How Daigo 'chickened out' of parrying Chun-Li's super in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike five years before EVO Moment 37

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • October 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. PDT

EVO Moment 37. You don't have to be hugely invested in the fighting game scene to recognize the significance of this event. It was here where, under an intense amount of pressure, CYG|Daigo Umehara pulled off a crazy sequence of parries against Justin Wong as he threw out Chun-Li's super in an attempt to chip out what remained of Daigo's life bar.

Being able to pull off such a stunt in this situation sort of demonstrated Daigo as someone who was fearless. Ironically, there was another event five years ago where Daigo "chickened out" in the face of Chun-Li's super and blocked it instead.

This actually occurred during a 3v3 national team tournament. Daigo's team ended up pairing him with Ishikawa — a player that was attempting to encourage his teammates with shouts of "Now's the time! Get him!"

Although Daigo had stated before that parrying the final attack of Chun-Li's super was a relatively easy task, this cheering ended up adding some pressure to Daigo. In other words, Daigo remembers his match up against a Chun-Li player on this particular day as the "one [he] didn't parry."

Luckily though, the story makes it sound as though it didn't actually matter that much. While it is true that a player can get a better punish by parrying the last hit of this particular attack, the opponent's health was low enough that a block punish was enough to win it.

Who would've known what would come about five years later. This is certainly an ironic story about Daigo Umehara.

Source: FGC Translated.

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