The Capcom Pro Tour's LATAM regional champion will not be competing at Capcom Cup 2018 due to visa rejection

Crossover unfortunately drops out of the big event next week

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • December 4, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. PST

Update: Capcom has released a statement on the matter. According to the company, Crossover is attempting a last appeal which could allow him to compete at Capcom Cup.

Capcom will provide an update with Crossover's status and who will replace him on the line up (if he cannot attend) once the information is available. You can see their full tweet below.

Original story: We have just received word that Lenny Alexander Matos a.k.a. SB|Crossover will no longer be competing at Capcom Cup 2018 next week. According to a recent tweet from this player, this news comes as a result of his visa not seeing approval by the Dominican Republic embassy.

Crossover qualified for Capcom Cup early last month by winning the Latin American regional finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"It saddens me to say that I won't be able to make it to [Capcom Cup] due to the embassy in DR not approving my visa," Crossover wrote on Twitter. "I'm in tears now and in so much pain. I worked hard all of these years to get this opportunity and this happened. I'm grateful for the friends I have, see you in 2020."

Crossover is an Akuma player in Street Fighter 5 who hails from the Dominican Republic. At the regional finals last month, Crossover took home the trophy and the Capcom Cup qualifying spot by winning 3-1 over RES|Pikoro's M. Bison.

If the seeding and format for Capcom Cup holds true to form to last year, Crossover would have been paired up against FOX|Tokido in round one at the event. You can look over the bracket mock up here.

This is a very unfortunate shake up so close to the event, which is taking place on December 14th through the 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This begs the question: who will take the vacant spot at Capcom Cup 2018?

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The logical conclusion would be that the runner up of the LATAM regional finals would take the spot. In this case, that would be Pikoro.

With four spots on the Capcom Cup line up specifically allotted to the four regional finals winners, this would seem like the likeliest outcome. However, with Pikoro also being an international player (from Peru), visa issues could also come into play — being able to set things up in time for the event next week being the most likely obstacle.

Another option would be to bring in the player with highest amount of Capcom Pro Tour points who did not qualify for the Capcom Cup. Looking at the current standings, it appears that the player who fits this bill is CYG|GameBee.

With this development being so fresh, it will likely take some time for Capcom to sort out the details. We will have the latest updates as they become available.

Photo credit - Capcom Fighters.

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