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X-News Week #20 (March 5th-11th)

North America

  • The FPA tournament is coming in two weeks and they just announced their 4th Japanese invite, Murasaki Dictator, which means that they are now having two top Japanese players from Osaka (Otochun and Murasaki) and two top players from Tokyo (Mattsun and Yaya). Murasaki video announcement
  • Tournament of Legends III launched their fundraiser campaign so people can get their signed poster, official program or t-shirt, among other things, and at the same time help bringing more resources to cover tournament expenses or Japanese invites.
  • Final Round will take place this weekend and it will be the second qualifier for the Tournament of Legends III. Stream | Bracket
  • Canada East Championships run an ST tournament with JED07, Dogberry, Unessential and JWong making it to the final stage. The stream also contains a FT10 teams exhibition. Stream archive | Brackets
  • The guys of the Game Center in Belmont, CA announced an ST tournament for March 24 and will try to make it on a monthly basis. Registration | Stream
  • L.A. WNF took place on Wednesday with a final between Tomo Ryu and silentscope Cammy. Video
  • A mini-documentary about the Movieland arcade and the ST playerbase in Vancouver, BC was released back in February. The film was made by Zachary KerrHolden.
  • Monday Night Fights @ Arkadeum run their #68 weekly event. The final this week was between x64 and IllegalBracket | Video

Japan

  • The X-Count youtube channel has published several videos including the previously announced Kusumondo Kumite or the Otochun vs Teppei FT10. There are also a couple of FT5 exhibitions between Suzuyan vs Otochun and Lenas vs Tachiou.
  • The Kemonomichi II battle between Kotaka Shoten and Ito DJ took place this past weekend. There was also a “pre show” event the night before with Kurahashi explaining the theory behind the Guile vs DJ matchup. The main event (minute 23) was really hype as most people expected.
  • Another long set found in the old Japanese arcade streams. A 20 minute set from 2016 between Mu Dhalsim and Kusa Honda (his alt char).
  • Special East vs West (more like central area vs West, the Tokyo area didn’t participate this time), Chubu vs Kansai (as in, Nagoya vs Osaka) hosted at Space Shuttle in Nagoya with all the top players from both areas with the exception of Aniken and Otochun. Fujimon DJ and MAO were the team captains. Needless to say, the most hype and most high level matches you will see in months. Many of the matches decided on the very last hit. [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3] [source: MAO’s nico channel]
  • Gamespot Versus weekend 2vs2 tournament (Kanto). A very high level 2vs2 tournament with the strong players in Tokyo.
  • North vs South tournament from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai) by Shogatsu. Otochun and Kusumondo are defending their teams in the final.
  • Gamespot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto) with Kawasim Dhalsim and Kawamata Ryu as team captains who fought the decisive battle at the very end. The French brothers Bazoukha Boxer and Abdel Boxer were present this week. [source: GSV youtube channel]

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