Final Round 19: A New Battle Begins

The time has finally come. This weekend marks the official first stop of the Capcom Pro Tour's Premier event schedule with Final Round 9 in Atlanta.  Nearly all of Team EG's Fighting Game Division will be in attendance, looking to gain real tournament experience with Street Fighter V. 

Team EG Enters the Ring

First up is Justin Wong. Fresh off his time battling and training two up-and-comers in the gyms of Pokken Tournament, Justin is returning to his Street Fighting roots this weekend. Prior to the game's launch, he was extremely excited to see Karin back in the cast -- giving a ridiculously impressive showing of her versatility and pressure game during a series of tournament matches at Wizard World Gaming Portland a few weeks ago. His opponent in the Grand Finals was none other than fellow EG teammate Ricki Ortiz, taking long-time character Chun-Li into an impressive second-place finish right behind Justin. Ricki has also put some time into Karin, but expressed an interest in focusing on Chun for now. If nothing else, those tense final matches gave viewers a sneak peek into how both players are tackling the high-level metagame moving forward.

No one on the Fighting Game Division roster has more characters in his pocket currently than Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez-Frangie, stating publically on Twitter that he will be utilizing Claw (Vega), Necalli, and Laura in the tournament. He has taken a little time off from practicing to take care of a few things outside of gaming, but hopes to be in fine form soon. Kenneth "K-Brad" Bradley will also be looking to make an impression this weekend. While we haven't seen much of his SFV play just yet, it will be interesting to see what kind of tech he brings to the table.

Last but certainly not least, also making an appearance this weekend is none other than EVO 2015 champion Yusuke Momochi. When he hasn't been working on interviewing and training promising fighting game recurits through his new Shinobism enterprise, Momochi has been putting plenty of time into most of the cast of Street Fighter V. He's posted several videos over the last several weeks on his channel covering everything from the basic gameplay changes of SFV to individual character deep-dives. In addition to Momochi, plenty of other competition (including both Kazunoko and MCZ.Tokido) will be making appearances at Final Round as well, so we can expect to see plenty of exciting matches featuring Japan's strongest Street Fighter competitors. 

A New Era Begins

There is a general feeling of anxiety and anticipation surrounding the tournament this weekend, mostly due to Street Fighter V's life as a competitive title just beginning. With so many new characters and gameplay systems, the chances have never been better for blowups -- even for some of the world's best. The new era of competitive Street Fighter begins right here and now.

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

 Justin Wong Finishes in 1st.

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Justin Wong (1st)3:1NYChrisG

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Justin Wong1:3NYChrisG

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Justin Wong3:1StaticAlpha

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Justin Wong3:0Flux

 

Pokken Tournament

 Justin Wong Finishes in 4th.

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Justin Wong (4th)0:2KOA.TheAppleBoom

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Justin Wong2:0482.MastaStef

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Justin Wong0:2NG.Obscure

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