The 2nd TOPANGA League A has finally entered its Third Stage, featuring many of the high end players from Japan in this final stage of the tournament. The six players competing are: Daigo Umehara, Fuudo, Kazunoko, Bon-chan, Sako and Uryo. The six will fight several best-of-ten matches against each other and the player ranking top by the end will take home the grand prize.
Round 10 match ups
1. Umehara (Ryu) vs. Kazunoko (Yun)
2. Fuudo (Fei Long) vs. Uryo (Sakura)
3. Sako (Ibuki) vs. Bon-chan (Sagat)
4. Uryo (Sakura) vs. Kazunoko (Yun)
5. Fuudo (Fei Long) vs. Sako (Ibuki)
The first match of the day was between the well known, Daigo Umehara (Ryu), against Kazunoko (Yun). Daigo started with the advantage win but followed up with a nice FADC Metsu to capture the next win. He almost got a perfect in the first round of the third match but Kazunoko fought back and eventually took the 3rd round for his first win. Daigo got his two match lead back with yet another FADC Metcu finish but Kazunoko played well with a nice Ultra and a close game to win two more to tie the series. Although Daigo won the next match that included a pixel winner, Kazunoko stepped up his game and won three in a row against ‘The Beast’. At this point, Kazunoko had a 6-4 lead against Daigo, but they don’t call him ‘The Beast’ for nothing, as he won 4 in a row, including another two connected FADC Metsu! With the 8-6 advantage for Daigo, the two followed up by trading games and Daigo eventually won with a 10-8 score.
The following game was between EVO 2011 champion, Fuudo (Fei Long) against the rising Uryo (Sakura). Fuudo played this series with a defensive approach, which threw off the combo heavy Uryo. In the first game played, the two were really close but Uryo’s random DP cost him as Fuudo won the 2nd round and followed up with the 3rd. Uryo managed to grab a pair of wins to tie things up but Fuudo and his Fei Long pressed hard, as he won the next four games to make the count 6-2. Uryo wasn’t going to give up easily as he won the next round with no life and took the game along with the next one to make it 6-4. Although Uryo was starting to catch up, he would only win one more fight against Fuudo, who ended up winning with the 10-5 score.
In the third match up of the day, it was between Sako (Ibuki) against Bon-chan (Sagat). Sako started out with the disadvantage but won the first two games, in an intense start. Bon-chan responded with a nice FADC Ultra to finish off the next game to tie things at 2-2. The intensity kept up as the fifth game was also another close one that was won by Bon-chan. Sako took the 4-3 advantage with the next two wins, also very close, including a chance Bon-chan had to punish for a win. Bon-chan would take the next three wins and had the 6-4 advantage. At this point, it looked like it would be all Bon-chan but he lost all momentum as he only managed to get one more win while Sako took the rest to win it by a 10-7 score.
Match 4 featured Uryo (Sakura) against Kazunoko (Yun). Uryo won the first played game by a 2-0 score but Kazunoko was quick to take over and won the next three including a perfect in the last round of his third win to top it off. Uryo won the next 3 of 4 including a pixel winner but his game would completely drop after that, as Kazunoko wins the next 5 out of 6 and won the series by a 10-5 score. Although Uryo’s game slipped towards the end, he did show some brilliance in his last win as he pulled off an Ultra punish on a block-stun.
The last match up was between Sako (Ibuki) and Fuudo (Fei Long). Fuudo had the clear advantage and momentum going his way to start it off, as he won the first four games (Including advantage.) Sako managed to steal his first game in a close match but things went right back to Fuudo who went on to win four more to make the score 8-1 in his favor, although they were very close games that could’ve gone either way. They followed up by trading the last four games to make the final score 10-3. The two big wins Fuudo got puts him well ahead of everyone else in the league with a nice +12 GD!