Singapore top SSFIV player wins main event of EVO 2k13

DM Mad Catz's Ho Kun Xian fights against Japanese, Korean, and American top players to earn first place in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.

Update: The original article previously listed Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez-Frangie's under the Mad Catz brand when it should have been Evil Geniuses. The article has been amended to reflect the change.

The small island of Singapore can now add Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition to its list of eSports game achievements.

Singapore's own DM Mad Catz Xian brings home the gold. (image credit: SRK and Evo2k13)

Singaporean tournament player Ho Kun Xian (who goes by the game handle "DM Mad Catz Xian") won and took first place in the SSFIV: AE tournament at the Evolution Championship Series 2013 (EVO 2k13) tournament held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Nevada.

Using his main character Gen, he fought against Japan's top Akuma player, Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi. The remaining players in the top eight finals included Eduardo "EG PR Balrog" Perez-Frangie, Lee "Infiltration" Seon-woo, Sako "HORI Sako" Naoto, Bruce "AVM GamerBee" Hsiang, Tatsuya "Haitani" Haitani, and Daigo Umehara.

Other notable victories included Job "FS EMP Clocker" Figueroa, who won first place in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 against Justin Wong; Philip "VxG.EMP KDZ" Atkinson, who was triumphant in Injustice: Gods Among Us; and Joseph "Mango" Marquez, who was the winner in the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament.

Xian was also the winner of the SSFIV: AE tournament in the Community Effort Orlando 2013 event held last month. Check out GameSpot for more EVO 2k13 coverage.

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53 comments
King-gamer
King-gamer

Xian played very calm and patiently. Almost like Gen would fight in real life. A wise and patient old man.

CRAPCOM1926
CRAPCOM1926

Wow......Daigo has really lose hes skill. He just spawn hadokens XP.

Jebril
Jebril

I think if PR Rog didn't run into Infiltration or vice versa one of them would have won Evo.

RJLateralus
RJLateralus

A lot of people posts to complain a game that they dont even understand (haters).

I was really sad on Daigo's performance, 4 YOLO DP's against Tokido and vs Infiltration he continued to throw Hadoukens after poke with Cr. MK. while Infiltration continued to Focus dash and punish.

Xian deserved this EVO, he mastered a very technical and hard character to master.

bndori
bndori

He shouldn't have taken Akuma they make his health the weakest in this game.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Don't know how ANYONE could do well in SSFIV.  The game was broken.  Specials rarely worked.  It was like Street Fighter 1 all over again. 

Inv_Machine
Inv_Machine

Gen defeats Akuma? Dat's Street Fighter Alpha canon right there..

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

I couldnt read a or two paragraphs up there, hard to pronounce those names

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

He deserved it. I wanted Dieminion to take it but I'm happy that Xian won. 

P.S. ChrisG didn't win; MAHVEL ISN'T DEAD!

Busta
Busta

I never woulda called GEN being played so well to win evo when sf4 first came out.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Evo 2013 KOF XIII's Gran Final was totally awesome! 

That's a fight worth watching. :-)

kabalzer0
kabalzer0

EVO was great :) well if you can forget about Injustice >_< 

i mean Smash Bros Melee was there and Injustice still managed to be the most unbalanced and casual game there...

ZhangFei500
ZhangFei500

The author put Flocker's name as Clocker >.>

Lionheart8472
Lionheart8472

 @Chai_Tea You know, I don't see why people like you are laughing at these people being called "Pro Athletes: in gaming. I mean agree it needs to be called something else, but I don't see why they are any less skilled than a "Pro Sports" player.

They are the best of the best at their respected genre, and we shouldn't laugh at them. Are they physical athletes? No most of them probably are not. Are they ESports athletes? They sure as heck are, and if you are honestly making a living playing games, and need to travel to countries in order to make more money, then I see problem giving out Visa to these people.

It seems a lot of the hate here is that most people replying to these comments ar

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

Remember guys,  these gamers are considered the top "athletes"  in their field now.

Dreadempire333
Dreadempire333

Super Street Fighter IV champion and you put Smash bros game.

fail!.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

wow great match! lol for a supposed Mid Tier fighter he did awesome things. I mean your average fighter couldn't do what he did but it shows that with enough practice and patience you could make who ever you want into a top tier fighter. 

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Was hoping for Tokido to win, but then that would have given Capcom even more reason to nerf-rape akuma some more. So I'm happy for Xian.

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

What an amazing event this year.  Xian and PR Rog stole the show imo.

Gen007
Gen007

Xian proving that hard work can prevail or using high tier characters. been following him ever since he started doing cross counter asia and its good to see him win.

King9999
King9999

Congrats to Xian!  I was hoping he'd win, and I'm glad he did.  He has an amazing Gen, and it's always fun to watch him play.  Always amazed by his hit confirms!

lowkey254
lowkey254

It's good to see EVO getting attention. Keep it up GS.

EddieDominguez
EddieDominguez

My beloved fighting games get no love from "core gamers" on this sight. Xian deserved this though. He single handedly raised Gen's tier with his play this year. Wish Justin could have won Marvel though :-(.

mr_toffee
mr_toffee moderator

@CRAPCOM1926 No, he's still one of the best player in the world. It's just that every one in the top eight just got better skill-wise through loads of training. 

chavao666
chavao666

@Jebril Nah, man, Infiltration lost  mirror match to Tokido. Tokido just proved he had a better Akuma after all

chavao666
chavao666

@bndori Akuma is one of the best chars in the game. Health is not something you should base solely on

xCypherZerox
xCypherZerox

@DrKill09 and adding to the pot...SFIV added easy inputs which allowed p.linking and easy motion buffering like with Vega or Guile's ultra's. You want a hard street fighter game? Learn third strike. You need to piano instead of p.linking.

angeloponekad
angeloponekad

@DrKill09 only because you suck...it doesnt mean the game is broken ... SSF IV is probably the best and globaly most popular fighting game ...live with it noob !!!!

chavao666
chavao666

@DrKill09 The ammount of ignorance in your comment exceeds the limits of the observable universe, my friend

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

@DrKill09 What are you talking about. How do specials rarely work? The game isn't broken. There are maybe 3 or 4 characters that are particularly good, but it's beatable. It is a great game.

Sfr528
Sfr528

@bunchanumbers 

I think it shows that Capcom did an amazing job at balancing the game to the point that anyone can win with any character.  Can't really use the excuse "I lost because X is weaker". 

chavao666
chavao666

@ElDuderino1 Infiltration paying Rog back with Hakan stole the show just as well. Dropping your main and going with Hakan in the losers semi-final showed some balls

Gen007
Gen007

@ElDuderino1 rog just wasn't prepared for that counter pick though. I think xian would have still won regardless of the outcome though his gen is just too much.

Gen007
Gen007

@Adapttttttt It looked like he didnt care quite frankly. Def not diago in top form though.

RJLateralus
RJLateralus

@EddieDominguez I used to hate Justin in the early SF4 Vanilla days.

But this EVO I was rooting for him, I really wished his victory.

(And I was so happy when both "Freelipino Fraud" and Chris G got eliminated).  

Gen007
Gen007

@EddieDominguez Yeah Marvel was crazy this year. Everybody has gotten so good its just on a whole nother lvl and justin man you just can't count him out. It came down to the wire for him so many times and he just kept pulling it out. Wong factor is real. He may lost to flocker but he still the champ imo. nobody has the ability to adapt and overcome like he does.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@SamehH99 @Lionheart8472 @Chai_Tea There are differences though. Pro athletes are also restricted in things they may consume or have in their systems while they are performing. Could you imagine fighting game tournaments if things that increase performance were banned? I mean caffeine raises awareness. Anything that could enhance reflexes or awareness could be considered performance enhancing drugs.

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

@Gen007 @ElDuderino1 Agreed.  I do think Rog vs Xian would have made for a more exciting finals though.  Not that the finals were dull, but Tokido was content to play keep away with air fireballs the entire time lol.  But yeah Xian was unbeatable, no one was going to take him out (maybe Infiltration had a chance).

DuaMn
DuaMn

@Gen007 @AdaptttttttYou have no idea how much Daigo cares. He trained himself specifically for this tournament for a long time. He is without a question best Ryu player in the world, no contest. 

Yes, his main goal is not winning, but that doesn't mean he doesn't care. He is just on another level of competitive gaming. If he was a Akuma or Cammy user, he'd certainly win more tournaments, but that wouldn't as fun.

decoy1978
decoy1978

@blueleon70 @Gen007 @Adapttttttt Out of literally thousands of players, he finished Top 8... He can probably decently coast to the last winners and losers bracket. Thats how dominating he still is. 

Gen007
Gen007

@blueleon70 @Gen007 @Adapttttttt No hes still an amazing player but he just wasn't pressed to win and i can respect that he has nothing to prove and still made top 8 + He basically said he wanted to stop tier whoring and went back to ryu which is also something i can respect. 

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

@blueleon70 @Gen007 @Adapttttttt Top 8 out of thousands of competitors = time to quit?