August 21, 2018
2018 Fall Topanga League Information
Table of Contents
The Topanga league is a long-running tournament of top players in Japan.
1 What are the rules for Topanga League?
- There are 24 players split into three blocks for the online portion. The matches proceed according to players in each block.
- #1 from each block moves directly to the finals, numbers 2 through 5 go on to the offline league.
- #6, #7, and #8 after the end of the online league play are done and advance no further.
- Matches are 1 round at 99 count, first to two rounds wins the match. The set is first to three.
- Rank is determined by the number of wins, the match differential, and finally head to head record in the event of ties.
Misc rules for online matches:
- What happens if there is a disconnect? If one of the players has left their room, the remaining player wins the match. If they both remain in their room, then the match is ignored and re-started. If this occurs during a CA or other move that takes some time, and the player's vitality would reach zero, then the match may be judged to have completed, and will not be restarted. If only the viewing stream cuts out, then the match will play out as normal, and we will restore the stream after the match ends.
- The stage is restricted to only the training mode stage.
- Tie games will not count.
- There will be no re-starts in the case of button misconfiguration.
These are all streamed on OpenRec.tv, and I think also Abema.tv. OpenRec is currently running a summer special where a premium account (lets you access the archives) is free for the first 30 days. It is something like $5 a month, and OpenRec.tv does a lot in the FGC scene in Japan, so I'm happily a member. I'll list the streaming links / archive links on the schedule below as I find them.
|2018-08-21||Online Matches||Starts 7pm JST, 6am EST OpenRec.tv|
|2018-08-22||Online Matches||Starts 7pm JST, 6am EST OpenRec.tv|
|2018-08-28||Online Matches||Starts 7pm JST, 6am EST OpenRec.tv|
|2018-08-29||Online Matches||Starts 7pm JST, 6am EST Openrec.tv|
|2018-09-05||Online Matches||Starts 7pm JST, 6am EST OpenRec.tv|
|2018-09-12||Online Matches||Starts 7pm JST, 6am EST OpenRec.tv|
3 Day 1 Results
|Liquid ┃ Nemo||FAV ┃ Ryusei||3-0|
|CYG BST ┃ Fuudo||Mishie||3-0|
|DNG ┃ Itabashi Zangief||SZY ┃ Mizuha||1-3|
|Fudoh ┃ Haitani||OC ┃ Gafuro||2-3|
|EchoFox ┃ Tokido||Gachi-kun||3-2|
|GGP ┃ Kazunoko||Powell||3-1|
|FAV ┃ Sako||EchoFox ┃ Momochi||3-1|
|RedBull ┃ Bon-chan||Mishie||3-0|
|Mago||GRPHT ┃ MOV||3-2|
|Machabo||SZY ┃ Mizuha||3-2|
|Fudoh ┃ Fujimura||Powell||3-1|
|Twitch CYG BST ┃ Daigo||GGP ┃ Kazunoko||3-2|
I was able to watch most of the matches live from Itabashi Zangief vs. Mizuha. You might not know Mizuha and Gafuro, since they don't travel too much, but they come to a lot of domestic events. Mizuha had a really good showing at the 2017 RedBull Tower of Pride and if I remember correctly made it to Top 8 there. Gafuro is a regular at FCA (Fighter's Crossover Akihabara, the SFV event usually on Wednesdays at Akihabara eSports Square) and does well there - at least, I think that is him. Without player cams it is a bit hard to be sure, but Gafuro has been putting in Boxer work for a while at any rate.
Mizuha is part of the Scarz Youth Project (JA), which is a team that is cultivating younger talent. I thought he used to play Chun-Li, but I guess he is playing Kolin now. He really shut down Itabashi Zangief, and had some great movement.
Powell is the Cammy player from EVO Japan 2018 that sent Tokido to the loser's bracket in pools. I was really cheering for him because on Sunday he came by FCA and hung out with everyone there. He's a really friendly guy, and I just enjoyed drinking and chatting with him. He's based out of Nagoya and was trying to get in as many games as he could, running sets with absolutely everybody. I think he had a pretty long set with Verloren, which was fun to watch. Mostly though I just remember how much fun the guy was having, and how much he was laughing. Great guy to grab a beer or ten with.
Mishie is a Laura that has been consistently coming out to various things in Tokyo. I don't know anything about Uryo though. I need to go back and watch Nemo vs. Ryusei - the break-out Urien who made Top 8 at EVO 2018. Nemo used G against him.
Standings after the first days' matches:
4 Day 2 Results
|Mishie (Laura)||FAV ┃ Ryusei (Urien)||0-3|
|CYG BST ┃ Fuudo||trashbox (Birdie)||3-1|
|Mago||RB Hx ┃ Bon-chan||1-3|
|EchoFox ┃ Momochi||Powell||3-2|
|YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)||SZY ┃ Mizuha (Kolin)||2-3|
|GRPT ┃ MOV||FAV ┃ Ryusei||2-3|
|Fudoh ┃ Haitani||Nishikin (Blanka)||3-0|
|Liquid ┃ Nemo (G)||Mishie (Laura)||3-0|
|DNG ┃ Itabashi Zangief||Uryo (Sakura)||3-1|
|Fudoh ┃ Fujimura||EchoFox ┃ Momochi||3-0|
|EchoFox ┃ Tokido||GGP ┃ Kazunoko||3-2|
|Twitch CYG BST ┃ Daigo||FAV ┃ Sako||1-3|
I put in the character for some of the lesser known players. I didn't get to watch all of the matches, so I might not have it right.
If you only watch one match from this day, I thought the Itabashi Zangief vs. Uryo match was great. ItaZan actually used Zangief for this match-up against Uryo's Sakura, and the footsies ground game was amazing. It is a rare chance to see two characters you don't usually see in Season 3. Both characters have limited movement options (well, safe ones anyway) so watching the ranges they played at, and which buttons they were using as the match evolved was super interesting. Whenever someone won a round, it was usually in a blowout.
There were plenty of good matches though, and I was happy to see Nemo stick with G, and do well with him.
Here are the standings after today's matches.
5 Day 3 Results
|trashbox (Birdie)||Mishie (Laura)||3-1|
|FUDOH ┃ Haitani (Akuma)||SZY ┃ Mizuha (Kolin)||0-3|
|LIQUID ┃ Nemo (G)||GRPT ┃ MOV (Chun-li)||3-1|
|CYG BST ┃ Fuudo (Mika)||FAV ┃ Ryusei (Urien)||3-2|
|Twitch ┃ CYG BST ┃ Daigo||Gachi-kun (Rasheed)||1-3|
|Nishikin (Blanka)||OC ┃ Gafuro (Boxer)||2-3|
|Mago (Cammy)||Mishie (Laura)||2-3|
|YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)||Uryo (Sakura)||3-0|
|Itabashi Zangief (Abigail)||Machabo (Necali)||3-2|
|FUDOH ┃ Haitani (Akuma)||Uryo (Sakura)||3-1|
|CYG BST ┃ Fuudo (Mika)||RB Hx ┃ Bon-chan (Sagat)||3-0|
|Twitch ┃ CYG BST ┃ Daigo||Powell (Cammy)||3-0|
|EchoFox ┃ Tokido (Akuma)||EchoFox ┃ Momochi (Kolin)||3-0|
|FAV ┃ sako (Menat)||FUDOH ┃ Fujimura (Ibuki)||3-2|
Here are the standings after today's matches.
6 Day 4 Results
|FAV ┃ sako (Menat)||Powell (Cammy)||3-1|
|GRPT ┃ MOV (Chun-li)||Mishie (Laura)||3-1|
|NISHIKIN (Blanka)||Uryo (Sakura)||2-3|
|LIQUID ┃ Nemo (G)||trashbox (Birdie)||3-1|
|RB Hx ┃ Bon-chan (Sagat)||FAV ┃ Ryusei (Urien)||2-3|
|FUDOH ┃ Fujimura (Ibuki)||Gachi-kun (Rasheed)||2-3|
|GND ┃ Itabashi Zangief (Zangief)||OC ┃ Gafuro (Boxer)||0-3|
|FUDOH ┃ Haitani (Akuma)||YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)||3-2|
|NISHIKIN (Blanka)||SZY ┃ Mizuha (Kolin)||1-3|
|Twitch ┃ CYG BST ┃ Daigo||EchoFox ┃ Momochi (Kolin)||3-2|
|YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)||Machabo (Necali)||0-3|
|Mago (Cammy)||CYG BST ┃ Fuudo (Mika)||0-3|
|FAV ┃ sako (Menat)||Gachi-kun (Rasheed)||1-3|
|EchoFox ┃ Tokido (Akuma)||FUDOH ┃ Fujimura (Ibuki)||0-3|
The set between Nemo and trashbox was a lot of fun, but I really enjoyed the Bon-chan Sagat vs. Ryusei Urien set. It was really fun seeing those two play the projectile game, see who was going to try to do their V-Skill. Ryusei got a few jump-ins that were critical to his win, but I can see how Bon-chan can get a bit better at throwing off his projectile timing, and then getting damage on those jump-ins instead. I think that will be a fun matchup to watch. Minutes after the match, Nemo even gave props to Ryusei's Urien (Great job! Ryusei's play has gotten really good, and I can use it for reference).
Gafuro (Boxer) beat Itabashi Zangief's Zangief 3-0, which surprised me. Gafuro was saying on Twitter afterwards that he got a lot of practice in with Kichi pa-mu while in Taiwan, and that helped a lot.
Here are the standings after today's matches.
7 Day 5 Results
|trashbox||FAV ┃ Ryusei||3-1|
|FUDOH ┃ Haitani||Machabo||2-3|
|FUDOH ┃ Fujimura||GGP ┃ Kazunoko||3-1|
|EchoFox ┃ Tokido||Powell||3-0|
|GRPT ┃ MOV||trashbox||3-2|
|DNG ┃ Itabashi Zangief||FUDOH ┃ Haitani||3-0|
|YHC-Mochi||OC ┃ Gafuro||2-3|
|LIQUID ┃ Nemo||RB Hx ┃ Bon-chan||1-3|
|Uryo||SZY ┃ Mizuha||3-2|
|RB Hx ┃ Bon-chan||GRPT ┃ MOV||2-3|
|EchoFox ┃ Momochi||Gachi-kun||3-0|
|FAV ┃ sako||GGP ┃ Kazunoko||3-1|
|LIQUID ┃ Nemo||Mago||0-3|
Here are the standings after the fifth day's matches:
8 Day 6 Results
This is the final day of the online qualifiers. The number one placement from each block will move on to the finals. Numbers six, seven, and eight are out of the tournament. Numbers two through five move on to the offline qualifier tournament.
|CYG BST ┃ Fuudo||GRPT ┃ MOV||2-3|
|RB Hx ┃ Bon-chan||trashbox||3-2|
|EchoFox ┃ Momochi||GGP ┃ Kazunoko||2-3|
|DNG ┃ Itabashi Zanfief||NISHIKIN||0-3|
|Mago||FAV ┃ Ryusei||3-1|
|Twitch CYG BST ┃ Daigo||EchoFox ┃ Tokido||3-1|
|Uryo||OC ┃ Gafuro||0-3|
|DNG ┃ Itabashi Zangief||YHC-Mochi||3-1|
|LIQUID ┃ Nemo||CYG BST ┃ Fuudo||1-3|
|OC ┃ Gafuro||SZY ┃ Mizuha||3-0|
|Twitch GYG BST ┃ Daigo||FUDOH ┃ Fujimura||3-2|
|EchoFox ┃ Tokido||FAV ┃ sako||1-3|
That match between Itabashi Zanfief and NISHIKIN was really something. I didn't see that 0-3 coming at all. I don't think anyone would have predicted someone to go perfect in their block, but if they did, certainly nobody predicted that it would be Gafuro with his Boxer.
That sets up three new blocks for the upcoming online qualifier tournament.
|Block X||Block Y||Block Z|
|RB Hx ┃ Bon-chan||Machabo||Gachi-kun|
|SZY ┃ Mizuha||Twitch CYG BST ┃ Daigo||LIQUID ┃ Nemo|
|FUDOH ┃ Fujimura||GRPT ┃ MOV||DNG ┃ Itabashi Zangief|
|trashbox||FUDOH ┃ Haitani||EchoFox ┃ Tokido|
Fuudo, Gafuro, and sako have already advanced to the finals by securing first place in their respective blocks.
See the schedule above, but the offline events will happen on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of September.