North America does not have the best track record when it comes to taking home Street Fighter gold at Evo, but in 2022 it truly felt like curses would be broken as Derek “XSet|iDom” Ruffin seemed to be an unstoppable force in Street Fighter 5.
In a new video The Score eSports takes a look at iDom’s incredible Street Fighter 5 presence in 2022, as well as his intense run through Evo that year.
Having won Capcom Cup back in 2019, iDom proved he was an SF5 force to be reckoned with on the global level. His ability to read people and put them in the worst of situations with Laura were unparalleled, and his Poison (set aside for match ups where Laura’s close quarters style wasn’t the best) was all but unstoppable.
Of course, just a few short weeks after iDom took home the Capcom Cup, Covid-19 brought competition to a freeze. Evo would try to come back, but would be relegated to online only, and it wasn’t until 2022 that the event made it back to Las Vegas.
Despite being iced, iDom still looked to have an extremely good shot at beating the best and taking home a first place win for North America. This was especially good as 2022 very much looked to be the last year SF5 (the game iDom has shined so brightly in) might be featured at Evo.
The Score eSports takes us on iDom’s journey through the bracket, which didn’t go at all as planned. Without giving too much away, iDom ran into some trouble early on and found a much harder path forward than he would have liked. Still, the young Capcom Cup champion pushed forward in an incredible way, facing giants of Street Fighter in the process.
We’ll let The Score tell you the full story in the video below. As always, be sure to offer your thoughts and reactions up in the comments after you’ve had a chance to watch.