The Capcom Pro Tour came to a close this Sunday with the 2019 Capcom Cup Grand Finals at the Novo in Los Angeles, California. Players from all around the world gave it their all this season, but at the end it came down to two American players: Victor “Punk” Woodley, the #1 ranked player in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition‘s fourth season and underdog Derek “iDom” Ruffin, best known for appearing (and always having his character banned) on Street Fighter League and for taking 5th place at EVO 2019.
The Capcom Cup 2019 Grand Finals were a real nail biter, with the undefeated Punk facing off against iDom on a climb back up from loser’s side. Punk started Grand Finals by switching off his main tournament character Karin Kanzuki to play the speedy Cammy against iDom’s mix-up heavy grappler Laura Matsuda. After building a solid lead, Punk got bullied hard enough by iDom that he lost the lead and made the switch back to Karin, but he couldn’t stop iDom from reseting the bracket. After the reset iDom changed to this secondary character Poison to throw Punk off his game, a move which ended up working in iDom’s favor and led to him defeating Punk 3-1.
The full Top 8 placements for the Capcom Cup 2019 are below. Matches were streamed on the Capcom Fighters official Twitch channel.
1. iDom (Laura, Poison)
2. REC|Punk (Karin, Chun-Li, Cammy)
3. NVD|Phenom (Karin, Necalli)
4. Mago (Karin, Cammy)
5. Rohto|Tokido (Akuma)
5. CYG|Fuudo (R. Mika, Birdie)
7. Liquid|Nemo (Urien)
7. YOG|Machabo (Necalli)
Derek “iDom” Ruffin victory over Punk makes him the 2019 Capcom Cup Street Fighter V Champion, which awards him the first place prize of $250,000, an automatic spot in Capcom Cup 2020, and a custom costume for his main character.
After the tournament wrapped Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono and host Kenny Omega came out to perform some pro-wrestling style antics and share new announcements about Street Fighter V and the game’s upcoming major update Champion Edition. First was the official announcement of the next season of the Capcom Pro Tour, which kicks off in March 2020 and will end in Paris, France. Changes to next year’s tour include a points reset in the middle of the year, which is a perfect opportunity to introduce balance adjustments mid-season.
A trailer was also shown to demonstrate what’s coming with Champion Edition, including the first look at the second V-Skills for Menat, Vega, Guile, and Abigail. Champion Edition is a free update to the base game that includes a second V-Skill for each character along with other balance and systems adjustments.
The last character to be announced for Street Fighter V in 2019 is Seth, the King of Chaos and boss of Street Fighter IV. Seth has a radically different look now with a female body called Doll Unit Zero that houses his consciousness–no big deal since Seth is more machine than human–but the character retains the gimmick of absorbing abilities from his foes and adding them to his own move set. This version of Seth has move-copying relegated to V-Skill I, the Tanden Engine. Each successful Tanden Engine gives Seth access to one use of his opponent’s ability, and Seth will be able to use, for example, Chun-Li’s Lightning Legs, Double Knee Press from M. Bison, and Guile’s Sonic Boom.
Seth’s V-Skill II is called Tanden Booster, which allows him to create juggles and keep up the momentum for additional damage instead of copying abilities. Tanden Booster is a dash move that can be cancelled, and inputting attacks while the dash is active creates different offensive effects. Tanden Booster has a plus of being usable in combos.
Seth’s V-Trigger I, Tanden Ignition, is a three-bar Trigger that works in partnership with Tanden Engine. The specials accessible from Tanden Ignition can be used on their own or cancelled out of stolen moves from Seth’s unlucky opponents. V-Trigger II is Tanden Maneuver, a two-bar Trigger which sees Seth conjure a giant ball of energy on screen that can move in all directions while it’s active. The orb can also be detonated on command. Tanden Maneuver is for set-up wizards and will make for excellent screen control since it can be left stationary or positioned to hit a moving opponent and create a juggle.
Seth will become playable in Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on February 14, 2020. New V-Skills for the roster and balance adjustments will become available for free sometime following the close of Capcom Cup on December 15th, with Gill playable for those who have either the Champion Edition upgrade kit or purchase him separately.