With Evo 2019’s first day of pools done, some of the world’s best Tekken players got to check out what the USA Tekken scene had to offer.
Taipei Major champion Shoji “Double” Takakubo was matched up with Doomed Danny, an American streamer who’s known for his dangerous Lucky Chloe.
As usual, Double brought out his aggressive play style using Marshall Law and obliterated Doomed Danny, winning three rounds straight in Game 1.
The next two rounds were much of the same. With his rundown technique, Double did not bother to do defensive wavedashes against the American player. Double inputted an intense Rage Drive to finish the second round of Game 2.
By round 3, the UYU player started to slack off on defense. Danny started the round with a quick hop kick combo. With barely any damage dealt, Double tried to get a few hits in, but it only gave Doomed Danny more opportunities to launch the Law player.
Doomed Danny finally locked in with Lucky Chloe’s high damage output. Surprising Double with his mix-ups, the American player got the next two rounds with ease.
Just like that, the game was tied.
In Game 3, Doomed Danny had a strong start with a quick hop kick combo. Double tried to recover and do some damage with a spring kick, but Danny quickly blocked it and punished the Japanese pro.
Double started to bait Doomed Danny’s whiffs to get some damage through a few juggles.
Even with Doomed Danny being able to land Lucky Chloe’s dance moves on Double, the Japanese player released a flurry of punches to secure the round.
But the Lucky Chloe player still had some fight in him. After a few exchanges, Doomed Danny executed a neutral hop kick that turned into a deadly wall-carry combo.
Of course, Double had enough of the anime pop star. Double started to work his low hits and was able to get a wall-splat, ending their matchup with the perfect dragon cannon.
Doomed Danny’s near-elimination of Double just goes to show that even experienced professionals can still face some tight situations against wildcards during pools.