The most damaging Sonic Boom ever? Daigo's opponent accrues an insane amount of white health after blocking The Beast's attacks for a full 45 seconds

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 22, 2020 at 3:24 p.m. PDT | Comments: 3

A recent release from FGC Translated takes us to a familiar place as we watch one of the most celebrated fighting game players of all time, RB|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara, practice Street Fighter 5 online.

During a bout with a G player Daigo turns up the offense and starts hammering away, trying to crack his foe's defenses. This goes on for a full 45 seconds as the G player blocks hit after hit, and after 38 strikes and two V-Reversals you can imagine how much white life is built up.

Blocking attacks in Street Fighter 5 does not come without consequence as the defender will lose small bits of their regular life bar as it's replaced with white health (this is known as taking "chip" damage). White health actually regenerates into normal health very slowly over time, though the regeneration process is halted if they block more attacks.

Should a player with white health take an actual hit, however, they'll instantly lose all of white HP on top of taking the standard amount of damage from the successful attack. Also, if they block special attacks some of the white health is permanently removed.

Daigo winds up chipping what looks like a little more than 33% of his opponent's life away before the situation fully plays out. While this kind of scenario may happen with characters like Zangief who can use armored techniques to absorb hits (absorbing in this way still causes white life damage) seeing it occur against a character like G is very rare.

There's a good bit of high level play at work here as few players would have the patience and reserve (especially when using the highly explosive G) to dance with a competitor like Daigo in this way. There's more to The Beast's online adventures in the video, but the highlighted sequence starts ar little after the 1:20 mark.

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