Lee “Infiltration” Seon-woo, or simply Infiltration, stood mighty and strong despite faltering early in the bracket at 2019 Evolution Championship Series. The Korean player who is better known for his abilities in Street Fighter ultimately took home the title as Samurai Shodown champion at Evo 2019.
As one of the main stage games at Evo 2019, Samurai Shodown attracted thousands of entrants. Among these were seasoned veterans within the fighting game community (FGC), including Infiltration, Justin “JWong” Wong, and Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue, to name a few.
While Infiltration tore through his competition through most of the tournament, he found himself in the Lower Bracket after losing a Genjuro vs Genjuro matchup in the Top 24 against Hitbox Reynald. The veteran Korean Street Fighter player held on to his spot in the tournament and did so in impressive fashion. It was in the Top 8 where Infiltration had to really fight hard against Brook | ZJZ after the series went the full three games in a Genjuro vs Charlotte matchup. The Korean ultimately showed his fundamentals against the Taiwanese to continue on.
Towards the tail end of the Lower Bracket, it seemed like the Korean was more confident and comfortable with his play as he found retribution against the player that dropped him to Lower Bracket, Hitbox Reynald. In the Lower Bracket Finals, Infiltration faced Jwong and despite the best efforts of the American, the Korean earned his place in the Grand Finals.
The ‘final boss’ of the tournament was the Japanese veteran, Kazunoko, who up to this point had stayed in the Upper Bracket which meant that Infiltration had to get a reset. ‘Getting a reset’, in a nutshell, means that the player from the Lower Bracket (Infiltration) has to beat the player from the Upper Bracket (Kazunoko) once. By beating the Kazunoko once, Infiltration ultimately resets the bracket by putting both players on an even playing field with a loss apiece.
Reset is exactly what Infiltration did as he swept Kazunoko in their first best-of-five. The Korean player showed his ability and strength n Genjuro against Haohmaru of the Japanese veteran. While Kazunoko fought back in the reset, Infiltration held his ground and closed out the series in an exciting four-game Grand Finals.
Along with the title of being World Champion of Samurai Shodown, Infiltration also took home a majority of the USD 47,290 (around PHP 2, 440, 000) prize pool – USD 28,374 (around PHP 1,465,000). This is his sixth Evo title having won Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition in 2012, Street Fighter X Tekken in 2012 and 2013, and Street Fighter V in 2016 and 2018.
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