Best Of V Show Announces its Yearly Besties Winners

The community voted and these are the results!
By on January 8, 2020

Best of V is one of the Fighting Game Community’s best-run news and analysis shows. Featuring Steve “acekingoffsuit” Jurek, Mike “Danke” Schiller, John “veloc1raptor” Guerrero, and Ilan Raschkovsky, the show has deep roots in the FGC. On top of doing a regular weekly broadcast, Best of V also runs an annual awards show called the Besties, in which the community votes for its favorite moments from the previous year. The 2020 Besties aired yesterday, and we’ve collected the results below.

Best Event

  • Winner: Combo¬†Breaker
  • Climax of Night [re:run]
  • Evolution
  • Red Bull Kumite

Player of the Year

  • Winner: Arslan Ash
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Oscar “Shinku” Jaimes
  • Derek “iDom” Ruffin

Best Story

  • Winner: Rise of the Pakistani Tekken community
  • Derek “iDom” Ruffin wins Capcom Cup despite being unsponsored
  • Nine-year-old Tsuyoshi making it to Evolution
  • The incredible growth of the UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st] community

Best New Game

  • Winner: Samurai Shodown
  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Mortal Kombat 11

Best Popoff

  • Winner: Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott at the Tekken World Tour Finals
  • Derek “iDom” Ruffin at the Capcom Cup finals
  • Hiroki “Kichipa-mu” Asano at Evolution
  • Toi Bridges at the Street Fighter League

Most Anticipated Game

  • Winner: Granblue Fantasy Versus
  • Guilty Gear -STRIVE-
  • King of Fighters XV
  • “Project L” (Riot Games fighting game project)

Best Stream Moment

  • Winner: Dead or Alive 6 presentation at Evolution Japan
  • DC “Infexious” Coleman leaves everyone hanging at Red Bull Kumite
  • Kenny Omega super-kicks Yoshinori Ono-san at the Capcom Cup finals
  • Hiroki “Kichipa-mu” Asano’s inflatable-donut popoff at Evolution

Best Match

  • Winner: Jae-Min “Knee” Bae vs. Hoa “Anakin” Luu at Combo Breaker 2019 Grand Finals
  • Daigo Umehara vs. Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi at Capcom Cup
  • “YMST” vs. Shoji “Fenritti” Sho at ArcRevo
  • Hiroki “Kichipa-mu” Asano vs. Kensuke “Trashbox” Ishikawa at Evolution

Rising Star

  • Winner: Arslan Ash
  • Derek “iDom” Ruffin
  • Hiroki “Kichipa-mu” Asano
  • Marwan “Wawa” Berthe

The hosts also take time out to discuss some of the community’s harshest moments and stories of the year. While nontraditional, their willingness to discuss the negatives alongside the positives is important, as it gives the community more of an opportunity to improve in the upcoming year. Check out their thoughts in the videos below, then give Best of V your support by following them on Twitter and Twitch, and be sure to tune in every Tuesday at 7pm eastern (4pm pacific)!

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