Over the weekend, hundreds of competitors from around the world descended upon Seattle, WA for the Capcom Cup North America Finals at Red Bull Battle Grounds. This was the final Street Fighter V qualifying tournament for the Capcom Pro Tour world finals in December, upping the stakes considerably. NuckleDu bested a ferocious threat from the #2 ranked player in the world, Japan’s Tokido.
In Saturday’s 512-player open tournament, the competition was fierce with two berths into Sunday’s final top 16 tournament up for grabs. After a full day of action, RB from Taiwan and Japan’s Tokido took top honors and wowed the fans with their high level Urien and Ryu fighters, respectively. There were massive twists and turns during the tournament including a huge upset from online qualifier Vagabond taking out The Beast himself, Daigo Umehara.
On Sunday, the top 14 players in North America, along with RB and Tokido, battled over the course of the day with upsets and drama in no short supply. It appeared that Tokido would continue riding his massive success through Sunday’s finals until he came up against American player NuckleDu, who knocked him into the loser’s bracket at the start of the tournament. NuckleDu staved off defeat and ultimately faced off against Tokido in the Grand Finals where he was able to best him in two consecutive matches. In front of his family and screaming crowd, NuckleDu hoisted the trophy and kept top honors on American soil.