Coming on the heels of a successful 2018, the folks behind the Capcom Pro Tour have released their schedule for 2019 and have shed some light on upcoming new rules.
The Capcom Pro Tour (CPT) is coming back for a brand new season. The tour is all set that will feature some of your favorite Street Fighter veterans and some new, fresh talent. All battling to become world champion.
Capcom will put their main focus on the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition that will see players compete for a total prize pool worth over $600,000.
There will be some changes to the qualification process for the 2019 Pro Tour. 32 of the best SFV:AE players from around the world will compete for the Capcom Cup. These players will secure their places at Capcom Cup 2019 by competing in Capcom Pro Tour events throughout the year.
In order to get to the tour, some caveats include that now, the reigning Capcom Cup champion, Gachikun has earned an automatic qualifying spot into Capcom Cup 2019. However, he will need to compete throughout the season for seeding purposes at the CPT finale.
Players can also qualify through the Capcom Pro Tour leaderboard. Points earned in these events go towards a player’s Global Leaderboard standing. At the end of the year, the top 26 players from the Global Leaderboard and Regional Finalists will fill out qualifying spots in Capcom Cup 2019.
Get ready for Super Premier Events.
Introducing the Super Premier Events tier. These events are limited to three specific tour stops – EVO 2019 Championship Series, Japan Premier, and North American Regional Final. The point values and prize pools will be higher than the standard Premier Event. Winners of these events will have the greatest chance to qualify for Capcom Cup 2019 through the CPT Leaderboard.
2019 will feature 11 Premier Events across the four regions (North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America and four Regional Finals. Looking at the schedule, you can see the biggest difference for 2019 is the return of a Premier Event in LATAM with Game Over and First Attack taking over as the LATAM Regional Final. CPT Premier Event point values largely remain the same, meaning players who win a Premier Event will still have a great chance at qualifying for Capcom Cup 2019.
More from the release:
Ranking Events Structure
In 2018, we reduced the point values and spread among players for Ranking Events. We received a lot of feedback and have determined that those values needed to be readjusted for 2019. You will see an increase in the amount of points and the overall spread among players.
Online Ranking Events Structure
The overall number of Online Ranking Events is less is 2019 but we have redistributed some of the events for better coverage across certain regions and have added new events as a way to represent certain regions that were not able to compete online in the past, such as Australia and Middle East. See the schedule for event dates. We’ll have more information about region breakdowns and registration in a future update.
Regional Finals Structure
2018’s Regional Finals format was confusing to players and fans and we’ve attempted to simplify that. All Regional Finals will continue to have an open tournament where players can earn CPT Global Points as a way to qualify for Capcom Cup. However, the open tournament will no longer award CPT Ranking Points. There will still be a Regional Finals Top 8 awarding a qualifying spot to the player from that region.
Asia, Europe, LATAM will award the same points values as a Premier Event. NA Regional Finals is a Super Premier Event, and will award the appropriate points values.