Which characters have shown up the most in Capcom Pro Tour top 8s for Season 3.5? Which one character hasn't shown up at all? Let's analyze the data

The top placings are unlikely to surprise you, but the data might bring a few unexpected facts

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • December 15, 2018 at 6:31 a.m. PST

Earlier this year, I did a comparison between Season 3.0 and Season 3.5's charage usage for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition using data from the big tournaments that had occured at the time.

This list was made shortly after CEO 2018, so it only really covered about half of the year at the time, and only a few months of Season 3.5 since it hit us right at the beginning of April.

The more data you have, the more accurate and interesting the findings tend to be, so this time we're going to expand on the Season 3.5 statistics and see just how much characters have shown up in top 8s across the year.

We're not going to repeat the Season 3.0 statistics since the comparison doesn't matter as much at this point, and there was a pretty small sample base to draw from, but if you're interested in what Season 3.0 looked like, you can just check back with the previous piece from early July.

For context, this will be a pure presentation of data, and isn't implying anything about character strength or their usage. Any character showing up in a top 8, even if it's only for one match, is counted, meaning that this is purely a representation of how often characters are seen in top 8s of Capcom Pro Tour events.

Characters are only counted if they were used in top 8. For example, if someone used Akuma the whole way to get to top 8 but picked only Guile for the entire top 8, that will only count as Guile inside of a top 8, so these statistics are 100% based on top 8 appearances and nothing else.

Every single Capcom Pro Tour event of Season 3.5 will be counted, meaning that I'll be using the data from the last article as a base and add on to it every event that's happened since then. Now, without further ado, let's have a look at the statistics of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's current balance patch, and how it's shaken out competitively.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition — Season 3.5 Tournament Placings

Cammy
Top 8 appearances: 77
Top 8 appearance percentage: 114.9%
Represented players: UYU|NL, Fursan|Verloren, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, GGP|Kazunoko, Tempo|Alex Myers, K-Brad, CJ Truth, REC|Punk, FNATIC|Shakz, TPT|Stunner, VS|NekoXX, exceL|Hurricane, Cobelcog, FightClub|UD, CYG|GamerBee, Mago, Bravery, NVD|Momi, NG|Patada Veloz, InC|Splash, UYU|Jeondding, WC|OldTrussy, Ghost|NuckleDu
Amount of different players: 23

Akuma
Top 8 appearances: 59
Top 8 appearance percentage: 88%
Represented players: FOX|Tokido, FD|Haitani, Epsilon|Takamura, iG|Jiewa, Rise|MenaRD, FNATIC|Zera, Jochy, Chris Tatarian, Brandon, PBE|Don, R.R. Keekay, DR|Droker, NASR|AngryBird, Method|Packz, Book, AR|ArthuroRay, CrossoverRD, Jyjyjy, RB|Snake Eyez, XSK Samurai, Momochi, Boonster|Craa, Naooonn, EightGrade, FD|Otani
Amount of different players: 25

Guile
Top 8 appearances: 47
Top 8 appearance percentage: 70.1%
Represented players: CYG|Daigo, Ghost|NuckleDu, Rise|Caba, FNATIC|Akainu, NVD|Phenom, AB|Chuan, ChrisCCH, Method|ImStillDaDaddy, TheInquisitor32, EG|NYChrisG, Orwando
Amount of different players: 11

M. Bison
Top 8 appearances: 35
Top 8 appearance percentage: 52.2%
Represented players: Mouz|Problem X, Furia|HKDash, Talon|HotDog29, VS|Somniac, Toi, RES|Pikoro, Talon|Denesis, TJ|MindRPG, exceL|Isam, Tampa Bison, Pnoy, NVD|Phenom
Amount of different players: 12

Abigail
Top 8 appearances: 34
Top 8 appearance percentage: 50.7%
Represented players: Mouz|Problem X, AB|StormKubo, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, RB|Snake Eyez, Flash, RB, Jan, Shady, AB|Poongko, exceL|Hurricane, Lilo24k, CoolKid93, LPN, UYU|Brian_F
Amount of different players: 14

Menat
Top 8 appearances: 34
Top 8 appearance percentage: 50.7%
Represented players: Infiltration, FOX|Justin Wong, FAV|Sako, CO|Go1, MJMaster, Jot, Shodown|Zenith, Kreymore, exceL|Brian, ZJZ, Pochoclo23
Amount of different players: 10

R. Mika
Top 8 appearances: 32
Top 8 appearance percentage: 47.8%
Represented players: CYG|Fuudo, RB|Luffy, NVD|SaltyKid, Ghost|NuckleDu, Mo-Joe, FluxWaveZ, RD|Erickof1
Amount of different players: 7

Rashid
Top 8 appearances: 31
Top 8 appearance percentage: 46.3%
Represented players: UYU|OilKing, Liquid|John Takeuchi, RB|Gachikun, NASR|BigBird, SB|JB, Leslie, AZE|M@ximof, MrEstrella Amount of different players: 8

Ibuki
Top 8 appearances: 27
Top 8 appearance percentage: 40.3%
Represented players: FD|Fujimura, RZR|Xian, EG|NYChrisG, DR Ray, Brolynho, END|Shine, ElTigre
Amount of different players: 7

Ken
Top 8 appearances: 22
Top 8 appearance percentage: 32.8%
Represented players: Chris Tatarian, JonesArcade, Momochi, NASR|BigBird, UTGS|CeroBlast, Brenttiscool, Vitality|JuniorLéo, AndyEnigmaCR, AK|IAmTheFinalBoss, TSD|Seguero, MVK|DarkAizen
Amount of different players: 11

Urien
Top 8 appearances: 21
Top 8 appearance percentage: 31.3%
Represented players: Liquid|Nemo, CO|Dogura, Tommy2Step, AAG|Pr3da, CESC|BKSama, TOSFHQ|Sabour, Duwactik, Kakaroto, VoodooTavo, Umbrella|Dark, Khannibal, Flash
Amount of different players: 12

Necalli
Top 8 appearances: 21
Top 8 appearance percentage: 31.3%
Represented players: NVD|Phenom, Brolynho, FNATIC|Brick, Choco, exceL|Infexious, TO|Machabo, Vitality|Linkexelo, DS|ShadowX
Amount of different players: 8

Karin
Top 8 appearances: 21
Top 8 appearance percentage: 31.3%
Represented players: REC|Punk, RB|Bonchan, FOX|Justin Wong, Method|Packz, Kakaroto, Keoma, RobinhoFGC
Amount of different players: 7

Balrog
Top 8 appearances: 21
Top 8 appearance percentage: 31.3%
Represented players: Rise|Smug, BK9999, K0Lder, Tse4, Lilo24k, FSN|Shingolex, RASS, RTN|ProSub, Mouz|Problem X, Gafro, UYU|Brian_F
Amount of different players: 11

Laura
Top 8 appearances: 21
Top 8 appearance percentage: 31.3%
Represented players: FNATIC|Shakz, DrGulag, Raptor E-Sport, Idom, OswaldAce, Paulow3b, ZF|ESAZavaletP, Will2Pac, NFMS|Moise, ElTigre
Amount of different players: 10

Birdie
Top 8 appearances: 15
Top 8 appearance percentage: 22.4%
Represented players: Rise|MenaRD, Umbrella|Dark, SunMate, FNATIC|Atrosh, 2DR|Younghou, Trashbox
Amount of different players: 6

Kolin
Top 8 appearances: 14
Top 8 appearance percentage: 20.9%
Represented players: Momochi, Flash, Nephew, MRG|NovaMage, DM|Misterio, REC|Punk, SZY|Mizuha
Amount of different players: 7

Chun-Li
Top 8 appearances: 13
Top 8 appearance percentage: 19.4%
Represented players: CO|Go1, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Infiltration, Terrence, Chi-Rithy, Humanbomb, Tse4, Tempo, Shodown|Chuchu, REC|Punk
Amount of different players: 10

Dhalsim
Top 8 appearances: 12
Top 8 appearance percentage: 17.9%
Represented players: BCF|Commander Jesse, Method|Broski, Tigers|LuiMan20, SFC|EvilDhalsim, PHD|Shaka22, Dankadillas, TF|DidimoKOF
Amount of different players: 7

Vega
Top 8 appearances: 11
Top 8 appearance percentage: 16.4%
Represented players: SB|DoomSnake, DR Ray, TOSFHQ|VastEnd
Amount of different players: 3

Nash
Top 8 appearances: 10
Top 8 appearance percentage: 14.9%
Represented players: RB|Bonchan, AronManurung, NG|ChinoFunkey, TPT|Destroyer, NVD|Momi, DNS|PHDPumpit
Amount of different players: 6

Zeku
Top 8 appearances: 10
Top 8 appearance percentage: 14.9%
Represented players: NASR|BigBird, TSD|Serpentaurus, exceL|Infexious, NASR|AngryBird, Huang Yang Mian, Paulow3b
Amount of different players: 6

G
Top 8 appearances: 9
Top 8 appearance percentage: 13.4%
Represented players: RUFGC|SwagSkheletor, Shady, Umbrella|Dark, Nephew, Mouz|Problem X, Rise|Smug, Ghost|NuckleDu
Amount of different players: 7

F.A.N.G
Top 8 appearances: 8
Top 8 appearance percentage: 11.9%
Represented players: Reason|VegaPatch, RUFGC|SwagSkheletor, Mono, AAG|BabyBrasil, Pithead-China
Amount of different players: 5

Blanka
Top 8 appearances: 8
Top 8 appearance percentage: 11.9%
Represented players: Method|ImStillDaDaddy, TheGriffonMask, exceL|Brian, Shady, Tigers|LuiMan20, Dankadillas
Amount of different players: 6

Zangief
Top 8 appearances: 7
Top 8 appearance percentage: 10.4%
Represented players: DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FNATIC|Brick, AB|Kichipa-mu, RB|Snake Eyez, exceL|Infexious, Mhike2Stronk
Amount of different players: 6

Sakura
Top 8 appearances: 4
Top 8 appearance percentage: 6%
Represented players: Flaquito, ChrisCCH, Spaceboy
Amount of different players: 3

Juri
Top 8 appearances: 4
Top 8 appearance percentage: 6%
Represented players: Infiltration, DedPetren, Ghost|NuckleDu
Amount of different players: 3

Alex
Top 8 appearances: 4
Top 8 appearance percentage: 6%
Represented players: Juanfraroth, AG|CogumerLim, Maumas
Amount of different players: 3

Sagat
Top 8 appearances: 3
Top 8 appearance percentage: 4.5%
Represented players: RB|Bonchan, Boonster|Craa
Amount of different players: 2

Falke
Top 8 appearances: 2
Top 8 appearance percentage: 3%
Represented players: FOX|Justin Wong, UYU|OilKing
Amount of different players: 2

Ryu
Top 8 appearances: 1
Top 8 appearance percentage: 1.5%
Represented players: Rise|Caba
Amount of different players: 1

Ed
Top 8 appearances: 1
Top 8 appearance percentage: 1.5%
Represented players: Dieminion
Amount of different players: 1

Cody
Top 8 appearances: 0
Top 8 appearance percentage: 0
Represented players: N/A
Amount of different players: N/A

Events counted: Brussels Challenge, Fighting Spirit, CPT Online Latin America North 1, Saigon Cup, CPT Online North America West 1, Game Over, CPT Online Europe West 1, Texas Showdown, CPT Online Latin America South 1, Battle Arena Melbourne 10, Stunfest, Toryuken, Combo Breaker, DreamHack Austin, CPT Online South East Asia 1, The Fight, CPT Online Europe East 1, CPT Online Asia East 1, Northwest Majors X, CEO, CPT Online NA West 2, Abuget Cup 2018, Sonic Boom 2018, CPT Online Europe West 2, FV Cup 2018, Defend the North 2018, VSFighting 2018, CPT Online South East Asia 2, Fight in Rio 2018, CPT Online Latin America North 2, Headstomper 2018, EVO 2018, Fight Club NRW 2018, Furia Tica 2018, TWFighter Major 2018, CPT Online Europe East 2, Lima Salty 2018, CPT Online Latin America South 2, Celtic Throwdown 2018, eSports Festival Hong Kong 2018, Summer Jam 12, Ultimate Fighting Arena 2018, First Attack 2018, Final Fighters China 2018, Treta Championship 2018, The Mixup / Street Grand Battle 2018, DreamHack Montreal 2018, SoCal Regionals 2018, EGX 2018 and European Regional Finals, Never Give Up 2018, Tokyo Game Show 2018, CPT Online Asia East 2, Fighting Fest 2018, CPT Online NA East 1, Thunderstruck VI, SEA Major 2018 and Asian Regional Finals, Buenos Aires True Salt 2018, JAM Festival 2018, East Coast Throwdown 2018, Canada Cup 2018, Latin American Regional Finals and Open Premier, CPT Online NA East 2, North American Regional Finals and Open Premier and finally the Capcom Cup 2018 Last Chance Qualifier.

While the differences with the whole season behind us compared to the statistics right after CEO aren't all that different at the very top, a few notable shifts that happened since then are that Laura and Balrog have seen a massive rise in top 8 representation, both in occurences and players representing them.

Another interesting tidbit is that G is the most successful Season 3 character despite being out for the shortest time (tied with Sagat since they released at the same time).

It's also refreshing to see that while the balance is definitely not perfect, and the discrepancies between characters can be quite large, we've still seen every character except for one show up in at least one match of a top 8 throughout this season.

These statistics seem to fall fairly well in line with most common tier lists as far as character strength go, though there's also obviously a strong correlation between usage and perception, meaning that these statistics do nothing at all to prove whether a character is good or bad, but rather just how many people enjoy playing them and also manage to find success in official tournaments with them.

Hopefully you enjoyed this statistical breakdown of what Season 3.5 has looked like as far as top 8 appearances go. It'll be interesting to see how heavily the meta shifts next season.

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