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Street Fighter 5 Evo and Capcom Cup champions clash in epic international competition rarely seen since start of pandemic

iDom vs. Tokido in a first to 10

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 17, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. PDT • Comments: 17

Some of the world's strongest Street Fighter 5 players are currently in London preparing to face off in the coming Red Bull Kumite, and while they're not quite able to play in a local setting, it does mean they can face off on CFN while in the exact same city.

Capcom Cup 2019 champion, iDom, and Evo 2017 champion, Rohto|Tokido, faced off in a grueling first to 10 this past weekend, and we have footage of the whole thing to share with you today.

Especially with COVID-19 making offline events impossible over the last 15 months or so, we haven't seen much in the way of international competition as connections from vast distances do not make for very legitimate play. Though this is still an online bout, both Tokido and iDom are playing from relatively nearby one another and are both using PC, a superior platform to the PlayStation 4 when it comes to the SF5 experience.

This was all captured by ShakzLDN, who has uploaded the entire set (commentated by Shine and Kami) to YouTube for our viewing pleasure.

Tokido uses Urien (and is playing on the joystick-less Hitbox) while iDom goes with his tried and true Laura. Despite the fact that there aren't many top level Laura competitors in Japan where Tokido resides, it's very apparent early on that the Murderface has done his homework on the Brazilian beauty.

By no means does this imply that iDom is without answer, and thus we see a Street Fighter 5 back and forth as two world class players adapt on the fly to one another and alter rhythm in attempts to throw each other off.

Both of these characters are known for being able to very quickly melt life bars once their V-Triggers come into play, and the nuanced ways these two dance around each other makes for incredibly entertaining Street Fighter action.

Things begin with a kind of cat and mouse rhythm as one competitor makes consistent advances while the other tries to capture his foe in over-extensions. A lot of what happens is relatively simple in nature, but the precision of spacing and timing paired with impressive optimization almost any time an opening pops up is one of the key factors that separates these professionals from the rest of the world.

Check out the full bout via the embed below, and keep in mind that the kind of momentum garnered from beating either iDom or Tokido will be huge going into an event like Red Bull Kumite. It's not to say that these two are the undisputed best in the business, but they're both very much in that conversation.

This match up very well may happen again this coming weekend as Red Bull Kumite will play out. Both a team and a singles event will play out as 16 of the strongest SF5 players on the planet will vie for the prestige that comes with being an RBK victor.

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