CEO 2019 was absolutely stacked with many of the world’s best SFV pros in attendance. Masato “Bonchan” Takahashi may have won the tournament, but there were a ton of other amazing highlights from throughout the weekend.
Sako vs Toi (Pools)
Naoto “Sako” Sako’s Menat is notorious for styling on his opponents, but this 0% hp comeback was something else. Sako’s slide underneath M. Bison’s fireball was so clutch.
Jeondding vs Fujimura (Pools)
Fujimura “Fujimura” Atsushi is one of the front runners for this seasons Capcom Pro Tour, which is why Sang-hyun “Jeondding” Jeon’s perfect round against him was astonishing.
NL vs Commander Jesse (Pools)
Jesse “Commander Jesse” Espinoza’s Dhalsim reached a bit too far, and Sim “NL” Gun was ready with the hit confirm and Critical Art. What a reaction.
Mahreen vs Dogura (Pools)
One of the biggest and most emotional upsets of CEO 2019 came from Mahreen, when she beat FGC veteran, Ryo “Dogura” Nozaki.
Bonchan vs Cocky Buttons (Pools)
Bonchan dusted off his trademark Sagat and did some major damage against Cocky Buttons.
Konvy vs Oil King (Pools)
Konvy’s Karin was able to clutch out this win against Lei-Wei “Oil King” Lin’s Rashid with a nicely timed anti-air into Critical Art finish.
801 Strider vs Dual Kevin (Top 96)
Gustavo “801 Strider” Romero showed just how dangerous G can be with a fully activated V-Trigger which lead to an astonishing comeback.
Daigo vs Dual Kevin (Top 24)
Yet again, Dual Kevin is on the receiving end of another comeback. This time, its from the legend himself, Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, who landed a round ending overhead.
Sako vs Fuudo (Top 24)
With Sako having trouble against Keita “Fuudo” Ai’s R-Mika, he switched to Kage. With just a sliver of life left, he hit this standing medium kick, and hit confirmed it into a Raging Demon to finish the round.
Angry Bird vs Daigo (Top 96)
Amjad “Angry Bird” Alshalabi clutched out a round against Daigo with a perfectly timed whiff punish into Critical Art.
Itabashi Zangief vs Tokido (Top 24)
Hiromiki “Itabashi Zangief” Kumada was back to using his trademark character, showed off some new tech against Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi’s Akuma. By activating his V-Skill, Akuma’s Tatsumaki Zankukyaku went right through Zangief, which lead to an easy Piledriver punish. However, you can never count Tokido out, as he pulled off a huge comeback with just a tiny bit of life left.
Sako vs Punk (Top 96)
Another shocking upset of CEO 2019 saw Sako sending Victor “Punk” Woodley to the losers bracket with his stellar Menat performance. Sako was able to go toe-to-toe with the highest ranked CPT player and clutch it out.
Ryusei vs Dual Kevin (Top 8)
Ryusei “Ryusei” Ito landed an insane Urien juggle combo to clutch out this round against Kevin “Dual Kevin” Barrios.
Daigo vs Fujimura (Top 8)
Fujimura’s Fuma Shuriken mix-ups are known to be incredibly tricky to block, but Daigo was able to stay alive, and then his Guile was able to trap Fujimura in the corner and win the round.
Fujimura vs Bonchan (Grand Finals)
Fujimura may have lost the tournament, but he definitely had the most exciting combos of the tournament. After blocking a wake-up Ex-DP, Fujimura absolutely deleted Bonchan.