The latest Super Street Fighter 4 AE 2012 edition tournament was held this past Saturday at Insomnia Video Game Culture in north Houston. 36 players were in attendance, and that was without some of the major players from previous events. None the less, former champions like Anas "Hunted Chimers" Khan, Adeel "FourWude" Soomro, and Marcus "Nytemare Raven" Ramirez were there to stake their claim on this month's title. Ohter notable players included Assan Chop, Sinx, Bagels, PCutta, Beastchan23, Ren, and Limekey.
FourWude stormed his way to the winners final, dropping only one game to Beastchan in the semifinals. Nytemare Raven lost a close fight with PCutta in the quarterfinals in one of the most intense matches of the tournament. Hunted Chimera swept Sinx in the quarters, and was then forced to abandon his main character Fei-Long for Yun after losing the first game of the semis to PCutta. The change worked and Chimera was able to hold on and advance to the winner final. It seems that FourWude and Chimera seem to face each other all the time in these situations. This time, Adeel was able to capture the momentum early and then coast to a 3 game sweep of Anas.
In the losers bracket, Raich, Francisco "EvilBuho" Carmona, and Assan Chop were able to rebound from first round losses and make solid runs to the top 16. Francisco would lose to Ghosttoast to finish 13th. Assan Chop advanced one round further before losing to Nytemare Raven and finish in 9th. Raich cracked the top 8, but then lost to Ren to tie for 7th. In the other 7th place fight, Raven defeated Caleb. The 5th place matches were both sweeps by Raven over Beastchan, and PCutta defeating Ren. In the 4th place fight, once again Raven's Blanka would end up falling to PCutta's Sakura. In the fight for 3rd, PCutta had an early advantage, but Hunted Chimera stormed back to sweep the next 3 games and advance to the grand finals to face FourWude.
In the winners final, Chimera had switched up to Yun in the middle of the set, but had little success. This time around he decided to stick to his guns and play Fei-Long against FourWude's Akuma. It didn't seem to matter as Adeel was just dialed in this night. Adeel would go on to sweep the grand finals as well and took back his crown at Insomnia. Congratulations to Adeel "FourWude" Soomro and the rest of the top placers! Next Saturday, Insomnia is hosting a tournament for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3!
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