Time for another FGC blog and another Road to EVO major, the 3rd of the 5, NorCal Regionals!
NorCal Regionals 2013 - April 26th-28th
All the main EVO games will be there and joined by Divekick, which will be using the Jefailey build (see more below). All the brackets are at http://ncr11.challonge.com/ so you can check to see which pool of which game your favourite players are in.
MadCatz have offers all weekend during the event: http://www.madcatz.com/ncr-2013-fierce-fights-dynamite-deals/
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Street Fighter x Tekken
2–4 p.m. Persona 4
4–7 p.m. King of Fighters
7–9 p.m. Tekken Tag
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Street Fighter 4 Pools
4–10 p.m. Marvel 3 Pools
10 a.m.–2 p.m Street Fighter 4 Pools
2–5 p.m. Marvel 3 Pools
5–6 p.m. Mortal Kombat Finals
6–7 p.m. Persona 4 Finals
7–8 p.m. Dead or Alive Finals
8–10 p.m. Smash Bros. Finals
10–11 a.m. Tekken Tag Finals
11 a.m.–2 p.m. King of Fighters Finals
2–3 p.m. Divekick Finals
3–5 p.m. Street Fighter x Tekken Semis
5–8 p.m. Street Fighter 4 Semis
8 p.m.–Close Marvel 3 Semis
11 a.m.–1 p.m. Street Fighter 4 T16-T8
1–3 p.m. Marvel 3 T16-T8
3–5 p.m. Street Fighter x Tekken Finals
5–8 p.m. Street Fighter 4 Finals
8 p.m.–Close Marvel 3 Finals
*All times are subject to change without notice.
**Thanks to user @reddy1124 for pointing out the stream schedule at http://iplaywinner.com/news/2013/4/28/norcal-regionals-this-weekend-stream-schedule-now-online.html
Team Spooky: http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky/new
More to be added as they become available
Speaking of Divekick...
New Divekick characters
If you haven't seen them already, I present to you Uncle Sensei and Jefailey, the latest divekickers (or dropkicker, in Jefailey's case) to be added to the Divekick line-up, as unveiled on Iron Galaxy's Divekick #eSports Hour on their Twitch page.
The Divekick #eSports Hour airs every Monday Night at 7PM PST - 9PM CST - 10PM EST - 3AM GMT, the shows are even uploaded in 5 chunks to the Iron Galaxy Youtube channel. Enter the Lang Zone!
Injustice: Gods Among Us - Civil War V results
Last weekend was Civil War V, it may have not been a Road to EVO major and the hotel venue's internet may have been awful, but Spooky and Arturo still managed to squeeze two decent streams out of 4G.
MadCatz own MarkMan said that Super Street Fighter IV: AE Version 2012's Winner's Final, Loser's Final and Grand Final at Civil War V was the most refreshing he'd seen in a long time. In the top 3 AGE NYChrisG (who won UMvC3 later on)'s Sakura won the tournament in dramatic fashion over VxG EMP Dieminion's Guile and MadCatz Team Spooky's Arturo's Dhalsim (who won SFxT version 2013 earlier on).
Arturo and Skisonic provide commentary for the Injustice Top 3
Civil War V was also the debut of Injustice: Gods Among Us in tournament play and fortunately for the spectator (maybe not the players themselves in the short-term), the Injustice pre-release testers were allowed to compete, showing early examples of high-level play. While the interactables, notorious for being unblockable played a role in the matches, the typically high-level of EMP's REO and Tom Brady and again AGE NYChrisG proved that Injustice is off to a good start in tournaments.
Injustice is not officially at EVO 2013 while MK9 has its final official tournament this year, but if this first tournament is anything to go by, it should be an easy choice to swap NetherRealm game for NetherRealm game next year at EVO 2014.
I will tell you one thing though, it's a good job Arturo and Skisonic manage to do a good job commentating these matches, because the game's music and in-game announcer are almost non-existent. Other than that, good job NetherRealm Studios.