CPT Update 09/10/2018

Street Grand Battle 2018 [EU Ranking Event]

(Video should start at the GFs, 2:46:30)

First off this weekend was the final EU ranking event. Phenom took his 5th (yikes!) ranking event of 2018, making his lead on the EU Leaderboard even more pronounced. This isn’t shocking in the least and congratulations to Phenom for the win. Let’s talk about Machabo. He lost a very close grand finals set after resetting the bracket. This could have easily been his win. He’s only played in two CPT tournaments (that I’m aware of) this year and is already in the Top 50 of the Global Leaderboard. I’d love to see him attend more events towards the end of the year. Lastly, I want to give a shout out to JeonDDing. This man made Top 8 in this tournament and in the Tekken tournament at the same event. That’s just impressive and he's just a joy to watch compete. His reactions kind of remind me of PRBalrog.

Since this was the last ranking event for Europe, the Top 8 for the EU Regional Finals is pretty much set (you can see this below the tournament results). There will be chance for this Top 8 to change based on the results of the Europe Regional Finals Open Tournament because the Top 8 from that will be awarded Ranking Points (if they’re from the EU) and then the Top 8 (and the seeding) for Regional Final will actually be determined. While highly unlikely, anyone (even someone who has 0 points) from the EU can win the Open Tournament and take Akainu’s spot. Akainu more than likely will keep his spot, but he needs to place higher than any of his EU brethren in the Open Tournament to guarantee his spot, unless none of the make Top 8 in the Open Tournament.

Underneath the Top 8 of the leaderboard is a list of competitors that can take Akainu’s spot with a non-1st place finish in the Open Tournament and what place they would need to do that. Of course, this is all predicated on Akainu placing lower than them in the Open Tournament.

Tournament Results

PlacingPlayerRanking PointsEU RankGlobal PointsGlobal Rank

1st

Phenom

642 (+150)

1 (+0)

1052 (+150)

13 (+0)

2nd

Machabo

-

-

230 (+70)

44 (+8)

3rd

Big Bird

40 (+40)

18 (NP)

322 (+40)

35 (+1)

4th

Momi

120 (+20)

9 (+1)

191 (+20)

52 (-1)

5th

Linkexelo

10 (+10)

26 (NP)

10 (+10)

202 (NP)

5th

Will2Pac

10 (+10)

26 (NP)

12 (+10)

191 (+46)

7th

Hurricane

154 (+1)

6 (+0)

286 (+1)

39 (-5)

7th

JeonDDing

-

-

2 (+1)

247 (-2)

Current EU Regional Final Top 8

EU RankPlayerRanking PointsPlacing

1 (+0)

Phenom

642 (+150)

1st at Street Grand Battle 2018

2 (+0)

Luffy

360 (+0)

17th at Street Grand Battle 2018

3 (+0)

Problem X

350 (+0)

3rd at Dreamhack Montreal

4 (+0)

SwagSkheletor

220 (+0)

-

5 (+0)

AngryBird

160 (+10)

9th at Street Grand Battle 2018

6 (+0)

Hurricane

154 (+1)

7th at Street Grand Battle 2018

7 (+0)

RASS

150 (+0)

-

8 (+0)

Akainu

133 (+0)

49th at Dreamhack Montreal

Placement needed at EU Regional Final Open Tournament

EU RankPlayerRanking PointsPlacing Needed

9

Momi

120

4th

10

Shakz

101

3rd

11

Duwactik

90

2nd

12

Broski

81

2nd

13

VegaPatch

71

2nd

14

Cobelcog

70

2nd

14

Infexious

70

2nd

Treta Championship [LATAM Ranking Event]

Keoma? Now, that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. He’s spent the entire year making respectable (but not point earning) positions in LATAM ranking tournaments, but he comes away with 3-0 victory over Brolynho in the Grand Finals. That’s a very strong statement against the perennial Brazilian challenger . He’s barely in the running for the LATAM Regional Final now and he’s sitting at 56 on the Global Leaderboard. He's not quite in Capcom Cup yet, but it’s way more possible than it was before this weekend.

Brolynho, while probably not the result he wanted, got 2nd place at the tournament which pushed in back into the Top 26 of the Global Leaderboard. If he wants to keep that positioning, he’ll need to work harder and maybe travel a little more. Then again, there are still 5 more LATAM Ranking Events left, so he can possibly maintain Top 26 without traveling to premiers.

Tournament Results

PlacingPlayerRanking PointsLATAM RankGlobal PointsGlobal Rank

1st

Keoma

150 (+150)

5 (NP)

150 (+150)

56 (NP)

2nd

Brolynho

410 (+70)

2 (+0)

430 (+70)

26 (+2)

3rd

Shingolex

51 (+40)

16 (+12)

51 (+40)

113 (+72)

4th

Preda

61 (+20)

15 (+1)

61 (+20)

108 (+5)

5th

Stunner

90 (+10)

10 (+0)

90 (+10)

89 (+1)

5th

Destroyer

10 (+10)

30 (NP)

10 (+10)

202 (NP)

7th

Dark

13 (+1)

29 (-2)

13 (+1)

188 (-5)

7th

ChuChu

1 (+1)

39 (NP)

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

Latin America Leaderboard Top 8

LATAM RankPlayerRanking PointsPlacing

1 (+0)

Caba

520 (+0)

-

2 (+0)

Brolynho

410 (+70)

2nd at Treta Championship

3 (+0)

Pikoro

221 (+0)

-

4 (+0)

HKDash

151 (+0)

25th at Treta Championship

5 (+0)

Pauloweb

150 (+0)

17th at Treta Championship

5 (+0)

CrossoverRD

150 (+0)

-

5 (+0)

Maximof

150 (+0)

-

5 (NP)

Keoma

150 (+150)

1st at Treta Championship

Pushed Outside of Top 8

LATAM RankPlayerRanking PointsPlacing

9 (-1)

Doomsnake

110 (+0)

-

Dreamhack Montreal [Premier Event]

Justin Wong’s first premier event win ever. Just sit on that for a bit. Justin and NuckleDu first met in Winner’s Finals. Du shocked everyone by picking Juri, of all characters, to combat Justin’s Menat. That did not go so well for NuckleDu and he was knocked into Loser’s Finals to face 2018 EVO Champion, Problem X. Du had a pretty clear victory of Problem with a 3-1 and made it back to Justin Wong to make an all American (been a long time) Grand Finals. Du first went with Cammy and the gameplan seemed to be to overwhelm Justin with aggression. This strategy went will at first with NuckleDu resetting the bracket in a 3-1 set. In the final set, Justin adjusted and got a 2-1 lead over his opponent. NuckleDu then switched to R. Mika, assumingly to change up his attack but retain the aggression. This strategy paid off and he tied up the set at 2-2. Justin countered by returning to his first main, Karin Kanzuki. Karin has an invincible reversal and a V Reversal that hits instead of teleports (Menat’s V Reversal had been punished a lot by Du’s R. Mika in the last game). In my opinion, these tools were instrumental in Justin Wong taking the final game in the set to win the tournament. You can see that in the first round of the final game, Justin winning that round with Karin's EX reversal during a scramble. I set the video to start at the end of this round if you wanted see that.

Mago got 5th at Dreamhack and got himself back in the Top 26 of the Global Leaderboard. CJ Truth made 7th place after getting 2nd to Caba at First Attack last weekend. While still lacking points, I hope he keeps making it out to events. Punk is starting to look like his old self. I hope he continues to not enter other games and focus on SFV. He does really well when he’s focused on the one game. Nephew and Smug have both been doing some work with G this weekend and last as well. It was nice to see such a strong showing from the American FGC this weekend (yes, I’m biased). A final shoutout to Chi-Rithy, the sole Canadian in Top 16 who took out Oil King, the winner of last weekend’s premier event, to get there.

Tournament Results

PlacingPlayerGlobal PointsGlobal Rank

1st

Justin Wong

1501 (+700)

8 (+8)

2nd

NuckleDu

1080 (+270)

12 (+3)

3rd

Problem X

2661 (+200)

2 (+1)

4th

Bonchan

782 (+160)

18 (+1)

5th

Xiao Hai

720 (+130)

20 (+0)

5th

Mago

452 (+130)

24 (+9)

7th

Momochi

761 (+100)

19 (-1)

7th

CJ Truth

292 (+100)

37 (+12)

9th

Haitani

582 (+70)

21 (+1)

9th

Punk

353 (+70)

32 (+3)

9th

Nephew

280 (+70)

40 (+5)

9th

Moke

215 (+70)

48 (+10)

13th

GamerBee

321 (+40)

36 (+1)

13th

Smug

290 (+40)

38 (+0)

13th

John Takeuchi

266 (+40)

41 (+0)

13th

Chi-Rithy

41 (+40)

116 (+129)

17th

Oil King

1530 (+20)

7 (+0)

17th

Chris T

412 (+20)

27 (-2)

17th

Itabashi Zangief

373 (+20)

29 (+1)

17th

Shine

150 (+20)

56 (+10)

17th

Kreymore

30 (+20)

141 (+54)

17th

Sabour

30 (+20)

141 (+54)

17th

NYChrisG

24 (+20)

148 (+88)

17th

Snafoo

20 (+20)

156 (NP)

25th

Humanbomb

152 (+10)

54 (+5)

25th

Ricki Ortiz

152 (+10)

62 (+3)

25th

Snake Eyez

81 (+10)

92 (+1)

25th

Brian_F

80 (+10)

93 (+6)

25th

Lexx

10 (+10)

202 (NP)

25th

L.E.S.

10 (+10)

202 (NP)

25th

Rameo

10 (+10)

202 (NP)

25th

BootsyVK

10 (+10)

202 (NP)

33rd

Shakz

233 (+1)

42 (-2)

33rd

K-Brad

142 (+1)

62 (-2)

33rd

Alex Myers

125 (+1)

70 (-1)

33rd

VastEnd

2 (+1)

247 (-2)

33rd

Rinnegan_666

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Brutus

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Anti

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Chunat1on

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Kami

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

FuzzyAfro

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Rami

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Flipside

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Will-played

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Dren

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Bkalid

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

33rd

Davocado

1 (+1)

256 (NP)

Global Leaderboard Top 26 (+Auto-Qualifiers)

Auto-QualifierGlobal RankPlayerGlobal PointsPlacing

-

1 (+0)

Fujimura

2681 (+0)

-

-

2 (+1)

Problem X

2661 (+200)

3rd at Dreamhack Montreal

-

3 (-1)

Tokido

2491 (+0)

-

-

4 (+0)

Fuudo

1830 (+0)

-

-

5 (+0)

NL

1671 (+0)

-

-

6 (+0)

Infiltration

1600 (+0)

-

-

7 (+0)

Oil King

1530 (+20)

17th at Dreamhack Montreal

-

8 (+8)

Justin Wong

1501 (+700)

1st at Dreamhack Montreal

-

9 (-1)

Sako

1441 (+0)

-

-

10 (-1)

Daigo

1422 (+0)

-

-

11 (-1)

Caba

1171 (+0)

-

-

12 (+3)

NuckleDu

1080 (+270)

2nd at Dreamhack Montreal

-

13 (+0)

Phenom

1052 (+150)

1st at Street Grand Battle 2018

-

14 (-3)

Xian

1042 (+0)

-

-

15 (-3)

Gachikun

963 (+0)

-

-

16 (-2)

Verloren

820 (+0)

-

-

17 (+0)

Luffy

791 (+0)

17th at Street Grand Battle 2018

-

18 (+1)

Bonchan

782 (+160)

4th at Dreamhack Montreal

-

19 (-1)

Momochi

761 (+100)

7th at Dreamhack Montreal

-

20 (+0)

Xiao Hai

720 (+130)

5th at Dreamhack Montreal

-

21 (+1)

Haitani

582 (+70)

9th at Dreamhack Montreal

2017 Capcom Cup Champion

22 (-1)

MenaRD

532 (+0)

-

-

23 (+0)

Nemo

510 (+0)

-

-

24 (+9)

Mago

452 (+130)

5th at Dreamhack Montreal

-

25 (-1)

Dogura

431 (+0)

-

-

26 (+2)

Brolynho

430 (+70)

2nd at Treta Championship

-

27 (-2)

Chris T

412 (+20)

17th at Dreamhack Montreal

Knocked out of Top 26

Global RankPlayerGlobal PointsPlacing

28 (-2)

IamChuan

380 (+0)

-

30 (-3)

Akainu

363 (+0)

49th at Dreamhack Montreal

I’m so excited there is only one damn tournament next weekend. I love watching Street Fighter, but even I was starting to feel fatigued over the last month or so. Anyways, SoCal Regionals is always a stacked tournament and I can’t wait to see what happens. I’m sure there are more than a few people who noticed that a lot of strong players were missing from Dreamhack Montreal. Half of the Top 26 didn’t attend the premier event this weekend. I can only assume, maybe hope, that this is because they’re resting up for SoCal Regionals.

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