Italian Street Fighter 5 player levels game's brand new character from Rookie to Diamond rank in less than 24 hours

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 27, 2017 at 3:10 p.m. PDT

Abigail joined the Street Fighter 5 roster just two days ago, and after spending a few hours getting accustomed to the gigantic new brawler, an Italian player by the name of SchiacciSempre set out on a near impossible quest: reach Diamond rank in less than 24 hours.

To hit this mark, SchiacciSempre would need to earn a total of 14,000 League Points (LP). To put this in perspective, SF5 has been out since February of last year, and there are thousands of players that have yet to reach Diamond rank with the characters they've been using for over nearly a year and a half.

SchiacciSempre kicked off his stream on Tuesday with the intent to start a brand new account and take Abigail from 0LP to at least 14,000 in a single session that would last less than 24 hours.

While he did end up taking a break to sleep, the Italian Street Fighter player was able to conquer the self-set challenge in a total of 22 hours and 45 minutes.

The entire trek is archived over on SchiacciSempre's Twitch channel, and so skeptics can easily go back to ensure Schiacci only used Abigail and that there wasn't any foul play involved.

Below you'll see a pair of clips showing Schiacci's final match and celebration afterwards, and you'll find some statistics for his incredible run after the jump.

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All in all the challenge took a total of 360 matches to complete, with 265 wins and 95 losses. Check out the full stats by clicking the image below:

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For those unaware of how Street Fighter's ranking system works, players gain LP for defeating opponents that they are randomly matched up with online. They begin at Rookie status and level up to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and then finally Diamond.

Each rank (save for Rookie) has three sub ranks within it. Bronze players become Super Bronze, then Ultra Bronze before finally graduating to Silver. The process repeats for the subsequent levels, but the required increase in LP grows with each rank up.

The discrepancy in rank between two players directly affects how many points are exchanged after a match is completed. Higher ranked players stand to earn less and lose much more should they be bested by a player of lower rank.

This means that it's relatively easy to earn points early on, but a Super Platinum player stands to win only 10 LP for defeating a Gold player, but stands to lose more than 100.

Pulling this off with an absolutely brand new character is an incredible feat, and we eagerly look forward to seeing SchiacciSempre's future stream challenges, and hopefully some tournament play as well.

Thank you to grazianofabiano for the submission.

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