I just played a type 2 tournament in which I played nonstop, won all but one of my matches (only one victory wasn't a KO), and still only placed 512 out of over 2000. How do you place higher? It's impossible to play faster, as I'm usually waiting on my opponents to play most of the time...
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It really doesn't depend on the pillz left or the lives you have left.
The only problem in DT's is that both players should play fast