The fighting game community converged in Singapore for hosted ranking events at the 2019 SEA Major. Tekken World Tour, Capcom Pro Tour, and the finals of the Soul Caliber Asian League featured in this year’s event.
Serving as one of the last few events to improve standings in their respective leagues, the Singapore event served as a critical event. Along with high-level play across all the titles, it experienced a share of drama.
Fuudo, Fujimura score big wins in Street Fighter V
In an emotional and long overdue moment, Keita “Fuudo” Ai scored the biggest win of his career. He toppled Tsunehiro “gachikun” Kanamori in the grand finals of the CPT Premier and won his first major tournament.
Often known for multiple top-eight finishes to where he was nicknamed “2uudo,” Fuudo again took the title. He was crowned champion after his Birdie defeated Gakichun’s dreaded Rashid 3-2 in the grand finals.
I finally won! Really glad I was able to do well with both Mika and Birdie. I’m confident now as I look forward to Capcom Cup, so today I’m going to celebrate with a drink! Thank you for all your support!!! https://t.co/cDrvmhskV7
— ふ～ど (@TheFuudo) October 12, 2019
A second Street Fighter V tournament for the Asian Regional Finals took place with the eight best competitors in the Asian region. In the end, Atsushi “Fujimura” Fujimura’s Ibuki proved too much for Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi to handle. His Akuma was outgunned by Ibuki’s mix-ups, losing 3-1.
Yuttoto crowned 2019 Soul Caliber Asian League Champion
The four-month tournament to crown the best Soul Caliber VI player in the region began in Singapore. Finally, the tournament came home to crown a new world champion.
Sudo “Yuttoto” Yuta Azwel and Voldo had to twice down the resilient PG|Shen Chan’s Cervantes in tightly contested matches, first defeating him in winners finals 3-2 and then a grand finals rematch where he prevailed 3-1 to secure the 2019 title.
Lan94 dominant in Tekken tournament win
New Tekken 7 DLC character Julia Chang lead the charge for Lan94 as he came out on top in a ranking event for the Tekken World Tour. Lan94 showed an adept mastery of the Tekken favorite, coming late to the party as he defeated MadRush’s Eliza and Geese in a 3-0 sweep in grand finals.
CO|Fenrich nearly perfect in Dragon Ball FighterZ Tenkaichi event
To compete the Bandai Namco tournament trifecta, CO|Fenrich dominated the competition with clean sweeps in winners finals and grand finals to win the FighterZ Tenkaichi event. Only dropping one match on his way to victory, CO|Fenrich’s team of Cell, Kid Goku and Vegeta swept PG|BNBBN’s team of Kid Buu, Bardock and Kid Goku to win the grand finals.
Singapore offered victories and losses to all throughout the heart-stopping event. Now, players and organizations begin looking forward for what’s to come next. All the while, under the watchful eyes of dedicated fans.
Written by Daniel Howard