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Top Street Fighter 5 player uses Dan in tournament and lands incredible confirm on one of the game's strongest footsie characters

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 22, 2021 at 10:05 a.m. PDT • Comments: 13

Though Dan is a joke character in the Street Fighter universe, going up against a real Dan player can be absolutely terrifying. It's even more terrifying, though, when a top player like RB uses him in a major tournament.

During the Street Fighter 5 Intel World Open Finals' East Asia block, RB went up against DouyuTV|Xiao Hai's Cammy in the latter portion of the top 8 and managed to land an incredible play that's a must-see. Despite Cammy being one of the game's strongest footsies characters, RB's Dan pulled off an incredible confirm into Critical Art using Dan's own footsie tools that led to a round win for the competitor.

Sitting with a two-game lead and in the first round of the third match, RB patiently waited just outside of Xiao Hai's range as the Cammy player whiffed short buttons to coax Dan into doing something. During this whole encounter, RB kept cool and hardly committed to anything, mustering only a single standing light kick while Xiao Hai rifled through several of Cammy's great normals.

After roughly 12 seconds of waiting, RB initiated a perfectly placed standing heavy kick which found its target. Fully expecting the punish to work, we see Dan cancel the animation of the standing heavy kick using V-Skill 2 — one of Dan's most frequently used abilities — and confirm into a big Critical Art.

The super was enough to secure the round for RB, and this confirm is even more impressive as the in-game timer was quickly running down when it happened. Even though Xiao Hai was able to take the following round, RB would close out the set with a 3-0 victory.

Cammy is certainly on the stronger end of the spectrum here in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition. Normal attacks such as standing medium kick, crouching medium kick, and standing light kick, in conjunction with her great mobility, allow her to create openings and give a lot of other fighters a hard time in neutral.

Dan typically finds himself on the lower end of Street Fighter 5 tier lists these days, and I think it's safe to say that any sane human being would take Cammy's footsies tools over Dan's any day. Even in spite of this, RB managed to bring us an incredible major tournament highlight that we'll be talking about for a good while after this.

As always, a big thank you to HiFight for sharing the clip.

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