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Daigo's E. Honda makes an oversight that hands Tokido the victory at the buzzer in this Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition clip

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 6, 2021 at 11:27 a.m. PST • Comments: 16

One of the most popular rivalries in fighting game history occasionally plays out in different places, if we're fortunate enough to catch it. Whether it be in a major tournament or simply a casual set, seeing Daigo Umehara and Tokido slug it out is always an instance where you have to grab your popcorn, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

A recent Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition online bout between the longtime competitors saw one game end in a nail-biter, as expected, but it was an oversight from Daigo that cost him the win. HiFight shared a clip on Twitter that shows Umehara's E. Honda attempting to run out the clock, and almost succeeding if it weren't for a great moment of recognition from Tokido's Urien.

With 16 seconds left on the clock, Tokido fired off his V-Trigger 1 Aegis Reflector to mix Daigo up and potentially mount a comeback. Despite getting a throw against the sumo in this situation, Tokido still sat with a pixel of health left while roughly 30% of Daigo's health remained.

The gameplan for Daigo was clearly one that saw him refrain from any major commitments and simply weather the storm, which ultimately backs him into the corner.

Refusing to bite on anything Daigo blocks a couple of crouching normals from Tokido, and with six seconds left on the clock opts to take the throw instead. It's in this situation where one would decide not to use quick get up because the opponent is normally unable to interact with you until you get back to your feet — which is very useful when you're trying for a time over.

Daigo did exactly that, however, Tokido was using Urien and was stocked with full Critical Art, and this fighter's super is one of the few moves in the game with the unique "off-the-ground" trait. If the opponent does not perform a quick get up from a knockdown, they are fully vulnerable to being hit by this large pillar of energy.

With only 4 seconds left on the clock, Urien had just enough time to go through the Critical Art animation, pound the ground, unleash the pillar, and KO E. Honda. Tokido's win came literally at the very last second.

Daigo's reaction to the play was one of shock and awe as this trait for Urien's super is one that is easily missed if you haven't played the character much yourself or don't actively fight someone who does. It's not a scenario that comes up often, but as we see here with this clip, having it in your back pocket can literally be the ace in the hole.

Source: DaigoTheBeasTV.

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