The Capcom Cup 2017 results for Street Fighter 5 proved to be fairly unexpected, just the way the passionate fighting game community likes it.
Saul “MenaRD” Mena, an eighteen-year-old ambitious player from the Dominican Republic, began his journey for glory this weekend by knocking out legends like Ho “Xian” Kun, Inoue “Kazunoko” Ryota, and Diago “The Beast” Umehara. He then went on to defeat Kumada “Itabashi Zangief” Hiromiki before being taken out by Taniguchi “Tokido” Hajime.
Not to be deterred, MenaRD fought his way out of the losers bracket by beating Nemoto “Nemo” Naoki to face the reigning Evolution champion once again. Tokido looked fearless as always with his signature Akuma pick but could not deny the new contender in the grand finals. MenaRD successfully reset the bracket in an intense exchange of skill and wit, and took another set off Tokido to stand at the top of the Capcom Cup 2017 results.
MenaRD did not only earn the title of world champion this year but also a fat check for $250,000, the largest prize purse ever for a fighting game tournament. Tokido, for his efforts, took home at least $50,000 for the second place finish.
This is the second year in a row that a Street Fighter 5 champion has been crowned that does not hail from Japan. Du “NuckleDu” Dang was supposed to defend his title this year but removed himself from the event just days before due to unknown reasons.
Here are the full Capcom Cup 2017 results for the top eight:
1. Saul “MenaRD” Mena
2. Taniguchi “Tokido” Hajime
3. Naoki “Nemo” Nemoto
4. Naoki “moke” Nakayama
5. Kumada “Itabashi Zangief” Hiromiki
5. Fujimura “Yukadon” Atsushi
7. Daigo “The Beast” Umehara
7. Benjamin “Problem X” Simon