Another year has come and gone for the largest fighting game tournament in the state of Texas. Texas Showdown 2016 is all wrapped up and it was a doozy. Over the course of three days, players from all over the country competed in Street Fighter V, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Smash Bros for WiiU, Mortal Kombat XL, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Smash Bros Melee, Pokken, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, King of Fighter 13, and Killer Instinct Season 3.
Friday started off with USF4, BlazBlue, Persona, ST and SFV teams. TWG Genius Champion took Persona, Milk Kaichou won BB, California’s El Trouble defeated EST1991 for the ST title, NYChrisG beat BSida for the USF4 win, and the SFV team tournament was won by Team Duck Power featuring Alex Valle, Brenttiscool and Ryan “Fubarduck” Harvey. Saturday was mostly qualification pools for most of the main games on the roster, but games that were decided included NYChrisG winning another tournament by taking 3rd Strike and Houston’s Weegee overcame ChrisG in Pokken.
The big finale was featured on Sunday, starting with the top 32 of SFV. In the end the top 8 were Julio and EG PR Balrog from California, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa from China, F3 Alucard, PxG Ice, and Texans Hsien Chang, Rylander, and BOTB Vagabond. MKXL displayed a lot of Texas players in the top 8, with Dallas and Houston leading the way. VGP had 3 members in the top 8, with KoreyTheDragon and Toki making the top 3. But neither were able to solve the crazy Demolition Sonya of Houston’s own Scar, winning yet another NRS title at Texas Showdown. Mojo was able to defeat ALP in a Fox mirror to win Melee, meanwhile Karna beat CNQRD|DJ Fliphop to win Smash 4. ChrisG was back at it again, this time in UMvC3. Ultra Arcade had two members in the top 3, Houston’s Jan Del Rio and Terry Bogard, but NYChrisG was too strong and took another championship.
GGXrdR saw the local GG scene making a lot of noise at Texas Showdown. Houston had 3 of the top 4 placers with Kid Viper taking 4th, Kensou taking 3rd, and TXrd FaultyDefense beating TDG Oso from Dallas to win his first Texas Showdown trophy. Killer Instinct featured one of the best back and forth finals we had ever seen in the game, ending with F3 Hollywood Sleep surviving 2 sets and finally putting away last year’s KI Champion UA|Bass. All 3 sets(Winners Final, Grand Finals set 1, reset Grand Finals set 2) went the distance each time! Finally, the last tournament of the event was SFV. EG PR Balrog was able to fight his way to the Grand Finals, eliminating PXG Ice, Hsien Chang, Vagabond, and Dark Jiewa to get there. Keeping his momentum red hot, PR Rog swept the first set of the Grand Finals 3-0 over Juilo. Then Julio received a phone call before the 2nd set, it turned out to be from another California Ken player, West Coast Warzone Champion ChrisT. Although Julio said he actually couldn’t hear anything on the phone call, it provided him a chance to regroup and adjust. Julio came back with a sweep of his own over Rog to win SFV at Texas Showdown! Congratulations to all of the winners!