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Pepeday's El Fuerte gets a taste of his own medicine - ft-to-5 set vs. Pro Fluke (El Fuerte) in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Sure, R/Kappa|Pepeday is quite possibly the best El Fuerte player in Japan at the moment. He might very well be the best El Fuerte player, too -- how many top Elf players do you know of?

But even the foremost authority on El Fuerte must face a certain degree of difficulty when it comes to fighting the El Fuerte mirror match. After all, top El Fuerte players are rare even in Japan, so it's unlikely for Pepeday to have gotten a lot of practice for the mirror match.

What happens, then, when Pepeday goes up against one of Europe's finest El Fuerte players, IND|Pro Fluke, in a first-to-5 set? Will Pepeday still prevail over Pro Fluke, who came in at 17th place for the main DreamHack Winter Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament below?

Find out below in this shakycam video of the set between the two. R/Kappa|Pepeday is the El Fuerte on the P1 side (white pants), while Pro Fluke is P2 (black pants).

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Fuudo and Gamerbee's incredible grand finals set, Andreas' anti-Rose tech, and Itabashi's mind games: Hype moments from Dreamhack Winter 2014

The Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament for Dreamhack 2014 was just about as exciting as they come.

As a tournament, we expected all the regular bells and whistles that make FGC events so fun watch. There was a little something extra occupying the back of our minds however.

Dreamhack would be the final opportunity to grab a spot in this year's Capcom Cup. This made it all the more important for players like AvM|Gamerbee and RZR|Fuudo, both of whom stood just outside the point threshold necessary to qualify.

While you wait for the archives to become available, check out these highlights!

The tournament was full of intense moments. Our first involves Evo champ Luffy and WSO|Andreas' Rufus. It's undeniable that even if Rose wasn't a powerhouse of a character before, she certainly is now. In Luffy's hands she's downright deadly.

One of the strongest parts of Rose's game is her ability to mix up with ultra 2 after a knock down. For most characters, it's a 50/50 guess as to whether or not you're going to lose chip damage or close to half of your life bar.

Unless you do what Andreas does here...

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'Fei Long is top tier, but he might be a disadvantage for me at Capcom Cup' - Fuudo talks his 2014 performance, Capcom Cup hopes and woes and Fei Long

Next in our series of interviews with Capcom Cup entrants is RZR|Fuudo, who we managed to get a chat with right after his strong showing and victory at the final qualifier, DreamHack Winter 2014.

With RZR|Fuudo's entry into Capcom Cup 2014, every EVO champion the Street Fighter 4 series has seen is in the bracket. Curious as to what the 2011 champion had to say about the upcoming event, and his chances? Look no further than right below for a quick snippet.

MajinTenshinhan: How do you feel about your competitive performance throughout 2014?

RZR|Fuudo: I don't think it's been good. In 2012 and 2013, I think I had some very good tournament results, and in comparison, I haven't been to many big events in 2014. While I feel very happy about having won here at DreamHack, results are very important for a sponsored player, so if I hadn't won, I'd feel as if it wasn't good enough.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

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Turn the tide of battle with any of these meterless, one-touch kill combos with dark Strider

This is part 5 in a sequence of Strider tutorials. The focus here is X-factor combos and how to ensure a kill with one touch.

These combos do not require any meter and so you can save it for orbs or Ragnarok.

Many of these combos are done on Thor, who has the largest health bar in the game, so you know they'll kill all the other characters as well.

Hit the jump and learn some Strider tech!

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Super Smash Bros. 4 roundup: ZeRo's Sheik, Diddy Kong tutorials, Mii Brawler's Shotput-Shuffling tech, Pac-Man character analysis

We've got another Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS video roundup for you today.

Kicking things off are two character tutorials from one of the Smash competitive circuit's finest, ZeRo. This time he's sharing his top tips on how to tier-whore with Sheik and Diddy Kong.

If you've been having problems winning matches in Super Smash Bros. Wii U recently, it may be time to switch to a different character to see how that works out for you. Diddy Kong, in particular, happens to be the flavor of the month (he's been said to possibly be the best character in the game since the Ver. 1.0.4 patch) -- so even if you don't plan to play as him, it's still a good idea to run yourself through what makes this character so good: the lagless down-tilt, banana traps, and more.

In the Sheik tutorial, ZeRo covers setups, combos, edge-guarding options, on top of some tips optimizing the character's basic moveset.

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40% off Ultra Street Fighter 4; 50% off KOF13, Guilty Gear X2 #Reload and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger over at Steam Exploration Sale

If you've been meaning to pick up the PC version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 for a while now, then today's the day to stop thinking about it and start taking action.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 (PC) is currently available at 40% off the regular price over at the Steam store as today's Steam Exploration Sale daily deal. The discount applies not only to the full digital version of the game, but also the USF4 upgrade kit (for those of you who already own SSF4 on Steam) as well as the Summer Vacation Complete Pack DLC.

Prices after discount are as follows:

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Apart from USF4, Steam is also currently offering a deep 50% off on a number of other fighting games -- The King of Fighters 13, Guilty Gear X2 #Reload and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.

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Would Mike play Evil Ryu if the tiers got flipped? Excellent Holiday Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross 2014 viewer Q&A

There isn't a new episode of Excellent Holiday Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross up on the Cross Counter TV YouTube channel this week (you can, however, watch the new episodes on the show's official site here).

In its place, the Cross Counter duo have published a brief segment where Gootecks & Mike Ross answers all of your viewer questions -- mostly the funniest questions ever posed to them.

So while there isn't a bunch of high-level Ultra Street Fighter 4 action on Excellent Adventures this week, the viewer Q&A is just as funny as any other episode.

Watch it to find out what Mike Ross would do if the tiers in USF4 flipped; which other game the Cross Counter duo would consider doing Excellent Adventures with; if it's true that there is a contractual cause stating that Gootecks and Mike Ross can never play against one another; and much, much more.

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'I'm not even supposed to be doing this... it all happened randomly' NuckleDu talks about his Street Fighter career, his future and Capcom Cup

The bracket is finally complete. Fighters from around the globe will be meeting in San Francisco on December 13th at the Warfield to compete for the title of "Champion" at this year's much anticipated Capcom Cup.

We were able to do an exclusive interview with the tournament's youngest combatant, newly sponsored Crs|NuckleDu.

Du discusses his career, his road to Capcom Cup, who he looks forward to fighting most and who he is most afraid of.

Hit the jump and check out the interview.

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How to unlock all Smash Bros. Wii U characters and stages: Get your copy 'tournament ready' with CLASH Tournaments' step by step unlock guide

I remember getting Smash Bros. Melee as a child and being just so excited to play as Mewtwo. Unfortunately for kid-Velociraptor, you had to play for a total of 20 hours in versus mode to get a crack at the 150th Pokemon.

I was so disheartened. My friends had their own copies of the game to play through and playing against my little sister resulted in about three minutes of game play and then 30 minutes of brawling IRL.

Eventually, weeks later, I wised up and left the game on overnight against an AI with infinite lives. The point is that no one should have to wait that long to get their Mewtwo.

CLASH Tournaments has created a video to help you efficiently and effectively gain access to the entirety of your copy of Smash Bros. for Wii U.

The whole process takes just around an hour if you do it according to this guide.

Here's each step written out.

1. - Complete All Star mode or 100 Multi Man Smash.
2. - Use the Gold Hammer gained by this to open the block one up and one left from the bottom right block in the challenges screen.
3. - Complete event matches in a row moving right, up, right, up.
4. - Perform 80 VS matches using Special Smash with Flowers, Stamina, and Fast. It's easiest to pick Omega Stage each time with Charizard. Make your opponent set to 10 HP, and leave yourself at default.
5. - Get one KO in Cruel Multi Man Smash. Break 100 blocks in Trophy Rush with Mr. Game and Watch.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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'He's very, very, VERY hard to use...' but don't worry because SupermanSajam will show you the ropes with this Kan-Ra breakdown video

There was much anticipation as we waited for Kan-Ra, Killer Instinct's newest character, to make his way onto our character select screens.

Now that the "trap-grappler" is here, the next step is to get well-acquainted. FRQ|Steve has wasted no time in discovering the ins and outs of this curse-happy fighter.

In this character breakdown, Steve shows us how to go about playing with Kan. He specifically approaches how to zone with him, which normals to use and which to avoid, and how to deal with pressure.

If you want to get started with Kan-Ra, look no further than this video. Hit the jump and check it out!

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Johnny and Dizzy are in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-; the two characters appear in Story Mode, despite being unplayable

Although they're not playable in the game, series veterans Johnny and Dizzy do make cameo appearances in the story mode for Guilty Gear Xrd, one of Dengeki PlayStation magazine's editors mentioned in his review of the game.

You can see the review scores Dengeki PlayStation magazine gave the game in the image below. Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- was praised for its remarkable visuals, game mechanics, play modes, and animated cutscenes. It was, however, criticized for its jargon-heavy Story mode that required the player to know about the events of earlier games to fully enjoy it.

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While Johnny and Dizzy may not be playable, the fact that Arc System Works took the effort to create their character models for Story mode may mean that the fighting game developer might explore adding these two characters -- as opposed to other fighters in the Guilty Gear series -- as playable characters sometime down the line, either as DLC or as part of the next installment of the series.

In Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, there is a story scenario for each character's run through Arcade mode, on top of a full-fledged Story mode that takes place after the events of the Arcade mode scenarios.

For a good look at how the game's Arcade mode is structured, check out Maximilian's runthrough of Sol Badguy's scenario from the PS4 demo in the video embedded below.

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Evil Ryu's Sunset Fireball, Poison's Honey Trap anti-air; Omega Mode changes also ft. Oni, Juri and Hakan in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano has revealed the next set of Omega Mode character changes this week. This time, he's gone over some of the changes for Juri, Hakan, Evil Ryu, Oni and Poison -- collectively, he's calling these characters the "Newcomers Pack B".

With this set of characters done, the only character remaining who hasn't got her Omega Mode changes covered is, you guessed it, Decapre. Ayano will go over her changes next week.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the official Capcom Unity blog did not put up a translation of Ayano's blog post this week; we reckon they'd probably have it up sometime next week, possibly at the same time as Ayano puts up his post on Decapre, so that they can combine all the information in one translated post.

In the meantime, we've looked through Ayano's post and translated the pertinent details for you. Check out our translations below to find out how Evil Ryu's "Sunset Fireball" and Poison's "Honey Trap" anti-air work.

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DreamHack Winter 2014 results, ft. Fuudo, Luffy, GamerBee, Ryan Hart, Pepeday, Itabashi Zangief, Problem X, veggey and more

Update: This story has been updated with full results..

DreamHack Winter 2014 is upon us, and it's taking place in Jonkoping, Sweden. This one-day tournament features only Ultra Street Fighter 4, and with a prize pool for the top 4 placers amounting to a whopping $6708.

Players expected to attend the event include RZR|Fuudo, MD|Luffy, AvM|GamerBee, DIG|Ryan Hart, /r/Kappa|Pepeday, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, CG|Problem X, BX3|veggey, BX3|Phenom, Gagapa, propBB2|Ettelman, Yagami and more.

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Mega Man player Zucco beats Mew2King's Rosalina; Will's Donkey Kong beats ADHD Diddy Kong - KTAR XI Smash Bros. Wii U archives, results

KTAR XI, part of the Apex World Circuit, took place last weekend in Somerset, New Jersey. Organized by Keitaro from the Smash community with VGBootCamp taking on streaming duties, KTAR XI played host to tournaments for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Melee and Project M.

Most of the matches for the Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament was streamed live, and two of the highlights here were the impressive showing of Mega Man and Donkey Kong skills from Smash players Zucco and Will respectively. Zucco's Mega Man managed to beat Mew2King's Rosalina, while Will's Donkey Kong defeated ADHD's Diddy Kong.

The two talented players also squared off against each other in the Losers Quarter-finals round.

Other notable Smash players who attended the tournament included Jtalis, Mew2King, Dabuz, ADHD and more. Check out some of their matches and the top 8 tournament results below.

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Super Smash Bros. 4 roundup: ZeRo teaches how to play Fox, King Dedede combos, all character endings, and more

Tonight we end off our news day with a Super Smash bros. Wii U / 3DS roundup for you all to enjoy.

In tonight's assortment of videos, you'll find an extensive Fox tutorial created by the ever knowledgeable ZeRo, combos for King Dedede and Palutena, a video that teaches you how to unlock all of the characters and stages in the Wii u version of the game, and more.

Be sure to hit the jump to get started.

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