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  1. Taka

    Games Bugs

    I submitted my day 9 Toto picks via mail. Did any other absentees (who weren't able to enter) do this? I didn't remember what the correct method was these days, just that via mail had worked once upon a time before.
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    Metasumo 2020

    1-5 Pandaazuma 6-10 Screechingowl 11-20 Susanoo 21-40 Flohru 41-80 Oskanohana 81-120 Kishikaisei 121-200 Kaiomitsuki 201+ Domichi
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    Games Talk Haru 2019

    In SG it will be interesting to see if Japanese players will be proven spectacularly right a little later today. I've only looked around in makunouchi, but most players from outside Japan have Kakuryu in their lineups and I'm guessing no one Tochinoshin (who has a lot at stake of course). However I noticed that both Norizo and Susanoo were confidently picking Tochinoshin, then checked to see if this was some kind of Japanese trend and found out that almost all other Japanese listed players Chankoyama, Natsunoyama, Hironoumi and Survivor were avoiding the bout. So not exactly picking Tochinoshin but not picking at first, second and maybe third glance good favorite in Kakuryu either. Fujiyama is the one exception going with Kakuryu like the gaijin! Interesting! And yes if I could I probably would pick Tochinoshin right now! Or at least avoid the bout (which did actually enter my mind a lil bit)
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    Games Talk Hatsu 2019

    I really wish I could claim it but instead rather embarrassingly this was an extreme case of it better being lucky than good! At first I had picked the fusen bout and Mitoryu over Aminishiki as my two picks but even though at first I did have a strong feeling Hakuho could lose, when I started looking at other possible picks and considering the overall + - in the TTT Yusho race I started talking myself more and more into going with Hakuho (to win!) which increasingly seemed like the most rational pick. So I kept picking back and forth between Mitoryu and Hakuho and depending on what I ended up going with I also had to change "to lose or to win" in the fusen bout and I guess I just accidentally ended up screwing things up and picking the opposite! I think I've done similar once or twice over the years in TTT and fortunately for me, this time it worked out beautifully.
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    Metasumo 2018

    1-5 Pandaazuma 6-10 Norizo 11-20 Flohru 21-40 Chishafuwaku 41-80 Achiyama 81-120 Pitinosato 121-200 Kintamayama 201- Smoczayama
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    Games talk Kyushu Basho 2017

    I was pretty sure that there was unusual potential today for a big score in OddSumo. It did not disappoint! However, those who just missed out on that big score (including me) can now feel unusually bad. Today was a great chance.
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    Day 2 comments - Aki 2017

    What a great blast from the past (and into the present) getting to read these again!
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    Aki Superbanzuke 2017

    Not scoring more WC points at the end of last Basho was very disappointing (things had been looking so great!) so this points record serves as nice encouragement that things have indeed still been going great. I think I'm close to my limit though and expect downswing very soon... Thanks for the continued work Randomitsuki!
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    Nagoya Superbanzuke 2017

    Ozeki! Until some time last year I had never really cared more about SB than WC placings but frustratingly last year WC-points just weren't happening despite me feeling pretty good about my sumo-gaming performances, which is far from always the case, and at some point, maybe for the first time ever crazily enough, I started seriously appreciating rising on various Banzuke (+holding on) over WC top 10 placements or failure to do so. It was quite satisfying and also a much needed motivational refill and I guess this is the culmination. Now, there are actually room to grow in some places (I was once again NC entry-didn't happen victim for starters and then there are games where I've done better in the past and quite fancy myself - it may also finally be time to try out GTB) but of course downswings will happen, some drastic ones too, and I fully expect some notable gamers to rise again and overtake me, but in the midst of seemingly Pandaazuma sumo-gaming invincibility, for this player, this is a nice bright spot. As always, thank you Randomitsuki for still doing this!
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    Games Talk Nagoya 2017 - spoilers gotta spoil -

    C A R N A G E The Tochiozan picks are the last ones standing as we speak! I could see him lose too. We shall see. edit: NOPE! Two players left then.
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    Games Talk Haru 2017

    When was the old chat's heyday? And what was the resolution back then? That must have been years before 2010 but I think I'm mixing the years up right now in my head and whatever it was that I was I was doing at the exact time. I just remember early very dark mornings, getting up, entering the chat and first in, sometimes before the Juryo action if luck would have it that the feed had started early would always be Kashunowaka, you (Asashosakari) though I think sometimes I would beat you to it so to speak and then sporadically people would come in and out the coming hours, including the original Sumoforum owner/founder occasionally. But you and Kashunowaka are who I mostly associate with this time. And yes there were all kinds of stream quality issues (the worst was having to restart the stream and then despite hammering away somehow not be able to get in during the final bouts where the feed was often falling apart anyways) and sleep sacrifices to be made that I could never tolerate now (for sumo at least) I don't think, but I remember the chats on the sumo itself and of course the sumo games that I was just getting into (there's my clue to what year this was!) quite fondly. Good times!
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    Games Talk Haru 2017

    I think most agree that you can't get too caught up in the H2Hs alone but still I only ever NOT click the ST bout number when desperate, depressed, disillusioned and I guess in the mood for experimentation following a number of bad losing days in a row. I did it this Basho on day 6 after losing badly three days in a row, and go figure I end up with the best score of the day... Now I probably ended up looking at a few H2H after all where I was just too curious but far from every bout and jumping in more "naked" felt like it was nice refresher at that (low) point.
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    Games talk Hatsu 2017

    I'm sure it also happened to others in OddSumo today, probably also with bigger quotas at stake than the 42,38 that I was aiming for, but there is something especially frustrating about your OddSumo loss whenever you get, going against Hakuho right, something I almost never gamble on, and it's someone else in your accumulator who lets you down RUINING EVERYTHING. In my case none other than Kisenosato who I'm also so annoyed that I ended up adding, against all reason I'm sure value-wise, as as an "ultra-safe go-along", even when deep inside all my warning signals were going off following his nervy escape against Okinoumi and how against all people, that kind of advantage handed to him would work very well for Kotoshogiku (despite being so weak right now). UGH!
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    Games Bugs

    This basho at least, Odd sumo is also doing something different - Ikioi today and Takayasu yesterday - compared to the original rules:
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    Fantasy Metasumo 2017

    1-5: ScreechingOwl 6-10: Randomitsuki 11-20: Kotononami 21-40: Taka 41-80: Jakusotsu 81-120: Anjoboshi 121-200: Toonoryu 201+: Takayumi
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    Turn the Tide-everyone is drowning..

    Haha when I finally did get a win it was by mistake! It's funny though because out of senseless desperation I had actually been teasing just going totally opposite of whatever intended picks to see if that would work, so maybe just maybe my subconsciousness somehow did come though for the win accidentally going Daishomaru instead of Kaisei...
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    Video Stream - Availability

    It's a very fascinating music video right now, but I would prefer sumo instead...
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    Games Bugs

    When you log back in (TT,ST,ISP so far) my entry has been remembered, so I'm guessing it's all good? I also have vague memories of this being the case sometime in the past (a search of this topic may confirm this) and the entries being in the DB, runtime error and lack of confirmation be damned.
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    Games Bugs

    Getting runtime errors when submitting (so far) ISP and Toto entries. Do they go through and it's just confirmation that dies or the whole thing?
  20. I haven't seen any footage from the "first bout" online. Daieisho sent Osunaarashi to the rafters, but there was a call for matta afterwards which seemed more than a little bit out of place. Yeah I just watched it thanks to Kintamayama who included the "first bout" with some apt commentary also. I definitely did not expect to see Osunaarishi being overwhelmed like that but matta to the rescue I guess... A weird situation all around!
  21. Yup, that's what I missed. I had him in both SG and Odd sumo where he seemed like a pretty good pick, but then again I haven't seen the bouts yet and from Jakusotsu's post it seems like he was somewhat fortunate or something so who knows maybe I underrated Daieisho
  22. For some reason I completely failed to spot that Osunaarashi was even available...
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    Games Talk Haru 2016

    Tough 10-9 loss in SG where you normally just shrug your shoulders at your opponent's nice jackpot and what are you gonna do but move on to the next very close bout but it was my 10th spot who lost and it was Hidenoumi who I normally would never pick (it could be the first time ever) and very often pick against. I didn't even get the idea before sort of glancing at some lineups when doing tippspiel and saw that people liked him, then on top of that also broke some of the sort of loose homebrewing rules, that I often end up following to somehow rule out some others (that proved popular picks with others) and then finally decide on Hidenoumi which proved fatal. A lot of things have to not go wrong in order to get a great win-loss record in top of makuuchi (and in general) and this was desperately close to a nice 6-1 start. The rest of the dailies continued to be good though with successes just about everywhere. Day 8 looks difficult and for starters compared to the rest of the Basho so far I absolutely hate my bench lineup and SQ selections. TT also sucks.
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    Games Talk Haru 2016

    I quite enjoy Norizo's Cup and its questions and kinda regret not playing it for so long. I won't pretend to understand all possible nuances of the game yet - understanding the interesting questions 100 percent can be a first hindrance but without spending too much time on them my take on the process so far mostly is some kind of satisfactory experience when in my head handicapping the various answers. I think they quite often encourage some logical thinking (whether rightly or wrongly I like it when I think that I avoid something completely irrational even if its entertaining) and hopefully you can mostly come up with the goods and with some good fortune then reap some benefits. Regarding the special question, there was some vague special strategic considerations juggling likely vs unlikely and sure enough some implied odds if you will but of course I didn't expect just 3 people to make that particular pick and fortunately we all got very lucky. Maybe unfairly or unreasonably so but again I haven't studied the game all that closely and only jumped into it at the deep end (after avoiding it for a long time because the first time I played it years ago it made little sense to me) of last year as a last desperate measure in the world championship race. But it's a fun game I think!
  25. Very rambling speculative post ahead (you have been warned): So I'm kind of considering at some point doing a "fists-down investigation" looking at videos of the tachi-ai and see if that can provide some answers to some of the success of rikishi with a certain kind of style and center of gravity, I'm thinking mainly about Kotoyuki and Kotoshogiku. First of all I should say that I haven't even paid particular attention to Kotoshogiku when it comes to this. It's Kotoyuki who has the reputation and who I've noticed is a notorious sinner (though not today I didn't think at first glance) perhaps benefiting greatly. I'm not saying that he is the only one not following protocol strictly, far far from it I'm pretty sure but would a forming suspicion in my head that Kotoyuki's particular style and center of gravity benefit from the current tachi-ai climate be very wrong? Well, I started to think that it wasn't when pondering his rise and that's when Kotoshogiku amidst all the fiery debate on arrangement of bouts and what the hell was going on with him and SUMO also popped into my head. I mean there is a still a chance that his new success is simply variance. Any dramatic turnaround success from him comes down to fewer bouts than people may think, if you think about it (I think!) and part of any fortune for him obviously could also to whatever extent simply be opponents experiencing whatever kind of misfortune (like physical) that they had perhaps not suffered from recently. I'd believe something along those lines more than any significant improvement from him whether physical or technical at this stage in his career. Certainly just looking at him, I'm not seriously seeing any of that, it's mostly just the results that are better right now. His process is still very Kotoshogiku. Of course him being more healthy than in many years would be one of the best explanations of recent success. How much that is the case I don't know. I know that he has had injuries but it hasn't been my impression that he has NEVER had good healthy spells. Anyway the idea taking shape in my mind, brought to me from Kotoyuki basically, was if a current tachi-ai climate (most importantly not consistently consisting of FIST(S) DOWN) simply to whatever extent, favor the Kotoshogiku style, build and center of gravity to whatever extent more so than at other times and if that, rather than dramatic bout-arranging, along with variance, his health and other's health, could be part of the explanation, could be part of an edge that he (and most likely some others) are enjoying right now. I will admit that especially Kotoyuki has annoyed me with his no-fist. I can't say that Kotoshogiku has at all because I'm not even sure how much he is a part of this (I will try to have a look and of course could/should just have delayed this post until I had). But if this quick not even fully formed theory holds any water then I do think that I'm ready to simply accept, and not ill-judge, that this is just similar to many sports where a specific current climate favors a certain type of athlete. Whether it's different sizes and different type of athleticism enjoying different levels of success in different times in NBA basketbal or soccer - different rules playing a big part. Tennis has also seen dramatic changes for different styles and bodytypes at the mercy of different surfaces and racket technology. Or to take one of the most extreme examples, road-cycling, where for a long period in the 90s and early 00s a very important component of your talent was just how well your physiology reacted to EPO specifically compared to everyone else using it. Compared to all that, this here in sumo, if it even exists, is very minor and maybe very temporary also.