While the United States enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, some of Japan’s top Street Fighter V talent was facing off at Red Bull’s Tower of Pride event in Tokyo. The open entry event took place in three stages: in stage one, challengers faced off in groups for the right to face off against one of eight “gatekeepers” in stage two. The winners of the gatekeeper matches advanced into an eight-player single-elimination bracket in stage three.
The event’s eight gatekeepers included Hx.CYG BST|Daigo Umehara, RB|Bonchan, QanbaDouyu|Xiao Hai, Echo Fox|Tokido, NASR|Big Bird, GGP|Kazunoko, DNG|Tachikawa, and AW|Nemo. Among the challengers to emerge from the Tower of Pride were Capcom Cup qualifiers RB|Luffy, CO|Dogura, CO|GO1 and Gachikun, along with strong Japanese players Machabo, Anman, Vanao, and Mizuha.
During the group stage, each player was given 10 coins to wager against the other players in their groups during their matches. The player with the most coins advanced onto the gatekeeper match. A number of notable players competed in stage one, but failed to move on to the next round, such as Bx3|Phenom, Haitani, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, John Takeuchi, StormKubo, and Reiketsu.