Published on January 16th, 2012 | by Davis Fan1
[Event] LG Cup Street Fighter IV HD US Qualifiers
With its recent exclusive release of Street Fighter IV, LG has been trying to publicize the game as much as possible, even running a worldwide tournament for both the Android game and Xbox 360 version of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition ver. 2012. Before the world finals in South Korea, LG teamed up with Level|Up to run the US qualifiers this past weekend. We were there in all its competitive gaming, free food, and giveaway goodness.
Unlike most tournaments, the LG Cup started registration and check-in rather early at 8 AM, but didn’t formally start till 12:30 AM, an hour and a half after the original posted time. While this is par for the course in most tournaments’ cases, it was disappointing to see players rushed out so early in the morning just to wait almost five hours more, or even longer if they were in the second pool, to play. In the meantime, players were able to get in some casuals and practice for the tournament. Because the tournament itself was free, many players like Sebastian “-5″ Jennings, the player previously known as OneHandedTerror, and Derek “omni” Daniels who have stopped playing long before turned out as well, making for a reunion for some.
As the tournament got underway, things were rolling along smoothly with most gaming stations filled with the exception of some key moments. However, as the tournament had started late, the second pool of the tournament had been changed from double elimination to single elimination. Obviously, it was a huge disappointment to many who attended who could have chosen to attended a tournament elsewhere instead or simply slept in. Considering that this was a free tournament with a trip to South Korea as the ultimate prize, there was a lot to be gained and little to be lost. In the end, though, spectators were still given an exciting tournament, with MCZ|MRN Joshua “Wolfkrone” Philpot facing off against EG. Ari “Floe” Weintraub in the grand finals. Though Floe shocked many with his premiere of Guy, Wolfkrone edged it out. In the LG Nitro HD’s Street Fighter IV tournament,finals came down to MCZ|MRN Wolfkrone facing off against Victor “Victheslick” Denchartphan. Wolfkrone managed to win this one as well, despite not having his signature Viper play.
There was fun to be had by attendees as well whether they were competing or not. With free food and drinks provided, the most that spectators could complain about was perhaps the lack of freeplay stations, which is par for the course in most tournaments. Before leaving, thanks to iam8bit, many left with extra shirts and posters as well. Overall, the LG Cup’s US Qualifiers was a good opportunity for players to take a stab at going to Korea, enjoy some free pizza, drinks, and each other’s company.