Get a glimpse inside the minds of Daigo Umehara and Tokido as HiFight impressively breaks down their decision making and thought process from NCR 2019

The back and forth continues

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • April 4, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. PDT

Another week in the life of professional fighting game players wrapped up at NorCal Regionals 2019 last weekend, but many won't get much of a chance at rest with Brussels Challenge Major Edition starting up tomorrow showing off the mental fortitude needed to continually do well and improve with such little time in between majors.

CYG|Daigo Umehara and ROHTO|Tokido are often regarded as some of the mentally strongest and smartest competitors currently in the game, so it's really cool to see what is going on in their heads moment to moment during one of the most heated matches of NCR.

Fighting game highlight compiler and resident wizard HiFight recently released their newest video in their Just Frame Analysis series where the content creator broke down Daigo and Tokido's match using slow motion replays, player insights into their strategies, frame data and HiFight's own test footage to explain why each legend made certain decisions.

Some of the most interesting parts of their three games were their exact movements and spacing like Daigo using Guile's crouch walk to approach while keeping his Somersault charge in case Tokido jumped at him or the Akuma player's ability to slowly edge out the Beast and push him to the corner.

HiFight made a very insightful breakdown of a certain sequence where Daigo knocked down Tokido at mid-screen and dashed in for the perfect follow up. Daigo actually slightly walked forward before his second dash so he would be close enough to get the crouching light kick into light punch combo and have enough time to charge the Flash Kick to end it. If he simply double dashed, Daigo would have been too far to confirm the combo, and the Beast wouldn't have have time to charge the Somersault if he walked forward after both dashes.

The analysis also picks up on what was likely a mistake made by Daigo as he used a Bazooka Knee to close some distance after landing a V-Trigger Sonic Boom barrage probably thinking that he had built enough meter for the Critical Art with the last attack. He came up just short,however, which gave Tokido the positioning to jump over a Sonic Boom and close out the round with his own CA.

Tokido would end up taking the set 2-1 though both players would make some "galaxy brain" reads and hit confirms to try and best adjust their games and punish each others minor mistakes. We highly suggest you give HiFight's video a watch below to get a glimpse into both top players' mindsets, strategies and tech.

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