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Canada Cup 2015 In Review: The Capcom Pro Tour Hits Toronto

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the final North American tournament in the Capcom Pro Tour series: Canada Cup 2015.

Run by my good friend, tournament organiser Vince RXS Hui, and Canada Cup owner Lap Chi Duong, Canada Cup 2015 was without doubt the biggest fighting game tournament Canada has ever hosted. Not surprisingly, among the attendees were such notable Street Fighter players as Mad Catz’s Tokido and Mago; Razer’s Fuudo, Itabashi Zangief, and Xian; and Evil Geniuses’ Momochi, Ricki Ortiz, Justin Wong, and PR Balrog.

The entire Canadian fighting game community had been eagerly anticipating the event for the past year. Put simply, this event was everything we here in the Canadian FGC had hoped for.

For starters, the venue was perfect. Canada Cup took place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, a few miles from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, making it ideal for the many international players in attendance. The conference room where the event took place wasn’t luxurious, but it definitely was one of the higher-end venues to have catered FGC events this year. The type of guy to pull out all the stops, Lap Chi Duong had taken the liberty of replacing the conference room’s internet with new equipment, guarantying an exceptional stream quality for those watching at home. Hosted by the superb commentary of James Chen, David Graham, Mike Ross, and Zhi, “stream monsters” had everything they could possibly have wished for.

 

With an ideal location, many of the world’s best players, and the finest organisers and commentators the FGC has to offer, everything was set to make Canada Cup a spectacular event. The only thing left was the competition itself.

Sublime. That’s the only word that can describe the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament. The top 8 finals featured some of the hypest moments of the year—my personal favourite moment being Fuudo’s (Fei Long) counter-hit standing strong into ultra against Itabashi Zangief, sending the crowd into complete hysteria

Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 finals were also sensational. Canada Cup Gaming’s own BeeBall put in a stellar performance to oust RayRay and Filipino Champ to bring the trophy home to Canada, leaving everyone in the crowd chanting a proud “Can-a-da, Can-a-da”.

Intermixed among all this hype-stravaganza were casuals and the now infamous “Salty Suite”, streamed by Arturo Sanchez. Money matches went down plentifully—several members of my local scene (the Greater Toronto Area Street Fighters) haemorrhaging cash but having a blast doing it.

Of course the event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of many volunteers. Myself and some good friends (most notably Josephine, Thomas, Izaiah, Bill, Andy… sorry if I’m missing anyone!) helped out by running brackets, running security, and helping anyone with any concerns they had The sense of community among the staff and volunteers was one key reason for Canada Cup’s friendly and inviting atmosphere, and I’m confident that anyone attending their first major fighting game tournament had a fantastic time.

The Canadian Fighting Game Community has come on strong over the past decade, and it’s been a real pleasure to watch the T-series involve into Canada Cup. With Street Fighter V on the horizon it’s a truly exciting time to be a part of the fighting game community, and with organisers like Lap Chi Duong and Vince RXS Hui holding down the forte, it’s a sure-bet that we’re only going to get stronger from here.

Me with Canada Cup 2015 winner Mad Catz Tokido 

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Originally posted on PMHarrison.com


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Why Birdie And Cammy In SFV? And Who’s Next? We Investigate

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Why did Capcom choose to show Birdie and Cammy next in Street Fighter V? And who’s next? We investigate.  We’re still at the relatively early stages of Street Fighter V’s promotional cycle. But already one thing is clear: with Street Fighter V, Capcom are set to please fans of absolutely every Street Fighter game of… Read more »


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Transgender Street Fighter Player Ricki Ortiz Is One Of The Most Interesting People In Sport—And Not Just For The Obvious Reason

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Professional Street Fighter IV player Ricki Ortiz is without doubt one of the most interesting people in the fighting game community right now. And it isn’t just because she’s transgender. Ricki Ortiz (now Ricki Sophie Ortiz) has been polarising the fighting game community for a long time. Known as “Pretty Ricki”, Ricki Ortiz is the… Read more »


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Blanka In Swimming Trunks-Street Fighter Art At Its BEST

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Capcom Unity. It’s a wonderful place where you can find all sorts of marvelous things. Like Blanka wearing swimming trunks. This collection of Street Fighter art shows Street Fighter characters in their swimming costumes. It was created by Capcom-Unity memeber Bralston. For more, check out her blog. The Beauty And Horror Of Street Fighter Characters In… Read more »


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Japanese Video Game Commentary-It’s Just Awesome

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So there I was watching the latest Street Fighter footage of Pepeday VS Noeun when it suddenly hit me just how awesome Japanese games commentators are. Sure, James Chen and Ultra David are great. But Japanese commentators? They sound like they’re having a nerdgasm every time someone lands a combo. And that… that’s awesome. Just… Read more »


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The Positive Effect Of Fighting Games On Your Life

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Fighting games; they’re all about violence, death and gore aren’t they, Fox News?

No, they’re not. Fighting games, like other game genres, are packed full of positive benefits for your mind and your life and are so effective at training your brain that they can even be put to good use as a tool for personal development and self improvement. How? Two words: Decision making. Fighting games are, in essence, a fast-paced decision making activity. Their benefit in terms of self improvement is that they teach our brains how to make good decisions in minimal time. They force us to carry a great deal of information at one time and to make snap second decisions based on knowledge, odds and analysis. . .


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Ultra Street Fighter 4 PS4 Release Date And Training Mode

Capcom have announced that the Ultra Street Fighter 4 PS4 release date will be at the beginning of June. News has also been released regarding Ultra Street Fighter 4’s training mode. The new training mode will allow you to practice combos and practice your set-ups while you wait for online challengers. The new training mode… Read more »


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How Street Fighter’s Ryu Helped Save My Life

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I’ve never written as personal a story as this before. And in many ways I don’t know where to begin. Save to say that in my past I suffered from depression on and off for some time. The worst was several years ago, I time that I honestly never thought I would get through. I… Read more »


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SSF4 & SFxT Best Characters? RANDOM!

Why Random Select is the Best Character When I’m stuck with work or feeling uninspired and generally sluggish, there’s nothing I love more than jumping onto Street Fighter X Tekken or Super Street Fighter 4 AE 12, hopping online and playing in ranked as that glorious little question mark character known as random select. It’s… Read more »


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Wallet Raping! SFxT for Vita: New Characters. . . Yawn

Wallet Raping! SFxT for Vita: With New Characters  Elena, Dudley, Sakura, Christie, Lei,   “The battle has only just begun” states the trailer for Street Fighter x Tekken on PS Vita. The statement seems pretty ironic, given that for this author the SFxT battle ended long ago after realising just how broken SFxT online play… Read more »


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SFxT Tier List

    This is the newly released Japanese tier list for SFxT. any surprise Ryu is top tier? and why is yoshimitsu absoute bottom tier? And does it really matter given that top players say tier lists don’t really matter that much?! So many questions, so little time. Still at least 99.99999% of online players… Read more »


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