I don't think Niou and Yagyuu would be able to Synchro unless they're already losing, and if that's the case against Akaya, you're probably half dead, so how much Synchro helps at that stage is questionable as well.
I considered Tachibana/Hirakoba, but gave it to Akutsu/Kawamura because I think the latter would have a better combination, and they match up better against Kabaji/Akutagawa I think, since Kabaji shouldn't be able to copy Akutsu.
I think Niou dealing with the pains of Tezuka Phantom is something will probably give him a lot of strength in remaining on the court.
Not to mention Niou/Yagyuu are the most trickful pair. I can see Yanagi seeing through some of their tricks but Kirihara will definitely fall victim to it.
Niou/Yagyuu > Yanagi/Kirihara imo.
Also, wasn't Devil Mode sort of banned from the Rikkai team? They said they will no longer let him access it since it is destroying him.
Sure they added in the databook since fans would of course be serious as to what boost it would give him even to this day.
Nationals!Tezuka/Yagyuu is a really crazy pair. And the option of Synchro when in a pinch?
Really Kirihara/Yanagi aren't going to be containing Nationals!Tezuka in doubles as well as Mouri/Ochi did.
Looking at stats, I think Mouri/Ochi are a good example of how beast Nationals!Tezuka would be in a MS Doubles match.
Very few pairs could contain the threat in all honesty.
In a 3 set match Kirihara/Yanagi stand no chance. ZSS/TPhantom + Laserbeam+CurvingLaser combo, a combo that was similar to the combo that left Kirihara/Yanagi crying inside back at Nationals?
Niou/Yagyuu probably can't even lose there. They're the 2nd strongest Rikkai pair after Yukimura/Sanada right now.
You should replace them with Chinen/Tanishi. Those two will comfortably take out the former.
Chinen/Tanishi could also defeat Yuushi/Gakuto in theory. Gakuto is legitly one of the worst MSers in the camp.
You're right. I took out Kurobane/Amane.
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Niou/Yagyuu can't lose there.
Considering Habu is something that needs great focus just to hit back, could Kabaji hit it back? The wild spin on the ball will probably confuse Kabaji the poor simpleton imo.
I think Kabaji at the baseline and Jirou at the net is a dangerous combo.
But Abare Dama will score points. Shukuchiho is effective again Doubles so MV loses its danger since it will likely be caught in Doubles.
Kabaji copied auras, I guess he should be able to copy everything Tachibana / Hirakoba have, including Shukuchiho (actually, he could copy both of them and turn into a hibrid monster...)
Kabaji is superior to Kawamura in terms of mental and technique, plus he won't necessarily try to take as large of a swing as Kawamura did, so I doubt he'll just lose to Habu. Hirakoba hasn't been mentioned to have unnaturally flexible wrists, and Kite would have to have those as well then. At the moment I think Kabaji should be able to copy all of Shukuchihou, Giant Habu, Moujuu no you na Aura, Abare Dama though. As for MV, Akutagawa doesn't have to drop it on Hirakoba's half of the court.
Regarding Niou/Yagyuu, first, there is a difference between pain from overusing ZSS/Phantom and getting attacked by Devil Akaya I think. Second, even though Niou got better at using Tezuka's skills, it doesn't seem be quite the same yet. Third, and maybe most important, you can be better against Akaya, but still get trashed if you're careless for a moment. Tachibana experience this and everyone else in Fuji's situation would have. Although this does make Akaya pretty difficult to talk about.
That said, I forgot about that convo between Yanagi and Shiraishi, so yeah, if we're considering Akaya without Devil Mode, they probably don't have a chance of winning.
He spammed TPhantom for what was more than a set comfortably considering they went into a 45+ point tie-break.
It was into the tie-break that he was saying nonsense like "I'm only doing this cause I'm Tezuka".
Tell me why you'd think someone with Yanagi and Kirahara's stats will do better against TPhantom/ZSS than Ochi/Mouri did?
They don't even have a sure-kill like Mach that Ochi.
Niou doesn't even have to be the real deal against Yanagi/Kirihara pair.
You must have forgotten Niou and Yagyuu are the main culprits for manipulating Devil Akaya in the first place. Yagyuu purposely giving the wrong translation to Kirihara saying the Nagoya regulars called him a "seaweed bastard" and Niou doing something similar against Seigaku.
Niou/Yagyuu have zero fear of Devil Akaya. They enjoy bringing it out of him.
I have no doubt that they know full well how to play against Kirihara's Devil Mode.
Secondly, they're his teammate. Do you ever think that they will be as careless, or anywhere near as careless as Tachibana who had just faced Kirihara for the first time?
That's just underestimating the most conniving pair in MS tennis.
Miyako/Matsudaira just laughed off his Devil Mode. Its not as dangerous as you think against players in his tier or above imo.
That was a long time ago in the story where Kirihara could just trash players genuinely better than him. Nobody is falling for those moments in the U-17 Camp as shown by Miyako.
Yanagi and Kirihara shitting bricks at Kaidoh's laser combo.
So Yagyuu's laser combo is more than likely to have a similar effect.
Combined with Nationals!Tezuka, Niou/Yagyuu would have to forget their moves in order to lose to Kirihara/Yanagi.
Combined with the more than likely Synchro if Niou/Yagyuu start to lose, they share vision so getting hit by Devil Akaya seems a lot less likely again.
Regarding the Laser combo, that's basically the same as saying that Kaidou would've kept beating them with just that for the rest of the match, which is a view you don't share if memory serves. Also while Tachibana didn't know about Akaya targeting his opponents, Fuji did very well, given that he knew/guessed that it was Akaya who had injured Ryoma's knee.
Miyako and Matsudaira were on average 5 points higher in stats than Devil Akaya, whereas Niou is even and Yagyuu 1 point below, so that comparison isn't necessarily true.
Anyway, like I said, I forgot about the Devil Mode restriction, so until we get further updates on it, I'll change my vote here.
Who says that Yagyuu could instantly Synchro with himself? Chances are that they'd still need to be in a pinch in order to access it.
I thought that if you are the same player you can immediately attain synchro. The Mutsu twins attained synchro without being in a pinch (they are essentially one person).
Then when Niou became one of the Mutsu twins he attained synchro with them (one could argue that that was when they were in a pinch).
In my opinion they would attain synchro as I think it is basically knowing your partners movements at the same time as they do. In that case if Niou can perfectly copy his partner in all aspects, I think that synchro will be attained.
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Also to add on to this, Oishi also attained synchro with Niou (who became Kikumaru) without being in a pinch.
The twins, Washio/Suzuki and GP had all already mastered Synchro at that point, that's why they can use it at any time. Niou/Yagyuu, or Yagyuu/Yagyuu haven't accessed it at any time, let alone mastered it, so I don't see any reason to believe that they'd be able to.
What about when Niou synchroed with the twins?
Also then what is the definition of synchro? I think that it means having the same combination and thoughts in mind. If that is the case, the same person would be able to synchro with himself.
TZ + ZSS + Laser combo + Synchro when forced into a pinch + Hyakku Ren when Yanagi or Kirihara are serving.
Devil Mode or not, Yanagi/Kirihara are up against a huge wall here.
There's no way there gonna get caught like Fuji/Tachibana did. Especially as Fuji admits just after that he was careless.