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Go for Pro – Shadowloo Showdown 6
This weekend gone marked the 6th instalment of Shadowloo Showdown in Melbourne. For those not familiar, this is an eSports tournament with a focus on the professional fighting game community. Although it isn’t at the standard of EVO or Capcom Cup, Shadowloo Showdown hosts tournaments across seven of the most popular fighters out there today:
Ultra Street Fighter 4
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2
- Guilty Gear Xrd
- King of Fighters XIII
- Super Smash Bros Melee
- Super Smash Bros Wii U
With SF4 being the main crowd pleaser, all eyes were on the big names and how our local talent compared. Sadly for team Australia only one local named Heavy Weapons managed to place himself near the top of the pack using Sagat. A noticeable mention is Chocoblanka who gave Poongko’s Seth a very early scare, nearly taking the match 2-1! Poongko’s experience and talent came through though and sadly for Chocoblanka it was not meant to be.
In the winners bracket two stand out competitors, Kazunoko (Yun) and Momochi (Ken) stood out from everyone else. Their clutch gameplay, game plan and combo executions were on key and proving to be too much for all other competitors. At the end of the winners bracket these two squared off, fireworks were expected but Momochi, fresh off his big win at the Capcom Cup, demolished Kazunoko and sent him packing to the losers bracket.
The fight to get into the finals and verse Momochi was an exciting and close one and Kazunoko scraped through with some brilliantly timed hits and showing great skill under what would no doubt have been immense pressure. The crowds were then greeted with a final showdown of Momochi vs Kaz #2. Unfortunately, for Kazunoko at least, it was a complete steal for Momochi, stealing all three games 2-0.
Momochi has always been a top competitor, and since he switched to Ken, has been on a demolition path. All eyes are on him as a favourite leading up to this years EVO event! I for one couldn’t be more excited!
The big names competed across multiple games across the weekend and each had varying results which can be found here.
Overall the weekend was excellent to watch, it’s nice to see Australia getting behind the eSports movement and gaining enough attention to attract (and afford) the bigger names to be brought down here, giving Australians a chance to test their skills amongst the best in the world!
With EVO later on in the year and Capcom Cup 2015 rumoured to have a prize pool of $500,000 *gasp* there’s a lot of hype and excitement in the fighting game community, bring on 2015!
When he’s not crunching hours in the IT world, Adam is gaming on anything that takes his interest. With a keen eye for quality, Adam keeps his finger on the pulse on the eSports scene, mainly focussing MOBA, RTS and Fighters. Even though he loves the competitive scene’s of games, the best memories are always those gaming moments he shared with his friends as they always remind him that gaming can (and always should be) fun!