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Jun292009

« NORCAL'S HOTTEST TOURNAMENT YET! »

With over 170 entrants trying to prove themselves before EVO, over $1500 on the line and the top floor of Fuddruckers which felt more or less like a sauna made this NorCal's hottest tournament yet! NorCal has come a long way since the first Fuddruckers tournament with the level of play from all players much higher than most of the country is probably even aware of at this point - Las Vegas, here we come!

RESULTS

Street Fighter 4

1. John "ChoiBoy" Choi (Ryu/Sagat)

2. Ricky "Hello Kitty" Ortiz (Rufus/Chun-Li/Balrog)

3. Anthony "Crackfiend" Nguyen (Balrog)

Street Fighter II: HD Remix

1. John "ChoiBoy" Choi

2. Graham Wolfe

3. Jason Cole

[ Full results will show up in the official thread on SRK ]

Some highlights from the tournament:

  • Out of towner Jason Cole made a surprise visit, placing well in both HDR and Street Fighter 4. This is a good first step towards creating a major tournament in NorCal! ( SoCal - where you at!? )
  • John Choi taking 1st place in Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter II: HD Remix.
  • MAGUS1234 sending Jason Cole to losers with C. Viper and overall dominating in many of his matches through out the tournament. His performance also sealed his spot on the NorCal 5 man team for EVO!
  • Over 170+ players entered SF4 - that's more entrants than the Devastation tournament in Arizona!
  • Andrew "Lamerboi" Nguyen making 5th place using Guile... on a PAD!

Here are a couple videos from the tournament itself - keep an eye on the iPlayWinner.com YouTube channel for more match videos and player interviews!

   

Reader Comments (11)

kind of lame that so cal doesn't seem willing to come to nor cal tournaments. although maybe the scheduling could be a little different to let them get up state and back home easier without affecting the monday after so much. dno!

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzxz

So Cal is in for a rude awakening at evo

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFresh

Hey guys, I uploaded the video of John Choi vs Lamerboi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si_E4AV7eX4
Please post it up on your article so people view it easier, lol.
Peace.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSaikyoStyle

John CHoi is not impressed

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJon Yee

i lost five pounds that day without even trying.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

I nearly disappeared into thin air. o_O

June 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterCrackfiend

hats a nice xbl/psn ryu choi plays there .... spam hado .. if player jumps -> srk ... lol

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDex

@Dex

If you were just being sarcastic, you can go ahead and ignore this comment, but what he plays is BEYOND that of any typical XBL/PSN Ryu player. If you watch any of my other matches against other Ryu's, I time my jump to catch fireball traps. Not once could I catch John's timing, along with some really good feints he did with his movements and whiffs. I didn't get beat out on execution, I got outplayed and outclassed that day by John's superior mind games.

Comparing him to XBL/PSN Ryu is an understatement.

June 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterCrackfiend

wow, someone show the haters this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OEXzKk5gkQ

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrichard

Holy crap! That Magus123 vs. J. Cole video is too awesome. Taking a shower after being in that hotbox was like the best feeling ever.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangmug

hello brother

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBABYFIEND
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