Mad Catz’ Daigo “THE BEAST” Umehara is the new DreamHack Winter 2013 Champion for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012! It’s been a long while since Daigo has traveled to an international competition (not since EVO in July of this year), so many critics had their doubts about how well Daigo would do in a tournament setting.

The results speak for themselves, never count out “THE BEAST!” Daigo has been honing his skills in different ways and if you’ve followed his activities based on his performance at past Mad Catz UNVEILED events, you’ll know that he still has what it takes to compete with the best in the world.

By far this was the fiercest competition a DreamHack event has ever seen, with killers from all around the globe in attendance for the coveted title. If you missed the epic grand final, you can watch it below courtesy of our friends at Armshouse!

Congratulations to the top placers! The Mad Catz team had an exceptionally strong showing with 5 out of the top 8 spots being Mad Catz players! Here are the results:

1st – MCZ Daigo Umehara (Japan) – Ryu
2nd – AVM GamerBee (Taiwan) – Adon
3rd – WDM.MCZ Luffy (France) – Rose

4th – MCZ Mago2DGOD (Japan) – Fei Long
T 5th – WW.MCZ Ryan Hart (UK) – Sagat
T 5th – BTM.ImStillDaDaddy (UK) – Seth, Guile

T 7th – DM.MCZ Xian (Singapore) – Gen
T 7th – FuR.Kusanagi (France) – Seth

Special thanks to Duke from Mad Catz Sweden, Ryan Hart, Xian, Daigo, Mago, Tokido, Luffy, F-Word, djlogansama, WorstGief, Zak Bennet and the rest of the crew at the event! Thanks to DreamHack as well for the photos!