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Capcom Pro Tour Open Premier and Asian Finals, Tekken World Tour Master Event, Dragon Ball Saga event and more — SEA Major 2018 preview

It's also a ArcRevo World Tour Qualifier for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and BlazBlue: Central Fiction

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • October 9, 2018 at 5:28 p.m. PDT • Comments: 4

Update: This story contained erroneous information about the qualifying process for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour. This has since been corrected.

SEA Major 2018 is coming up this weekend, and judging by pure status it's hard to remember any event that has ever been this huge.

With Pro Tours being all the rage for fighting games lately, it's almost shocking to see how much pedigree has been awarded to SEA Major this year, though it's easy to understand why when you remember how well-ran and favorably received the event has been in years prior.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction are all going to be played at the event, and have points for their respective circuits on the line.

In fact, the only games with currently running pro tours that are not present at SEA Major 2018 in an official fashion are Injustice 2 and King of Fighters 14.

Not only are the games present at the event, but for the aforementioned three games it's the highest level of non-EVO event you can have for any of them, with each practically guaranteeing direct qualification to their finals.

With all this going on, you know that this event is going to be absolutely massive for all of the games represented, so let's take a look at what we can expect from SEA Major 2018 this weekend.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition — Premier and Asian Finals

Current entrants (Not final): 137
Some notable player: FOX|Tokido, Mouz|Problem X, FAV|Sako, CYG|Fuudo, UYU|OilKing, UYU|NL, FOX|Justin Wong, CYG|Daigo, Gachikun, RZR|Xian

As is the new system in the Capcom Pro Tour, SEA Major 2018 will essentially have two premiers in a row happening at it, much like EGX 2018 did last month.

First, Saturday will be host to an open Premier event where players will be able to compete for the extremely high amonut of points such an event brings, which is bound to bring out some of the fiercest competitors.

After that, on Sunday, the Asian Regional Finals will take place, with the Top 8 placers on the Asian leaderboard battling it out for a spot at Capcom Cup later this year.

Since the Open Premier grants some regional points as well, we can't say for sure who's going to be competing in the Asian Regional Finals, but the players currently set for qualification are FOX|Tokido, AB|Chuan, RZR|Xian, FD|Fujimura, FAV|Sako, Gachikun, UYU|NL and CYG|Fuudo.

The winner of the Asian Regional Finals gets a spot for the Capcom Cup regardless of their point placing, joining NASR|AngryBird who claimed his spot by winning the European Regional Finals at EGX 2018.

In short, there'll be a lot of top level premier action going on for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition this weekend, so you'd best not miss it.

Tekken 7 — Master Event

Current entrants (Not final): 87
Some notable player: UYU|Qudans, Kkokkoma, UYU|Jeondding, Yamasa|Nobi, AR|Book, PG|Speedkicks, COOASGAMES|Noroma, ESE|RunItBlack, Yamasa|Take, RB|Tanukana

The Tekken World Tour is drawing incredibly close to its conclusion this year. In fact, SEA Major 2018 is the final Master Event for the entire tour — so these points are incredibly important for any player who wants a spot in those finals.

Given that it's taking place in Asia, it gives even more incentive for the top regions in the world to make the trip, and you can see from the list of notable players that both Korea and Japan are showing up in full force.

That's not all, though, as American representation will also be present, knowing how valuable these precious points will be with so few events left (there are only two Challenger events remaining after this, in Berlin Tekken Clash and Canada Cup).

While the rankings are almost entirely set in place at this point, this is the event that could cause some big shakeups to them, and all the top players are fully aware of that fact. They're not going to sit this one out, and neither should you.

Dragon Ball FighterZ — Saga Event

Current entrants (Not final): 81
Some notable player: FOX|SonicFox, GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, TSM|Leffen, FOX|Dekillsage, Ponos|Moke, EG|NYChrisG, PG|Nakkiel, DNG|Tachikawa, Acqua

The fifth Saga event is taking place at SEA Major 2018, which means that another player will get a guaranteed spot at the finals taking place in January 2019.

So far, the qualified players through previous Saga events are GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|SonicFox, CO|Go1 and, most recently after this victory at Thunderstruck VI this past weekend, NRG|HookGangGod.

Although all of those players are now sitting safe, you can still see that both FOX|SonicFox and GGP|Kazunoko have opted to participate anyway, trying to get their hands on a second Dragon Bal for themselves. Of course, any other beasts who are trying to make the cut will also undoubtedly show up and try to grab one of the Dragon Balls to solidify their spot in the finals.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga Events grant a Dragon Ball and a spot in the finals to the winner, and if someone who's previously won a Saga event takes hom the victory — in this case, FOX|SonicFox or GGP|Kazunoko — they will claim the Dragon Ball, and the next player who isn't qualified will be granted free entry to the Last Chance Qualifier happening the day before the finals.

As an example, if these two players make it to Grand Finals, the Last Chance Qualifier entry spot will go to the 3rd placer, ensuring that there will be 8 players competing in the finals in January.

With only two more Saga Event qualifiers left after this, as well as the last chance qualifier at the finals themselves, it's starting to get a bit sweaty for Dragon Ball FighterZ competitors, so this is definitely going to be one to tune in to.

ArcRevo World Tour Qualifier Events

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle — ArcRevo World Tour Qualifier

Current entrants (Not final): 56
Some notable player: BE|DoraBang, KojiKOG, BE|Abegen

The ArcRevo World Tour circuit has only just begun, and these qualifiers are actually meant for 2019's ArcRevo, meaning there's a long way ahead for any players wishing to qualify.

That's no reason to rest on your laurels, though, and players are looking to come out and qualify at this event as well. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is leading the charge for Arc System Works' titles with over 50 entrants, and has quite a bit of regional diversity present as well.

Given how new the game is, it's hard to say just yet who the top players are, but SEA Major 2018 will undoubtedly go a long way in showcasing just that, so tune in and find out which players are looking to be on top in the post-EVO landscape for this game.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 — ArcRevo World Tour Qualifier

Current entrants (Not final): 37
Some notable player: GGP|Kazunoko, Daru, CO|Dogura

Although many of the Japanese beasts for Guilty Gear seem to have opted out of participating at this event, that doesn't mean it's a bad turnout. Many of the South East Asian top players are there, and a few of the Japanese multi-game players, as well as character specialist Teresa with his fearsome Jam, are going to be attending.

It's hard to call who's going to take this one home, but the Top 8 is sure to be an extremely exciting affair with tense battles between these top level competitors.

As mentioned earlier, there are many qualifiers left to come before the eventual finals at ArcRevo 2019, but putting yourself in a safe qualification spot this early is going to do wonders for your mental fortitude at events going forward, so this is an important event for sure.

BlazBlue: Central Fiction — ArcRevo World Tour Qualifier

Current entrants (Not final): 31
Some notable player: GGWP|Souji, Ponos|Garireo, CGP|Alden

If you thought that BlazBlue: Central Fiction was done for with the release of crossover title BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, think again.

It's a full-fledged part of the ArcRevo World Tour, meaning it'll be a mainstay at events for at least another year to come, and players are going to be looking for that qualifying spot here as well.

With some of the stronger BlazBlue competitors in attendance, you can bet there'll be some good matches to showcase — so stay tuned to the stream, and don't miss out on any of them.

Soul Calibur 6 — Available for Tournament Play

Current entrants (Not final): 71

While Soul Calibur 6 won't quite be out yet at the time of SEA Major 2018, releasing almost exactly one week later, there will still be a tournament for it at the event.

We don't know exactly which build this will be, but players will be able to enjoy the game and compete in it ahead of its official release.

Viewers will also have a good experience if they're looking forward to the game, because not only will the Top 8 for the tournament be streamed, the Top 16 will be as well, so you can look forward to a ton of matches to see if the game tickles your fancy.

All this in just one event is pretty insane, and this weekend is going to be stacked through the roof with hype action almost no matter what fighting games you happen to enjoy.

It's a two-day event, so it's jam-packed and if you want to plan your weekend so you don't miss any of the action, we've included the event schedule below.

Event Schedule

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I hope you're ready for SEA Major 2018 — I know I am, and I'll make sure that the EventHubs article will be updated with live coverage from the very first minute until the event is over, so look forward to Saturday (Friday depending on where you live) when the action kicks off.

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