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Bonchan has jumped up 2,400 points since CEO, and for the first time in a long time Punk's status as Pro Tour top dog is being threatened

A red-hot Zeku player has knocked Daigo out of the top 10

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 5, 2019 at 11:41 a.m. PDT • Comments: 36

The early chapters of this year's Capcom Pro Tour were more or less defined by Victor "REC|Punk" Woodley's absolute domination, but the vast point chasm he placed between himself and the rest of the Street Fighter 5 competitive scene has been all but closed by Masato "RB|Bonchan" Takahashi.

Punk's three Premier event wins (as well as two second-place finishes) and strong Ranking event performances catapulted him deep into first place, but his former 1,000+ point margin has been reduced to a mere 185 as Bonchan has set out on a streak that's already arguably hotter than Woodley's.

With a handful of top eights and even a win at Versus Masters, (Ranking, late April) Bonchan kicked off the 2019 season to a good, but not great, start. A third-place finish at Taipei Major (Premier, early June) proved the potential was there, and Bonchan's subsequent CPT appearances have all ended with gold medals.

Wins at CEO, (Premier, late June) VS Fighting 2019, (Premier, mid-July) and EVO 2019 (EVO Super Premier, early August) gave the Japanese player no less than 2,400 points, bringing his total to 3,070 and bumping him into second place overall.

Punk has yet to place any worse than 17th (which is what he got at EVO) at any CPT event this year, and the fact that second-place finishes next to his name still feel a bit surprising remains a testament to just how strong he's been in recent months. That said, right around EVO is one of the best times to get hot, and Bonchan is showing no signs of cooling.

These two Karin players are set apart from the rest of the pack as the third-place Rohto|Tokido currently has 2,175 points, but other exceptional EVO runs have caused a bit of shakeup in other areas of the CPT top 10.

Adel "NASR|BigBird" Anouche and DC "CYG|Infexious" Coleman both cracked top eight at the big dance in Vegas this past weekend and both were rewarded handsomely for it.

Anouche's coming in second earned him 500 points and a jump from 26th to 9th on the global leaderboard. Coleman made it all the way to 3rd at EVO with his Zeku, which boosted him from 22nd to 10th overall. These jumps have pushed UYU|Oil King and CYG|Daigo Umehara into 11th and 12th respectively.

There are still 20 events left in the 2019 season before Capcom Cup, two of which are Super Premiers and seven of which are Premier, so there's plenty of room left for things to change about. You can see the top 10 on the CPT global leaderboard by clicking the thumbnail below.

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