I haven’t been online for a week or so but I am going to wager that after the disappointing defeat of Daigo’s Yun by Poongko’s god-tier Seth, I will not be seeing as many clone twins as I did prior to EVO. I’m just saying, don’t be mad at me, the finals had two old schoolers in Fei Long and dat bish Crimson Viper squaring off – who would have guessed! And while it wasn’t the most exciting finals, the matches leading up to it were epic.
Here’s a look at my 3 favorite matches and The Beast being dominated by a very unconventional play-style. Much respect to Poongko and all the fighters in the finals, this game keeps getting tougher competition-wise.
1. Daigo Umehara (Ryu) vs. Poongko (Seth)
This one’s a heart breaker, Daigo’s dominant Yun runs into a brick wall of uncertainty when Poongko comes back for revenge after this loss. Needless to say the entire world was shocked… a perfect… really?
Umehara let the nerds get in his head and changed the main that has been invincible for years (Ryu). Somehow I believe that his Ryu vs Poongko’s Seth would have been a much different outcome. Never listen to the haters Daigo. I love Poongko’s impression of an American asshole at the beginning… I mean, that’s what that was right?
2. Latif (C.Viper) vs Poongko (Seth)
Latif putting Poongko in his place is one of my favorite, this match was just clutch and balls as you will see C.Viper at her sharpest used by Latif.
Unlike Daigo whose missed moves and confusion at Poongko’s Seth tactics, Latif was ready and delivered in a major way against Poongko. Unfortunately he wasn’t this sharp in the finals.
3. My Favorite: Alex Valle (Ryu) vs Daigo Umehara (Yun)
Nothing like two champs that respect one another going at it in some exhibition for the crowd. Alex, once an everyday gamer like 90% of the competitiors is now a family man who probably doesn’t devote half the time into the game that people like Poongko does. His Ryu isn’t one to sleep on irregardless as he shows against The Beast in one of the better matches of the day.
Looks like Umehara and my man Valle were missing moves, I chalk it up to nerves being that they know what each other is capable of. Still a respectable, solid match-up and a kickback to the old school just the way I like it!
Btw chanting USA, USA, is about as lame as you can get nerds… don’t do it. This isn’t wrestling and the shit never works, you just end up looking like a jingoist Yahoo sans the 10-gallon hat.