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The Fire Cup is the first Tournament in Mario Strikers Charged. It is only played in the Road to the Strikers Cup mode. It is split into two rounds, the preliminary rounds, and the final round. During the preliminary, the player must challenge three other captains and their teams, and after they win against those three, they must challenge them a second time before heading to the finals (one away, one at home for each captain). These challengers are randomly picked by the game, so the player can never tell who they will be going up against. If the player has won enough points (3 for each win, 0 for each loss, 1 for each sudden-death loss) at the end of these six matches, they have made it into the Top 2, and will face the other CPU team. If the player wins this match, they move on into the Cup Final and challenge the Current Champion in a best 2 out of 3. However, if the player loses, then they will have to restart the Fire Cup. On the player's first time in the Fire Cup, the Current Champion will be Bowser Jr., but after he is beaten, it will be randomized like every other challenge. The stadium in the Championship Match will always be The Lava Pit. After beating the Champion, the player moves onto the Crystal Cup and unlocks Bowser Jr. and The Lava Pit; earning both the Golden Foot and Brick Wall Awards unlocks The Wastelands.
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