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Next Level Battle Circuit #81 results, archive ft. Sanford Kelly, Smug, Zeus, Sabin, Native Impact, Poem, and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #81 results, archive ft. Sanford Kelly, Smug, Zeus, Sabin, Native Impact, Poem, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier:It's Wednesday night, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

PIE|Smug, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, TS|Sabin, PIE|Zeus, AG|Native Impact, PIE|Poem, and more are in attendance tonight to compete in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

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Sub-Zero creates icy hammers, shields, and clones with his Variations: Learn what each one does in Mortal Kombat X

NetherRealm Studios brings us another look at character Variations in Mortal Kombat X. Today's images feature Sub-Zero and we learn the specifics of his Cryomancer, Unbreakable, and Grandmaster Variations.

Last week, NRS released official images for D'Vorah, a brand new character to the Mortal Kombat universe.

Hit each image below to find out what Sub-Zero's Variations are all about in Mortal Kombat X.


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Source: The official Mortal Kombat Facebook page.

Unblockable ultra: Decapre's DCM can not be stopped if Vega tries to crouch block point blank - Ultra Street Fighter 4

DoctorClaw, a very skilled Vega player in Ultra Street Fighter 4, recently discovered a peculiar unblockable that involves Decapre. Luckily, Sonyono was able to capture the clip and upload it on YouTube.

Apparently, Vega can not crouch block the ground version of Decapre's DCM if it is done at point blank range. In the video, we see that DoctorClaw is holding down-back in an attempt to block the oncoming ultra, but to no avail.

Vega can, however, block the ultra if he does so standing, but this is definitely something to watch out for if you find yourself playing this match-up.

Check out Decapre's unblockable ultra 2 below.

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Killer Instinct season 1 to get disc-based retail release this September, will include code for TJ Combo

Those of you that have been waiting for a disc-based version of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One, you're in luck. Microsoft and Iron Galaxy Studios are releasing a retail variant of Killer Instinct season 1 later this year.

The retail package will feature the Combo Breaker version of the game, (which includes all eight of the season 1 characters), and comes at a price tag of $19.99 USD. Additionally, those who purchase the disc-based release will also receive a code for TJ Combo, Killer Instinct season 2's first revealed fighter.

Below you can check out the official box art.


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Killer Instinct: Combo Breaker Pack is set to be released on September 23 of this year.

Source: Xbox. Via KI Central. Submitted by FGLover90, DARKKARASBLADE, and mrbrownie.

August EventHubs subscriber giveaway is USF4 retail, for two winners - next major site feature announced in newsletter

Our bi-monthly giveaway for EventHubs subscribers is a retail copy of Ultra Street Fighter 4 for two separate winners, for the system of their choosing. In the case of the PC version, this will be a digital code.

You can become a subscriber now for $20 USD per year, to be entered into the EventHubs bi-monthly sweepstakes. Your subscription will enter you in this drawing, and future giveaways as well.

You'll also get other great benefits for subscribing like:

• Ads removed from web and mobile platforms when signed in.
• A monthly newsletter only for VIPs where we talk about new features and site developments.
• Sweet highlights on your username in the comments area and user profile page.

In the newsletter we're sending out today, we'll be announcing our next major site feature, plus showing previews of the section.

June's winner of Qanba Q4 White & Red joystick was Chaoslimits.

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Iron Galaxy Studios streaming new TJ Combo gameplay - Killer Instinct season 2

Iron Galaxy Studios, the developers behind Killer Instinct season 2, are holding a live stream today in order to discuss their upcoming content.

In this broadcast we can expect to see new footage of TJ Combo, KI season 2's first revealed character, in action.

We can also hope to acquire new information on the most recently announced fighter, Maya.

Below you will find the live video feed.

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Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano: Ultra Street Fighter 4 was green-lit because the fans wanted to play the Street Fighter X Tekken characters in SF4

If you were one of the many folks who told Capcom's Yoshinori Ono that you wished for the Street Fighter X Tekken characters Hugo, Rolento, Elena and Poison to one day be playable in the Street Fighter 4 series, then give yourself a pat on the back.

Your feedback was the very reason why Ono decided to green-light Ultra Street Fighter 4 as the next iteration of the game, according to Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano in an interview with Weekly Famitsu magazine this week.

"Originally, SSF4AE was going to be the final iteration of the game," he said.

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Daigo on his losses to John Choi, Filipino Champ: 'It wasn't because I let my guard down or anything like that; they were just really good'

On this week's episode of Topanga TV, MCZ|Daigo appeared on the show as a guest in part to promote the new manga series based on his life that's currently being serialized in the Weekly Georgia free-to-read smartphone app.

While on the stream, the Mad Catz-sponsored pro chatted with MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago and EG|Momochi on a number of subjects, including what he thought were the reasons behind his losses to RG|Filipino Champ and John Choi at EVO this year.

"With the Dhalsim match-up, there were problems with it that I was still quite uncertain about," the 33-year-old said.

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Rolento gets a hit-confirmable UC2 after counter-hit? Nemo vs. Tokido at Topanga Banzuke, also ft. Momochi

It's been a while since we've seen BE|Nemo in action in Ultra Street Fighter 4. Unfortunately, due to work, Nemo was not able to make it to EVO this year.

Nevertheless, the talented fighting games player has been putting in a lot of time grinding his way up the Japanese arcade leaderboards in Ultra Street Fighter 4. He is now Tokyo's #2 player, which puts him right after MCZ|Daigo who is both the #1 ranking player on both the Tokyo and Japan national leaderboards.

BE|Nemo recently went up against Tokyo U graduate and Mad Catz-sponsored pro gamer Tokido in a best-of-3 set that took place as part of the Topanga Banzuke ranking battles event. And thanks to Topanga TV, we now have video footage of that match.

Check out the Topanga TV stream archive embedded below for the BE|Nemo (Rolento) vs. MCZ|Tokido match, which starts at 01:19:43.

Also featured this week is a match between EG|Momochi (Ken) and Hesame (Gen), which starts at 01:12:00.

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Report: Japanese player said EVO 2014 setup was lagging in USF4, may have impacted Daigo's match

EVO 2014 was an enormous tournament jam-packed with hype, salt, tears, and intense moments. This year we witnessed two of the largest upsets ever as both MCZ|Daigo and Infiltration were eliminated before reaching top 24. Many viewers wondered how two of the most accomplished Street Fighter 4 players were sent home so quickly, and a recent development suggests that a previously unknown factor could have affected player performance.

Beast Note stumbled across a conversation on Twitter that claims there may have been lag present during some of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 matches at the event.

When asked why MCZ|Daigo Umehara lost to John Choi at EVO, a Japanese Blanka player named NeroBlanka, who was in attendance, responded saying that she experienced severe lag while playing Ultra Street Fighter 4 at the event.

Nero feels that the slow down was worse than that which you'd experience online at home, and says that it could have been a factor in MCZ|Daigo's elimination.

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Wednesday Night Fights off-season episode 3 live stream ft. Chris, Brentt, Alex Valle, SHGLBMX, and more

Wednesday Night Fights off-season episode 3 live stream ft. Chris, Brentt, Alex Valle, SHGLBMX, and more It's Wednesday night once again and Level|Up is bringing us more fighting game action. Although they won't be streaming from Super Arcade in Walnut, California, tonight Wednesday Night Fights returns with episode 3 of their off-season.

We can expect some excellent Ultra Street Fighter 4 action tonight, as NGL|Chris, NGL|Brentt, LU|Alex Valle, SHGLBMX, and more are set to compete.

Challonge brackets are posted here, and you can find last week's results here.

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Rico Suave parts ways with Revolution Gaming

Jonathan "Rico Suave" Deleon has announced via Twitter today that he has parted ways with Revolution Gaming. It appears that the split was amiable, as Rico sends RG well wishes in his message.

Rico is most currently known for his constant placings in SSF4 AE v2012/USF4 at the Next Level Battle Circuit weekly event in New York, and winning 2nd place at EVO 2014 in Killer Instinct.

Just last week, Darryl S. Lewis a.k.a Snake Eyez, also announced his departure from the gaming team citing issues with the sponsor.

You can check out the tweet below.

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ChrisG takes Justin Wong from corner to corner with two big combos; Snake Eyez, K-Brad, Chris King, and more in these USF4 replays from SDCC

Capcom Fighters continues to upload top quality Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage, and over the past couple of days they have posted numerous replays from the San Diego Comic-Con Capcom Pro Tour finals.

Featured in these matches you will find such players as EG|Justin Wong, GG|NYChrisG, Snake Eyez, EG|K-Brad, Chris King, and more.

If you'd like to skip over the action and cut straight to who won, be sure to check out our top 8 results and battle logs here.

You can find a number of the replays below, and be sure to visit Capcom Fighters on YouTube for more bouts.

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First look at BradyGames' Ultra Street Fighter 4 strategy bible

With the retail release of Ultra Street Fighter 4 just around the corner, BradyGames has given us a first look at their upcoming strategy bible for the game.

Below you will find character pages for both Rose and Sagat that include frame data, alternate costume images, general data, and more.


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The Ultra Street Fighter 4 strategy bible will become available on August 5th. You can head over to BradyGames' official site to pre-order now.

Source: BradyGames on Facebook and Twitter.

Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dota 2, Hearthstone made official games at the inaugural World eSports Championship Games; co-organized by former WCG staffers

Earlier this year, the World Cyber Games announced that it would be shutting its doors -- and just like that, after 14 years of operations, the dream of holding an Olympic-sized eSports festival had been over.

Or so we thought. Not wanting to give up on that dream, former WCG COO Bory Jun, along with a bunch of the most experienced staffers from the eSports company, founded AGN Inc in South Korea.

And they're teaming up with China's Global Mobile Game Confederation (GMGC) to organize the inaugural World eSports Championship Games (WECG), an international e-Sports festival much in the veins of the WCG this year.

In June, WECG 2014 announced StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft as the first two official games in its line-up.

This week, they've announced two more: Dota 2 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

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