The third and fourth ranked players for the Capcom Pro Tour have been eliminated after day one of the SoCal Regionals 2018 Street Fighter 5 event

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • September 15, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. PDT

Action is already running rampant at the SoCal Regionals 2018 Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition event, despite the fact that only one day has transpired thus far. This is a premier Capcom Pro Tour event during a time where points are becoming more and more precious as the season is beginning to wind down to its finale.

As you might imagine for an event of this scale, the competition has been particularly fierce. The list of notable competitors includes the likes of FOX|Tokido, CYG|Daigo Umehara, FOX|Justin Wong, FAV|Sako, Ponos|Moke, GGP|Kazunoko, Liquid|John Takeuchi, 801 Strider, BCF|Commander Jesse, CYG|Fuudo, FD|Fujimura, RB|Snake Eyez, UYU|OilKing, FE|Humanbomb, Tempo|Alex Myers, Neon, and many more.

Indeed, there were over 250 players gunning for first place when the tournament began. The winner would be awarded with 700 points.

Even if they previous had zero points up until this point, they could immediately be ranked at 21st place in the Capcom Pro Tour season, depending on the placements of a couple of other players present at the tournament.

We often see a number of upsets occur in the bracket when stakes are this high at a tournament event like the SoCal Regionals 2018. This is exactly what ended up happening...

Tokido — eliminated at 49th

There's no doubt that Tokido has been one of the most dominant players throughout the lifespan of Street Fighter 5 so far. Tokido is likely the player that has accumulated the most points of any player during Capcom Pro Tour events featuring Street Fighter 5 with a total of 5,664 points since 2016.

Last year, he came in first place at EVO 2017 while coming at a respectable second place during this years EVO. He also placed in second overall during the Capcom Cup 2017 finale while only losing to RISE|MenaRD.

Tokido managed to accrue the second largest sum of points during the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour season which gave him the second highest seeding next to Punk had. A large portion of Season 3 of the Capcom Pro Tour featured him as the highest ranked player as he continued a stream of dominance.

Eventually, Tokido's ranking would be overtaken by Fujimura and MOUS|Problem X — currently first and second place respectively — during this Capcom Pro Tour 2018 season. Notably, Problem X's rise was much in thanks to his victory over Tokido at EVO 2018 which awarded him 1,750 of his 2,661 points so far.

Due to Tokido's ability to simply dominate at events, at least a top eight finish at SoCal Regionals 2018 was expected. And yet... he is already out of the tournament after the first day.

Inevitably, Tokido was sent to the losers bracket by a Cammy player known as MJ|Gama. Following this, the R. Mika player called ElChakotay then eliminated him.

As a result, we won't be seeing anymore of Tokido or his Akuma for the rest of the tournament. This has caused him to tie for 49th place.

Fuudo — eliminated at 33rd

There's no player that has been able to make R. Mika work quite to the degree that Fuudo has been able to.

While many perceived R. Mika as being unviable due to previous nerfs, Fuudo proved otherwise upon winning eSports Festival Hong Kong 2018 — a premier Capcom Pro Tour event — by defeating Fujimura, OilKing, NL, and more.

Although first place finishes were often just outside of Fuudo's grasp at many major competitions, he's been able to see enough consistency to award him the fourth highest amount of points for the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 season.

So far, Fuudo has acquired a total of 1,830 points. Fuudo's entry into the Capcom Cup 2018 tournament at the end of the year is basically all but guaranteed now.

It would not have been far-fetched to see Fuudo gain a significant amount of momentum after winning his first premier event. His fourth place finish could've been at least somewhat attributed to the unique seeding of Final Fighters China 2018 as the event required a lot of mental composure for a number of top contenders.

Unfortunately for Fuudo's fans, he received two upset defeats at the hands of Commander Jesse's Dhalsim and ChrisCCH's Guile. He ended up finishing at 33rd as a result.

He only needed to win two one set in order to make it to day two.

It's also worth mentioning that Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong are currently sitting in the losers bracket due to victories by 801 Strider — using G! — and John Takeuchi. Still, they managed to keep themselves in the tournament for day two.

Currently, Justin Wong has netted himself a total of 1,501 points for this Capcom Pro Tour season. This means that he's currently sitting at 8th place as far as seeding for the Capcom Cup is concerned.

As for Daigo Umehara, he currently holds 1,422 points. In other words, he is now sitting at 10th place.

Should either of these two players come in first place at the SoCal Regionals 2018 tournament, the reward of 700 points could boost their seeding to fourth.

And remember: this is just day one. We could see more eliminations as we narrow the players down to the final eight before the final day tomorrow.

Source: Capcom Pro Tour standings.

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