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.
- 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 Hokuto no Ken 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.
Hokuto No Ken
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.
- 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 2: New Age Of Heroes
- In this video, professional League of Legends player Faker outsmarts and kills Ryu, another pro player. As the same character. After sustaining massive damage. Note that when it cuts to his face, Ryu is actually CRYING.
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.
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 someone 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 Kbrad at Battle Circuit. Complete with Yipes' impression of Kbrad. Worth noting is Rayray pulling off an epic comeback by pulling off Doom's level 3 right when the clock hits 00.
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.
- The most well known one is EVO Moment #37, or "Daigo full parry" from EVO 2004. Street Fighter III 3rd Strike has a defensive system - "Parrying" - which allows any player with good enough timing to deflect a move without taking damage; the risk is high, but the reward is great.
In the famous match between Justin Wong and Daigo Umeharanote Daigo (playing as Ken) is down to a bare sliver of health against Justin (Chun-Li). As Justin goes for a Super Combo, all looks lost... but 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 very quickly counters with a Super Combo of his own to win the match. To this day, it's still considered one of the most impressive feats in 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. When Capcom released 3rd Strike: Online Edition, EVO Moment #37 was featured as an achievement in the game. It gets better when hearing Daigo retrospectively talk about that match: Daigo 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 off the feat effortlessly 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. Right 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 to the Penny Arcade Report the real reason why this moment is so awesome. Any Street Fighter player who puts in enough practice could pull the full parry off; Daigo's real genius was recognizing the move that Justin would use to go for the win, baiting it out of him, 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 — he lost the moment that he went for the Super, because he'd given control of the match to Daigo.
- Just to illustrate how nigh-impossible it was to pull off, Let's Player Maximilian needed 139 tries to replicate the move.
- A feat later repeated by English player Ryan Hart in the "Battle of Destiny Tournament"... against Justin Wong.
- At #37 Reloaded, a special tournament held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Evo Moment #37, a special exhibition match was held between Daigo and Justin Wong. They used the same characters, with the same color palettes, and fought on the same stage. And then, Daigo did it again.
- In the EVO 2009 Street Fighter IV Finals, Justin Wong (playing Abel) had already been knocked down into Loser's Bracket by Daigo's unstoppable Ryu. Justin fought his way back into the Grand Final, and lost game 1. He goes back to the character select screen, the audience yelling "SWITCH SWITCH SWITCH!", expecting to see Justin's incredible Rufus - and Justin 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.
- At Capcom's Fight Club LA event in 2010 - celebrating the release of Super Street Fighter IV - Daigo Umehara had 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 and thinks he's come back as he piles on the corner pressure. He 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? A DOUBLE K.O. - the rematch ended in a draw. See it for yourself.
- EVO 2010, Justin Wong was looking to redeem himself against Daigo in Super SFIV (after the Fight Club LA Double-KO and previous EVO loss). Standing in his way — 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. Leading to an explosion in hits to the SRK Adon forums, and some funny remixes.
- In November 2014, Daigo and Justin Wong faced off with each other in Third Strike once again, this time at an event named for their special moment: Moment 37 Reloaded. They chose the same characters, colors, and stage as the match which contained their original moment, and despite it happening under (and ending with) different circumstances, the Moment happens again. Go watch their full exhibition match for more awesome, but if you're after The Moment Reloaded, it goes down around the 4:51 mark.
- Sabre vs Alex Valle at EVO 2009. At the time this match happened, nobody expected to see a Sakura do this good (keep in mind that Sakura was considered very weak in the early days of Vanilla) and not only that but just dominate a legend like Valle.
- Also at EVO 2010, the infamous Juicebox Abel vs. Scumbag match. Scumbag picks Blanka against Juicebox Abel's... Abel. In the 2nd match of the game, things seem to be looking up for Scumbag, so he starts backdashing a few times. He then boldly proceeds to, as his name suggests, taunt Juicebox. Cue Juicebox making a HUGE comeback, and reducing Blanka's health from full to nothing in about 15 seconds. Upon losing, Scumbag angrily throws his stick to the floor, and gives Juicebox a nice "Fuck you" before angrily 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? It was against Ricky Ortiz, Justin Wong's teammate from Evil Geniuses and one of the greatest Rufus players in the world.
- The first match of the SoCal Regionals grand finals for Super Street Fighter IV saw Tokido (as Akuma) vs. ClakeyD (as Ibuki). Both players are 2-2, at which point Tokido proceeds to remove his black jacket, revealing his white Godsgarden t-shirt. After getting knocked down to 20% health, Tokido proceeds to make a big comeback, and while finishing Ibuki with his Raging Demon, he walks in front of the projector, which proceeds to shine Akuma's "Heaven" symbol on his back. Watch how godlike it is here.
- At EVO 2011, much like the Hungrybox vs. Armada Super Smash Bros. example below, we have 801Strider vs. DR Ray. After doing button configuration practice with each fighter's mainstay characters (DR Ray as Fei Long and 801Strider as Akuma, Strider suddenly switches to Makoto. After a shaky first round, Strider proceeds to kick DR Ray's ass all over the place to the roar of the crowd.
- EVO 2011: Poongko and Latif take down the aforementioned Daigo "The Beast" Umehara, sending him home with a fourth-place finish. In particular, Poongko sent Daigo (using Yun, one of the Purposefully 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 finished the job after a tough fight.
- And now, a lost EVO moment. In one of the after hours segments, just when you thought it couldn't get any more hype, the elevator opens. Out comes a guy wearing a horse's head mask. Everybody starts laughing their asses off, especially when the guy starts downing some 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 and start laughing their asses off too. And thus, Hype Horse was born.
- At the 2011 Marvel Madness tourney, Justin Wong finds himself facing Air in the SSFIV Grand Finals. Air picks Ryu, but Justin lingers, making everyone wonder if he's going to 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, bears repeating, pick Dan note ) steamrolling Air's Ryu, including finishing the final set with low forward > 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 20 seconds before it actually happened. Behold the glory of Saikyo!
- EVO 2012, when Infiltration just ran a train through all his competitors, including absolutely dismantling Daigo.
- The Street Fighter 25th Anniversary tournament. With $25,000 on the line for the winner, Daigo busted out some new tech and beat Infiltration 3-0 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 (playing Akuma) facing Daigo (playing Ryu) again in Top 8 and defeating him (but Daigo manages to reach EVO's Top 8 for five straight years), then he takes out Sako as well and finally has a chance to face "Murderface" Tokido, who is the Akuma player, in a proper big game. And Tokido proves his nickname "Murderface." However, even Tokido's walls of Zanku Hadokens couldn't stop Singapore's Xian (who used Gen all through the tournament, a character noted for his steep learning curve and extremely high execution requirements even by Street Fighter series standards) from completely steamrolling him and taking the championship.
- On the other hand, Infiltration showed that he still had another trick under his sleeves. After being pushed to 1-2 by PR Balrog's namesake character in Losers' Semi-Finals note , Infiltration contemplates for a minute, then changes characters to Hakan. A character widely considered to be in the low tier in Street Fighter 4, but who is a counter to Balrog. He proceeds to play a comeback game to earn his third place this year in a match that goes down to the final round and receives a standing ovation from the crowd, as well as a man hug from PR Balrog. Many have called this 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 proceeds to crush Aquasilk. After the match, the hype of the moment winds down... and 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 hype as can be. And then Sanford turns to the crowd and calls out Justin Wong. Their set goes the full five as well, and goes 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 (consisting of the best regulars from Wednesday Night Fights). The exhibition started off poorly for SoCal, with NorCal running out to a 4-0 lead and needing only LPN to defeat the last player standing on SoCal, Snake Eyez, to sweep the exhibition. Snake Eyez not only manages to beat LPN, but then proceeds to defeat the other four members of the NorCal team in a row to take the exhibition for SoCal. The entire exhibition can be seen here, with Snake Eyez's comeback starting 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 are calling the "Bloodiest Day In Street Fighter IV History", as many well known players and EVO winners were outright eliminated. Players like PR Balrog, Ryan Hart, Justin Wong, Tokido, Infiltration and even 2013 champion Xian were all eliminated before the top 8, with the most shocking being Daigo Umehara being taken out by veteran Ryu player John Choi.
- John Choi taking out Daigo Umehara is just amazing. Despite a list of commendable accomplishments, John has never really been considered a top Street Fighter IV player and has never really taken the game seriously, preferring to stick to older games. His win against Daigo is just due to his sheer fundamental knowledge; he forced a classic Street Fighter II-style fireball war to remove any advantages that the SFIV system gives Daigo's Evil Ryu has over John's Ryu.
- Daigo even went on record to say that Choi played the better match, rather than trying to blame his loss on a faulty setup like some of his fans did.
- Most notable at this tournament was the performance of French player Luffy and his Rose, who had to fight through an absolutely loaded bracket. After being sent to losers' bracket by Xian, he proceeded to fight — and eliminate — Tokido, Mago, Eita, Momochi, Gackt, Snake Eyez, and 2011 champion Fuudo before finally facing and defeating Topanga winner Bonchan to be the first non-Asian and first European Evolution champion for Street Fighter IV. The real kicker? He used a vanilla PS1 controller.
- Xian vs Snake Eyez was a sight to behold. You had EVO 2013 champ Xian playing a patient-yet-precise Gen vs Snake Eyez's Zangief (who can walk players into the corner and do mind games with the Spinning Pile Driver), which resulted in one of the closest matches in the tournament. The Moment of Awesome, however, was the final match. Both players were at match point; at ten seconds left, Gen held a fairly healthy lead on Gief who had only a square of health left and as the announcers pointed out, at that point, Gief's Ultra would've taken too long to complete and secure a victory. With five seconds left, 'Gief hits Gen with two jump-in attacks that bring Gen to a little less than 1/4th health but still leading. By the very next second, Gen pulls off his Ultra not necessarily to kill Gief, who blocks it, but to get him out of the corner and hopefully beat the clock with more health. Gen is able to pass through, but at the very last second, Gief pulls off an EX Banishing Flat. The move hit just as the timer ran out, and it brought Gen's health almost a pixel lower than Gief's, securing Snake Eyez's victory. Easily one of the most breath-taking moments in the tournament.
- For a long time now, some fans of the FGC (as well as competitive players like Filipino Champ) have been calling 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 (with his only loss being a narrow margin at the end of an extremely close fight with Poongko), securing himself a spot in December's Capcom Cup. The Beast proved once more that he earned that nickname for a reason.
- With the power of Evil Ryu, Daigo's shown his dominance by absolutely dismantling the Topanga A League Preliminaries, sweeping his opponents with a total score of 10-1 (only losing a set to Momochi). In the finals (F T7s), with only the six strongest qualifying, Daigo once again destroys his competition and ends with a final score of 5-0 and game differential score of +22. Multiple top players have stated without question that Daigo remains the most likely to bring home the gold in this year's upcoming Capcom Cup.
- This winning streak culminated in a Bittersweet Ending at Capcom Cup. After destroying his long time rival Justin Wong in the first round of the finals, Daigo was sent to Losers' Bracket by Xian (who won with a smart counterpick and placed 2nd in the tournament) and 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.