In times of trouble, some players turn to a coach or fellow pro, possibly even to a higher power. This Street Fighter player chose to lean on the Good Book: namely, Daigo’s book, The Will to Keep Winning.
Daigo Umehara is among the pantheon of Street Fighter legends, with a long and storied career. His book, The Will to Keep Winning, is well-known. In the words of one Amazon reviewer, “if ‘Playing to Win’ by David Sirlin is the fighting gamer’s ‘bible’, then ‘The Will to Keep Winning’ is version 2.0, as if adding a 3rd Testament.”
So after a loss at this weekend’s DreamHack Sweden, a player by the name of “Patrick” pulled out Daigo’s book for inspiration, even switching his character to Ryu, Daigo’s main.
The word of Daigo did not save Patrick, and he lost the next match. While he packed up his book and stick, the commentators had a field day with the moment they had just witnessed.
Commentator F-Word even notes how Patrick apparently went back to the book between rounds in the game, joking that he was looking for the page to deal with a jumping medium punch. “The part where Daigo says where if you ever get hit by an ambiguous jumping medium punch, what page was it?”
If this was a planned gag, it’s a pretty good one. Hopefully Patrick is not searching the floor for Daigo to try and get a refund. You can follow the rest of the day’s Street Fighter action on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel.