Taiwanese ‘Street Fighter’ finishes 2nd in tournament
After many tough clashes, Taiwanese gamer Hsiang Yu-lin finished second on Monday in the NorCal Regionals 2015 tournament for Ultra Street Fighter 4, the latest iteration of the classic video game launched in 1987.
On his runner-up finish in the Northern California premier fighting game tournament, Hsiang said he barely made it into the tournament’s Sweet 16 after suffering two consecutive defeats.
But he was able to will himself into the event’s grand final at the last minute as his pride in his skills as a “Street Fighter” kicked in, he said.
Better known by his gaming handle “GamerBee,” Hsiang bested five world-class contenders at the event, including Momochi, Kazunoko, and Smug.
Hsiang said that despite his best efforts, his performance with Street Fighter character Adon, a master of Muay Thai specializing in juggling opponents with combination attacks in the air, was no match for tournament champion Daigo Umehara of Japan.
Considered Japan’s greatest arcade fighting game player, Umehara specializes in using the character Evil Ryu, the corrupt protagonist of the Street Fighter universe consumed with murderous intent and wrath.
With his victory, Umehara clinched a spot in the Capcom Cup Finals, the year-end tournament to crown a world champion in the Street Fighter series, while Hsiang picked up an important 128 ranking points.
“I would like to give a shout out to those who supported me, and although I am happy with my performance, I will not rest until I have gained entry into the championship at the end of the year,” Hsiang posted on his Facebook page.