Final Round 16 tournament preview featuring Infiltration, Poongko, Xian, ChrisG, Justin Wong, PR Balrog and more

Posted by SFilp • March 26, 2013 at 8:57 p.m. PDT
Final Round 16 tournament preview featuring Infiltration, Poongko, Xian, ChrisG, Justin Wong, PR Balrog and more Coming up this weekend on March 29-31, we have one of the biggest tournaments this year in the fighting game community, Final Round. Some of the best players are coming from around the world to participate including Infiltration, CafeID|Poongko, DM|Xian, AGE|NYChrisG, EG|Justin Wong, EMP|IFC Yipes, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Ricky Ortiz and many more.


In addition to the normal tournaments, they will be hosting a few special events including a Curleh Mustache team tournament, Darkstalkers Resurrection invitational and a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 exhibition.

Hit the jump to check out the full details.

Final Round 16


The Run Down: Final Round 16 will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on March 29-31 and is hosted by Larry "ShinBlanka" Dixon. There will be tons of different singles and team tournaments held for Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Melty Blood: AA, King of Fighters 13, Persona 4 Arena, Dead or Alive 5, Mortal Kombat 9 and more.

There will be a few special events going on this weekend including a Curleh Mustache team tournament, a Capcom hosted Darkstalkers Resurrection invitational, a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament and exhibition, and a Tekken Tag Tournament 2 5v5 event. Additionally, Namco Bandai has a $5,000 prize bonus for TTT2 singles and Team Ninja has added a $5,000 pot bonus to the top 8 of Dead or Alive 5.

Who's expected to show: Infiltration, CafeID|Poongko, AGE|NYChrisG, WW|Ryan Hart, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Justin Wong, EMP|IFC Yipes, RZR|Latif, coL|FlipinoChamp, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Wolfkrone, EMP|Dieminion, AGE|Knives, AGE|Fanatiq, MH|RayRay, EMP|Sanford Kelly, Moons, TA|Frutsy, Flocker, EG|fLoE, UVG|Noel Brown, TS|Arturo Sanchez, JDCR, AGE|Flash Metroid, Neo, Chris Schmidt, CORN|Sethlolol, CORN|FootWork, OMG Itz Andre, DJ Huoshen, FR|RoachKing, FR|TooMuchDamage, NYCFab, FightingGM, RIP, RyRy, IGT|Unkn0wn, KaneBlueRiver and more.

Who to look out for: In UMvC3, AGE|NYChrisG is still the player to beat, as he's rarely lost as of late, but EG|PR Balrog, EMP|IFC Yipes, EG|Justin Wong and coL|Filipino Champ will be looking to dethrone the current champion. Several other players should give these guys a great run for their money as well. The Marvel bracket is incredibly stacked this year.

For Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Infiltration is flying into the states once again, and he's definitely the person to look out for, as he's been demolishing nearly everyone he plays. He'll have to contend with CafeID|Poongko, DM|Xian, EG|PR Balrog, WW|Ryan Hart, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|Justin Wong, EMP|Diemion, RZR|Latif, WolfKrone and more.

Streaming duties: There will be six different streams for this event; Team Spooky, FunkyP, SixFortyFive and GoForBroke, along with a Mortal Kombat stream.

Schedule: Streams are starting at the following times for each day.
• Friday - 11 a.m. PDT / 5 p.m. GMT,
• Saturday - 7 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. GMT
• Sunday - 6 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. GMT.

You can check out the full jam packed schedule on Final Round's official website.


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Message from Larry "ShinBlanka" Dixon


I would like to WELCOME TEAM NINJA to the FINAL ROUND family as our latest sponsor. I would like to personally thank Tom Lee for spearheading this effort for the DOA5 community as Team Ninja will be donating $5000 towards the top 8 qualifiers at FR16! There's more exciting news coming for the hypest tournament in the MILKY WAY!!!! We would also like to announce that CAPCOM is throwing a special Darkstalkers Resurrection invitational event and will be providing DLC codes for their newest release over the live stream throughout the 3 day event and onsite for the people that are going to attend FR16.

We have been surprised with so many international players coming on their own efforts to compete at FR16. With confirmed players from Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Israel, Poland, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Japan's own FRB AO, "FRB|Abegen", "FRB|VX_Dante" with more to come, Korea's "Infiltration" and "Laugh" and AND MAYBE OTHERS, and the lastest is the Australian 2012 SBO UMVC3 Qualifier and Shadowloo Showdown Top 8 Placer Anthony Nguyen "Antman" coming to the DIRTY SOUTH to make this years FINAL ROUND a true international event! With all of the great USA players attending FINAL ROUND 16 GETS HYPER AND HYPER each day we get closer to the event! Are you going to miss this event live? I would hope not, but if you can't attend then you better be watching the streams all three days.

FINAL ROUND 16 stands to be THE MOST intense/hype event of the FGC this year! With the great players from around the world and With probably 75% of the top USA players in attendance to PROTECT THIS HOUSE from our rivals from across the sea's this will be an action packed weekend that you will not want to miss. With the event starting on friday March 29, 2013 with the special exhibitions:

CURLEH MUSTACHE BATTLE ROYAL "Umvc3 WORLD Regional battle 5v5 team event"
DARK STALKERS RESSURECTION "8 man single elim exhibition"
IFL Regional Rumble "TTT2 WORLD regional 5v5 team event"

and that's just to get you warmed up for the main course events that will be streamed all 3 days on the following channels.

Listed below are our 3 primary streams:

Stream #1 http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky
Stream #2 http://www.twitch.tv/funkyp
Stream #3 http://www.twitch.tv/sixfortyfive

Here's the list of the countries/states attending FR16:

36 US states, DC, and Puerto Rico
3 Canadian provinces: Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia
14 international countries - Dominican Replublic ( VgX EMP|Gross, VxG EMP|DR Ray), Singapore (Xian, Zhi and others), Brazil (Blue Link), Japan (Team FINALROUNDBATS "FRB" ), Israel (2 dudes), Korea (Knee, JDCR for TTT2, Poongko, Kensou, Infiltration, Laugh for kof13, sfxt, sf4), Spain, Poland, Mexico( Frutsy, EM Wolf, and more), Australia (Antman), Dubai, Haiti, Chile (Kane Blueriver), England (Ryan Hart), Saudi Arabia for our international stars that have made their way to FR16 on their own effort to make the GLOBAL SATURATION COMPLETE! Please go to http://www.finalround.org/schedule.cfm to get the schedule for your viewing pleasure! Sit back, open 3 web browser screens, and enjoy FR16!

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