Winner of U.S. Army Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament was the Protector of the Russian Skies, Zangief

The old U.S.S.R patriot wins an American Army tournament

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 30, 2018 at 10:29 a.m. PDT

Zangief first appeared in Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior back in 1991. Back then, there was still some tension between the U.S.S.R. and the United States during the Cold War era.

So it's a bit ironic that when the U.S. Army held a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament this last weekend, the overall winner was a Zangief player, someone who's known for being a patriot for Russia, and even dances with former U.S.S.R. leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, in his Street Fighter 2 endings.

Due to the ties to Zangief's prior depiction he may have been viewed as a villain or antagonist whether he was meant to be one or not. The movie, Wreck It Ralph, even seemed to reference this perspective that Zangief was a "bad guy."

Over the weekend, the U.S. Army began a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament circuit for those that are currently in service across eight garrisons. This circuit will be going on through August.

One of the players present, Yuripaddle, ended up taking Zangief to the grand finales. In the end, he ended up taking this first event with a stellar victory. This is especially impressive considering Zangief's current tier standing in Season 3.5.

There's definitely something ironic here. As pointed out by HiFightTH on Twitter, this U.S. tournament was won by the protector of the Russian Skies.

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After the jump, you can check out the Twitch archive of the full tournament.

Source: Army Entertainment.

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