Game Spot Versus Arcade in Japan is now running a new league system.
It uses 11 tiers (“Dans”) to denote each player’s ranking mastery by character. “10th Dan” is the highest rank.
Here’s how it works:
"Players enter the League with a character and by competing against players with the same or similar rank you either get one point or lose one. You start with the rank “shodan”, after 3 points you move up to the next rank (from 1st dan to 10th dan). If you lose 3 points, your rank moves down one level.
With 10th dan you only fight people with your level and after 5 points you get a special title “??” meaning ‘Strong’. Also, players can re-enter using different characters, for example you could be ranked 10th Dan with Ryu and 8th Dan with Blanka."
(source: [media=youtube]WSl6Vdl7miM]YouTube - SFIII: 3rd Strike - Game Spot Versus League Battle [8th & 9th Dan[/media])
Here are a couple videos of top ST players (Noguchi’s Fei Long, Kurahashi’s Ryu, YuuVega’s Dictator, Shiki’s Boxer, Muteki’s Guile) going at it in this system:
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There are also a grip of vids here:
YouTube - supersf2turbo’s Channel
You’ll notice the “(+1)”, “(-2)”, etc. text on the vids by each character’s portrait. This is their ongoing match win/loss score which will determine if they are to go up or down on the Dan ranking system. It’s quarter room style rotation, with winner staying on and loser getting back in line.
What is everyone’s thoughts about this type of league? Would you be motivated to prove yourself to be a “10th Dan” with your character?