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Tokido Battles Back Through Losers Bracket To Win Evo Street Fighter V Championship

Tokido Battles Back Through Losers Bracket To Win Evo Street Fighter V Championship
From Deadspin - July 16, 2017

Two titans of Street Fighter V clashed in Mandalay Bay, one on an undefeated streak and the other pressing on through the gauntlet of the losers bracket. After a bracket reset, longtime Street Fighter pro Tokido beat Punk 3-0 to take home the Evo 2017 championship trophy.

Victor Punk Woodley came into the top eight finals from the winners side, on a legendary tear through the Street Fighter V tournament. Woodley had dropped Hajime Tokido Taniguchi into the losers side of the bracket, where he played through some of Street Fighters toughest to earn a second shot at The Alpha.

Taniguchi on Akuma and Woodley on Karin, the two seemed to trade blow-for-blow, both playing crisp Street Fighter under the main stage lights. Each dash and throw was carefully calculated, as Taniguchi worked towards a bracket reset and Woodley was hard-pressed to maintain his lead.

The tension built up to a game 4 where both played a tense game of footsies on slivers of health. One misstep from Woodley into a fireball ended the round, and Taniguchi reset the bracket, starting up a fresh first-to-three and either players tournament to win.

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