I don't know if anyone would be interested, but I realize I've never submitted my account on NYG2 (nor has Adam or Andy...HINT!). So here is my take on it. Gameplay wise, not much has changed since last year. If anything, a few selected players played more machi game. I actually welcome the change as it gives me more challenge. Well...that doesn't say much, does it? Let me try to be more specific.... Character representation was ok, definitely missing experts on half of the characters. To my (pleasant) surprise, there was no expert using Kage (Rich simply did NOT play). In my opinion, Kage is a MACHINE and would have given my Lau a lot of troubles. Following characters lacked competent players at NYG2: Jacky, Sarah, Kage, Taka. Slightly more option-select defense techniques. G-TE was definitely more common, and E-G-TE here and there. On the other hand, Attack-TE was rare and could have been used at many circumstances. Fun momemts: Team-battle with Nelson, Hiro. The match was in Normal mode, but each player taking a round, going up against other single-players. This ended up trying to decide useless player in the team. Well, it depended a lot on the charater we picked. Lau, Lion, Jacky...I'm OK. With Kage or Sarah, P/elbow/low-K all day. I don't know what they expected out of my Wolf...or Shun. For some reason, Hiro loved to blame on me...(but my Wolf sometimes outperformed his!) Emil & Adam's trademark "Bbbbodychhhheck!" in Killer Instinct style. It's just funny listening to Emil's barbaric trash-talk as we play. I think I ate his 120pts MC Bodycheck on one occassion losing a match (after blocking Akira's single-palm, I did P, then of course Emil's deep BC going right through my P). Watch Any agonizing over his "head-jerk", and everyone (Emil most notable) screaming sarcasm every time it happened. Instead of Andy's intended throw, character's head "jerks" and nothing comes out. Not only costing Andy a match, it did mess up his entire composure. Well...I think Andy was inputting the commands way too fast. Listening to Hiro's famous lectures. I already know all the stuff too!! More often than not though, his advice on particular player was very accurate. "Use only circular moves(Lau's roundhouse and sweep) against Peter's Lion. Lion doesn't have good counters against either move unless using buffered forward-dash > elbow trick." Death-match against Hiro till 6AM in the morning. This was crazy, especially having my dose of alcohol. I played against Hiro the most out of all NYG2 participants. I usually try to kill my opponents as efficiently as possible, even using a single move over and over (with no remorse). Between Hiro and me, however, the match becomes to decide who is more clever/who can outwit the other. I cannot let Hiro win because I don't want to listen to his lecture. Hiro cannot lose because he won't have a chance to lecture me. Anyway...lunch time now...let me grab some foods now. More to come later.