ESL One New York: Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2 Results

Last weekend, September 16 and 17, ESL One New York took place again at the Barclays Center. Just like last year, Brooklyn Beatdown was the featured event for Street Fighter V, with hundreds of pro and amateur players fighting it out for their piece of the $50,000 prize pot. Justin Wong, Saul Leonardo“MenaRD” Mena Segundo, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, Keita “Fuudo” Ai, Yusuke “Momochi” Momochi, Victor “Punk” Woodley, Daigo Umehara, and Bryant “Smug” Huggin made up the top eight of the tournament. Tokido and Fuudo fought it out in the Grand Final, with Tokido being crowned the champion.

Here are some of the highlights.

RiseNation on the Attack

For most of last season, RiseNation didn’t do a lot in Street Fighter V. In fact, other than the ever-charismatic Martin “Marn” Phan, they didn’t have anyone else representing them in the pro circuit. The 2017 season has been much different for the mid-tier esports organization. Perhaps the biggest acquisition the team made was that of Smug, one of the most recognizable personalities in the entire fighting game world. The Balrog specialist has six top-eight finishes this season, including this most recent one at Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2.

A pleasant surprise for RiseNation has been MenaRD, a Birdie player from the Dominican Republic. His aggressive style of play has given him a reputation as a bully in competition, and that was definitely on display last weekend. MenaRD advanced all the way through the winners bracket, besting Street Fighter V stars Tatsuya “Haitani” Haitani and Naoki “Nemo” Nemoto in the process. The match against Nemo was particularly telling of MenaRD’s skill, as the 18-year-old danced around and through various Aegis setups that had been so kind to Nemo up until that point. MenaRD even bested Smug in a teamkill match in the top eight before being sent home by Fuudo.

Keep your eyes on RiseNation as the 2017 season progresses.

ESL One Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2 Grand Final

The Grand Final match at Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2 was between Tokido’s Akuma, and Fuudo’s Mika. These two superstars have seen plenty of each other over the years, and they gave fans what they wanted this time around. The first game of these best-of-five sets came down to the final round of game five. Tokido had control of super economy the majority of the time and remained calm in the face of unrelenting pressure by Fuudo, but Fuudo’s patience and timing with Critical Arts carried him to victory as the brackets reset for a final match.

Tokido’s new, calm approach paid off in the last match of the tournament. By using Demon Flip mixups and baiting out mistakes from Fuudo, the EVO 2017 champ was able to walk away without dropping a game, taking home the trophy and the $20,000 prize for first place. The next major Street Fighter V event is SoCal Regionals, a Capcom Pro Tour tournament being held in Anaheim, CA, September 22nd through the 24th.

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