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'Since Japan is getting the same amount of time with Decapre as us, she is going to be very strong factor at EVO' - Justin Wong talks USF4

EventHubs correspondent Jason24cf was recently able to catch up with Evil Geniuses' Justin Wong over at PAX East 2014. In this interview, justin discusses Ultra Street Fighter 4, the addition of EG|K-Brad to the team, the Topanga World League, and more.

With Ultra Street Fighter 4 already playable in Japan, many players have been concerned with the head-start that their competitive scene has been given. Justin says that their advantage doesn't only lie in being given the game first, (as Street Fighter titles are always first released overseas), but also in the fact that Japan's competitive community is stronger, in general.

Wong added that, luckily, Decapre is not yet available in Japan. He states that since Japan will be getting the same amount of time with the 5th Ultra Street Fighter 4 character as the rest of the world, Justin feels that she will be a "very strong factor" at EVO this year.

Hit the jump to check out the video interview.

NorCal Regionals 2014 live stream and early results ft. Justin Wong, PR Balrog, K-Brad, Infiltration, Filipino Champ, Ricky Ortiz, Reynald and more

Update: This story is being updated with results for Day 3 of NorCal Regionals as they occur.

The second premier event of Capcom Pro Tour is finally upon us, namely NorCal Regionals 2014, and the lineup is stacked.

Games set to headline the event include Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 13.

There's no shortage of top players, either. Big names expected to attend the event include EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, Infiltration, RG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Mike Ross, AS|Reynald, BE|KaneBlueRiver and many, many more.

Stream duties are being handled by Team Spooky, CapcomFighters, iPlaywinner and NYCFurby.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream and event schedule.

Updated: Elton R. Jones wins EventHubs' Qanba Q2 Glow fightstick giveaway

Updated: Elton R. Jones has been select as the winner of our Qanba Q2 Glow fightstick giveaway. We will be contacting you via Twitter, so be sure to check your direct messages soon.

A big thank you to everyone who entered. We hope to run another contest in the near future.

Earlier: We here at EventHubs are feeling generous this week. In an attempt to show our readers some love, we're going to give away a free EightArc fightstick to one lucky player.

The plan is to award the contest winner with a Qanba Q2 Glow for the system of their choosing. If the Q2 Glow happens to be unavailable by the time this contest ends, we'll get you a stick of equal or lesser value, (your choice).

This contest differs from our bi-monthly subscriber giveaways in that you don't need to be a subscriber on the site in order to win. Anyone is eligible, so be sure to enter!

Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

'Whiff punishing is not a raw reaction; it's mostly about prediction' - Juicebox's outstanding breakdown of footsies in SSF4 AE v2012

Juicebox has been hard at work sharing fighting game knowledge over on Twitter as of late. One follower asked how to beat M. Bison's standing medium kick using Cammy, and because of this, we now have a superb video breakdown of footsies to share with you.

To start the video, Juicebox explains that there are two main ways to deal with normal attacks in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012: Whiff punishing and interrupting the opponent's normal as it starts up.

He demonstrates these concepts using Cammy and M. Bison at first, then moves on to apply these concepts to other characters. Everything is explained in depth, and the in-game demonstrations are a great visual aid.

This is an extremely helpful resource, and for anyone who feels they've hit a plateau in their game, this video will surely get you where you need to go. Hit the jump to check it out.

Mike plays Cammy, K-Brad's Akuma, and more character swaps; Excellent Adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross 2014, ep. 12: One Giant Hurtbox

Infiltration and EG|K-Brad return to the Excellent Adventures stage to join Gootecks and Mike Ross in more Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 online battles.

This marks episode 12 in the series, and today, the boys switch things up by playing each others' characters for a bit.

Mike Ross attempts to impress K-Brad by being the best Cammy online, K-Brad shows us that he knows how to play Akuma, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the action.

Chun-Li is underrated in SSF4 AE v2012 says Valmaster, one of Europe's top players

Zombiebrian, head moderator here on EventHubs and long time contributor to the FGC, recently caught up with Valmaster after his win over Ryan Hart at Hypespotting 3 in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012.

Valmaster plays one of the rarest characters to see in the SSF4 AE v2012 tournament scene, Chun-Li, and many people regard him as one of the better players around with that character.

Zombiebrian asked Valmaster a number of questions about Chun-Li's overall power, and he expressed that he felt she was an underrated character, but still not very strong. He feels she's simply good.

He also covers subjects like her bad match ups, upcoming tournaments and more. Hit the jump to read the entire interview.

Jugs of death: Orchid shows No Mercy in live action Killer Instinct skit

Killer Instinct isn't a franchise that often gets the live action treatment, but the folks at ReallyCleverAndroids decided to take the plunge.

This primarily features Jago and Sabrewulf facing each other, but Orchid of course joins in on the action.

The costumes for the human characters are really solid, but Sabrewulf's outfit is so awesomely bad, it makes for a very entertaining clip.

Hit the jump to check it out, and beware of Orchid's jugs of death. Some people might consider the end of this video NSFW.

Kazunoko feels Seth has no future in Ultra Street Fighter 4, Bonchan states Yun is higher tier now - Early impressions from top players

Some day one impressions of the arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter 4 came in recently from a few big names in Japan.

Keep in mind, this version of the game lacks Decapre, and it's entirely possible that you'll see additional tweaks to the balance of the roster as more data is collected.

Among some of the more notable things is that Kazunoko felt Seth had no future in the game with the way he currently stands, while Bonchan stated Yun is now in a higher tier than he was before.

These impressions were all given on day one though, so it's difficult to say how things will change over time.

Hit the jump for the complete breakdown.

Who's hot, who's not: Easily track the rise and fall of all fighting game characters with our tiers widget

We've just launched a brand new tiers widget here on EventHubs which lets you easily track the rise and fall of all fighting game characters in our rankings.

Just look over on the right-hand side of the website to find it.

Just like our tiers section, the widget is updated every hour of every day so if a character gets hot in a tournament or someone decides to fall off the face of the earth, you're just a glance away from knowing.

Again, all you have to do is look on the right-hand side of every page on the website (outside of our forums) and you'll see a box right below the live stream directory which mug shots of the fighters, and how much they've improved or dropped in recent times.

As always, you can find a complete listing by hitting up our tiers section.

Desk performs double jump combo, lands triple axe kicks and more crazy stuff - Stacks! SSF4 AE v2012 combo video

Desk has offered up one of his final collections of clips before Ultra Street Fighter 4 is released.

Titled "Stacks!" this features a double jump combo with Guile, a triple axe kick combo with Makoto and oh so much more.

Hit the jump to view the video.

Is the rivalry between Daigo and Nuki set to be reignited? Over 3 hours of Nuki vs. Daichan and Naruo's Ryu footage, comments from Daigo and more

Back in the day, the rivarly between MCZ|Daigo and Nuki was at a legendary level in their home country of Japan. This rivalry has yet to be reignited in the Street Fighter 4 era, since Nuki hasn't been as serious with the game as he'd been with older titles.

About a month ago, however, we ran a story saying that Nuki seemed keen on returning to fighting games more properly again.

Today, we have a single-match video of Nuki facing off against Naruo's Ryu embedded, but we've also included links to NicoNico where you can find over 3 hours of footage where Nuki brings his Chun-Li out against Daichan and Naruo's Ryu.

Since this footage was recorded a few weeks ago, it seems fitting to assume it played some part in Nuki's recent victory against Daigo in their one-match exhibition at the Ultra Street Fighter 4 launch event.

Hit the jump for the video, the links to the 3 hours of footage, Daigo's comments on Nuki's recent activities and some information regarding the upcoming Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo Tournament of Legends event.

Daigo, Tokido, Bonchan, GamerBee, and plenty more: Tons of new Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage

With the arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter 4 in Japan, the footage keeps flooding in.

First up, GAMEacho has uploaded a little over an hour and a half of USF4 action. Featured in the video are a plethora of different characters, stages, and players.

Additionally, Warren Patten was able to capture numerous top player matches, off-screen, from the Taito Station arcade in Japan. Some of the players you'll find here include MCZ|Daigo, MCZ|Tokido, AVM|GamerBee, Bonchan, and more. Although you can't see Daigo, Tokido, and Bonchan in their respective videos, (due to them being on the other side of the arcade cabinets), you can still see that the level of play here is quite high.

Hit the jump to check out more Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage than you'll know what to do with.

Xian jumps online to master his secondary SSF4 AE v2012 character... Guile: Xian's Academy ep. 9 ft. Leslie's Sagat

RZR|Xian recently uploaded episode 9 of his Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 tutorial series, Xian's Academy.

In a nice change of pace, the EVO 2013 champion focuses on mastering his secondary character, as opposed to using his trademark Gen. Xian takes to the online world of Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 to practice his Guile.

After playing quite a bit online, Xian gets in some local practice against fellow Singaporean player, Leslie. The two run a few different sets where Leslie sticks with Sagat and Xian selects a few different characters including Guile, Makoto, and Juri.

This is a great episode, so be sure to check it out after the break.

King of Fighters 13 is the next game to get the EventHubs tiers treatment

We've just launched King of Fighters 13 as the next game in the EventHubs tiers section. You can now vote to your heart's content on KoF13 character match ups and discuss them with other EventHubs users.

Please note this section is new and as votes come through, many match-ups will be inaccurate, initially. Calculations happen every hour, so be sure to check back often to see how the matches are shaping up.

If you're in the know about KoF13, please drop that knowledge on our tiers system. And, if you know others that might have valuable insight, be sure to share the link on Twitter and Facebook.

This is just one of many more games to get the tiers treatment.

If you can't contain your excitement in anticipation of your favorite fighting game getting added to the tiers section, let us know in the comments below and we just might make it happen sooner.

Keep checking back for more announcements.

GamerBee lists the top 5 characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4, says Sagat may become #1 in the game

AVM|GamerBee is currently in Japan and logging in time with the arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter 4. After checking it out for the past couple of days, and testing things out for himself, he has taken to Twitter in order to relay his discoveries unto the world.

The top Adon player notes that Ultra Street Fighter 4's new delayed wake up mechanic makes set-play, or vortex-style play, more difficult. GamerBee states that characters with strong footsies have improved simply due to the changes made to the overall game, not necessarily due to specific character tweaks.

He goes on to list who he feels are the top 5 characters in the game so far, and although he doesn't know how the tiers will end up exactly, GamerBee did mention who he feels will eventually reign supreme. "I can't tell the order yet," he said, "but I think Sagat has a better chance of becoming number 1 because he got almost everything he need[ed] in USF4."

Hit the jump to check out who GamerBee feels are the top 5 characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

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