'Daigo played the Moment 37 match like he was playing Street Fighter 5' - Justin Wong reviews fighting games' most famous battle, round by round

The Beast is a time traveler

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 20, 2019 at 11:43 a.m. PDT

Anyone who has lost a stream match before knows just how much it sucks to go back and look at the tapes to try to figure out what you did wrong, but we have to give it up to VP|Justin Wong as he recently visited the most famous moment in competitive fighting game history... a sequence that he was on the losing end of.

The exceptionally-storied fighting game legend rewinds the footage and watches it right along with us while commentating about the decisions and thought processes that he and CYG|Daigo Umehara were going through during this bout.

For anyone who hasn't heard about EVO Moment 37, it saw Daigo's Ken with virtually no health left and therefore susceptible to be chip-killed by Justin's Chun-Li's 1-frame Super attack. Guessing when Justin might fire off said Super, Daigo was pressing forward on the frame that Justin activated his would-be kill move.

Daigo then successfully parried all 14 of Chun's kicks, lept in the air to parry the final kick, and thus was able to come down with a hard enough-hitting combo to steal away the game. It was a display of research and skill executed in the midst of a very intense tournament match with an entire EVO crowd screaming in close proximity.

Justin explains that though he was surprised that Daigo was able to successfully parry his attack, he didn't expect The Beast to be able to KO him with the ensuing punish. He notes that the jump in order to air-parry the final attack was particularly impressive.

There were five other rounds during this match that the FGC seldom sees, and Justin's commentary on them gives some insight into the amazing minds of the competitors involved. Perhaps the most interesting observation Wong makes in the video is the fact that he feels like Daigo is playing Third Strike in a manner that tends to be successful in Street Fighter 5 play.

The Beast takes an exceptional amount of risks and performs a lot of reads that were not as prevalent in high-level Third Strike play. Check out the full match with Justin right here, and let us know what you think of Daigo's play in this set (not just the epic moment) in the comments below.

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