In case you missed out on Northern Fights last weekend, this post will cover a quick recap regarding Dragon and Vagabond’s results.
Northern Fighters featured a series of online and regional qualifiers for both Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat XL. The offline qualifiers would occur at a selection of Cineplex locations around the country of Canada, while the online qualifier would appeal to players not within traveling distance of any such location. Up to sixteen players would qualify for each game featured in the finale last weekend. We’re proud to acknowledge that Dragon and Vagabond were among those fortunate enough to qualify for the final phase of the league!
These players would then convene at the National Finals in Canada to compete for up to $10,000 in cash AND a free trip to this year’s Evolution tournament at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Players finishing in the Top 12 in each bracket would receive a portion of the payout depending on their placing, but the EVO trip would go only to the champion. See below for the payout scale:
- 1st place: $10,000 + trip to Evo 2017
- 2nd place: $4,500
- 3rd place: $3,000
- 4th place: $1,500
- 5th through 8th: $750
- 9th through 12th: $500
First off, let’s cover Noble Dragon’s journey through the MKXL bracket. Although he’d been investing countless hours into Injustice 2 since its arrival last month, he had yet to lose his touch in the NRS title that brought him to fame…and so did quite a selection of Canada’s players, apparently. Dragon kept up a flawless win streak throughout the tournament by defeating STB Shunjinkydink (also known as the Quanfather) and TTT Sacky, thus cementing his spot in the Grand Finals. However, Sacky emerged victorious in the Loser’s Finals due to a drastic shift in his strategy, one that was effective enough to cause a bracket reset despite the fact that Dragon had taken a two-game lead over him in the first set. In turn, Dragon responded with an adaptation that was just as strong if not chaotic, part of which can be owed to a character change from Kitana to Shinnok. This decision lessened the effective of Sorcerer Quan Chi’s armor rune, prompting Sacky to shift to his Summoner variation in the hopes of attaining a better result. Unfortunately for him, a wrong guess against Dragon’s shimmy attempt ended his tournament run at second place.
We are quite proud of Dragon for taking home the win, $10,000 and a trip to EVO 2017! That’s one way to spend your weekend with our frozen neighbors from up north! To review the MKXL bracket in its entirety, please check out this Challonge page.
As for Noble Vagabond, his path through the bracket consisted of a selection of the best players from Street Fighter V. One such example is Wolfkrone, who’d qualified for the finals of ELEAGUE’s 32-man SFV invitational. Vagabond took the victory in his first match over SenorTeemo, but had no answer to Wolfkrone’s monstrous Laura. Despite the loss, however, Vagabond recovered in Loser’s Bracket by eliminating stuGGa 2-1 to enter the Top 8 bracket, which included players such as Liquid Nuckledu, Splyce Fchamp, Wolfkrone and more. Vagabond’s work would be cut out for him, though it’s a challenge that he welcomes with open arms. Set To Destroy’s SIN was the first obstacle in his path, and also one of the most ruthless given his solid play with M. Bison. Vagabond’s reads gave him the momentum necessary to extend the matches to three rounds each, but sadly he was unable to close it out in his favor and was eliminated 0-2. As such, his 7th place finish nets him $750.
We enjoyed the experience at Northern Fights and can’t wait to support more events by WorldGaming! In fact, due to the request of the fanbase, they’ve already announced plans to host brackets for Injustice 2 – see below for details!
Is there any question that Team Noble plans to widen its influence across WorldGaming’s brackets? Definitely not! We’ll see you there when they happen!
Please support our players by following their social media accounts as well as our blog! To those going to EVO 2017 next month, we shall see you there!