ReveLAtions Finals: Street Fighter x Tekken
The tag team fighting game of Street Fighter x Tekken is still popular among the big name competitors. Although it will not be featured at next year’s EVO, this did not stop the players from giving it their all in this competition. Below are the match-ups of the finals.
Due to conflicting schedules, we were only able to see who the victors of the first three matches were. In the first match, Ricky Ortiz was pitted up against Clim and Ricky took that match. Next was Filipino Champ vs. RZR LPN and FChamp was victorious. The third round pitted friends Combofiend and PR Balrog against each other. Combofiend ended up taking that match in victory.
The matches after those ones, we were able to watch and observe the teams used. The next match pitted Ricky Ortiz against RZR LPN. This match was definitely intense; with changes in teams up the wazoo. In the first round, Ricky ran with Rufus and Chun-Li, a team that looks amazingly similar to the famous JWong’s. RZR LPN tried his luck with Juri and Hwoarang and he did make Ricky sweat a little bit. Even though he lost that first round, he took at least one set away from him. After that loss, he switched up his team to Zangief and Sagat. This worked more in RZR LPN favor, for he took the next match, but not without losing a set. Ricky did not feel the need to switch out and continued onto match point. RZR LPN took the round and the match and was victorious, leaving Ricky quite salty about it.
Next up was friendly players Combofiend and Filipino Champ. These two seem to be pitted up against each other quite often in fighting games, so undoubtably, each one knows the other’s play-style. Combofiend ran with Julia and Marduk while FChamp ran with Dhalsim and Jack-X. These rounds were back and forth, with Combofiend taking the first round, then FChamp (barely). But in the end, the team of Julia and Marduk took out FChamp and Combofiend was the victor.
Next up was a player who was running an oddly familiar team. Rufus and Chun-Li ring a bell? That’s right; the very own Justin Wong was up against Snake Eyez and his Zangief and Kazua. These rounds were certainly ones that showed the true back and forth action of fighting games. First round was given to JWong, but was still taken to set point. Round two brought Snake a victory, taking the match to match point. In match point, each player had won a set. One set to rule them all…and it belonged to Snake. He took the match and knocked JWong into the loser’s bracket.
Combofiend took the stage once again, but this time against RZR LPN. Combo was all about interesting victories in this match. He won all three rounds, but two in some stylized way. In the first round, he ended the final set with a Super Arts super. Then, after RZR LPN switching to his standby team of Zangief and Sagat, Combo took round two, but as a time out. And the third round…well it wasn’t as impressive, but the victory went to Combofiend.
He had no time to rest, for he was up against someone who was on a roll this finals day. Justin Wong decided to switch it up a bit and go with Rufus and Cody this time. The only downside with Street Fighter x Tekken is the timing. It is very simple to fall back on a strategy of just running out the clock for the win. Not saying that that is how Justin Wong plays, but the match against Combofiend was very time sensitive. In most of his rounds won, time ran out. It does kind of leave you with a sense of anti-climacticness (if that is even a word) because one would like to see a final match ending with a battle of wits or one hell of a combo. Needless to say, JWong knocked Combofiend out and waltzed into the finals.
In the final match of the tournament, it was against Justin Wong and Snake Eyez. Both players had been playing a great game in all of their tournaments, so we were in for a treat. JWong stuck by his Rufus and Cody team and Snake Eyez stuck with Zangief and Kazua. It was amazing to see a DLC character make it into the finals. Both round one and two were taken by JWong, but not without Snake giving him something to remember him by. Snake bit back by taking round three, but in the anti-climactic way of a timing out. The road ended for Snake here, for JWong took the last two rounds in a clear victory, crowning him the winner of the Street Fighter x Tekken tournament at ReveLAtions 2012.
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