Awesome / Pro Gaming
Combine the competitiveness of organized sports
and the aesthetic beauty of video games
, and you have a plethora of potential Awesome Moments
This is about moments that happen at tournaments.
Capcom vs. SNK 2
- This match video. At the time of that match, Rachel Alucard was rated as among the top-tier characters. Whether defense, offense, zoning, or rushdown strategies, she could do it all with flair. Tager, by contrast, was considered one of the bottom-tier characters, with difficult ways to approach almost anyone and few if any ways to reverse the flow of battle by countering the opponent's pressure. About the only character he could fight on even footing was Hakumen, who Tager had demolished in the first round of the tournament. This time, however, he'd be up against a real fight thanks to Rachel...and for most of the first round, that's the case. Pinned, stuck in long combos, little to no way to pull out a victory... and then you realize that Tager's player is Mike Z. Cue REAL SOVIET DAMAGE.
- And this one provides with perhaps the greatest smackdown Mike Z has ever delivered.
- At EVO 2011, Spark shows off just how much of a Stone Wall Hakumen can be, Made awesome and hilarious by how much of a fan favorite Spark was, to the point that almost every combo and between-match break had a crowd cheering him on.
- At EVO 2014, it was the Grand Finals, Dogura (Winners) vs. Galileo (Losers), Azrael vs Litchi. Half an hour before the grand finals match, Galileo is completely dominated by Dogura's vicious Azrael in winner's finals; he loses 3 matches in a row. Even though Galileo starts out with the momentum, Dogura out-clutches him every time, culminating in Galileo wasting his Overdrive in an attempt to get back into the game (only to get punished by Dogura and lose the set). In order to win EVO, Galileo must now win three first-to-three sets in a row — two of them against the man who just annihilated him.
Fresh off that psychological devastation (and he looks completely devastated after getting stomped by Dogura), Galileo immediately goes into loser's finals against crowd favorite DoraBang, a Bang Shishigami player who blitzed his way through the loser's bracket. Even though Galileo put DoraBang into loser's, the cracks show as the two fight a close set down to the last match. Down a sliver of health and after having wasted his Overdrive again, Galileo somehow comes back and manages to take Dora down. Galileo comes face-to-face with Dogura again, but in a far more dire situation: he must defeat Dogura in two consecutive sets, and if he loses either set, Dogura takes the tourney.
The first set goes back and forth: Galileo comes up with two matches, but Dogura also wins two matches (and with disturbing ease). With the set tied up, Dogura takes a convincing first round and puts himself at tournament point. In the second (and potentially final) round, Galileo finds himself once again with a sliver of health and no barrier while Dogura sits on a comfortable HP advantage. Galileo whiffs his Overdrive again; from everybody's perspective, it looks like the tournament is over. But Galileo somehow takes it back and manages to finish off Dogura from the absolute worst position possible. Then he takes the third round and resets the bracket. The impossible comeback looks a little less impossible, but Galileo still needs to win the final set to pull it off.
An unfazed Dogura starts the final set by destroying Galileo in two straight matches; Galileo must now win every match from this point on or the tournament is over. Galileo rallies again and takes the next two matches, winning rounds by the skin of his teeth. Dogura looks psychologically shattered after Galileo's latest comeback, which takes the set to its final match. Galileo wins the first round in convincing fashion, which puts him on tournament point for the first time in a grueling twenty-five rounds; Dogura, a Worthy Opponent to the end, fights back to take the second round. With the world watching, Galileo takes the match to its absolute final round — and under some of the most extreme pressure that any fighting game player could ever face, Galileo won the tournament in its absolute final round.
With the largest pot money at EVO ($30,000), a lot was on the line for Galileo. What he pulled off was one of the greatest EVO Grand Final sets of of all time; Justin Wong called it the greatest comeback of all time. This phrase, uttered by one of the commentators at the time, effectively sums it Galileo's insane comeback: "This man is not human right now! This man is a legend! This is the birth of a GOD!"
- Also at EVO 2014: sG having to fight five straight Kokonoe players (Kokonoe being regarded as the best character in the game by many) on his way to being the only American in top 8. The last three players being Lord Knight (one of the best players in America), Tsujikawa (a Super Battle Opera champ and a favorite to win the tournament), and Banana Ken (another one of the best players in America).
- Justin Wong vs. Combofiend at EVO 2005. Combofiend's Rolento, with his absolutely sicknasty pressure and mix-up game, was out-and-out the star of the show, but Justin put on a good act as well, including baiting Combofiend with his Senpu Retsu Zan feint (giving Haohmaru a go-ahead for some rather impressive Custom Combo goodness) and some nice Vega pressure of his own. To put the icing on the cake, the teams (A-Haohmaru/Mai/Vega vs. A-Rock/Rolento/Eagle) feature characters (Haohmaru, Mai, Eagle) that you almost never see at high/tourney-level play.
- At EVO 2003, Amir had the misfortune of facing Daigo's C-Guile. Daigo scores an OCV, only having to resort to busting out a super once.
- Dr. B gives Daigo's C-Groove team a run for his money at EVO 2003, narrowly losing to him... in S-Groove, no less (to clarify, S-Groove is widely seen as the weakest and least-viable Groove of the regular six, tournament-wise).
- Eric Lee, his team of K-Rock/Cammy/Kim (usually anchored by a positively electric Kim), and his almost-psychic knack for pulling off Just Defends deserve a mention here, not only for his frantic match (and close win) against John Choi at NCR2K, but for giving Combofiend's K-Groove team at hard time, even in a match he ultimately lost.
- And speaking of Choi, we have his second match against Buktooth from the Losers Bracket of EVO West 2007. Buktooth's Hibiki puts in a very valiant effort at the end, but Choi manages to pull through.
- Similar to Amir vs. Daigo above, Justin Wong's A-Rolento went to town on Gief in the 2008 V.G.A. Tournament.
- Daidouraku's Ranbat tourney matches against RCK and Dari (here's Part 2) are noteworthy. RCK's Sakura and Bison sneak in a few deadly Custom Combos, only to be answered by Daidouraku's entire team (with Akuma and Rolento delivering some illusive cross-ups and respectable pressure while Chun-Li scored supers off of good hit confirms), while Dari's Geese is just formidable in general.
Fist of the North Star
- ESEA LAN 13. Dynamic Swag VS VeryGames. Things are getting desperate when Braxton "Swag" Pierce had to defend the planted bomb against KennyS of VeryGames alone. What does he do when he heard footsteps getting close? He throws his pistol away as a fake grenade.
- TeamX vs NiP. There's a reason this comeback is the sheer definition of epic, and why NiP is considered the BEST FUCKING TEAM OF ALL TIME IN ALL CS. NOT ONLY CS:GO. ALL CS.
- Here sNax from Virtus Pro demonstrated that in Counter Strike, patience, planning and really, really clear mind are just as important as shooting skill.
Heroes of Newerth
- These two video compilations should suffice. Thank you, thank you, no applause.
- Here is also a condensed video. Note: awesomeness not condensed.
- Daigo (Sol) vs. Zakiyama (I-No). Not for the ludicrous amounts of Dustloop abuse ("TEYAH! TEYAH! TEYAH! TEYAH! TEYAH!", etc.), but for the insane Gun Flame > FRC > Gun Flame (rinse, wash, repeat) pressure Daigo puts on Zakiyama at the end after a good read in the corner. Truly, Daigo's fingers must move at the speed of sound.
- While the compilation will come across more as side-splittingly hilarious to those familiar with the metagame, Kusoru (see also his mention in the MvC3 section below) is pretty much the living incarnation of homo-genius when it comes to GG Tournament Play. To quote a YouTuber, he plays so unsafe that he's basically safe. And he manages to somehow throw his opponents for a (Dust)loop with mindgames and win rounds, let alone matches and tournaments, with this strategy. So imagine if Kusoru stopped essentially trolling his competition and played seriously for change. (A breakdown of Kusoru's antics and why he should've failed by all means can be found here. For bonus points, there's some extra Fist of the North Star tomfoolery at the end of the above video.)
- Chipp (Susumu) vs. Jam (Kaleido Star) in Slash, a blindly fast and highly technical fight that goes from the ground to the skies and back again like no one's business. While Susumu ultimately proves why he's one of the best Chipp players in the world (if not the best), Kaleido Star's Jam was able to keep pace with Susumu for the majority of the match, even getting Susumu's number at the end of Round 1.
Kid Icarus: Uprising
- It's Gosu Invitational Grand Finals - tdM vs TiG game 2 ended in what may be THE closest finish ever seen in any video game. TiG manages to pick off tdM's Pebbles after an attempt to sneak a Kongor kill. Knowing this may be their last chance to finish the game, they go straight for the World Tree. tdM, knowing they had no chance at defending 4v5, decide to teleport into TiG's base and attempt to ninja their Sacrificial Shrine before the World Tree dies. What ensues is probably the greatest base race in gaming history, with tdM winning the game with one ONE hit point on their own main structure. ONE. HIT. POINT.
- In the Gosu Gamers World Cup - Pretty much the Hon world cup at the time - Grand Finals game 5 between Fnatic.MSI and team LOAD. After an incredibly close series, LOAD decided to bring out a pick never even seen before in the competitive scene: Balphagore, who was at the time considered to be a weak pubstompy hero who was entirely reliant on his Ult. What followed was perhaps the stompiest game ever seen in competitive Hon. Within the 20 minutes long game, Balphagore ended up going 15-0 against Fnatic.MSI, the other part of the world´s top 2 at the time, completely dominating the game with clever use of his minions and ridiculous pushing power. Within 2 weeks of this match being played, S2 Games nerfed Balphagore so hard that he hasn´t been picked reliably since then.
King of Fighters XIII
- Final match at GDC 2012. At first, Light Team ends up doing poorly, to the point where they fall behind, but they start catching up. By that point, though, regular Pit turns out to be in trouble, but luckily, the shown Light team member who turns out to be Master Knight DH heads to the scene ASAP and successfully uses his close range weapon to clobber the responsible opponent. HARD! The opponent in question is left unable to escape and gets KOed, just in time for the Dark Pit player and the third opponent to come by. Both Light team members focus their efforts on the Dark Pit player, probably realizing that the battle wasn't going to last past this skirmish. Ultimately, the Pit player gets the KO with minimal health left. That's right: Light Team won by a thread thanks to teamwork with a timely assist. It had to be seen to be believed.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes
- EVO 2012 Grand Finals, MadKOF vs Bala. The word "hype" does not begin to describe this set that goes down to the wire and ends in MadKOF becoming the first player to win an EVO title in KOFXIII.
- EVO 2013 had AS Reynald rampaging through out the loser's bracket and even takes out last year's champion to make it to Grand Finals against an unknown Japanese player named Hee San Woo. After going down two games in the first set, Reynald would go on to win the next six games to claim the title.
- In France, there is a kid only 10 years old who plays like a pro. Wawa's finest performance was probably during the Team Tournament Grand Finals at World Games Cup 2013 where he single-handedly took out over half the enemy team by himself. OH MY DAYS!!
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- Justin Wong gets a huge Crowning Moment of Awesome in his EVO '07 match against Yipes. At the start of the video, he's down to one character (Cyclops), and Yipes still has three, all with full or near-full life, and two of them (Storm and Magneto) are two of the four best characters in the game. Wong somehow manages to take down all three characters with his one.
- Wong does this again, but with his one character just one chip away from death.
- He also defeats one of England's best Marvel vs. Capcom 2 players using two of the worst characters in the game.
- Neo and Clockw0rk, two of the biggest names in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 history, fighting each other, resulted in this.
- For a bit of context, this has been called "The Final Chapter" for a reason, it happened a month before vanilla 3 came out, meaning it would probably be the last great event in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 history. And it was arguably the best moment in that gaming history.
- Most great tournament matches, especially those with amazing comebacks.
- Combo videos are generally full of this, special mention goes to those by Joo and the Meikyoshisyui team and Mangetro's Variable Atmophere 2.
- Everyone loves the Clockw0rk versus Neo money match, but to many MvC2 fans, Clockw0rk's CMOA was his money match against Dark Prince in 2007. Prior to the match, Dark Prince had been talking trash about several old-school players, including Clockw0rk, calling them washed up has-beens who were only recognized based on past accomplishments rather than relevance in the current competitive scene, and he went on to say that he could beat any one of them. Clockw0rk proved him wrong when he won the money match 11 games to 3, winning the last 7 games in a row. Dark Prince had his Crowning Moment of Funny when he ran out of quarters to put into the arcade machine after the third game, apparently not having expected Clockw0rk to win more than two games.
- MVC2 Will Never Die is a montage of awesome moments of the game. The Amir vs. BB Hood moments are particularly memorable.
- VDO vs Potter at EVO 2009. Not only does VDO do good with an unorthodox team (Rogue/Ken/Colossus), but he does it well against a veteran player and showcases several clutch moments.
- Sanford defeats Justin. Justin Wong is the undisputed king of MvC2; what guys like Chris G are now Justin was an even bigger version back in the day being undefeated in every tournament he entered for a good four years at that point and was referred to as God. At Breakpoint in 2004 Sanford becomes the first person to dethrone him.
- The Sanford vs. Justin exhibition at NEC15. The matches are amazing, and Yipes and Chris Matrix's commentary only add to the experience.
Persona 4 Arena
- Combofiend got one against Marn at Final Round XIV. With a team of relatively underrated characters, he managed to win all three rounds against his opponent. The most magnificent moment was in the last round, when, reduced to only a pixel of health and against Marn's Sentinel, Combofiend managed to make a comeback using Spencer's Bionic Lancer move. Or rather, his BIONIC AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRMMM!!! The crowd and announcers' reactions are priceless. Combofiend went on to win the tournament, beating Justin Wong in the final round.
- An 8-year old named Noah had entered into EVO 2011, and he was astonishingly a very impressive player. Almost everyone in the crowd cheered for him when he did good, and usually boo at his opponent when he's getting beat up. He made it into the top 48 before getting eliminated by Chris G... And then they shook hands.
- EVO 2011 Losers bracket match, PR Rog sent JUSTIN WONG home via perfect. Then he goes on to reset the count by beating Viscant during match point with Tron's level 3 against Dark Phoenix.
- Wong did get some of the glory. Against Richard Nguyen, he managed an incredible Akuma comeback against two characters with no X-factor and the tiniest smidgen of life imaginable.
- At a Bar Fights tournament on 12/11, Marn fought Combofiend again in another First to 5, with Combofiend absolutely trashing Marn, not losing a single match. And to cap it all off, Combofiend finished Marn's X-Factor Wesker with what else but a BIONIC AAAAAAAARRRRRRM!
- Iron Fist was universally considered a bottom tier character in the Ultimate version of this game. That didn't stop Justin Wong from taking first place in Southern California Regionals with him as the point character.
- Japanese player Kusoru, aka AGEOJOE, joined a tournament with a team of Rocket Raccoon, Viewtiful Joe, and Frank West. Everybody expected this team of three low-tier characters to go down quickly. However, not only did AGEOJOE win the tournament, he also managed to defeat Filipino Champ using Dark Phoenix twice. See the final match of the tournament (Kusoru vs PR Rog) here.
- Here's the highlight reel. Kusoru wasn't just blowing up the competition at Final Round XV; he was having one hell of a time, laughing all the way to the bank.
- MarlinPie vs. Alukard at Curleh Mustache 2. A high-kinetic battle full of insanity (and commentary courtesy of Yipes and Chris Matrix) is putting it lightly. This is probably the defining moment of it all, but the entire match is a "first to five" set that goes down to the wire.
- MarlinPie vs. Combofiend in SCR where they duke it out in a first to 10. In a high octane battle, Marlinpie throws down insane combos while Combofiend shows off his insane maneuvers. The game also goes down to the last match.
- TA Frutsy places 5th at EVO 2012 using a team fronted by MODOK, a character that quite a few tier lists place low and not many take very seriously. Frutsy goes on to prove just how much of a Lethal Joke Character MODOK can be, getting to Top 8 in the tournament before losing to Combofiend in the Loser's Bracket.
- Chris G vs. Filipino Champ's FT15 at Seasons Beatings: Ascension. As noted on the Fighting Game Community page, these two are coastal rivalsnote , so any time they meet, it's sure to be intense. It is often argued that this is one of the best sets in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 history.
- Chris G vs. Filipino Champ at Apex 2013 deserves mention as well. By the machinations of fate, the two of them met in the Grand Finals at Apex, with F. Champ coming out of the Losers Bracket. F. Champ came dangerously close to resetting with his Phoenix team, and Phoenix was set with a stock of five meters, until Chris G pulled out something never seen before: a combo into Soul Drain, taking away Phoenix's fifth bar, and killing her just shy of transformation into Dark Phoenix!
- Newcomer ApologyMan getting 4th place at SoCal Regionals 2013 with his Skrull/Frank/Doom team. There's no way you can make top 8, let alone top 4, without taking down some heavy hitters along the way (including EVO 2012 champion Filipino Champ). Apology Man's team proved how scary a maxed-out Frank can be!
- ApologyMan would follow this performance up the next year at SoCal Regionals 2014 by taking the UMvC3 tourney, defeating Filipino Champ (again) as well as SoCal Marvel legend Killer Kai in the process. He would perform this feat with a new team, Firebrand/Doom/Skrull, which showed that a Firebrand/Skrull shell (with the right hit-confirm) can lock down an opponent with no opportunity to counter it.
- Filipino Champ would get his revenge later on at Curleh Mustache NorCal, after first being sent to losers bracket, Champ brings out his rarely seen Morrigan/Magneto/Doctor Doom team and absolutely crushing his nemesis.
- He does the same again at EVO 2014, taking his defensive play to another soul crushing level. Even when it seemed that ApologyMan would be able to take Champ out, the latter makes an epic comeback, doing just enough damage right before the timer runs out to give him the win.
- Did you ever expect to see neither Chris G nor Filipino Champ make it to either Losers or Winners Finals in EVO 2013? Well guess what? That happened.
- Justin Wong's incredible performance all throughout the Loser's Bracket. Notably, he comes back from an 0-2 deficit against Chris G and wins three straight to eliminate the man everyone thought would cruise to an EVO 2013 title. He then goes on to Grand Finals and puts up a hell of a fight against Flocker, even managing to reset the bracket in crazy fashion, but eventually lost the second set to him, and Flocker would take the title and not only have Zero win a major, but win the major.
- Their rematch at EVO 2014 was nothing short of astonishing, with Justin pulling out all the stops and beating Flocker in the last set with 6 seconds left on the clock.
- Props should also go to Angelic, who placed third in the tournament using a team with Shuma-Gorath on anchor. Shuma, while hardly a bad character, is often considered a specialist character due to his high degree of execution. Angelic proved just how scary the lord of the Chaos Dimension could be.
- Sometimes, it's not the players who get the moment. At SCR 2013, Angelic faced off against Marn and crushed him 3-0. However, during the first round of their battle, Combofiend (on commentary) proceeded to call every single move Angelic would do two seconds before he actually did them. Needless to say, his co-commenator was both amused and freaked out.
- South East Asia Major 2014's UMvC3 tournament looked to be unimpressive, then came (relative) newcomer from the Philippines, Garret of the Imperium Pro Team. Not only did he wow the crowd with his flashy Spiderman/Rocket Racoon/Dr. Strange team, but also started knocking down a good number of the best players in the region down such as Xian and Kazunoko to the losers bracket before finally falling to Japan's Eita in winners and grand final.
- Justin Wong's absolute clutch comeback against Filipino Champ during Winners Finals of Evolution 2014. During the last match of the set, Justin is down to one character while Champ still has two including Dark Phoenix. At just the right moment, Justin pulls out a clutch super that hits both of Champ's characters, then activates X-Factor to extend the combo and take them both out, winning the match. You can see the entire match here.
- Rayray's awesome comeback in his match against K-Brad at Next Level Battle Circuit #100. Complete with Yipes' impression of K-Brad. Worth noting is Rayray pulling off an epic comeback by pulling off Doom's level 3 right when the clock hits 00.
- Filipino Champ had an amazing comeback during the 7-7 NorCal vs. SoCal exhibition at the 2014 NorCal Regionals. With all of his NorCal teammates eliminated, FChamp needed to beat 4 of SoCal's best, including crowd favorite Jonathan "Cloud805" Morales, Daniel "Clockwork" Maniago, as well as none other than Mr. Marvelous himself, Evolution 2014 champion Justin Wong. Against all odds, FChamp proceeds to beat all of them during the final round, turning what seemed to be a rout in SoCal's favor into a decisive win for NorCal.
- KaneBlueRiver takes Evo 2015. Let's repeat that: KaneBlueRiver takes Evo 2015! Kane, who had never won a single major tournament ever, and could at best be described as a player with an Awesome, yet Impractical team of Hulk/Haggar/Sentinel (none of whom are considered top tier but have very good synergy together) left a trail of bodies in his wake, including Ray Ray, Apologyman and EVO 2014 Champion Justin Wong to take not just his first major tournament, but THE major tournament!
- During Absolute Battle 5 in late 2014, Filipino Champ recieves news that his grandmother has passed away. Anyone who knew FChamp knew how much she meant to him, so he was understandably very distraught for the rest of the weekend. The awesome part? He proceeded to WIN the event's UMVC3 tournament (and perform extremely well in Street Fighter IV) and would proceed to dedicate the victory to his grandmother on Twitter.
Starcraft and Starcraft II
- This 5 Vs 5, Japan Vs America game from EVO Anime Suite 2013. In a game normally dominated by Japanese players, this amazing sweep by BananaKen's Shadow Labrys is a rare and beautiful sight, especially because no-one saw it coming. It's made even better by the off-the-wall commentary. BananaKen has done other awesome things with Shadow Labrys as well, such as getting to 3rd place at EVO 2013, and clinching his UFGT9 win with an Instant Kill, which is almost never used in tournament play.
- After the pedigree established by UFGT 9's top 8, things could have only gotten better the next year. UFGTX's top 8 did not disappoint. Highlights include Grab-sama vs. MoTheHawk, a Kanji vs Chie set with several big comeback moments from Grab-sama's Kanji, and both bouts between Grover and BananaKen, which went down to the wire with impressive combos, setups, and mindgames from both sides.
Street Fighter (series)
- Any game which makes SCLegacy's annual Pimpest Plays list is bound to be this.
- If a progamer wins 3 OSLs, he gets a golden mouse. It's more of a crowning moment of awesome than you'd think. In fact, winning any major tournament is HUGE. Look at the freaking crowd with thousands of people.
- Boxer's legendary SCV Rush.
- Ever 2004 OSL Finals- Boxer vs Iloveoov
- Batoo OSL Finals- Jaedong vs Fantasy
- Ever 2008 OSL Finals- July vs Best
- Bacchus 2010 OSL Finals- Fantasy vs Stork
- Every time game gets past lair tech in a Zerg vs Zerg matchup.
- Reach vs. Chojja, 2005 UZOO MSL Semifinals. While the match is mostly known for the awesome game-ending play "Reach's Lockdown", which made it to #2 on the 2005 Pimpest Plays list, but the entire match is awesome and unexpectedly long for a single StarCraft game. Needs a Better Description.
- A western tournament, the TSL3's final round between Thorzain and Naniwanote . After winning a single battle and then proceeding to lose 2, Thorzain pulls off an amazing reversal and holds off two huge all-ins by Naniwa to win the tournament.
- HUK vs Moon Game 5, Dreamhack 2011. After four gruelling matches in a best of five tournament, the score is 2 to 2. The final map is one of the largest in the rotation. Everyone is predicting a long, drawn-out macro-based game. Then the commentators realize that Moon is building no drones, indicating an extremely aggressive "Six Pool" strategy that goes for an early knockout punch at the cost of severely damaging mid-game economy. And then HUK, through sheer luck, scouts Moon's base, seeing the attack coming. What follows is a rapid sequence of attacks and defends, where HUK desperately holds off not one, but TWO all-in Zerg Rush attacks while building up enough forces to counter-attack for a win.
- This and a CMOF in Game 4 where Moon makes a huge blunder in cancelling his second base under the false impression that HUK had it scouted. The commentators even shouted "Wait a minute!" when they realised what had happened.
- DreamHack Summer 2013, Stardust vs. Jaedong. Jaedong has built up a massive lead in material and is making a huge assault on Stardust's base, but makes a critical blunder and overextends, allowing for Stardust's army to destroy all of Jaedong's structures but one: a desperation extractor placed in the corner of the map. Stardust found it and killed it. With probes.
Super Smash Bros.
- Arguably the most well-known moment in competitive fighting game tournaments is "EVO Moment #37", also known as "the Daigo full parry" from EVO 2004. Street Fighter III 3rd Strike has a defensive system called "Parrying"—any player with good enough timing to deflect a move without taking damage. The risk is high but the reward is great.
In the now-infamous match between Justin Wong and Daigo Umeharanote , Daigo (Ken) is down to a bare sliver of health against Justin (Chun-Li). Justin goes for Chun-Li's Super Combo; all looks lost. Then Daigo proves why he's nicknamed "The Beast": knowing that blocking even one blow would cost him the match (due to chip damage), Daigo goes Up to Eleven for even expert players and parries every possible hit of the Super Combo, including one while airborne, then counters with a Super Combo of his own to win the match. This moment is still considered one of the most impressive feats in all of competitive gaming. The most apt sports analogy would liken this to Doug Flutie's "Miracle in Miami" comeback.
The moment became (in)famous among the fighting game community to an absurd degree. Capcom's release of 3rd Strike: Online Edition even included EVO Moment #37 as an in-game achievement. Things get better when Daigo talks about that match: he needed the sound of Chun-Li's kicks in order to properly time his parries, but the noise generated by the onlookers distracted him. He still managed to pull it off without hearing the sound cues. When speaking of the impressiveness of that moment, Daigo merely commented, "That's just one of my common techniques, really." In other words, it's the fighting game equivalent of a "But for Me, It Was Tuesday" moment.
For more irony, pay close attention to the score during the match. Just before Chun-Li goes in with her Super, Justin has 107000 points. Daigo's score after all of that parrying and his finishing combo? 107500.
- Seth Killian later explained the real reason why this moment is so awesome: anyone who puts in enough practice could pull the full parry off—Daigo's real genius was recognizing what move Justin would use to go for the win, baiting it out, and maintaining the correct distance and timing in order to pull off the full parry. Justin didn't lose when Daigo pulled off the parry. Justin lost the moment he went for the Super, because he'd given control of the match to Daigo.
- To illustrate how hard the full parry is to pull off, Maximilian Dood needed 139 tries to do it.
- English player Ryan Hart repeated the feat in the "Battle of Destiny Tournament"... against Justin Wong.
- In the EVO 2009 Street Fighter IV Finals, Justin Wong (Abel) faced elimination after having been knocked down into Loser's Bracket by Daigo (Ryu). Justin fights his way back into the Grand Final, but loses Game 1. He goes back to the character select screen—while the audience yells "SWITCH SWITCH SWITCH!", expecting to see Justin's incredible Rufus—and picks Balrog with the Stars'n'Stripes hoodie. America vs. Japan. Loud'n'proud vs. stoic fury. "Let's Go Justin!!" And this from a player who's usually vehemently disliked by American audiences.
- Capcom held a Fight Club LA event in 2010 to celebrate the release of Super Street Fighter IV. Daigo Umehara fought a rematch with Justin Wong. Best three-out-of-five matches, Guile vs. Rufus, no switching. During the final round of the deciding match, Justin uses Rufus' Space Opera Symphony Ultra Combo while he has only around 5% health left; he thinks he's made a comeback as he piles on the corner pressure. Justin jumps in for the kill with the Falcon Dive Kick, but Daigo uses Guile's Flash Explosion Ultra Combo at the very last second as a counterattack. The end result? Their rematch ends in a Double K.O. draw.
- At EVO 2010, Justin Wong looked to redeem himself against Daigo in Super SFIV. Standing in his way was the incredible pad Zangief known as "Vangief"—who sends Justin to Loser's bracket—and Taiwan's low-tier Adon-playing hero, "Gamerbee." And yes, that is a ballroom of over 5,000 spectators jumping to their feet. This led to an explosion in hits to the SRK Adon forums, and some funny remixes.
- Sabre vs Alex Valle at EVO 2009. Nobody expected to see a Sakura do this good (Sakura was considered very weak in the early days of Vanilla) or dominate a legend like Valle.
- EVO 2010 also saw the infamous Juicebox Abel vs. Scumbag match. Scumbag picks Blanka against Juicebox Abel's (duh) Abel. In the second match of the game, things look up for Scumbag, so he starts backdashing a few times. He then proceeds to taunt Juicebox. Cue Juicebox making a huge comeback and reducing Blanka's health from full to nothing in about fifteen seconds. After losing, Scumbag slams his stick to the floor and says "fuck you" to Juicebox before storming off.
- Another moment from 2010 was Daigo taking the EVO championship for the second year in a row. (As of 2014, he is still the only person to win the SFIV EVO tournament twice.) The best part? He defeated Ricky Ortiz, Justin Wong's teammate from Evil Geniuses and one of the greatest Rufus players in the world, to do it.
- The first match of the SoCal Regionals grand finals for Super Street Fighter IV saw Tokido (Akuma) vs. ClakeyD (Ibuki). Both players are 2-2, at which point Tokido proceeds to remove his black jacket, revealing his white Godsgarden t-shirt. Tokido gets knocked down to 20% health, but manages to make a big comeback. When he hits Ibuki with his Raging Demon, Tokido walks in front of the projector, which proceeds to shine Akuma's "Heaven" symbol on his back.
- EVO 2011 saw something similar to the Hungrybox vs. Armada Super Smash Bros. example below, only with 801Strider vs. DR Ray. After doing button configuration practice with each fighter's mainstay characters (DR Ray's Fei Long and 801Strider's Akuma, Strider switches to Makoto. After a shaky first round, Strider kicks DR Ray's ass all over the place to the roar of the crowd.
- EVO 2011: Poongko and Latif take down Daigo, sending him home with a fourth-place finish. Poongko sends Daigo (using Yun, one of the Purposely Overpowered character) to the loser's bracket by winning four rounds in a row and getting a perfect on him to end the set. Latif finishes the job after a tough fight.
- In one of the after hours segments at EVO, just when you thought it couldn't get any more hype, the elevator opens. Out comes a guy wearing a horse head mask. Everybody laughs their asses off, especially when the guy starts downing beer and what appears to be energy drink or Sierra Mist. He then appears behind Poongko and Online Tony and sticks his head in between them. They both turn around slowly, then laugh their asses off, too. At this moment, Hype Horse is born.
- At the 2011 Marvel Madness tourney, Justin Wong faced off against Air in the SSFIV Grand Finals. Air picks Ryu, but Justin lingers, making everyone wonder if he'll pick Abel. At the last moment...he moves the cursor over to Dan. Cue Justin (with the crowd behind him due to the fact that he was gutsy enough to pick Dan note ) steamrolling Air's Ryu. Justin even finishes the final set with the Legendary Taunt Ultra, a move that is not only unheard of at high-level play, but was prophesied by commentator James Chen almost a good twenty seconds before it actually happened. Behold the glory of Saikyo!
- At EVO 2012, Infiltration cut a Giga Drill Breaker-sized hole through everyone he faced. He even dismantled Daigo.
- The Street Fighter 25th Anniversary tournament had a $25,000 waiting for the winner. Daigo busted out some new tech and beat Infiltration with a 3-0 sweep in Winner's Finals. Infiltration's answer? A 6-0 sweep in Grand Finals.
- Saying "EVO 2013 was awesome" is an understatement. We had Infiltration (Akuma) facing Daigo (Ryu) again in Top 8 and defeating him (Daigo still managed to reach EVO's Top 8 for the fifth straight year), then taking out Sako as well. He finally has a chance to face "Murderface" Tokido, who is one of the FGC's best Akuma players, in a proper big game. Tokido proves why he has the nickname "Murderface." But even Tokido's walls of Zanku Hadokens couldn't stop Singapore's Xian, who used Gennote to completely steamroll Tokido and take the championship.
- Back to Infiltration: After being pushed to 1-2 by PR Balrog's namesake character in Losers' Semi-Finals note , Infiltration changes characters to Hakan—a character widely considered low tier but is a strong counter to Balrog. Infiltration plays a comeback game to earn third place in a match that goes down to the final round and receives a standing ovation from the crowd. He even earns a man hug from PR Balrog. The FGC widely thinks of this as one of the greatest matches in EVO history.
- After the crushing defeats at the hands of Infiltration, most players would either learn a new counter character or resign themselves to eternal defeat. Daigo is not like most players.
- Daigo used the Grand Finals of DreamHack Winter 2013 to remind everyone watching that he is, in fact, psychic.
- At NEC 14, Sanford Kelly took on AquaSilk in a pre-scheduled money match. Sanford crushes Aquasilk. After the match, the hype of the moment winds down. Then Sanford looks into the crowd...and points to PR Balrog. The two of them proceed to duke it out in a set that goes the full distance and is as hype as hype can get. Then Sanford turns to the crowd and calls out Justin Wong. Their set goes the full five as well; it even runs right down to the wire. Everyone involved lost their minds.
- At SoCal Regionals 2014, a 5-on-5 Super SFIV AE exhibition was held between teams representing Northern California (headlined by Ricky Ortiz and PR Balrog) and Southern California (made up of the best regulars from Wednesday Night Fights). The exhibition starts off poorly for SoCal when NorCal runs out to a 4-0 lead. LPN only needs to defeat the last player standing on SoCal, Snake Eyez, to sweep the exhibition. Snake Eyez manages to beat LPN—then defeats the other four members of the NorCal team in a row. The entire exhibition can be seen on YouTube; Snake Eyez's comeback starts at 49:20.
- EVO 2014's Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament will most likely go down as legendary in the history books. The tournament started Friday with what some called "The Bloodiest Day In Street Fighter IV History": numerous well-known players and EVO winners were eliminated early in the tournament. PR Balrog, Ryan Hart, Justin Wong, Tokido, Infiltration and even 2013 champion Xian were all eliminated before the Top 8. But the most shocking of these eliminations was...
- veteran Ryu player John Choi taking out Daigo Umehara. Despite a list of commendable accomplishments, John has never been considered a top Street Fighter IV player, and he has never taken the game seriously, as he prefers older games. His win against Daigo is due to his sheer fundamental knowledge: He forced a classic Street Fighter II-style fireball war to remove any advantages that the SFIV system gave Daigo's Evil Ryu.
- Daigo went on record to say that Choi played the better match. He refused to blame his loss on a faulty setup (like some of his fans did).
- Also noteworthy: the performance of French player Luffy (Rose), who had to fight through an absolutely loaded bracket. After being sent to losers' bracket by Xian, he fought — and eliminated — Tokido, Mago, Eita, Momochi, Gackt, Snake Eyez, and 2011 champion Fuudo. He then defeated Bonchan to become the first non-Asian and first European champion for Street Fighter IV at EVO. The real kicker? He used a vanilla PS1 controller.
- Xian vs Snake Eyez was a sight to behold. EVO 2013 champ Xian played a patient-yet-precise Gen against Snake Eyez's Zangief, who can walk players into the corner and do mind games with the Spinning Pile Driver. Their playstyles resulted in one of the closest matches in the tournament—but the Moment of Awesome was in the final match. With ten seconds left, Xian holds a fairly healthy lead on Snake Eyez, who has only a square of health left. The announcers pointed out that Gief's Ultra would take too long to complete. With five seconds left, Snake Eyez nails Xian with two jump-in attacks that bring Gen's health down. In the next second, Xian pulls off his Ultra—not necessarily to kill Zangief, who blocks it, but to get him out of the corner and hopefully beat the clock with more health. Gen passes through Zangief, but at the very last second, Snake Eyez pulls off an EX Banishing Flat. The move hits as the timer runs out...and it brings Gen's health almost a pixel lower than Zangief's, which secures the win for Snake Eyez.
- Some fans of the FGC (as well as competitive players like Filipino Champ) have called Daigo Umehara a washed-up has been, citing a steady decline in his tournament placings. On the 26th of October 2014, he proved all the naysayers wrong by annihilating six of the best USFIV players in the world in the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals. (His only loss was by a narrow margin at the end of an extremely close fight with Poongko. Daigo secured a spot in the Capcom Cup and proved once again why he is still "The Beast".
- Daigo used the power of Evil Ryu to assert his dominance in the Topanga A League Preliminaries; he swept his opponents with a total score of 10-1 (only losing a set to Momochi). In the first-to-seven finals, Daigo again destroys his competition and ends with a final score of 5-0 and game differential score of +22. Multiple top players said Daigo was most likely to win the 2014 Capcom Cup.
- This winning streak culminated in a Bittersweet Ending at Capcom Cup. Daigo destroyed Justin Wong in the first round of the finals, but was sent to Losers' Bracket by Xian (who won with a smart counterpick and placed 2nd in the tournament), then eliminated by PR Balrog. The Beast didn't make Top 8, but he gave one hell of a show.
- PR Balrog's phenomenal comeback against Daigo Umehara in Losers' Bracket of Capcom Cup 2014 was nothing short of astonishing.
- The rising player on everybody's mind in 2015 was Momochi. His Top 8 finish at EVO 2014 put him on a hot-streak. He placed first in Capcom Cup, Shadowloo Showdown, and SXSW Gaming Fighters Invitational. He also nabbed second place in Final Round 18, Topanga World League 2015, and Stunfest 2015. He would probably be considered the best in the world...if it weren't for Daigo Umehara, who placed first in Canada Cup Master Series 2015, Stunfest 2015, Topanga World League 2015, and the Norcal Regionals (alongside several Top 8 international placements and wins since 2014).
- EVO 2015 didn't give Daigo and Momochi a chance to fight it out. Instead, the game is a long CMOA for the aforementioned Gamerbee. To begin: he was knocked into the Losers' Bracket by Infiltration and faced Daigo Umehara, of all players, someone he has consistently struggled with throughout Street Fighter IV history. But this time, he knocked out The Beast. He proceeds through the Losers' Bracket and eliminates Nuckle Du, Tokido, Nemo and, after claiming sweet revenge against Infiltration, enters the Grand Final against Momochi. With his iconic Adon he gave Momochi one hell of a fight, and though Momochi won the Grand Final eventually, it doesn't diminish any awesomeness from the Taiwanese player.
- Unfortunately, the game is also ruined by Razer, whose game pad's cable for Momochi broke down during the last set, forcing the pause and maintanence and thus ruining the pace of the Grand Final. No wonder words bashing Razer spread over the internet after the game.
- Alex "Uncle" Valle knocking Bonchan, the 2nd place runner up from Evo 2014, into loser's brackets during Evo 2015. Knocking Bonchan into losers is impressive enough, as he's one of the best Sagat players in the world. Taking him out with Hugo, a character considered trash by the Japanese with a 3/7 match-up against Sagat at best is more so. Doing so in two perfect sets without suffering a loss should be impossible.] The cherry on top is that Alex is in his mid-thirties and should be nearing the end of his esports career.
- At Canada Cup 2015, Tokido put on a hell of a performance with his signature character, Akuma. After the tournament, he is interviewed by Mike Ross. Tokido speaks from the heart to say that he feels Akuma has been nerfed significantly in Ultra, but that if he were to stop playing him in favor of a stronger character, he would stunt his growth as a player, and that through thick and thin he plans to stick with Akuma until the very end of the game's lifespan.
- Capcom Cup 2015 was marked by the incredible run pulled off by Kazunoko. His first match was with 801 Strider, who he had beaten twice before earlier in the year and who would push their match to last round of the final game before Kazunoko won again. Kazunoko then went on to beat Problem X, Misse, Daigo Umehara and Xian in clean sweeps to go to grand finals. During this run, Kazunoko won 18 straight rounds without dropping one to his opponents, with Misse and Daigo taking clean sheets and the book-ending round losses to Problem X and Xian being the only ones he would take in those four matches. In grand finals, Kazunoko faced off with Daigo Umehara again - Umehara would finally find his footing and force last game last round in a tense match, but Kazunoko would ultimately triumph to cap off his dominant performance and take probably the last major Street Fighter IV tournament in the game's competitive life.
- Every character in Melee gets one in this video, Super Smash Bros. Metagame, a series of compilation vids of amazing combos with every single character in the game, done by various pros.
- WOMBO COMBO!!!
- This video is one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in a game. Ever.
- The stage is Pound V, Winners Quarterfinals. The combatants are Armada, Europe's top player, and Hungrybox, one of the best Jigglypuff players in the world. Armada manages to take down Hbox 2-0, but not with his main, Peach; he instead clinches victory with Young Link. note Moves were shown.
- Armada would move on to the Grand Finals to face Dr. Peepee. Armada would return to his main, Peach, with Dr. Peepee using Falco having come out of Loser's Bracket. The two would proceed to go at it for nearly forty minutes and tear the goddamn house down. Both players were at the top of their game, combos were being handed out left and right (some of which had never been seen before, and some believe they were made up on the fly), and the action was fast and relentless. Peepee not only resets the bracket at championship point for Armada, he then goes on to win the tournament. Many Melee players consider this one of the best matches in the game's competitive history. Watch the set in its entirety here.
- At Apex 2013, the unthinkable happened: Mew2King, armed with Meta Knight (the poster boy for Tier-Induced Scrappy), lost to Salem, using Zero Suit Samus! To put this in context, this would be like a team of Magneto/Storm/Sentinel losing to Blackheart/Tron/Doom in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes. Not only did Salem win at Winners' Finals, he also took Grand Finals as well! In other words, Zero Suit Samus never lost a set the entire tournament!
- EVO 2013 was full of awesome, all around.
- Armada, the then-world champion of Melee, was defeated by Dr. PeePee 2-0, putting him into Losers' even before Top 8!
- Likewise, Mango, the player that most said would have the best shot at taking Armada out, was ALSO put into Losers' before Top 8 by none other than Wobbles, an Ice Climbers player!
- Mew2King, Wobbles, Hungrybox, and Dr. PeePee advance to Winners' Semis, where Wobbles beats Dr. PeePee and Hungrybox beats Mew2King. In Winners' Finals, Wobbles goes down one game to HungryBox and falls down 2 stocks to 1, and he is playing Ice Climbers vs. Jigglypuff, but manages to even the game up with a wobble. Jigglypuff takes out Nana quickly, but Wobbles manages to come back to win the game using Sopo! note Wobbles successfully wins the next game as well to earn a spot in Grand Finals.
- Mango's entire run through Losers' bracket during Top 8 is awesome in and of itself, taking down some of the world's best players, including Dr. PeePee, Armada, and Hungrybox. The craziest part is that he only drops one game during his run through Top 8!
- The Grand Finals were a category of awesome all their own. Wobbles was the person who put Mango in the Losers' Bracket, back in the Top 16. After going 4-0 in his last four games, Mango continues the streak, going 3-0 against Wobbles and forcing a reset. Set 2 begins with Mango continuing his streak yet again, going up 2-0. Just as if it looks like he's about to take Game 3 and go 6-0, Wobbles forces a Game 4 on his last stock! Unfortunately for Wobbles, Mango completed the full comeback and won EVO 2013 Melee all the way from the Top 8 Losers' Bracket, against the person who put him there.
- Let's stress this: Mango went on a fifteen game winning streak during his run through the Loser's Bracket. It's not often you see such a dominant run through the Loser's Bracket in any competitive game.
- The Return of the King!
- Context: One of the greatest Melee players of all time, Mew2King, has a very poor record of choking against Jigglypuff player Hungrybox. At The Big House 3, one of the largest 2013 Melee tournaments aside from EVO, M2K, after years of losing to Hbox, takes a set off of him in Winner's Finals. And again in Grand Finals! This tournament marked the beginning of an amazing consecutive winning streak in Melee (including two more victories against Hbox at Revival of Melee 6) dubbed by fans as the "Return of the King", culminating in a very respectable second-place finish at Apex 2014 against Dr. PeePee.
- Mew2King's Brawl run during this era was just as impressive, with a similar dominating string of first-place finishes during that time, culminating in a 2nd-place finish at Smash Factor 2, losing to ZeRo, and a 4th place finish at Apex 2014, losing to Nairo and ZeRo.
- His KTAR 8 performance was especially impressive, consisting of victories over ADHD, Ally, Nakat, and ZeRo (set 1; set 2), who all are capable of defeating M2K. His grand finals victory over ZeRo was particularly impressive given that he lost to ZeRo in Winner's Finals 3-0.
- The return of the king 2.0. After having had a terrible performance for the first half of the year, failing to beat a single top 5 player, going on a massive losing streak against Leffen, and coming off of a particularly dominant defeat at Super Smash Con, Mew2king 3-0'd Leffen twice in a row in Winners and Grand Finals, beating him wiith all three of his characters and ending Sweden's tournament winning streak against the US. From there he went on to take second at Paragon Los Angeles, 4-stocking Leffen and beating Hungrybox in Loser's Finals before losing a very close set to Mango in Grand Finals, and 3-0'd Mango at the Big House 5 to take a respectable 3rd place below Hungrybox and Armada
- ESAM's two sets against ZeRo at Apex 2014 were ridiculous. In Winners' Semis, he 2-0s ZeRo, with his Ice Climbers.
- This is made even better due to ZeRo having one of the best matchups against the Ice Climbers, period. (He defeated both Vinnie and Nakat, two of the best American Ice Climbers, at KTAR 8, one right after the other!)
- Dr. PeePee's undefeated run at Apex 2014, taking a set off of Mango and two sets off of the then-undefeated Mew2King, finally cementing Dr. PeePee as the best Melee player in the world. This included four-stocking Mew2King, twice!
- aMSa's Apex 2014 performance will never be forgotten. He managed to take 9th place among some of the best Melee players in the world, with Yoshi, a low tier character.
- The match between Mew2King and Kels at Super SWEET.
- Mew2King's victory over Armada at SKTAR 3. Mew2King lost a first close game with his Sheik, putting him down 1 in a best of 3 set. He then switches to Fox, where he makes not one, but two two-stock comebacks against Armada. What makes this epic is that ever since Armada has been competing in the United States as of GENESIS in 2009, Mew2King has not been able to beat him in tournament. That set marked the end of a five year block that Mew2King had not been able to overcome.
- Though there were plenty of hype moments at EVO 2014 for Smash Bros, the battle between Silent Wolf and Axe needs to be mentioned. Axe took the first set in a close battle, while Silent Wolf took set 2 in a match just as close. But the final set? Axe four-stocked Silent Wolf within 1 minute. This was met with a loud "PIKACHU" chant from the sold-out crowd.
- Nairo finally turns the tables against the reigning champion of Smash 4 ZeRo by beating him in the Grand Finals of MLG 2015, thus putting an end ZeRo's win streak.
- However, special mention does go to ZeRo for holding one of the longest tournament winning streaks in the Smash community, dominating a total of 55 tournaments, including (but not limited to) APEX, CEO, and EVO. And for bonus points, he became the first player in any game to win EVO without losing a single game.
- If there was one standout player from the 2013 World Tekken Championships, it would be Alexandre "AK" Lavarez from the Philippines. Coming in as a virtual unknown (at least to the international community), AK just about dominated most of his matches before finally being stopped at 3rd place by the Koreans. The best part however, AK was only 12 when he entered the tournament (and actually celebrated his 13th birthday at the event).
- GentlemanThief's Jean vs. Itabashi Zangief's Shun in the Losers Finals at Sega Cup 2013 (playing Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown), in what came down to one of the closest matches of the tournament, with Itabashi gaining a lot of momentum and winning two rounds in a row, and then Gentleman Thief pulling off the win to go on to the grand finals.
- The fact that nearly every single character in the game was used in said tournament, and all used very effectively. It's great to see a variety of characters in a fighting game tournament, as opposed to others where only a handful of top tier characters are used.
- Sega Cup 2014: Newcomer Zekiel displaying some killer skill with his Jacky against Jacko's Jeffry, sidestepping and outspacing and mixing it up nicely with plenty of style. To quote Shidosha, "How well, do you know, your character?!"
- The grand final, with Itazan's Shun vs Fuudo's Lion, an incredibly tense and nerve-wracking match.