The losers bracket. In the realm of competitive fighting games, most players will advise each other that being in the winners side of a major tournament is better than the former. This becomes painfully apparent if someone gets sent to the losers side early on in pools, or getting sent there right after you make it out in winners — where as some will say: the real tournament begins.
Imagine if you will, losing your first match out of pools in top 256 in Street Fighter V at Evolution to the likes of NuckleDu, only to find out that your first losers match right after is GamerBee, who was sent to your side of the bracket by Nemo. You eliminated him? Good for you. Now you have to play Daigo Umehara. Only a dozen or so matches left to go before you can crack top eight!
Yes, running your way through the losers bracket at a major for any fighting game can be a daunting task for many, whether your’re a sponsored pro or an aspiring diamond in the rough. However, for the few who have the mental stamina to endure set after grueling set against some of the best fighting game competitors in the world, an amazing losers run can cement a player’s legacy and be talked about for many years to come.
With Echo Fox’s Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi’s memorable top eight losers run towards his Evolution 2017 first place victory still fresh in our minds, theScore esports takes a closer look at the legend on his path to Evo glory. The video goes over his major fighting game accomplishments throughout the years across multiple titles, his growth as a player both in and out of the game, and touches on each set before and during his top eight losers run against Punk, Haitani, Itabashi Zangief, Filipino Champ, NuckleDu, and Kazunoko. While definitely not as lengthy a losers run as Luffy’s was at Evo 2014, the caliber of players both Luffy and Tokido had to go through to win Evo is nonetheless intimidating, but also inspiring — as it shows with hard work and laser-focused determination, it is possible to overcome what many consider to be an almost insurmountable task.
Source: theScore esports