As many of you should be aware, the twelfth installment of NorCal Regionals is set to take place this weekend in Sacramento, California. On top of the usual high-level competition, this year’s event will feature a variety of other attractions, from Capcom’s showing of Ultra Street Fighter IV to a handful of great exhibitions.
Below, you’ll find all the info you’ll need to know about the event, including the official lineup, links to tentative brackets, a full scheduled, and much more.
NorCal Regionals 2014 will feature three types of games: those included in the main lineup, a special sponsored title, and community-ran side games.
- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 ($2000 pot bonus from Capcom)
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- King of Fighters XIII
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Killer Instinct
- Divekick ($500 pot bonus from Iron Galaxy Studios)
- Street Fighter x Tekken ver. 2013
- BlazBlue: Chronophantasma
- Persona 4 Arena
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo (Tournament of Legends II qualifier)
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
- Capcom vs. SNK 2
- Soulcalibur V
- Soulcalibur II
Capcom Pro Tour and Ultra Street Fighter IV
As a premier tournament on the Capcom Pro Tour, NorCal Regionals’ first place finisher in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 will earn a spot in Capcom Cup’s bracket this December. The rest of the top sixteen will be rewarded with seeding points that will raise their spot in the tour’s overall ranking system.
Capcom will also be providing Ultra Street Fighter IV stations to allow attendees to try out the upcoming title and provide feedback.
Schedule and Streams
Four separate streams will be providing live broadcasts of all the NorCal Regionals competition should you be unable to attend. For an idea of who will be streaming what, be sure to check out the full schedule below and plan accordingly. All times are PDT (UTC -7)
- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 Pools A-D (Capcom Fighters)
- Super Street Fighter IV: AE ver. 2012 Pools E-H (Capcom Fighters)
- King of Fighters XIII Pools (iPlayWinner)
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Pools A-D (Team Spooky)
- Killer Instinct Pools A-B (iPlayWinner)
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Pools
- Street Fighter x Tekken ver. 2013 Pools
- Killer Instinct Pools C-D (iPlayWinner)
- Divekick Pools A-D
- MMG|Apologyman vs. UGC|Cloud805 - FT7 UMvC3 Exhibition (Team Spooky)
- West Coast vs. East Coast – 3-on-3 AE 2012 Exhibition (Team Spooky)
- Final Boss Exhibition (Team Spooky)
- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 Pools I-L (Capcom Fighters)
- BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Pools (iPlayWinner)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee Pools (TBD)
- Skullgirls Pools
- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 Pools M-P (Capcom Fighters)
- Killer Instinct Finals (iPlayWinner)
- Soulcalibur II Pools
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Pools
- Persona 4 Arena
- Capcom vs. SNK 2
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Pools I-L (Team Spooky)
- King of Fighters XIII Finals (iPlayWinner)
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo Tournament of Legends Qualifier (NYC Furby)
- Soulcalibur V
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Top 32 Quarter Finals (Team Spooky)
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Top 4 Finals (iPlayWinner)
- BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Top 4 Finals (iPlayWinner)
- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 Top 32 Quarter Finals (Capcom Fighters)
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Top 16 Semi-Finals (Team Spooky)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee Top 8 Finals (Team Spooky)
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Top 8 Grand Finals (Team Spooky)
- Ultra Street Fighter IV Exhibition (Capcom Fighters)
- Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 Top 16 Grand Finals (Capcom Fighters)
While they are still being worked on and are sure to be expanded with on-site registrations, some of NorCal Regionals’ brackets have been made live. If you’re looking forward to the weekend’s competition, these offer a good early glimpse at some matchups we may see over the course of each tournament.
We’ve browsed each pool and have put together a quick look at the notable players who will be in attendance below.
- Pool A – Infiltration, SHBL|Tim, Floe
- Pool B - MC|XsK_Samurai, NGL.MCZ|Marq Teddy, pH|Jsze
- Pool C - RG|Filipino Champ, 801 Strider
- Pool D - ILLiterate, DSC|Veloc1raptor
- Pool E - EG|Ricky Ortiz, NGL.MCZ|Brentt, ROM
- Pool F - pH|LPN, TS|Sabin
- Pool G - pH|HooDaMan, Driftwood, BE|Kane Blueriver
- Pool H - EG|Justin Wong
- Pool I - EG|K-Brad, AVM|Kelvin Jeon, GG|Sherry Jenix
- Pool J - NGL.MCZ|Chris, Super Yan, sann, MMG|Julio
- Pool K - Jayce the Ace, MMG|El Cubano Loco
- Pool L - EMP|NuckleDu, bjUNCHAINED, CCG|Air
- Pool M - LU|Alex Valle, Kineda
- Pool N - iPeru, Alex Myers
- Pool O - Mike Ross
- Pool P - EG|PR Balrog
- Pool A - Hagure, HitBox|Dustin
- Pool B - MC|X-Ray, Darryn
- Pool C - BE|Kane Blueriver, Rusty Shackleford
- Pool D - UGC|Paradigm, HitBox|Buttons
- Pool E - Killer Kai, HitBox|Sora, EG|K-Brad
- Pool F - MC|KBeast, Knives
- Pool G - HitBox|Jint, Marn
- Pool H - EG|PR Balrog, LLND, HitBox|TrophyClub
- Pool I - EG|Justin Wong, CrispyTacoz
- Pool J - MC|GCYoshi13, 949|Wentinel
- Pool K - MC|XsK_Samurai, 1ATK.LXG|Infrit
- Pool L - MMG|Apologyman, Floe
- Pool M - UGC|Cloud805, 1ATK.LXG|Hypnawtik, WindZero
- Pool N - UGS|Neo, TS|NerdJosh
- Pool O - BT|Clockwork, Falcomist
- Pool P - RG|Filipino Champ
Similar to other majors, Norcal Regionals will feature a wide variety of exhibitions to accompany the normal tournament action.
Friday evening will see NorCal’s MMG|Apologyman face off against SoCal visitor UGC|Cloud805 in a long first-to-seven Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 set. After that, the West Coast will go about defending the region against challengers from the East Coast. iPeru, EG|PR Balrog, and Jayce the Ace will represent the west while EMP|NuckleDu, TS|Arturo Sanchez, and EG|K-Brad are set to act on behalf of the east.
The night will close out with a different kind of event dubbed the Final Boss Exhibition. This competition will feature old-school competitors TS|Arturo Sanchez, EG|Justin Wong, Hsien Chang, EG|Ricky Ortiz, John Choi, and LU|Alex Valle taking part in a variety of classic and contemporary titles. If you’re a fan of games like Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and Street Fighter IV, be sure to check it out for some randomized craziness.
Finally, an Ultra Street Fighter IV exhibition is planned for finals day just before the Street Fighter top sixteen, the details of which have yet to be made public.
All of these festivities wouldn’t be possible without an excellent group of sponsors, so be sure to give Arcade Shock, Eightarc, Iron Galaxy Studios, Are You Gaming, The Steam Co., Dynamic Custom Beadworks, XSplit, The Underground Syndicate, Hungry Human, and Marvelous Customs some love if you enjoy the tournament this weekend.