There were some huge upsets during Final Round 2019 pools in Street Fighter 5, here's a recap of what you may have missed

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • March 16, 2019 at 4:34 p.m. PDT

We're on the second day of Final Round 2019. Notably, this is the first Capcom Pro Tour event of 2019. There are now in the top 48 portion of the bracket.

Along the way, many top players were sent to the losers bracket or outright eliminated from the tournament. Before seeing how the rest of the event will play out, it might be worth it to review some of the upsets that have occurred so far.

Remember that this is the start of the new season. Season 4 to be exact. The game's balance has been changed in many subtle ways.

Yesterday, we witnessed Rohto|Tokido being taken down by The Cool Kid in a spectacularly hype set. This came after a plethora of nerfs to Abigail due to the Season 4 changes.

Of course, this was only the beginning of the upsets that were to come. Like Tokido, many of these professionals have previously laid claim to titles that many can only dream of. And yet, that ended up not mattering at Final Round 2019.

Let's take a moment to highlight some of the most noteworthy of upsets.

Problem X vs. CeroBlast

Mouz|Problem X's victory over Tokido during EVO 2018 grand finals was the stuff of legends. There's no doubt that Problem X is the best M. Bison player in the world right now.

Most probably would've placed their bets on Problem X beating CeroBlast when they ran into one another during bracket. It's worth mentioning that many players these days have expressed that they weren't big believers in Ken's abilities after the Season 4 patch.

The first round featured patient play from both players, but CeroBlast was able to surprise Problem X with some Crush Counter sweeps. Thanks to a smart shimmy, CeroBlast was able to take an early lead in the match.

Problem X ended up losing a lot of grey health that was set aside due to being struck by numerous V-Reversals on the part of CeroBlast. Despite this, Problem X was able to keep his cool and clutch the second round.

CeroBlast was then able to pull out some ambiguous set ups that kept Problem X guessing until the end. This allowed him to take the first game.

Things looked like they were returning to expectations as Problem X took the next two rounds. His V-Trigger 2 combo into a Critical Art ended up taking roughly 50% of CeroBlast's health bar in the second round.

Neutral Jump mix ups were then applied to CeroBlast's game which kept Problem X guessing. Going from round one to round two, CeroBlast switched from using throw baits to actually going for the throws. There was just no predicting this player.

Problem X was just not able to adapt in time and ended up getting sent to the losers bracket in a surprise upset.

Brian_F vs. Verloren and Daigo

Balrog is a character that hasn't really been relevant in high level Street Fighter 5 since Season 2. Brian_F has stuck with him despite the flaws.

As a result, he was able to achieve two separate upsets with Balrog. Not only did he beat Verloren's Cammy and Ibuki, he also managed to take down Daigo's Guile.

Clearly Brian_F's play was on point today as he was nailed combos from his counter hit dash punches that auto corrected. He knew exactly when to challenge the opponent's options.

Although he achieved a 2-1 win over Daigo, he took down Verloren with a 2-0 win.

CJ Truth vs. Bonchan

Using Kolin, CJ Truth managed to take a 2-1 victory over RB|Bonchan and his Karin. CJ Truth combined the usage of excellent footsies, counters, and V-Trigger 2 shenanigans to take his opponent down.

In the final round of the set, Bonchan looked like he had a lot of momentum working in his favor. CJ Truth was essentially one hit away from being stunned and losing the set.

Although CJ Truth was able to stall Bonchan out long enough for his stun gauge to replenish, he eventually took more hits. He was left with a small sliver of health to work with while Bonchan was looking healthy at about 50% of his bar.

Suddenly, CJ Truth got a throw loop going and then mixed Bonchan up with an EX Vanity Step set up. He was able to clutch the comeback and move on.

Dogura vs. Tampa Bison

It seems that CO|Dogura has been playing M. Bison. Unfortunately for him, he ended up being defeated by Tampa Bison's M. Bison.

Both players played cautiously around each other. The first round coming down to the last five seconds was evidence of this. Dogura was able to secure the first round though.

The second and third rounds went to Tampa Bison. After that, Tampa Bison was able to secure his 2-0 victory over his opponent. Notably it ended with Dogura trying to nail a hit while a Psycho Bomb was planted on him.

Fuudo vs. Tampa Bison

Dogura wasn't the only major victory Tampa Bison was able to take during the event. Eventually, his path would cross with CYG|Fuudo's.

At nearly every turn, Tampa Bison sniffed out and countered all of Fuudo's tactics. When Nadeshiko was called, M. Bison would just ignore her with invincibility.

When Fuudo tried to go for the command grab Critical Art, Tampa Bison would refrain from pressing a button and neutral jump it for the punish.

Upon going for drop kicks, Tampa Bison would back dash them. As you can imagine, this would leave Fuudo in a precarious position.

Although the final score was 2-1, Tampa Bison's frame traps and hit confirms placed too much pressure on Fuudo during the final round of the set.

Notable Final Rounds pools outcomes

• TGS|CeroBlast (Ken) beat Mouz|Problem X (M. Bison) 2-1.

• FD|Johnny (Karin) beat RRQ|Moke (Rashid) 2-1.

• Brian_F (Balrog) beat Verloren (Cammy, Ibuki) 2-0.

• Brian_F (Balrog) beat CYG|Daigo (Guile) 2-1.

• JB (Rashid) beat RZR|Xian (Ibuki) 2-1.

• Neon (Kolin) eliminated Mago (Cammy).

• Rise|Smug (G) beat FD|Fujimura (Ibuki) 2-0.

• FGCJesus (F.A.N.G) beat Mago (Cammy).

• BxA|Tampa Bison (M. Bison) beat CYG|Fuudo (R. Mika) 2-1.

• Order|Travis Styles (Balrog) beat NVD|Phenom (Necalli).

• SB|801 Strider (G) beat DNG|Itabashi Zangief (Zangief) 2-1.

• BxA|Tampa Bison (M. Bison) beat CO|Dogura (M. Bison) 2-0.

• CoolKid93 (Abigail) beat Rohto|Tokido (Akuma) 2-1.

• CJ Truth (Kolin) beat RB|Bonchan (Karin) 2-1.

• END|Shine (Ibuki) beat GO|Luffy (R. Mika).

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