Chris G wins Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at The Fall Classic

Christopher Gonzalez takes out past champions on his way to winning both tournaments last weekend.

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New York City-based fighting game player Christopher Gonzalez from team Afterglow Elite won both the Super Street Fighter IV AE 2013 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournaments at this past weekend's Fall Classic, taking out both EVO Street Fighter Champion Ho "Xian" Kun and EVO Marvel Champion Job "Flocker" Figueroa in the process.

"I can't even remember the last time one person won two main tournaments in a major event, especially with a Top eight as stacked as TFC2013 in both games. Chris is further solidifying himself as one of the greatest players of this generation," says TFC Organizer John Gallagher. "I'd like to give a special shoutout to the North Carolina community for being incredibly hospitable to out-of-town players and to us over the past few months."

"Thanks to all of our sponsors (One Frame Link, Capcom, Team Ninja, Mad Catz, Brokentier, Double Helix, Gamester Gear, and AVerMedia), Team Sp00ky, FunkyP, Bifuteki, Kombat Network, and Clash Tournaments (streams), all of our staff, and the players for supporting us over the years," he added.

After being knocked down to the losers bracket in both tournaments, Gonzalez defeated Ho and Figueroa in the losers bracket finals for each Street Fighter and Marvel, and earned himself a spot in the finals for both. There he swept Complexity's Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez 6-0 in Marvel, and coming back from down 0-2 to win 6 straight games against Evil Geniuses' Justin Wong. Gonzalez is one of the few players that has won both Street Fighter and Marvel at the fighting game major events.

"I love combos," Gonzalez said after the event. "I'm just happy I was able to get a runback with Champ and Justin in grand finals after losing pretty convincingly both times," Gonzalez told GameSpot. "I really didn't want to lose that way in Marvel."

Gonzalez first dispatched Figueroa going undefeated, something he never saw coming. "I was actually really scared, just because he has Zero. I had to keep him away, not let him touch me."

Ramirez was the one to send Gonzalez to the loser's bracket to begin with, led by his Phoenix-based team joined by Dormammu and Morrigan. Gonzaelez believes much of the reason for his loss was due to Phoenix.

"I let him successfully get dark phoenix out too much," he says, spending all of his attention on stopping Ramirez from letting Phoenix get the game out of control. "My goal was to stop her quickly, soul draining, and rushing her down if she turned dark."

Watch the TFC Marvel Finals on Twitch at the 5:20:00 mark.

Gonzalez did just that, and turned it into victory. Not more than an hour later, he would attempt his luck in Street Fighter. Although having won major events for Street Fighter previously, it is not the game he expects to win. Just like in Marvel, Gonzalez took out the EVO Champion in losers finals to play Wong in the grand finals.

"I was very skeptical trying to win Street Fighter. The tournament was stacked and Xian has beaten me too many times. Marvel was really the only thing on my mind, but I tried my best. I was actually was ready to throw in the towel, but after beating Xian in losers finals I figured I'd give it another go."

Wong quickly put Gonzalez in a two-game hole, one game away from victory and another championship for the storied multiple-time EVO champion. Gonzalez's resiliency shined through once again, coming back to win three straight games to force a second set. There Gonzalez kept on the aggressive play and never gave Wong time to cover, sweeping him in the final set to cap off six straight game wins to be Street Fighter IV Champion at The Fall Classic.

"I tried to pressure as much as possible," said Gonzalez. "Most importantly, try to not get divekicked."

"In my opinion, Chris has been the best player in the FGC overall for a while now," Gonzalez's teammate Peter "FlashMetroid" Susini says. With the win, Gonzalez has earned a spot at the Capcom Cup, scheduled to take place later this year. He has no personal claim about being the best player, he'd rather leave that to the fans.

"I'm just going to keep doing my thing," he said.

Discussion

62 comments
HBninjaX
HBninjaX

the commentators sound like they're MCing a breakdancing competition, yo

king_wrecked
king_wrecked

and in 30 years, when he's dead, his children will get nostalgic over his vast contributions to society.

it's a game.  you're supposed to find what's wrong with my statement.  and...........go!

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

Never been a big fan of Street fighter personally, but I watched the video, It was really fun to watch. I think I had more fun watching it then playing it.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Great job being a stereotype, Justin.

david_iko
david_iko

Does anyone get a popup window about "widgets_tweet_button.html.torrent" everytime you load this page? Its really anoying

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Anyone got a link to the Daigo/Infiltration fight? 

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

anyone seen that southpark episode about world of warcraft? look at the asian guy if you have :p

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hmm, Justin Wong should have changed characters. 8-\

pop_yoo
pop_yoo

Oh wow, I missed that tournament, I saw it was on but the finals were too late. I didn't know Xian was gonna be there. Thank you based twitch archives! 

Quiksterboy44
Quiksterboy44

What kind of glasses are on his forhead, those things look bad ass

BFKZ
BFKZ

The guy on the right looks hilarious xD

Queuingreturns
Queuingreturns

One of the most under-rated players in FGC.

I'm interested to know who exactly figured in the SF tourney? My inclination leads me to think that Infiltraion, Daigo, Xian, PR Rog didn't feature. Lol.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Winning Marvel is nothing new, but winning Street fighter in a Major like this? Dayum, Chris G  da man.

psuedospike
psuedospike

Chris G - Always a bridesmaid, never an EVO Champion.

hikaruai
hikaruai

Damn, that guy is a beast!

TonyRodney
TonyRodney

I'm on team Chris G unit.  Glad he took 2 games in one night with stacked players.

KuchikiSentou
KuchikiSentou

ChrisG back on it. I hope he does a proper clean streak and takes EVO this time.

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

lol This is the most random news ever. Gamespot only covers EVO quickly and now they pull this out of nowhere. But seriously, ChrisG winning UMVC3 is no surprise. I'll give props to him for winning SF though. Wish Dieminion went though.

bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

Chris G winning another 2 isn't news.  Let's see him win at Evo though, he always crumbles under the pressure.

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

Chris G has the best fundamentals. He can play any fighting game.

EPaul
EPaul

No doubt Chris G is t]he best marvel player , i dont know about SF player yet

SamehH99
SamehH99

Daigo just beat Infiltration 10-2 yesterday. This is the story you should cover.

cirugo
cirugo

who?  wins what?

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

I tried linking it, it might be up for approval,thanks to Zhi it might not be allowed but if you google "Daigo Infiltration TGS" it's pretty easy to find.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

@SamehH99 GS is always way behind on these stories. Not sure it will actually go up here though. Zhi was especially outrageous on commentary making the video quite possibly unpostable.

bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

@Hikusai @bahamutdragons I don't know what his record is against Jwong, but somehow I'm not surprised against Xian.  I'm not saying he was a fluke at Evo, but I'm not sure he's going to rank as highly in the future.  It would have been far more impressive for me against Infiltration.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@WeWerePirates @SamehH99 Zhi needs to stop talking. I was loving the Daigo/Xian fight until Zhi showed up and the first thing he does is scream 'UUUUHHHNNNN!!!'