801 Strider cracks Daigo's defenses with G's command grabs while Neon destroys Cammy's V-Reversal — SoCal Regionals 2018 highlights

Fuudo manages to string together three of R. Mika's stand medium punches in a single combo thanks to assistance from Nadeshiko via V-Trigger 2

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • September 15, 2018 at 6:16 a.m. PDT

Day one of the SoCal Regionals 2018 has already concluded. We're already seeing a lot of action at the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament.

This is a premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour which means there are a lot of valuable points on the line as the end of the season draws near. As a result of this, there are over 250 players competing for those points.

The players included FD|Fujimura, FOX|Tokido, GGP|Kazunoko, TF|DidimoKOF, CJ Truth, CYG|Fuudo, Tempo|Alex Myers, FOX|Justin Wong, Ponos|Moke, Neon, FE|Humanbomb, CYG|Daigo Umehara, Liquid|John Takeuchi, BCF|Commander Jesse, FAV|Sako, UYU|OilKing, RB|Snake Eyez, 801 Strider, and many more.

We've got a number of highlights to showcase already. First, let's talk about 801 Strider's set as G against Daigo who was playing as Guile.

If I was a betting man, I'd probably be wagering some money on Daigo to win this confrontation. G was still relatively new, after all. Despite this, 801 Strider put on a stellar performance.

By this point, 801 Strider had already caused a bit of an upset by beating Kazunoko with a 2-0 victory. Thanks to his clever usage of G's command grabs, he was able to crack Daigo's amazing defense and defeat him with another 2-0 win.


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Fuudo was able to land numerous medium punches in a single combo as R. Mika while up against Blarr-Lad. This was in thanks to Nadeshiko via R. Mika's second V-Trigger lending a hand (or chair) to help string together those hits.

If your opponent is Neon and you're a Cammy main, here's a word of advice: don't use V-Reversal against him. Ever. If he expects it, you're getting punished hard.

In general, expect some super ambiguous (and sick) setups from his Kolin too.

Very good reaction from Justin Wong. He was able to land Menat's Critical Art after her V-Trigger orbs juggled the opponent in a cross up scenario.

Very tricky setups from Shine's Ibuki. His mix ups look extremely difficult to block consistently.

Cool throw bait by UYU|Oil King:

Commander Jesse's Dhalsim looking on point as he sends Fuudo to the losers bracket in an upset victory.

Here's Sako doing... well, Sako things. This man's combo execution and reactions are just out of this world!

Sources: Capcom Fighters and HiFightTH.

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