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Kurahashi wins X-MANIA Europe 2!


Kurahashi does a clean sweep of X-Mania Europe 2!

Kurahashi, Solidjin, and Max are your X-MANIA Europe 2 champions, defeating Team Japan – Kusumondo, yaya, and Komoda in the finals.

Name: X-MANIA Solo 3 on 3
Date: May 29, 2012
Location: Toulouse, FRANCE
Entries: 55
Video: Twitch TV
Brackets: Challonge





Name Character


1st
Kurahashi Ryu




Solidjin Claw




Max Cammy

2nd
Kusumondo E. Honda



yaya Sagat



Komoda Blanka

3rd
Damien “Damdai” Dailidenas O. Hawk



Orf Ryu



Wolmar Dhalsim

3rd
Milanea E. Honda



Prof Jones Dictator




Marinstech Boxer


5th
Kaos Flare Guile




TastyC E. Honda




Kareeem Blanka


5th
Kouni Ryu




Mister Pogo Dee Jay




Jul Fei Long

5th
Spinalblood Sagat




Biollo Dhalsim




Xam925 Chun-Li


5th
Ukyo Dee Jay




Wovou Blanka




Jagolewahar Ken

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KING OF SPRING – Round 2 Results!


Congratulations to _yito2k_for winning the KING OF SPRING ROUND 2! He advances to the KING OF SPRING Finals to be held on May 26th.

Round 3 and the FINALS for King of Spring are next Saturday at 7PM PST 10PM EST so sign up and see you there!

Videos are uploading and should be up tomorrow.

Name: KING OF GGPO SPRING – ROUND 2
Date: May 19, 2012
Entries: 16
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge





Name Character


1st
_Yito2k_ Dhalsim

2nd
Kyouya Dictator

3rd
Hyphen-ated Fei Long

4th
Real Decoy Blanka

5th
Sabin Dhalsim

5th
TheFragile Boxer

7th
Jenni Lee Cammy

7th Nepthall O. Hawk

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X-MANIA EUROPE – Kurahashi wins Solo

Name: X-MANIA Europe Solo
Date: May 29, 2012
Location: Toulouse, FRANCE
Entries: 58
Video: Twitch TV
Brackets: Pools�- Top 16





Name Character


1st
Kurahashi Ryu

2nd
Komoda Blanka

3rd
yaya Guile

4th
Orf Ryu

5th
Kusumondo E. Honda

5th
Spinalblood Sagat

7th
Damdai O. Ken

7th
Professor Jones D

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X-Mania Europe – Kurahashi wins Solo 3 on 3.

Name: X-MANIA Solo 3 on 3
Date: May 29, 2012
Location: Toulouse, FRANCE
Entries: 55
Video: Twitch TV
Brackets: Challonge





Name Character


1st
Kurahashi Ryu

2nd
Damien “Damdai” Dailidenas O. Ryu / O. Ken / O. Hawk

3rd
Kusumondo E. Honda

4th
Komoda Blanka / Dee Jay

5th
yaya Guile / Sagat

5th
Milanea E. Honda

7th
Orf Ryu

7th
Professor Jones Dictator

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X-MANIA 2 Europe and European ToL qualifier is this weekend!


X-Mania 2 Europe is this weekend and Maho has posted on SRK that the tournament and stream will begin shortly after at 11AM CEST (France) 2AM PST / 5AM EST.

He also posted an announcement that Kurahashi has showed up as a surprise last minute entry!

Also, the TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS European qualifier will be on Sunday and will be streamed.

Stream link – http://www.twitch.tv/swga_maho

Watch live video from swga_maho on www.twitch.tv

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Japan ST and Gian Recital writeup

Report by kuroppi:

I’m finally over most of my jetlag so I found a little time to write up a summary of my small ST experience. I unfortunately, didn’t have a lot of time to play ST. I only played twice: once at Versus (Tuesday team battle) and at Gian Recital. I had a little writeup here about the Versus Gamespot team battle. This was a fun event to participate in. Everyone is trying to win but it’s a more casual atmoshphere. I met Tonegawa there, who invited me to join his team for Gian Recital. And Nikaiten was a super nice guy. He was happy to post up the ToL flyer I printed up and even laminated it on the spot! I also met Keishin and Nakamura Cammy there.

On to Gian Recital:

I arrived at Mikado a little after 11AM. The pre-tournament started at 1PM and the tournament started at 2PM but I wanted to get there a little early and practice since I had not played ST since Versus, eleven days earlier.

There were some players already there but not too many. As soon as got up to the second floor, I saw a line of ST machines. Versus had six head-to-head ST machines but this was Gian Recital and Mikado went all out with twenty-one head-to-head ST machines! ST heaven! ?

I started seeing a couple of familiar faces from Versus, such as VIPER, Hiroyan, Keishin and a few others. I saw someone playing O. Honda and I recognized that it was Shogatsu. I had chatted with him on Twitter on a couple of occassions in recent months so it was really nice to meet him. XSPR (David Boudreau) showed up not too long after and he introduced me to a bunch of Japanese players, that I hadn’t met yet. The whos who of the Japanese ST world was there: Kurahashi, Komoda, KKY, MAO, Mattsun, Shogatsu, Sasori. Gian, and so on. Even TZW and T.Akiba were there. The room was now filled up big time. I estimated that there were about a hundred players there. The unfortunate thing was that the arcade, while bigger than Versus, was pretty cramped with that many people in there. it was also a pretty warm day and it was definitely hot in there.

Tonegawa, showed up shortly and I met the rest of our teammates: Taro (Blanka), Chouzin (Ken), and Kusa (Chun-Li).

Our first match was against “Shuttle Keikaku” (Yondaime – Sagat / The Superstar – Boxer / Gotou – Ryu / Oreryu – Ryu / ZTT – Zangief)

I went up first against Yondaime. I don’t remember being zoned out like that before by a N. Sagat. It almost felt like I was playing against O. Sagat. In fact, a couple of other N. Sagats players I faced in casuals felt similar. Anyway, the rounds were fairly close but his zoning was too strong and I couldn’t get in to do enough damage. Yondaime went on to take out the rest of our team until Kusa defeated him. But Kusa fell to the next player, who was Ryu. I didn’t catch who it which Ryu player it was but I believe it was Gotou.

We had to wait a while for the next block/bracket. The way they did the second bracket was a bit interesting. Basically, they seeded everyone and provided byes for those who did well in the first bracket. The top 4 in the first bracket received two byes in the new bracket. And since we lost our first match, I knew we would get a tough draw and what a murderous team we drew! (To be honest, before the match, I didn’t look at the program guide to see who our opponents were, but I did see Kurahashi on the other side so I knew we were in trouble!)

Italia5 (AFO – Blanka / Abebin – E.Honda / Keshin – Chun-Li / Sasori – Ryu / Kurahashi – Ryu)

Sasori started off for Italia5 and he took out Taro, Chouzin and Kusa fairly quickly from our team. Because Sasori was using Ryu, they didn’t want me going after he took out our first member. But when it got down to me and Tonegawa, I volunteered to go even though it was Ryu because I didn’t think I should be the anchor for our team.

So, at the time, I didn’t know I was playing against Sasori. That probably would have worked against me, knowing it was him. But with Kurahashi on the other side, this Ryu mowing through our team, I knew we couldn’t win this match but all I could think of was, I have to beat this Ryu because I don’t want to go 0-2 in this tournament and I also didn’t want to let my teammates down, as they were so nice to let me be a part of their team.

MuffinMan said he watched the recorded stream of the tournament the next day but it looks like they removed the archive so I’ was never able to watch back any of my matches, so I can’t really remember a lot of the details.

If I remember correctly, I pulled out a close first round victory by pixels on a trade. The second round didn’t go very well and Sasori won that one fairly convincingly. The third round went back and fourth, like the first round and I was eventually able to back him into the corner and knock him down. Time was starting to run out (I think about 20 seconds or so) and he had a super but very little heath remaining and I had a slight life lead. In the back of my mind, the thought crossed that he might wake up with a reversal super but I know good Ryu players won’t do that unless out of desperation, but Sasori did hit me with some beautiful wake up shoryukens during the match. So I started with a jab to fake a HHS (for chip damage) and took a slight step back and did a jump neutral fierce (steering backwards) right as he got up. I know if he does a wake up SRK (any version), if I’m far back enough I can trade or even hit clean but if I mistime it or I am not far engouh away, he’ll hit me clean. Fortunately, I had spaced it and timed it correctly and I did indeed trade and I pulled off the close victory.

My teammates, were cheering me along the way and Tonegawa was especially pumped.

I had to face Keishin next (again, I didn’t know who it was at the time) but just like my match with Sagat, I once again had trouble getting in on him. and my streak ended at one. He doesn’t seem to get talked about a lot and I think he is a very underestimated player. I watched him a bit during casuals and he is such a great player.

Tonegawa, who was on fire at Versus the week before, seemed to be having a bit of an off day and Keishin took him out fairly easily and we were eliminated.

It was disappointing going out 0-2 but I knew it would be tough. Our team was young (except for me -lol) and we had a very tough draw. But I had a great time experiencing my first Japanese tournament since SBO 2003. And it was great meeting a lot of new players.

I stayed for a while afterwards, talking to a couple of players and playing more casuals and I ran into Azteka (Blanka) who I met in 2003. I was shocked that he remembered me since it’s been so long. I had to leave before the top 8 started but I don’t think any results have been reported yet:

GIAN RECITAL 2012
May 5, 2012
Tokyo, JAPAN
Players: N/A
Video: YouTube

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I’d like to give a giant thanks to XSPR for coming out and introducing me to a number of players and helping out spread the word for ToL. My other giant thanks is to Tonegawa, who was so helpful to me both at Versus and at Gian Recital. I’m sure he is a pretty unknown player here but he has a stong Cammy and is the nicest guy you’ll meet. And it’s great to see a new-school player like him (he’s in his early 20s) have so much passion for ST. My teammate Kusu, who was a super nice guy and I got to talk to a little bit, as well as the rest of my teammates. Nikaiten (another super cool guy) and Mattsun for allowing me to post up ToL flyers at Versus and Mikado.

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KING OF SPRING – ROUND 1 Results!


Congratulations to The Mexicutioner (DNGR S PAPERCUT) for winning the KING OF SPRING ROUND 1! He advances to the KING OF SPRING Finals to be held on May 26th.

Round 2 is next Saturday at 7PM PST 10PM EST so sign up and see you there!

Videos are uploading and should be up tomorrow.

Name: KING OF GGPO SPRING – ROUND 1
Date: May 12, 2012
Entries: 18
Video: YouTube
Brackets: Challonge





Name Character


1st
The Mexicutioner T-Hawk / Chun-Li

2nd
Real Decoy Blanka

3rd
Mad_Zero E. Honda

4th
immortal Claw

5th
Kyouya Dictator

5th
S4V O. Ryu / O. Ken

7th
StiffPeter Dictator / O. Sagat / Guile

7th Unessential Chun-Li

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Northwest Majors ToL Qualifier – June 2nd


Northwest Majors will be the site of the Pacific Northwest TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS qualifier to be held on June 2nd.

If you’re in the area, please go support ToL, ST and NW Majors by checking it out. Here is the official press release:

Northwest Majors 4 update: Games, Sponsors, Venue

Lynnwood, Washington ? April 19th 2012 ?Northwest Majors 4 is set for June 2nd and 3rd 2012 at Highline Community College in the Student Union Building. More then 400 professional and semi-professional fighting game enthusiasts are scheduled to come to Seattle for this event.

As a Road to EVO event, top players at Northwest Majors 4 will garner seeding points toward EVO2012, in Las Vegas on July 6th ? 8th 2012. The game line up for Northwest Majors 4 will be based around the EVO2012 line up of: Street Fighter 4 Arcade Ed 2012, Street Fighter x Tekken, Mortal Kombat 9, King of Fighters XIII, Soul Caliber V, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

In addition to the EVO2012 game line up, Northwest Majors 4 will also feature Tekken 6, BlazBlue and Skullgirls, which will feature a bonus prize pool and a custom Skullgirls/NWM4 fight stick!

Our headline sponsor for this event is NOS Energy Drinks. Northwest Majors 4 will also feature EightArc, Kingston, ACME Bowl, BestBout Gaming and GameClucks.

Northwest Majors is a community run and organized annual event in Seattle, WA. Northwest Majors 4 information can be found at www.NorthwestMajors.com.

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Gian Recital Program

Here’s something neat I thought I’d share: the program guide from Gian Recital.

Even if you can’t read Japanese, you can take a look at all the pre-registered teams and what
characters they used and get a feel for the little extras that are put into Japanese ST tournaments. – Click on each image to see the full size.

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Season’s Beatings: Summer Slam TOL Qualifiers


Congratulations to Riz0ne and Laugh for winning the Season’s Beatings: Summer Slam TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS qualifiers.

Name: Season’s Beatings: Summer Slam TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS Qualifier #1
Date: May 5, 2012
Location: Columbus, OH
Entries: 20
Video: N/A
Brackets: N/A





Name Character


1st
Damien “Damdai” Dailidenas

2nd
Riz0ne

3rd
Brent “Immortal” Werling

4th
Ryan “Laugh” Ahn

Name: Season’s Beatings: Summer Slam TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS Qualifier #2
Date: May 5, 2012
Location: Columbus, OH
Entries: 16
Video: N/A
Brackets: N/A





Name Character


1st
Riz0ne

2nd
Ryan “Laugh” Ahn

3rd
PimpSirRichard

4th
Chris Gamble

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