The last day of EVO 2017 came to a close a few minutes ago. Your new Street Fighter V EVO 2017 champion was announced: Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi.
What made this victory all the more remarkable was that the Japanese FGC ‘prettyboy’ (forum comments, not ours) had to come back from loser’s bracket six times against the likes of Itabashi (best Zangief player in the world) and Nuckledu (Capcom Cup 2016 champ) before facing off against US player Punk. Furthermore, Punk is the first-ever US player to go far on EVO in a Street Fighter title since forever.
The Grand Finals Breakdown
Punk & Tokido display excellent defense and offense with their respective characters. Tokido is the veteran here though, so Punk is making his name in taking down one of the five SF gods of Japan on the grand stage.
Or so he thought. Despite a strong start, Tokido answered with patience and his veterancy. This is after all the man who introduced new Street Fighter III tech. He resetted the bracket after a series of offensive play mixed in with intuition.
After that reset, it seems that Punk was suffering tournament jitters as he’s dropping simple combos and walking into simple footsies. Despite Punk gaining back his composure, it wasn’t enough. Tokido won with this solid play, earning him the EVO 2017 Street Fighter V World Champion title:
Tokido dishes out his secret to winning on-stage for the post-battle interview. He also said that he had Mago as a “secret” training partner when trying to learn the match-up against Karin.
Punk may have been second, but attaining this high a position is no small feat as there were many pro players in the tournament.
Other highlights in the Street Fighter V Top 8 include:
FChamp’s skills with Dhalsim is still unchallenged
Age beating experience (MOV reacts to Moke’s Rashid setup)
But youth beating the old guard (Moke beats MOV)
Tokido eliminating Capcom Cup 2016 winner Nuckledu
Itabashi’s god-like reads
Kazunoko almost clutching it
America triumphs, if for a brief moment
Itabashi’s reads against Tokido
Tokido slays Itabashi
Congratulations to Tokido for a job well done!