E-sports Festival Hong Kong 2017 Results
E-sports Festival Hong Kong 2017, held in Hong Kong on August 25th through 28th, has concluded and Japan's Hx|CYG BST|Daigo Umehara has won his first Premier Event of the season. This win follows two first place finishes at back to back Ranking Events in late July and early August. Fellow Japanese players Gachikun took 2nd place and GGP|Kazunoko took 3rd place. Now let's take a look at the E-sports Festival Hong Kong 2017 results for top 64.
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We will have more on E-sports Festival Hong Kong 2017 in a few days, but for now let’s congratulate Hx|CYG BST|Daigo Umehara and take a look at the final results!
E-sports Festival Hong Kong 2017 Results: Top 64
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E-Sports Festival Hong Kong 2017 Highlights :
Hx|CYG BST|Daigo Umehara switched main characters from his traditional Ryu to Guile early this season after a rough performance at Final Round 20 and a sub-Top 16 placement at NCR 2017. At first it was unclear if the decision was a wise one, but as the season went on it is becoming clear that the change and the hard work associated with it is paying off. He won two back to back Ranking Events in late July and early August and has now won his first Premier of the season here at E-Sports Festival Hong Kong 2017. In addition to the usual players you expect to hit top 8 there are several standouts. Japan’s Gachikun with his Rashid, NASR|Big Bird and his Ken from the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan’s Talon|Xiaobao with his Vega and Necalli are all having their best seasons in 2017. Let’s take a look at some highlight matches from E-Sports Festival Hong Kong 2017 featuring these great players and others.
NL vs GFuel|Verloren in Top 16
GFuel|Verloren and NL, both from Korea, face off in an exciting Cammy mirror match featuring relentless offense and a lot of momentum shifts. The way that NL catches Verloren’s Dive Kick with his Critical Art in the last round was incredible.
Talon|Xiaobao vs ZOWIE|GamerBee in Top 16
Taiwan’s Talon|Xiaobao is having a sensational season so far and is quickly making a name for himself. His Vega was a sight to behold, making masterful use of the character’s short and long range normals and his wall dives to attack from a variety of distances and angles. ZOWIE|GamerBee, also from Taiwan, is a seasoned veteran who is used to the pressures of a situation like this. He did a great job handling Xiaobao’s gameplan, including using Necalli’s Raging Light Dragon Punch to stuff many of his opponent’s wall dives, but Xiaobao ultimately took the win.
GRPT|Fuudo vs NASR|Big Bird in Top 8
Seeing high-level Ken play isn’t as common this season as it was last year, and NASR|Big Bird from the United Arab Emirates is one of the best right now. In this insane match he faced off against Japan’s GRPT|Fuudo, a veteran who regularly makes top 8 in Premier Events. This was a fun match to watch as both of the characters involved have flashy, big damage combos and lots of offense. When Fuudo got Big Bird into a corner he made it very difficult to escape, which is exactly where his R.Mika wants you to be. Big Bird made good use of Ken’s Dragon Punch to give Fuudo pause about attacking him after a knockdown. The winner of this match was determined by the player that got the last hit on the last round, and after a heart-stopping scramble it was Big Bird who came out on top and eliminated Fuudo.
Hx|CYG BST|Daigo Umehara vs GGP|Kazunoko in Top 8 Winners Semi-Finals
Hx|CYG BST|Daigo Umehara is a Street Fighter legend but even a player of his caliber has his demons. One of the few players that has seemed to have Daigo’s number in recent years is GGP|Kazunoko, who is the Capcom Cup 2015 Champion. What we have here is a match between two world-class players and has a lot of momentum swings and edge of your seat scrambles. This is another one that went down to the very last round with Daigo victorious in the end.
GGP|Kazunoko vs NASR|Big Bird in Top 8 Losers Bracket
Gachikun vs Hx|CYG BST|Daigo Umehara in Top 8 Winners Finals
A few characters have come into their own this season and one of them is Rashid. Gachikun, one of the world's best Rashid players, faces off against Daigo's Guile in Winners Finals. This was a crazy match with too many scrambles and clutch plays to count. Gachikun takes a 2-1 lead but don't count out the legend!
Grand Finals: Hx|CYG BST|Daigo Umehara vs Gachikun
Just like their first matchup in Winners Finals, Daigo had to weather a relentless tornado assault from Gachikun's Rashid. Before you could wipe the wind from your face, Gachikun had beaten Daigo convincingly in the first set 3-0 to reset the bracket.
In the second set Daigo seemed to find a break in the storm. He was blocking Rashid's varied mixups and offensive approaches more consistently while going on offensive himself with more often. Daigo won the second set 3-0 to take 1st place in a hard fought battle.
Don't let the 3-0, 0-3 score fool you. This was a great Grand Finals where the score doesn't convey how close it often was and you owe it to yourself to check it out.