theScoreEsports explores the history of pop-offs on “The Most Iconic Esports Moments”

By on July 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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“What are you standing up for!?” A phrase that has become iconic over the years in the fighting game community during post-match popoffs following an intense, high-stakes showdown during tournament play. Whether it takes the form of jumping out of a chair in jubilation, an emotional display of tears or even a heated confrontation between two rivals, these moments are unquestionably memorable for anyone who experiences them.

In the latest episode of “The Most ICONIC Esports Moments,” theScore esports takes a look at two of the most memorable streamed early celebrations, beginning with EG|Ricki Ortiz and Joshua “Wolfkrone” Philpot’s battle in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012 at Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 8: Infinity.

Of course, the most famous recent instance of this has to be the legendary mishap by Ryuichi “Woshige” Shigeno during the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Top 8 at Evo 2015, when he forgot there was still one round left to play in his match against Ogawa, and the Zato-1 player ruthlessly capitalized like a shark smelling blood. The blunder was so monumental it was even covered by ESPN SportsCenter.

Relieve both of these moments with the video below.

What are some of your favorite pop-offs? Were there any others you were surprised didn’t make this video? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments.

Source: theScore Esports

Arkansas-based freelance journalist who enjoys fighting games of all sorts. When he's not grinding out setups, he enjoys watching anime and wrestling.