Tokido gets thrown 4 times in a row straight to losers' bracket, Birdie shows up to play and more: EVO Japan day two highlights for Street Fighter 5

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 16, 2019 at 10:27 a.m. PST

EVO Japan's second day of competition has now wrapped up, and most of the strongest players from around the world have congregated once again for the second year in the homeland of fighting games.

Street Fighter 5's bracket has whittled down to the final eight competitors out of more than 1,000 that showed up looking to take the grand prize home and the title of EVO champion.

Victrix|Momochi, Liquid|Nemo, YG|Jyobin, Powell, REC|Punk, UYU|OilKing, CYG|Fuudo and Crusher will be facing off early tomorrow morning for those of us in North America though they had to get through some of the stiffest competition to get there.

We've collected some of the best highlights from pools up to top 16 where Tokido would fall early and some of Japan's best that don't typically get to travel showed off why they shouldn't be ignored.

Crusher and Fuudo also showed off why many in the region feel Birdie is the best character in the game at the start of Season 4 with his new V-Trigger 2 buffs.

Let's start things off with where we saw a major upset go down in pools where the new free agent Tokido lost 2-0 to Powell and his Cammy where the Street Fighter legend took four throws in a row to get sent into losers bracket.

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Powell also went on to stuff Pugera's attempt at a comeback by draining Ibuki's remaining life using Cammy's Season 3 buff to use Cannon Strike into Critical Art after hitting the V-Trigger enchanced Cannon Spike anti-air.

Nemo almost gets taken out by ENVY|Mister Crimson, but he reads the instant overhead and proceeds to burn his life away in Dhalsim's V-Trigger fire until he gets the walk under for the perfect punish / mix-up.

Mizuha was able to upset GRPT|MOV in pools with his slick Kolin mix-ups to catch Chun-Li's toes and avoid her EX Lightning Legs all together.

Crusher shows off how good Birdie's V-Trigger 2 can be in Season 4 using it to do a wild amount of damage and stun in just a few hits against YG|Jyobin's Necalli.

After some crucial drops from both players and an empty jump sweep, Jyobin would end up taking his set over Crusher in an emotional set.

Mago took Crusher down to a sliver of health in their second game with pokes, but Birdie's V-Trigger posed a constant threat even with the life leading to both players looking for a magical to finish it.

Punk and NL's game came down to the final game and final round to make it into top 8, but the fresh Akuma player would end up stunned against Punk's clean Karin play.

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