NorCal Regionals 9: Tournament Recap and Photos Galore!

By on June 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

Check out Rose Silvestre’s full photostream at Flickr

Six headlining events and over 1,000 epic matches later, the ninth edition of northern California’s biggest major event is now in the books. With players traveling all the way from Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, and all over the United States, players had their sights set on becoming champions at NCR9 and winning the coveted EVO Tournament Season seeding points for placement at the big one next month.

The theme of this year’s Arcade Edition tournament? “Vengeance.”

After succumbing to two NorCal players last year — EG Ricky Ortiz and Filipino Champ to be precise — Team MadCatz Daigo Umehara reemerged as champion and defeated all those who stood in his way with his new character choice Yun and a prototype Mad Catz SFxT stick (which looked smokin’, by the way.)

South Korea’s Infiltration also picked up points of redemption by defeating American rival EG Ricky Ortiz to take second place, while Ortiz rounded out the top three which ended up looking strikingly similar to last year’s EVO 2010 results. Also, after losing to HMG Hsien Chang in SoCal in the previous week, Infiltration spent some time in the lab in the week between ReveLAtions and NCR9 and had the last laugh by sending Hsien to losers in their top 8 rematch.

Wolfkrone, the pad-toting Crimson Viper machine, also attended NCR9 and made waves by not only placing fourth at the tournament but also making his record sixth top 4 appearance in the EVO Tournament Season. And it appears that people are starting to take notice. As Chris “Crizzle” Scott puts it, “He’s the best C. Viper in America.”

The big surprise of the tournament? Up and comer Julio Fuentes representing NorCal quickly made a name for himself by double eliminating both Filipino Champ and Ryan “Laugh” Ahn in pools to qualify for his first ever top 8.

In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mr. Umehara made his long-awaited debut and caused a huge ruckus when he defeated EG Justin Wong in the team tournament that took place earlier in the day, however after making top 8 in losers, he was quickly dispatched by NorCal’s Raymond “X-Ray” Monsada and took seventh place – before having the opportunity to face Justin heads up once again.

As many predicted, EG Justin Wong took the prize for MvC3 singles, but not without a few bumps in the road. Tinh “MINE” Ngo, longtime Marvel crackhead and one of NorCal’s finest players, sent Justin to losers in their winner’s finals match. However, Justin clawed through “X-Ray” and Ari “Floe” Weintraub in the losers bracket for another shot at Tinh, and boy did he get it.

Tinh “MINE” Ngo simply did not have an answer for EG Justin Wong in their second meeting. Justin’s Wolverine/Akuma assist ripped through Tinh’s team for six straight victories in what felt like one of the quickest grand finals set ever at NCR9.

In Tekken 6, it was a heads up NorCal vs. NorCal match between long-time veteran Bronson Tran and all-around fighting game master Jimmy “Mr. Naps” Tran, and it ended with Bronson claiming victory over his friend and training partner.

In it’s first tournament lineup appearance ever in the NCR series, the Mortal Kombat tournament brought new, never before seen faces into the competition. Using Kabal throughout the tournament, Mike “Michelangelo” Lerma defeated EG Justin Wong

Finally, there was the highly-anticipated first showing of Street Fighter X Tekken in Northern California. On finals day, an exhibition match pitted four top Tekken players, including Namco’s Richard “FilthieRich” Bantegui and Jimmy “Mr. Naps” Tran, against four top Street Fighter legends, including EG Justin Wong and his Evil Geniuses counterpart EG Ricky Ortiz. And while the competitors from the Street Fighter side had a perceived advantage (they ended up eliminating all four Tekken players right off the bat), the King of Iron Fist crew still showed strong interest in picking it up once it comes out in Q1 2012.

Now that NCR9 is behind us, I’d like to give major thanks to all of those that helped make it happen – the iPlaywinner team, albert_c and Joe “CPSIV” Flores representing Keystone II, Seth Killian and Capcom, Rose Silvestre and her fabulous photography, NoS Energy Drink, Kineda, Namco, BrokenTier and last but not least Markman and the entire MadCatz team. (Follow them @MadCatzInc)

And of course, everyone that attended and watched the stream online. Thank you and we’ll see you all next year!

Check out all of the photos here courtesy of Rose Silvestre. Stay tuned for a special exclusive interview with Laugh and Infiltration coming soon.

  • xaznharryx

    page in private?

  • MarkMan

    Flickr account is private, set can not be seen unless a contact.

  • Jouki

    The stick pictures are private…. that sucks. I wanted to see the stick better

  • Jourdal

    Idk why but the way the article was written made it a pretty fun read.

  • embersandroses

    Sorry about the link mishap. It’s private because not all the photos are uploaded. However, here is an accessible link:

    hope this helps!

  • ChoiBoy

    The link in the article has been updated to the public one

  • SVN4

    The tournament was really amazing except maybe for the commentary.
    Shoutouts to those legs:

  • Sleazoid

    hella pictures of dacidbro, lol

  • ChibiMana

    Why was Ricky dress like a back up dancer for Lady Gaga at a tournament?

    • Sleazoid

      You can call all you want but there’s no one home
      and you’re not going to reach his telephone.

    • TooItchy

      He said he was feeling lazy that day.

      Ricky Ortiz is the shit.

  • Vidness

    Which MvC3 team did Daigo use?

    • DAPVIP

      Wolv, Dante, Akuma. His Dante is sick, but the Wolv-Akuma is typical.

  • haunts

    shoutouts to yoon, best MC in the biz.

  • Goyahitaro

    that 6-0 run justin made on the phoenix team in the finals was inspirational :*{

  • b3nz0r

    Is there a way to watch the stream if we missed it? Really wanted to check out some of these matches.

  • bitkid

    Awesome NCR, probably the best yet. I wish there were some photos taken of the ST setup. We had my arcade cab there and two superguns. On the first day it was really drawing a lot of people. Daigo vs Valle ST grand finals were super hype.

  • bitkid

    @b3nz0r: You can watch the NCR stream archives at

    • b3nz0r

      Hey, thanks! Someone actually responding with helpful information instead of trolling/flaming/both!

      Good on you, sir. Good on you.

  • vStrife

    Props to Tinh (MINE) and X-Ray repping NorCal and breaking out into the spotlight.

  • TooItchy

    Wow, enough pictures of Sherry? I think the camera man has a crush…….

  • TooItchy

    For real though, this NCR was awesome. Sunday was super hype, I had so much fun, and seeing Daigo lose money matches, in person, was something you don’t see every day, even if it was in marvel.

  • Fivec

    That was Krone’s 5th top 4, not his 6th.