SBO is coming up soon! Over the months, there have been qualifiers taking place all over Japan, and recently in the US, to give players a chance to compete in this tournament.
In a nutshell, the process to making it to SBO in Japan:
Local Qualifier (Red ticket) > Block Final (Blue Ticket) > SBO!
The number of local qualifiers in an area varies from about three in less populated areas to about ten in the more populated areas. This gives anyone who wants a shot at SBO a chance to qualify and you can win multiple local qualifiers in different blocks. An example is Konan, who lost in another block but was still able to qualify in another. Other players have done this as well.
There is a block final after each local qualifier, where all the winners from each local qualifier compete for an actual spot in SBO. So, if there were three local qualifiers there will be three people competing against each other for the SBO spot in the block final.
If you are interested in seeing who made it to SBO 2011 please check out this article!
Without further ado, here are the matches sorted by block! When you click on the link, it will take you to a playlist with all the matches for that event except for a few cases.