'I think you've won over me in everything but the game' - here's what Daigo and Tokido said in their post Kemonomichi Street Fighter 5 set

Two titans Street Fighter clashed in one of the most emotional sets of SF5 to date

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. PST

FOX|Tokido might be the best all around Street Fighter 5 player in the world.

With a win at EVO 2017, second place at Capcom Cup and a strong yearlong performance through the Capcom Pro Tour, he's proven to be the most consistent SF5 player in recent times.

Then you have BST|Daigo, the most storied and celebrated Street Fighter player of all time. Though he hasn't had the same levels of tournament success in this current iteration of Street Fighter, (yet) his abilities are acknowledged the worldwide fighting game community over.

Daigo has many nicknames, certainly not the most common of which, "the Batman of fighting games," alludes to his ability to download and dissect opponents given enough time to prepare and analyze. More than once he's taken EVO champions down conclusively in the first to ten long set format.

That's what we saw here at Kemonomichi 2 when these two legends of the game clashed. Despite Tokido's superior SF5 track record, the majority (including Tokido himself) gave the edge to The Beast. They were right.

A teary eyed Tokido offered only a few words after his 5-10 defeat, as the sheer emotion of testing his skill in perhaps the most honest and pure way when it comes to Street Fighter understandably weighed heavy on him.

"I wanted to at least win in the game," he said "but I'll have to come back and try again." Daigo had a bit more to say after his victory, which we have translated thanks to our own Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor.

"I think you've won over me in everything but the game, haha," started Daigo. "But besides that ... Last year, and really the year before that too, Tokido had some amazing results, and the perspective of him changed quite a bit, in comparison I felt like I wasn't really getting much done.

"Then after Capcom Cup, I watched and learned, and I got the will to want to play the game properly... The first part of that was seeing Tokido, and I felt that I wanted to take it seriously, too ... Well, actually, that's not to say that I wasn't taking the game seriously, but I wanted to raise the effort I put in even higher.

"So, I've been pushing pretty hard in preparation for this match. Pretty much every time I do something like this, I start feeling 'Oh man, this is going to be so hard' when the actual event draws near, and I felt that this time too.

"What I felt was that, if I lose here... that would be so amazing by him, because this is the type of match I favor, and where I'm most comfortable... In the end, I did win it, but that's how I was feeling, and if Tokido hadn't come to me with this challenge, I don't think we could've had anything like this, so I'm very thankful for that."

You can see their full first to ten bout over in the archive on the daigothebeasTV Twitch channel.

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