Sega's first official online tournament for the Virtua Fighter esports in Japan. 118 players* will compete in a best out of 3, double elimination bracket. This is not a common format for Sega of Japan's past tournaments in the Virtua Fighter series. Broadcast of the event will start around the 10th round of Losers Bracket to the Grand Final on Sunday, July 18, 2021, 6 PM JST.
Pre Season Match is the first event to kick off Season 0. Afterwards there will be two Challenge Cup series. The first Challenge Cup starts qualifiers in August 2021 leading to the finals in October 2021. The second Challenge Cup begins next year, January 2022 - March 2022.
Pre Season Match Players Preview
A quick glance of which character the participants will use in the event (info based on Dengeki Online wiki) all 19 characters are represented. Sarah players lead the group with a dozen with one player choosing to use Eileen.
Many notable players are participating in the event, including 13 players that have reached the Master level (ie the God or Lord ranked players on PSN):
Zonrenon (Zonchan) (LE)
Homestay Akira (AK)
Kubinashi Rider (LE)
The main broadcast (the embedded Youtube video above) showed only the 10th round of Losers Bracket to the Grand Final. However, many participants streamed their matches on their Youtube channels. I will post a small summary for the top three finishers and provide links to some of the participants personal streams.
Shiro (Jacky, 1st Place): Taking 1st Place is Shiro (picture above) a Jacky player originally from the Gunma region. He previously had the nickname Shironuko Jacky (not to be confused with a strong El Blaze player with the same nickname, Shironuko). Before the tournament, he received a special title "strongest challenger" by defeating Homestay Akira in the Legends Kumite. In hindsight, a foreshadowing of his success for the Pre Season Match. He has been playing Virtua Fighter for 11 years.
Winner Round 1 - versus Guriyan, won 2-0
Winners Round 2 - versus San no Rashou, won 2-0
Winners Round 3 - versus Julietta, won 2-1
Winners Round 4 - versus Buruha, won 2-1
Winner Round 5 - versus Mukku, won 2-0
Winners Round 6 - versus Chopper, won 2-1
Winners Finals - versus Barugo no Jean, won 2-0
Grand Finals - versus Barugo no Jean, loss 0-2, reset
Grand Finals - versus Barugo no Jean, won 2-1s
Barugo (Jean, 2nd Place): Runner-Up and was recently featured in a Legends Kumite. He started playing Virtua Fighter ~15 years ago. He play Jean with overwhelming pressure, resetting the Grand Finals before losing to Shiro for a second time in the tournament
Winner Round 1 - versus Fainman, won 2-0
Winners Round 2 - versus Wolf 500 Yen, won 2-0
Winners Round 3 - versus Ikunai, won 2-0
Winners Round 4 - versus Manisshu, won 2-1
Winners Round 5 - versus Katayama, won 2-1
Winners Round 6 - versus Hatto-Sama, won 2-0
Winners Finals - versus Shiro, lost 0-2
Losers Finals - versus Katayama, won 2-0
Grand Finals - versus Shiro, won 2-0, reset bracket
Grand Finals - versus Shiro, lost 1-2
Katayama (Pai, 3rd Place): The God/Lord ranked Pai from northern Japan show a great awareness and utilization of the different stage properties, using wall-specific and ring out-specific combos in his matches.
Winners Round 1 - versus RYO-TA, won 2-1
Winners Round 2 - versus Manshi, won 2-1
Winners Round 3 - versus MSZ-006, won 2-0
Winners Round 4 - versus Yuucha, won 2-1
Winners Round 5 - versus Barugo no Jean, lost 1-2
Losers Round 8 - versus Tomarion, won 2-1
Losers Round 9 - versus Chibitarou, won 2-0
Losers Round 10 - versus Chopper, won 2-0
Losers Round 11 - versus Nidaime Furaibo, won 2-0
Losers Finals - versus Barugo no Jean, lost 0-2
What is Next for Season 0?
Next Month begins the Challenge Cup and ends with the Finals on October 2021. In an effort to get younger players to play Virtua Fighter they have an Under 19 brackets to go along with the regular brackets. Winner of the Challenge Cup will receive the "Star Player" title.
*Side Note: Entry exceeded over the 128 player limit and a lottery was done to determine who gets to participate. Unfortunately, 10 players did not confirmed their participation by the required deadline.
Source of Information - Virtua Fighter esports / Dengeki Online Wiki / Dengeki Virtua Road Episode (first half) / ChiefGutti
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