Many were saddened to hear about the end of Canada Cup from organizer Lap Chi Duong last year. His events regularly drew a huge amount of international talent (which may have contributed to its eventual demise) and all the great competition that one would expect from such a gathering. Over the past few weeks, however, there have been some inklings that the tournaments would reappear in some form this year.
Tonight, their silence was broken with an announcement for The Master Series. In addition to tournaments for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and an unannounced third game, this event will bring together previous Canada Cup champions to duke it out alongside folks who qualify through other tournaments leading up to it. So far, Xian of Team Razer and Qanba’s Xiao Hai have accepted their spots in the invitational, with Daigo Umehara of Mad Catz and Kazunoko still to be confirmed.
To fill out the rest of the eight-player bracket, United States qualifiers have been granted to Wednesday Night Fights and an undetermined east coast event. The two final spots will be decided during an open bracket on The Master Series’ opening day.
Below, you’ll find a complete breakdown of the $20,000 CDN prize pool.
- 1st – $10,000 CDN
- 2nd – $4,000 CDN
- 3rd – $2,500 CDN
- 4th – $1,000 CDN
- 5th/6th – $750 CDN
- 7th/8th – $500 CDN
But, be aware, this high-profile event will forgo the normal free streams of most North American tournaments in favor of a pay-per-view system. While the first day will be completely free, spectators will need to drop $14.95 in order to tune into the last two and catch most of the Ultra action.
What will that money get you, besides actual access to the streams? Not much besides chat privileges and the ability to view on demand footage after the event is over. The official announcement promises “an unforgettable experience” for spectators who aren’t able to make it to Canada in person, provided by “some of the best streamers and videographers the community has to offer,” but information on who these producers are has yet to be released.
The Master Series is scheduled for November 7-9 in Calgary, Alberta. More information on the event can be found through the official website.