Welcome to a new retrospective series we are trying out here at TYM! The idea is we go through some of the greatest moments in the NRS scene's history and we end by taking a vote on the greatest match in a given game's life; think one of those sports countdowns you'd see for the UFC or NFL. So to kick things off, we are going to start with MK9 and a legendary match in 2012—the Jax FT5 mirror between Tyrant and CD Jr right before MLG Anaheim.
MK9 had a lot of competition during its 3-4 year EVO season, with players settling into the role of "best so-and-so" as what tends to happen with fighting games. Before MLG Anaheim, if you were to ask most people following the competitive MK9 scene "who is the best Jax player?" they'd probably have one of two answers for you: EGP Tyrant or vVv CD Jr. After a year and a half of planning, things were put into motion to have a definitive answer on EGP's After Hours stream the Friday before MLG Anaheim.
What took place has become widely recognized as one of the most intense 20 minutes in all of MK9's life. The level of hype going into this was further enhanced by the packed hotel room, flickering lights, and looks of joy that gradually came upon the faces of Tyrant and CD Jr as one took another win or lost another game by a sliver of health. Health deficits didn't matter, meter disadvantages didn't matter, corner positioning didn't matter: these two players did what they had to do to keep this FT5 running down to the wire. In the end, CD Jr was able to close out game 9, proving to be the better Jax for no reason other than somebody had to win first; if they played for 100 games, you'd best believe that the score would have ended at 50-50. CD Jr. went on to take 4th at MLG Anaheim and 2nd at EVO that year while Tyrant tied for 5th at MLG Anaheim and tied for 7th at EVO.
If you are new to the NRS scene, do yourself a favor and watch this set down below. You'd be hard pressed to find better examples of perfect spacing, zoning and mind games all in one. If you want to keep up with these players now, you can catch Tyrant (now Hitbox Tyrant) and CD Jr (now AUL Mani) on Twitter and at various majors. And let us know what you'd want to see up next in this series: got a match you want to see win the title of Best in MK9 History? There's a lot to go through, so make sure we don't miss one!
Road to the Best of MK9: EGP Tyrant vs. vVv CD Jr