Jan 252013


EVO 2013 is going to be held July 12-14th at the Paris Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. This time around, they’re expanding the total games to eight, leaving the last one up to the fans through the means of donation.

This year, EVO is going to be adding a different twist as to what will determine the 8th game in the lineup. Fans are participating in a donation drive, with all funds going towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


Here’s a recently updated list on the current top 5 games and their donations:

1. $14,268 Super Smash Bros. Melee

2. $6,650 Skullgirls

3. $5,235 MLP, Fighting is Magic

4. $1,581 Dead or Alive 5

5. $1,210 Guilty Gear XX, Accent Core Plus


Super Smash Bros. Melee was actually behind during the earlier weeks, but thanks to an online matching fund campaign by Melee player Scar, he was able to boost it up to 1st place with many generous donators from the Melee community.

Road to EVO 2013 is a seeding tournament which will be held in the United States. It will be awarding the top 16 players of each event an EVO 2013 seed for the main Bracket Stage. Previously, the seeding was a lot more of a grind due to the lack of events and players were forced to travel far to attend.

The four seeding tournaments for Road to EVO 2013 will be: Socal Regionals, Norcal regionals, UFGT 2013 (Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament in Chicago) and CEO 2013 (Community Effort Orlando).

Not only did they increase the seeding events in the United States, but they’ve also added numerous tournaments around the world, from countries such as Brazil and Chile to China and Singapore. Each international tournament will be awarding the top 3 players of each respective official game, a seed to participate in EVO 2013′s brackets.


Decided games for EVO 2013′s lineup

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Mortal Kombat 9

Street Fighter X Tekken 2013

King of Fighters XIII

Persona 4 Arena


The main attraction being Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will definitely show more hype than ever, with plenty of more competition. Expect to see a lot of new faces from the new seeding tournaments!

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is still going stronger than ever, being the second most anticipated game of the event. Street Fighter X Tekken 2013 will also have another go, with its recently updated balances, making it more appealing to fighters everywhere.

Mortal Kombat 9 and King of Fighters XIII will also be making a return, thanks to its many dedicated fans. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Persona 4 Arena will be appearing for the first time this year. The Tekken Tag series will always be a fan favorite, while P4A’s flashy and fast paced style will definitely attract a crowd.


Here’s a list of the international events and links to their websites for those of you overseas that are interested in participating:


January 26th – 27th Revox 2013 Sao Paulo, Brasil 

January 26th – 27th VGM TEC 2013 Antofagasta, Chile

February 22th – 24th OzHadou Nationals 11 Sydney, Austrailia 

February 23rd – 24th Indonesia Fighting Game Championship 2013 Jakarta, Indonesia

February 23rd – 24th Bolivian Battleground La Paz City, Bolivia 

March 30th – 31st Hypespotting 2013 Glasgow, United Kingdom 

April 19th Kuwait Battle Royale: Spring Edition Kuwait

April 13th – 14th AFRICA FIGHTERS 2013 Salé, Morocco

May 4th – 5th TORYUKEN II Toronto, Canada

May 25th Japonawa 2013 Tijuana, Mexico

May 25th – 26th AEX Dream Fight 2013 Milan, Italy

June 1st EVO2013之路 中国站  Shang Hai, China 

June 21st - 23rd South East Asia Major 2013 Lucky Chinatown, Singapore

The donation drive ends on the 29th, so you fans still have time to donate for your favorite games. Remember, it’s also going for a good cause!


List of participating games and their donation links:

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

SFIII Third Strike, Online Edition

Virtua Fighter 5


Melty Blood Actress Again Current

MLP: Fighting is Magic

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

Dead or Alive 5

Capcom vs. SNK 2



Street Fighter II Super Turbo


Soul Calibur V

Darkstalkers 3

Jan 122013


After a very eventful 2012 year, which finished with Capcom’s 25th Anniversary Tournament, I was fortunate enough to have a quick online Q&A session recently, with arguably the greatest fighting game expert of all time, Daigo Umehara, a.k.a. “The Beast”. The interview was originally in Japanese, and translated by yours truly.

SATO: Hello Mr. Umehara, I’d like to start out by saying Happy New Year, and thank you for joining us on such a short notice.

DAIGO: Hello, and thank you for having me.


You’ve been promoting Gunslinger Stratos during most of last year, and I’ve read in the recent SRK interview that you’re still playing it. It’s quite a different genre from your regular fighters, what makes it special to you?

I’ve always been known for fighting games, but I’m still a gamer at heart. I think what goes beyond the genre is the competitive level. I’ve always considered myself a competitive person and I always welcome new challenges. Gunslinger Stratos has a very competitive fan base, which keeps me coming for more.


Ah, that’s right. You’ve also played Samurai Showdown and Guilty Gear back in the day. Has that helped you become a better Street Fighter player over the years?

Those titles bring back memories! To answer your question, yes, I believe so. As a competitive player, I always try my best to learn from everything. Whether it’s an online shooting game or a fighter, I believe there’s always something we can learn from, to become better as a player. Even if a game is just fun, it stays just as that. I only find true values in things I can learn from to become a better player.


Considering that you’re Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, I’m sure you get this a lot, But, how do you respond whenever someone asks you to teach them to become a better player?

I simply tell them “feel free to watch me play”. I believe there’s only so much I can do by giving people tips and advice. There’s a lot more that goes on, that can’t really be explained by words, and it’s much better to just watch and observe. Understanding the game for yourself is much more valuable to becoming a better player, than just learning a trick or two. I believe that games are best learned visually first, then followed with your own understanding. Once you understand how things work, the rest will unfold itself for you.

To put it simply, rather than just observing what makes a player successful, try to also understand why it worked for them.


On a slightly unrelated note, did you challenge the world of Mahjong with a similar mindset during your hiatus, a few years ago?

Yes and no, Mahjong is obviously quite different compared to a video game. There aren’t as many things to learn visually, but it is all a battle of wits instead. There’s a saying that only 10% of people in a competitive world are true winners.

This goes back to what I said earlier, but these winners can give you all the tips in the world on how to win, but it will only be as useful as an advice. I believe that players should master the basics, then find their own ways of winning and what works best for them. We’re all different as people and what may work for one person, might not work for another.


The fighting game genre can be a bit tough to jump into, due to the high level of competitiveness, which can crush a player’s hopes of ever being pro or even on the same level. Do you have any advice for newer players and those who’d like to take their game to the next level?

The most important thing I can say about that, is to never give up. Having the patience and knowing how to lose is the key. There will always more challenges out there, not even the best players in the world goes undefeated forever. Don’t take a loss as a motivational drop, but consider it a lesson learned. For every loss, there’s always something we can learn from it. Try asking yourself why you lost and think of ways you can prevent that in the future, by working on your own weakness, you’ll become a better player. It may be a very slow progress, which won’t be noticeable right away, but it’ll definitely make you a better player.


So it’s similar to a work out, in a way, slow progress is still progress!

Exactly, it requires the right determination for anyone to better themselves. This can apply to anything, not just gaming.


You’ve been a world champion on many occasions already and have been competitively gaming for over 15 years now. How do you keep up with the game, year after year?

I believe it has a lot to do with my mindset of always wanting to become better. Like I said, knowing how to lose is very important. Winning feels nice, but I believe that players can go soft after winning several times. That’s why I try my best to continue training after a win. The more you win, the harder it is to continue winning, because people will try that much harder to beat you.

The competitive level is always growing and players have to do their own part at keeping up. Learning fromm others also helps a lot, whether it’s by watching or playing against them.


Many people from around the world watch your fights and try to emulate your style. Were there any particular players from back in the day who you learned from?

There are just too many to name, people come and go from the scene. However, I wouldn’t say that I learned from just watching one person in particular. I believe there are so many players we can learn from and people should do just that.

Again, what works for one person might not always work for you, so simply trying to emulate their play style, won’t get you too far.


When you observe a player, what goes through your mind?

I study the better player’s success. For example, if a someone shows great results at a tournament, I would compare him to the other players around. I watch and try to understand exactly did he do differently from everyone else to finish with the better result. Over time, it becomes a natural process and you will easily be able to spot it out. From there you can apply it to yourself and also learn how to fight against it.


I think we can all learn from that! Before we run out of time, I’d like to say best of luck for what’s ahead. The arcade promotions with funds going to charity for the disabled, NPO Borderless, is a very noble cause.

Arcades have been great to me for most of my life; I’m simply returning the favor as a way to help out the arcades in today’s gaming world and also the community, which has also been great to me. I’d like for us all to work together to make things better for everyone around us.


Sounds great! Keep up the good work, it’s been an honor having you.

Likewise, and thank you too.


Street Fighter – Justin vs Daigo

The entire fight from EVO 2004 between Justin (Chun-li) and Daigo (Ken). This match has over 3.5 million views on YouTube and is one of the most famous gaming matches of all time.


For more information about Daigo Umehara visit

Nov 162012

TOPANGA, known for their Japanese Street Fighter IV tournaments, recently announced their new UMvC3 branch tournament, featuring 8 of Japan’s top players.

The tournament will feature 8 of the best players from the Kantou region (mainland Japan) and it will be an offline, single-elimination tournament. The game format will be just like the SFIV: AE tournaments in a first-to-10 fashion and will go on for 7 weeks. The prize money of 50,000 yen (roughly $616) will all go to the tournament winner. What makes this tournament significant is the proof of the recent rise and popularity of the Marvel vs Capcom series, which has always been much more dominant in the West.


Featured players










The first match-ups have already been decided during a live drawing via Twitch TV stream. Here’s a preview:

OGTY vs Tokido

Abegen vs VX

Uda vs Nemo

Frieda vs Jeo


The man known as, “Kubo”, helped gather attention to the scene in Japan, with his excellent skills and entertaining personality. His popularity led to having tournaments named after him such as the KUBODSGARDEN (KVO x GODSGARDEN), a play on the popular GODSGARDEN SFIV: AE tournament, and he also helped behind the scenes of the KVO tournaments. In the KUBODSGARDEN tournament, we saw Rei-chan win 1st place and the prize of a ticket to EVO 2012.

Unfortunately, Kubo has left the scene to concentrate his career on Persona 4: Arena and Under Night: In-Birth. It was previously expected for the scene to drop in Japan, after a big name such as Kubo left the scene, but it did the complete opposite as the fans are even more enthusiastic to take his throne as Japan’s best.

Up until now, those two tournaments held in Osaka were the biggest UMvC3 tournaments in Japan. For the first time ever, the TOPANGA UMvC3 tournament will be held in Tokyo. Some of us may be familiar with players such as Frieda and Nemo, who will also be participating, not to mention one of the Three Gods of Fighters in Japan, Tokido a.k.a. The Murder Face.

The Japanese level of UMvC3 hasn’t been up to par with the West, mainly due to the lack of interest, but after seeing several more players from their side participating in this year’s EVO 2012 and more, we may be seeing a wave of Japanese players in the scene. Be sure to keep an eye out on this tournament, as it may feature one next year’s EVO 2013 top players!

They will be streaming the event on TOPANGA TV at Twitch TV starting next week at 21:00 JST (09:00 EST) :
Source: Topanga

Sep 272012

The 2nd TOPANGA League A Round 12 is going to be the last round to determine who will finish on top of the league for the crown. Currently, Fuudo is on top with a 3-0 record and an amazing +20 GD but Umehara is right behind in 2nd place, also with a 3-0 record and a +9 GD. Who will win the grand prize?


Round 12 match ups

1. Fuudo (Fei Long) vs. Bon-chan (Sagat)

2. Umehara (Ryu) vs. Sako (Ibuki)

3. Bon-chan (Sagat) vs. Uryo (Sakura)

4. Kazunoko (Yun) vs. Sako (Ibuki)

5. Umehara (Ryu) vs. Fuudo (Fei Long)

The first match of the final round was between the leading Fuudo (Fei Long) against Bon-chan (Sagat). The game started out with much intensity as Fuudo won the first game, albeit a very close one. Bon showed that he has what it takes to keep up with the best as he took the next game by a 2-0 score. The next game was won by Fuudo, 2-0, but he struggled to get that 2nd round win due to Bon-chan’s persistent Sagat attacks. In the following game, Bon had another chance to win but had a crucial FADC Ultra miss in the 2nd round, which could’ve won him the game but eventually lost in a close third round. Things continued looking pretty even between the two as Bon took the next game with a nice EX DP that beat Fuudo’s chip attempt. Fuudo won the next two games by 2-0 scores after taking advantage of a couple Bon-chan misses and landing the punish. The score was now 6-2 in favor of Fuudo. The two traded wins for the next 4 games, making it 8-4 in Fuudo’s favor. Bon was still motivated to win as he won his 5th game but Fuudo finished off the series by taking the next two, in some more close games. The final score was 10-5 for Fuudo.

Match 2 featured Umehara (Ryu) against Sako (Ibuki). Daigo started with the advantage but Sako managed to take three wins in a row in very close games. Sako also managed to get a perfect on Umehara in the 1st round of his third win to help him gain the 3-1 lead. Daigo followed up by going ‘Beast Mode’ and won the next 4 games, all 2-1 and were pretty close ones which included some big comebacks from both players and a FADC Metsu finish in the fourth win to make the score 5-3 for Umehara. Sako won the next game to close the gap but Daigo won the following with a Super Hadouken finish. Sako won two games after, including a rare feat of getting a perfect against Daigo, to tie the score at 6-6. Daigo won the next two games in which Sako missed an Ultra punish in the first game and Daigo finished the second one with a nice FADC Metsu. Sako kept the momentum shifting after winning the following two games and thus tying it once again at 8-8. Umehara won the next game to be just a game short of taking the series, but Sako also won his 9th game to send it to deuce. The first deuce game was very intense and as close as it gets, with Daigo barely losing it in the 3rd round. Sako then won the next won to take the two game lead in the deuce and won the series by an 11-9 score.

The 3rd match up between Bon-chan (Sagat) and Uryo (Sakura) was the most lopsided of the round, stage and perhaps the entire 2nd TOPANGA League A tournament. Bon-chan started with the advantage and followed by winning four 2-0 games in a row. Uryo managed to take a round in the following game but lost it 1-2 and proceeded to lose the next three by 0-2 scores. He won his next and only round after in his 10th lost by a 1-2 score. Bon-chan played with an incredibly aggressive style, but it always seemed like he was two or three steps ahead, as everything went his way. It was such an incredible display of skill and reading, that it almost seemed as if it was all staged. Bon-chan wouldn’t end up in the top 3 of the round, regardless of the +10 GD performance, but he definitely finished the tournament in the best note possible.

Match 4 was between Kazunoko (Yun) and Sako (Ibuki). This match up was also another very lopsided one in favor of Kazunoko, although most of the matches were a lot closer compared to the Bon-Uryo series. Kazunoko took the first two games by 2-1 scores, the two games were pretty close for the most part with Kazunoko being the better finisher. He then completely dominated hfor his 3rd win by a 2-0 score then had a little more trouble winning the next three games (All by 2-1 scores). It’s not that Sako was playing terribly but things weren’t going his way and Kazunoko really limited him to what he could and couldn’t do. Kazunoko kept the streak going by winning the next two games by a 2-0 and a 2-1 score. Just as he was about to follow Bon-chan to a perfect sweep, Sako won his first game to make it 9-1 after both players were down to almost no lives in the 3rd round. Sako fought back and got his 2nd win of the series but it was too late as Kazunoko got his 10th which included a perfect in his 2-0 win. Kazunoko took the series by a 10-2 score.

The fifth and last match up was between the top 2 in Umehara (Ryu) and Fuudo (Fei Long). Umehara started with the advantage win and took the first game by a 2-0 score after a Shinkuu Hadouken finish, Fuudo also missed a couple DPs to give Daigo the upper hand. Fuudo took the next two games after returning the favor and taking advantage of a few Daigo misses to make things even at 2-2. In the next match, it looked liek it’d be all Daigo but Fuudo won the first round with no life. Daigo went on to win the next two rounds to have the 3-2 lead in the series. Umehara took the following game after a very nice comeback in the 2nd round to win it 2-0. Fuudo started to look more comfortable as he won the next two games against The Beast by 2-0 scores to tie things at 4-4. Daigo won the next game after a close last round to win it 2-1 and had the 5-4, but this was the turning point of the series as Fuudo would turn on his switch. Fuudo amazingly won the next 6 games in a row, against Daigo Umehara, a feat we rarely see happen against the God of 2D fighters. Although there were several close moments, Fuudo was definitely the better player in the second half of the match up as he finished with a final score of 10-5. Fuudo took the crown of the 2nd TOPANGA League A’s first place!

Final Standings

Fuudo: 5 – 0 (+30GD)

Umehara : 3 – 2 (+2GD)

Sako: 3 – 2 (-8GD)

Bon-chan: 2 – 3 (+1GD)

Kazunoko: 2 – 3 (+1GD)

Uryo: 0 – 5 (-26GD)


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2nd TOPANGA League A: Round 11 Recap

 Posted by on September 25, 2012  No Responses »
Sep 252012

Now that the 2nd TOPANGA League A is at the midway point of the Third Stage, things are definitely picking up as Japan’s top Street Fighter IV players compete for the title.


Round 11 match ups

1. Umehara (Ryu) vs. Uryo (Sakura)

2. Kazunoko (Yun) vs. Bon-chan (Sagat)

3. Uryo (Sakura) vs. Sako (Ibuki)

4. Kazunoko (Yun) vs. Fuudo (Fei Long)

5. Umehara (Ryu) vs. Bon-chan (Sagat)

The first match up of the day was between Daigo (Ryu) against the Sakura specialist, Uryo (Sakura). Umehara started out with the advantage but lost the first match against Uryo, after a rare input mistake by Daigo in the first round. The following two games were close 2-1 games in favor of Daigo, where we saw Uryo playing a bit too risky and falling for several Daigo shoryukens. Umehara finished the last round of his 2nd win with an impressive FADS HK to throw Uryo off his game. Uryo followed up by taking advantage of a few Daigo misses as well, while winning three games in a row against The Beast, to make the score 4-3 in his favor. Daigo then won another two close games, in which we noticed that he has adjusted his game as he became more comfortable facing Uryo’s EX DP. Uryo took the next game with little trouble but Daigo would go on to win the next 5 out of 6 to finish the series at a 10-6 score for the win.

In the next game, we saw Bon-chan (Sagat) up against Kazunoko (Yun). Kazunoko had the early momentum as he defeated Bon-chan in two 2-0 games to have the 3-0 lead (Including the advantage.) Kazunoko would fight back and win two close games, including one that could’ve gone either way for his second win, where he performed a clutch grab move to finish. The two would trade off a series of three wins, although Kazunoko’s wins were closer games compared to Bon-chan’s, the score was 6-5 in favor of Kazunoko. Things got pretty intense as the two traded wins and losses for the next four games as the score got closer to 10 for kazunoko at 8-7. Bon-chan managed to tie it in the next game with an impressive reaction You Hou. Kazunoko easily won his 9th game but lost the series closer after an unfortunate hit-confirm miss. For the first time of the Third Stage, the series was in a deuce. Bon-chan started where he left off and won the first deuce game by a 2-0 score but was a little careless in the first game when he gave away a random DP to make it 1-1 in the deuce. This wouldn’t be an issue in the end, as Bon-chan won the next two to win the series by a 12-10 score.

Game 3 was between old friends and rivals in Sako (Ibuki) and Uryo (Sakura). The two players are very evenly matched in terms of skill, as they exchanged wins for the first 7 games with Sako on top at 4-3. In his 4th win, Sako amazed with his various Ibuki combos but the rounds were still very close as Uryo won the 2nd round with virtually no life remaining. Sako would be the first to break the pattern after winning the next game which also included a perfect against Uryo in the last round of the 2-1 win. The break in pattern would not change much of the flow of the series, as the two traded wins once again for the next 4 games, which were mostly close ones. Sako once again broke the pattern and won another game to make the score 8-5, in favor of Sako. Just as it started to look like Sako would take the series, Uryo won the next three games to tie it up at 8-8. Uryo came close to getting his 9th win in the following game as he won the first round but then lost the next two after several random DPs which lost him the edge. He made it up for it as he won the next game to send the series to a deuce. Uryo started the deuce with a bang after getting a perfect in the first round and taking the game. Sako would take advantage of Uryo’s random DP to take the next and almost took the following game but barely lost in round 3. Uryo’s aggressive play and random DPs would haunt him as he would lose the next to tie the deuce at 2-2. Uryo would go on to win the next game but followed by three defeats in a row to lose the deuce and series by a 14-12 score.

The 4th game was between Kazunoko (Yun) against Fuudo (Fei Long), which would end up being the most lopsided series of the round. Kazunoko started on the 2P side and also with the advantage lead but Fuudo was clearly the better player of the series as he impressed and won an amazing seven games in a row! Most of the games were rather straight forward with Fuudo being a step ahead of Kazunoko and anticipated most of his moves. Kazunoko would finally get his first played win to make it 7-2 but it was too late as Fuudo would go on to win the next three games, all by 2-0 scores to finish the series at 10-2. Fuudo’s quick reactions was a great factor in negating many Kazunoko attacks.

The 5th and final game of the round was between Daigo Umehara (Ryu) and Bon-chan (Sagat). The first game was a close one, where we saw Bon-chan barely win with just a few pixels of health in the 2nd round but Daigo would go on to take the last round and first win. Bon-chan fought back in the next game and won it by a 2-0 score when Daigo missed on a chance to win by chip damage in the last round. The next game was another really close game in the last round, where we almost saw a huge Bon-chan come back but he couldn’t finish the remaining pixels left on Daigo’s life bar. Daigo was up by 3-1 in the serie sand would extend it after winning the next 3 of 4 very close games, as the score was then 6-2 in favor of Umehara. Bon-chan would show some life in the next few games and won 4 of 5 to close the gap at 7-6 in favor of Daigo. The next 3 or 4 games (which featured many close moments) would go to Daigo to complete his 10 points to win it at a 10-7 score.


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2nd TOPANGA League A: Round 10 Recap

 Posted by on September 22, 2012  No Responses »
Sep 222012

The 2nd TOPANGA League A has finally entered its Third Stage, featuring many of the high end players from Japan in this final stage of the tournament. The six players competing are: Daigo Umehara, Fuudo, Kazunoko, Bon-chan, Sako and Uryo. The six will fight several best-of-ten matches against each other and the player ranking top by the end will take home the grand prize.


Round 10 match ups

1. Umehara (Ryu) vs. Kazunoko (Yun)

2. Fuudo (Fei Long) vs. Uryo (Sakura)

3. Sako (Ibuki) vs. Bon-chan (Sagat)

4. Uryo (Sakura) vs. Kazunoko (Yun)

5. Fuudo (Fei Long) vs. Sako (Ibuki)

The first match of the day was between the well known, Daigo Umehara (Ryu), against Kazunoko (Yun). Daigo started with the advantage win but followed up with a nice FADC Metsu to capture the next win. He almost got a perfect in the first round of the third match but Kazunoko fought back and eventually took the 3rd round for his first win. Daigo got his two match lead back with yet another FADC Metcu finish but Kazunoko played well with a nice Ultra and a close game to win two more to tie the series. Although Daigo won the next match that included a pixel winner, Kazunoko stepped up his game and won three in a row against ‘The Beast’. At this point, Kazunoko had a 6-4 lead against Daigo, but they don’t call him ‘The Beast’ for nothing, as he won 4 in a row, including another two connected FADC Metsu! With the 8-6 advantage for Daigo, the two followed up by trading games and Daigo eventually won with a 10-8 score.

The following game was between EVO 2011 champion, Fuudo (Fei Long) against the rising Uryo (Sakura). Fuudo played this series with a defensive approach, which threw off the combo heavy Uryo. In the first game played, the two were really close but Uryo’s random DP cost him as Fuudo won the 2nd round and followed up with the 3rd. Uryo managed to grab a pair of wins to tie things up but Fuudo and his Fei Long pressed hard, as he won the next four games to make the count 6-2. Uryo wasn’t going to give up easily as he won the next round with no life and took the game along with the next one to make it 6-4. Although Uryo was starting to catch up, he would only win one more fight against Fuudo, who ended up winning with the 10-5 score.

In the third match up of the day, it was between Sako (Ibuki) against Bon-chan (Sagat). Sako started out with the disadvantage but won the first two games, in an intense start. Bon-chan responded with a nice FADC Ultra to finish off the next game to tie things at 2-2. The intensity kept up as the fifth game was also another close one that was won by Bon-chan. Sako took the 4-3 advantage with the next two wins, also very close, including a chance Bon-chan had to punish for a win. Bon-chan would take the next three wins and had the 6-4 advantage. At this point, it looked like it would be all Bon-chan but he lost all momentum as he only managed to get one more win while Sako took the rest to win it by a 10-7 score.

Match 4 featured Uryo (Sakura) against Kazunoko (Yun). Uryo won the first played game by a 2-0 score but Kazunoko was quick to take over and won the next three including a perfect in the last round of his third win to top it off. Uryo won the next 3 of 4 including a pixel winner but his game would completely drop after that, as Kazunoko wins the next 5 out of 6 and won the series by a 10-5 score. Although Uryo’s game slipped towards the end, he did show some brilliance in his last win as he pulled off an Ultra punish on a block-stun.

The last match up was between Sako (Ibuki) and Fuudo (Fei Long). Fuudo had the clear advantage and momentum going his way to start it off, as he won the first four games (Including advantage.) Sako managed to steal his first game in a close match but things went right back to Fuudo who went on to win four more to make the score 8-1 in his favor, although they were very close games that could’ve gone either way. They followed up by trading the last four games to make the final score 10-3. The two big wins Fuudo got puts him well ahead of everyone else in the league with a nice +12 GD!


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2nd TOPANGA League A: Round 9 Recap

 Posted by on September 18, 2012  No Responses »
Sep 182012

Round 9 of the 2nd TOPANGA League A would be the last round of the Second Stage. Only two of the remaining six players would go on to the third and final stage of the tournament where they will meet Daigo Umehara, Kazunoko, Fuudo and Bon-chan.


Round 9 match ups

1. Uryo (Sakura) vs. Momochi (Cody)

2. Sako (Ibuki) vs. Kyabetsu (C. Viper)

3. Haitani (Makoto) vs. Momochi (Cody)

4. Uryo (Sakura) vs. Kyabetsu (C. Viper)

5. Sako (Ibuki) vs. Haitani (Makoto)


The first match between Uryo (Sakura) against Momochi (Cody) started off with an aggressive Uryo that could’ve cost him the game as he missed an Ultra in the first round but managed to win the next two. He won the next game in a clean 2-0 fashion, to take the early 3-0 lead (including the advantage win.) Momochi rallied after taking the next three games that consisted of pixel wins and big comebacks. Uryo took the 7th game to regain the advantage but that didn’t last long as Momochi won another three in a row including an excellent double perfect on the third after losing the first round! They both traded the next two games to make the score 7-5 in favor of Momochi. Uryo took over the series as he won five straight games in a row to close it at a 10-7 win!

The second match up was one between the top and bottom in Sako (Ibuki) against Kyabetsu (C. Viper). Kyabetsu started off strong as he won the first three games. Sako turned things around after winning a really close 2-1 game, followed by an easy 2-0 win to tie the series at 3-3. Kyabetsu took advantage of a Sako’s meter waste in the 2nd round of the following game and took it in the third round to have the lead. It was short lived as Sako won the next two by 2-0 scores after Kyabetsu botched an Ultra punish and suffered a perfect against in the following game. The two shared the next four games and Sako went 3-1 for the final four to take the series. Kyabetsu will now be in risk of being relegated depending on how well Momochi plays in the next game, after having the lowest score.

Haitani (Makoto) and Momochi (Cody) were up for the third match up. After starting with the advantage lead, Haitani won the first game played with a close 2-1 score. Momochi answered back and took the next game by a 2-0 but that would be one of the few wins he’d get in the first half of the series as Haitani would go on to take the next 5 out of 6 to have a convincing 7-2 lead. Haitani lost momentum and edge of his game after Momochi returned the favor (plus a couple perfects,) by winning the next 5 of 6 too! What was once a favorable 7-2 lead in favor of Haitani was now a 8-7 close game but Momochi wouldn’t be able to keep up the pressure and lost the next two of three. With the 10-8 final score, it was decided that Kyabetsu would be relegated to League B, as he’d have to win the next game with a +14 GD in order to stay in the league.

Although Kyabetsu (C. Viper) was already due to be relegated, he would play against Uryo (Sakura) to finish his run in the League A. Kyabetsu seemed a bit off as he completely missed an Ultra and lost 2-0 but was able to take the 2nd game that included a close no life win in the second round. Uryo won the next 3 of 4 which were all 2-0 games for the winner. Kyabetsu surprised the audience as he managed to do the same and won the next 3 of 4 as well to make the series a close 6-5 score in favor of Uryo. As a decisive game for Uryo to advance to the Third Stage, he needed a better GD than where he currently stood and it showed as he won the next 4 of 5 to finish with a 10-6 score and getting himself a place in the Third Stage.

The last match up between Sako (Ibuki) and Haitani (Makoto) would be the most crucial series of the day, as the winner would take the last available slot for the Third Stage. Haitani started with the advantage but Sako was drew first blood after taking the first two games, including an impressive stun block followed by an Ultra. In the next game, Sako kept his game going as he got a perfect in the first round but lost two rounds in a row and Haitani managed to take the next win in another close fight to have the 3-2 series lead. However, it was from this point that it was all Sako’s game. Sako managed to take the next 8 of 9 games that included some perfects and nicely executed Ultras.

Sako and Uryo will go on to the Third Stage!


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2nd TOPANGA League A: Round 8 Recap

 Posted by on September 15, 2012  No Responses »
Sep 152012

Now at the midway point of the 2nd TOPANGA League’s Second Stage and things are looking intense between the six players are only two of them will be making it out of the round to have a chance in the Third Stage along with the top four from the previous round. Sako, Momochi and Uryo were the top 3 last time with Kyabetsu far behind in last place. Let’s take a look at how the 8th round wrapped up!


Round 8 match up

1. YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) vs. Momochi (Cody)

2. Sako (Ibuki) vs. Uryo (Sakura)

3. YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) vs. Kyabetsu (C. Viper)

4. Sako (Ibuki) vs. Momochi (Cody)

5. YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) vs. Haitani (Makoto)


The day started with the battle of the ‘mochi’ between YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) against Momochi (Cody). YHC-Mochi started with the advantage (Due to ranking higher in the previous stage, as a reminder) and won the first two games with relative ease to start with a 3-0 lead. Momochi fought back and won the next two to keep things interesting but YHC-Mochi won the 6th game in a close last round where he pulled off the Inferno against the airborne Momochi to have a 4-2 lead. Things were even between the two for the next 4 games as they split them and were at a 6-4 score in favor of YHC-Mochi after 10 games. YHC-Mochi won the next three games, although they were close 3 round games, YHC pulled through when it mattered to have a comfortable 9-4 lead. Momochi fought back as he faced defeat and won two games in a row but it was too late for the rally as YHC-Mochi only needed one more win and he got it in the end to close it at 10-6 as the several risky moves would end up not working in Momochi’s favor.

Two of last round’s top 3 were at it for the second match up between Sako (Ibuki) and Uryo (Sakura) for this heavy weight match up. Although Sako started with the advantage, Uryo won three close games in a row including amazing comebacks and close calls. Sako returned the favor and won two games to even things up, including a vicious 23 hit Ibuki combo to finish off the 2nd win. It was all Uryo for the next 5 games as he won them all, albeit some were close calls, to be up 8-3 in a convincing manner. Sako was close to defeat but he wasn’t about to throw away any games, as he won three in a row after taking advantage of some missed opportunities on Uryo’s side. Uryo won the next game to be up 9-6 and only needed one more win but Saku got two more wins to make what was previously an 8-3 game into a 9-8 series. In a decisive game that could’ve ended up tying it and sending it to a deuce, Uryo took a huge risk with an EX DP in the last round that could’ve cost him the game and possibly the match up had he missed but it worked out in his favor as he closed it at a 10-8 score for the win.

The third match up of the day between YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) against Kyabetsu (C.Viper) was a pretty straight forward series between the two as they played solidly in their own ends. It seemed as if it would be all YHC-Mochi at first as he won the first 4 games (including the advantage game.) Kyabetsu won two straight and almost a third but lost after a double KO, he followed up by winning the next two to make it 5-4. Things were looking even again but it was short lived as YHC-Mochi would win the next 3 straight. Kyabetsu fought back and almost made things interesting as the score was 9-7 towards the end but YHC got the 10th win in the end.

Sako (Ibuki) and Momochi (Cody) had a close match up for the most part of the series. Sako started with the first win with advantage but lost the first game after a close 1st round. Things went back and forth between the two as Sako took the next game and Momochi took the next two very close games including a pixel win from Momochi and a perfect from Sako. The next two wins were both clean 2-0 wins for Sako to make things 4-3. Momochi won yet another two close games to make it 5-4 in his favor but this lead would be short lived as Sako turned on the switch and won the next 4 games to have the 8-5 lead. Momochi would win 3 out of 4 of the next games after taking advantage several misses including random DPs and punished risky moves. Momochi had momentum going his way but it wasn’t enough as he ended up losing the last one in a close finish of the series and Sako won with a 10-8 final score.

The fifth and last game of the round between Haitani (Makoto) and YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) did not feel as hyped for YHC-Mochi, perhaps it could have been due to his taking part of three match ups for the day but he definitely seemed out of gas as he only managed to grab two wins against Haitani. YHC-Mochi won the first game, lost the next two and got another win to make things 3-2 in Haitani’s favor but from there it went downhill as it was the last game he won. There were several moments YHC-Mochi had the lead but let Haitani get away with the big comebacks including to finish with the 10-2 win as Makoto’s counters worked well against Haitani’s offensive Dhalsim.


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2nd TOPANGA League Round 7 Recap

 Posted by on September 12, 2012  No Responses »
Sep 122012

The 7th round of the 2nd TOPANGA League is the start of the Second Stage, where 5th to 10th ranked players are grouped to decide which top 2 players would go on to the final league. The stage is played in a first-to-ten format with the two highest ranked players advancing to the Third Stage along with the top 4 players from the First Stage.


Round 7 match up

1. Uryo (Sakura) vs. Haitani (Makoto)

2. Momochi (Cody) vs. Kyabetsu (C. Viper)

3. Sako (Ibuki) vs. YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)

4. Kyabetsu (C.Viper) vs. Haitani (Makoto)

5. YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) vs. Uryo (Sakura)


In the first match up, Haitani (Makoto) started with the first game win with the advantage followed up by three straight wins from Uryo (Sakura) including an incredible 18 hit combo in the last round of his third win. The two traded games after that making it 4-2 for Uryo. The 6th game started with a rare double KO in the first round after a tight battle and Haitani took the win shortly after. At this point, Haitani changed from Ultra 2 to Ultra 1 due to not being able to connect any hits with his Ultra 2 which may have changed the tides for the worse for him as he went on to lose 3 games in a row. Haitani finally managed to connect an Ultra in the 10th game but he ended up losing it by a 2-1 score. The following game Haitani seemed to have found his game after winning 2-0 and getting the perfect against Uryo but lost it all again as Uryo won the next three including a perfect as he returned the favor and won the match up with a 10-4 score.

The next match up featured Momochi (Cody) against Kyabetsu (C.Viper). Momochi started with confidence as he won 5 straight, although there were some close calls, Momochi was always able to pull through. Kyabetsu got his first win after a botched Ultra from Momochi in the first round of game 6. Kabetsu kept the momentum going as he won the next two games to make it 5-3 but Momochi didn’t let it last long as he got his 6th win after getting a perfect in the last round. Kyabetsu displayed some frustration in the following game as he messed up an Ultra and ended up wasting all of his meter in the 2nd round to lose it 2-0. Things ended up looking the same as Kyabetsu only managed to win one more game and lost three more by 2-1 scores. This win of 10-4 was meaningful to Momochi as he has a losing record against Kyabetsu in other tournaments.

The third match up was the most lop-sided of the day as Sako (Ibuki) completely dominated YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) by a 10-1 record. Although many of the games were 2-1 and YHC-Mochi had his chances, he could not finish when it mattered most including several wasted meters and missed Ultras.

Kyabetsu (C. Viper) had achance to redeem himself against Haitani (Makoto) in the following match up. The games were high paced and both players went back and forth for a while, being at 4-3 in Kyabetsu’s advantage after 7 games. Things would turn for the worse on Kyabetsu’s behalf as Haitani turned on the switch and won the next 7 games, including two and almost three perfects. Kyabetsu made several mistakes as he was not able to keep up with Haitani’s fast paced play.

The fifth and final match up would be the longest one as YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) and Uryo (Sakura) were as tight as they get. After the first 5 games, Mochi had the 3-2 lead but things were tough as Uryo had some nice wins of his own including a no life come back in the 3rd game. The next 5 games would be similar but this time with Uryo winning 3-2, including a perfect last round finish for the 10th game, thus making the score a perfect 6-6 between the two. The two would battle on until they were both at 9-9, the games were then played similar to a tennis like ‘Duece’ fashion where the next player to have two games over the other would win. Uryo took the first deuce game but Mochi answered back with a perfect and a win. Mochi could’ve had the next win but failed to punish in the last round, keeping things balanced between the two. The two had several close chances including wins with pixels of life remaining. After 7 games in the deuce, Mochi had a 4-3 advantage but lost it all after taking risks that didn’t work out and ended up costing him the deuce and match up.

After Round 7, Sako and Momochi are the top players with Uryo close behind in 3rd place! Things aren’t looking very good for Kyabetsu as he’s -12 in game differencials.


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2nd TOPANGA League A Revised Rules

 Posted by on September 12, 2012  No Responses »
Sep 122012

TOPANGA recently announced a new rule set after Round 6 the other day, that instead of the bottom two ranked players being relegated to League B, it will be changed to the bottom three players, making it a possibility of up to 5 players being relegated by the end of the season. This will definitely be making the tournament tighter and give it more of a competitive edge amongst Japan’s finest Street Fighter IV players. With all that being said, let’s take a look at the current TOPANGA rules, for those of you that are unfamiliar with the league!


First Stage

The 2nd TOPANGA League A has three different stages. The First Stage being the longest with 6 rounds featuring a 12 player round-robin. The matches are all played online in a first-to-three fashion. The players are ranked with a ‘Game Difference’ system, for example, if one wins a match up with a 3-0 score, his GD would be +3 and if he were to lose by a 2-3 score, his GD would be -1. At the conclusion of the First Stage, the top 4 players are automatically qualified to the Third Stage, getting a free pass without having to participate in the Second Stage. Players ranked 5th to 10th advance to the Second Stage and the bottom two players are relegated to League B.


Second Stage

In The Second Stage, all the games are played in a first-to-ten offline format between the 5th to 10th ranked players of the First Stage. The stage consists of 3 rounds (7 to 9 of the league.) When a match up goes to a 9-9 score, there is an overtime ‘Deuce’ rule, where the players would keep playing for as long as it takes until one has a two game advantage. As a ranking advantage, any player that ranked higher than their opponent in the First Stage gets a free win to start off the match. The top two ranked players advance to the Third Stage. The new rule that was previously mentioned is applied in the Second Stage as the bottom ranked player would automatically be relegated to League B at the conclusion. The second to last ranked player has to play against League B’s 4th ranked player in a playoff match up to decide if he stays in League A or gets relegated to League B if he’s to lose. The same applies to the third to last ranked player who would play against League B’s 5th rank.


Third Stage

The third and final stage of the 2nd TOPANGA League A features a 6 player round-robin offline match up of the top 4 of the First Stage and top 2 of the Second Stage. There will be 3 rounds played once again (Rounds 10 to 12.) The rules are similar to the Second Stage with the game count being first-to-ten and the deuce rule when the score is 9-9. The higher ranked player also gets the first win as the previous stage. After all is said and done, the top ranked player at the conclusion of the Third Stage wins the entire competition and the grand prize!



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