Insomnia continued their weekly Saturday tournament with Super Street Fighter 4 AE 2012. Five time tournament champ Sean Wagner looked to defend his title once again. But this time he would face some stiff competition. Among the 32 other entrants were the runner up from the last SF tournament Marcus “Nytemare Raven” Ramirez, and multiple SF4 champ Adeel “FourWude” Soomro.
Early on, SF4 tournament veterans Winchester, Assan Chop and Suavion enjoyed early success. Old PZ players Lime Key and Ren also advanced early in the bracket. Assan and Winchester would be defeated in their second round matches by CodyLegend and Backdoe respectively. Also losing in the second round was the 5 time defending champion Wagner, falling to Dandy Cheeks’ Yang. Adeel avoided a similar fate by knocking Lime Key into the losers bracket. As did Nytemare Raven by advancing to the third round with a victory over PTS_Kool Aid.
In the next round, Raven faced against a dangerous opponent in Suavion, a former Texas Showdown SF4 runner up; Dandy, fresh off his upset of Wagner took on Ren’s Vega(claw); Adeel faced Monsters Arcade Bagels; and CodyLegend met Backdoe in the last quarterfinal match. Dandy and Cody both won their matchups and met in the first semifinal match. Meanwhile, Raven won a close set against Suavion as did Adeel vs Bagels to setup yet another chapter in their never ending rivalry.
The semifinals began with CodyLegend vs Dandy Cheeks. Dandy would take the first game relatively easy, but Cody stormed back to even the match at one game a piece. But Dandy would stop the bleeding and took the final game to advance to the winners final. In the second semifinal, Raven’s Blanka got off to a fast start and rode that momentum to an easy win in the first game. Game 2, Raven won the first round and was one round away from notching another big win against his rival, but Adeel would go on to win the next 4 rounds straight and win the match!
In the winners final, Adeel took game one in rather routine fashion. Game 2, Dandy got off to a much better start and was able to take the first round with a nice combo into ultra, but that was the extent of his good fortune as Adeel swept the last two rounds. Game 3, both players hit clutch ultras to bring each other down to pixels in the first round, but Adeel’s dragon punch was enough to take it. Dandy hit another ultra in round 2, then barely held on to even up the game. Round 3, Dandy looked poised to take his first game of the set, but Adeel hits a clutch anti-air ultra to end the game and set to advance to the grand finals.
Over in the losers bracket, Beehol stormed through his first three matches after losing his first, including Winchester. Lime Key and Monsters O. Red won their first two rounds and squared off. Beehol’s next opponent was Assan Chop’s El Fuerte, Assan started off well, but would eventual fall to the Guy player. LimeKey overcame O. Red, but then lost to his friend Ren in the next round. Wagner continued his road to redemption with a matchup against fellow Monsters player Bagels, a match eventually won by Wagner. Beehol continued his run with a win over Suavion and now faced Wagner.
After a hard fought set, it would be a surprising end to the night for Wagner as Beehol pulls off the upset. Both Beehol and his brother Dandy Cheeks pinned losses on the former champ. Next up for Beehol was CodyLegend. In yet another tough set, Beehol would not be denied and moved on to the fourth place fight. Ren advanced past Backdoe and was rewarded with facing his other good friend Nytemare Raven. Raven would continue his winning ways over Ren and then face Beehol. It would be Raven’s Blanka who would end Beehol’s crazy run through the bracket, but a solid fourth place finish after losing his first match is nothing to sneeze at.
In the third place fight, Raven took on Dandy Cheeks. Game 1, Dandy really took it to Raven and swept the two rounds. Game 2, Raven completely reversed the flow and evened the set at one game a piece. Game 3, Raven was still riding the momentum and scored a perfect in the first round, but Dandy would stay strong and take the next two round and take the lead. Game 4, Raven bounced back with a solid first round, Dandy once again was able to reverse the tide and even it up, but Raven was able to answer the call this time and even the set at two games all. Final game, Raven takes the first round again, and then closed it out with a perfect to get his rematch against Adeel.
Grand Finals, Nytemare Raven vs FourWude, Blanka vs Akuma. A familiar sounding match up in a different venue. Raven is coming from the losers bracket and needs to win two sets to take the title. Game 1, Adeel takes first blood, but Raven evens it up, ending with Adeel hitting an ultra 1 demon to take it. Games 2, Adeel takes round 1 and once again Raven answers back in round 2. Adeel seemed poised to take a commanding two games to none lead, but Raven hits a clutch hop into ultra 1 to even the set. Game 3, Raven changes it up and takes the first round, but Adeel calmly sends it to the third round, where Raven hits a late throw and takes the lead two games to one. Game 4, Adeel gets more aggressive and takes the first round this time, then pins Raven in the corner before Raven nearly made a comeback and evens the set at two games all. Game 5, both players are playing much more cautious, but it better suits Adeel’s gameplay and he takes round 1. Round 2, Adeel opens up with huge damage corner combos on Raven’s Blanka in the corner. Raven tries a desperation ultra 1, but its blocked and Adeel is your new Insomnia champion!
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