(Original photo by Li Hoang)
Over the weekend, Kawano became the grand champion of Street Fighter V at EVO 2022!
It came down to the FINAL FINAL ROUND!!— EVO (@EVO) August 8, 2022
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Top 8 Results:
1 🇯🇵 @kawanoChannn
2 🇺🇸 @iDomNYC
3 🇯🇵 @gachikun0423
4 🇯🇵 @tokidoki77
5 🇯🇵 @daigothebeast
5 🇹🇼 @LeevyLin
7 🇺🇸 @JustAKidd55
7 🇫🇷 @MistahCrimson https://t.co/pRm0CRLp4y #SFVCE #Evo2022 pic.twitter.com/9tPmYQwxuV
It has been a pleasure to watch Kawano grow as a player ever since we met and provided him a Hit Box at our booth during Combo Breaker 2019. Since then he has won many online, offline, invitational, and open tournaments in Japan. However, he was worried that due to the pandemic he would not be able to prove himself on the global stage.
Now we have seen what we can do at the most prestigious and important tournament in the world.
AND @Hit_Box’s @kawanoChannn IS YOUR EVO 2022 STREET FIGHTER V CHAMPION!!! #Evo2022 pic.twitter.com/QKwn8J4p08— TV FGC 🔜 EVO 2022 (@tvfgc) August 8, 2022
It was a hard fought win having to defeat Tokido, his Good 8 Squad-mate Gachikun, and, the unstoppable force from losers bracket, iDom. In the end, it culminated in one of the most entertaining and stressful sets in Street Fighter V history - going down to the last round of the last game!
We would like to thank Good 8 Squad for helping support Kawano and helping him work toward the player he has become. We look forward to more tournaments and wins with Kawano in the future!
.@kawanoChannn: We are beyond proud of you for winning #EVO2022!— Hit Box (@Hit_Box) August 8, 2022
Congratulations, world champion! You have earned every bit of it. pic.twitter.com/wW2vjnNZG6