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That minute of game play has fascinated me for years. “Only around one percent of people who watch that video really know what’s going on,” Capcom’s Seth Killian told me during a recent chat about fighting games. Killian is Capcom’s community manager and fighting game enthusiast, and it’s his voice on that tape, breaking with excitement. In many ways this was like watching the Super Bowl with John Madden there in the room, giving you color commentary. So I had to ask him: what the hell happened in that clip?
The first thing to note is that this wasn’t the finals at EVO, nor was it the last match of the set. Justin Wong was one of the last strong American players left in the competition, and Umehara is certainly a well-known player, so the match was notable even if the stakes were relatively low. It’s the play itself that elevated this round to legendary status.