'How I beat Tokido, Fuudo, Itazan and Daigo' - Brian_F bested Japanese players in casual sets, but fears they'll be developing anti-Balrog tech soon

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 19, 2017 at 6:34 p.m. PDT

First thing's first, no this is not at all a conceited "look how great I am" rant from Balrog player Brian_F. The regular streamer/competitor has shown a very strong technical vision for Street Fighter 5, regularly investigating the potential of characters and sharing his findings.


At Final Round last weekend he did get insanely close to defeating FOX|Momochi in tournament, and actually did exceptionally well in casual sets against a collection of Japan's strongest fighters including a 3-1 victory against DNG|Itabashi Zangief, which is especially interesting considering the match up.

After returning home, Brian took to his stream to discuss his experiences in these casual sets. His takeaway? Many of the Japanese top talent did not know how to deal with Balrog's tap attack on wake up. Knowing it'd be foolish to think Japan wouldn't learn quickly, he fears they'll soon be developing option selects to shut down Balrog's tap attack.

For those unfamiliar with Brian_F's work, we've included a video of his below that details Balrog's dreaded V-Trigger mix ups, explaining both how to utilize and defend against them.

Video sources: Brian F.

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