Explained: The mind games of EVO’s world-famous Daigo/Wong match

Feb 24, 2012 // Minish Capcom

By now we’ve all watched the jaw-dropping ” Evo Moment #37 ” video a dozen times or so, in which Daigo Umehara successfully parries a series of attacks to win a decisive round in Street Fighter III. It’s undeniably awesome (in the most literal sense of the word) and has gone on to become one of the most watched moments in competitive gaming history.

Plenty has been written about this feat already, but today Penny Arcade offers this new dissection of the event and our own Seth Killian explains what exactly was going on in that brief, legendary moment.

Head over to Penny Arcade for the full story, but here’s a quick snippet:

“Both players understood that Wong had to attack to win, and it was at this moment that Umehara found his strategy. ‘If you watch the moments preceding Justin doing the super, Daigo is moving at pace with him across the screen as Justin dances back and forth,’ Killian said. ‘Daigo is mirroring his actions. That’s not an accident. Daigo has made his play.'”

Already getting goosebumps!