With Ultra Street Fighter IV coming out next week, UFGTX and Japonawa acted as the last two events where players could score ranking points via Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition 2012. And what an exciting two events they were! AE 2012 could not have gone out on a higher note.
Tijuana, Mexico was the location where players from Mexico and the U.S. descended upon to try to win CPT ranking points, in addition to all the other sweet prizes up for grabs at Japonawa. Although there were many talented players in attendance, the players to beat were RG|Filipino Champ, SD|Tempest and TL.DSC|Cast. Although it was not surprising that these three players got to top 3, it was surprising that RG|Filipino Champ had to fight back from the losers bracket. In grand fashion however, RG|Filipino Champ was able to come back and win the tournament 3-1 and 3-2, netting him 128 ranking points.
Japonawa Top 16 Results
|5th||TJ Alexis||C. Viper||8|
|7th||WL| Chris King||Vega||4|
|13th||PRK Peque||Fei Long||1|
Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament X, taking place in Chicago, USA, was the second ranking event happening over the same weekend. With this being the last UFGT, as well as the last U.S. major to host AE 2012, around 300 players showed up looking to battle it out. With Ryan Hart, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Justin Wong, Mike Ross, Wolfkrone and other strong players in attendance, it was anyone’s guess as to who would take 1st. After the dust had settled, it was Ryan Hart who took Wolfkrone out 3-1 in winner’s finals and 3-0 in grand finals to not only clinch his second tournament on U.S. soil this year, but also take home another 128 ranking points.
UFGT X Top 16 Results
|4th||CEO|CJ Truth||Fei Long||16|
|9th||Mike Ross||E. Honda||2|
|13th||EG|PR Balrog||Balrog/Evil Ryu||1|
Now that USFIV will be the tournament standard moving forward, it will be interesting to see whether we will start seeing new names at the top or if the current point leaders will maintain their placement.