Week 21 was one of our most successful weeks ever, especially considering the number of members in the League. The number of completed matches was higher than last week, which makes my job VERY easy. As long all members play or decide their matches, the League becomes a very living, competitive place to play. However, for the 2nd time ever, the League did experience a disagreement between two members as to the results of a match. I originally believed this would be one of the biggest problems with running an online league in which there is no ways to 100% positively verify results. As detailed in the RULES & REGULATIONS page, all members of the SFCCL must abide by the Honor System when reporting results, and must always show respect to other members. After 1,000+ SFCCL matches over nine months, the fact that only 2 matches have ever been disputed shows that it is an extremely rare occurrence, and I have the members of this League to thank for that. Nonetheless, the 2nd ever incident occurred last week. Normally, as in the 1st occurance, the match is declared a 'Double Forfeit', and reschedule for the next week. While this punishes both members, it is the hope that the match can be played out properly and thus, have both memebrs move on after the disagreement. To make a long story very short, the individual that is lying will reveal himself over time. Simply put, a liar will lie again. It’s what they do. And I, as the main representitive of this League, have absolutely no tolerance or time for them. The member responsible for first incident did reveal himself a week later, and he was banned from the League. Conversely, the member responsible for last week's problem was revealed much easier based on communications & other evidence. That individual has been removed from the League.
WEEK 21 STATS:
Completed matches: 43 out of 72 (60%)
Forfeited matches: 20 out of 72 (28%)
Double forfeits: 5 out of 72 (6%)
Draw matches: 4 out of 72 (6%)
Last week also proved to be one of the lowest weeks in which we lost members as well. Only 4 members have dropped from the League. Three individuals were dropped due to 2 weeks of inactivity and the other member was banned due to violating the Honor System. Some good news is that there were no ‘Auto Promotions’ in the top three divisions (Gold, Silver, & Bronze). The rankings in those divisions allowed for all fighters to be ranked based solely on their results of their matches, which is always a good thing. As for the lower divisions, some fighters may have benefited by moving up a total of 8 spots.
We do have 8 new members joining the SFCCL for Week 22. Please welcome the following members: BADGRAMS...ULTRA42...SUIKAKUYJU...ALLUKKO...DARKHOKAGE_SRK...AUTHENTICBLAZE...HOLLOWMAN1288...and FEIINWELTALL. With these new members, the G Division was once again created to accommodate all the new fighters.
The SFCCL is now 76 members (152 fighters) strong going into Week 22.
This week’s MATCH OF THE WEEK pits two of the best Ken fighters against each other, Bronze Champion xx_Von_xx KEN (6-2) vs. #1 Contender Ccinoone KEN (5-2). The Bronze Division champion, Xx_Von_xX, is from the USA and joined the SFCCL in Week 14. He is the Top 15 in Grade Points among members in the League. His KEN has steadily risen up the ranks, and played every match since joining. He successfully defended his spot in the A Division during the inter-divisional matches in Week 18. With lack of any ‘Auto Promotions’ in the top 3 divisions this week, his KEN sits atop the Bronze Division. He is going for his second title defense this week. His other fighter is GOUKEN, who is also in the Bronze Division. His opponent, Ccinoone, is also from the USA and joined the SFCCL in Week 15. Ccinoone is in the Top 5 in Grade Points among League members, and in the Top 10 in Battle Points. In the last inter-divisional matches in Week 18, his KEN defeated his opponent to move up from the B Division to the #5 ranking in the A Division. This is his second chance to win the Bronze Division title. He lost to Undeadsato’s BALROG in Week 20 for the same title. Interestingly, this match is a rematch from Week 19, in which Ccinoone’s KEN defeated Xx_Von_xX’s KEN.
Expect an Official Announcement in a few days regarding the next Official SFCCL Event which will be the SURVIVOR SERIES TOURNAMENT. There is no official date yet, but the event will be held the week of Sunday, January 24th. Also, with the upcoming release of Super Street Fighter IV, we will end the first inaugural season of the SFCCL in grand style. Stay tuned…
DEADLINE TO PLAY WEEK 22 MATCHES IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 24TH. The weekly schedule has been extended to a full 14 days since that helped many matches be completed compared to the smaller 10-12 days weeks done before. Capcom stats will be updated tomorrow for Week 22 members.
Week 23 will bring back the ever-popular Inter-Divisional Matches with the Gold Division fighting the Silver Division, and so forth on down the line.
Good luck to everyone!