ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational Recap
All four Echo Fox Street Fighter players have been invited to Atlanta to compete in the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational. Tokido will kick off the action in Group A, followed by Momochi and Punk in Group B. JWong will close out the group stage for Echo Fox in Group C. Punk returns to ELEAGUE with hopes of defending his title from last year while Tokido and JWong hope to prove themselves after being eliminated before top eight in 2017. Throughout June, the fighting Foxes will try to secure their spot in the top eight for their shot at the title and piece of the $250,000 prize pool.
Tokido was the first Echo Fox athlete to compete in the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational in Group A. Group A appeared to be one of the strongest groups including Capcom Cup champion MenaRD, Challenger champion JB, Dogura, Luffy, and PR Balrog. Even against some of the most talented players in the world, Tokido is currently ranked as the number one player and was a clear favorite to make it out of his group.
Tokido started off the round robin strong by sweeping PR Balrog in an Akuma mirror match as well as taking down Dogura 2-0. Tokido lost his match against Luffy causing Luffy to secure first in the round robin shortly after. Tokido was not deterred by his lost and proceeded to beat JB in four straight rounds. Tokido finished the round robin by sweeping MenaRD and getting revenge for Capcom Cup.
By securing second place in the round robin, Tokido was placed in the winner's side of the bracket against JB. Similar to their previous game, Tokido dominated almost every match to take down JB three games to one and moved on to the top eight qualifier match. Luffy took a quick 2-0 lead in the series and was on the verge of winning the match. However, Tokido had figured out beat Luffy and was ready for anything Luffy could throw at him. After stealing away game three, Tokido won the next four rounds to complete the reverse sweep. Following his clutch victory, Tokido became the first Echo Fox player to qualify for top eight at ELEAGUE.
Both Punk and Momochi will be competing in Group B of the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational. Group B is another strong lineup including Phenom, Fuudo, Commander Jesse, and 801 Strider. Momochi had a great showing at ELEAGUE last year finishing in fifth place. However, Punk is returning to defend his ELEAGUE title.
Phenom and Fuudo place second and third respectively last year at ELEAGUE and will be looking to get revenge on Punk this year. Commander Jesse will also be a strong opponent following his second-place finish at ELEAGUE's The Challenger. Eyes will surely be on the first match-up of the round robin since it is the rematch of last years grand finals, Punk versus Phenom. Momochi and Punk will be looking to prove they are still some of the best players in Street Fighter when Group B kicks off Friday, June 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Make sure to support both fighting Foxes at live.echofox.gg.
Justin "JWong" Wong will compete in Group C of the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V on Friday, June 15.