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Snake Eyez' clutch, no-health victory against K-Brad, Pepeday perfects Rico Suave: hype moments from TFC's USF4 top 16

The Fall Classic has officially wrapped up tonight after a weekend packed with incredible fighting game action. The Ultra Street Fighter 4 top 16 was particularly exciting, so we bring to you some of our favorite moments, in case you missed the action.

Our first hype moment comes from MOR|Rico Suave's match against /r/Kappa|Pepeday. The crowd was behind Pepeday for much of this tournament. Even against traditional fan favorites like Dieminion, the cheers for the Fuerte player could be heard loud and clear.

At one point, commentator James Chen referenced Pepeday as the best El Fuerte player in the world right now and he certainly made it look that way during this match. One minute he could choose to be impossible to catch and then the next he could be stuck on his opponent like fly paper.

Pepeday downloads Rico and finishes out the set with a demoralizing flurry of attack resulting in a perfect. The whole venue erupted as Rico tried helplessly to peel Pepeday off of him.


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The Fall Classic results ft. Pepeday, Xian, Snake Eyez, Smug, PR Balrog, Mike Ross, and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic is currently underway over at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown hotel in North Carolina.

Lots of notable players have made their way to the event this weekend, including Japan's /r/Kappa|Pepeday, RZR|Xian, Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, EG|Balrog, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Twitch|Mike Ross, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, FNATIC|Perfect Legend, PIE|Poem, eSportsMax|Tampa Bison, bTri|NuckleDu, and many more.

Games set to be played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, King of Fighters 13, Soul Calibur 5, Guilty Gear XX#Accent Core Plus, Under Night in Birth: EXE Late and more.

Catch all of the action at TFC this weekend with us right now; check out all of the streams (and schedule) embedded below.

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DC announces Mortal Kombat X digital comic

Today at New York Comic Con DC announced that they are going to produce a digital comic for the upcoming Mortal Kombat X.

The storyline for the comic will be based on the storyline established in Mortal Kombat 2011, commonly referred to as Mortal Kombat 9, and will expand based on the story of the upcoming Mortal Kombat X.

Shawn Kittleson and Dexter Soy, writer and illustrator respectively, will be teaming up on the project. Kittleson has stated that he will have every character in the entirety of the Mortal Kombat gaming canon.

This likely means we will be seeing a variety of characters jumping in and out of the storyline to interact with the new cast of characters set to appear in MKX.

We have one image from the upcoming 'komic', along with more details. Click the jump to check them out.

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Video: Rosalina has an infinite combo that works on Sheik (and possibly other characters) in Super Smash Bros. 3DS

As if the ability to perform multiple air dodges during her jump, a god-tier air recovery move, and a semi-controllable buddy that can cover her weakspots isn't enough, it looks the developers of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS also accidentally gave Rosalina an infinite combo.

A Japanese Super Smash Bros. 3DS player has discovered (and documented on video) that it is possible for Rosalina to perform an infinite combo on Sheik, by simply having Luma land the first two hits of her regular A attack over and over on her opponent.

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Dieminion: I think Europe right now is better than USA; due to 8-2 match-ups in Ultra Street Fighter 4, it's important to play more than 1 main

At The Fall Classic yesterday, Esports Max's Managing Editor Dustin 'Deitis' Steiner caught up with Kevin 'Dieminion' for a brief chat.

As Dieminion had just lost to fellow Guile player bTri|NuckleDu on the same day, putting him in the losers' bracket side of the tournament in the top 16 playoffs, the interview began with Dieminion's thoughts on the Guile mirror-match.

Mid-way through the interview, however, Dustin also asked Dieminion about his thoughts on playing at the VS Fighting 4 tournament in Birmingham, England and his thoughts on European players in general. On the latter, Dieminion had nothing but the highest praise for his European counterparts.

Dieminion: I think right now Europe is better than USA [at Street Fighter].

EsportsMax's Dustin Steiner: Europe won an EVO title before the US did, so, of course.

Dieminion: Europe is no slouch. They've got a lot of hidden talent. They have a lot of players that don't really get the spotlight, who are really good that people don't know about.

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Red Fight District 2014 results ft. Luffy, Justin Wong, GamerBee, Valmaster, Ixion, and more

Update: This story has been updated with early results for the final day.

This weekend, Red Fight District is taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a lot of Europe's heavy hitters are there, as well as a few non-European visitors.

The event will feature tournaments in Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct, UNIEL and more.

Players expected to take part in the event include MD|Luffy, EG|Justin Wong, AvM|GamerBee, GL|Valmaster, IND|Ixion, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, CDV|Will2Pac, LLL|Emersion, PropBB2|Ettelman, Andreas, LLL|MBR, BCN|Fasoll and more.

Stream duties are being handled by Armshouse and Fight Club NRW.

Look below for live streams.

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Mike Ross picks Makoto, Gootecks puts on his robe and wizard hat in Ultra Excellent Adventures Ep. 35: Big Dreams

In this first part from the next batch of The Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross episodes, Gootecks puts on the proverbial robe and wizard hat as he takes on all comers on Xbox Live as Rolento.

Apparently, watching BE|Nemo win so much with Rolento recently has made Gootecks realize that he's got a Rolento -- from the Street Fighter X Tekken days (anybody remember that game?).

Meanwhile, fresh off his most recent pilgrimage to Japan for the Tokyo Game Show, Mike Ross goes through the entire episode playing nobody other than his Ultra Street Fighter 4 waifu -- Makoto -- who he had hoped to see in her Summer costume.

Which Gootecks did not buy.

Gootecks: Well Mike, I tried to buy the Summer outfits. But, you know, we're in Fall now. *Laughs* I like to stay current.

All that and more in the The Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 35: Big Dreams, embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

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Decapre's 2 cr. MP into Ultra 2 on Blanka, Sakura's 34-hit combo on Rolento: FGA Mono brings us a combo video for Decapre, Sagat and Sakura

It would seem that most of these combos are character specific, but that doesn't make them any less awesome! While flashy and exciting, they still seem pretty practical for actual game play.

Sagat players: Are you tired of Elena and Ryu players crouch blocking all of your pressure strings? Blow them up with a cross up Tiger Knee!

Decapre players: Do you want to show off with cool new ways to combo into ultra 2? Check some out here!

Sakura players: Would you like to demoralize Hugo players with ridiculously long combos that end with resets? Then what are you waiting for? Click the jump and check out the video!

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Dr. Mario and Dark Pit show off in screen shots of the upcoming Wii U Super Smash Bros.

Just a few days back Nintendo released screen shots of some of their new unlockable characters.

They just released images for two more secret characters as we now see some action shots of Dark Pit fencing and Dr. Mario... practicing medicine.

North American hype for the Wii U version of Smash Bros grows as we count down the hours to the release date next month on November 21st. Click on the images below to see even bigger versions! Don't stop there though, we saved the coolest screen shots for after the jump.

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Filipinoman's tier rankings for Rose in Ultra Street Fighter 4

We continue our top player tier lists today with SoCal's FRQ|Filipinoman and his match ups for Rose. Rose was buffed in this most recent iteration of the SF4 franchise and Filipinoman has certainly shown us she's a force to be reckoned with.

Coming off of an impressive 13th place performance at this year's EVO, Filipinoman has recently risen to the top of the Wednesday Night Fights scene with consistent top 3 placings and multiple tournament victories.

Click on the thumbnail below to head over to the tier list.


Click image for Filipinoman's Rose tier ranking

With an incredible score of only 2 unfavorable match ups, 19 even and 22 favorable, Filipinoman does not downplay his character in the least. At this point, we feel it's only natural one would look to compare rankings with EVO 2014 champion MD|Luffy which you can conveniently do by clicking the link below in our list of USF4 top player tier rankings.

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Prelude to the Pepeday vs. Snake Eyez exhibition match: Pepeday takes on 801Strider (Yang), Arturo Sanchez (Rose) in Ultra Street Fighter 4

One of the hot favorites attending The Fall Classic this weekend is none other than FGC|Pepeday, who was flown over from Japan to New York by the great folks over ar R/Kappa to attend the tournament.

Pepeday is scheduled to play an exhibition match against Snake Eyez sometime during The Fall Classic.

But if you can't wait till the exhibition match to catch his El Fuerte in action, then you're in luck; yesterday, he played some long sets with 801Strider's Yang and TS|Arturo Sanchez's Rose over at Team Spooky's TFC Salty Suite.

Check out those matches below.

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Duck Hunt, Rosalina, Yoshi, Bowser Jr, Villager - high-level Super Smash Bros. 3DS play at Japan's 'Karisuma' tournament in Nagoya

This morning we've got more Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS tournament footage from Japan for you, this time from a meet-up event in Nagoya. Unlike at KTAR X and the Tokyo Game8 SmaOff events, the Nagoya tournament did not really see any mid or low-tier characters rise to the top.

On the day itself, there were actually two singles tournaments running at the same time, due to too many players showing up. All of the Japanese Smash players present at the event first played in separate pools. Those who came out near the top of the pools then proceeded into singles tournament A, while the rest were sent off into a singles tournament B.

Both tournaments were done single-elimination style, with all matches prior to the semi-finals being played on a best-of-1 basis, while the semi-finals and finals were best-of-3 games. All games were played with 2-stock, 6-minute time limit rules.

Check out some of the replays from the Nagoya tournament below -- these ones feature the characters Duck Hunt, Rosalina, Yoshi, Bowser Jr. Villager.

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Japan Ultra Street Fighter 4 Nationals results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Bonchan, Mago, Kyabetsu, Nishikin and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Capcom and Taito's Ultra Street Fighter 4 "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Japan national tournament grand finals is taking place today at the Shinjuku FACE event hall in Tokyo. After two grueling qualifiers in Tokyo and Osaka held back in August, the process has whittled down the scores of top players in Japan to the best 16 for the singles tournament, and the best 8 teams for 3-on-3.

Today we'll find out which of those 16 players will emerge victorious and walk away with a cool 1 million yen (~US$10,000) in cash prizes, as well as an invite to the Capcom Cup in December, since this is a Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event. The winning team in the 3-on-3 tournament will also walk away with 1 million yen.

Meanwhile, the 2nd place winners for both tournaments will receive 100 thousand yen (~US$1,000), and the remainder of top 8 for singles as well as the 3rd and 4th placing teams will all receive 10 thousand yen (~US$100) for their hard work getting this far. So you could say that the stakes are definitely high -- you don't want to be the guy walking away with a hundred bucks or, worse, nothing.

Today's tournament is scheduled to run all the way until about 3AM PST. The 3-on-3 teams tournament will begin first, followed by the singles tournament at around 12 midnight PST.

Catch all of the action in the Isshuu Sengeki Cup Taito Japan national finals right now in the stream embedded below, along with a full tournament schedule and full list of players.

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This week in Smash tiers! Current top 10 characters in Super Smash Bros. 3DS, Marth among the best across three games

Last Thursday we here at EventHubs launched our Super Smash Bros. 3DS tiers section. Since its debut, our readers and Smash players alike have provided over 35,000 match-up votes, painting a clearer picture of which fighters are the strongest in Nintendo's handheld title.

Today we take a look at which 10 characters top the tier charts. Now, we're fully aware that this is only a week one list, but if you've been playing the game since it dropped last week (or picked up an early Japanese copy), you'll find that the current top picks definitely have reason for being up there.

Check it out for yourself by hitting the image below.


Click image for SSB 3DS' current top 10

You'll notice that a few familiar, top-tier faces from previous Smash titles have already made their way to the top of the 3DS charts. On that subject, Fire Emblem's Marth has placed in the top 10 across all three Super Smash Bros. titles: 3DS, Brawl, and Melee. As it currently stands, he is the only character to sit among the upper echelon of characters in all three games.

There are, however, more fighters that are in Smash 3DS' top 10 that aren't exactly new to being top tier.

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The Runback 3.8 results, archive ft. ChrisG, Alex Valle, Infrit, Tyrant, and more

The Runback 3.8 results, archive ft. ChrisG, Alex Valle, Infrit, Tyrant, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier:: The Level|Up Twitch stream has gone live, and tonight on The Runback, we're about to see some great fighting game action from Super Arcade.

Tonight, the games being played include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm, and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, if there are enough entrants for each. Additionally, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is being played tonight.

You can follow along with all of the action by checking out the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page.

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