The event was an eventful one, but not in the expected sense. A total of 9 members turned out for the event, plus DRPEPPER20 who wanted to watch the event. As a result, we began the event with two qualifying lobbies. I hosted one lobby with 5 members and SUPREMEKINGQ7 hosted the other lobby with 4 members. The first 8 members to win 5 matches would then advance to the Final Lobby. About twenty minutes into the event, 3 members had qualified for the Final Lobby when one member had to drop out. As a result, the remaining 8 members would all advance to the Final Lobby. At the same time, either the PlayStation Network or the Capcom Street Fighter 4 servers (or both) went down. All of us got kicked out of our two Endless Lobbies. When we each attempted to create a Final Lobby, no one could set up a lobby. For the first time that I can remember, I recevied an error message "Server Creation Failed". We all got the same message. After two PS3 reboots and 10 minutes, I was about to cancel the event and reschedule. Fortunately, the servers were back. We set up the Final Lobby with only 6 members since two left after all the confusing. DRPEPPER was able to watch the event live in the lobby (timed out when his turn came up).
Finally, despite all the unexpected hiccups, HURSH191 won the event with an impressive (7-2) record in the Final Lobby. HURSH191 was also the first member to qualify for the Final Lobby before all the problems. The key match was match #14 between Hursh191 and Cubanile_WL. Cubanile was surging and one win away from winning the event. Hursh, who was sitting on 5 wins, defeated Cubanile to regain control of the event. With that win over Cubanile, Hursh was able to clinch the event with the following win against yours truly. As a result of the win, his two fighters were awarded an additional win each. He joins DRPEPPER in winning a live event this season. Both members are not allowed to play any future live events this season. Below are the final results of the only official lobby, the Final Lobby.
NEXT LIVE EVENT: SURVIVOR SERIES III (Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 11 PM Central)