I doubt the manga will stretch into the next school year, so we'll probably never get an answer to this, but how do you think the 1st String will look like once Byoudouin and co. graduate and the 3rd year MSers can play for the HS division?
Since the MSers seem to have been invited only for the MS WC, let's assume Ryoma, Kintarou and the current 2nd years have to sit out for one to two years.
Please list 20 players, the top 14 can be who you'd take along to the WC though.
Might make some changes later on, deciding on the lower spots was pretty difficult.
I do recon Tokugawa will become No. 1 in his 3rd year. Mouri would probably stay in the 1st string too, if anything he'd be No. 2. I don't see him getting owned by many MSers.
I'll make a list tomorrow. But with your list, there is no way Kite or Oishi would be higher than Niou. Just saying :P
Can't see Mouri getting a singles spot over Yukimura, Sanada and Atobe.
EDIT: I guess Mouri/Hara could be good if Hara grows enough to break into the G10 (which I'm not too confident about though).
With all due respect Kirihara and Momoshiro probably have to be on this list.
I mean, for some reason unbeknownst to the readers so far, Kirihara is good enough to be part of the damn overseas group.
I mean I guess we just have to swallow the "fact" that perhaps Shiraishi/Kirihara is significantly superior to WoK and Data Pair.
But yeah, I think that Momoshiro has had a crazy improvement rate so he'd probably make that list.
Good list but I'd push Oishi back. I'm not too decided on who should pair with Mouri since he seems flexible with anyone.
But Oishi w/out Niou. How good is he really? He's just an okay player.
Without Synchro, Niou/Yagyuu >> Niou/Oishi for example.
Oishi Territory is nice but it couldn't truly defeat Shishido/Ootori or Niou/Yagyuu for that matter.
Like I said in the opening post, I'm not considering the current 2nd year MSers because they'll still be MSers next year and the only reason those were invited at all was apparently for the special WC division. I don't think they'll get invited next year and only get to come back once they've entered HS.
As for Oishi, I'm kinda banking on him improving during the time he's not tied to Kikumaru.
I still think its wrong for Oishi to have a G10 badge since all the G10 are rather complete players at both Singles and Doubles. Oishi is a bit of a joke at Singles and I'm talking just at 3rdCourt level let alone G10.
Away from Kikumaru, which is what he has been since he entered the damn camp, he has nothing other than OT, which he already had.
Like seriously, had Oishi been paired with Fuji against Mutsu/Mutsu, then they'd have lost. Even though individually at that time Fuji may have been able to edge out Niou.
I think Niou's abilities were the catalyst for victory in that match. Oishi is very overrated as a Doubles player imo.
Marui/Kite would slaughter Marui/Oishi.
In fact, I would like to hear a breakdown on why Oishi/Mouri > Marui/Kite. Unless you're assuming Mouri can single-handedly win the match, since if Tohno struggled against WC then Mouri surely will. And Oishi can't cope with Ohabu with or without Marui hiding its path.
breakdown. This doesn't equate to Mouri/Oishi > Marui/Kite at the moment, but they aren't nearly as hopeless as you're making them out to be and I believe they will improve more than Marui/Kite until next year.
Back on topic, this is a great list. The only thing debatable now for me is you having Ishida above Fuwa.
Personally, I feel that there is some kind of threshold where 108th HAdoukyuu can't defeat you if you're skilled enough. I think Fuwa's stats imply he's at that level. Considering 108th Hadoukyuu is said to be less dangerous than SuperMegatonDeluxe, and that got snuffed out back in Part I.
No. 5 Niou / No. 6 Yagyuu
No. 7 Mitsuya / No. 8 Ynagi
No. 9 Marui / No. 10 Kite
No. 11 Mouri
No. 12 Eiji / No. 13 Osihi
No. 14 Shiraishi
No. 15 Tachibana / No. 16 Chitose
No. 17 Fuji
No. 18 Yuushi/ No. 19 Kenya
No. 20 Akutsu
So here's mine:
4. Mori (just because he's still got 2 more years at the camp)
6. Niou/7. Yagyu
9. Mitsuya/10. Yanagi
14. Marui/ 15. Kite
18. Yushi/ 19. Kenya (pretty sure cousins would work well together)
Although, Considering Mouri considers Sanada a rival and Sanada barely acknowledged his existence in the Ochi/Mouri match, I'm kinda sure Sanada has the edge over him there. I'd switch the two.
Date/Duke are kinda too flawless as Power Players for me. They're literally just so good on paper it's hard to believe they're power players.
I can certainly see Date edging out Mouri for instance.
I get what you mean about a token Power Player though. Isn't Fuwa better than our highly anticipated Fuji though? I mean we'd all love to see Fuji hit a ball in an official match in SPoT but I don't see him defeating Fuwa.
Tokugawa might not actually be the number 1. I mean he will get stronger now that hes No.4 but the MSs just grow too quickly to still be behind tokugawa. By the end of the WC, the top MSs might rival the top 5 HSs. I mean they wont beat them but they can last at least till maybe a tiebreak or 7-5. Its entirely possi9ble that he will be No.1 though and the probablity he will be is 80%.
My list is :