Premier Event: PPL Fighter Masters 2019 Results
PPL Fighter Masters 2019, a Premier Event held in Shanghai, China from September 7th through 8th has concluded and Hong Kong's TALON|HotDog29 has taken 1st place! Japan's AZ|Kichipa-mu has taken 2nd place and Mago, also from Japan, took 3rd place.
2019 is already the best season in TALON|HotDog29's career so far. He's made top three at two Ranking Events this year and has placed just outside of top 16 (17th place) at two Premier Events (Taipei Major in early June and VSFighting in late July). He also placed 17th at the Evo Super Premier in early August. The first place finish here will propel HotDog29 up the standings and into an almost certain ticket to Capcom Cup.
HotDog29 put on an incredible performance here at PPL Fighter Masters. He made it to Grand Finals through the Winners bracket and never lost a set. There were some close matches such as his kinetic match against Mago in Winners Finals but he came out on top 3-2.
Coming in at 2nd place was AZ|Kichipa-mu. He hasn't traveled much in his career but his Zangief is electrifying and he's made some big splashes at sporadic events. This year Kichipa-mu has only earned points at one event but it was a top 8 (7th place) finish at the Evo Super Premier! In top 16 he was one of HotDog29's victims, losing 1-2. Since that match he defeated opponents one after the other with ease, losing only two matches total in his entire run.
Their rematch in Grand Finals at first looked promising for Kichipa-mu with his taking the lead 1-0. Both players have a play style that leans heavily toward offense, so it was a thrilling set with several back and forth momentum swings but HotDog29 went on to win the next two to clinch 1st place. It's fitting that HotDog29 won the last round of the event with a perfect. HotDog29 jumped from his chair and pumped his fists in well deserved celebration.
Japan's Mago, coming in at 3rd place, has been having a quiet 2019 so far but don't let that fool you. Mago is a legendary player and last year he seemed to start largely the same way and then came into his own toward the end of the season. Here at PPL he made it all the way to Winners Finals before losing to HotDog29. In Losers Finals he would be eliminated by Kichipa-mu 1-3.
Now let's take a look at the full PPL Fighter Masters 2019 results for top 48!
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PPL Fighter Masters 2019 Results: Top 48
|5th||QANBA DOUYU|Xiao Hai||Cammy/Karin||130|
|13th||CYG BST|Daigo "The Beast"||Guile||40|