This is it, ladies and gentlemen. After nearly 10 months of grueling competitions, featuring tournaments from all around the world, it has come down to the final 32 competitors! This weekend, the Capcom Pro Tour will crown its first Street Fighter 5 champion! And it is our newest signee, Thomas “Brolynho” Proença, who will represent Flipsid3 Tactics in his attempt to claim that prize!
Changes to the field put the bracket in a state of flux, as Younes “CCL” Iazaar announced he was unable to attend, and was replaced by Jonny “Humanbomb” Cheng. However, with the tournament starting tomorrow, the bracket has been finalized, and we know now that Broly’s 1st round opponent will be Joe “MOV” Egami, a household name in the FGC dating back to the days of Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. Here’s the breakdown between the two of them:
Thomas is currently ranked 25th of the 32 competitors according to SRK’s FGC Stats, but is the #1 ranked player out of the Latin American region. His journey started back in April, as he placed 4th at Jam Festival and 13th in the first Online Ranking Event for the Latin America. He then rattled off a string of 3 consecutive 1st-place finishes, including Fight in Rio 2016, and the second Online Ranking Event for Latin America. What most people may know him for, however, was his play at ESL’s Brooklyn Beatdown in New York City, where he beat CPT favorite and EVO2016 champion Seon-woo “Infiltration” Lee, on the way to a 7th place finish. That of course, was the catalyst for him becoming part of our family here at Flipsid3. His main character is Necalli, but has also shown skill with SF5 DLC characters Alex and Ibuki.
MOV is the 8th ranked player of 32, the 10th ranked player in the Asia and Oceania region, and the 3rd ranked player in the European Region, thanks to 1st-place finishes at Sonic Boom 2016 in Spain, and Fighting Games Challenge in Poland. He was a bit slow to start, though, with only 8 points across his first four tournaments, before placing 5th at Evolution 2016. That really lit a fire under him, as he proceed to wreck his competition for the rest of the year with additional wins at Geek Weekend in the UAE, the second Online Ranking Event for Asia and Oceania, and a 2nd place finish at the Asia and Oceania Regional Finals where he lost to the 2DGod, Kenryo “Mago” Hayashi. As in his Third Strike days, MOV singularly uses Chun-Li, widely considered to be the strongest character of the current SF5 cast.
This tournament contains the best of the best from the world of Street Fighter 5, and Broly’s path to the champion goes through a “Who’s Who” of legendary players. If he defeats MOV, he’ll have to contend with the winner of the match between Team EG’s Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley, and the First Name in Street Fighter, Daigo “The Beast” Umehara. His quarter of the bracket isn’t any easier, as it contains the EU’s #1 ranked player and EVO2014 champion, Oliver “Luffy” Hay, the aforementioned Mago and Humanbomb, and a possible rematch with Infiltration.
So be sure to tune in tomorrow starting at 12PM Eastern, 9AM Central (5PM GMT) for the CPT Finals pre-show, followed by Top 32 at 1PM Eastern. EVERY match will be played on stream, so you won’t have to miss a single second of the action. On Saturday, the Opening Ceremony will start at 9PM Eastern, 6PM Central (2AM Sunday GMT), followed by Top 8. And if you’re somehow unable to catch the stream, ESPN will be broadcasting an abbreviated version of the tournament on ESPN2 and WatchESPN, Sunday night at 8:30 PM Eastern, 5:30PM Pacific. Don’t forget to keep locked in on our social media, including Twitter and Facebook, for all things Flipsid3!