EventHubs 2017 top 50 Street Fighter 5 players 10-1

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 30, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. PST

We've made it to the final portion of the top 50 player list for 2017, do you have your predictions sheets ready?

With as volatile as the competitive scene in Street Fighter 5 has been this year, it's hasn't been all that clear who the best in the business is.

Liquid|NuckleDu started the year hot as the Capcom Cup 2016 champion, but PG|Punk dominated early in the year with back to back to back Premier tournament wins along with a $250,000 victory at ELeague.

Punk's undisputed title of top dog was called into question come EVO when FOX|Tokido forced him into a second place finish, and would carry the title for much of the rest of the year.

The favorite to win Capcom Cup would taste similar defeat when the 18 year old Rise|MenaRD would best him at Capcom Cup 2017, sending the "who's the best?" conversation back into intense debate.

Without any more delay, read on to find out where each of these players landed, and who is with them in the top 10.

10. Ryo "CO|Dogura" Nozaki

Score: 86.88
Primary character(s) used: Urien
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 50 (+40)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 7th

Notable Placements:
• 33rd - Final Round 20
• 17th - Ultimate Fighting Arena
• 25th - NorCal Regionals
• 9th - DreamHack Austin
• 9th - BAM 9
• 9th - ComboBreaker 2017
• 13th - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Two
• 3rd - Thaiger Uppercut
• 25th - EVO 2017
• 4th - Abuget Cup 2017
• 25th - Japan Cup 2017
• 13th - Esports Festival Hong Kong
• 3rd - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Four
• 9th - Dueling Dragons Dojo (D3)
• 1st - TWFighter Major
• 1st - Canada Cup 2017
• 17th - Capcom Cup 2017
• 3rd - Red Bull Tower of Pride
• 7th - Frosty Faustings IX

9. Naoki "Ponos|Moke" Nakayama

Score: 87.26
Primary character(s) used: Rashid
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: N/A
Pro Tour Global Rank: 21st

Notable Placements:
• 2nd - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Two
• 5th - EVO 2017
• 5th - Abuget Cup 2017
• 17th - Japan Cup 2017
• 33rd - Esports Festival Hong Kong
• 13th - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Four
• 3rd - Manila Cup 2017
• 1st - OzHadou Nationals 15
• 25th - EGX 2017
• 4th - Dueling Dragons Dojo (D3)
• 17th - TWFighter Major
• 9th - Canada Cup 2017
• 4th - Capcom Cup 2017
• 4th - Zowie Fighter World Cup Finals

8. Benjamin "Mouz|Problem X" Simon

Score: 88.04
Primary character(s) used: M. Bison, Birdie
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 35th (+27)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 6th

Notable Placements:
• 13th - Final Round 20
• 1st - Sonic Boom
• 25th - Ultimate Fighting Arena
• 4th - Hypespotting 6
• 9th - The Colosseum
• 2nd - FFM Rumble 10
• 7th - Online Event: Europe One
• 9th - Online Event: Europe Three
• 4th - VSFighting 7
• 1st - Celtic Throwdown
• 1st - Street Grand Battle
• 1st - EGX 2017
• 1st - EU Regional Finals at Milan Games Week
• 5th - Canada Cup 2017
• 7th - Capcom Cup 2017
• 9th - Zowie Fighter Europe Finals
• 1st - Zowie Brussels Challenge

7. Hiromiki "DNG|Itabashi Zangief" Kumada

Score: 89.19
Primary character(s) used: Zangief
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 27th (+20)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 13th

Notable Placements:
• 7th - Final Round 20
• 2nd - Ultimate Fighting Arena
• 3rd - DreamHack Summer 2017
• 13th - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Two
• 4th - EVO 2017
• 33rd - Japan Cup 2017
• 3rd - Canada Cup 2017
• 5th - Capcom Cup 2017
• 6th - 6th Topanga League
• 4th - Rage Vol. 4 Grand Finals
• 7th - LAN Story Cup

6. Du "Liquid|NuckleDu" Dang

Score: 89.39
Primary character(s) used: Guile, R. Mika
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 1st (-5)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 3rd

Notable Placements:
• 3rd - Final Round 20
• 2nd - NorCal Regionals
• 17th - DreamHack Austin
• 1st - ComboBreaker 2017
• 7th - CEO 2017
• 5th - EVO 2017
• 1st - Summer Jam 2017
• 1st - DreamHack Montreal 2017
• 2nd - Northwest Majors
• 4th - Canada Cup 2017
• 9th - ELeague Street Fighter 5
• 3rd - Street Fighter 5 Shoryuken Tournament at TGS 2017
• 13th - Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2
• 2nd - Fighters Underground 2017
• 1st - Northern Fights
• 9th - LAN Story Cup
• 1st - Frosty Faustings IX

5. Atsushi "YouDeal|Yukadon" Fujimura

Score: 91.64
Primary character(s) used: Ibuki
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 19th (+14)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 4th

Notable Placements:
• 13th - Ultimate Fighting Arena
• 9th - NorCal Regionals
• 13th - DreamHack Austin
• 7th - BAM 9
• 17th - ComboBreaker 2017
• 1st - DreamHack Summer 2017
• 13th - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Two
• 17th - EVO 2017
• 25th - Japan Cup 2017
• 9th - Esports Festival Hong Kong
• 1st - SoCal Regionals
• 1st - Dueling Dragons Dojo (D3)
• 13th - TWFighter Major
• 7th - Canada Cup 2017
• 5th - Capcom Cup 2017
• 17th - Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2

4. Naoki "AW|Nemo" Nemoto

Score: 92.29
Primary character(s) used: Urien
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 20th (+16)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 59th

Notable Placements:
• 9th - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Two
• 33rd - EVO 2017
• 7th - Japan Cup 2017
• 2nd - East Coast Throwdown 2017
• 4th - DreamHack Montreal 2017
• 1st - Capcom Cup Last Chance Qualifier
• 3rd - Capcom Cup 2017
• 5th - Red Bull Tower of Pride
• 1st - Red Bull Kumite 2017
• 1st - 6th Topanga League
• 2nd - Rage Vol. 4 Grand Finals
• 1st - Street Fighter 5 Shoryuken Tournament
• 9th - Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2
• 5th - LAN Story Cup

3. Saul "Rise|MenaRD" Leonardo Mena Segundo

Score: 93.17
Primary character(s) used: Birdie
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: N/A
Pro Tour Global Rank: 25th

Notable Placements:
• 25th - Final Round 20
• 1st - Game Over Tournament
• 2nd - Online Event: Latin America One
• 13th - ComboBreaker 2017
• 9th - CEO 2017
• 2nd - The Fight 2017
• 1st - Online Event: Latin America Three
• 65th - EVO 2017
• 2nd - First Attack PR
• 4th - SoCal Regionals
• 1st - Capcom Cup 2017
• 4th - Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2

2. Victor "PG|Punk" Woodley

Score: 94.79
Primary character(s) used: Karin
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 40th (+38)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 1st

Notable Placements:
• 25th - Final Round 20
• 1st - West Coast Warzone 2017
• 1st - NorCal Regionals
• 1st - DreamHack Austin
• 2nd - CEO 2017
• 2nd - EVO 2017
• 2nd - Defend the North 2017
• 2nd - Summer Jam 2017
• 1st - Absolute Battle 8
• 1st - East Coast Throwdown 2017
• 17th - SoCal Regionals
• 1st - Northwest Majors
• 5th - Online Event: North America Four
• 13th - Canada Cup 2017
• 1st - NA Regional Finals: Red Bull Battle Grounds
• 9th - Capcom Cup 2017
• 1st - ELeague Street Fighter 5
• 7th - Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2
• 7th - Fighters Underground 2017
• 1st - DreamHack Atlanta 2017
• 1st - Winter Brawl 11
• 1st - King of New York 2017

1. Hajime "FOX|Tokido" Taniguchi

Score: 96.75
Primary character(s) used: Akuma
Twitter
EventHubs SF5 top 50 placement for 2016: 3rd (+2)
Pro Tour Global Rank: 2nd

Notable Placements:
• 5th - Final Round 20
• 4th - Ultimate Fighting Arena
• 9th - NorCal Regionals
• 4th - BAM 9
• 3rd - Saigon Cup 2017
• 33rd - CEO 2017
• 1st - EVO 2017
• 7th - Thaiger Uppercut
• 5th - Online Event: Asia/Oceania Four
• 7th - TWFighter Major
• 1st - Asia/Oceania Regional Finals: South East Asia Major 2017
• 2nd - Capcom Cup 2017
• 13th - ELeague Street Fighter 5
• 5th - Red Bull Tower of Pride
• 9th - Red Bull Kumite 2017
• 2nd - Street Fighter 5 Shoryuken Tournament at TGS 2017
• 1st - Brooklyn Beatdown Round 2
• 2nd - LAN Story Cup

Panel members 2017 SF5 Top 50

Allegiance|801 Strider
Brian_F
BurnoutFighter
EH|Catalyst
CO|Dogura
SB|DoomSnake507
EH|DreamKing
F-Word
Flash
Gachikun
Zowie|GamerBee
GRPT|Haitani
DNG|Itabashi Zangief
SB|JB
EH|MajinTenshinhan
Matthew Edwards
Rise|MenaRD
PONOS|Moke
ESPR|Mono
Zowie|Oil King
TLN|Saunic
Seth Killian
DR|StormKUBO
DNG|Tachikawa
Epsilon|Takamura
Tyrant
UltraDavid (and his cats)
EH|Velociraptor
GFuel|Verloren
Vicious
RZR|Xian
TLN|Xiaobao
YouDeal|Yukadon

Rules and notes for panel members

We told the panel that their scores should take into account their opinion of each player's overall skill and their performance in 2017.

The panel was not allowed to vote for the following:
- Themselves.
- Close relatives.
- Players on their direct team/sponsor.

Photo credits - Capcom Fighters, Chris Bahn, Kara “Karaface” Leung, Stephanie Lindgren, and Jason Laboy.

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