He just won a Pro Tour Premier event with Nash from the winners bracket... Bonchan is back in a big way

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 14, 2017 at 11:28 a.m. PDT

It doesn't get much more poetic than this.


Fate sets the stage with Nash, a character deemed to have had his "arms and legs cut off" via nerfs, and RB|Bonchan, a world class player struggling for over a year to get his feet back under him. Pepper in the fact that Nash is literally back from the dead in Street Fighter 5's story, and all we need is an ill-fitting glass slipper.

Battle Arena Melbourne boasted competition like GRPT|Fuudo, FOX|Tokido, RZR|Xian and Zowie|GamerBee to name a few, but no one would be able to stop Bonchan as he would tear through everyone he played and take Pro Tour Premier event from the winners bracket.

Not only did Bonchan shut down everyone that came against him, he did it with a grace and apparent ease. This quick sequence against Verlorean sums up his tournament performance:


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A runner up at EVO in Street Fighter 4, Bonchan was perhaps the best Sagat player on the planet. As such, expectations were extremely high during the transition into SF5, but the Japanese mastermind didn't bloom quite as quickly as others, and had a fairly trying first year.

Bonchan's first new blip on the public radar came nearly a month ago at NorCal Regionals, where he and his Nash reached fourth place. Given his recent track record and the status of his character, this was quite the feat.

His ability to study and pick a character apart is rivaled by very few, which is likely the reason he's been able to make things work with a character that virtually everyone else has had immense trouble with.

Check out this pair of perfects Bonchan scored on Fuudo during their top eight set at BAM... who gets two perfects on Fuudo?

Here are the final moments of yesterday's Premier event:

Nash is only getting better in the upcoming balance patch, which makes us fear for anyone and everyone unlucky enough to meet Bonchan in tournament. If he's able to do so much with so little, what will giving him a few buffs yield?

We shutter to think.

What do you think of Bonchan's recent play? Would it be too much to go as far as to shoe him in for Capcom Cup this year? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

That awesome banner art is courtesy of the very talented DemonDan.
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