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Panamanian Street Fighter 5 players faced disaster from power outages during CPT Online but were able to compete thanks to opponents' sportsmanship

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 2, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. PDT • Comments: 8

The Capcom Pro Tour Online 2020 circuit entered its third month of competition this weekend where it would face a host of new challenges in the Central American region that would be held together by the integrity and compassion of its players.

Just as the initial brackets for the Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition tournament were beginning on Saturday, players in Panama reported massive, extended power outages around the country that put their shot at reaching Capcom Cup into utter uncertainty.

Bruno "SB|Doomsnake" La Grotta was one of those impacted by the blackout claiming the issues began around 2 p.m. local time โ€” right when the tournament officially began โ€” and lasted between 45 minutes to over an hour without electricity or water.

"Luckily, I had a bye in my pool which helped buy some time while I waited, however, eventually I had a match come up with an Abigail player from El Salvador (Cyberden)," Doomsnake told EventHubs.

The longtime competitive Street Fighter player expressed his dismay stating he felt depressed and stressed out thinking about being immediately sent into the loser's bracket via disqualification in his region's shot to earn a spot in Capcom Cup.

"I'm not going to lie, the whole blackout literally drained all my energy," said Doomsnake. "I've played against top players in tournaments internationally but this was a million times worse. It was completely demoralizing, out of all the days that a blackout could have happened, it happened on the day of the tournament literally minutes before it began."

Cyberden, however, made the decision to wait and give Doomsnake the opportunity to play once his power came on instead of simply taking the win and moving on in the bracket.

Doomsnake would end up taking the set 2-0 and moved on to make top 16. Despite the issues and setbacks of the day, La Grotta was able to regain his composure and defeat a very tough opponent in GOT|DR Ray to qualify for top 8 from the winners side after facing the DQ.

Another Panamanian player in BDG|GranTodakai faced nearly the same situation as Doomsnake losing electricity though they also claimed their opponent waited for them to find a working internet connection.

GranTodakai felt defeated as well after the affair, but thanked his first opponent for giving him the opportunity to still compete and play.

Following these issues, the Capcom side of the event ran into their own internet and power problems which forced the organizers to delay top 16 by two hours last night to a 7 p.m. PT start time.

"I just want to thank Cyberden for having the patience to wait a few minutes for me. It was very good sportsmanship from his part" - Doomsnake

This meant players in countries like the Dominican Republic didn't get to begin their on-stream matches until 10 p.m. local time which ran well past midnight to reach top 8.

The FGC has community in its name for a reason with players like Cyberden stepping up to display strong sportsmanship in times of need to their own inconvenience which should be applauded as we all find our way through this evolving landscape.

For his trouble, Cyberden finished in 65th place in the Central American CPT event. GranTodakai placed 97th overall.

"I just want to thank Cyberden for having the patience to wait a few minutes for me," said Doomsnake. "It was very good sportsmanship from his part."

Top 8 is scheduled to begin later today, August 2 at 5 p.m. PT.

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