I have to say, getting away from all the bullets and bodies that Gabe likes to leave behind is refreshing. It’s hard to break someone’s mind when their body’s already broken. And besides, it’s fun getting a chance to learn more about people I’ve never met before.
So when Tracer got an invitation to this little tournament thing in her email, naturally, I had to snatch it.
The guy at the registration for this thing tried to turn me down at first, saying that there was a strict rule about only the people who were actually invited get to get in. But, with a little convincing and a little finger magic, I walked in without any trouble at all.
...I hacked the invite list, you pervs.
Anyway, after getting a run-down of the rules (Yeah, yeah. I gotta play by the rules. One-on-one, best of seven, don’t actually kill anyone, yadda-yadda-yadda) I got word of who my opponent for my first match was and decided to do a little research.
Huh. So his name’s Dan Hibiki, eh? Says here that he’s taken part in some kind of World Warrior tournament. Never heard of that. On the plus side, that gives me more things to look into. Oh wait. Says here that he’s never made it out of the first round in that tourney and that most people around the world consider him something of a joke.
So much for that. And here I thought the first person I’d square off against was going to give me a challenge. Oh well. Maybe I can still get something useful out his head or something. Just hack him and get it over with.
Didn’t see that coming. And suddenly, I’m feeling the need for a drink. So much for my early scouting. Note to self: Parkour doesn’t really help too much against a martial artist if he manages to get close early.
The beautiful thing about these little gauntlets and implants of mine is that they’re not just for my enemies. Sometimes, I have to hack into my own resources to make things work. It’s just a matter of doing what needs to be done.
Well, at least it wasn’t the total patear el culo(1) that the first round was. Giving my ammo a little damage boost helped me wear him down, and it gave me a chance to really see what this guy had to offer.
Third round comes around, and I finally start getting in my stride. Turns out, it’s hard for someone to avoid bullets when you’re shooting him from behind.
This round ended up being a lot closer than it should have. Thanks to how loose the actual rules are when we’re in the fights, I can still use stuff like my camo and translocator, but this Dan guy’s a lot smarter than people give him credit for. He figures out some way to track me while I’m trying to dance around him, but I managed to squeak out the round win.
WHAT THE HELL!
Nobody told me these karate guys got stronger when they get hit! Just when it looked like I was gonna get the headshot to put him down for another round, he basically trips over a rock on the ground and turns it into a crazy combo that makes me lose a few minutes somewhere in the dark!
Ya estoy lista para ese trago. (2)
It took a couple of minutes for me to come around, but once I did, something in me snapped. I got lucky in that it seems like whatever this Dan guy did in the last round pretty much drained everything he had in him, and I took this one pretty easily. It didn’t hurt that I managed to get an EMP off and he ended up just standing there not knowing what to do.
So it came down to this. He starts throwing some major hits, but I’m able to answer with some well placed bullets. It’s close, but in the end, I manage to get a hack off and it slows him down. He tries to get a handful of coat to try and finish me off (since at this point, I was feeling really drained. Madre de Dios, this crap’s tough). Problem for him, though, was that when he did, he ended up introducing his forehead to the clip in my SMG.
All in all, this was a really tough fight, what I read about him be damned. Gotta say though, that if this guy (who everyone in his little world thought was a joke) got an invite to this thing, I can’t wait to see who else is here and what kind of interesting stuff I can get out of them!
...I might go back and get a quick hack on him. Some of that karate stuff might come in handy later.
(2) I'm ready for that drink now.
(3)Mother of God
Big thanks to KenkakuKnight for working around all the scheduling kerfuffles, both mine and his.
Also, big thanks to @flagrantangles/Zivilyn for being in attendance and losing his mind, as he does.
GGs d00d, and good luck the rest of the way.