Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, not content with his previous EVO 2017 win in Street Fighter V, decides to go for broke in this year’s Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals in South East Asia Major 2017 at this year’s GameStart Asia. Because why not, right?
He defeated up-and-coming Taiwanese fighter Li-Wei Lin “ZOWIE|OilKing” in the tournament’s grand finals. Tokido’s Akuma and OilKing’s Rashid were evenly-matched; the former powered on through with fireballs and good spacing while the latter was rushing him down while breaking his tempo of attack to throw the EVO champion off.
In the end, experience beats youth as Tokido takes the first set of the Grand Finals, not giving OilKing a runback and making incredibly risky calls that paid off. Still, OilKing’s offensive play was commendable despite knowing that he could be anti-aired and “out-footsied” at any time.
Also, Rashid’s instant EX dive kick is hella fast and is still the best getaway tool when in the corner.
Here are the final results for the tournament.
1. FOX|Tokido (Akuma)
2. ZW|OilKing (Rashid)
3. Ponos|Moke (Rashid)
4. RZR|Xian (Ibuki)
5. Mago (Karin)
6. DNG|Tachikawa (Ibuki)
7. FOX|Momochi (Ken, M.Bison)
8. GGP|Kazunoko (Cammy)
As with any major Street Fighter V, there were many highlights from pro players during South East Asia Major. Here are the best plays so far (via Eventhubs & Twitch).
Singapore hero Ho Kun “Xian” ended up at fourth place thanks to tossing a bomb at the wrong place at the wrong time during his fight against Naoki “Moke” Nakayama.
Still, Moke had to work really, REALLY hard to block Xian’s offensive. No normal human being can withstand Singapore’s ninja barrage.
Xiaohai’s Cammy being persistent with the nut punches on Itabashi Zangief.
Xyzzz shows that even in the face of adversity (and a bad matchup), persistence pays off.
— HiFight(ハイファイト) (@HiFightTH) October 14, 2017
Xiaohai’s reaction here is good, we’ll give him that. Pity about that EX wakeup from Tokido though.
And here’s one more from Tokido: a sneaky Raging Demon catching a backdashing Xiaohai.
Right after the finals, Capcom showed off a trailer for the latest Season 2 character: Zeku. He’s Guy’s master (from Final Fight, SF Alpha, & SFIV), and he looks like a midrange character with two styles of fighting.