The Best in Japan: Street Fighter League Pro-JP Grand Final

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The Best in Japan: Street Fighter League Pro-JP Grand Final
Pic Source: Capcom Fighters on YouTube
After their long competition, we already know the strongest SFV players in the country where this game was born.

With the international battle of Street Fighter League being canceled, The Grand-Finals of the Pro-US and Pro-JP divisions become even more intense — they are ultimate matches of the whole League.

While the US players only recently finished their Group Stage to have four teams in the Playoffs, the Japanese have already determined the League's Champions for this season. They are Team… oh no! It’s much more interesting to watch the fights without knowing the results.

Actually, Street Fighter League Pro-JP Grand Finals happened on the last weekend of January. But that was a paid stream — kind of an event for tickets. A free-for-all official English re-stream is available on February 5. So, let’s enjoy it!

Street Fighter League Pro-JP Grand Finals — Stream

There are three teams participating in these Grand Final matches. 

  • Good 8 Squad are already in the fight for the Champions title as they won the Group Stage;
  • V6 Plus FAV Rohto Z! and Mildom Beast got their spots during Playoff matches, so they fought in the Semi-Final first to determine the opponents for Good 8 Squad.

The Grand Finals event consisted of four Semi-Final matches and four Grand Finals. Yep, the format is pretty unusual — each match has three games. Two of them are First-to-Two, and they bring 1 point to the winners. The third game is First-to-Three, and it gives two points. The first team with seven points in the Semi-Final and the Grand-Final becomes the winner.

Semi-Final: V6 Plus FAV Rohto Z! vs Mildom Beast

Match 1: V6 Plus FAV Rohto Z! finishes with 3 points and Mildom Beast has 1.

  • Ryusei (Urien) vs Daigo (Guile) - 1:2
  • Bonchan (Karin) vs YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) - 2:1
  • Tokido (Urien) vs Fuudo (Poison) - 3:2

Match 2: V6 Plus FAV Rohto Z! finishes with 1 point (4 in total) and Mildom Beast has 3 (4 in total).

  • Ryusei (Urien) vs YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim) - 0:2
  • Bonchan (Karin) vs Fuudo (Poison) - 2:0
  • Tokido (Urien) vs Daigo (Guile) -  1:3

Match 3: Both teams earn 3 points and have 6 in total.

  • Ryusei (Urien) vs Fuudo (Poison) - 0:2
  • Bonchan (Karin) vs YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)  - 0:2
  • Tokido (Urien) vs Daigo (Guile) -  3:1

Match 4: Only 1 point is needed for either team to win the Semi-Final.

  • Tokido (Urien) vs Daigo (Guile) - 2:1

The team of Tokido becomes one of the Grand Finalists.

Grand Final: V6 Plus FAV Rohto Z! vs Good 8 Squad

Match 1: Both teams finish having 2 points.

  • Ryusei (Urien) vs Kawano (Kolin) - 2:0
  • Bonchan (Karin, Sagat) vs Kichipa-mu (Zangief) - 2:1
  • Tokido (Urien) vs Gachikun (Rashid) - 1:3

Match 2: The Good 8 Squad players win all the games and have 4 points (6 in total)

  • Ryusei (Urien) vs Kichipa-mu (Zangief) - 1:2
  • Tokido (Urien) vs Pugera (Balrog) - 0:2
  • Sako (Luke) vs Gachikun (Rashid) -1:3

Match 3: This time, the V6 Plus FAV Rohto Z! guys win all three games and enjoy their 4 points (6 in total).

  • Bonchan (Karin, Sagat) vs Kawano (Kolin) - 2:1
  • Ryusei (Urien) vs Pugera (Balrog) - 2:1
  • Tokido (Urien) vs Gachikun (Rashid) - 3:2

Match 4: As both teams have 6 points, the very first game determines the winners.

  • Tokido (Urien) vs Gachikun (Rashid) - 2:1

Team V6 Plus FAV Rohto Z! are the Champions of Street Fighter League Pro-JP 2021. Congratulations!

It would be great to finish this post with some excitement about the Capcom Cup VIII, but this biggest Street Fighter event was canceled too. Instead of it and the International League Final, we’ll have SFV exhibition matches.

Of course, Street Fighter V is present at many other fighting esports events, such as Combo Breaker, planned for May 27-29.