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Should Capcom reset online League Points for Street Fighter 5 Season 5?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 19, 2021 at 7:41 p.m. PST • Comments: 73

Street Fighter 5 has seen many, many updates over its long life cycle at this point, but next week's jump to Season 5 is looking like the one that will probably change the way we play the game the most out of all the others.

This apparent meta move on the horizon with V-Shift and a large balance adjustment is leading to players debating whether Capcom should begin resetting League Points when such drastic changes are occurring.

While that shift may seem rather extreme on its face, resetting or re-adjusting ranking points has essentially become the norm across many other competitive genres. Some other fighting games adopted the prospect too.

Many / most of you are already scoffing at the thought of starting over from scratch, but what would the actual benefits be to equalize point totals?

For starters, making all players climb the ranks again would better reflect where they are and where the game is at this moment.

Currently, a player could have reached Diamond or Grand Master rank in Season 1 or Season 2 and not touched Street Fighter 5 since. They'd still be facing those high-level foes in Season 5 before they could get their bearings once again.

Capcom would probably need to implement some sort of win streak bonus for those who have stuck around the game for all this time to help get them back to the level they fit in with while also briefly condensing the whole playerbase together for the first time in five years as everyone attempts to learn how post-V-Shift SF5 is going to work.

The developers could then also make any adjustments to the ranking system they wanted and hopefully add more incentives for leveling up beyond just grinding for points and status.

Games like Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, League of Legends and Teppen all offer bonus gear, costumes and other perks for playing at a high level and reaching more ranks before wiping or adjusting to a new season of content and rewards again.

These systems do try and entice players to play more regularly though that can also fall down the slippery slope of becoming more out of habit than enjoyment.

A simple reset without gaining anything in return probably doesn't sound to appealing for the general population.

What could be more damaging, however, is "erasing" the progress of Street Fighter's most dedicated base who have been grinding out crazy amounts of points over these years.

The top 10 ranked players in Street Fighter 5 right now

Both Trashbox and Devilhorse_MTKZ have over 1 million League Points in total, which is pretty ridiculous considering they achieved the final Warlord rank all the way back at 300,000 LP.

Diamond rank only requires 14,000 by comparison.

There wouldn't need to necessarily be a total wipe to re-approach how ranks are handled, as games like the aforementioned Teppen only drop players down one rank at the end of every season.

Killer Instinct also had a similar system that would reset except that it would only apply to the best of the best.

Waiting five years at this point to start a new, seasonal approach is probably way too long. Perhaps players would have been more open if we saw ranking adjustments on the release of Arcade Edition and Champion Edition as well.

It's doubtful that Capcom would touch people's League Points now unless they wanted to test how they should approach their next fighting game.

We've previously covered how these ranking systems tend to work in MOBAs and other games along with what the benefits and drawbacks there are for using them.

Personally, I don't know if I could sleep at night knowing that I made Trashbox go from 1 million to zero, but perhaps Street Fighter 6 could use some more regular changes.

How everything will play out is still entirely up in the air until we get our hands on Season 5 at the very least, but Street Fighter 5 seems like it's heading into uncharted waters of what's to come.

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