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X-News Week #29 (May 7th-13th, 2018)

North America

  • Capcom has announced a special series or tournaments with a $7000 minimum prize pool to celebrate SF30th Anniversary. 3 different games in 3 American majors: ST at CEO, Alpha 3 at SoCal Regionals and 3rd Strike at Canada Cup.
  • Toryuken major in Toronto will be the next ToL3 qualifier happening this weekend (May 19-20). Top 8 will be streamed on Toronto Top Tiers secondary channel. Registration and Bracket
  • Combo Braker will be another qualifier happening in two weeks (May 25-27). However, registrations in this case are closed. They recently announced that 111 participants are signed up for ST.
  • Top 8 of Texas Showdown tournament from last week has been officially posted on Youtube, check for video annotations in one of the video comments (not the video description). The ‘pools’ video that was published last week on a separate channel has annotations now as well.
  • Free Play Arcade had their Tuesday Night Fight session that can be seen in their stream archive.
  • The Lost Ark arcade in NC run another Super Turbo Sessions of casuals on the weekend. There were great players attending like Damdai, Rekkaken, Immortal and RoyBiselStream video
  • Pixel Palace Games in Ohio is organizing an ST tournament on May 19 along with many other games. Event | Registration
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #77 weekly event. The final this week was between Rakanishu Blanka and H-Zero Old Sagat. Bracket | Video | Leaderboard

Japan

  • Gamespot Versus continue with their Danisen series. Besides the local people there are some top players visiting from Nagoya. MAO claw, Opemai claw, AFO Blanka, Gian Dhalsim, Nakamu Blanka, Kotaka Shoten Guile, Kawamata Ryu to name a few from the full list, so you can guess what awesome matches you will see between them. Check for video annotations in one of the video comments (not the video description). Video
  • MAO posted 8 more FT5 videos to MAO-db channel played at Space Shuttle (Nagoya) with many players visiting from other areas. The matches are: Gotoh Ryu vs Hide ChunLi, Akko Claw vs Itoh Ryu, Wani!K Honda vs Akko Claw, Futachan Ryu vs Opemai Claw, Akko Claw vs MAO Claw, MAO Claw vs Yomiaidoh Ryu, Danjiri Boxer vs Itoh Ryu, Tsumura Hawk vs Futachan Ryu. Video list
  • A miscommunication with Kakerugo organizers last week made us believe only one of the two setups in the tournament were recorded. We were wrong. Shogatsu posted a video with the footage of the secondary cabinet were most of the losers matches were played. Check for video annotations in one of the video comments (not the video description).
  • Gamespot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto), Shal Boxer and Palestina ChunLi were the team captains. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Belated Gamespot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto) from the previous week with a slight larger number of participants since players were warming up for the Kakerugo tournament. Seo ChunLi and Yakitori Old Hawk were the team captains. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • More FT5s coming from GameSpot Versus (Kanto): Kinakong tarou Claw vs Miya Ken (video), Abebin Honda vs Chosu Ken (video), Tako-sama Zangief vs Yuzuru DJ (video).
  • North vs South tournament from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Kusumondo and Shogatsu were defending their teams in the final in a classic Honda mirror.
  • Playland F1R 2on2 tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. April 28 tournament | May 2 tournament

Europe

  • Europe is having more majors in 2018 than ever before. This coming weekend will be the comeback of the classic Stunfest. According to the schedule 2X will be solo tournament on Saturday and team tournament on Sunday. Expect many big players and great final streams. Registration | Brackets
  • Fist of the Notts Star 2 returns at Nottingham, UK on June 9. There will be several game tournaments in the event. 2X will be played on Superguns. Details | Registration
  • DonYann has uploaded the top 3 of the Coin-Op tournament in Paris from few weeks ago on Youtube. Professor Jones Dictator, Bazoukha Boxer and Touco Zangief are the players in the top 3. Videos

Others

  • STNotW (ST Normal of the Week) by Fudd DJ and hosted on the Free Play Arcade group. The subject this time is Dhalsim’s slide.
  • The channel of Chemical Lovers are constantly uploading videos about fighting game theory and analysis. They recently uploaded a video explaining why ST is still been played to this day and why it could be considered balanced. The video is perfect to show to all those players who say ST is cheap, broken or spammy.
  • An article on Eventhubs gives more details of the training modes included in the 30th Anniversary Collection. Damage diplay, input display, ‘dummy controls’ and stage selection (at least in versus mode) are some of the features mentioned.
  • Retroarch emulator has released a new version with several new features, one of them being “runahead latency reduction”. Tests still have to confirm if that’s really beneficial for playing ST online.
  • Arcadeshock is going to release an in-store exclusive stick as part of their HORI RAP4 Kai Customized series. In this case the stick has a design dedicated to Super Street Fighter II X. However, for those cabinet purists, the stick will have 8 buttons instead of 6 and the button layout will be vewlix instead of sega or noir. The date of the release is still unknown.
  • Third Argentinian weekly online tournament with more and more players each time.

X-News Week #28 (April 30th-May 6th, 2018)

It’s not that common that we have a major in each continent on the same weekend. Exciting times for ST!

North America

  • Texas Showdown was the US major run last weekend with 47 entrants. The qualified players for top 8 were Justin Wong Old Sagat, RagingStormX Chunli, Enforcer Ryu, Atari Guile, Noun (aka Fudd) DJ, Jumpsuit Jesse FeiLong and the two players who had a really disputed final: SilentScope Cammy and Pup (aka CVital) ChunLi. As the winner of this tournament SilentScope is qualified (with Cammy!) for the Tournament of Legends III final that will take place in October. Pools video (annotations coming very soon) | Top 8 stream archive (starts @13.30) | Bracket
  • The recently re-opened Super Arcade in LA has been announced as Tournament of Legends III qualifier. The date will be June 16th. The fundraiser for Tournament of Legends III is getting closer to $1300 in order to unlock the next Japanese invite.
  • Free Play Richardson will be hosting their next ST event on May 15. They usually hold these classic games tournaments on Tuesdays and ST is happening every 6 weeks or so.
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #76 weekly event. For the third time in a row, the final was between x64 and H-ZeroBracket | Video | Leaderboard

Japan

  • Kakerugo major (the 5vs5 formerly known as Gian Recital) was on Saturday with 202 people singed up (according to Mattsun, the biggest turnout ever). It was also the first time to have a team formed by 5 female players. The tournament lasted more than 10 hours but thankfully it’s all annotated in this video for you to follow (note: there were two simultaneous setups and the stream keeps switching between them). Some of the most notable performances were Muteki vs Ito and Fujimon DJ (6:12:30), Muteki vs Opemai Claw (9:38:10), Yuuvega vs MAO (2:40:00), Hakase vs Yondaime‘s team (9:48:30) and the very decisive match between two of the best boxers Tsuji vs Tamashima (10:15:10). Bonus: MAO wearing the #banmao t-shirt (10:18:20). Team list | Video
  • For the last 3 or 4 years there is the tradition of running the character tournament the day before the Kakerugo event. A unique chance to see things like Ryus team versus Boxers team, DeeJays vs Claws, etc. However, this year they changed the rules in order to shorten the length of the tournament a little bit. If a player loses a game then he is out of the tournament even if his team passes. Some of the highlights were VIPER and Yakitori Hawk against 10 Kens (1:18:20), Koemon FeiLong beating 7 Dhalsims in a row (1:56:10), Yuuzuru DJ beating 9 hondas (3:08:20), Hustler Claw beating 9 Guiles (3:25:05) and the very decisive final game between Fujimon DJ and MB Boxer with a comeback that you will have to see twice to believe it (4:07:35). Video
  • X-Count videos are back with their FT10 in Osaka. This time between Takanotsume Zangief and Haruyama Ken (video). As always, they also publish a couple of FT5 (they call them half X-Count): Murasaki Dictator vs Alabama Boxer (video). The other FT5 was between Otochun ChunLi and OldSamir Guile from France who was visiting Osaka at that time (video).
  • A new FT5 found in the recent footage of GameSpot Versus (Kanto): Nikaiten Boxer vs Kusa ChunLi. Video
  • GameSpot Versus Danisen (Kanto) as part of the new Danisen series with some of the usual players including the new blood. Participants: Naoki Boxer, Momio Zangief, Peruo Boxer, Bunchin FeiLong, Shu DeeJay (his alt char) and Kusa ChunLi.
  • Gamespot Versus weekend tournament (Kanto) who are always experimenting with tournament formats. This time they create two big teams, then each player faces one player in the other team (instead of winner stays on). The team with more wins by the end takes it all.
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Nakajima Honda and Seo Dictator.
  • North vs South tournament from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Mori Boxer and Nishio Dictator were defending their teams in the final.
  • Playland F1R 2on2 tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan.

Europe

  • Practically all the big names in Europe where present in the X-Mania Europe V tournament. Ken Bogard was in charge of the commentary. The final of the 3vs3 team tournament was between Kouni Ryu, Zarghatt ChunLi, TMF Zangief and Balcork FeiLong, Zagi ChunLi, Solinvictus DJ. Footage is still not available on youtube but it all can be watched from the twitch archives. Team Top 16 stream archive @38:40 | Team Top 4 stream archive @1:25:35. Warning for headphone viewers: the intro music of the teams might be a little bit loud.
  • There was a solo tournament the day after the 3vs3 event, also in the same X-Mania V venue with 64 entrants. Unfortunately, only the top 8 was streamed and so many big games were missed, specially those involving Shinonii who was one of the Japanese invites. Those who qualified for the top 8 were Wolmar Dhalsim, TMF Zangief, Bazoukha Boxer, Professor Jones Dictator, Nayma Honda, SpinalBlood Sagat and the very final between Zagi ChunLi and Myco Boxer. Myco is one of the youngest players to win an ST major being only 18 years old. Bracket | Stream archive @2:55:09

Others

  • Capcom started, in their official channel, a “retrospective series” that will be talking about the games included in SF30th. They started with SF1 and SF2 series narrated by James Chen. The video talks not only about each version details and improvements but it also highlights the ST competitive scene! Video
  • STNotW (ST Normal of the Week) by Fudd DJ and hosted on the Free Play Arcade group. The subject this time is DJ’s slide.
  • Bob Sagat, known for his animation skills and his amazing Super Turbo videos has created, for fun, an animation of DeeJays Machine Gun Uppercut. Fun to watch.
  • The Japanese blog about ST that we featured a few weeks ago has recently posted his achievement celebration of 100 posts. The amount of work is really remarkable as he posts extended content of matchups and game curiosities almost every day (!!). Unfortunately, only those who are lucky enough to read Japanese will be able to enjoy the content.
  • Fighter101 has also started his version of “Road to 30th Anniversary” initiative with a series of Fightcade streams he is posting on his channel.
  • The community in Argentina has run a second online tournament which is likely to be a weekly event given the good response from the players so far. Bracket

X-News Week #27 (April 23rd-29th, 2018)

North America

  • The fundraiser of Tournament of Legends III is getting better and better and it’s already at $1K. For that same reason, the first Japanese invite to the event has been announced. Mattsun Ken will be at ToL3.
  • A reminder that Texas Showdown is coming up this weekend as part of the Tournament of Legends III qualifier. In their schedule you can check the ST tournament times but they are not so specific about the stream details yet.
  • Top 8 of SCR 2017 has been uploaded to youtube, better late than never. The final was between Tomo and AfroLegends. James Chen on the mic for the second half.
  • WNF @ e-sports Arena in LA is going to be weekly (instead of bi-weekly) until 30th Anniversary is released. Last week WNF is already available on youtube. Unfortunately, a conflict with the other games and timing prevented the top3 to be recorded. Offstream, Tomo beat Millertime in the finals.
  • If WNF wasn’t enough work silentscope and Millertime are also recording the Friday sessions in the recently reopened Super Arcade. The casuals from the first Friday are recorded with an improvised setup and now available on youtube.
  • LordJimmyBones has been streaming ST sessions on his channel several times this week. Check the latest stream archive to access to his videos.
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #75 weekly event. The final this week was between x64 and H-ZeroBracket | Video | Leaderboard
  • Bonus: from South America, the newly created group of ST in Argentina organized a small tournament on Fightcade 1 and they are planning to run another one this coming Sunday but this time on Fightcade 2. Bracket

Japan

  • A reminder that Kakerugo will happen this weekend, the biggest major in Japan (5vs5 format) with 38 teams registered so far (190 players). For some unknown reason, there are several Japanese players that are coming back to this tournament after months or even years of inactivity like Muteki, Sasori, Souzou, Gian, ARG, etc. The bad news is that neither Otochun nor Aniken will make it for the 4th time in a row even though they promised they would in a recent interview. There will also be a special character tournament as a pre-event on Friday. Complete list of teams and brackets.
  • Gamespot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto), Kawamata Ryu and Kawasim Dhalsim were team captains. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Another long set from previous arcade footage that was never properly published: Gucchi Ryu vs MB Boxer from 2015. Video
  • Game Newton Ooyama team tournament (Kanto), East vs West format with plenty of grandmasters visiting the arcade this week. Hide, Gian, Shiki, Yuuvega and Keishin among them.
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. Players usually play one lap with their main and another one with their alt character. This week’s final is between Isaji Cammy and Hide ChunLi.
  • North vs South tournament from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai) by ShogatsuTeppei Guile and Yomiaidou Ryu were defending their teams in the final.
  • Amipara Technoland monthly tournament (Chugoku). The East vs West team tournament format they did after the main tournament we linked last week.
  • Playland F1R 2on2 tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan.

Europe

  • The meet-up at COIN-OP in Paris, organized by Karot Blanka, took place this last weekend with 17 players attending. The final was between Bazoukha (aka Kalel) Boxer and Profesor Jones Dictator. There was also an exhibition team tournament, East vs West style. By the time of this publication the videos are still being processed and uploaded but they will be available on this channel. Team results | Brackets | Videos
  • The video of the PAX 2vs2 tournament of last week in Paris has been uploaded. No annotations nor bracket are available yet.
  • Isimorn and Zarghatt did another ‘delayed commentary’ session in French of both the last GSV in Tokyo and the Kansai vs Chubu in Nagoya from few weeks ago.
  • LaDOSE uploaded the video of the ‘Nuit du Versus Anniversary Edition‘ tournament from February with a final between Zagi ChunLi and Nayma Honda. Bracket
  • On Sunday, Gamespirit hosted the monthly LaDOSE ranking battle. It was streamed on twitch and it will be uploaded to youtube eventually. The final was between Zarghatt ChunLi and Kazel DJ. Bracket
  • The guys from the 2X French Discord group organized a small online tournament played on Fightcade. Bracket
  • A reminder that HFSPlay event will have a 2X tournament this weekend (strangely called X-Mania Europe V), both solo and team formats. Unfortunately, only top8 will be streamed on their channel. List of players | Schedule | Stream channel

Others

  • STNotW (ST Normal of the Week) by Fudd DJ and hosted on the Free Play Arcade group. The subject this time is FeiLong fierce buttons.
  • Millertime has moved all the upcoming tweets about ST videos of the series that we announced last week to the hashtag #sf2vids. They will be a new publication every day until 30th anniversary is released.
  • The Street Fighter ‘The Miniatures Game’ that we mentioned last week has successfully reached +$1.3M of founding which means that they will include the 17 ST characters.

X-News Week #26 (April 16th-22nd, 2018)

North America

  • Northwest Majors joins as a Tournament of Legends 3 qualifier. It takes place June 22-23 in Des Moines, WA.
  • Clutch 18 gaming event had an ST tournament on the weekend that was streamed by NYCFurby. Grand Finals was between Immortal and GhettoOnTheRiseVideo Playlist
  • Millertime announced she will be having ST setups on Friday nights at the recently opened @SuperDojo. Silentscope streamed the casuals that happened last week.
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #74 weekly event. The final this week was between x64 and H-ZeroBracket | Video | Leaderboard

Japan

Europe

  • VSFighting joins as the fourth European Tournament of Legends 3 qualifier and the first UK qualifier. VSFighting takes place July 20-22 in Birmingham, UK.
  • PAX tournament in Paris had very strong players on their 2vs2 tournament. Isimorn recorded most of the matches with his camera and it will be posted soon with annotations.

Others

  • Pof posted a video that shows the maximum distance some charge characters can walk forward when performing their super by delaying the input timing as much as possible. It’s not too much but it can be one or two steps depending on the case, enough to confuse your opponent.
  • Pof also posted another video about a glitch of the game that might not be so known by many. The glitch allows boxer to keep a down charge while on a standing position which lets the character to perform an unexpected headbutt that can be useful in some matches.
  • STNotW (ST Normal of the Week) by Fudd DJ and hosted on the Free Play Arcade group. The subject this time is Dictator’s crouching heavy kick.
  • SF30th Anniversary can be already pre-ordered on Amazon. For the sake of the hype Millertime is writing a series of tweets called Super Turbo Lessons where she points out practical stuff found in videos.
  • Jasco Games created a successful kickstarter project about a street fighter card game. The project is already funded with almost $1M. However, they will only include all 17 characters of ST (they have 15 so far) if the funds get to $1.3M. There are only 10 days left for that to happen. The game won’t be sold at retail and it will be exclusive for this campaign according to them.

X-News Week #25 (April 9th-15th, 2018)

North America

  • The footage from the Spring Series tournament @ Free Play Arcade is now available on youtube. Mirrors of Sagat legends ultracombo and yaya, dictator legends rizOne and Murasaki, and a final between the top US player vs the top Japanese player are just some of the many highlights buried in the more than 20 hours of footage (off-stream and on-stream). Complete Playlist
  • SRK published an article giving more details of the first (ever) online qualifier for ToL3 hosted by Arkadeum on the Monday Night Fightcade sessions.
  • Press Start Gaming Center in Las Vegas is organizing an ST tournament inside the TOFTS event which will also host other tournaments of old games. The tournament will be on April 28.
  • Noho Dojo is hosting another Super Turbo Session at Lost Ark Arcade in North Carolina this Saturday.
  • LordJimmyBones is hosting some more regular Fightcade session on his twitch channel every week. You can see the past ones in his stream archive.
  • IFixMachine will be hosting an event in NYC as launch party for the 30th anniversary collection. There will be both an offline tournament on cabinet as well as an online tournament on console for a ranking battle.
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #73 weekly event. The final this week was between x64 and RealDecoy Blanka. Bracket | Video | Leaderboard

Japan

  • Gamespot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto) with crazy runs from Bunchin FeilLong and specially Yakitori Hawk at the end of the video. He has been taking T. Hawk level to something ridiculous for the last 2-3 years defeating one grandmaster after the other. Sasori Ryu and Nakamu Blanka were team captains. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Gamespot Versus weekend tournament (Kanto) with a ‘standard’ tournament format for once, double bracket for singles. Naoki Boxer and Hide ChunLi made it to the final.
  • Game Newton Ooyama team tournament (Kanto) with 4 teams of 5 players each going at each other in a single bracket format.
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Tomoza Dictator and Nakajima Honda.
  • North vs South tournament from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai) by Shogatsu. Shogatsu Old Honda and Murasaki Dictator are defending their teams in the final.

Europe

  • XSB Europe has now its first American invite confirmed. Psychochronic ChunLi from Canada who will be traveling to Lyon in October for the tournament.

Others

  • James Chen posted on youtube his “Delayed Commentary” session of the Kotaka Shoten vs Ito FT10 from Daigo‘s channel. His comments definitely add even more hype to the match.
  • There is a new youtube channel on the block coming from Japan which is doing a combo video for each character (8 so far). For the Ryu video, for instance, it shows combos for 20 minutes from the 3 hit ones to the 10 and 11 ones. Highly recommended.
  • STNotW (ST Normal of the Week) by Fudd DJ and hosted on the Free Play Arcade group. The subject this time is Boxer’s jumping medium punch

X-News Week #24 (April 2nd-8th, 2018)

Belated news from around the world of last week:

North America

  • Combo Breaker is still relatively far but it’s going to be so big that people are planning way ahead. If you are still considering about going check the details of the event or talk to other players about the ST tournament arrangements. This tournament will also be a qualifier for Tournament of Legends III, remember you can still get goodies of the finals through their campaign.
  • Mike Watson was finally able to open @SuperDojo in Azusa, CA (former Super Arcade). There will be more info posted about WNF or ST events soon.
  • WNF @ e-sports Arena in LA took place on Wednesday (every two weeks) with a final between tomo Ryu and KillerMiller Honda. No brackets available. Stream | Video
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #72 weekly event. The final this week was between x64 and H-ZeroBracket | Video | Leaderboard

Japan

Europe

  • Marcade has made a mini documentary with his experiences filmed on the weekend of the Fightcade Offline Festival tournament of last month. There you can see more in detail the huge amount of cabinets in the event as well as the experiences of the Japanese players who were invited. The video is in Spanish and subtitled in French.
  • Nantarena tournament was run on the weekend at Pays de la Loire. The finals were between InstantAirBifle Dictator and Doudou Guile. Stream (minute 2:30) | Brackets
  • The LaDoseNet posted more details on their site about the two French qualifiers for ToL3, as they call it, En route pour le TOL3. The article is both in French and English. By the way, Gamespirit arcade in Lyon, home of LaDoseNet, has been featured this week in a manga.
  • The First Attack group who are also organizing the 2X tournament in the PAX event in Paris created a discord group in order to help pre-registration. First Attack is also accepting any donation from the community to help them run their many projects.
  • If anyone is around Paris on April 28, DonYann is organizing a meetup at the COIN-OP Table and run a small 2X tournament as well. You can coordinate it with him through the Paris facebook group of 2X.

Others

  • One of the US ST legends and current organizer of NCR, John Choi, was interviewed by BornFree. There are quite a few things about the ST history explained during the interview.
  • Legendary GamePro Magazines are officially archived on the famous project archive.org and freely available to read. In 1994, there was a special ST guide published shortly after the game release. You can find matchup charts, combo guides and strategy sections of what was believed of the game at that time. Legends involved in the write up were: Boss Man Graham (Graham Wolfe), Jay Rasta Fighter (AfroCole), Yoga Master Chris, Char-Li, To-Ryu-Mo, Mike Watson, Jessie Howard, Eddie Ferrier and Steve Warwick.
  • Raging Noob posted a video on youtube showing how some character holds have a random factor (besides player mashing) that determines the speed of the hold.
  • STNotW (ST Normal of the Week) by Fudd DJ and hosted on the Free Play Arcade group. This week is #20 already! The subject this time is T. Hawk’s crouching medium kick

X-News Week #23 (March 26th-April 1st, 2018)

North America

  • NorCal Regionals in Sacramento happened on the weekend and most of the tournament was streamed on the TeamSp00ky channel. Riz0ne Dictator was the player who defeated eltrouble Dhalsim in the final and got the qualifier spot for ToL3. There were so many matches finishing at the last round of the last game. Also with the privilege of having James Chen and Riz0ne on the mic for the most part. Remember that you can get the final signed poster of the Tournament of Legends that will list all the qualified players. Stream (minute 2:14:45) | Bracket
  • The next ToL3 qualifier will be at Texas Showdown in Houston on May 4-6.
  • The Lost Ark arcade in NC run another Super Turbo Sessions of casuals on the weekend. Even if it’s casuals the names of the players were updated on screen. Damdai and Rekkaken were some of the guests attending the event. Stream video
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #71 weekly event. The final this week was between NormanJr911 Old Ken and Rakanishu Blanka. Bracket | Video | Leaderboard

Japan

  • Gamespot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto) with Jenety Old Chun making a very long run for his team and Makiri Ken (a US player living in Japan) placed at the end of the tournament along the other top players. Tomoza Dictator and Suzuka Dhalsim were team captains. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • With the last big East vs West event of few weeks ago, Space Shuttle in Nagoya (Chubu) said good bye to their weekly team tournaments of Friday for now. MAO confirmed it but said he will keep posting FT5 videos on MAO DB from time to time. This week he posted 4 new ones: Edo Chunli vs Hanmokku Blanka, Hanmokku Blanka vs Futachan DJ, Edo ChunLi vs Superstar Boxer, Miyamiya Ryu vs Edo ChunLi.
  • The X-er tournament (2vs2) that happened a few weeks ago in Tokyo has been posted unofficially on youtube with annotations to all the matches. This is a tournament meant for advanced players to have a chance to win a major since other top players that have won a major before are not allowed to participate.
  • Gamespot Versus weekend tournament (Kanto) which was basically Yakitori Old Hawk and then Shiki Boxer against the world. Both of them defeating everyone on their way.
  • Gamespot Versus special tournament (Kanto). A very high level 3vs3 tournament as part of their XV3on3S series. Yakitori Old Hawk does it again and it starts being ridiculous as he has been probably breaking all the records for the last two years which definitely puts him way ahead of other T. Hawks right now.
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Kabuki-kun Boxer and Tomoza Dictator.
  • North vs South tournament from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai) by Shogatsu. Matsu Blanka and Yonesaki Dhalsim are defending their teams in the final.
  • Amipara Technoland special tournament (Kansai). Last week we posted their belated February edition. This week it’s their March edition, again with their East vs West side tournament too.

Europe

  • After the main event at the Fightcade Offline Festival (Spain) there was an exhibition match that has been posted now on youtube. It’s called ‘MAO vs The World’, a series of FT5 against the other top European players (except for TMF).
  • The LaDoseNet group has officially announced two more European qualifiers for Tournament of Legends III. One in Lyon on July run by LaDoseNet and another one on August in Morlaix run by the First Attack group. There is a 300 euros guaranteed price for the qualified players. There is also a new specific Facebook group for the events.
  • The guys from the Player’s Bar in Riom decided to start a ranking battle. This week they had some visitors from Lyon as well. The grand final was between Zarghatt and NaymaBracket

Others

X-News Week #22 (March 19th-25th)

North America

  • The Spring Series tournament was one of the big tournaments of this past weekend with players coming from everywhere in North America and 5 top Japanese players in the tournament too. There are too many hype moments and upsets to list here. The tournament also had the dream final any viewer could wish for. Here are the links to the stream archive. The post will be made again once the videos are up on youtube with annotations. Day 1: Pools + Casuals. Day 2: Casuals (part 123), Top 32 + Losers bracket (part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), Grand finals + award ceremony + Finalist interviews | Bracket: Pools + Top 32
  • The fourth qualifier of Tournament of Legends III will be at NorCal Regionals @ Sacramento this weekend (March 30). The finals will be streamed by TeamSp00ky at noon PST time. Remember that you can still get the final signed poster of the Tournament of Legends.
  • Akihabara Arcade in Colorado announced they will be running a tournament in June with ST as one of the games.
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #70 weekly event. The final this week was between H-Zero Old Sagat and Rakanishu Blanka. Bracket | Video | Leaderboard

Japan

Europe

  • Fightcade Offline Festival was the other big event of the weekend with many European ST players coming from several countries and 2 top Japanese players too. Even though there were issues with the streaming, Chispes was able to record the tournament and Atari re-streamed the top 8 of both solo and team tournaments on Sunday. Isimorn did the commentary but unfortunately it’s not available in the final videos. Those who enjoy seeing MAO losing must know that he had a couple of defeats in this event. Videos with annotations: 3vs3 (Pools + top 8), Solo | Brackets: 3vs3, Solo
  • Fightcade Offline Festival was the third qualifier for Tournament of Legends III. Based on the rules, the spot goes to the highest placing European player, which is Zarghatt ChunLi, now in the latest poster of legends.
  • The last WSO sessions in the UK had access to the 30th anniversary collection and made a 40 minute special showcase of ST (minute 50:18) with guest players like Orf and Kaosflare having a FT5 (minute 1:13:27).
  • Many big associations in Europe are teaming up for a project called The Mix Up that will involve 2X tournaments of some sort. For now there is a teaser on their website and a description “French groups from all over the country are regrouping to build a major as we never did”.
  • An old video of BeatBy44 association who run their second monthly ranking battle in Nantes (France) a couple of weeks ago with a final between MMK and TheDead and with a newcomer player called Fappy who dares to play Hawk and Gief as his mains. Warning: the video is in 16:9 instead of 4:3. Video | Bracket
  • There will be retro event in Paris called Play (by Pax) on April 21 and 22. The group First Attack (the same organizers of X-Mania 5) will be running several tournaments including 2X.

Others

X-News Week #21 (March 12th-18th)

North America

Japan

  • X-er 3, one of the 4 majors in Tokyo, was celebrated this weekend at Big One Arcade. For the first time, a big tournament in Japan was streamed on the youtube platform. The final was Hide Chunli and Suzuka Dhalsim vs Gucchi Ryu and VIPER Hawk. The rough footage can be found their the arcade youtube channel.
  • North vs South tournament from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai) by ShogatsuAo-reppu and Mori are defending their teams in the final.
  • Gamespot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto) with the comeback of some top players like Komoda and Hanashi. Sasori Ryu and Kawasim Dhalsim were team captains. [source: GSV youtube channel]

Europe

Others

  • STNotW (ST Normal of the Week) by Fudd DJ and hosted on the Free Play Arcade group. This week’s subject is Ryu jump light punch.
  • Dreamcast is known for having the best port of the game. If you already own it and couldn’t use your PS3/PS4 stick with it now you can with the new Brook converter.
  • There have been several videos this week about early previews of 30th anniversary. There were many concerns about game speed in all those videos and the lack of training mode. However, James Chen confirmed in a later release of the game at Final Round that the speed seems to run fine and that training mode and versus modes will be included in the final version of the game.

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]

Europe

Others

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