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Nationals!Tezuka VS current Yukimura who no longer needs to be winning to Yip his opponent. You chose Tezuka? He would definetely get yipped if Sanada got Yipped and nobody was winning.
And since Tezuka would get TnK due to having ''Everything he set out to win''.
But there is no TnK. I see Yuki winning.
I see Sanada defeating Irie.
Why do you not see Hirakoba taking out Sengoku?
If Hirakoba forced a new counter out of Fuji, why won't he take out Sengoku?
Regionals!Fuji > Sengoku most likely.
They are both in 6th Court. Which is the throw-away court with Kamio and Amane too.
So their improvement shouldn't be any different from the other.
@LetalHawk, if Irie shat on Nationals!Atobe, perhaps he could do some kind of damage to Nationals!Tezuka.
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Hold on Kaoz, also explain why Shishido/Tanishi > Oshitari.Y/Kaidoh lol.
S2: Hirakoba vs Sengoku -> Sengoku
I needed your help there man, Hirakoba was so OP as a singles 2, everyone was like "Big Habu owns everything" lol
I feel likes a full on double only tournament would be wicked awesome. Doubles in general are fun to debate than Singles. I'll be thinking of some more pair and ask the forum in the future sometimes myself.
LOL, you're a true fan.
I'm not. Those who are neglected I shall expose. Simple as that.
You don't love the forgotten bros anymore? Shame on you, you must be a spy working for Konomi.
The only things Tezuka has left are ZSS and TPhantom, and he won't overuse either of them since they damage his arm. Then Irie should still have somewhat higher stats (not quite as much as during the team shuffle but still by a bit).
So I don't see why you'd say Irie will definitely lose.
Even if you discount the win against Sakata, he also beat the original Nagoya's S1. Those guys probably couldn't stand up to the foreigners, but at the same time they did make it to the SFs (and destroyed their QF opponent), so I think they could at least be on equal footing with most of Higa, if not better.
To get into some more match specific stuff, Shukuchihou shouldn't be an issue for Sengoku. As we've seen in the Seigaku vs Higa matches, it's pretty easy to seal in Singles when you know how to do it. I don't see Sengoku having any trouble with the normal Habu either; he is more of a technical player (so his normal swings are probably smaller) and he has the motion vision to help him out.
As for the Giant Habu, he only hit it once against Fuji/Kawamura and was completely worn out afterwards. Even with the improvement, I don't see him hitting it without trouble throughout the whole match.
And once Hirakoba's spin shots have weakened, Sengoku most definitely has the upper hand. Shukuchihou cannot be used to cover the sides and Hirakoba isn't as fast as Kamio was, so Sengoku's attack pattern from back then would still work.
Overall it should be close, but I see Sengoku edging out a win here.
Next, neither Yuushi nor Kaidou have great power, so I can see them struggling with Big Bang (not necessarily aces, but they'll be on the defense).
Their offense on the other hand is based on being unpredictable with their shots, but Shishido has outstanding reflexes, meaning he could probably catch up to Kaidou's shots even after seeing what they are (remember that he's the only guy who we've actually seen capable of returning a Synchro shot outside the G10, and at a much earlier point in the series on top of that), and I can see Inducement Formation being enough to limit Yuushi's shots.
At the same time, the Rising Counter is still a potent offensive tool and Shukuchihou is actually useable in doubles.
Overall I think that Shishido/Tanishi have the upper hand in the beginning and that it'll gradually shift towards Yuushi/Kaidou as the match progresses. It's mostly a matter of whether they can finish it before Kaidou's stamina advantage kicks in, although looking back at it, maybe there's a higher chance of this happening than not.
So this is probably one of the matches I'd reconsider.
LOL Fuji is champion XD
I could easily let you know that Fuji is just as technical as Sengoku or likely more.
Still pressured him.
Secondly, if your giving Regionals -> Nationals improvement to Sengoku, just how much are you giving?
Hirakoba wasn't all Habu. He was smashing and creating plays on his own.
Also, Habu is unpredictable, as Kite has shown us. You don't know whether its a normal shot or a Habu.
I don't see the evidence to assume Sengoku is suddenly going to be Hirakoba's level after he conceded 4 games to Richard Sakata.
Richard Sakata is the man who was satisfied after intense hell mountain training that he could run in a Zig Zag.
It says a lot. Sengoku is desperate for an upgrade.
I don't see Nationals!Sengoku's improvement being that great.
So he bt Nagoya's Singles 1.
They could have easily planned to put out their strongest players in the later stages since it's been shown as a tactic in the series.
I don't know why we should assume Schools from other Regions were as strong Higa if they haven't been included in the camp.
(I personally wondered immediately at the start why weren't all the Quarter FInalists included in the Camp.)
I want to talk about Gyro Laser. Why are we going to assume Shishido can return it when it shat on Kirihara and Yanagi couldn't?
Especially if all snakes and the Gyro Laser come from the same stance?
Kaidoh's Counter-punching lifted really highly in Nationals Finals by fighting by himself in matches while Inui collects.
I don't see Ultra High Speed Rising Counter really taking many points off of Kaidoh and Yushi who should know Shishido well.
Yushi's SSAS, DFDR etc. should take points. It raped Nationals!Momoshiro who is better than Shishido.
A confident win for Kaidoh and Yushi.
And as much as you want to deny it, his enhanced vision gives Sengoku a tool that Fuji didn't have.
It's not like Higa was super amazing outside of Kite.
And if Nanahara (the guy who lost to Sengoku) wasn't strong, what would be the point in giving us the results like that? What we see from Sengoku is him setting out to improve, then beating a superior version of the style he lost against and finally being the only one to beat the S1 of an apparently strong school.
If that's not Konomi telling us, this guy got a lot stronger since we last saw him, it's just not shown because he's not the focus of the story anymore, I don't know what else.
Yanagi and Kirihara also only faced it for five points, so it's not implausible that they could have returned it after a while. Even if not, Shishido had special training to improve his reaction time. Just because he's inferior to Yanagi and Kirihara overall doesn't mean he is so in every aspect.
Lastly, I'd like to emphasize Tanishi as well, who you didn't mentioned at all. Unlike in Singles, the presence of a second player makes sealing Shukuchihou much more difficult in Doubles. We've also seen that Yuushi struggles against power types.
To top it off, I'll also point towards the combination aspect I brought up.
I don't see it being a comfortable win at all.
So Sengoku off-screened a Nagoya player. He off-screened him so we don't know much.
And the play style that he lost to before, he only just defeated 6-4. That's not a comfortable win at all.
So he has Motion Vision. You're telling me Sengoku has better technique than Hirakoba?
So he can see the shot perhaps better, but he can only be taking light swings.
You're telling me light swings are enough to defeat Hirakoba? Why?
Sengoku won't be smashing with Dunk Smash much since openings would be harder to create when returning constant Habu's.
I don't see why currently at this stage in the storyline, Sengoku, who was said to have improved a bit,
Just a bit, since the Speed Play still took 4 games off of him, should be given this big improvement.
Konomi gave results for every single match that took place in the Nationals.
So the point to giving results to us was to make the databook have more worth.
He only edged over a 6-4 win. Not like he improved ''a lot''.
Don't think we should suddenly assume Richard Sakata was better than Kamio either.
Kamio > Sengoku too.
Not sure why we should assume Habu's from Smashes, Serves and standard returns shouldn't cause any problems for Sengoku.
This means you are saying Kikumaru > Sengoku really comfortably then.
I don't know why people short change Irie. World of Ice reveals any error as a function of technique/form/skill so Irie having no icicles implies he plays tennis flawlessly from a technical point of view. He clearly has the same 'return anything' property that Yukimura is often credited with. He's so fast that he can actually pick up a dropped racket and hit back another shot, something that's never been done before. Yes I know that doesn't actually seem like it'd be very hard, but no one has ever done it prior to this point. While no middle schooler has any category above 5, Irie has 3 categories above 5, including a 7 on mental. His skill/speed/mental are just unfathomably good compared to middle schoolers.
In the long run his low endurance and power will probably hurt him against equal tier, but I don't see any middle schooler being able to take advantage of it at this point. Atobe certainly wasn't able to and armed with Atobe Kingdom he's perhaps the best offensive MS player right now, since right now there is literally no defense against AK. Oni is ranked ahead of him in the reserve team, so I can see some explanation like 'BJK can't be returned by tech' but certainly none of the MSer seem to have a move that'd punish Irie's lack of strength.
And whether Sakata was better than Kamio or not is something we can't say. He was probably faster though (at least before Moujuu).