All right, the third round of the TOPANGA League for Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Ver. 2012 is completed. Thanks to fan blog Tokido77, here is a log of all the matches during the round.
In short, Kazunoko is still the reigning leader in the league with five wins and one loss after defeating Bonchan who has only two wins and four losses. Bonchan's losses however isn't as bad as Tokido's (7 losses) who ranks higher due to his third win. Sako finally recieved his first loss thanks to Mago who has ranked from one of the lowest to the top three thanks to his matches.
Check the full match results and rank standings after the break! If you have subscribed to the league or are interested in watching, follow Fubarduck's article on how to pay through Nico Nico Douga and go to this link to help get started. Round four will begin on Jan. 27. If you live outside Japan, make sure to plan accordingly to watch the event.
Standings after Round 3:
1. Kazunoko - 5W - 1L
2. Daigo - 4W - 2L
3. Mago - 4W - 3L
4. Fuudo - 3W - 1L
5. Sako - 3W - 2L
6. Haitani - 3W - 2L
7. Tokido - 3W - 7L
8. Kindevu - 2W - 2L
9. Bonchan - 2W - 4L
10. Uryo - 2W - 4L
11. RF - 1W - 2L
12. Momochi - 1W - 3L
Kazunoko (Seth) 3 - 2 Bonchan (Sagat)
Kazunoko trying not to fight in distance, but Bonchan's defense is quite well, his Tiger Uppercuts hit accurately. Kazunoko then switch to gambling style, random Shoryuken, Yosokyaku and Spinning Piledriver, plus Bonchan start throwing Tiger Uppercuts at the wrong timing, all these let Kazunoko caught up from 0-2. A big come back in the 1st round of last match by Kazunoko.
Uryo (Sakura) 2 - 3 Haitani (Makoto)
Haitani trapped Uryo with Karakusa many times, he had got the 1st match simply. Uryo tried counter Haitani's strategy with more rush down style. Although it helped Uryo catch up from 0-2, but Uryo miss judge opponent's wake up timing that lets Haitani escape from his mix up several times. Last match Haitani's yomi was over Uryo.
Tokido (Akuma) 0 - 3 Uryo (Sakura)
The match begin by all Uryo's attacks, he got 2 matches easily (straight rounds). Tokido got back a round in the last match, but his mistakes and didn't block properly has made him lost the match.
Sako (Ibuki) 1 - 3 Mago (Fei Long)
Mago is steady, many times he did break in from Sako's flaw successfully. Sako took a lot of risks to escape from being pushed into corner, Sako took back 1 match from his few risky moves. In the end Mago steadily took down his victory match.
Bonchan (Sagat) 3 - 1 Haitani (Makoto)
Both played well and patience. Bonchan got the 1st match with Double KO. Haitani miss some of his random Ultra 2. Bonchan done better on space control, the fight was tough but Bonchan able to overcome.
Uryo (Sakura) 2 - 3 Fuudo (Fei Long)
Fuudo's reaction is very good, but has some space judging mistake cause him lost the 1st match. Both players are patience. Fuudo keep switching between aggressive and defensive style was done very well, Uryo tried his best and even took big risk to counter Fuudo tactic, but eventually Fuudo's excellent reaction controlled the match. Amazing match!
Tokido (Akuma) 2 - 3 Mago (Fei Long)
1st round, Tokido back dash twice in front of Mago's Fei Long when he missed Ultra 2 (troll? but fun). Mago seems control most of the rounds. Tokido suddenly switch to aggressive style and keep his Akuma's vortex success, he got Hyakki Gosho beat over Fei Long's Ultra 2, however, Mago's yomi skill got much better lately, Mago managed to catch up from 0-2. The final match was tough.
Daigo Umehara (Ryu) 1 - 3 Kindevu (Cammy)
Daigo missed hit a lot of Shoryuken. After he lost the 1st match he made a big adjustment, but still having hard time with Kindevu's high offensive attack. Last match Daigo has a high winning potency but he just miss-used a focus attack and let Kindevu come back.
Bonchan (Sagat) 2 - 3 Mago (Fei Long)
Most of the times Mago gains control of the game and locked Bonchan in the corner. Bonchan has no choice but blocking, however he managed to break in from the flaw in Mago's high density attack. Bonchan came back from 0-2 but Mago was just better in the final match.
Tokido (Akuma) 3 - 0 Fuudo (Fei Long)
1st round Tokido react Fuudo's EX Rekkaken with Ultra 1 perfectly. 2nd round Fuudo missed the last hit let Tokido claimed the match. Fuudo had a bad experience against Tokido's vortex here. Even the last round was just one hit away, Tokido managed to come back and beat him. **no wonder Fuudo mention he didn't like to play Tokido during EVO 2011 interview.
Daigo Umehara (Ryu) 3 - 1 Bonchan (Sagat)
Daigo's space control in this match is good. He tried rush down but didn't work on Bonchan, he then back to more defensive style with more on yomi game. Bonchan did well actually, but some of the mistake let Daigo got the victory.