Fujimura Looks to Replicate CEO Performance in the ELEAGUE Playoffs

Fujimura Atsushi went on a losers bracket tear to win one of the most prestigious events of the Capcom Cup circuit in CEO 2018. His Ibuki showed up in key moments against the likes of Zhoujun “XiaoHai” Zang, as he turned a losers bracket deficit into a tournament victory. He was the steamroller at CEO, now he looks to come out firing at the ELEAGUE finals.

And similarly to his run at CEO, Fujimura will be fighting directly out of the losers bracket after finishing second in his group behind Daigo Umehara who had a great group stage. The run begins against Smug and will quickly turn to one of two killers in the next round as Tokido faces Punk in round one winners, Fujimura getting the loser.

It’s clear that Fujimura, playing a momentum base character, will look to build on that losers bracket mentality and gain some momentum heading into losers round two. Obviously beating Smug is no easy ride, and could end his day early, but the current number one globally ranked player coming off a hot CEO week should bring more preparedness into the playoffs.

Daigo Umehara’s Path

Whenever Daigo is in serious contention for a tournament win, it’s the same effect Tiger Woods has on golf. The world of fighting games stops and witnesses what this legend is doing on screen. After taking his group, Daigo’s put himself in a prime position to make some waves. He starts off with a friendly draw against Problem X, and if he wins, will face either Punk or Tokido.

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It’s safe to assume that most eyes will be on Fujimura and Daigo as the tournament wraps up. In terms of the tournament favorites, I’d start there with these two players. Tokido is also a scary threat, but with how these two have looked recently it feels as if one of the two will take it home. However, all eight players are capable of pulling it off and winning it all.

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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

Tweek the latest Bayonetta to win a 2GG Event

In Tweek’s most recent results, dating back to the latter half of 2017, there’s a distinct upshift in his overall placings. Since he first dabbled in the Bayo waters at The Big House 7, Tweek has gone on to win four major events with Bayonetta, including the supermajor this weekend: 2GG: Hyrule Saga.

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In fact, Tweek’s switch is almost directly in response to Salem’s winning streak over his Cloud. Salem’s Bayonetta eliminated Tweek four times last year and since that time Tweek’s gone 2-0 in the mirror match up and beat him solidly. At Hyrule Saga, Tweek put on quite the performance, handily beating a number of strong opponents throughout the weekend.

With MKLeo bowing out early losing once on Saturday to Japanese Dedede player Zaki,Β and after managing to reach to reach top eight through the losers bracket, falling to Captain Zack’s Bayonetta in losers quarterfinals. The players who made it through had a rough time dealing with Tweek’s precise Bayonetta spacing.

It’s Tweek’s fourth win of the year, moving into first in the 2GG standings. He continues to improve and more importantly, consistently show up and play a strong game. The number one of the world is still very much up for grabs, and Tweek could be the next player to step into the limelight

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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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