Morningstar Sanctuary results: scymrian > Southpaw Hare 3:2
Zane > Geiger
Zane < Rook
Geiger < Rook
Onimaru > Rook
Onimaru > Vendetta
From my side, the first two games were fairly standard games of Yomi. I led Zane on a feeling that Geiger would be SPH’s lead, then couldn’t quite navigate the tricky Rook matchup.
I attempted the Geiger counterpick on Rook, but my record of not being great at that holds up. Geiger isn’t a character that jives well with me, which is a shame because I believe him to be the perfect gapfiller in my preferred Oni/Zane shell, but playing him is always a stressful chore. Need to investigate some other option.
So, knowing that Geiger is mechanically advantaged over Rook but not feeling confident in my Geiger, I made the anti-counterpick back to Onimaru, for the “mirror.” Onimaru/Rook matches are always incredibly tense, but they’re one of my favorite things to do in Yomi. After a long, sweaty game that involved my not finding a 9 until something like the third-to-last turn, I managed to pull it out.
SPH pulls Vendetta for the decider, Onimaru/Vendetta not being a matchup I’m well-versed in. According to MJ’s chart, I’ve played it exactly once before, for a loss. I managed to dance around a known Surgical Strike for a lifetime before eventually blocking it, I set up a ton of Clockwork that couldn’t pay off right, I ate a few kings, we just generally slugged back and forth for a good while, until after having to throw enough desperate Acrobatics, SPH was just down to, I think two cards in hand, and I sank the match with 9 throw. Flagrantangles was seen in the audience losing his goddamned mind the entire time.
Thank you so much for the games, SPH! Good luck with the rest of your bracket!