The Real Winners of CEO 2018

Sure, Fujimura tore up the losers bracket and won an absolutely stacked Street Fighter V bracket or Kazunoko pulling off something similar in his win over Go1 on the Dragon Ball Fighter Z side. No, the real winner was us: the fans. We got quite the show at CEO 2018, including a literal wrestling match on Saturday that led into a bonkers Sunday and finishes to the tournament.

As a longtime patron of fighting game tournaments and events, Community Effort Orlando 2018 had a different feel to it. Yes, it’s always had the similar wrestling theme with the individual player intros for top eight, but this year seemed to have more pomp and pizzazz. On top of a ridiculously entertaining tournament, filled with many memorable endings, we also got what could honestly be considered one of the greatest moments in fighting game history.

Now, Infiltration’s always had this hilarious side to his personality dating back to his famous streams back when Street Fighter V was just released. His personality is infectious and that’s why he’s built such a loyal following alongside his incredible talent in Street Fighter. I can honestly say that I was in tears watching this intro. It’s not the only Infiltration, but the announcer’s reaction, Tasty Steve’s reaction, and the crowds all culminating together. A helluva moment that completely overshadowed Infiltrations performance.

On a side note, here’s a number of the most intense sets of the weekend. The most often talked about set of the entire weekend was easily the unbelievably close set between Go1 and Leffen in DBFZ. Hearing Yipes scream the top of his lungs, as the adrenaline from the match takes over is entertainment at it’s highest. Include Go1’s comeback’s in that set and it’s one for the hall of fame.

The next best match, maybe to the behest of Tekken fans who got a show in grand finals or SFV fans who saw a monster run from Fujimura to beat Xiaohai, but the set I’ll remember most is MKLeo somehow clutching out a win against Raito’s innovative Duck Hunt play. The use of the can and his projectile timings brought MKLeo to the brink, but in classic fashion, he adjusted in time to take a close set. However, it was not before putting on a show from the crowd favorite

Featured Image courtesy of CEO’s Official twitch page

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SonicFox Wins Dragon Ball Fighter Z at Northwest Majors X Following in the Fury Suit

SonicFox’s skill goes against the laws of physics. There are only a few players who are able to keep up with ChrisG’s speed and damage output. SonicFox is not only able to stick with Chris G but in the ultimate move of disrespect, is able to beat Chris in his fury-form. After a first set-reset from ChrisG, in which he was pushed to game five, SonicFox had a fairly easy four-game win in set two to take the title.

Beyond The Summit’s DBZF invitational was only a few weeks ago, and despite a disappointing result from SonicFox in the finals, he bounces back to win Northwest Major only a few weeks later. His team of Android 18, Kid Buu, and Cell had little difficulties outside of the finals. The only blemish on his record at Northwest Majors was to Chris G, not dropping around until Grand Finals.

In the matchup with Chris G, SonicFox displayed varying levels of cross-ups with Android 18. The big counter was Tien’s level three air super that catches opponents out of the air. In the bracket reset, Chris G landed a number of these that eventually setup into hard mix-ups on knockdown. The problem was Tien was forced to be used as a comeback mechanic putting Chris G constantly behind in life lead.

Featured image via SonicFox Twitter

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