what might very well have been the longest 7 rounds of BM ever played in a championship KO stage. The second is my 4-3 win over Drew in the ASMKC 2022 upper final, in which I used the exact opposite approach and managed to blitz Drew and catch him off guard just enough to snatch the win. Unfortunately, in both cases I lost the rematch later in the bracket, finishing with a bronze at SMKAS and a silver at ASMKC.
At CDX, my best memory is probably snatching a draw in 2018 GS against Neo before he even had a chance to really figure out what was going on.  ;D

Your best personal GP memory:
Without a doubt, my match against Takashi in 2019 Top 16. What an electrifying moment! It'll take a lot to ever top this, even though I lost that match.
You might think that my bronze medal from 2021 should be up there as well, but honestly I have very mixed feelings about it. My path to bronze felt very lackluster: I beat Jarmou 2-0 in quarters and Wild 2-0 in semis without any fanfare, as I felt that neither opponent played to their "real" level, and I heavily benefited from Wild's upset on Neo in quarters. I then lost two cup 5s to Geo and Jey, which left me with a rather bittersweet medal.

Your worst personal TT memory:
I don't think that it impacted me as much as it "should" have, but my answer to this must be the final track of ASMKC 2020, with both Sami and I on the verge of elimination. I went for and landed the GV1 PJ on lap 2 (after mistakenly thinking that Sami had done so on lap 1), then immediately crashed the first corner of lap 3 and proceeded to lose the track and the gold. It would have been an incredible story if I had managed to keep it together, but so it goes. (My first ever championship medal would have been a gold after a grueling fight in which I survived by a thread for ages against Sami and Karel.)
As for CDX, my worst memory is crashing on BC2 in the 2018 QF. I lost 3-4s by smacking into a thwomp inside the maze (for some bizarre reason), which cost me a qualification into the semis that I would have otherwise been very likely to achieve.

Your worst personal MR memory:
Nothing too egregious in this mode, but I do recall being frustrated by the way my match against Conor played out in 2018 Top 16. I had only just started to develop my MR tactics in 2018, but I had pulled off a couple cool moves to clutch a 3-1 win against him in GS. Unfortunately, the Top 16 match didn't align with that earlier result at all, and I lost 5-1 in a match where nothing seemed to go my way.

Your worst personal BM memory:
I don't have anything significant that comes to mind. If I had to mention something, perhaps I'd bring up Neo forcing me to play map 1 again instead of map 4 against Narnet in 2016 GS.  >:(
Worth a mention as well is losing out on $1500 for failing to beat Drew a second time at ASMKC 2022.  :fantome:

Your worst personal GP memory:
This one is probably my worst championship memory of all: while playing a Star Cup against Matt in 2018 GS, I thought that I had finished after crossing the line on lap 4, and drove straight into the deep water. By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late, and I went from a comfortable 1st to ranking out. This single mistake led to a spiral of consequences, which culminated in me getting eliminated by Wild in Q2 barrages. In turn, that elimination meant that I failed my two major goals for 2018: qualifying for every mode and finishing in the overall Top 10.

Your biggest achievement / the peak of your championship career:
Hard to argue against winning the overall title in 2021.  8)

Your worst championship performance / biggest disappointment:
The chain of events caused by the single mistake against Matt described above. I hope that will be my last failed qualification ever, and not for lack of participation.

The game you could have won if you had played it instead of being eliminated just before:
This sort of speculation is "dangerous" in that you never know how things would play out, but my answer to this would be the 2019 MR QF that Geo lost to Harold immediately after beating me. Watching that match, I can't help but feel disappointed in Geo's play and imagine myself having at least put up more of a fight against Harold.
Alternatively, I think that if I hadn't made that mistake on BC2 in TT 2018 QF, then I would have had a very reasonable chance of making the final.

The championship (or mode) you didn't play, but wish you had played:
I have played in every single championship / mode that I possibly could. That said, I would have loved to attend one of the La Suze CDMs.
I also would have liked to attend the first ever ASMKC in 2019, but it wasn't possible for me at all due to uni/work scheduling.

The championship (or mode) you played, but wish you hadn't:
None.

The best championship you have attended:
I think that nothing will ever re-capture the magic of attending my first CDM in 2012. It was a truly unique and special experience that will forever live in my heart. This isn't to say that other championships haven't been some of the best times of my life, but the fond memories of that particular week are ones that I cherish just a little bit extra.

The worst championship you have attended:
2016, both for the general CDM circumstances and my personal ones. (Staying at Ours' place was pleasant, but sleeping far from the venue is a major drawback that I now avoid as much as possible, and that year I wasn't able to stay for the closing ceremony.)

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20 ans de championnats / 20 years of championships
« Réponse #3 le: 16 juin 2022, à 12:40:32 »
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