May 10, 2019

JP 2019 Fall Street Fighter League: Pro-JP

Fall 2019 SFL College Arcade banner

On Thursday, 2019-05-09 (as far as I can tell) Capcom released details about the upcoming Fall 2019 JP Street Fighter League.

This is all a bit confusing, but I believe the proper name for this is now "Street Fighter League: Pro-JP", as it says on the main streetfighterleague.capcom-s.com site.

It has some changes from the Japan Capcom Street Fighter League Powered by RAGE that ran from January 26th to March 21st in 2019 (or from December 4th, 2018, if you include the Beginner Class Auditions). If you hadn't heard of these events, I wrote extensively about them on my personal blog, which as a personal blog for a random dude just writing about hobby stuff, rightly should not be read by many people. It was a really interesting and fun series that followed on in the footsteps of the 2018 RAGE All Star League Powered by Capcom (note the intentionally different naming) and was a pre-cursor to the currently running Capcom Street Fighter League currently running in America. I couldn't find an official link for that, which shocks me, but read this cool article about Toi by Ginni Lou.

1 2019 JP SFL Fall Overivew

SFL 2019 Overview

The copy on Capcom's Street Fighter League website talks about building a system that helps players move into the Pro League. There are three leagues that feed into a tryout event and draft for the 2019 JP Pro Street Fighter League. Each League has its own rules.

  • Rookie Caravan: an individual format, travelling around to different locations in Japan, culminating in a 3 person team representing Eastern Japan and one for Western Japan to join the draft pool.
  • College League: Online locked character winner stays on 3 on 3 tournament. Limited to college, technical college, or graduate college students. The winning team joins the draft pool.
  • Arcade League: 3 on 3 winner stays on tournament with no repeating characters on a team. 30 arcades across the country pick a representative team, and a tournement decides the three teams that join the draft pool.
Date Event Stream Comments Winners
2019-06-15 (Sat.) SFL College JP 2019 Day 1 Twitch Capcomfightersjp archive Organization is done via a Discord server which has detailed rules. Enter by May 31st. Starts at 13:00 JST. N/A
2019-06-22 (Sat.) SFL College JP 2019 Day 2 Twitch Capcomfightersjp archive Organization is done via a Discord server which has detailed rules. Enter by May 31st. Starts at 15:00 JST. The Uncle Suppression Squad. Mottchan (F.A.N.G. - was on Itazan's Winning JP SFL Season 1 team), Yasu (Rashid), Yuji (Chun-Li).
2019-07-28 (Sun.) SFL Arcade JP 2019 Finals Twitch Capcomfightersjp archive Representative teams from 30 Arcades will be decided from May 25th to July 21st. HiFight's compilation of Haku's FANG. See the arcade section below, but the people are AFG, Haku, O.R.C., Neoparu, Storm Kubo, Talon Densis, YOG Machabo, Fudoh Fujimura, Fudoh Johnny
2019-07-13 (Sat.) Rookie's Caravan Hokkaidou Top 8   Fujiwara (Akuma)
2019-07-21 (Sun.) Rookie's Caravan Iwate-ken Top 8   JGK Miu (Ibuki)
2019-07-27 (Sun.) Rookie's Caravan Saitama Top 8 Yuzuponzu had been putting in some work at NLBC too. Wonder how that happened. Yuzuponzu (Dicatator)
2019-08-03 (Sat.) Rookie's Caravan Hiroshima Top 8   Sosuke (Claw)
2019-08-10 (Sat.) Rookie's Caravan Osaka      
2019-08-12 (Mon.) Rookie's Caravan Kumamoto      
2019-07-24 (Wed.) Pro Battle Day 1 YouTube Day 1 Note that these player go into the draft directly, the players above go into the tryouts from which 18 people make it into the draft  
2019-07-25 (Thu.) Pro Battle Day 2 YouTube Day 2 Dogura, Moke, Kichi-palm, Gachi-kun, Bon-chan, Takeuchi John  

The winning team of Street Fighter League Pro JP 2019 will then face off against the winning team of Street Fighter League Pro-US.

2 College League

The College League information site is set up by it looks like "Japan eSports Student Federation" and "eSports Communications limited liability corporation". Entry is open until May 31st, and students at Universities, Graduate Schools, and Technical Colleges are eligible. It is an online 3 on 3 winner stays on, locked character pokemon style team battle. You can change player order with each match. There are more detailed rules here. There was nothing particularly interesting there, except that this is an online tournament and they made no mention about valid stages. I wonder if Super Joe Monday has any opinion at all whatsoever if online tournaments should be specific about using Training Stage. Probably not.

The teams do not need to have members from the same university. Teams can all be from the same location, but it isn't necessary. I've already seen that Okumura Mami (SFV Beginner Class member on Nemo's team, Blanka player now) is joining up with Kawano and Anman's team.

If you are on a College team, you can not be on any other teams that have an entry point into the Street Fighter League: Tryout stage. So you can't join this, and one of the Rookie's Caravan events, or the Arcade Version event. If it somehow happens that the winner was also a representative of an Arcade Shop's team, then the second place team will proceed on to the Tryout stage.

Only a single winning team will advance into the Tryout stage.

Summary

You can see the tournament brackets on Challonge. I posted links up above in the Overview section to the archive. One team, three players move on to the pool for the Tryout stage.

Top 4:

  1. The Uncle Suppression Squad. Mottchan, Nagoya University (F.A.N.G. - was on Itazan's Winning JP SFL Season 1 team), Yasu, Komazawa University (Rashid), Yuji, Tokyo University (Chun-Li).
  2. We love Mung Bean Sprouts. Kawano, Ritsumeikan University (Kolin - was on JP SFL Season 1), Shuto, Chiba Commercial College (Urien, also known previously as Anman, was on Nemo's 2nd place JP SFL Season 1 team), Okumura Mami, Japan Women's University (Blanka, was on Nemo's 2nd place JP SFL Season 1 team).
  3. 20 soldiers (卒?). Amano, Chuo University (Nash, a regular at the FCA Akihabara weekly), Kinoko Boxer, Tama Art University (Boxer, a regular at the FCA Akihabara weekly), Tsudayu, Nagaoku Technical College (Alex).

3 Arcade League

The official name for this league is the Street Fighter League Arcade 2019 powered by Taito.

The format is a single elimination 3 on 3 team tournament. It is running at 30 arcades across Japan, which participate in the qualification round. Each arcade will determine a representative team for their arcade from 2019-05-25 to 2019-07-21. The playoffs will run on 2019-07-28 from 10:00 to 19:00 at Taito Megarage, Map. Each arcade has a specific day and time that they run their tournament to determine the winner for their shop.

Some format specifics:

  • FT2 for a win
  • Winner stays on in the team battle
  • Teams are not allowed to have duplicate characters on them
  • Every game, you can change your character (but not during a match)
  • V-Trigger can be selected before the match, but can't be changed during a match
  • Stages are set to random (the machines will be in Event mode, which is always random)
  • Rainbow Mika's cheerleader outfit is banned
  • You can use your own controller (but they have some rules around what happens if your controller isn't properly recognized)
  • If buttons on the cabinet don't work, you can stop the match and the staff will investigate. If they find no issues, you lose that match (not the game).

Taito announced the location of the arcades that are participating 2019-05-14, with a complete list of the 30 shops here. The first tournament is May 25th, in Saga-ken, and the last is July 21st in Saitama. I counted 7 arcades in Tokyo (Plaza Capcom Kichijoji, Hey, Taito Station Takadanobaba, Shinjuku Sportsland, Taito Station South Gate Game World, Gamespot Versus, and Taito Station Tachikawa), and otherwise spread out all over the country. You need to register for the tournament at least 15 minutes before the tournament starts in person at the arcade, but can probably register in advance before that. Swing by your local arcade and see what they say.

Updated 2019-06-19

The various arcade tournaments to elect a winning team for each arcade have begun. Taito has been posting the winning teams. I'll keep a list of the teams here, and a few comments.

Updated 2019-07-09

Added more arcade results. Also added information about the finals location Taito Megarage, Map held on Sunday July 28th.

Updated 2019-07-17

Added more arcade results. People are really travelling around to get these wins.

Arcade Team Name Members Comments
Maxim Hero Kaburagi Children Kaburagi, Fujiwara, Kimi  
Taito Station Sendai Schrodinger's Cat Yu-sama, Yo-da, Sugar  
Plaza Capcom Ishinomaki Oushyuu Invaders Pipin, Takehara, Amule  
Plaza Capcom Koufuten Rank Up Ticket Uosuke, Toshi, Kuro  
Bypass Leisureland Fujie Sara Zanmai Dzuma, Chancie, Reoreo  
Game Paddok +1 Koga Iori Channel Takeuchi John, Kosaku, Unsu Damn, Takeuchi John traveled out to Ibaraki? That's like 2 hours by train from Tokyo.
Lucky Central Shop Felicidad Kichijoji Capcom Plaza Crew anton, Mega Kacho, Mohamed Some FCA regulars here.
Gameland Tsudanuma We are a Solid Hit Whirlwind Fujii, Willy, Minowa In their notes: "You see this, Kichijyoji crew?". Fujii and Willy are FCA regulars.
Houston Nishi Kawaguchi The power of 1,100,000LP Urashima, Xenocchi, TRASHBOX TRASHBOX has a lot of those LPs.
Plaza Capcom Yokosuka Hell Screen Mizuha, Pugera, inaba Strong team, name taken from an old short story.
HEY Daboyu (W?) Dusk, Bonbi-, Yukimayu Yukimayu a rare JP Laura
Taito Station Bigbox Takadanobaba Muscle Steak Yuzupon, Narikun, JoJo Tarou  
Shinjuku Sportsland Arcade (VOD) Yesterday's Enemies are Today's friends Majorboy, Noguchi, aiai This looks like a strong team, all three sometimes show up at FCA
Taito Station Shinjuku South All thanks to Kagecchi-san Doramon, Serikawa, Suika Kagecchi runs the Wed. night FCA local.
Gamespot Versus (VOD) Character Love! Yossan (Juri), Kichi-palm (Zangief), Nishikin (Blanka) I'm really happy to see Kichi-Palm in there with his Zangief. Juli, Zangief, and Blanka on their team.
Plaza Capcom Kichijyoji 1985 Daibunjin, P-suke, Crusher Crusher's also a FCA regular, and I've seen P-suke around too.
Taito Station Tachikawa We love Mung Bean Sprouts Kawano, shuto, Okumura Mami This team tried to win a spot in the College qualifier, but didn't make it. They traveled out to Tachikawa and took a spot there.
Gameland Okusaki Take your hat off on the 16th Floor Makinomaki, Ogunee, Oarinbu  
Taito Station Phoedra Osu We plan to take over the world M.O.V., Vanao, Powell MOV and Vanao travel out to Nagoya to join up with Powell. "Next we take over the country!" they say.
Amuse Factory Tokonamae Greedy Vases Sousuke, Toriha, Shiba D  
Gameland Asakusa Demon Sauzan Kenpi, Ken, Poiful  
Fantasy Star Akira 100% Ryukichi, Hikarin, Akira Their comments are funny: Ryukichi "I'll do my best" Hikarin (the same) Akira: You 2 need to try harder.
a-cho World Treasure Himeji Castle Matoon, G.Y.R.O., Tomeyan  
Game Point Chateu EX French Beef Bowl Tooth tooth rock rock, Mysterious Chanko shop, Koropipi  
Sega Naniwa Abion AHO AFG, Haku, O.R.C.  
Taito Station Fukuoka Tenjin Ex-Yankis Jyaji, The 2nd Pi-chan, Student dog  
The last $5 Patchwork Knee Patch, Watch Godzilla, Rushing Cook  
Plaza Capcom Ooita Jump and do a XX kick like you wanna come down NICO, Hot latte Sugita, Ria  
Round One Ginowan Influenza Beer Jay, Mizanin, Coffee All the way out in Okinawa

The winning team from each arcade will go on to the playoffs on July 28th, and three teams will advance to the tryout stage for the JP Street Fighter League.

Updated 2019-08-04

The Street Fighter Pro League archive is up on Twitch. The results are:

  1. AHO, Sega Naniwa Abion, AFG, Haku, O.R.C..
  2. Hugo-ses Honda, they advanced from the day of tournament, Neoparu, Storm Kubo, Talon|Densis
  3. EXDP, also advanced from the day of tournament, YOG|Machabo, Fudoh|Fujimura, Fudoh|Johnny

4 Rookie Caravan

In July and August of 2018 Capcom ran their Rookie Caravan events, which was basically a road show around Japan in different locations (usually Aeon Malls, but one occurred at Kumamoto Castle) with a Pro SFV player representative and one representative usually from the entertainment world. Each region got a regional winner, and they got support from Capcom to attend the Japan Premiere at Tokyo Game Show that year.

Details haven't been announced for this part of the event yet, but it will be an individual tournament, not a team tournament. Their graphic shows six teams coming out of the series of Rookies Caravan events (I assume it will be regional as the previous run was) so I'm not sure how they are going to form the teams. Those feed into a tournament to decide the Eastern Japan and Western Japan representatives, two teams total, so I'm assuming one from each region.

Update 2019-06-24 Capcom has announced more information about the Rookie's Caravan 2019.

There will be six regional Rookie Caravan events. All of these run from 10:00 to 18:00. You need to register beforehand. If you attend, they have some nice SFV Arcade Edition buttons for fight sticks that you can get.

Date Location Smash Link Guests Top 8 Winner
2019-07-13 Sat. Hokkaidou, Sapporo, Aeon Qaulite Prix, Shin Sapporo, Map Smash by 7/5 Gachi-kun, Kitsune-san (comedians) Top 8 Grand Finals Fujiwara (Akuma)
2019-07-21 Sun. Iwate-ken, Morioka, Aeon Mall Morioka, Map Smash by 7/12 Hatsume, Takeue Shinichiro (comedian from Nagreboshi, also on first JP SFL tryouts) Top 8 JGK Miu (Ibuki)
2019-07-27 Sun. Saitama-ken, Koshigawa, Aeon Lake Town Kaze, Map Smash by 7/19 Dogura, Okumura Mami (JP SFL Beginner on Nemo Aurora). Top 8 Grand Finals Yuzuponzu (Dictator)
2019-08-03 Sat. Hiroshima, The Outlets Hiroshima, Map Smash by 7/26 Okumura Mami, Kitsune-san Top 8 Grand Finals Sosuke (Claw)
2019-08-10 Sat. Osaka, Aeon Mall Sakai Teppocho, Map Smash by 8/2 Jyobin (Ex MMA Necali Yoshimoto Gaming), Kuro-chan (tv talent) Top 8 Grand Finals Shuto (Urien)
2019-08-12 Mon. Hiroshima, Aeon Mall Kumamoto Event Space, Map Smash by 8/2 Nemo, Takeue Shinichiro Top 8 Naooonn (Akuma)

Yamato will be on commentary for all events, with Yoshizumi Erika (an idol, voice actress, and talent) as the MC.

Capcom is soliciting submissions of artwork on the theme of Street Fighter. I'm not going to read through all the fine print, but my guess is that you have to give up your rights to the work and won't get paid for it. They will run a single elimination tournament at each event. Top 8 for each one will switch to double elimination. The top three from each event will move on to represent their region as a three person team and take place in a Japan East Vs. West team competition. Two teams from that will move on to 2019 JP SFL Tryouts.

5 Street Fighter League Pro Player Selection Battle

I haven't seen anything about the pro player yet. At the Hokkaidou Rookie's Caravan on July 13th, Ono-san talked a bit about the draft and said that there will be two nights of competition between JeSU Licensed Pro Players (no Momochi I guess) competing on July 24th and 25th. Yamato and Sasa will be the commentary team on the stream. Six pros will make it into the draft pool. There isn't any word on who the six team leaders will be.

2019-07-22 Update with info on the Pro Player Selection Battle.

Capcom announced that the Pro JeSU license holding players will compete over two days at Red Bull Gaming Sphere Tokyo. It will be streamed from 7pm JST from the announcement page. The pro players will be broken up into three groups, with two people from each group moving on to the draft. The player groupings and also team captains will be announced at this event.

Date Full Stream
2019-07-24 YouTube Day 1
2019-07-25 YouTube Day 2
Group Members Advance
A Johhny, Jyobin, Crusher, Machabo Dogura, Moke
B Fujimura, sako, Ryusei, Powell Kichi-palm, Gachi-kun
C Haitani, Trashbox, Storm Kubo, Tachikawa Bon-chan, Takeuchi John

6 Tryouts and Draft

The JP SFL Tryouts and Draft was streamed 2019-09-14 from 21:00 (shortly after the 2019 CPT Asia Premiere from the Tokyo Game Show.) It is available to watch on YouTube or OpenRec.tv.

MC: Masao Koori Commentary / Analysis: Yamato, Hameko Guest: Eita. He's there as a part of Shinobism's Fudoh pro gamer team, and when asked about his role there as either a pro-gamer or new media adviser, he say's he's there totally for advising.

They open and explain the routes into the Tryout and Draft pools. This show will first run the Tryouts, which has 6 teams from multiple sources:

  • One team from the College JP 2019 competition. The winner of that was Mottchan (F.A.N.G.), Yasu (Rashid), and Yuji (Chun-Li). All people in this competition had to be current college students.
  • Two teams from the Rookie's Caravan touring local competitions. See the Rookie Caravan section for more on that.
  • Three teams from the Arcade league. See the section above for information about that and the teams. This include players that many would think of as Pros (Machabo, Fujimura, Storm Kubo, Denesis, Johnny).
  • Six more pro license players are added to the draft from the Pro Player Selection Battle (see above section on that.)

The character ban rule is in effect, so they explain that. It is the same as the US, where each team can choose one character to ban and neither team can use that character.

The teams with their Captains, members, and the route they took to get there. I think Kawano was from the Arcade route, but I'm not positive about that (he shouldn't have advanced based on my notes.)

Captain Team Member 1 Member 2
Tokido Flame Gachi-kun (Pro Tournament) Haku (Arcade)
Mago Scarlet Machabo (Pro Tournament) yuji (College)
Umehara Gold Fujimura (Pro Tournament) Kawano (Arcade)
Fuudo Gaia Bonchan (Pro Tournament) Shuto (Rookie Caravan & Arcade)
Itazan Ocean Dogura (Pro Tournament) Moke (Pro Tournament)
Nemo Aurora Kichipa-mu (Pro Tournament) Takeuchi John (Pro Tournament)

6.1 Tryouts

Look at how Itazan is sitting next to Nemo with that Maniacal smile.

They asked each Captain for their thoughts going into the tryout/draft:

  • Tokido: I really want to put in my full effort and do well this time. In the last RAGE Street Fighter League I didn't do very well, and this time I really want to work hard and win the whole thing.
  • Mago: I think the rules are really interesting this time, and I want to make use of that and do well.
  • Daigo: I've been in this two times now, and I did a lot of coaching, but when it was my turn I lost a lot, so this time I want to train a lot with the people on my team.
  • Fuudo: With these rules I think we have to think about who we choose and be strategic.
  • Itazan: I think this draft phase is the most fun, I'm going to try to have as much fun as possible, and I want to hurry up and get started.
  • Nemo: The rules are special this time, so I want to use that well, I have people that I want to choose already, but I'll look at the results of the tryout and make my decision.

Hameko says that at the last two events, Itazan drafted his teams very well and won because of that, so he wants to ask about Itazan's confidence going into this draft. He says that picking Kimura (who went 7-3) was a good job on his part (big laugh from the crowd), but this time because of the character ban, he's got two characters and thinks things will go well.

Yamato asks about player development, particularly Kunisada and Sakagami, who were both on Mago's team. Mago says that Kunisada was already very good, but he thought Sakagami grew a lot. (BTW, at the Asia Premiere Sakagami took out Bon-chan 2-0.)

They interview the captains a bit more, Daigo says something interesting: I'm going to choose people based on strength. I'm sorry, but if you aren't strong, I can't choose you. This is a departure from the last JP SFL, where there was a forced selection of a Beginner class member, and Daigo's method of choosing was to get someone he would enjoy drinking with (and it was a good choice, IMHO.) He said he was very interested in Bon-chan, since he's very strong. Fuudo also talks about he wants people two really strong characters. Nemo says he wants Kichipa-mu, who does not have a well known strong secondary, he says that for big bodies, their favorable matchups are very favorable, and so he thinks with the Ban rule Kichipa-mu would be good (I guess if he can force a favorable matchup?) Kichipa-mu does have a bit of an Abigail, but he really loves Gief and tries to stick with him. Nemo also says that the Captain's matches are worth 2 points, which is new to me. He does say that if Zangief is banned, then Nemo is free to use the character he likes.

The tryout matches are first. They split up the tryout class into two groups, and have them play each other. The captain judge based on that. Then the six pro license holders are added to the pool and the captains can interview people from the combined group. They introduce the people in the tryout class.

They hold some matches between various people - heavily edited and cut. Fujimura won with Lucia. Fujiwara (from Rookie's Caravan) beat Storm Kubo's Abigail with his Akuma. The Captains were definitely watching closely, but looked like they were more interested in Fujiwara's play than Storm Kubo. Later, the called up Yuji and Storm Kubo who used E. Honda, and lost a close set. The chat is going a bit nuts with Storm Kubo's play and are surprised that he lost. The announcer (this is filmed earlier, and they cut heavily) says "Storm Kubo's turn is done, without having won anything."

Shuto (Bison) and Haku (F.A.N.G.) are up next, with Shuto showing his secondary off. They leave the captain mics on, which is a bit hard to hear with the commentary as well, but Daigo and others are impressed with Haku. Next is Haku (F.A.N.G.) vs. Machabo (Kolin). Haku beat Machabo's Kolin (final match, final round.)

Comments from the Captains after watching the matches:

  • Fuudo says it was important to see people that they don't have a chance to see much fight.
  • The MC asks them who they would like to see fight, and Itazan immediately says "Nemo-san will make the announcement!" Nemo wants to see Haku (FANG) and Motchan (FANG). The both of them in the crowd looked pained. Nemo says they need to know which FANG to choose. The studio gets a big laugh when one of the Captains says that Motchan looks like he's going to cry. (See the previous JP SFL summaries for background on why that is funny.)
  • Itazan again asks for Nemo to make the announcement, and he's like "What? I have to do them all? We all decided on what to see, why do you make me look like the bad guy here?" Itazan has a maniacal smile. The next request is Fujiwara (Akuma) vs. Johnny (Karin). Mago said that while Fujiwara played well, it wasn't enough to judge him, and while Johnny has a standard Karin, they want to see him give it his best (laughs).

Haku took the mirror match 2-1 in the FT2. During the match Nemo said that Haku has a steady style, and would be strong in FT2 matches. In the second match, Johnny took it 2-1.

The next phase is an interview phase. The Captain can interview people 1:1, as many people as they like, within a 30 minute period. The pool of 18 people from the tryout phase is supplemented with 6 Pro players (who won a tournament for the invite). The six pros are Takeuchi John, Moke, Gachi-Kun, Bon-chan, Dogura, and Kichipa-mu. A pretty high powered class to recruit.

They asked the Pro players what they thought going into the draft. Bon-chan said he was sure he would be selected, but would prefer to be chosen by Daigo, Fuudo, or Tokido. Kichipa-mu mentioned how he thought Urien and Zangief are a good combo. Takeuchi John really wants to be selected by Nemo, his Pro teammate and mentor. Gachi-kun says that while he is known for his main character, he also wants to show off his secondary character.

Talking to the Captains, Tokido rattles off a list of Pro players that he thinks will be difficult to get. If this is like the previous drafts, if multiple captains choose the same person, the people who had no conflict get their choices. Then the people who had a conflict choose again, and the process repeats until everyone has chosen one person. That means you have a strong incentive to not choose the same person as someone else: you then have to choose again from a reduced pool. So Tokido says he thinks Haku might be a good choice, though he wants Fujimura most. Mago says that it is possible that people will change their mind about who they want to select after having seen the Tryouts. He ranks Machabo highest. Itazan says that he was impressed with Fujiwara's Akuma, though he didn't know him well. He also talks about how lots of other captains are interested in Machabo, but he doesn't think he'll get a conflict if he chooses him first. Daigo has a lot to say but I think what stood out is that he thinks if Machabo's Necali is banned, he won't be able to win, but he doesn't know how strong Fujimura's sub character is, so Bon-chan is looking really good. Fuudo is interested in Bon-chan and Haku. Nemo thought that people's secondaries weren't that great, but also like Haku. He thinks Haku has a chance of beating other pros in a match. Nemo is interested in Kichipa-mu and Takeuchi John as well.

6.2 Interviews

First up, Tokido interviews Fujimura. Tokido opens with: "I know you, so let's skip the formal stuff." He says he'll definitely pick Fujimura, but wants to talk about who to pick up as their third. If they get Gachi-kun, he's worried about Rashid getting banned, so he wants someone with a good secondary. They toss around some names, and Storm Kubo comes up. They think he's really putting in effort in the CPT, and think that he can contribute to JP SFL as well. Tokido ends by talking about how he wants to choose people that are able to share their views on the game and have similar ideas about team structure (I interpret this as being at a similar high level for SFV tactics as him.)

Itazan calls on Machabo first. They were on the same team that won the last JP SFL, and he really wants Machabo. He also wants to talk about who should be their 3rd player. Moke (Rashid / Cammy) is high up on the list. The cameraman pushes on what would happen if Itazan can't get Machabo, and he says that would be a great disaster. He thinks that choosing your team is critical for this league, and if he can't get Machabo he will be in a tough situation.

Mago though, also called Machabo. Mago asks Machabo what he would think of the team balance if they were on it together. Mago says that people wouldn't really want to ban Necali, and Mago's got Karin and Cammy. They talk a bit, and Machabo says that Necali has good matchups with odd characters. There is more stuff in there, but nothing that really stood out to me. Next, Mago talks with Yuji (College route, Chun-Li and Karin). Mago asks him what he thinks about being chosen, and says he thinks he might have about a 20% chance of being selected. When asked about people he might have trouble with, he brings up Fujimura and John Takeuchi, but not Gachi-kun. He thinks his matches with others on the page that Mago showed him are about 50-50. Mago doesn't think people would ban his Chun-Li, but he asks him to get some practice in (with? as? against?) Birdie. Mago says that he's interested in Yuji, who is grateful, but then Mago says "As long as Gachi-kun still isn't available!" They get a laugh and Yuji says that Gachi-kun was using Karin earlier, and looked super strong. Mago says "I'd say to use Birdie!" More laughs. Mago also calls up Fujimura. Mago says that others are interested in Fujimura too, but that he almost definitely will always get his Ibuki banned (hi, Shine!) He asks Fujimura about what happens if he's banned. He says "that'll be rough" (laughs all around.) Fujimura says he'll look at the others on the team and decide which secondary to use. Mago asks how confident he is in his secondary, and Fujimura says that it's tough, but he's doing this seriously, and since he doesn't have to go to many CPT things (he's already in based on points) he can put a lot of time into training. Then Mago asks him would he like to be on his team, and Fujimura, with a big grin says "Of course I don't want to be on your team!" He does say if Mago puts effort in, then he's ok with it, and would like to have fun playing with him. Fujimura's going to take it seriously though. They interview Mago afterwards, and he says that he's really torn on Fujimura. He thinks his Ibuki will be banned every time, and that's sad for Fujimura, but even if he goes in hard with his secondary (the graphic shows Lucia) then it's still unfortunate for Fujimura. So he's thinking of giving up on Fujimura.

Haku is called in by Tokido. Tokido says that whatever team Haku is on, the other teams will prepare heavily for F.A.N.G., and so it is up to whether Haku can show them that he's able to take the game to the level of players, and not characters. Tokido says that with his F.A.N.G. level, he might be banned, but Tokido heard that he also has a high level Falke, and asks about that. Haku says it would be Falke. As they are wrapping up Tokido says that he doesn't know if Haku will be on his team, but that he certainly with be in the JP SFL, and he looks forward to it. Really nice and professional mentoring atmosphere in those closing remarks. Haku is also called in to meet with Daigo. Daigo says that this was the first time he had seen Haku play and was impressed. He asked about the Ban rule, and asked about his secondary, and how he rates his Falke compared to F.A.N.G. Haku says he thinks he can take out grapplers, and other than Cammy, Guile, and Akuma he can probably do it. Finally, he speaks with Itazan. Itazan asks about which characters he thinks he can fight, and Rashid is up first. Cammy, Guile, and Akuma come up as the tough ones again. Itazan says the most important thing is the schedule for the league - and whether he can make it to America for the finals if they are in 1st or 2nd place. Haku is also called in by Fuudo who brings Moke, Fujimura, and Machao (win / draw / lose). (That's what they wrote - Moke won in the clip, but I don't know what else happened.)

Tokido interviews Kichipa-mu and then Storm Kubo. Tokido says without the Ban Kichipa-mu would definitely be chosen, but he asks about his secondary. Kichipa-mu says he doesn't think it's ready for top class players. Tokido asks what he thinks about how the rules don't fit his style, and Kichipa-mu says he's just got to practice with his secondary as much as possible before the league starts. Tokido says that he doesn't think Zangief would always be banned, and one way would be for Kichipa-mu to go on that strength, but Kichipa-mu says that if he is banned, he wants to be able to fight and raise the chances that he could win. Storm Kubo is next, and says "I wasn't expecting this." Tokido says that there is a high chance he'd choose Storm Kubo for his ideal team. Tokido says again that he's changed his view about how to build a team, and wants to choose people who agree with his view of making a team. Stork Kubo says that he's desperately pursuing the CPT right now, and thinks that he was able to put on a good showing at EVO, but now he thinks this second half of the season is super important. He'd be very happy if Tokido would be willing to teach him things, and he would definitely like to join Tokido. Tokido asks him how he will split his will (efforts) between CPT and JP SFL. Storm Kubo has a really pained expression as he thinks about his answer, and he replies "You don't think that those things can go together?" Kubo says that strengthening his main and sub characters for JP SFL also has an impact on the CPT. Storm Kubo continues that his team's owner (Team iXA) has asked him to perform well, and also increase the awareness of Team iXA, and Storm Kubo interprets that as doing well in CPT to get results, and taking part in JP SFL to publicize Team iXA, and that they are both important. So, 5:5 he says.

The announcer continues that there is another leader who called in both Storm Kubo and Kichipa-mu, later revealed to be Nemo. Nemo said that he wanted to ask them about what would be tough matchups. He thinks that Kichipa-mu has a Gief and an Abigail, and would like to hear from Storm Kubo about his characters. With both them, if Zangief is banned, he thinks Storm Kubo can use Abigail, and he wants to know about tough matchups in that case, and vice versa. Nemo asks Storm Kubo why he thinks he's there, and he says that it's because Nemo doesn't like grapplers, but actually think Nemo-san has some sort of scheme planned. Nemo explains that he thinks that under the Character Ban rule, big body characters are strong. When grapplers have a good matchup, he thinks it is a very good matchup. Kichipa-mu says he will use Abigail if Zangief is banned, and Nemo asks who Kichipa-mu does not want to meet up with. Number one is Fuudo's Birdie, and he also doesn't like Fujimura. Nemo says that he thinks Kichipa-mu can beat Fujimura, but he responds that while he has confidence, he also thinks he loses a lot. Nemo asks about matchups he doesn't like with his Abigail, and he responds Blanka, Necali. Nemo asks if Storm Kubo can teach Kichipa-mu the Necali matchup. Like, right now. Nemo wants an Abigail specialist to "initiate" him (everyone laughs, and Storm Kubo looks off camera - "is this what he was after?") Storm Kubo says he really thought this was an interview and was nervous, but now he feels like he's just being used, and Nemo replies that he asked Storm Kubo to come to make Kichipa-mu stronger. Storm Kubo says that he's been using G for Necali recently though. They discuss that a bit, and Nemo asks if there is anything else Kichipa-mu wants to ask Storm Kubo, who is just like "why don't you just contact me on LINE (a Japanese SNS)?" They already are in a LINE group together. (Laughs.) Storm Kubo tells Nemo he wants him to use his limited interviewing time wisely, and Nemo says that this is very important! He wants to see how strong he can make Kichipa-mu.

Just a readout play by play of that interview isn't really good at getting the feeling of the thing across. It is really funny, and the dynamic between Storm Kubo and Nemo (who were on the same team previously) is very interesting. Storm Kubo really wants to get on the JP SFL, and you can tell.

6.3 Draft

How does the draft work?

  • Each leader puts in a secret ballot for a player they want.
  • If no other leader chose that player, they get them.
  • If more than one leader selected the same player, they all draw lots, the winner gets the player, and the others all start from the beginning until all leaders have a player.

So you can see that there is some strategy involved in the process. Note that there is no restriction on who the leaders can choose. It is all down to balloting process. In the first round:

  • Fujimura: Tokido, Daigo
  • Machabo: Mago, Itazan
  • Bonchan: Fuudo
  • Kichipa-mu: Nemo

When Nemo's choice was announced, you could hear Itazan laughing his characteristic laugh, and Mago, Daigo, and Tokido were breaking as well.

Second drawing:

  • Gachi-kun: Tokido
  • Dogura: Itazan

The first round complete, the second round commences. They ask the people who were selected about their thoughts. Fujimura was surprised that Daigo chose him. Gachi-kun was confident that even with the Character Ban he'd be ok. Bonchan thinks that him and Fuudo cover the character ban well, and he says they will win. Dogura is happy to have been chosen, and he also says they both use two characters. Kichipa-mu was surprised that he was chosen on the first round, and that he will do his best with Zangief.

For the second round:

  • Takeuchi John: Mago, Nemo
  • Moke: Fuudo, Itazan
  • Haku: Tokido
  • Kawano: Daigo

The second drawing:

  • yuji: Mago
  • Shuto: Fuudo

I really like this draft format - there is anticipation in it, and some strategy. They asked some of the players who didn't make it in afterwards on their thoughts, and Storm Kubo said he thought he just didn't have enough appeal for the leaders, and says he wouldn't like to reflect further on his feelings and to wrap up the interview. That's rough to hear, I really like Storm Kubo. Sakagami says he wasn't expecting to be chosen, but he's happy that two of the people he advanced with from the Rookie's Caravan were selected.

A bit later they present the full teams, but it was filmed after the draft. Haku wasn't able to make it due to the schedule. Mago has a crazy swagger as he walks out. I hope someone clips that, it should exist somewhere.

7 JP Pro League Schedule

Update 2019-08-09 Added some information about the Street Fighter League: Pro-JP schedule.

The Pro JP 2019 Street Fighter League will consist of 6 teams, each with a team captain that holds a JeSU Pro License. The other members of the team will come from the 24 person draft pool of 6 JeSU Pro license holders, 3 people from the Street Fighter League College JP 2019 winning team, 6 people from the East and West winning team of the Rookie's Caravan 2019 league, and 9 people from 3 teams from SFL Arcade 2019 League.

Specific details about the 3 on 3 team format haven't yet been announced, but one thing that has been announced is that there will be a Character Ban that operates the same as in the Street Fighter League US. That rule is only for the JP Pro League, and specifically is not used in the Arcade or College leagues.

The Chigesoku blog has a brief write-up of the recording schedule for the Street Fighter League: Pro-JP, and lots of JP Twitter people are complaining that the schedule really isn't realistic for anyone other than students, pros, or people without real jobs. In essence, the shooting will be held in Tokyo, on the following schedule:

Date Session Comments
2019-09-17 10:00 - 18:00 Recording Session 1 Tuesday  
2019-09-20 10:00 - 18:00 Recording Session 2 Friday  
2019-09-24 10:00 - 18:00 Recording Session 3 Tuesday  
2019-09-25 10:00 - 18:00 Recording Session 4 Wednesday  
2019-10-05 10:00 - 18:00 Recording Session 5 Saturday  
2019-10-17 21:00 - Episode 1 broadcast OpenRec
2019-10-18 21:00 - Episode 2 broadcast OpenRec
2019-10-24 21:00 - Episode 3 broadcast  
2019-10-25 21:00 - Episode 4 broadcast  
2019-10-31 21:00 - Episode 5 broadcast  
2019-11-01 21:00 - Episode 6 broadcast  
2019-11-07 21:00 - Episode 7 broadcast  
2019-11-08 21:00 - Episode 8 broadcast  
2019-11-14 21:00 - Episode 9 broadcast  
2019-11-15 21:00 - Episode 10 broadcast  
2019-12-01 10:00 - 18:00 Grand Final offline Sunday Pro-JP Top 3 teams
2019-12-13 - 2019-12-15 Winning team to LA to play US team At Capcom Cup

People who are involved in the Draft were told that the above is the schedule, and if they are not able to commit to making that, they would need to withdraw from the competition. They also note that the schedule may change. Having four sessions that are on weekdays from 10am to 6pm means that it would be really tough for people with jobs and those that live far away to take part in the entire schedule. Nishikin, Haku, Deshiken, a bunch of people have some tweets quoted on the blog talking about how this would be difficult.

So while there is time between filming and broadcast, and there are some gaps between the sessions, it is all in the can by the time the episodes start rolling out.

7.1 My thoughts on the character ban rule

So far I've really enjoyed the different incarnations of team battles that I've watched in Japan and the US. The character ban changes what is important in evaulating player capability. It adds an aspect of generality over being a character specialist. I think that is fine, although I'm personally more interested in seeing players play to the best of their capability. Since Capcom is involved in this, it seems that they are setting the precendent in valuing a player's ability to play multiple characters.

One thing I have enjoyed seeing are the different focuses different seasons have had. The most recent JP Street Fighter League powered by RAGE had an interesting focus on players at different skill levels, and I thought it was very interesting to watch the Beginner class player improve over time. In the US Street Fighter League I've enjoyed watching character specialists play with secondaries and improve over time, although I would prefer to see more high level play. At a very high level I think players should have the ability to quickly pick up characters, at least faster than casual players would, but generally I don't think the character ban has introduced much strategy into the choice of who to ban. I don't think it has done much to improve diversity of characters played either, if that was the intent.

Still, I'm interested in seeing experimentation, so I'm not too worried about things.




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Re: JP 2019 Fall Street Fighter League: Pro-JP
Thanks for posting this. Thanks to you, I've become more-or-less updated on how things are working on JP SFL. I hope this comes out as an message that there are people that will appreciate this. :)
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Thank you for the kind comments! Always nice to see that people find it useful.
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