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X-News Week #68 (February 4th-10th, 2019)

America

  • The East Coast Spring Series 4 qualifier was run in NYC with a final between Damdai and TechMonkeyBracketPart 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Top 4
  • The West Coast qualifier will be run at Don’s arcade in LA on February 16. Top 3 of the tournament will qualify for Spring Series 4 at Free Play Arcade in Texas. Event Info | Stream channel
  • NorCal Crabattle run their February edition with a final between Myung and RusselCasse. Stream (starts at 1:33:00).
  • Lost Ark arcade in North Carolina will be running a tournament on ST 25th anniversary date, February 23rd. Event info | Stream channel
  • Retro Night is back at Defend The North 2019 in New York. July 19-21. Starting prize pool of $250 courtesy of CitiGaming and powered by Matcherino. Event info and registration
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #112 weekly event with RenoMD Dictator and x64 in the finals. Bracket | Video

Japan

Europe

  • Zarghatt ChunLi and Donyann Ken have been announced as invited players for the FactorX tournament at HFS in France. More info
  • Extra Life Cafe in Paris will run a qualifier for HFS this weekend where the first 2 will get the spot. Golcarjack and Myco are likely to travel there for the spot. Sunday 17 at 3pm CEST. Stream | More info
  • A bunch of players have been now confirmed for the Fightcade Offline Festival in Spain (April 5-7). Seven Japanese players with different game specialities. For 2X there will be the two players who contributed to the game footage of the High Score Girl manga: TMF Zangief and TZW Guile. SpinalBlood Sagat from Italy has been confirmed as well.
  • First attack group have announced they will be running an ST tournament by the end of July at Morlaix (Bretagne, France). The exact dates are still TBD and they are working on bringing a Japanese guest. First attack facebook group

Others

  • Super Turbo Normal of the Week with E. Honda’s crouching light kick. [previous publications]
  • Capcom has released the music of several games on Spotify including ST. ST Playlist | More info
  • Arcade Shop has released the special stickers of the 2X logo that they created for the last EVO.
  • Capcom Japan has released several merchandising products related to Street Fighter on their website. One of the products is a 17 keychains with all the characters of ST with the chibi drawing style.
  • Someone on twitter has created an unofficial 2X wallpaper based on the design of the aforementioned keychains.
  • Displaced Gamers channel has released a detailed video about the 4:3 aspect ratio in CPS1 and CPS2 systems. They explain many of the myths and questions asked from players, why CRT don’t use pixels, how console ports found workarounds to other systems or why the native resolution of the games is different than the ones shown in the arcade screen, etc.
  • Brook has released their first full featured stick with their popular PCB inside. It comes with a removable lever as well. The stick will be presented at EVO Japan.
  • Hori has released a series of compact sticks meant for nintendo switch and PS3/4.
  • Arcade Paradise Shop has released several JAMMA related products. One of them is a switcher board that can be controlled from the joystick panel.

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X-News Week #67 (January 28st-February 3rd, 2019)

America

  • Recorded meetup in NYC with TechMonkey, SuperrV, MegamanX, and EtotheNG. Video
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #113 weekly event with x64 and RealDecoy in the finals. Bracket | Video

Japan

  • Starcup qualifier from Game Newton Ooyama in Tokyo (Kanto). Final: Yuuvega Dictator vs Kusa ChunLi. Annotations in video description.
  • FT10 from the Kemonomichi series at Game Spot Versus in Tokyo (Kanto) between Piroshi Honda and Gian Dhalsim.
  • FT5 at the Sun Seibu arcade in Hamamatsu (Chubu) between Isimorn Claw and Kenshiro Boxer.
  • FT5 at Game Spot Versus in Tokyo (Kanto) between Makiri Ken and Isimorn Claw.
  • Game Spot Versus special weekend tournament in Tokyo (Kanto). East vs West format. Hide ChunLi and Miya Ken as team captains. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV twitch channel – live stream every Saturday night (Japan time)]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament in Tokyo (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Alabama Boxer and Kawasim Dhalsim. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. No annotations. [source: Playland twitch channel]

Europe

  • Hokuto Claw from Mexico has been announced as invited player for the FactorX tournament at HFS in France. More info
  • Tournament at Konbo, Edinburgh, Sun 24th Feb in honor of the 25th anniversary of the game. Unfortunately, no recordings or streaming are planned. More info
  • Last Extra Life Cafe tournament in Paris is now uploaded to youtube with a final between Zagi ChunLi and Max Cammy.

Asia

  • Weekly sessions from the arcade in Singapore. Annotations in video description. January 31 edition

Others

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X-News Week #66 (January 21st-27th, 2019)

America

  • Norcal Crabattle run their monthly ST event with Ultracombo Old Sagat vs Riz0ne Dictator in the final (minute 2:17:40). Stream
  • The Noho Dojo and Lost Ark Video Games run a tournament on Saturday in NC with Rekkaken Ryu and Damdai Ryu in the finals (minute 2:32:40). Stream
  • Toronto Top Tiers tournament took place last week with Ozz Deejay vs Bort Honda in the finals. Bracket | Video. After the tournament there is an exhibition match FT10 between Dogberry and Lucky Jim playing on World Warrior.
  • Recorded meetup in NYC with JoshC, Atari (visiting from Toronto), EtotheNG, Dominican2X, MegamanX and Min. Video
  • Recent streams by weirdlookinghippo with Dogbert, Maximum Elbow and Unessential as guests. Stream archive
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #112 weekly event with RenoMD Dictator and Scuzbucket ChunLi in the finals. Bracket | Video
  • Spring Series 4 tournament is now fully announced. $10K ST tournament. April 12-14 2019 Free Play Arlington in Texas. Two satellite qualifiers: NYC, Next Level Arcade, February 9, 2019 and LA, Don’s Arcade, February 16, 2019. Registration | Trailer
  • “The ONE” ST Tournament by BAS in Vegas is open now for registration.
  • Super Bit Wars 7 will have an ST tournament in Norman, Oklahoma on March 30th. First ST tournament in Oklahoma in a very long time. Registration

Japan

  • Star Cup qualifers update:
    1. January 14 @ Neyagawa ABC in Osaka. Check the x-news from last week.
    2. January 19 @ Enjoy Paradise (Enpara) in Osaka. Qualifier #1. Check the x-news from last week.
    3. January 19 @ Enjoy Paradise (Enpara) in Osaka. Qualifier #2. Check the x-news from last week.
    4. January 19 @ Play Spot BigOne in Tokyo. Check the x-news from last week.
    5. January 20 @ Game Spot Versus in Tokyo. Check the x-news from last week.
    6. January 27 @ VGM Robot in Fukaya. Final: TZW Guile vs Mattsun Ken. Annotations in first comment.
    7. Upcoming: February 2 @ Daytona Shiki in Tokyo.
    8. Upcoming: February 3 @ Space Shuttle in Nagoya. Qualifier #1.
    9. Upcoming: February 10 @ Space Shuttle in Nagoya. Qualifier #2.
    10. Finals: February 23 @ Space Shuttle in Nagoya.
  • FT5 at Space Shuttle arcade (Chubu). Yondaime Old Sagat vs Iroha Old Guile.
  • FT5 at Space Shuttle arcade (Chubu). Cloiwan Honda vs Edo ChunLi.
  • Rescued FT10 at Game Spot Versus (Kanto) from 2016. Mattsun Ken vs Nikaiten Old Sagat.
  • Game Spot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto). East vs West format. Alabama Boxer and Kotaka Shoten Guile as team captains. Isimorn Claw as guest from France. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Game Newton Ooyama special team tournament (Kanto). East vs West format. Annotations in video description. [source: Ooyama nico channel]
  • North vs South weekly team tournament #114 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Unfortunately, this week stream was not possible and they recorded footage with a camera. Part 1 | Part 2. Player list in video description in Japanese. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between XSPR Ryu and Alabama Boxer. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • From the section of “Japanese-arcades-we-have-been-missing-forever” we have Sun Seibu (サンセイブ) arcade from the south part of the central area (Chubu). This is the arcade that recently published a controversial matchup chart with Deejay placed as #2 and other things not very common among other areas. Kawashima Boxer or Kenshiro Deejay are two players from that arcade that might sound familiar to you, although both of them play so many characters. There is also an ITO uppercase that has nothing to do with the Ito Deejay from Nagoya. They occasionally have visits from other Chubu players like Wani!K Honda, Tasaka Cammy or Nakamu Honda/Blanka. For the last 3 years they have been running monthly east vs west format events, all of them uploaded at Pikku Claw’s channel. However, he stopped posting 6 months ago and since then it’s all uploaded at Tetsu Sagat’s channel. Besides the team tournaments they also do FT5s. We are going to list here only the ones posted in the last month:
    1. Kuma Ryu vs Wani!K Honda. Video
    2. Mikan ChunLi vs Satan Deejay. Video
    3. Kawashima Boxer vs Haku Cammy. Video
    4. Otto Guile vs Nakamu Ken. Video
    5. Wakki Ken vs Harada Ken. Video
    6. Mikan ChunLi vs Isimorn Claw as guest. Video

Europe

  • LaDOSEnet posted their #701 monthly ranking battle in Lyon. The top 3 was between Zarghatt ChunLi, Hiroki Ryu and Kazel Deejay. Bracket | Top 6 video. Annotations in video description.
  • Bazoukha kumite from Gamespirit arcade in Lyon. Video. Annotations in video description.
  • Fightcade Offline Festival 2019 is now open for registration. It will be on April 5-7 in Murchante, Spain.
  • Monthly Spanish ranking battle on Fightcade with Marcade Honda and Yonpol Honda in the finals. Bracket. No videos.

Asia

Others

  • Super Turbo Normal of the Week with ChunLi’s neutral jump light kick. Previous publications.
  • Another compilation video from LiangHuBBB. ST takes a very small part this time with some moments from ToL3.
  • Sanwa released a new connector type for buttons meant to be more robust and space saving. As a pre-sale for EVO Japan they will have the removable lever we mentioned a few weeks ago.
  • Muteki added a couple of tweets with two moments of his matches in the past. This wouldn’t be a highlight if it wasn’t that we miss him a lot and want him to go back as a regular in 2X again. Tweet 1 | Tweet 2

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X-News Week #65 (January 14th-20th, 2019)

America

  • Frosty Faustings run an ST tournament with 52 players. Bracket | Top 8. James Chen was in the commentary of the very last games. He also did a kumite afterwards (aka The Chen Challenge) where he played and commentated at the same time (lol) while he was sharing some curiosities of the game with the audience and the players.
  • Third installment of Super Turbo Showdown has been announced. It will be hosted in Toronto on March 30th. There will be both teams (3vs3) and Singles events and also a Matcherino campaign during the event to raise the prize pool. Registration | Matcherino campaign
  • The ST community in Chile run a tournament with RZP taking the victory. Bracket | Finals video
  • Norcal Crabattle has announced their monthly ST tournament for January 26 at 6pm. Registration | Matcherino campaign
  • There are three more videos available from the facebook live streams of the ST ranking battle run in Brazil. Stream list
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #111 weekly event with GrayInvader and x64 in the finals. Bracket | Video

Japan

  • Star Cup Tournament is confirmed to happen in 2019 and it will also have many qualifiers in the main 3 areas of Japan. Last time something of this sort happened was in 2014. The format seems to be even closer to the American style of tournaments: FT3 with possible counter picks although we are still not sure if the players are forced to say what characters they are going to use in the tournament beforehand. There were 5 qualifiers run in one week alone. We are going to list both the results and the upcoming qualifiers:
    1. January 14 @ Neyagawa ABC in Osaka. Final: KKY (Dhalsim/Boxer) vs Hazi (DeeJay/O.Hawk). Annotations in video description.
    2. January 19 @ Enjoy Paradise (Enpara) in Osaka. Qualifier #1. Final: Aniken (Boxer) vs KKY (Dhalsim). Annotations in video description. [source: Ando’s twitch channel]
    3. January 19 @ Enjoy Paradise (Enpara) in Osaka. Qualifier #2. Final: Murasaki (Dictator) vs Wada (Sagat). Annotations in video description. [source: Ando’s twitch channel]
    4. January 19 @ Play Spot BigOne in Tokyo. Final: Cloiwan (Honda) vs Alabama (Boxer). Annotations in first comment.
    5. January 20 @ Game Spot Versus in Tokyo. Final: Nikaiten (Honda/Boxer) vs Alabama (Boxer). Annotations in video description. [source: GSV twitch channel]
    6. Upcoming: January 27 @ VGM Robot in Fukaya.
    7. Upcoming: February 2 @ Daytona Shiki in Tokyo.
    8. Upcoming: February 3 @ Space Shuttle in Nagoya. Qualifier #1.
    9. Upcoming: February 10 @ Space Shuttle in Nagoya. Qualifier #2.
    10. Finals: February 23 @ Space Shuttle in Nagoya.
  • Special singles tournament at Space Shuttle (Chubu). Japanese ‘brutal’ singles format with FT1. Final between Yondaime Old Sagat and ARG Claw. The old school players might be happy to see the final outcome.
  • An FT10 from the X-Count series run at the Enpara arcade in Osaka (Kansai). Gunze Zangief vs Wada Sagat. For some reason it was played back in November but published now.
  • Special FT10 called X-Count Rookies at Enpara (Kansai) meant to be played by beginners. Torneko Zangief vs Takashikyo Old Ken. After the FT10 there is an extra tournament with the top players but there are no annotations of it.
  • An FT5 at Game Spot Versus (Kanto) between Tsunoppi Guile and Nia Honda.
  • Game Spot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto). East vs West format. Kawasim Dhalsim and Kotaka Shoten Guile as team captains. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • North vs South weekly team tournament #113 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Mori Boxer and Otochun ChunLi face each other in the decisive match. Player name annotations on screen both in Japanese and English. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • Game Spot Versus special weekend tournament (Kanto). 2vs2 format. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV twitch channel – live stream every Saturday night (Japan time)]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Cellotape Zangief and Gucchi Blanka. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. With a special format this week: only Ryu vs Honda match allowed for all players. No annotations. [source: Playland twitch channel]

Europe

  • Rival Scenes event in Leeds (UK) run a 3vs3 2X tournament. Golcarjack Guile, dagV ChunLi and Kungfoo ChunLi were the members of the winning team. Brackets | Top 4 stream (minute 04:33:50)
  • Extra life cafe in Paris run another event of their ranking battle series. With an amazing final between Zagi ChunLi and Max31 Cammy. Bracket | Stream
  • The guys from LaDose uploaded a kumite of MonPoteVincent Boxer run two weeks ago at Gamespirit arcade.
  • The MixUp tournament is now open for registration. The event will be on April 20-21 in Lyon.

Asia

Others

  • Daigo was invited, along with other new school players, to play an exhibition of ST (among other games) in order to promote the Hi Score Girl anime. Timestamps: Rere Guile vs Itabashi Zangief (00:00), Haitani Ryu vs Itabashi Zangief (03:21), Haitani Ryu vs Daigo Ryu (07:01), Itabashi Zangief vs Daigo Guile (10:16). Bonus: you can listen to the full soundtrack of the anime.
  • Super Turbo Normal of the Week is back! The first one of 2019 is about Cammy’s crouching medium punch. You can also check all the previous publications.
  • Loïc *WydD* Petit has published the details of his advanced method to measure input lag so all the tech-savvies out there can apply the same method for more devices.
  • Fromo has published a quick round with KO at 93 seconds. Last year we had Shotosallday (video) and oldschool_br (video) doing the same. We are still looking for someone able to record a 94 second one.
  • AfroLegends announced that his plan this year is to go to Japan for the first time and participate in the X-EST tournament.
  • Sophiedreamy is an artist from France who decided to draw the 17 characters of the game and make live streams of the process. The videos are from 2017 but we happened to run into them now. Playlist

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X-News Week #64 (January 7th-13th, 2019)

America

  • The guys from Free Play in Texas are running a big 2vs2 tournament as part of their Tuesday Night Fights, with JoshC as a guest visiting from New York. Unfortunately, we weren’t on time to publish this before Tuesday so we’ll post the results and more details from last night in the next week’s report. Bracket | Stream
  • We have been missing the ranking battle run in Brazil since they use facebook live video and it’s not in our radar. Players from Argentina have also joined in some of the sessions and the commentators in the videos speak in both Spanish and Portuguese. Even known south american specialists in CE, like Klebim Balrog, is joining the raking battle to give ST a chance. Stream list
  • We also have been missing the streams the crew in Mexico does on facebook with well known players from that area. Stream list
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #110 weekly event with RemoMD Dictator and x64 Honda in the finals. Bracket | Video

Japan

  • FT10 from the KomonoMichi Series. Kaneko Guile vs. AFO Blanka.
  • FT5 at Space Shuttle arcade (Chubu). Hakase Dhalsim (visiting from Tokyo) vs Yondaime Old Sagat.
  • The Nagata Shogatsu Special from the recent New Years Eve has been posted with many known players in it, including some players who were visiting from the Taiwan community.
  • Game Spot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto). East vs West format. Kawamata Ryu and Yakitori Old Hawk as team captains. Yakitori with yet another incredible performance. Also with Fran Boxer from Italy (aka Fran3s) as a guest who apparently participated in the last 4Fox tournament as well. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Game Newton Ooyama special team tournament (Kanto). Team tournament with the presence of some inactive players showing up, like Shiki Boxer and Inomata Hawk, one of the best Hawks from the late 2000s and the player who discovered the Sako tick (there used to be two Inomata Hawk players so we hope we are talking about the right one). Update: We have been told this is his little brother “Inomata Ototo” and not the one we were referring to. Annotations in video description. [source: Ooyama nico channel]
  • North vs South weekly team tournament #112 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Kusumondo Honda and Shogatsu Old Honda face each other in the decisive match. Player name annotations on screen both in Japanese and English. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • North vs South New Years Eve special team tournament #111 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). Otochun ChunLi and Aniken Ken face each other in the decisive match. During the tournament you can see some unusual picks like Otochun Old Ken, Aniken Old Ken or Aniken Boxer. Player name annotations on screen in Japanese but translated them in English in the description for reference. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • Special monthly 3vs3 at Game Spot Versus (Kanto) with plenty of OCVs throughout the tournament. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV twitch channel]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Isaji Old Cammy and Hide ChunLi. You would be surprised how far you can get with the worst character of the game played by a Cammy specialist. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. January 4 edition (no annotations) | December 28 special tournament (annotations in video description). [source: Playland twitch channel]
  • More footage from Japanese arcades we weren’t aware of. This time coming from an arcade at Kanazawa at the very north of the central area (Chubu). They run a tournament 3 weeks ago but they don’t have any frequent ST even there. Name players are written in Japanese on screen. There is a top player in the video named Roku ロク (Honda). He used to play big tournaments a few years ago but now he is only playing locally. Japanese players consider him one of the top Hondas in Japan along with Kusumondo and Shogatsu. Nakamu Honda uses his name sometimes as an homage (he uses his color as well which makes it very confusing).

Europe

  • The big MixUp tournament will take place on April 20-21 in Lyon, with 2X as one of the tournaments. The guys behind it just announced registration will start on January 20. Website
  • Next tournament at Extra Life Cafe in Paris will be on January 20. Although it’s still not confirmed whether or not they will stream it. More info

Asia

Others

  • Undamned finally released yet another game-changing product for CPS2 owners. InfiniKey is now available through Paradise Arcade Shop in the US, Video Game Perfection in the UK or SeekNet in Australia.
  • If you are in Japan these days please visit Akihabara Radio Hall Store. They have a lot of SF2 and ST collectibles and products (old and new). The event is called Street Fighter Champion Exhibition II and will be open from January 11 to 27. More info

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X-News Week #63 (December 31st, 2018-January 6th, 2019)

America

  • One of the tournaments of the 2 old 2 furious Series has been announced for March 23-24 in Cincinnati, Ohio. There will be other retro game tournaments as well. The guys from Team Spooky are behind it. Info and registration
  • BAS has announced the 4 games of the event he is organizing called ONE (OGs Never End). It will be in Las Vegas on March 9-10.

Japan

  • Yakotori Old Hawk vs various at Game Spot Versus (Kanto). Video. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Nemo kumite at Game Spot Versus (Kanto). Video. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • FTX of Shu Ken vs Tomoza Dictator rescued from 2015 (never published before). Video. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). This week with a special round robin format. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. No annotations. [source: Playland twitch channel]
  • Amipara Technoland arcade (Chugoku) in the very west of Japan have posted all the tournaments of the last 3 months at once. October (tournament with Teppei Guile as guest | East vs West special). November (tournament | East vs West special). December (tournament | East vs West special). Player names in video description. [source: Amipara nico channel]
  • We have been missing for more than a year the streams of an arcade called Magical Yu (or something like that) located in Kobe (Kansai). However, most of their streams are just from the free play sessions. About a dozen of them are from actual tournaments or special events. You can look them up in this playlist (in reverse chronological order) either by translating the titles or checking which streams have commentators. Some of them have top players from Osaka as guests like Kusumondo and Teppei. Kenta-kobe is a frequent player in the arcade.

Europe

Others

  • Singapore weekly tournament. This week with a special kumite of Emperor. Annotations in video description. Video

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The oddities of the double KO in ST

Design Changes

Double KOs in Street Fighter have existed since SF1. Deciding what happens in such an event has changed over time for different reasons. Here is a quick summary of its evolution (note that double time-outs are also treated as double KOs except for one particular case in SF3):

  • SF1: No victories awarded for double KOs. If a double KO occurs in the 3rd round and the score is 0-0 or 1-1, then it’s game over for both players (draw game). However, if the score is 1-0 (or 0-1), then the player with that single victory will win the match.
  • SF2 World Warrior: No victories awarded for double KOs. The game will keep going until someone reaches two victories. If no one has reached two victories by the end of the 9th round, then a 10th round (also called final round) is played as sudden death. In order to do that, the game sets the score to 1-1 at the beginning of the 10th round regardless of what the score was at that moment. Another double KO in that last round would mean game over for both players (draw game).
  • SF2 CE/HF/NC/ST and SF Alpha: No victories are awarded for double KOs. If no one reached two victories by the end of the 3rd round, then a 4th round (also called final round) is played as sudden death. In order to do that, the game sets the score to 1-1 at the beginning of the 4th round regardless of what the score was at that moment. Another double KO in that last round would mean game over for both players (draw game).
  • SF3, SF4 and SF5: Victories are awarded to both players for double KOs. The decisive round is always the 3rd round (also called final round). If a double KO occurs in the final round with an even score (1-1), then it’s game over for both players (draw game). Example: SF4 Daigo vs Justin exhibition 2010.

The “judgment” experiment

SF3 is the only version where Capcom tried a judgment system to pick a winner in certain double KO situations. The judgment system will only be used for double KOs in the final round with an even score (1-1) or double time-outs in any round. Otherwise, a victory is given to each player similarly to how it works in SF4 and SF5.

In theory, the judgment system chooses the winner based on some sort of performance parameters of the match. But some say it’s actually random. Example: SF3 Ricky Ortiz vs Daigo 2003.

The small difference that messed it all up

There is no perfect logic solution for double KO situations that would please everyone. The solutions in SF1, SF3, SF4 and SF5 can lead to some funny situations where a player gets a match victory even if he had won only one round for instance.

One could say that in SF2 and SF Alpha, the solutions are even “worse” than the other versions since you get more odd situations. The main reason behind it is that the score of the final round is forced to be 1-1. The easier way to explain this is by looking at the following examples:

1 – The meaningless round

If you get double KO both in the first and the second round, then the third round will start with no victories on either side. What happens in that third round doesn’t matter since the 4th and final round will be set to 1-1 either way. You can see an example in the following weekly tournament in Japan where Shino Honda and Nakajima Honda just mess around in the 3rd round knowing there is really no point playing it. (minute 47:00)

The format of the tournament is a “Winner Stays On” type with a final playoff between those who got the most consecutive wins. Surprisingly, they ALSO get a double KO in the final round so both players lose.

2 – The undeserved victory

Let’s review what happens in the following video between Afro Legends (Boxer) and Alex Wolfe (Dhalsim) (minute 3:42). Afro Legends wins the first round (1-0), then a double KO occurs in the 2nd round, and another one in the 3rd round. At that moment, the score is still 1-0. But in the 4th round (sudden death round), the game forces the score to be 1-1. At 4:31, Seth Killian says “And notice that Dhalsim has got a round for free even though he hasn’t won”. In the final round, Afro Legends wins so the final score is 2-1.

3 – The unfair aftermath

In the previous example Afro Legends wins both the 1st and the 4th round to have a final score of 2-1 in his favor. However, let’s imagine that Alex Wolfe had been able to win that 4th round. Then the winner of the match would have been him with a final score of 1-2. If you do the math, both Afro Legends and Alex would win one round each. But Alex would be the winner for having taken that last sudden death which one could argue is an unfair outcome.

What to do in a draw match

When the game considers that it’s game over for both players, then you can say it’s a draw game with no winners. However, depending on the context, the outcome of the match can be different for every situation. Some examples are:

  • Exhibition match: The match is usually considered a draw.
  • Online ranked match: Both players lose some points (some people have reported that only the player with a higher rank does).
  • Team battle: Both players lose. And the next person on each team take over.
  • Tournament bracket: The match has to be played again. For example, the following video where RenoMD and Rakanishu have a double KO in both the third round and the final round (minute 3:08:11).

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X-News Week #62 (December 24th-30th, 2018)

America

  • Silentscope posted a video where he beats the CPU with T. Hawk and then improvises a quick tutorial about the execution of some of the character moves like the sako tick.
  • Fromo and Shotosallday had another recorded offline session which will be soon uploaded to youtube. Stream recording
  • Rockman (aka MegamanX) had a session on 30AE where he explains some strategies with Zangief. Stream recording

Japan

  • 4FOX major took place last weekend at Game Newton arcade. 4vs4 format (2 ww + 1 new challenger + 1 boss). Videos: QualifiersPools | Offsteam Pools Losers (no sound) | Finals (with post event exhibition at 3:10:55). Annotations in video description. The event had some inactive players coming back like Taira dictator.
  • Pre-4FOX event. East vs West team battle format. Kanto vs 6 Perfectures. Video. Annotations in video description. Amazing performance from Nakamu Blanka.
  • Game Spot Versus weekly team tournament (Kanto). East vs West format. Yakitori Old Hawk and Kotaka Shoten Guile as team captains. Crazy performances in the final matches. Annotations in video description. [source: GSV youtube channel]
  • North vs South weekly team tournament #110 from the HL-SEGA arcade (Kansai). KKY Dhalsim and Murasaki Dictator face each other in the decisive match. Due to technical difficulties the image is in black and white. Player name annotations on screen both in Japanese and English. [source: Shogatsu’s youtube channel – live stream every Monday night – Japan time)]
  • Game Daytona Shiki weekly tournament (Kanto). With their usual “winner stays on” format. There are always 2 laps. This week’s final is between Nullpoga Old Ken and Kawasim Zangief. Annotations in video description. [source: Daytona twitch channel – live stream on Friday nights (Japan time)]
  • Ko-Hatsu arcade (Kansai) posted their first random 2on2 format tournament. With some top players from Osaka like Otochun, Gunze, Mori, Aniken, KKY, etc. Annotations posted in the first video comment.
  • Playland F1R tournament (Tohoku). From the remote arcade in the very far north of Japan. No annotations. [source: Playland twitch channel]

Europe

  • Last tournament at Extra Life Cafe in Paris had a final between Zagi ChunLi and Bazoukha Boxer. Unfortunately, there are no videos of the event. Bracket

Others

  • Someone posted a tweet in Japanese about an SF2 side tournament at EVO Japan, but the details are not very clear.
  • Someone posted about a project of a metal case for the CPS2, still a work in progress.
  • Singapore weekly tournament. This week with a special kumite of TFO FeiLong who also attended the 4FOX major in Japan. Annotations in video description. Video

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X-News Week #61 (December 17th-23rd, 2018)

America

  • Combo Breaker, one of the biggest tournaments in 2018, is open now for registration of 2019. A collaboration between 2Old2Furious and Paradise Arcade Shop among others. Teaser | Registration | Info
  • Latest TNF stream from Free Play Richardson (Texas)
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #109 weekly event with RemoMD Dictator and Rakanishu Blanka in the finals, with a very unusual double KO in the 4th round (minute 3:09:12) which forced them to rerun the final. Bracket | Video

Japan

Europe

  • Two videos of the special tournaments of Road to 2XMas (run by the French discord) have been posted to youtube. Full list

Others

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X-News Week #60 (December 10th-16th, 2018)

America

  • Capcom run an ST exhibition as part of their Capcom Pro Tour final event. Two of the old school legends, Alex Valle and John Choi as well as two of the current masters, AfroLegends and Damdai faced each other in a Round Robin format and an FT3 final to decide the winner. Video
  • The guys from Free Play in Texas have confirmed that will have 5 top Japanese invites for their big tournament in 2019 called WWFG (aka Spring Series). Remember it will be on April 12-14.
  • Monday Night Fightcade @ Arkadeum run their #108 weekly event with x64 and Dbostick in the finals. Bracket | Video
  • Toronto Top Tiers weekly tournament with a final between Unessential ChunLi and Atari Guile. Video | Brackets

Japan

Europe

  • Reminder that Rival Scenes event will be hosting a 3vs3 ST tournament in Leeds (UK) on January 19-20. More details
  • Road to 2XMas online series had their final tournament this week. Final between Soon Claw and DonYann Ken. Stream
  • Extra Life Cafe in Paris will be running another tournament on December 22nd. More info

Others

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