Quickly becoming one of the most iconic tournaments in the fighting game season, this past weekend's CEO 2015 was full of surprises.
With EVO right around the corner, players from across the globe traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete In Ultra Street Fighter 4.
CEO (now part of the Capcom Pro tour) seen players such as Daigo Umehara, Fuudo and Infiltration not even make it to top 8. It was in fact North America, a region many people have been claiming to be the weakest of all, that out performed their traveling peers. With 4 out of the top 5 players in the tournament, North America has again shown they are not to be slept on.
Story of the tournament had to be Gustavo "801 Strider" Romero, with wins over the likes of Daigo Umehara, Mago and PR Balrog. Showing everyone that Abel is as explosive as ever, Strider's only loss of the tournament was to the eventual winner Kazunoko in winners and grand finals.
With Strider on everyone Radar, he is definitely one to watch as we approach closer to EVO. Other performances to note were that of Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez. His announcement earlier this year that he was to retire come the end of the tournament season came as a surprise to many. Yet his performance this past weekend put everyone on notice, if there was one guarantee you could take from this weekend, it would be PR Balrog is back.
The winner of the whole thing was Ryota "Kazunoko" Inoue. A tournament favorite before the weekend began, Kazunoko has been at the very top for years now. His oppressive offence seemed too much for everybody this weekend. He will go into Evolution as one of the favorites and it would take a brave man to bet against him.