Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals Results
The Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals, held on November 17th and 19th in Korea, is over and Japan's Mago has taken 1st place! Mago has now earned a qualifying spot to Capcom Cup, which opens up another spot on the Global Ranking Points Leaderboard for a player to qualify. Japan's MOV took 2nd place and Japan's GGP|Kazunoko, last year's Capcom Cup Champion, took 3rd place.
If you missed any of the action, be sure to visit our videos page, where we will have a playlist for matches from Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals!
NOTE: According to the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour Rules, no Ranking Points are awarded for a Regional Final or its associated Last Chance Qualifier.
Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals Results: Top 16
Highlights from Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals
Here are just a few of the many great moments from Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals. Below we will delve a bit deeper and highlight several specific matches which stood out at the event! There were so many great matches and storylines at this event that we will only scratch the surface here, but if you’d like to see more, please visit our Videos page or go to the Capcom Fighters youtube channel!
Capcom’s Top 5 Moments of Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals
RB|Bonchan's Last Chance Falls Short and RZR|Infiltration Falters Early Again
RB|Bonchan, one of Japan's best players, had a slow start in the 2016 season but as time went on you could see him adapt to the game and improve. By the end of the year you could make an argument for Bonchan being the best Nash player in the world. As the season came to a close Bonchan knew he would not have enough Ranking Points to get to Capcom Cup and that winning the CPT Asia Regional Finals, which offered an automatic qualifying spot for 1st place, was his very last chance. You could see the determination on his face each time he faced an opponent and he played very well, but lost to Japan's GGP|Kazunoko early in top 16 2-0. He would get eliminated by Mago in top 8 3-0. We know he will be back next year, stronger than ever.
South Korea's RZR|Infiltration seemed unstoppable at the start of the 2016 season, pretty much picking up where he left off at the end of the Street Fighter 4 era. He won the first 2 Premier Events of the season, took 1st place at EVO, and 2nd place at CEO before largely dropping out of sight from the Pro Tour for months. He came back in October and suddenly he suddenly looks human. His highest CPT placement since EVO was at this event, where he placed 7th. We know he has been tutoring other Korean players and has been working on secondary characters, like Balrog and Rashid. Perhaps he's sandbagging prior to Capcom Cup. We will have to wait and see if he's just been laying low or if his dominant position is seriously challenged.
The highlight match below is between both great players. RB|Bonchan's Nash faces off against RZR|Infiltration's Rashid. Infiltration seems to have Bonchan on his back foot through the first part of the match with absolutely relentless offense, but Bonchan adapts and wins a thrilling match in which Infiltration is eliminated.
DNG|Itazan (Itabashi Zangief) vs HuomouTV|HumanBomb
This was a fun match to watch. HuomouTV|HumanBomb, from Hong Kong, with his Chun-Li faces off against Japan's DNG|Itazan (also known as Itabashi Zangief), who is widely regarded as the best Zangief player in the world right now. HumanBomb went up 2-0 early and it looked to be a quick set, but Itazan clawed back one sick read and spinning piledriver at a time!
YOUDEAL MJS|Haitani vs GGP|Kazunoko
YOUDEAL MJS|Haitani looked to be one of Japan's strongest players in Street Fighter 5 at the start of this season, with an absolutely fearful Necalli. Other players have risen to his level in recent months, but Haitani will be an entertaining player to watch and a fearsome competitor for his opponents at Capcom Cup. GGP|Kazunoko, also from Japan, is the Capcom Cup 2015 champion. This match between the two showcases both players' strengths. Haitani is looking to open you up to do big damage from his combos or Critical Art and Kazunoko has amazing execution and ability to adapt.
MOV: World's Best Chun-Li?
Is Japan's MOV the world's best Chun-Li? That's a difficult question to answer, due to the sheer number of extremely high-level Chun-Li players around the world (there were five Chun-Li players in the top 16 of this event!). You could certainly make a strong case for it looking at his performance this season, with a 5th place finish at EVO and four 1st place finishes at Ranking Events. He is a very patient player, and that is on display here against Mago's Karin. Actually, both players exhibit that quality in this match, playing strong defense and probing for openings. It's a match with a lot of momentum swings which came down to the very last round.
Grand Finals: MOV vs Mago
The Grand Finals was between MOV and Mago. Mago was coming into the Grand Finals from the Losers Bracket, which means that Mago had to win 2 sets to take 1st place. MOV was the player who put him there. They both picked up where they left off, with patient play and defense giving way to big damage when an opening is exposed. Mago seemed to have learned from his loss and adapted, taking a 2-0 lead pretty convincingly against MOV. MOV started to get more aggressive and made a comeback to tie it 2-2, but Mago would take match 3 to win the set and reset the bracket. The second set started much like the first, with Mago taking a hard-fought 2-0 lead. Once again MOV would make a comeback and tie it up 2-2. Mago closed it out with big damage combos and claimed first place! It really was a great Grand Finals and a fitting conclusion to the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour regular season.
Congratulations to Mago, winner of Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals!
Mago would have made it into Capcom Cup 2016 with Ranking Points alone, but this win gave him an automatic qualifying spot. What's possibly more important is that this win, in the very last event of the season, likely gives Mago momentum and increased confidence for when he competes in the finale in early December. Congratulations to Mago. We will see you in Capcom Cup!