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Ken player performs literal wake-up DP after briefly passing out during 24 hour Street Fighter 5 live stream... still wins round

'And now the Saltman's gentle tread Comes stealing through the town...'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 31, 2020 at 11:35 a.m. PDT • Comments: 35

The most "Ken" thing we may have ever seen happened recently on one of the most "Ken" players' live streams. Joshua "CeroBlast" Tran has made a name for himself as one of the most successful reads-based players in competitive Street Fighter 5, often resorting to unconventional risks and scoring flashy rewards.

The Canadian Ken player embarked on a 24-hour live Twitch session over the weekend, and understandably started dosing off around the 21-hour mark. The stage was set for a real-life wake up Dragon Punch.

Somewhere along the line (I think it was during the days of Street Fighter 4?) Ken players garnered a reputation for playing rather recklessly, specifically through the use of invincible Shoryukens (DP) when they're "waking up" after having been knocked from their feet.

This move is strong because it counters almost any attack the opponent is performing and instantly turns the tide of battle. The downside is the fact that if the opponent simply blocks they'll be rewarded with an opportunity to freely perform one of their hardest hitting combos.

This kind of approach generally yields short term rewards and long term stagnation, but CeroBlast's abilities to use these tools with strategy and manipulate foes in the mental realm have earned him notable success both on and offline. We actually interviewed him at Capcom Cup last year, and he gave us further insight into his unorthodox style.

We've got the clip wherein Cero closes his heavy eyes, resorts to an instinctual down back with the joystick, and then wakes up with an even more instinctual DP:


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