It took every ounce of focus from Tokido, but he found a way to slow Smug after he rattled off five straight wins over legends of the game. After losing to Smug on set one of the Grand Finals, beating Smug almost felt out of the question and majority of the time the player winning that first final set to reset the bracket leads to a win. This was not the case for Tokido.
For Tokido, handily beating Punk and Daigo in the quarter and semifinals looked and felt like the first part to Tokido easily taking home the ELEAGUE title. Arguably the scariest player with some momentum is Tokido and early on it looked like he would not be denied. Even against a player like Smug who was on an even hotter streak of wins, beating five of the top-10 including Tokido in the first set.
The fact that Tokido was able to calm his nerves, refocus, and win against Smug’s Balrog which was running feverishly downhill on his opponents is unbelievably impressive. It basically came down to outplaying Smug in those clutch, low-health scenarios and Tokido ended the second set landing all the kill combos. It was a combination of methodical offense and not leaving himself open to counter-attacks.
Tokido continues to revolutionize the game with his incredible Akuma play. SMug was the only player able to contend with his damage output on every given neutral exchange today, but it still wasn’t enough to beat the monster that is Tokido.
Top 8 Results
1. FOX|Tokido (Akuma)
2. Rise|Smug (Balrog)
3. CYG|Daigo (Guile)
4. Mouz|Problem X (Abigail, M. Bison)
5. FOX|Punk (Cammy, Karin)
5. FOX|Momochi (Cody, Kolin)
7. CO|Dogura (Urien)
7. FD|Fujimura (Ibuki)
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.
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.
Optic Gaming, in one single day of the Call of Duty World League, lost to a Tainted Minds team that entered the day winless and also helped themselves in the standings by sneaking out a win over Complexity and now sit in a first-place tie with Rise Nation.
In a rather wacky day of Call of Duty, Optic Gaming choking and then redeeming themselves to end this week with a net positive was a perfect cherry on top of a messy sundae. Not only did Optic Gaming lost to Tainted Minds, but Rise Nation fell 3-0 to Complexity and Unilad lost a close one to eUnited. It was a big day of upsets, on top of Optic tying up Rise Nation in win percentage. The three top seeds were upset in some capacity and it helped mix up the current standings.
For Complexity, sweeping Rise Nation and getting edged out by Optic Gaming won’t do them any favors in catching eUnited for that fourth and final spot. With eUnited winning over Unilad, Complexity still sits a game behind a playoff spot, but the fortunate part is players like Dashy and Censor are stepping up with huge kill numbers trying to push this team over the top.
For Optic, it’s not looking like a complete product to end the season. Scump was an absolute monster for Optic in week seven, putting the entirety of the team on his aggressive submachine gunplay, picking up Crimsix and Methodz’s lackluster play. Scump is finally looking adjusted to the type of play in World War II. Optic still has yet to put a full team effort together and with one week to go, it’s unlikely this team reaches that point.
It’s been the Scump show on game types that aren’t Search and Destroy, and been the objective minded slayer that he is on hardpoints and capture the flag. On the two deathmatch modes, Scump is unbelievable at holding down areas. He’s a one-man wrecking crew in those positions, but this team can’t find the right touch for Search.
Optic Gaming even fell down 2-1 to Complexity and almost ended the day in a fight for their playoff lives. Now with the win secured and a matchup with Rise Nation next week, Optic can focus on potentially besting Rise Nation and earning that top overall seed.
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