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First-time champions, roaring crowds, and tears of joy - a closer look at EVO 2014's two most emotional victories

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 17, 2014 at 8:41 p.m. PDT

EVO 2014 was undoubtedly one of the most emotional events of the year, and quite possibly, ever. We witnessed numerous public displays of emotion as players expressed their anger, exultation, and even sorrow due to the outcomes of their matches.

Two of the most memorable EVO moments were birthed from the conclusion of the Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma and Killer Instinct tournaments, as the grand champions of each game, Garireo and RM|CD Jr. respectively, openly expressed their elation with literal tears of joy.

Many of the viewers in attendance and watching from the comfort of home reacted to these incredible victories with applause. Others, those who may not have truly grasped the amount of dedication and time these players put in to achieve their goal, responded with mockery.

Vince Ingenito, IGN's resident fighting game expert, was in attendance that day and experienced the passion first-hand. He has since put together an excellent piece that analyzes the reasons behind these champions' initial reactions to victory.

Prize money and personal glory are among the many reasons that could be at the source of reactions such as those exhibited after the BBCP and KI EVO finals. Heck, people who don't have their finger on the pulse of competitive gaming may even feel that a teary-eyed display isn't warranted at all in these circumstances.

Although some may stick to their guns and think that at the end of the day "it's just a video game," Vince does a great job of really putting things into perspective for the Layman.

"Try, for just a moment, to think of a time in your life when you decided to put time, effort, and money into achieving something you didn't, on some level or another, have to.

"Not your job. You need to succeed in that because if you don't, well, you don't have a place to sleep or food to eat. School is a no-go too. School leads to job. See above.

"Have you ever woken up one morning and said, “I want to accomplish X,” for no reason other than to prove to yourself that you can?"

Clearly, both Garireo and CD Jr. have clocked in countless hours of training, played hundreds of thousands of matches, and stomped out any foe that lied in their path in order to accomplish exactly that. I couldn't have said it better myself, Vince.

There's much more to this piece, so be sure to check out IGN for the full article.

Comments

Gotomaster said on July 17, 2014 at 8:46 p.m.

I am doubly impressed by Luffy. Not only was he the first European to make top 8, he became the first European to win Evo.

The internationals are making America look bad. kappa

#1
DrDucker said on July 17, 2014 at 8:53 p.m.

i was pretty hype following snake eyes all through evo till his fourth place

i lost it when he timed out xian at set point

that dude is so godlike

#2
evo546 said on July 17, 2014 at 8:53 p.m.

The most hype for EVO 2014 is BBCP grand final and i dont even like the game LOL

#3
MetroCityPub said on July 17, 2014 at 8:55 p.m.

Good stuff! Always love to see how much a game means to a person. Tears are definitely warranted for people who are that passionate for their craft.

#4
Dodoria said on July 17, 2014 at 8:56 p.m.

I think ryan hart won tekken 1 year.

#5
AAKZ said on July 17, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.

I have to agree that BB was far and away the best grandfinals. That sh-t was hype before most of EVO was even awake and it only got less hype from there.

#6
YorKeY said on July 17, 2014 at 9:06 p.m.

How are they making the U.S. look bad besides America never winning Street Fighter 4 at EVO before? I thought Americans did pretty damn well, Dieminion probably would have went farther too, sucks that they put him vs Snake eyes before top 4 (2 americans) and Ricky Ortiz did pretty damn well too. I think everyone's leveling up, even NLBC and WNF.

#7
Yung said on July 17, 2014 at 9:09 p.m.

Garireo, the hero we deserve, the hero we need.

#8
BornFreeEH said on July 17, 2014 at 9:10 p.m.

I really think it should be easy for people grasp the outpouring of emotion if they follow competitive sports. It's the same thing. Nobody bats an eyelid when players break down in tears during the World Cup final. For them it's a lifelong dream and everything they have been working towards. And the pressure is immense - especially the pressure they put on themselves.
The tears don't have to be about whether or not you will have a place to sleep. In fact that idea undermines the importance of these games (e-sports) in peoples lives.

#9
Gotomaster said on July 17, 2014 at 9:12 p.m.

Dude, I was kidding.

#10
BornFreeEH said on July 17, 2014 at 9:12 p.m.

You are right. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutio... Tekken Tag Tournament in 2004. Plus other Europeans in other tournaments like Soul Caliber.

#11
Gotomaster said on July 17, 2014 at 9:13 p.m.

Only referring to Sf4.

#12
VelvetWonder said on July 17, 2014 at 9:13 p.m.

The only thing that prevented Justin and Ricky from winning the big prize is Daigo Motherf*cking Umehara. There is no shame in that.

On topic: Pro-athletes, artists or anyone who wins any form of prize, recognition from their peers after a long struggle to perfection in something they are passionate about is prone to tears. Killer Instinct and BB:CP have the champions they deserve.

#13
Eden said on July 17, 2014 at 9:23 p.m.

I think he was talking about SF. European players already won in other games. He wasn't the first French to win EVO neither, as Malek already won SoulCalibur 4, and Kayane a female tournament.

Anyway, BlazBlue Grand Finals were amazing, with a lot of money on the line. I don't think we can compare CD Jr's victory with Galileo's comeback. Besides, it's a personal opinion, but the level on BlazBlue was also higher than on KI.

#14
Chronoless said on July 17, 2014 at 9:29 p.m.

you can compare both, why? because they show they are the best at their game. your comment is full of fanboy, Its like saying since the world cup is worldwide only those people who win the world cup are allow to cry, where as those that win the superbowl should man up since its not a world wide sport.

Emotions when you prove you are the best, regardless of if you won it from the winners bracket or the losers in the biggest stage of them all should be treated the same, look at UMVC3, did you see how emotional Justin was, he even triped, and was complete speechless.

A win at EVO regardless of the game is a "BIG" Win

#15
HwangMiHee said on July 17, 2014 at 9:37 p.m.

I never played or know anything about BlazeBlue but when I was watching the grand finals, it was so amazing and hype that not only I wanna learn the game but also get into it.

Also congrats and big respect towards Garireo for winning BlazeBlue at Evo.

#16
Eden said on July 17, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.

I think we can't compare because :

1 - Galileo lost to Dogura in Winners Final, and then was able to reset the bracket, saved a lot of match points in incredible situations to finally win. CD Jr was more dominant, he won WF 3-0 and GF 3-1. So the tension wasn't nearly the same.

2 - There was much more money to win, and to lose, on BlazBlue. Especially when you come from Japan, it's a big trip. So the stakes were higher on BlazBlue than on KI.

#17
MetroCityPub said on July 17, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.

Shoutouts to the people who lost and paved the victory road for the champions too. Just saw a photo of a girl with Dogura who collapsed in tears and tried to console him. Pulled some heart strings.

#18
Gotomaster said on July 17, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.

Read my response, or rather, notice the Kappa on my initial comment.

#19
PurplePonyJotaro said on July 17, 2014 at 9:50 p.m.

Indeed.

#20
VelvetWonder said on July 17, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.

What in the blue hell is a Kappa ? I keep seeing that word. I always assume it has the same meaning as lol, rofl, xD, lmao...

#21
DrDevice said on July 17, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.

That was his girlfriend.

#22
BornFreeEH said on July 17, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think it's like saying "I'm being sarcastic". It comes from stream monsters on Twitch I believe.

It's been around for ages.
I think sometimes people use it to test an opinion they have that they think will be unpopular. Sort of like saying something, waiting for a reaction, and then saying "just kidding".
But that's just my opinion of how it is used sometimes....but you can't always tell.

#23
KamfPudding said on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 p.m.

In most cases it seems to be like "person with no sense of humour try to make a joke" :D

#24
ryuhayabusa13 said on July 17, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.

And on top Rose is no easy character to play with against the likes of Sagat, shotos, giefs and rekkas

#25
Jayson619 said on July 17, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.

The only EVO 2014 Grand Finals worth watching: BLAZBLUE CHRONOPHANTASMA and INJUSTICE.

#26
Schwoi said on July 17, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.

my girlfriend only plays DoA5 in a button-mashing manner, but when we watched BB grand finals even she began shouting and cheering.
for me best Evo finals along with Bala vs MadKOF 2 years ago

#27
himura said on July 18, 2014 at 12:22 a.m.

dude, rose is build to fight fireball chars, and her pokes are at the same level of fei or even better...also she has a great backdash....

so, yes, she is perfect for those matchups, not mentioning that she was able to train with hart and ailoune....what else do u want?

he was ready to win, and he did it, and IT WAS AWESOME!!!

#28
narckiller said on July 18, 2014 at 1:18 a.m.

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#29
Kaizy said on July 18, 2014 at 2:19 a.m.

@ #1

Pretty DAMN sure Ryan Hart has won Tekken at EVO. Get your facts srt8 m8.

#30
handc said on July 18, 2014 at 2:23 a.m.

ye that was a great article. the comment section over there tho...lol too bad I dont have an acc over there :P

bb, ki, and usf4 were all really great this yr.
ik one of my friends who has been rejecting to play fgs with me for over 8yrs (he only plays dota and indie games) ended up watching the bb finals and he loved it so much xd

#31
SpiderUppercut said on July 18, 2014 at 2:23 a.m.

#29,

"(especially since her ex drill invincibility buff)"

That is pretty much correct.
We've got some absolute retards in charge of 'rebalancing' SF4, and everyone is either too stupid or too frightened to point that out.

With SF4, it's not like the players are getting better, its just that the game is getting worse.

Feel free to downvote to hide the truth. ^_^

#32
narckiller said on July 18, 2014 at 3:04 a.m.

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#33
kubzie said on July 18, 2014 at 3:07 a.m.

Ok as much as I agree it's about matchups I feel you're ignoring the fact that luffy has played rose and been winning tournaments with rose since the inception of SF4. Through all her good iterations and bad ones he has stuck with her and I dont remember his road to GF but i do remember he beat an ibuki and you cant tell me rose wins that. Keep one thing in mind though sometimes it not always about matchups sometimes its the player take the year Daigo used no one but yun because he was the highest tier in the game with no bad match ups and LOST simply because he ran into character loyalists.

#34
narckiller said on July 18, 2014 at 3:15 a.m.

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#35
kubzie said on July 18, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.

Yeah you're right i mean she has 1 frame bread and butters, no true block strings i'll say that one again lol NO TRUE BLOCK STRINGS, no decent wake up options and no dont say ex soul throw and ex spiral because they are not good as a wakeup they are both highly punishable and she has a terrible fireball yes it really is that bad dont be fooled cause she beats shotos she beats shotos because of spacing and her reflects not because of her fireball. What she does have however is amazing footsies very impressive buttons and the best throw range and backdash speed in the game, dont believe watch luffy vs bonchan again and tell me how many fireballs he uses, how many soul throws he uses and how many wake up ex spirals he does as opposed to how many times he throws, reflects and backdashes. Luffy is a master of rose and he can make her good points as little as they are far outweigh her bad ones. Shes not top tier she's very good and thats it.

#36
DenoK said on July 18, 2014 at 3:45 a.m.

All good matchups for Rose.

#37
amrraed said on July 18, 2014 at 4:28 a.m.

I know this is a SF centered website but why does every conversation ends up being turned into USF4 and the Rose topic ?

#38
YMB9Shinzou said on July 18, 2014 at 4:51 a.m.

I agree with Vince. That's why I love a pointless talent, it shows dedication and resolve that is motivated by nothing but your own willpower.

Anyone who thinks it's easy to sit around a play one video game for hours on end, day after day is kidding themselves. Even if you're passionate about something the repetition will chip away at that passion.

The biggest obstacle to getting better is you and your greatest opponent will be yourself. If you can overcome that you're a guaranteed killer.

#39
narckiller said on July 18, 2014 at 5:28 a.m.

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#40
DarkFlare07 said on July 18, 2014 at 5:52 a.m.

That rose throw range is rediculous... once she brings out her ultra 2 shes basically a grounded vortex. Bonchan had to throw alot of risks but thats partly due to the bad match up.

I still say nerf her grab and ex spiral thats it

#41
MRN_SirFoxington said on July 18, 2014 at 6:16 a.m.

Pardon Sir,

but Balrog is NOT a bad match-up for Rose.

He gets literally downloaded and out-poked by Rose.

Unless,like in most cases, you have a very well experienced Balrog user who can keep up with her very strong Footsie game.

And that's not easy because I feel her poke and footsie game can brake somebody "mentally" down pretty quick and that can be very frustrating.

#42
AS_Columbo said on July 18, 2014 at 6:18 a.m.

Aren`t about 90% of the contestants from the USA? Isn`t it just logical, that at some point they have to fight if the majority comes from a single country?

#43
Eden said on July 18, 2014 at 6:24 a.m.

Rose doesn't have any bad MU. Actually she's god tier from the start, and I heard Capcom tried to make her a hidden Ivan Ooze in Ultra. That's why Luffy won, no doubt about it.

#44
SgtKonus said on July 18, 2014 at 6:40 a.m.

Good stuff man, great comment.

#45
mrpowerhouse said on July 18, 2014 at 7:07 a.m.

you want some cheese with that whine?

#46
Kudarane said on July 18, 2014 at 7:28 a.m.

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#47
mrambitious said on July 18, 2014 at 7:29 a.m.

"Try, for just a moment, to think of a time in your life when you decided to put time, effort, and money into achieving something you didn't, on some level or another, have to."

"Not your job. You need to succeed in that because if you don't, well, you don't have a place to sleep or food to eat. School is a no-go too. School leads to job. See above."

The best advice. Triforce take note you should NOT lose your job or do anything that risks losing housing, food, and family.

#48
mrambitious said on July 18, 2014 at 7:40 a.m.

Isn't it always about match-ups at the highest level? That plus the fact that humans make mistakes?

If no one ever dropped a combo or made a bad choice, the matches would ALWAYS be decided by the characters tools and who their opponent is. What makes fighters and human competition in general fun is the fact that we are imperfect and therefore a severely under powered character can still win a tournament if their opponents mess up or just get straight up out-played.

Literally Bonchan could have had 1 less coffee that day and just wasn't thinking as fast or as critically as he could have been. Maybe Luffy was hopped up on stimulants and basically saw the world moving in slow motion. Definitely was not JUST the match-ups that earned Luffy the EVO 2014 Championship.

#49
DrDevice said on July 18, 2014 at 8:10 a.m.

I always love the after EVO hate a character gets after winning EVO. I hope Dan or Deejay win next year.

#50
warriors said on July 18, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.

is this dogura, the same dogura that play bison in street fighter

#51
panzninja said on July 18, 2014 at 8:43 a.m.

Ive been playing sf4 solid since vanilla and ive never played the same character for more than a week straight, i have no idea how someone keeps interest in one char when there is so much fun in the variety. It takes a whole other level of effort to spend 1000's of hours with one character learning the timing and match-ups to the point where you have actually mastered it and then to take the training and apply it at the highest level of competition with nerve jarring pressure.
Im more excited for the winner when they cry, you just know they are surprised that all the effort actually paid off.

#52
Kelshou said on July 18, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.

Yes.

#53
tidestick said on July 18, 2014 at 9:13 a.m.

SHI_T I cry too if I won Evo

#54
AveMcree said on July 18, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

I bet you didnt even watch it until you watch maxamillions hype moment video.... gtfo you groupie lol

#55
AveMcree said on July 18, 2014 at 9:36 a.m.

that will never happen ever!!! lol.... add blanka to that list of characters that will never make it to top 8 as well

#56
MRN_SirFoxington said on July 18, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.

@ #55,#56,

My Chump-O-Meter just detected and reached the " Uncouthed Boor comment-Zone ".

Mother of god.....

#57
mrambitious said on July 18, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

BBCP is pretty freaking awesome. Now that the Ultra hype died off for me, I'm gravitating slowly back to BB.

I do like SF4 and think its a really good game, but overall a majority of SF4 is useless buttons, tight execution, and extremely strict juggle restrictions.

Arc System Works games in general give excessive freedoms to the combo system to purposefully allow for extremely wild and unique situations to occur. Something SF4 avoids at all costs.

For some, this makes the game very unfriendly to newer players by forcing them to learn an INSANE amount of location on screen, spacing, character specific combos as well as universal BnBs, and match-ups. On top of that, there's the general opinion that ArcSys games need to be your main game or you'll never have fun.

I personally think that you can easily play a 4-button game and a 6-button game with no problem and I love that the game REQUIRES you understand the basic game mechanics in their entirety. Why play at all if you're not going to play properly? Totally worth trying, the game itself is really good, but be prepared for a rough start, its a lot different from the mainstream KI / UMVC3 / SF4 / Tekken type games.

#58
SrAbuguet said on July 18, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.

I wish Capcom could implement the BURST mechanic to Marvel games, or the Guard Break at least. Found it very exciting when Garireo and other players were adapting their offense in order to predict the Burst and punish it, a far superior level of tech and mind games than what we regularly watch on Marvel. The only moment Marvel looks strategic, is when Phoenix is in anyones team, apart from that is like getting 2 or 3 openings and one mixup

#59
Maryokutai said on July 18, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.

Ok, so when Daigo, Fuudo and Infiltration win EVO, it's obvious that they are just better than everyone else. But as soon as Luffy wins, somehow EVO just is a random dice roll about avoiding bad matchups and, of course, that Rose never was mid-tier but has always been top tier secretly. Which _nobody_ knew except some users here on the page. Right.

I think it's pathetic how hard some people try to find excuses to explain Luffy's win. He just outplayed his opponents, nothing else. Rose is even more basic than Ryu, her only mixup is switching up between throws and attacks. If you win with her, you either played a better spacing game, had some great reads, or both. Nothing cheap, broken or OP about that. And don't even get me started on U2, that thing is the most overrated Ultra in the entire game.

#60
Existent said on July 18, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

Overrated? No chance in hell. Options are almost always better than damage in SF4, and it's easily the most versatile ultra in the game.

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