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This weekend saw some of Street Fighter V’s finest players gather in Boston, Massachusetts for the North American Finals of the Capcom Cup 2017, held at Red Bull Battlegrounds.
After a weekend of hard-hitting and intense matches, PG|Punk’s Karin took the gold, beating out Idom’s formidable Laura in the finals. A major boost to Punk’s confidence ahead of the looming Capcom Cup, which will take place on December 10. At the conclusion of the event, a trailer was shown at the conclusion hyping the upcoming Pro-Tour final, but it was noted by eagle-eyed viewers that the video ended with what appeared to be blossom petals floating through the air.
If this wasn’t enough, the Battle Grounds show was closed out with a beautiful flurry of confetti, some of which were formed in the shape the Cherry Blossom, the national flower of Japan, where it is known, of course, as “Sakura”. A photo of the decoration was taken by long-time Sakura player Alex Myers.
For well over two years now, two prominent names have been oft-repeated by fans when requesting new characters for the Street Fighter V roster. The King of Muay Thai, Sagat, is one of them, and the super-cheerful fangirl, Sakura Kasugano, is another.
To double-down on Sakura petal imagery like this feels like more than coincidence, so I can understand why fans of the knuckle-flying teen are getting all in a tizzy. Nevertheless, the truth will out at the Capcom Cup very soon.
“Sakura” confetti at Red Bull Battlegrounds [EventHubs]