The infamous 'Woshige No!' Evo moment was more brilliant than most people realize; Nemo explains why

The infamous 'Woshige No!' Evo moment was more brilliant than most people realize; Nemo explains why

By John ‘Velociraptor’ Guerrero










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The most famous Evo moment is easily BST|Daigo and Justin Wong’s Moment 37, but perhaps the most infamous Evo moment belongs to Kenichi Ogawa and Ryuichi “Woshige” Shigeno’s premature Guilty Gear celebration in 2015.






This sequence was so crazy that it actually made it to ESPN, and while you can certainly appreciate what went down from a casual viewing, knowing that Ogawa made a particular choice to fit the situation makes it all the more incredible.









First a quick recap of what happened. During the winners finals set of the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- tournament, Woshige and Ogawa found themselves in a particularly intense round in their extremely close set.


With the score tied at 1-1 and with Ogawa up one round to none, Woshige would lose the entire set if he lost this particular round. Woshige pulled off a dramatic victory and, forgetting that he needed to defeat his opponent not once, but twice, stood up to celebrate on the Evo main stage.


The game continued into the final round and Ogawa mercilessly destroyed Woshige’s character as he rushed to get back to his seat. Woshige was, of course, late… but he may have survived if he was just a tad later.


In a recent upload from FGC Translated, the content creator translates some commentary on the Evo moment from pro player Naoki “Nemo” Nemoto. Nemo points out a brilliant move on Ogawa’s part in the midst of this chaotic sequence.


He explains what you might normally do in the rare event that you were offered a free hit on your opponent in GGXrd, noting that it’d most likely start with heavy slash and proceed into your most damaging combo from there. Instead, Ogawa went for a crouching heavy slash.


The reason for this is because if you hit your enemy with a counter hit (when they’re in the start up frames of their own attack) you’re awarded with additional hit stun and thus the potential for even stronger combos.


Not only did Ogawa realize he had a free opening, he had the foresight to expect Woshige to rush back to his seat and potentially mash a button in his haste.


Indeed, Ogawa timed his approach perfectly as the flustered Woshige did indeed press a button just before getting hit, and this allowed Ogawa to pull off a combo that hit even harder than usual.


You can see exactly what Nemo has to say as well as his top 3 Evo moments of all time in the video here:









Source: Event Hubs

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