Unlike the past ten years, the eleventh East-West War has a different format, which features team matches. Each school has three competing teams of four with one team per race, totaling up to twelve players per side. Matches are played four versus four in a single-elimination best of three races format. Prior to each race, the Land is randomly selected. The team with the last remaining players or with the last player to fall off the Land is declared the winner of the race.
Maya regains her consciousness after Nozomi motivates her
Nozomi defeating Maya
Setouchi winning the competition
The 11th East-West War had started out with high levels of attention, with Setouchi unexpectedly taking the first race, finishing strong and displaying an unprecedented level of Keijo from the West. The second race was more even, with Suruga winning through the narrowest of margins. The third race ended with a climatic one on one duel between Nozomi Kaminashi of the west and Maya Sakashiro for the east. Nozomi came out on top, granting Setouchi its first ever victory of the East-West War since its inception. This massive upset then subsequently led to a higher public and organizational interest in western players once the Setouchi students graduated and moved into the professional scene.