UPDATE: TOPANGA WORLD LEAGUE is now over. See who claimed the 1.5 million yen first prize in the results below!
With the arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter IV in less than a week, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Ver.2012 is at the end of its lifespan in Japan. TOPANGA is closing things out with TOPANGA WORLD LEAGUE, an international competition featuring players from Japan, United States, China, South Korea and Singapore, running April 10-13. Featuring all the Street Fighter IV series Evo champions as well as top performers from previous Leagues, this will be one of the most intense invitationals for Street Fighter. Who will claim the 1.5 million yen (~14,460 USD) first prize, the largest in TOPANGA history?
Unfortunately, viewership of TOPANGA WORLD LEAGUE is limited to those within Japan. We’ll be able to provide full results however for each day for those eager to see how each of the players do.
- Daigo Umehara (Ryu) – Japan Evo 2009 & 2010 champion, TOPANGA ASIA LEAGUE 2nd place
- Fuudo (Fei Long) – Japan Evo 2011 champion, TOPANGA ASIA LEAGUE 3rd place
- Bonchan (Sagat) – Japan 3rd TOPANGA LEAGUE (A) champion
- wao (Oni, Dudley) – Japan 3rd TOPANGA LEAGUE (A) 2nd place
- PR Balrog (Balrog) – United States, Puerto Rico Evo 2013 4th place
- Xiaohai (Cammy, Evil Ryu) – China TOPANGA ASIA LEAGUE 4th place
- INFILTRATION (Akuma, Chun-Li) – South Korea Evo 2012 champion
- Xian (Gen, Guile) – Singapore Evo 2013 champion
- e-sport SQUARE – Akihabara, Tokyo (Days 1-2)
- the SAD cafe – Harajuku, Tokyo (Days 3-4)
- 1st Place – 1,500,000 yen (~14,460 USD)
- 2nd Place – 500,000 yen (~4820 USD)
- 3rd Place – 250,000 yen (~2410 USD)
- 4th Place – 100,000 yen (~965 USD)
- 5th Place – 70,000 yen (~675 USD)
- 6th Place – 50,000 yen (~480 USD)
- 7th Place – 30,000 yen (~290 USD)
The format is similar to last year’s TOPANGA ASIA LEAGUE. The competition is a simple round-robin of eight players. Each match is a first-to-7 game set. If both players reach match point (6 wins), one player must take a 2-game advantage to claim the set (deuce rules). However, deuce ends when one player reaches 10 wins, a rule implemented in last year’s 3rd season of A League. Each player is allowed two characters, decided before the start of the tournament. Every three games, the losing player within those three games is allowed to switch characters.
Final rankings are determined by overall win-loss record. In the case of a tie, the player who won the direct match between the tying players will claim the higher rank. If the tie is still unresolved, then game win-loss differential will determine the higher rank.
Day 1 – April 10 (Thursday)
Day 2 – April 11 (Friday)
Day 3 – April 12 (Saturday)
Day 4 – April 13 (Sunday)[hr]
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Ver.2012 – TOPANGA WORLD LEAGUE
1. Umehara (Ryu) – 1,500,000 yen (~14,460 USD)
2. Xiaohai (Cammy, Evil Ryu) – 500,000 yen (~4820 USD)
3. Bonchan (Sagat) – 250,000 yen (~2410 USD)
4. wao (Oni) – 100,000 yen (~965 USD)
5. Xian (Gen) – 70,000 yen (~675 USD)
6. Fuudo (Fei Long) – 50,000 yen (~480 USD)
7. PR Balrog (Balrog) – 30,000 yen (~290 USD)
8. INFILTRATION (Akuma, Chun-Li)
|Rank||Player Name||Sponsor||Country||Char 1||Char 2||Wins||Losses||Game ±|
|7||PR Balrog||EG||United States||Balrog||–||2||5||-18|
Xiaohai defeated Bonchan in their direct match, claiming the higher position. wao defeated both Xian and Fuudo in their direct matches, claiming the highest position of the three, while Xian defeated Fuudo in their direct match, claiming the next position.[hr]