"Thanks everyone for the spirited discussion. We've decided to stick with ST this year. We may or may not have an AE tournament in addition, but we will not be replacing ST with AE.
Even though many think HSF2 AE is the future of SF2. It has been decided that AE will not be replacing ST this year, for reasons I fully understand (though dont agree with). For more see: http://www.shoryuken.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=55544&perpage=&pagenumber=2
Anyway, as you can see above the powers that be are deciding wether to include HSF2 AE as a side tourney and thats what this thread is about. So lets hear from all the people who want to see this happen, also suggestions on what form the tourney will take and rules. SF2 players on either side of this argument should be for this side tourney because it will help prove if the game is tourney worthy or not.
I'll get the ball rolling here:
Tourney: why not invite the current top ST players and people who are know to have been excellent players on some of the older versions/ have a particular speciality with an old character like Apoc's Hyperfighting Balrog, Shirt's with whatever old Sim he decides to use or even Tomo O'Hira's Hyperfighting Ryu (well we can dream). This could also be set up as a ST vs Older versions team tourney or something like that. Obviously ST finalists get auto entry to this.
Rules: as already stated in the thread linked above I think ban
all World Worrior characters,
and possibly CE Bison (he's under review, anyone attempeted the cornertrap yet?).