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Capcom: Premier Events will no longer grant auto-qualification on the Pro Tour - company looks to simplify qualification process in 2017

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 10, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. PST • Comments: 102

At Capcom Cup this year we were able to catch up with Director of Digital Media and eSports at Capcom USA, Neidel "Haunts" Crisan.

Haunts is a leading figure when it comes to the Capcom Pro Tour, and while 2016's has certainly been the biggest and most exciting yet, we look forward to 2017 to see if certain aspects are tweaked and tidied for an even better experience.

We've seen three iterations of the Pro Tour thus far, and have traditionally seen automatic qualification granted to players who win the higher-profile Premier Events. It looks as though that in next year's Tour, this may no longer be the case.

"The main thing we're looking at are the auto qualifier spots at Premier events," said Haunts. "They're generally something we're looking to do away with."
There've been complaints that the Pro Tour has been difficult to follow as it progresses into the latter stages. This has stemmed in part from situations wherein players win more than one Premier Event.

If this happened during the 2015 Tour, the runner up would earn Capcom Cup berth. That rule was amended in 2016 to make it so that in the event of a repeat Premier victory, no player in the tournament would gain Capcom Cup berth, but rather another qualification spot on the global leaderboards would open up.

"Things get complicated when already-qualified players win auto-qualifiers. We found that this year's format was hard to follow along with," Haunts continued. We admit we found ourselves scratching our heads at times trying to discern exactly who was in and out of the final 32-man bracket.

We'll likely hear official announcements on the matter in the coming months as Capcom prepares for the 2017 Tour, but we expect Premier Events to no longer grant automatic qualification.

This isn't to say that Capcom will be doing away with Premier Events altogether. We imagine they'll still grant more points and attract more worldwide competition than their Ranking counterparts.

What do you think of this kind of change on the Pro Tour? Let us know whether you're in favor or not in the comments section below.
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