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Capcom: We're looking at still having auto qualification spots for Pro Tour Regional Finals as well as region locking last chance qualifiers

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 11, 2016 at 7:48 p.m. PST • Comments: 38

Yesterday we heard that Capcom is likely not going to have auto-qualification via Premier Events on next year's Pro Tour, a fairly major change for the Street Fighter 5 competitive circuit.

We continue to draw from our discussion with Capcom USA's Director of Digital Media and eSports, Neidel "Haunts" Crisan, now focusing on the 2017 Pro Tour's Regional branch.

Haunts detailed two key points Capcom is aiming for in terms of the Regional component of the Tour:

"We're looking at still having auto-qualification spots for Pro Tour Regional Finals," he said, "as well as region locking last chance qualifiers."
This year's Pro Tour took on a new venture as Capcom made an attempt to further diversify competition by breaking the world into four regions, each of which had its own leaderboard and points system.

Players could freely travel between regions regardless of their home turf however, and so we wound up seeing some competitors qualify for the Capcom Cup via winning events in regions outside of their own. BST|Daigo, for example, won the European Regional Finals event.

While it doesn't seem Capcom will be restricting all Regional Events to only players hailing from their respective regions, they will be regulating who can enter the previously open invite Last Chance Qualifiers that play out just before each of the four Regional Finals.

"We definitely had some exciting tournaments this year with players like Daigo and Tokido playing in European and North American Regional Finals, but at the end of the day we want to highlight the talent from each individual region," Haunts concluded.

We expect to hear official word on the 2017 Pro Tour early next year, but for now we'd love to hear what you think about this proposed change. Sound off in the comments below.
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