Wait, what are you supposed to do there? - HiFight's latest Just Frame Breakdown dives into Xian's nasty caltrop mixups from CPT Online event

Both players made some really smart moves

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 28, 2020 at 8:39 a.m. PDT | Comments: 6

RZR|Xian and his Ibuki have been mixing up and messing up their opponents in Street Fighter 5 for years at this point, and Season 5 came around to give them another tool to make things even worse for players on the receiving end.

Now that the first Southeast Asia event for the Capcom Pro Tour went down this weekend, we got a great chance to see Xian's Season 5 Ibuki in action which HiFight has provided a cool new breakdown for.

HiFight's latest Just Frame Breakdown follows Xian and Oswald's top 16 losers set where the longtime Street Fighter pro would bust out Ibuki's V-Skill 2 Makibishi to keep Laura absolutely locked down.

After being trapped in the corner for quite some time, Xian is able to build up full Critical Art and V-Trigger gauges which allow him to find an opening and get the Fuma Shuriken train starting.

On the knockdown, Xian tosses a caltrop in front of Laura but command dashes behind for the mixup. Oswald is hit and eats a combo for it before getting put back in the blender. I could be wrong, but it looks like the spike trap might not have hit Laura if he remained in front and didn't need to turn around.

For the second caltrop, Oswald attempts a back recovery to avoid the spike, but Xian is there waiting with a back throw to toss him right back on top of the stationary V-Skill again.

Lacking an invincible reversal option, Oswald uses V-Reversal as his only real defensive option to the meaty trap which once again ends up in a back throw.

Things wouldn't quite end there, however, as Xian went for an air EX kunai setup afterwards. This doesn't work in S5 though considering back throw has added recovery frames, so Oswald was able to get a full neutral jump punish on Ibuki for the mistake.

Xian would go on to win the set though he would end up finishing in third place behind his rival Chuan and the surprising Xiaoma|SKZ, who has now earned a spot in Capcom Cup with his Seth.

You can check out the full breakdown below.

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