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After 6 years away, former Evo champion Latif is back in the competitive fighting game community

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • September 5, 2021 at 4:13 p.m. PDT • Comments: 42

Many players who've been active in fighting games for a long while will likely fondly remember Abdullatif "Latif" Alhmili's storied Evo 2011 run where he managed to eliminate the likes of Rohto|Tokido, EF|Poongko and BST|Daigo Umehara in Street Fighter 4, but the former C. Viper main had been away from the scene for quite some time.

After retiring from the competitive fighting game community back in 2015, Latif made the official announcement that he's back in action with a special message to his compatriots and fans.

In his new YouTube video, Latif confirms he'll be returning to his FGC roots by mainly focusing on playing Guilty Gear Strive, which shouldn't be too surprising for those who've been following his social media accounts.

Though much of his notoriety came from his Street Fighter 4 days, the Saudi player first made a name for himself in Guilty Gear where he managed to win Evo 2009 with Accent Core using his boys Zato-1/Eddie.

Latif's first forays into re-joining the tournament scene already seem to be going quite well too considering he finished in the top 8 of The Big LEVO 3 last month.

As for what he'd been doing with his time after putting down the arcade sticks, Alhmili discovered a new passion for fitness and bodybuilding, which is why he may be looking a good bit different than the last time we saw him at a major.

His current plans are to stream on Twitch, make YouTube videos for his channel that remained dormant in his hiatus and enter more Strive tournaments though no mentions were made of Street Fighter 5 or other games.

No matter how far he decides to push his fighting game aspirations now in 2021 and beyond, it's nice to see Latif back in action again.

Image credits: Evo, IGN.

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