This year, 40 Teams and 125 singles participants joined us for our largest World Championships in the Jasco Games era! We have seen positive growth every year since we have been publishing UFS, and we only expect our numbers to keep growing.
We’d like to start by congratulating our new World Champions, Tim Keefe and Team Black Bear Diner (William Bryan, Bryce Gross and Jayce Fuentebella) on their first place finishes! You can check out the finals matches on Twitch (and soon YouTube) to see our champions as they make their way onto cardboard.
Overall, we are very happy with our Worlds results. We had an excellent venue, great exposure to new players and local Vegas con-goers, and we were able to give out some of the best participation prize support we have ever handed out! Thanks again to Dex Protection for providing all of our players with premium deck boxes! If you did not get a chance to thank them for supporting our players, please be sure to message them on Facebook, Twitter and their website.
There are still a few things that need settled in the format as we continue our transition in game design. Rotation will have a definite impact on the game as well as some of the defensive pieces added to the card pool with Street Fighter, but there are still a few characters and decks that are not what we intend for the format. We will not be announcing the bans immediately as we need time to test the cards in mind, but you can expect there will be some cards to go in the next couple of weeks.
Street Fighter Updates & Partial Delay
We hope you are all enjoying the new Street Fighter cards after this Pre-Release weekend! We feel this is one of the best select format (“Draft”) sets, ever to come out in UFS. If you haven’t drafted the set yet, we highly recommend you give it a shot. The more you draft, the better you get, and the more you learn new deck types in the set.
The Street Fighter booster cards will all be tournament legal as of May 26th! Please keep this in mind if you are looking to attend the upcoming PTC event in San Antonio.
Also note, the Street Fighter 2-Player Turbo Decks will be legal immediately upon their release in stores.
That having been said, there will be a slight delay on the release of the 2-Player Turbo Boxes. Our US manufacturer has had some difficulties getting these new boxes assembled in a timely manner. They expect them to be finished in the next week, but that means we are looking at a few more weeks until they get through distribution and to your stores. In the mean time, the booster cards will all still be legal for tournament play and your stores will be able to re-stock them until the official release. Upon official release, of the 2-Player Turbo Boxes, your stores can continue to stock boosters but will also be able to get the Chun Li and Ryu Turbo Decks!
We do our best to avoid delays but there are often issues that are out of our hands such as this one, so we appreciate your patience!
Standard Legality List
The Standard legality list has been updated with the upcoming release of Street Fighter.
Please note that The King of Fighters XIII has rotated into “Jasco Legacy” (working title). KOF Ruler of Time will rotate with Cowboy Bebop, and KOF NeoMax will rotate with Street Fighter vs Darkstalkers. Mortal Kombat is now scheduled for an early 2018 release.
Player of the Year Ranking
The 2017 Player of the Year Ranking will be updated soon with results from both Teams and Singles from the World Championship.