Punk perfects Momochi, Smug is fearless and Marn... hates a whole country? ELeague day one highlights

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 27, 2017 at 7:44 p.m. PDT

With amazing production value and top level play, ELeague has been an incredible event thus far. We're only done with one of four preliminary days, but already we have quite a few highlights to share.


First thing's first, PG|Punk and RZ|Marn: Battle of boast. These two are known for their attitudes, and today we saw Punk's spotless record coming up against Marn's incredibly hype call out, win and pop off against FOX|Momochi.

The crowd eagerly sought to see how these two would fair against each other, and things would go overwhelmingly in Punk's favor. Pop offs included:


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Our next highlight sees PIE|Smug take on Momochi in a nail biter round finish. Momochi threatened to go up 1-0 if he could only nick Smug one more time, but the mayor of Duff City lowered his shoulders and went for it:

We move on to visit the set between EG|Ricki Ortiz and F3|Brolynho. Ricki found herself fighting her way back to an advantageous position as she cornered Brolynho and began what we all thought would be a safe string. Brolynho's awareness and reactions said differently.

On an absolute tear of domination today, Punk would not be slowed even by the likes of the mighty Momochi. After going down 0-1, Punk started his turnaround with a perfect against the EVO and Capcom Cup champion:

For our seventh highlight we have Marn coming back to show off his Ibuki mix ups and resets against the reigning EVO champion, RZR|Infiltration. Watch this and answer truthfully: would you have blocked correctly?

Finally, though just about everyone was sad to see it happen, Marn wound up on the chopping block. His post tourney interview was a highlight in itself though...

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