Before OHN11, predictions were cast about which states; which characters; which players would take out the titles. Come the weekend of the 23rd, things were going largely to plan. Then, on the Sunday, someone decided that he would break the script. Melbourne’s unassuming Juri specialist, Nicola “Genkibot” Fraser would blow away the competition and take the crown in one of the biggest surprises of the weekend, and also one of the most impressive. We sit down with him to talk Feng Shui, god normals, South Park, and Breaking Bad.
Russia hasn’t seen this much love since Buranovskiye Babushki at Eurovision.
In the span of a month, Zangief has seen a dominating first/third place finish at sf25 Los Angeles, a top 5 at SBa, and on the local front, a first place finish at EB Expo Sydney, as well as a top 5 finish at Battle Arena Melbourne. The man responsible for the latter two results, George “Afterdeath” Hu, sits down to talk about Vodka Gorbalsky, Beijing arcades, and a technique so unique that it was named after him: The George.
Day 1 has wrapped for Evo2012 with Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition down to the final 8 competitors. First up, voxe/shangtsung from Sydney has achieved a fantastic Evo debut, making it all the way to equal 17th in a field of around 1,500 competitors from around the world. This continues voxe/shangtsung’s great run over the last 12 months, which includes 2nd place at both BAM2011 and OHNX.
The second great news is that multiple Australian title holder Humanbomb has made it all the way through to the final 8 in the Winners bracket! For years Australians have known that Humanbomb had the potential to go far in the international arena, and it’s wonderful to see him realising his potential.
Humanbomb (left) and voxe/shangtsung (right) at York Street Battles, Sydney.
Tune in to the Evo2012 stream
at 1.00pm Australian EST on Monday 9th of July
to follow Humanbomb as he fights on in SSF4:AE, and visit this forum thread on OzHadou
for discussions and well-wishes for the Australians competing at Evo 2012.
On Sunday the 19th of February the finals for all official and Road to Evo tournaments at OHNX will be taking place. In addition to deciding the 2012 Australian National Champions in SSF4:AE, UMvC3, TTT2, SC5 and KOF13 we’ll be giving away over 30 great prizes in the OHNX Prize Raffle.
However if that’s not enough hype matches for you, check out OHNX from 7pm on Saturday the 19th of February where we’ll be running a series of exciting exhibition matches in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. There will be 3 state rivalry team exhibitions run using the a-cho format. Captains will announce their teams and then secretly determine their team orders and character selections.
For SSF4:AE a team cannot have more than 1 of any given character and Ultras are not locked. For UMvC3 no 2 players on the same team can have exactly the same 3 characters, while assists and character orders are not locked.
We’ll also be running a couple of high profile call-out matches. A rundown for each Capcom exhibition match at OHNX can be found after the jump.