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Which characters appeared the most in top 8s throughout this year's Capcom Pro Tour? Which two characters never made it at all? Let's look at the data

The leader of the pack managed to reach top 8 a total of 56 times across 58 different tournaments, while two characters never got there even once

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • December 11, 2019 at 9:24 a.m. PST • Comments: 39

Last year, I compiled two different statistical articles focusing on character usage in Capcom Pro Tour tournaments for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's Season 3 and later another one for the entirety of Season 3.5.

This year, we're going to do the same thing, but with no mid-season balance shakeup, it felt like it made more sense to simply wait until the end of the season (which is now) to bring out the data and take a look at how different characters have been faring throughout the year. Before we jump in to the data itself, though, let's go over some ground rules so you know exactly what this data is based on and what it does or doesn't represent.

Just like last year, this is entirely focused on how many appearances a character had in a top 8. If a character showed up for at least one match in top 8, it's going to count to their total. In other words, there is no taking into account if these are main characters, sub characters or planned counterpicks that didn't work out and were switched off from after just one game.

It's also worth noting that characters will not count unless they were used specifically in the top 8. So if for example a player uses R. Mika all the way through pools and Top 32 but resorts to only using Birdie in Top 8 (yeah, you know who I'm talking about), it will not count towards R. Mika's total.

This is purely focusing on the hard numbers of how much characters showed up in top 8 throughout this year in Capcom Pro Tour events. The players who used said character have also been compiled, so it's clearly evident when a character is largely being brought to top 8 by the very same player(s) every time (as is the case with both Menat and Sagat).

With this in mind, the listings don't necessarily point to how good or bad any given character is, but shows how often we've ended up seeing them in the top 8 broadcasts throughout this year. How you want to judge these statistics is up to you, but there is no inherent statement about them in this article itself. Simply a presentation of facts.

Now, without further ado, let's dive in to the meat of the story — the numbers.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition — Season 4 Tournament Placings

Karin
Top 8 appearances: 56
Top 8 appearance percentage: 96.6%
Represented players: REC|Punk, FD|Johnny, RB|Bonchan, FNATIC|Shakz, Mario, Justin Wong, Mago, NVD|Phenom, ASM|MisterCrimson, GRPT|MOV, Yoro, RobinhoFGC, Bandits|MenaRD, Keoma, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, TPC|RobTV
Amount of different players: 16

Akuma
Top 8 appearances: 47
Top 8 appearance percentage: 81.0%
Represented players: Rohto|Tokido, Takamura, PBE|Don, SIN|Brandon, XSK Samurai, FD|Haitani, UYU|Kami, iG|Jiewa, EightGrade, Aziz, DK|DK-Legendary, UYU|NL, GetGosu|Darlan, GAM|Jochy, Patoz|NieeL_, Bandits|MenaRD, Bandits|CrossoverRD, Boonster|Craa, Arthuro-Ray
Amount of different players: 19

Rashid
Top 8 appearances: 43
Top 8 appearance percentage: 74.1%
Represented players: UYU|OilKing, Liquid|John Takeuchi, RB|Gachikun, NASR|BigBird, UYU|JB, NB|DualKevin, AZE|Maximof, MT|Kairi, Bandits|Caba, RRQ|Moke, U7|Jah_lexe
Amount of different players: 11

Ibuki
Top 8 appearances: 36
Top 8 appearance percentage: 62.1%
Represented players: RZR|Xian, FD|Fujimura, END|Shine, AAA|ElTigre, Jazdero, NASR|AngryBird, Respawn|xPhoenix, EH|MajinTenshinhan, Fursan|Verloren, GOT|DR Ray, BC|Kazunoko, Shodown|Chuchu, EG|NYChrisG
Amount of different players: 13

M. Bison
Top 8 appearances: 36
Top 8 appearance percentage: 62.1%
Represented players: Mouz|Problem X, BxA|Tampa Bison, Talon|HotDog29, Dixon, TJ|MindRPG, CO|Dogura, RH|Zeromex7, W2W|Toi, DS|Somniac, NVD|Phenom, RES|Pikoro, Shodown|HKDash, SB|CrossoverRD, RobinhoFGC
Amount of different players: 14

R. Mika
Top 8 appearances: 31
Top 8 appearance percentage: 53.4%
Represented players: NuckleDu, TGS|ElChakotay, RB|Luffy, NVD|SaltyKid, CYG|Fuudo, Rupps, XG|YoYoTai, Bandits|MenaRD, U7|Demitri
Amount of different players: 9

G
Top 8 appearances: 30
Top 8 appearance percentage: 51.7%
Represented players: Rise|Smug, SB|801 Strider, NuckleDu, TGS|ElChakotay, KKO|Caesura, Umbrella|Dark, EQNX|Brian_F, REC|Punk, Bandits|MenaRD
Amount of different players: 9

Birdie
Top 8 appearances: 28
Top 8 appearance percentage: 48.3%
Represented players: CYG|Fuudo, Burung, WE-R1|Trashbox, Atrosh, GG|Rumours, Order|ROF, NVD|Veggey, SunMate, Umbrella|Dark, Bandits|MenaRD, NASR|BigBird
Amount of different players: 11

Cammy
Top 8 appearances: 26
Top 8 appearance percentage: 44.8%
Represented players: CJ Truth, CYG|GamerBee, Vitality|Hurricane, Bravery, NuckleDu, Rise|K-Brad, Tempo|Alex Myers, UYU|NL, Vinicius Resende, Danslip, TPT|Stunner, FNATIC|Shakz, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Mago
Amount of different players: 14

Zeku
Top 8 appearances: 25
Top 8 appearance percentage: 43.1%
Represented players: Victrix|Momochi, NASR|AngryBird, ALUS|Yang Mian, CYG|Infexious, Schenkhan, NCFoX07, F3|Lilo
Amount of different players: 7

Laura
Top 8 appearances: 19
Top 8 appearance percentage: 32.8%
Represented players: FNATIC|Shakz, AAA|ElTigre, iDom, DrGulag, Aerokrator, Paulow3b, TS|CapitanMDLuffy, GZD|Weili
Amount of different players: 8

Necalli
Top 8 appearances: 18
Top 8 appearance percentage: 31.0%
Represented players: YOG|Machabo, Sevelei, Infexious, NVD|Phenom, Brolynho, CYG|GamerBee, Yoshimoto|Jyobin, L.O.S.T|Choco
Amount of different players: 8

Guile
Top 8 appearances: 17
Top 8 appearance percentage: 29.3%
Represented players: CYG|Daigo, Chuan, ChrisCCH, NuckleDu, TEN|VolcanoRosso, Bandits|Caba, FNATIC|Akainu
Amount of different players: 7

Urien
Top 8 appearances: 15
Top 8 appearance percentage: 25.9%
Represented players: CO|Dogura, Liquid|Nemo, ALUS|Qiuqiu, AXIZ|Shuto, Px|Lm3, FAV|Ryuusei, Dramatik|Burkish, SB|DR Mandrake
Amount of different players: 8

Balrog
Top 8 appearances: 14
Top 8 appearance percentage: 24.1%
Represented players: EQNX|Brian_F, Rise|Smug, Stupendous, RH|Zeromex7, Order|Travis Styles, RASS, CIV|Mopuulapo, BA|BA-Nero, F3|Lilo
Amount of different players: 9

Chun-Li
Top 8 appearances: 14
Top 8 appearance percentage: 24.1%
Represented players: TKR, Terrence, THG|Ludovic, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Humanbomb, Yujix06, GRPT|MOV, Shodown|Chuchu, REC|Punk
Amount of different players: 9

Menat
Top 8 appearances: 14
Top 8 appearance percentage: 24.1%
Represented players: FAV|Sako, TUQ|Zenith, Justin Wong
Amount of different players: 3

Ken
Top 8 appearances: 13
Top 8 appearance percentage: 22.4%
Represented players: TGS|CeroBlast, SR|Rebooooo, EightGrade, Pahnda, Shaquille, The4Philzz, JoanLight, DNG|Nauman, FRT|Uriel Velorio, CYG|Infexious
Amount of different players: 10

Dhalsim
Top 8 appearances: 11
Top 8 appearance percentage: 19.0%
Represented players: ASM|MisterCrimson, Tigers|LuiMan20, Daimon, YHC-Mochi, Radiance|Commander Jesse
Amount of different players: 5

Kolin
Top 8 appearances: 11
Top 8 appearance percentage: 19.0%
Represented players: CJ Truth, Victrix|Momochi, AE|Kawano, REC|Punk, Liquid|Nemo, VS|WhiteAshX, Neon, KD|Acorazado, RB|Luffy
Amount of different players: 9

Sagat
Top 8 appearances: 11
Top 8 appearance percentage: 19.0%
Represented players: RB|Bonchan, Jkno87
Amount of different players: 2

Vega
Top 8 appearances: 10
Top 8 appearance percentage: 17.2%
Represented players: SB|DoomSnake, Respawn|xPhoenix, JeSTeRPoWeR, Reason|BoltStrike, EnVyUS|NassimClaw, KD|Acorazado
Amount of different players: 6

Sakura
Top 8 appearances: 7
Top 8 appearance percentage: 12.1%
Represented players: ChrisCCH, Kusanagi, DNG|Nauman
Amount of different players: 3

Zangief
Top 8 appearances: 7
Top 8 appearance percentage: 12.1%
Represented players: DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Stupendous, AZ|Kichipa-mu, Brutus
Amount of different players: 4

Abigail
Top 8 appearances: 6
Top 8 appearance percentage: 10.3%
Represented players: DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Mouz|Problem X
Amount of different players: 2

Poison
Top 8 appearances: 5
Top 8 appearance percentage: 8.6%
Represented players: TUQ|Demitri, Justin Wong, iDom
Amount of different players: 3

F.A.N.G
Top 8 appearances: 4
Top 8 appearance percentage: 6.9%
Represented players: VGIA|VegaPatch, FA|Mono
Amount of different players: 2

Alex
Top 8 appearances: 2
Top 8 appearance percentage: 3.4%
Represented players: EH|MajinTenshinhan, GAM|Juan Fran
Amount of different players: 2

Blanka
Top 8 appearances: 2
Top 8 appearance percentage: 3.4%
Represented players: The Griffon Mask, Verdoyance
Amount of different players: 2

Cody
Top 8 appearances: 2
Top 8 appearance percentage: 3.4%
Represented players: EvilYoshi, FRT|Uriel Velorio
Amount of different players: 2

Kage
Top 8 appearances: 2
Top 8 appearance percentage: 3.4%
Represented players: FAV|Sako
Amount of different players: 1

Lucia
Top 8 appearances: 2
Top 8 appearance percentage: 3.4%
Represented players: FAV|Sako, END|Shine
Amount of different players: 2

Nash
Top 8 appearances: 2
Top 8 appearance percentage: 3.4%
Represented players: NuckleDu, NG|Funkey
Amount of different players: 2

Ed
Top 8 appearances: 1
Top 8 appearance percentage: 1.7%
Represented players: The4Philzz
Amount of different players: 1

Falke
Top 8 appearances: 1
Top 8 appearance percentage: 1.7%
Represented players: The4Philzz
Amount of different players: 1

Juri
Top 8 appearances: 1
Top 8 appearance percentage: 1.7%
Represented players: AAA|ElTigre
Amount of different players: 1

E. Honda
Top 8 appearances: 0
Top 8 appearance percentage: 0%
Represented players: N/A
Amount of different players: N/A

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

Events counted: Final Round 2019, FV Cup x SEA Major 2019, NorCal Regionals 2019, Brussels Challenge Major Edition 2019, Online Event: Asia Southeast, April Annihilation, Online Event: North America West, The Mixup, Northwest Majors 2019, Versus Masters, Headstomper 2019, Texas Showdown 2019, Saigon Cup 2019, BAM 11, Online Event: Latin America West, Combo Breaker 2019, Dreamhack Dallas, Online Event: Australia, Online Event: Middle East, Online Event: Europe East, Taipei Major, Reflect 2019, Fighter's Spirit 2019, TGU x SEA Major Thailand 2019, The Fight 2019, CEO 2019, Game Over 2019, Fight in Rio 2019, Sonic Boom 2019, Toryuken 8, Defend the North 2019, VSFighting 2019, Online Event: Europe West, Online Event: Latin America South, EVO 2019, Online Event: Latin America East, Fight Club NRW #10, Online Event: Asia East, Never Give Up, Celtic Throwdown 2019, Treta Championship, PPL Fighter Masters 2019, Asia Premier, Thunderstruck 2019, Online Event: North America East, Blink Fighting Fest, Ultimate Fighting Arena 2019, Furia Tica 2019, SEA Major 2019 (Asian Regional Final), East Coast Throwdown 2019, EGX 2019 (European Regional Final), First Attack 2019 (Latin American Regional Final), Canada Cup 2019 and North American Regional Finals 2019 (North American Regional Final).

It's worth noting that for the characters E. Honda, Lucia and Poison, they appeared fairly late in the season and didn't have as much of a chance to be used as the others in the list. Despite this, Poison had a fairly decent showing (even surpassing Kage who was out the entire season), Lucia had a minor showing while E. Honda had no showing at all.

As closure on this article, I would just like to mention that I'm happy to have been able to represent the Alex nation this year. At ease, losers.

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