Some clarification on how the League will play out, in the wake of the first online qualifier.
The first online qualifying events for the new Street Fighter League took place last weekend, and RobTV and UpToSnuff earned themselves the top spots in the Phase 1 East & West US-Pro 2019 Online Qualifiers. What that means exactly in the League’s structure has been clarified by Capcom’s Esports Director Michael Martin in a recent Capcom-Unity blog.
Winning the online events drops RobTV and UpToSnuff into the League’s draft pool, eligible to compete as part of the main SFL round-robin event. This pool is comprised of six winners from the Phase 1-3 Online Qualifiers, and six “crowd favorites” that will be added via community votes. Six Team Captains (to be selected from the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour season) will then draft players from this twelve-player pool to form the 3-player teams that will fight it out in the round-robin.
The infographic below shows the steps in the process, as well as a little bit about the 3vs3 structure and the somewhat controversial character ban element.
The Phase 2 Online Qualifier is still open for registration, and you can join even if you competed in the Phase 1 qualifier. Information on the community voting system can be found here. The community nominations will only be open for 2 days — March 15-17 — so be ready! Capcom’s initial SFL announcement can be seen here.