For thousands of players around the world, Evo Moment # 37 or the Daigo Parry, is one of the most recognizable moments in the field of electronic sports. Originally recorded at the EVO Championship Series in 2004, the clip shows the Japanese legend of the Daigo Umehara fighting game making a spectacular comeback against one of America's most powerful players, Justin Wong.
The original clip, which includes comments and images from the crowd, has been viewed more than 100 million times via various downloads on YouTube.
For those who have never played "Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike", the game allows players to avoid damage by parrying attacks. Players must press their controller forward 1 / 10th of a second before a hit is struck in order to parry correctly. If you ruin the timing, you are touched. In this clip, Daigo Umehara manages to parry 15 throws against Chun-Li, hugging himself before the final parade to punish Wong with the hardest possible combo and steal the victory.
Today, more than 14 years after the initial match, Mark Julio, an Evo collaborator, has uploaded images of the entire match in a new light that captures even more the intense reaction of the crowd.
Ironically, neither Daigo nor Justin Wong won the tournament that year. Japanese Kenji "KO" Obata took first place, while Daigo and Wong took second and third places, respectively. But the excitement of Daigo Parry helped "3rd Strike" consolidate its competitive legacy; Players still hold "3rd Strike" tournaments next to the latest fighting games. Daigo and Wong both remain active on the competitive Street Fighter scene and have played in countless matches in recent years.
If you'd like to learn more about Evo Moment 37 and the Street Fighter competitive scene, check out this Kotaku documentary.