Daigo and Infiltration will face off at next Mad Catz Unveiled event, set to take place at TGS 2013 - Mago, Tokido, Xian and more also on line up

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • August 30, 2013 at 10:55 a.m. PDT
Daigo and Infiltration will face off at next Mad Catz Unveiled event, set to take place at TGS 2013 - Mago, Tokido, Xian and more also on line up After MCZ|Daigo and DM|Xian's Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 exhibition at Mad Catz Unveiled last night, Mark "MarkMan" Julio revealed that the next Unveiled event will be taking place at Tokyo Game Show 2013. According to MarkMan, this will not be a one day event, but will run throughout the weekend and will feature a bevy of top level player exhibitions.

The Mad Catz representative went on to divulge a few of the players expected to attend the event at TGS. MCZ|Mago, MCZ|Tokido, DM|Xian, WW|Ryan Hart, MCZ|Kayane and MCZ|Daigo are currently on the line up for the next Mad Catz Unveiled.

In addition to the Mad Catz players, this event will also be host to the EVO 2012 champion, Infiltration. Not only will he be competing in an exhibition, but his opponent will be none other than Daigo Umehara.

We'll still have to wait for an official announcement to get the full line up of matches, but in the mean time, you can find the stream archive where MarkMan and DM|Zhi discuss the TGS event, here. Skip to about 3:07:00 in the archive to check it out.

Tokyo Game Show 2013 is scheduled to run from September 19 - 22, in Tokyo, Japan.


MrPavy said on August 30, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.

Great Choice on Article Picture lol

SummerUndercover said on August 30, 2013 at 11 a.m.

I'm looking forward to this. Daigo's on that Kill Bill tip right now.

Zanomaru said on August 30, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.

Lol I really hope Daigo gets his FT50 against Infiltration.

Strider_Hien said on August 30, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

DAT SFA2 PIC! Kreygasm....

Itachi said on August 30, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

I need Daigo to win against him. Daigo ftw

BumblebeeCody said on August 30, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

Very fitting picture.

essenthy said on August 30, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

now we need sako x infiltration runback !

Deikan said on August 30, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.

What's the point in this? Infiltration is going to rape Daigo again. He's practically Infiltrations bitch, so why bother anyway.

MarvinVelasco12 said on August 30, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.

Those SFA2 memories, hope daigo can finally overcome infiltration, should be good..

sarif2soon said on August 30, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

i want it to be a FT100 so we can know the exact match-up scores :P
not anymore >:D

xShonuffx said on August 30, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

Now this is the part where I vote for Infiltration.

umeshoryu89 said on August 30, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.


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triplethreat99 said on August 30, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.

Things just got real.

Chaosshinogi said on August 30, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.

I like Daigo in this match up as well... Said he would beat Xian saying hes gonna beat infiltation. agree with #7 though def wanna see sako runback since Sako's my fav japanese player.

Chaosshinogi said on August 30, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.

They should invite PR Rog as well so we can get the Evo runback against infiltration while we at it.

bananainsaneface said on August 30, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.

Infiltration is way better than Xian. He will 10-0 Daigo.

Vergil_Too_Strong said on August 30, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

Cant w8 to see Infiltration body Daigo 10-0 Keepo

khimaera said on August 30, 2013 at 11:32 a.m.

people are so naive thinking than infiltration will win 10 - 0 against daigo

Kaxner said on August 30, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.

Hopefully Infiltration puts up a better fight than Xian did, man that was embarassing.

triplethreat99 said on August 30, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.

This might very well be the last time Daigo and Infiltration will face-off in this broken version of SF. I'm sad to say that Infiltration will probably win. I want to see a run back in Ultra, where hopefully unblockables will be gone.

SHOGUN said on August 30, 2013 at 11:41 a.m.

damn Ft50? Talk about an endurance match. HEET!!!!

Sanox said on August 30, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

who cares about daigo vs infiltration

pr balrog vs infil is way more hype and tense

Scourge739 said on August 30, 2013 at 11:53 a.m.

Very fitting picture.

Shalaska said on August 30, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.


Removing unblockables won't change much for Akuma/Infiltration. Akuma will still have best walkspeed and therefore great footsies, get out of jail teleport, demon flip, vortex/high damage combos and last but not least his HEET.

So yeah, unless Infiltration plays some other character(preferably Ryu to show us how good he is without cheap/lame arts) I am not interested.

Deyrax said on August 30, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.

Infiltration still gonna body Daigo.

samuraix025 said on August 30, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.

there was a time where Daigo was infiltration's bane. honestly i want daigo to go yun but then everyone would just complain that he counter picked to win...

DaveNotti said on August 30, 2013 at 12:04 p.m.

The thumbnail chosen was GENIUS. Well done.

HooliganComboFTW said on August 30, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

This will be good to see.

ZentraediAce92 said on August 30, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

LOL, this wasn't even supposed to be revealed yet, way to go Zhi. And he needs to cut it out with all the innuendos.

forbiddentech said on August 30, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.

I wonder if they will announce Infiltration as an official MCZ member. He is a player that more than deserves the exclusive title.

Delldroid said on August 30, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

even though it was 10-0 it was still super fun watching Daigo on that combo fever.

GentleFist said on August 30, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

@32 Infiltration was sponsored by MCZ for quite a while, then for some reason it fell off

IareBeStayDrunk said on August 30, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

Gen/ryu is 5-5 6-4 at worst. Akuma though -_-

SameH99 said on August 30, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.

Daigo asking Markman to set up a ft50 shows that he wants blood. Can't wait!

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Kinimaster said on August 30, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Hmmm i see Infiltration winning this with moderate difficulty.

GoldenTrophy said on August 30, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.

I rather see Infiltration vs Sako or Tokido in a first to 10 while Daigo can face Ryan Hart.

Gotomaster said on August 30, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.

@37 Uhh, no.

chubbyfingerz said on August 30, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.

Great picture for the article!
And great news!

Riskbreakerz said on August 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

@39 infiltrattion vs tokido FT10?you want people to die of boredom for sure

MCHAWKING said on August 30, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

Since this is a Madcatz unveiled exhibition, does that mean it will be streamed on twitch.tv/madcatz instead of niconico? That would be amazing, regardless of whether it had english commentary or not.

Also cannot wait for this. There is a difference between preparing for someone you may run into in a tournament versus preparing to play in a long exhibition. Daigo just showed what the results of the latter can be. If he puts the same sort of effort forth for this coming match, it will be incredibly interesting.

kaeshi said on August 30, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

@23 pr rog had a lucky break spamming FA at evo, to say that daigo vs infil is less interesting than infil vs rog you are crazy.

Kaizy said on August 30, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

You have received the award for the most stream-monsterish comment in this article. Congratulations!

edrigo said on August 30, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

@37 lolz let the crazy man pass!

BMTrajan said on August 30, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.

I wanna see Xian vs Mike Ross, the champ vs the people's champ

takanari said on August 30, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.

dat article Picture

GeneralSpecific said on August 30, 2013 at 3:21 p.m.

Akuma also has a better crouching forward hitbox than Ryu in AE 2012.

Crucial poking tool that everyone overlooks.

Have a look at the hitbox data section on this site.

Maxoplata said on August 30, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.

@37 I hope you are just trolling and not really that stupid...

rainraiser said on August 30, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.

I'm still waiting for FGC: Battle of Gods with Daigo, Tokido, Haitani, Sako, and Nuki =)

lol joking aside, this'll be mad hype!

Undead_Hayabusa said on August 30, 2013 at 4:26 p.m.

Spoiler:Daigo wins 10-8 plays Ryu first 2 or 3 sets brings out Yun,Infiltration seeking a counter enventually brings out Hakan otherwise prolonging his inevitable demise

Mrb20028 said on August 30, 2013 at 5:21 p.m.

So if Infiltration is better than Xian, why couldn't he even beat Tokido in the mirror match at EVO?

ShinWolfeee said on August 30, 2013 at 5:50 p.m.

Go vote for Infil!! Daigo got this..

HooliganComboFTW said on August 30, 2013 at 5:53 p.m.


Because Tokido outplayed him with his own Akuma. Sucks when your own arguably broken tools gets bounced back on your face by another capable player.

BurningKy said on August 30, 2013 at 5:59 p.m.

@#53 Why would that have any reference as to why Infiltration is better then Xian. Simply because he lost to Tokido at Losers Finals? Did you forget Infiltration has been the most consistent player in AE:2012 Post Evo2k12. Infiltration has beaten Xian well before, and he's beaten Daigo very convincingly.

In fact I would actually vote for Infiltration in the Infiltration vs Daigo match up. Why?

Infiltration is the Only Top Player in SF4 whom has learned how to counter and punish Daigo's Projectile Zoning with phenomenal success. I've never seen Daigo hesitate so much into wanting to throw a Hadouken in SF4. Not to mention when Daigo throw a fireball to see him get punished with a jump in nearly 80%+ of the time.

Not only that but Infiltration also stays right outside of Daigo's c.mk range, and more importantly baits and punishes it for a knock down into Vortex Options.

I'm also chuckling at the fact that people claim that Infiltration only beats Daigo is because he plays Akuma. Hello people, hes been playing Akuma in ALL incarnations of SF4, he just didn't randomly switch to Akuma in AE:2012.

Akuma was in fact stronger in earlier incarnations of SF4 however players hadn't broke the game down as well as they have now. If we knew what we know now but for back then, all the whiners would've complained about Akuma.

However no matter which revisions if a new top-tier is shown up, the same people will complain about them being so called "OP" anyways. The real fact is, at Evolution 2013 19 out of the 24 top finishers were different characters w/ 7 out of 8 being different for Top-8. 67% of the cast showed up in Top-32 which shows just how balanced AE:2012 really is. Whiny kids I tell you.

With that aside, Infiltration from his past confrontations of Daigo, should win this, and it could potentially be quite convincingly too considering what he did to The Beast at Evo2k13 and 25th Anniversary.

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spiralon said on August 30, 2013 at 8:57 p.m.

Daigo still has to beat sako in addition to infil

crispylinks77 said on August 30, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

@ 58

Daigo lost to Sako, Infiltration, Mago and plenty others in FT10's.

kaka said on August 30, 2013 at 9:49 p.m.

@37 not a daigo fanboy or anything, but did you watch the ft10 with xian? i think i only counted ONE mash dp. he did a LOT of jumping in the later matches which were probably well-timed cause xian hardly dp'd at all

sergio_reyes_ said on August 31, 2013 at 12:27 a.m.

the talk will be interesting

Coffeeling said on August 31, 2013 at 12:38 a.m.

Akuma's wakeup pressure is very light on unblockables. It's just mixups where the victim has a crapton of options to guess from. Not to mention Daigo routinely bodies Tokido, whose vortex is definitely ahead of Infiltration's. Infiltration is the same kind of player as Daigo - patient and fundamentals-based. He just has Daigo's number.

Let's forget the active frames and cr.mk xx fireball being a true blockstring for most of the kick's range, something that is completely impossible for Akuma?

#53, 55
Tokido won because Infiltration didn't pick Ryu. Of Tokido and Infiltration, Tokido is the one with the better vortex. Akuma can be tatsu-swept. The Akuma mirror is highly technical, and very explosive. It's all stuff that plays directly to Tokido's strengths as a player. Ryu-Akuma on the other hand (no matter which character you play) is more about footsies, zoning, fundamentals. Things Infiltration and Daigo are stronger than Tokido at. It's a matchup much more suited to their strengths instead of Tokido's.

Infiltration could've picked Ryu, but didn't. The result was predictable from that point on.

Rumrunner said on August 31, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.

Infiltration better than Xian? Xian never needed the character with every option in the book to win anything. He just outplayed everyone. Infiltration's Akuma straight lost to PR Rog and almost twice before Infiltration realized he wasn't good enough with the better character.

Infiltration picks a better character. It's crazy that people don't think that matters.

That said, Daigo winning on Ultra with the new Ryu buff will not be as impressive. A true blockstring? Now he can throw out low mk without as much discretion just like Infiltration can when he has ultra to punish focuses and such.

Infiltration was never better than Daigo, imo. He just competed on the easiest version SF. SF2 SFA and SF3 by the 3rd iteration were more technical with certainly more skill and reflex requirements.

New jacks don't realize SF has been simplified to be more inclusive. Daigo did his thing when it was much more difficult to do even simple things like reversals.

Let's see Infiltration play the more difficult SFs considering Daigo has won on EVERY SF. Infiltration? Nope, just the simple SF series where Daigo has won and placed top 8 over and over.

Infiltration's legacy is nowhere near Daigo's and unless they make a more skillful version again, Infiltration will never have a chance at being the best of all time. Look at these buffs. Making it easier to combo with Vega, easier to freely stick out mk more often with Ryu... The skill level is diminishing. They aren't balancing out the characters. They're trying to even the playing field for players when, back in the day, SF separated the men from the boys.

Infiltration is just a part of the new simplified capcom games like SFxT. Even KnuckleDu is so new to the scene he doesn't realize that SFxT is less technical and more scrubfriendly than prior SF games. Chains, boost combos, single motion supers. Nope, because games are more simple, Infiltration never had a shot at Daigo as far as legacy goes.

Coffeeling said on August 31, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.

I don't know whether I should laugh or cry. Yup, Infiltration doesn't matter jack, he didn't play ST. Newsflash: The difficulty of winning in a game doesn't come primarily from the game, it comes from the competition. SF4 has a ridiculous amount of talented players playing it. But yeah, gotta have that ST cab to count, good logic there.

Better characters matter. Duh. People just blow it out of all proportion. In this game, the tiers are so much more compressed than in previous iterations that the character clicking with you matters a hell of a lot more than it's tier placement. Akuma and Ryu click with Infiltration, which is why he plays them.

Furthermore, a character's tier placement is irrelevant to the individual matchup being played. Dhalsim is one of the worst characters in the game, yet he wins against Ryu and doesn't do badly against Akuma, who's the best or second best character in the game. Does it mean Sim is not a bad character? No, Sim's horrible. It just means Sim-Shoto is a matchup that goes to the better player instead of being decided on character select like Sagat-Gief or Hawk-Blanka are.

Akuma murders Dan if he chooses the wrong Ultra. He murders T-Hawk (though the random factor in Hawk's favour is huge). You could make an argument about murdering Zangief. That's three characters, pretty much, out of a cast of 39. The rest of his matchups are a bit in his favour (most), even, or a bit in his opponent's favour (Yun, Cammy). At that point, the players, their work, them being comfortable with the match are what matters. Not whose character is higher on the list.

Yeah, a couple losses within a year and a half of supreme domination means he's bad. Got it. PR Rog himself said he'd identified a fault in Infiltration's play and just relentlessly exploited it. That's how wins are made. Infiltration likes to crouch tech too much? Focus that, blow him up. Daigo likes to throw fireballs like they're candy. Ever wonder why Infiltration lands so many focus dashes and jumpins on Daigo and why Daigo is now strangely hesitant to throw fireballs against him?

Kzume said on August 31, 2013 at 3:06 a.m.

Daigo is gonna body infil 10-2 easy

Rumrunner said on August 31, 2013 at 3:20 a.m.

#65 Who said Infiltration was bad? I just said he was no Daigo. How are you going to bring up ST when more people played the SF2 series and players tried for a decade to catch up to the best players? It was just to difficult a chasm.
I could have simply said that Infiltration had a dominant streak on one game where Daigo is across the board. That comparison is obvious.

The rest of your rant seems to come from a fantasy world. lol the random factor is in Hawk's favor? That just makes it sound like you don't know the game. Akuma's mobility and options don't leave room for luck. In order for Hawk to win 2 of 3 rounds he has to outplay Akuma. Akuma murders Dan if he picks the wrong ultra? No, Akuma just murders Dan. What planet are you on? You don't even understand the game, clearly.

Character tier placement is irrelevant? Tokido picked Akuma strictly because of how good he was and wanted all the options. Out of 39 Characters how many times have you seen Akuma in the top 8? Now how about Deejay? How about Gouken? Infiltration uses him too so how come he doesn't just use him to win to show off since tier listing is irrelevant?

As for the Rog match, Infiltration failed to adjust in multiple games after PR Rog showed him what he was doing! Adaptation is a skill that was eluding Infiltration at that point.

You live in fantasy-land.

Saying that he is no Daigo doesn't take anything away from him. I wish games weren't simplified but they are.

Doesn't change the fact that you're in wonderland with your viewpoints that facts easily debunk. Tier ranking is nothing more than a list of which characters have a better chance of winning when players are at the top level. It's a list of who has better abilities, really. You think it's irrelevant but Infiltration doesn't think so or he would use Hakan to prove it.

How is the obvious missed so easily?

and Xian is better than Infiltration. He picked Gen strictly because he knows that others know that the character choice is a big factor and he didn't want the character winning for him or people saying as much. He wanted the wins to be all his. They are. When Infiltration can do that, then we'll talk.

urien said on August 31, 2013 at 3:34 a.m.

i dont think infiltation wa ever better than daigo.the question is actually how many peoples dislike daigo.
surely he won 2012 evo but thats it ! he will never win it again.
like it was said before you come prepared everytime for a player that you forgot another one.who thought except few stupids that xian gonna take it?
with infiltration ,daigo,tokido, and all the pros there.
Forgot the idea that someone can take evo 2 times consecutively.Only daigo did it.and i think theres only 2 evo left for SF4 before a new one hit the shelves.
You might say infiltration is the 2012 best player in US korea.but to prove yourself to be the best ,its not gonna be in the US nor europe nor korea.
First thing book dat tokyo ticket and heads towards sega station or get invited by topanga,when you get past daigo,tokido,mago,sako,haitani,nekojita,blue zangiefs and all the masters.you can claim having a palmares worthy of daigo.
its basically the same in tennis.djokovich and nadal can play all they want ,it will never change the fact that federer is on a next level skillwise.i gotta admit though that the match between them should be done in AE 2012.
that true block string thing will change the matchup approach at least for infiltration.
I dont think that xian 0-10 was luck ,daigo did adapt to xian meta game.
let see if infiltration can adapt to daigo this time.
infiltration got bodied by Pr convincingly .

saw some guys mentionning dogura and eita LOL !!
these guys are known to be the most uneven players of japan.specially eita.
the boy is a genius who can 10-0 anyone today but loses to a scrub the next day ,its probably due to his business.one thing is sure : he has the best AA in the world,and i think he reads minds !

diddykv said on August 31, 2013 at 4:44 a.m.

#67 Wrong! Xian did play a top tier character, and changed because the crowd didn't like it. He changed to get people's support.

I'm not saying he shoudn't have done this, but it was not because "he wanted the win to be all his". That's exactly what it wasn't.

That aside, I think Infiltration is better than Xian. But in general I'd say they're two of the best AE2012 players, and not at all because of the characters they use.

Coffeeling said on August 31, 2013 at 4:51 a.m.

That's a fairer comparison, I agree.

What I was trying to communicate there was that a character's tier placing is irrelevant to any particular matchup at hand. Sure, the character has to be good enough to get through a tournament - Dhalsim for example is bad at that because there are a good handful of matchups he basically loses at the character select screen. Ryu and Akuma don't suffer from this - both have their bad matches but they're all winnable. A better character gives you better chances to get through a tournament in aggregate.

But if you pit Ryu and Akuma, or Gen, or Dhalsim, or whatever, against each other, that Akuma has more favourable matches doesn't matter. The match at hand does, which is what I tried to say with the Dhalsim example.

A Dan with the correct ultra is still badly disadvantaged, but at least has a chance unlike Ixion last Dreamhack. Though I guess U1 Dan - Akuma could still be characterized as murder. Again, fair enough on that.
In Hawk's case the random factor is indeed in his favour. Akuma definitely has the advantage, and the matchup is hell for Hawk. It's a complete loss for Hawk tools-wise. But Akuma cannot afford to make mistakes. His zoning gameplan deals even less damage than Dhalsim's, and he's more frail too, though obviously better able to defend himself upclose. Hawk, on the other hand, has tons of HP for Akuma to grind through and deals a ton of damage with the few measly chances he gets.
But people aren't robots, and mistakes happen, which is what I was trying to get at. Akuma pays dearly for any mistakes in that matchup. If he doesn't make any, I wouldn't wager a penny for the Hawk.

We agree that Infiltration didn't adapt. It was a well-deserved loss. What I disagreed with that was "He lost to PR Rog => Worse than Xian" which is what your text implied. Xian has been "at the top" for a shorter duration than Infiltration as of now, yet you elevate Xian above him due to character choice? They're easily both good enough to make it to Top8 of any tournament they go to, play characters good enough to get there. At that point inter-player matchups just matter way, way more than character ones. Not enough to lift people above others due to the characters they play, at any rate. Unless you see a Sim going through a Top 8 of Cammy and Makoto and Yun, in which case I'll just say we've found and seen an incarnation of God himself.

One amazing thing about Xian is that he complements his character. Gen's problem matchups need good footsies and tons of patience, and Xian has trained his patience. In Infiltration's case, both he and Akuma are weak to focus/divekick fishing. The weaknesses coincide, which is something he definitely needs to work on.

JIHADJOE said on August 31, 2013 at 7:16 a.m.

SFA2 PIC! *fapfapfap*

Kinimaster said on August 31, 2013 at 8:26 a.m.

Lol at the people thinking Daigo is going to beat Infiltration, Infiltration is still the most dominant player and only struggles in mirrors. He has the best footsies and is probably beating Daigo in a ft 10 with moderate difficulty.

TwoDogKnight said on August 31, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.


Same old song and dance, If Infiltration wins convincingly, people will say it was because he uses Akuma. Already seeing those excuses ahead of time. lol

If he wins with one of his (many) other characters, people will say he's a lame counter picker.

And around we go.

crispylinks77 said on August 31, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.

@ 65 & 70 (Coffeeling)

QFT, couldn't agree more.

porchbaboon said on August 31, 2013 at 12:33 p.m.

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Who Is Alpha said on August 31, 2013 at 4:59 p.m.

If daigo starts to lose I hope he picks Yun. Just curious to see how that flips the table.

Rumrunner said on August 31, 2013 at 11:54 p.m.

#69. You're mistaken. It's even obvious in your post. Why would Xian care what the crowd thought and how would that affect anything? As I said, he didn't want folks saying he won because he used top tier. You can youtube the interview, I'm sure. It was only a few months ago. He specifically picked Gen so that people wouldn't say he won because of character choice.

BladeStunner said on September 2, 2013 at 4:17 a.m.

Wonder how Daigo will prepare for this match. Wouldn't know where to start :/


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