Daigo “The Beast” Umehara was completely dominated in Street Fighter V over the weekend in the sixth annual iteration of the Topanga League.
The veteran fighting game player took an unprecedented exit from the tournament, failing to secure even a single win.
Matched against some of the most strongest Street Fighter V players in the scene right now, including Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, Tatsuya “Haitani” Haitani, and Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue, Daigo ended day three with an abysmal record of 0-6.
The second season of Street Fighter V has not been kind to Ryu, with several nerfs to his kit and buffs to characters previously deemed unfavorable picks against him. However, Daigo showed loyalty for his main character by picking Ryu throughout the Topanga League.
His ending disastrous results have forced community banter over the the current condition of Ryu, Street Fighter V as a competitive game, the inability of Capcom to balance characters, and Daigo losing his edge in fighting games.
While Daigo was unable to secure his fifth Topanga title, he had an opportunity to recreate one of the most epic moments in fighting games history. Over a decade ago, the Beast came back from a sliver of health in a semifinal match for Street Fighter III: Third Strike at Evolution. Against Kishida “GO1” Goichi over the weekend, Daigo attempted to do so once again.
However, he fell short of successfully parrying each hit from his opponent’s Critical Art. Perhaps Daigo could have recreated his EVO moment if he hadn’t tried to punish in-between with his own super.
Of course, this is not the end of Daigo. We will still see him participating in Street Fighter events in the coming years. Later this week, Daigo is scheduled for a special exhibition match against Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez during the Lupe Fiasco album launch party.