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.

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