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The favorite is starting in the losers bracket, attendance is down 30%, and it's the season finale; Capcom Pro Tour Online concludes this weekend

Everything you need to know to get ready for the CPTO regular season finale

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 20, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. PST • Comments: 28

Tons of 2020 turbulence has taken a toll on competitive gaming, but Capcom somehow managed to successfully call an audible and get their entire Capcom Pro Tour online. This weekend will see the North America West 2 bracket play out, effectively ending the season and revealing the final player to qualify through competition.

Just one of the attendees will emerge with Capcom Cup 2020 berth, and the favorite to win it all, Victor "PG|Punk" Woodley, will be starting in the losers bracket thanks to an unsportsmanlike outburst following the year's first North America West event.

Capcom Cup already looks substantially different than it was intended to this year as Capcom wound up halving the amount of entrants (they were initially going to have 40) and making the entire thing a virtual endeavor. Pro players who have traditionally traveled the globe in their quest to qualify have widely been restricted to having just one or two chances to win, making for a fairly altered landscape from what we're used to.

Only a few pieces of the puzzle remain unplaced as sixteen other online brackets have played out thus far, and 17 champions have punched their ticket to Capcom Cup 2020 (which will play out sometime in the first quarter of 2021). One of the 32 finalists from last year will be voted into this year's CapCup once the other 19 have been established, and Punk, who was in the grand finals of 2019's Cup, has a real chance of missing the big dance entirely.

There are plenty of exceptional competitors signed up for this weekend's brawl, but none have seen the levels of success Punk has. That said, the Panda Global representative did fail to nab a first place finish during his first of two chances earlier in August. Not only did he not win, he wound up with a punishment that will immediately place him in the losers bracket of this weekend's event after accusing another player of manipulating lag during their tournament set.

Indeed, 2020 has been a relatively rocky year for many competitors, Punk included, and the effects of this were made very much clear during an emotional episode of Street Fighter League when a return to form brought Punk to tears.

The odds are now dramatically stacked against the young professional as plenty of the other players signed up for NA West 2 could easily take him out in a single online set. Samurai, UYU|JB, Alex Myers, Snake Eyez, Commander Jesse, ChrisCCH, Crescent|Toi, and Iquita are just a few of the notable heavy hitters who could just as well win it all.

Traditionally we tend to see a flux of players participate in events near the end of the season as the last chances to qualify naturally generate motivational pressure, but that curiously doesn't seem to be the case for NA West 2. Registration is closed and the final entrant count is a mere 190, which is substantially more than some of the other CPTO events from around the world, but isn't even 70% of the 276 entrants that we saw for NA West 1. North America East 1 and 2 had 354 and 348 participants, respectively, for comparison's sake.

The action starts at noon tomorrow (Pacific Time) and will conclude on Sunday evening as top eight is slated to kick off around 5 p.m. PST. You can catch it all with live streams, live updates, and more here at EventHubs, so be sure to check back to see how everything plays out.

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