Styles make fights, as they say. Sun-Woo Lee, better known as “Infiltration,” and Justin Wong are two of the top fighting game players in the world. The gap between their skills shouldn’t logically be a large one. But Infiltration brushed Wong aside handily in the Street Fighter X Tekken Grand Finals. It took only four games for Infiltration to take his second consecutive title.
Infiltration is known for aggressive play, while Wong was going more conservative here. Infiltration’s team of Jin and Alisa didn’t miss an opportunity to punish, while Wong missed several with Hwoarang and Chun Li. Infiltration was able to dispatch Hwoarang far more easily than Wong was likely used to in games, forcing Chun Li to do more work than necessary.
Wong’s route through the Top 8 saw him defeat Esuta, Alex Valle, CafeID Poonkgo and MOV. In a Top 8 full of the usual big names, Esuta came in largely unknown. His run at Evo 2013 marks the last time we’ll be able to say that about him.
Infiltration’s Top 8 featured defeats of SCE TZA and MOV before taking out Wong. He also won the Evo 2012 Super Street Fighter IV, guaranteeing victory and then backing it up. There’s no doubt he is one of the best in the world at Capcom’s venerable fighting series, as well as its crossover with Tekken.
Street Fighter X Tekken is the long-awaited showdown between two of the biggest series in all of fighting games. Sadly, its sales fell short of Capcom’s expectations because at launch the game shipped with a lot of bugs. The publisher’s biggest boondoggle of 2012, disc-locked content was present as well. The game moved 1.4 million units, short of the 2 million plus Capcom had expected for such a huge crossover.
Still to come at Evo are finals in King of Fighters XIII, (the best game most people aren’t streaming this weekend) Super Smash Bros. Melee, (the tournament that almost didn’t happen thanks to Nintendo), Injustice: Gods Among Us (the new kid on the block) Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV (the franchise players).
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