Chief among these old legends is the American hero, Evil Geniuses’ Justin Wong. Wong has been at the forefront of the American FGC for well over a decade. During his tenure, Wong has competed in over a dozen different titles, finding the majority of his success in Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom, where he earned an unprecedented four year streak of first place finishes at Evo. Over the past two years, Wong had lapsed slightly in Street Fighter IV, turning his focus to MvC 3. But this year, he’s back with a vengeance. Wong has been hitting the lab hardcore and it’s showing. His punish focused Karin has plowed through the competition, bringing Wong to multiple podium finishes around the country. Justin currently leads in the Capcom Pro Tour Standings, but has yet to win a direct qualifying seed. With hundreds of hours of tournament play and research under his belt, look for Justin to make a big run this year.
The rest of the EG squad are also looking for strong runs at Evo. Eduardo “PR.Balrog” Perez will be taking his eponymous character into bracket for the first time in Street Fighter V, after showing strong results over the past months with his Necalli. Ricki Ortiz is coming off of a set of strong Top 8 finishes at DreamHack Austin and NorCal Regionals, where she demonstrated an aggressive Chun Li, focusing on putting her opponent into a poor position and exploiting poor approaches. Kenneth “KBrad” Bradley will be focusing on making a deep enough run to crack through to the top 10 of the CPT rankings. His play, like Ortiz’s, is an aggressive, almost rushdown style. His signature flashy Cammy has propelled KBrad to greater heights than he achieved in SFIV and even greater heights are on the horizon.