Unfortunately, we are nearing the end The second beta version of Street Fighter 6those who manage to attend walk away from this rare event with special memories – while others continue to hurt like there’s no tomorrow.
As we return end of the first closed beta testwe took a look at the top 100 players in this weekend’s SF6 online rankings and determined which characters they used the most from their limited squad.
Since it’s still the same 8 fighters this time around, it’s pretty easy to compare which of them can reach high Diamond and Master rankings in a few days.
One notable change right out of the gate is that Ryu is certainly not the most common high-level character like he was last time, with his number dropping from 22 to 11.
However, Ken’s power only increased with the red Shoto filling the most slots at 22, meaning that nearly a quarter of the top tier players based him.
With his series familiarity as Ryu, it’s not hard to see that he has many different ways to dish out some massive damage at the same time.
The public has seen how strong Guile is in these betas as he is the character that saw the biggest jump in terms of results, going from 9 to 15 alone.
• Ken – 22
• Kimberly – 18
• Trick – 15
• Luke – 13
• Ryu – 11
• Jamie – 7
• Jury – 7
• Chun-Li – 7
This is even more evident when looking at the top 20 players, 6 of whom were huge fans of Sonic Booms.
While she may not seem as popular among the lower ranks, Kimberly is back among the top performers, and now she’s doing it even better.
Since a character needs to have at least 13 players in the top 100 for a character to perform better than the statistical average, that means Ken, Kimberly, Guile, and Luke had a pretty good weekend for themselves.
Unfortunately, this means that Ryu, Jamie, Juri and Chun-Li have all underperformed a bit, with the top 3 dropping out of the first beta.
This is not to say that the top half of characters are better or stronger than the bottom 4 because of all the variable factors that lead players to reach those heights, especially time invested.
The ratios show a correlation with the beta symbols that strong players get quick and consistent results using within 3 days.
Unlike Street Fighter 5, the CFN rankings for SF6 have separate League Points for each character a player uses, so it’s easier to see which options are best for them.
• Trick – 6
• Ken – 5
• Kimberly – 4
• Jamie – 2
• Luke – 2
• Ryu – 1
It should be noted that Chun-Li and Juri did not play in the top 20.
Capcom will no doubt continue to tweak game balance in SF6 until launch, at least some decisions will be influenced by these beta results, but there’s more to it than just ranks.
As of reporting around 5:30pm PST, user DiegoV_41’s admin is the highest ranked player in the world for the SF6 beta, and Ken has racked up over 27,000 LP as one of the few Master level users.
The rest of the top 100 had to reach at least 21,800 LPs and Diamond Rank 3, carrying flags from around the world.
Looking at the results this time around, you’ll probably see some familiar faces like Graham Wolfe, ISDD, DaFeetLee and even our very own Velociraptor represented by Jamie.
There are still a few hours for these numbers to change, so I’m sure there will be a battle for the top ranks ahead.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will be in far corner cabinets, experimenting with combos and setups we’ll probably never use at this point.