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Momochi cheats death, Kazunoko gets double perfected and Mago is unbeatable; highlights from South East Asia Major

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 21, 2015 at 5:58 p.m. PDT • Comments: 34

South East Asia Major 2015 was a tournament that saw the likes of players like Bonchan, /r/Kappa|Poongko, and RZR|Gackt unable to crack top 16.

If you'll recall a few years ago, there was a player named MCZ|Mago who played Fei Long and Sagat and was amongst the greatest in the business. It seems he took a brief vacation, and has come back even stronger than before with a new handful of characters.

Having already qualified for this year's Capcom Cup Finals by winning Hypespotting 4, Mago erases any doubts that he's not still amongst the cream of the crop with an incredible performance at an incredibly stacked tournament. Having said that, our first highlight features Mago losing.

G.Y.R.O.'s Comeback

To preface this one, Mago had G.Y.R.O. reeling, not only throughout the set, but especially during this round. Mago's unrelenting pressure left G.Y.R.O. stunned and all but finished. In a clutch turn of events, and with the help of Oni's incredible offense, G.Y.R.O. brings things back from the brink in an impressive display of offense.

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Hit the jump for much more involving MCZ|Tokido's rampage, EG|Momochi's patience and Mago's triumph.
Ultra Rolls

RZR|Itabashi Zangief is undoubtedly amongst the best Zangiefs in the world. As a Zangief player, one has to have a perfect balance of patience and aggression. Itabashi shows this here as he follows /r/Kappa|Infiltration's fleeing roll and hits an Ultra.

Tokido: Eater of Souls, Doer of Perfects

With a seemingly invisible pixel of life in his reserve during his match with Qanba|Xiao Hai, Tokido scores just what he needs with a jump in combo. Hitting all of his links, Tokido makes a great comeback with this clutch combo.

In our second Tokido highlight, the Japanese god demoralizes Kazunoko with a double perfect. Kazunoko does take a round between perfects, but that hardly takes away the sting.

Kazunoko 2011

The world's best Yun may have fallen fairly hard to Tokido, but not before he did a bit of styling on EVO 2013 champion RZR|Xian. Kazunoko takes us on a trip to the past when he brings out the now rarely-used Ginei Jin.

Kazunoko shows he hasn't forgotten his Arcade Edition combos as he juggles Xian into a perfect to tie their set up at 1-1.

Momochi's Time Out

Momochi's set with /r/Kappa|Infiltration looked fairly grim from the start, as he quickly went down 0-2. Bringing it all the way back to 2-2 and up a round, Momochi needed to close things out to ensure his momentum went unimpeded.

Nearly out of life and out of time, it looked as though Momochi would lose and we'd be heading to the final round. With a great offensive series followed by a lucky anti-air fireball, Momochi shifts the life lead in his favor in the final seconds, sending Infiltration packing.

Mago is Back

If you haven't already, take a moment and look at the player list for this tournament. Some competitors, such as MCZ|Daigo, Xian or Momochi, have been on terrorizing streaks lately. Should one of them won, we would have been impressed, but probably not surprised.

In truth, not many would have guessed a Yang player to best the likes of Xiao Hai, RZR|Fuudo, and Tokido... twice. Nonetheless, Mago proved he's still a force to be reckoned with, closing out this tournament from the winners side.

In the first GIF below, Mago brilliantly uses his Super combo to chip away about 120 points of Fuudo's life for a victory. The second GIF shows the final moments of the tournament, wherein Mago closes things out in his dominating Grand Finals set against Tokido.

You can see full results as well as the stream archive by clicking the link at the top of the story.
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