Red Bull Kumite Las Vegas: Full List of Invited Street Fighter V Players
Staying true to the event’s roots, Street Fighter V is the main event of Red Bull Kumite Las Vegas. This tournament will have twice as many entrants as Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear -Strive-, with a whole day dedicated to the action.
Sixteen players will battle it out for the prestigious Red Bull Kumite crown, including the winner of Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Take a look at the other 15 entrants who were invited to Las Vegas this weekend.
The World’s Greatest Warriors
Country: United Arab Emirates
Team/Sponsor: NASR eSports
Main Characters: Zeku, Ibuki, Seth
1st at CPT EU Regional Finals 2018
1st at Ultimate Fighting Arena 2018
1st at Brussels Challenge Major Edition 2019
1st at CPT 2021 Online: Middle East
3rd at CPT Asia Premier 2019
Top 8 at Capcom Cup 2018
Though Amjad “AngryBird” Alshalabi hails from the UAE, he started his career as a force in the European Street Fighter scene. He even won the 2018 CPT Regional Finals as the only non-European player to make Top 8. Along with the next player, AngryBird now serves as one of the pivotal leaders for the FGC in the Middle East.
Country: United Arab Emirates
Team/Sponsor: NASR eSports x Red Bull eSports
Main Characters: Rashid, Ken
1st at Intel World Open – Middle East, Africa, and West Asia Regional Finals
1st at CPT EU Regional Finals 2019
1st at EGX 2019
1st at SEA Major Singapore 2018
1st at Geek Weekend 2017
2nd at EVO 2019
Both Emirati Birds will bring their elite skills to Las Vegas as Adel “Big Bird” Anouche is also set to join the fray. Big Bird also made a name for himself in Europe before becoming a global Street Fighter icon. He has won several major tournaments and had an incredible run at EVO 2019 that ended in a 2nd place finish.
Team/Sponsor: Equinox Gaming
Main Character: Balrog
2nd at CPT 2021 Online Event: NA Midwest 1
3rd at Capcom Cup 2017 LCQ
4th at Summer Jam XI
4th at Combo Breaker 2017
Top 8 at DreamHack Dallas 2019
Top 8 at Final Round 2019
Brian “Brian_F” Foster is one of the few star content creators in the FGC who shows out in tournaments. He has spent the past year and a half grinding online to improve his game further. His hard work is already paying off with an invitation to Red Bull Kumite.
Team/Sponsor: CYCLOPS athlete gaming
Main Characters: Menat, Chun Li
2nd at Canada Cup 2017
2nd at Abuget Cup 2017
Top 8 at Capcom Cup 2016
2nd at Abuget Cup 2016
4th at EVO 2016
3rd at G-League 2016
Widely renowned as the world’s best player in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Goichi “GO1” Kishida started his fighting game career in Street Fighter V. He was a consistent Top 8 qualifier before switching his focus to DBFZ. However, he still competed in both games simultaneously. Red Bull Kumite will be GO1’s first Street Fighter tournament since 2019, and he will be looking for a triumphant return.
Main Characters: Poison, Laura
1st at Capcom Cup 2019
1st at EVO 2021 Online – NA East
1st at Intel World Open – North America East Regional Finals
1st at Defend the North 2017 & 2019
2nd at Red Bull Kumite London 2021
2nd at CPT NA Regional Finals 2017
3rd at CPT NA Regional Finals 2018
Top 8 at EVO 2019
Derek “iDom” Ruffin etched himself into Street Fighter history forever when he won the 2019 Capcom Cup. The 2020 pandemic threatened to derail his momentum, but he continued winning online events and took 2nd at Red Bull Kumite London last May. His successes recently culminated in him signing with his first sponsor, premier esports organization XSET.
Country: Dominican Republic
Main Character: Birdie
1st at Capcom Cup 2017
1st at CPT 2021 Online Event: Central America East 1
1st at LG UltraGear Fight Night – Latin America
1st at Fighting Fest 2018
1st at Texas Showdown 2018
1st at Kumite in Tennessee 2018
2nd at Intel World Open – Mexico and Central America Regional Finals
3rd at CPT LATAM Regional Finals 2019
There are few stories in esports more inspiring than Saul Leonardo “MenaRD” Mena II’s. Born in the Dominican Republic, the Birdie main was unable to travel outside his home country early in his career. Less than a year after receiving his first sponsor, Mena won the 2017 Capcom Cup and $250,000 in prize money.
Team/Sponsor: Giants Gaming
Main Character: Dhalsim
1st at Red Bull Kumite London 2021
1st at CPT 2021 Online Event: France/Spain/Portugal 1
1st at Cannes Winter Clash 2016
3rd at Reflect 2019
4th at CPT EU Regional Finals 2017
Frenchman Nathan “Mister Crimson” Massol has long been one of Europe’s best players in Street Fighter V. He introduced himself to a global audience last May when he won Red Bull Kumite London. The reigning champion will be looking to retain his title this weekend and become the second player to win back-to-back Kumite events.
*Mister Crimson recently revealed that he would not attend Red Bull Kumite Las Vegas due to personal reasons.
Country: Puerto Rico
Team/Sponsor: Red Rooster Team
Main Character: F.A.N.G.
1st at Furia Tica 2017
2nd at CPT 2021 Online Event: Central America East 1
2nd at EVO 2021 Online – LATAM Central
3rd at Intel World Open – Mexico & Central America Regional Finals
Puerto Rico’s Ricardo “Mono” Roman wears many hats when it comes to fighting games. On top of being one of Latin America’s best Street Fighter players, he is also an accomplished tournament organizer. He runs First Attack, a major tournament held annually in San Juan as part of the Capcom Pro Tour.
Country: South Korea
Main Characters: Cammy, Akuma
1st at Combo Breaker 2018
1st at Saigon Cup 2018
1st at CPT 2021 Online Event: Asia East 1
2nd at Intel World Open – Japan & South Korea Regional Finals
2nd at SoCal Regionals 2017
2nd at E-Sports Festival Hong Kong 2018
2nd at Celtic Throwdown 2019
3rd at VSFighting 2018
Sim “NL” Gun came up in Korean arcades before finally traveling to tournaments throughout Asia. He impressed with many Top 8 finishes early in his career before winning Saigon Cup and Combo Breaker in 2018. He recently won the CPT Online event for Asia East, Street Fighter’s strongest region, and 2nd at the Intel World Open.
Team/Sponsor: UYU x Red Bull eSports
Main Character: Rashid
1st at TGU x SEA Major Thailand 2019
1st at FV Cup 2017
1st at Final Fighters China 2018
2nd at CPT Asia/Oceania Regional Finals 2017
2nd at Canada Cup 2019
2nd at DreamHack Summer 2017
3rd at Intel World Open – East Asia Regional Finals
3rd at E-Sports Festival Hong Kong 2018
3rd at LAN Story Cup 2017
Top 8 at EVO Japan 2019
The fighting games pride of Taiwan, Li-Wei “Oil King” Lin, is one of Asia’s top players. He has won several major tournaments and consistently finishes in or around Top 8. Red Bull Kumite Las Vegas will be Oil King’s first offline tournament since the 2019 Capcom Cup.
Country: United Kingdom
Main Characters: M. Bison, Abigail
1st at EVO 2018
1st at Celtic Throwdown 2018
1st at Headstomper 2018
1st at Sonic Boom VI
1st at Reflect 2019
1st at April Annihilation 2019
1st at Northwest Majors X
2nd at Red Bull Kumite 2018
2nd at Combo Breaker 2019
2nd at CPT 2021 Online Event: UK/Ireland 1
2nd at EVO 2021 Online – Europe West
3rd at CPT EU Regional Finals 2019
3rd at DreamHack Montreal 2018
3rd at CPT North America Open 2019
4th at ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational 2018
A series veteran with over a decade of experience, Benjamin “Problem X” Simon is Europe’s most successful player in Street Fighter V. He has won numerous major tournaments, including an EVO title in 2018. After dominating online events over the past year and a half, he will look to continue his success offline.
Main Character: Karin
1st at ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational 2017
1st at CPT NA Regional Finals 2017
1st at DreamHack Austin 2017
1st at NorCal Regionals 2017
1st at East Coast Throwdown 2017
1st at Red Bull Conquest Finals 2018
1st at CPT NA Regional Finals 2018
1st at Summer Jam 12
1st at GEICO Gaming Championships Finals 2018
1st at Combo Breaker 2019
1st at Final Round 2019
1st at The MIXUP 2019
1st at First Attack 2019
1st at DreamHack Dallas 2019
1st at Ultimate Fighting Arena 2019
1st at East Coast Throwdown 2019
1st at Northwest Majors IX.5
1st at CPT 2021 Online Event: North America East 1
1st at The Pinnacle 2021
2nd at EVO 2017
2nd at Capcom Cup 2019
2nd at CPT North America Regional Finals 2019
2nd at EVO 2021 Online – NA East
3rd at Intel World Open – North America East Regional Finals
4th at EVO Japan 2019
No player has enjoyed the same success in Street Fighter V as Victor “Punk” Woodley. The 23-year old is already considered a veteran in the scene and has a trophy case that will make any pro gamer jealous. He has won nearly every major tournament but is still looking for his first Red Bull Kumite title.
Main Character: Nash
1st at CPT 2021 Online Event: Brazil 1
Most of the invitees to Red Bull Kumite are players established as top of their game. However, a few up-and-comers are being given a chance to prove their skill this weekend, including Ronaldo “RonaldinhoBR” Mendes Filho. He pulled off an impressive win at CPT Online Brazil (South America’s strongest region) and will be competing in his first offline tournament outside his home country in Las Vegas.
Team/Sponsor: CTG Ibushigen
Main Character: Ryu
1st at Red Bull Beat the Pro Online
Uzura may be unknown to the masses but is one of the top global online ranks. He even won Red Bull Beat the Pro Online, earning him a chance to display his talent offline for the first time on a main stage. Though he has yet to earn his spot amongst the greats, he’s already received a cosign from the legendary Daigo “The Beast” Umehara.
Main Character: Juri
1st at FAVCUP Online 2021
Yossan was introduced as the tournament’s wild card by Red Bull Gaming on Twitter. Though he isn’t widely known, he is advertised as the best Juri player in the world. His victory at FAVCUP 2021 shows he can win online tournaments, but offline is an entirely different test.
The LCQ for Street Fighter V at Red Bull Kumite Las Vegas will be held Saturday, November 13. It will start at 4:00 p.m. PT, immediately following Top 8 for Guilty Gear -Strive-. The winner qualifies for the Top 16 held the following day. With Mister Crimson dropping out of the event, the LCQ runner-up will now also qualify for Sunday’s Top 16.