Asian CPT leaderboard comes to a close, Tekken's best collide and a battle for the Time Stone - Here's why you should watch SEAM 2017 this weekend

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • October 12, 2017 at 12:06 p.m. PDT

South East Asia Major 2017 is coming up this weekend, and there are multiple reasons you should keep your eyes on this event.

It's not just about this event being a staple for the FGC for the last 5 years, but there's so much more that makes this event a huge deal in 2017.

For a full rundown of everything this event will bring you, continue below.

Street Fighter 5 — Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals

With the Capcom Pro Tour almost at an end, the second Regional Finals are taking place, and at South East Asia Major 2017, it is, naturally, the Asian portion of the tour which is finishing.

The seven players qualified on points to compete on Sunday are FOX|Momochi, ZW|OilKing, Ponos|Moke, RZR|Xian, DNG|Tachikawa, Mago and GGP|Kazunoko.

Saturday will be host to the last chance qualifier, to grab the final spot in that event, and you can bet that most of Asia's heavy hitters are out in full force to take it. Players such as FOX|Tokido, Scarz|Sako and GRPT|MOV are all signed up to fight it out, and you can bet there's plenty more where that came from.

Although the CPT standings might feel like they're somewhat set in stone at this point, this is where it really matters - players on the bubble have their chance to turn it around for them and make it into this year's final bracket. Although there are a few events left, like Canada Cup 2017 and the last chance qualifier at Capcom Cup itself, this is definitely the best opportunity for anyone in the Asian region to make their way in.

It's also worth noting that the next character for Street Fighter 5 is growing conspicuous with their absence. Although many expected them to show off their last addition for Season 2 at Tokyo Game Show, that didn't happen, so every weekend expectations are high... Is this the one where we will finally see Zeku?

Tekken 7 — Tekken World Tour's First Regional Event

The Tekken World Tour has been going strong since the game's console release back in June, and although we've seen many Master Events come and go, with high-level competition at each, this is the first tournament besides EVO which carries a higher designation than that - namely, a Regional Event - and a $15,000 pot bonus to boot.

With this prestigious setting, you can bet that anyone who's anyone from the Asia region will be showing up and competing. If you think this is another event where FOX|JDCR and FOX|Saint are "guaranteed" to be in Grand Finals together, think again.

Besides those two juggernauts, a few names who are coming to try their hand at attaining 1st place glory are Qudans, Chanel, ROX|Knee, Yamasa|Nobi, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Yamasa|Take, Kkokkoma, Jeondding, Yamasa|Yuu - and obviously, many more to follow.

This is almost certainly going to be the biggest Tekken 7 event since EVO, so you better make sure to check it out. Although we're accustomed to seeing Korea's two EchoFox representatives take 1st and 2nd, they both have to bring their A game if they want to survive this bracket.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite — Third Battle for the Stones Event

Although Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was released very recently, Capcom made sure to give it a place at this year's Capcom Cup, with qualification being done partly via their Battle for the Stones events.

Two of these have been played already - at SoCal Regionals 2017 and Milan Games Weekend 2017 - and obviously, we're going to be getting most of these in a short time-frame due to the release date of the game being so close to the Capcom Cup finals.

You can expect some serious competition for the event, with seasoned series veteran FOX|Justin Wong (who happens to already be qualified via his Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 EVO victory in 2014) topping the list of notable participants.

Other players you can look forward to seeing test their skills in this new game at this huge event, and try to get the Time Stone as a prize, include Rise|Marn, RZR|Xian, GGP|Kazunoko, Abegen and KillerKai.

With Capcom Cup drawing close, we're bound to see players find new and exciting ways to develop the meta in the game, so if you happen to enjoy the latest entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, make sure to tune in.

Other fighting games to enjoy at the event

While the three main events have been outlined above, that's by no means all you'll be seeing this weekend.

You can rest assured that other games will have their time in the spotlight as well, with official tournaments being held for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Injustice 2, as far as fighting games go.

Windjammers, baby!

We just couldn't talk about this tournament without mentioning this part, too.

South East Asia Major 2017 will also be hosting the Windjammers Asia Championships.

If good old arcade goodness and/or flying discs are your thing, then you're in luck - Windjammers is planned to be streamed all the way from pools until Grand Finals.

Stream Schedule

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Schedule image courtesy of AceKingOffSuit.

In conclusion, South East Asia Major 2017 is going to be as big as ever, if not even bigger. If any of the games you enjoy are being played at this event and you DON'T tune in, you're doing yourself a huge disservice.

Trust us when we say - this is going to be a good one.

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