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EVO 2011: MVC3 and SSFIV: AE champions crowned, Daigo eliminated early in huge upset

In one of the largest EVO tournaments ever, yesterday's grand finals saw new champions for almost every game, most notably Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, where reigning champ Daigo "The Beast" Umehara was sent to loser's bracket in spectacular fashion by Korean newcomer Poongko. Poongko's almost telepathic Seth completely dominated Daigo's Yun, dizzying him multiple times, and much to the crowd's elation, scoring an unheard of Perfect on The Beast himself. Poongko also started the match off with a bang, ripping his shirt off and chugging a Red Bull to amp the crowd up.

AE finals were surprising, with both Yun players failing to make it to Grand Finals. Despite his massive success against Daigo, Poongko was eliminated by Japan's Fuudo, who played an incredibly patient and solid Fei Long. America/Saudi Arabia's Latif put in some fantastic play with C. Viper, eliminating Daigo from th tournament, but by the time Grand Finals arrived he looked significantly less confident against Fuudo’s Fei Long, losing three straight sets.

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 saw fighting game veterans Puerto Rican (PR) Balrog and Viscant go toe to toe, the highlight being an amazing come from behind victory from PR Balrog. Reduced only to Tron Bonne, a character who is generally used for her assist, PR Rog managed to defeat Viscant’s Dark Phoenix with an amazingly timed level 3 Hyper Combo grab. While Viscant lost that battle, he ultimately won the war, shutting down PR Rog with his deadly Wesker and Dark Phoenix play, bolstered by some incredibly effective use of Haggar’s lariat assist. Despite Viscant’s skilled play, some booing was heard in the crowd after he won, no doubt a result of his use of Phoenix/Dark Phoenix, an extremely  contentious character within the MVC3 community.

MK9 also had its EVO debut, generating a lot of hype from the crowd with some incredibly well played matches. Perfect Legend took the crown with his brutal Kung Lao skills, making great use of his block strings and teleport. 
Other winners included Spark taking the Gold (or glass if you're literal minded), for BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, and Kor taking first in Tekken 6.

EVO wasn't just all about the tournament action, it also saw the debut of a new short film Balrog: Behind the Glory, a hilarious take on the origin story of Balrog/M.Bison/boxer. The short also featured a quick shot of GamesRadar’s very own The World According to Street Fighter map. Watch the short in its entirety right here. Other video debuts included the latest from fighting game glitch masters, Desk and Error1, and another amazing combo video from the guys at SonicHurricane.com

We've got interviews with SFIV/ Street Fighter Cross Tekken Producer Yoshinori Ono, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Producer Ryota Niitusma, Tekken Tag 2  Producer Katsuhiro Harada, and Soulcalibur V Producer Daishi Odashima (phew) all on the way later this week.

Aug 1, 2011

10 comments

  • Ilyere - August 2, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Being in the UK, I had to stay up rather late (up to 4:00 AM!) to watch the MvC3 finals. Loved PR Rog's play, I'll be keeping an eye out for him in future tournaments now. Congrats to Viscant too, but I didn't really like to see a Phoenix player win. Congrats to Spark, KOR and Perfect Legend for winning their brackets. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay up long enough to see the SSFIV finals. ^^;
  • KdotLo - August 2, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    I've got to go back and watch a lot of footage. I only managed to see the end of MVC3 pools and the MVC3 finals.
  • Y2Ken - August 2, 2011 8 a.m.

    Yeah I was certainly mighty impressed by Noah's play. Also enjoyed watching Broly play Daigo in the after-hours SSFIV, to see someone able to compete with such a big handicap was incredible, and great to see the community so behind him. It was a great weekend.
  • d3v - August 2, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    Poongko isn't new. He was the Korean champion when SFIV came out. Fuudo is also one of the top SSFIV players in Japan. Viscant has been playing MvC for some time now (even when it was still MvC2) him winning was a long time coming, especially considering how much he's been grinding out in this game.
  • Ridgley - August 2, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    Amazing matches all weekend. Really need to save up for the trip to vegas next year.
  • GhostbustTyler - August 2, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    You aslo forgot to mention that the MvC3 finals were delayed by a possible fight between attendees. Big respect to Noah for getting so far. The crowd booing the guy that beat him were kind of dicks though. I mean, did they honestly expect everyone to let him win without a fight through the whole tourney? It was a clean win and for his first time in one at the age of 8 getting that far is nothing short of amazing. Also, the crowd booing Viscant for using Dark Phoenix was kind of a dick move too. She is a beatable character, no matter how hard it is.
  • SerpentineZERO - August 2, 2011 3:49 a.m.

    EVO was awesome. PR Rog with that Tron, man. Also, the dude got a PERFECT on JUSTIN WONG. That definitely doesn't happen everyday.
  • Corn - August 2, 2011 3:02 a.m.

    Poongko and PR Balrog were hype. Latif was pretty amazing too, it was great to see him knock out Daigo and then Poongko. Also, perfecting Daigo wasn't exactly unheard of, because someone perfected him the day before in Marvel, even though that is kind of different. That first set of Viscant vs PR Balrog was definitely the best match of the night though. Viscant's a nice guy, but PR Balrog really pulled of some amazing stuff.
  • FOZ - August 2, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    Latif knocked out Poongko. He had to knock out Daigo then Poongko then straight to the finals. Fei Long is rather boring to watch and there was nothing new seen, so not a very exciting final match. I tried to watch MvC3, but too much stuff going on with these players. Dark Phoenix does look to be pretty much a crutch.
  • Mexicutioner - August 2, 2011 2:06 a.m.

    This was amazing to watch on the stream. I'm surprised Latif beat both Daigo and Poongko. I really wish I could've gone. Maybe next year! Oh, and lol at people booing for whoever went up against Noah.

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