Only one of the last seven EVO Street Fighter champions is not qualified for Capcom Cup this year

Capcom takes a closer look at the 31 players already qualified for next weekend's year end major

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 2, 2017 at 7:05 a.m. PST

We're just one week away now from the climactic end to what's been the biggest Capcom Pro Tour to date, and as players make their final preparations before heading out to Anaheim, Capcom has released a few quick stats along with bios for all 31 of the currently qualified players.

Some of these competitors are household names, such as FOX|Tokido, CYG|Daigo and (more recently) PG|Punk, but for others, it's the first time in a spotlight this white-hot.

Take Renato Periera "AAG|DidimoKOF" Martins for example, whose victory at the Latin American Finals granted Capcom Cup berth to him and his Dhalsim.

The young Naoki "Ponos|Moke" Nakayama is another such player new to this level of success. Despite our regularly seeing his name in top eight brackets all year, (including EVO) 2017 marks the first year Moke has even competed in the Pro Tour.

Speaking of EVO, six of the last seven Street Fighter EVO champions are currently set to compete. The only name missing from the list is GRPT|Infiltration, who not only boasts a Street Fighter 5 win from 2016, but also a Street Fighter 4 victory back in 2012.

Infiltration has not attended as many CPT events this year as he traditionally does, and has not seen his traditional level of success in the ones he has gone to. That said, we can't count the Korean champion out just yet, as he's registered for the Last Chance Qualifier, and therefore has a final stab at the 32nd spot in the Cap Cup bracket.

The list of competitors in that tournament is fierce, setting it up to be one of the most competitive events of the entire season, but Infiltration (who has been spotted practicing Menat in recent weeks) is as good a name as any to put money on.

Will Infil make a last minute drive and join the ranks of FOX|Momochi, Tokido, Daigo, RB|Luffy, RZR|Xian and Fuudo?

Head over to the Capcom Pro Tour site to check out "The Players of Capcom Cup 2017" article they recently posted, and to get a better feel for what we'll be seeing in just a few short days in Southern California.

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