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Xian counter-picks Daigo's Evil Ryu with Dhalsim - KO highlights for 1 of Capcom Cup 2014's most exciting matches

When RZR|Xian first told us that he was planning to counter-pick for our series of pre-Capcom Cup 2014 interviews, it didn't hit me right away which match he was referring to.

It was only about a day later, when I looked through the brackets again, that I realized that he was most likely talking about MCZ|Daigo, who he'd likely face in the second round of the tournament if he gets past GL|Valmaster -- did you guess he was planning to use Dhalsim against Daigo "The Beast" Umehara right away?

The last time these two played, MCZ|Daigo demolished RZR|Xian with a convincing 7-2 victory at Capcom Pro Tour Asia. Now that Xian has gone to Dhalsim, however, the match between these two fierce rivals was incredibly close -- it has been the most exciting, moment-filled match thus far.

Here's a quick look back at what was so amazing about this match: here we've provided the last 15 seconds of every round played in this first-to-2 set.

Game 1

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Daigo's random counter-hit cr.HP, Ricky Ortiz's perfect round, Ryan Hart's Decapre knowledge - Capcom Cup 2014 1st half match highlights

Capcom Cup 2014 is currently underway, which means, yes, we're working double time to bring you some highlights from the matches as soon as we can.

Here are six moments from the first half of the tournament -- we'll be updating this post a little later in the day to include a couple of moments from the first-round losers' side matches.

MCZ|Daigo (Evil Ryu) vs. EG|Justin Wong (Rufus)

Of all the first-round matches, MCZ|Daigo vs. EG|Justin Wong was the one many Street Fighter fans looked forward to the most -- and the fans were not disappointed.

In spite of his relatively poor performance at EVO 2014, MCZ|Daigo came into Capcom Cup ready to make an impression, and he absolutely did with his first match, landing a random cr.HP into a massive combo seemingly out of nowhere, among other strong feats.

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EventHubs poll: Who will win Capcom Cup 2014? Cast your vote based on the tournament brackets

Updated: The vote has been closed, but you can still view the results.

With RZR|Fuudo's victory at DreamHack Winter yesterday, all 16 of Capcom Cup 2014's qualifying players have now been confirmed, along with the tournament brackets based on the players' Capcom Pro Tour seeding points.

All the action is slated to take place two Saturdays from now, on December 13 at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco (for those of you who can make it there in person, have you booked your hotel and purchased tickets yet?).

For the full list of qualifying players, as well as their respective seed positions and first-round opponents in the tournament, check out the image below.

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Who do you think is going to be the world champion at Ultra Street Fighter 4 and emerge victorious at Capcom Cup 2014 this year? Cast your votes in our poll below.

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Ultra Street Fighter 4 Omega Mode, balance changes, new trials and animal costumes to be available on Monday, 15th of December

Matt Dahlgren took the stage after the Omega Mode exhibition of Capcom Cup today to announce that a free patch including Omega Mode, balance changes to the cast and new trials for all characters will be available as soon as Monday, 15th of December, which is only 2 days away.

This also includes the new animal-themed costumes, which will be available, presumably for purchase, on that very same day.

'If Gen doesn't work out for me, I will counter-pick' - Xian talks Capcom Cup, his recent life, and Gen USF4 changes he'd like to see happen

The festivities for Capcom Cup 2014 are about to start in a couple of hours. But before they do, we have one more interview with a Capcom Cup 2014 finalist for you to check out.

This is the last in our little interview series, but it's certainly not the least -- our final interview is with an EVO champion, after all.

And it's none other than the EVO 2013 champ, RZR|Xian. Find out what's been going on in his life lately, what his thoughts on his performance in the competitive Street Fighter circuit in 2014 are, what changes he'd like to see be made to Gen in Ultra Street Fighter 4, and a whole lot more.

KarbyP: Which player are you most worried about playing at the Capcom Cup?

RZR|Xian: I am actually really worried about RZR Fuudo. He recently just have a blast on dreamhack and won, beating even bad match-ups like Elena. I also heard that he beat Luffy in a money match.

The other player I'm most worried about is, yeah, MCZ|Daigo. His Evil Ryu is really tough to deal with now.

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Dr. Doom to Old Link: 'We all know Smash isn't a real fighting game' - Assist Me! Super Smash Bros. 4

Old Link... Geddit? As in, it's Link from The Legend of Zelda, but he looks like Old Snake from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot... never mind.

Maximilian has published on YouTube today the first (the only?) episode of Assist Me! Super Smash Bros. 4 where he and his best bud Doom learns how to play Super Smash Bros. Wii U from The Hero of Time himself... except he's much older now, and is apparently searching for an (also much older) princess Zelda.

Over the course of the past couple of weeks, we've seen a lot of Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U tutorials, but none quite as entertaining as this. So even if you're familiar with Smash, check it out -- and who knows, you just might learn something new anyway.

The highlight of the episode has got to be the moment when Doom tells Old Link, to his face that "Smash isn't a real fighting game".

Find out how well that works out for Doom in Assist Me! Super Smash Bros. 4, embedded below.

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Five features Street Fighter 5 must have to be successful

Before we get into this there's something I'd like to set straight right away. This is an opinion so please keep that in mind while you're reading and discussing/debating. Thank you.

Our friends over at Denkiphile have compiled a list of things that they feel are musts if SF5 is to flourish to its full potential. There's a lot of speculation as to how the new game will run and what the mechanics will be like. From super combos to red focus, every iteration of Street Fighter has seen some kind of new addition in its game play.

The first necessary addition to SF5 on Denkiphile's is:

Some Characters from Street Fighter II:

"This is one of the key things that made Street Fighter IV so appealing – the return of the original eight world warriors alongside. Let’s not forget the abysmal popularity of Street Fighter III. Hell, a lot of people didn’t even know it existed! It is crucial to include a portion of the cast as to not alienate age-old fans once again. However, that was also one of the biggest disappointments with Street Fighter IV – the reliance on these characters to bring back the old fans. Think about how many brand new characters Street Fighter IV brought into the franchise.

There were only five originally: Abel, C. Viper, El Fuerte, and Rufus. Seth wasn’t even playable in the beginning! I would like to think that Street Fighter IV was only the beginning and set the stage for Street Fighter V. It provided the series a chance to be in the spotlight again and take some more risks by bringing in new, interesting characters. If the game again includes all the Street Fighter II characters, that would essentially make Street Fighter V a next-gen Street Fighter IV. I’m risking a hemorrhage just from thinking about that."

Hit the jump to see the whole list and a more in-depth look at the reason that we found most enticing.

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Riptor concept art revealed, gameplay trailer date set for KI's next sharp newcomer - new costumes feature Santa TJ, Reindeer Sabrewulf and more

Riptor was teased at the end of the latest Killer Instinct character, Kan-Ra's, reveal trailer, and while we've heard a bit about her since then, we haven't seen too much, until now.

Today, the official concept art for Riptor was revealed, including pictures of some upcoming holiday costumes for other characters. Not only that, but a date next week was set for Riptor's reveal trailer to go live.

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Jab into ultra, anti-air-tatsu super, amazing combos and reads - French Balrog player Pacheco has it all in this highlight reel

If you're anything like me, you don't really know who Pacheco is. Thanks to this video, however, it's now a name I will not be forgetting anytime soon.

While Balrog is a pretty straightforward character, I'm sure we've all experienced moments where we've been wowed by fantastic play from EG|PR Balrog. Perhaps this highlight reel will wow you in similar ways, as the french Balrog master puts everything out there in amazing display throughout these matches, including a combo ending in a standing jab into Ultra 1.

Curious? Look no further than after the jump.

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The RunbizzZack! 1.5 results feat. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct

The RunbizzZack! 1.5 results feat. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct Update: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive..

The Super Arcade crew is back again tonight with another installment of their new weekly event, The RunbizzZack!

Games on the docket for this event include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

As always, if you'd like to follow along with the action, be sure to head over to Super Arcade's Challonge page. You can find last week's results here.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream.

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Trish's true value in UMvC3 brought forth by optimised assists - This combo video shows what the She-Devil is capable of

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has been out for over 3 years now, and as such most characters' options are fairly well-known. While this video won't make you believe that Trish is a damage powerhouse, it shows that she has a lot more strength when paired with the right assists.

This combo video shows a lot of different partners for Trish, so if you've been longing to make a team with her in it, you'll hopefully find something that fits your particular team within all of these combos. You can find the action right below.

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Regular Psycho Sting into Ultra 2 on poor Hugo - Who needs meter when you have Decapre?

There's no shortage of new tech coming out every week for the lovely Russian Ultra Street Fighter 4 newcomer Decapre, and honestly, it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon, either.

The latest interesting video we've seen shows Decapre able to land her anti-air Ultra 2 on Hugo after a regular Psycho Sting - no meter needed. Look right below if you don't believe us.

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When mountains collide - Justin Wong and Andreas fight it out to prove who's the best Rufus in this first-to-3 offstream match from Red Fight District

If you thought that America was the only place with strong Rufus play, you'd best think again. Englishman Andreas has been showing his fellow Europeans what's what for years now, and in this off-stream first-to-3 set from Red Fight District, which took place in Amsterdam earlier this fall, he goes up against one of America's premiere Rufus players, EG|Justin Wong.

The Rufus mirror isn't something you see all too often without the EG tag attached to both players, so it's exciting to see a somewhat different style of Rufus take on Justin. Which of these two beasts comes out on top? You can find the match right below and find out.

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PC mods: Link with useable Master Sword, bunny suit Poison, Cyber Akuma, Shao Kahn, and more in USF4/SFxT

A fresh batch of Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter X Tekken PC mod footage was recently uploaded onto the PC Best Mods YouTube channel, and the videos we share with you tonight feature some truly amazing alternate costumes.

For starters, we get to see the hero of Hyrule, Link, battling it out in USF4. Not only does this mod look incredible, but he even has the ability to pick up the Master Sword and use it in battle!

Additionally, we get to see Cyber Akuma and Mortal Kombat's Shao Kahn in the latest Street Fighter 4 installment, along with Poison wearing a bunny suit and Christie in a prison get-up in Street Fighter X Tekken.

You can find a handful of screenshots showing these mods in all of their glory, but be sure to hit the jump to see them in action.

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PR Balrog: I feel like I'm still learning how to be a pro player, but I'll reach my prime soon - amazing mini-documentary follows one of EG's best

Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez is a household name in the fighting game community. He's one of the most accomplished and talented players in the business, and his sponsor, Evil Geniuses, alongside Monster Energy Drinks, has put together an excellent mini-documentary that follows PR Rog's trip to EVO 2014 and shares a bit of his humble origins.

We learn how Eduardo got his start in gaming, hear from his incredibly insightful parents, and we're even granted quite a bit of behind-the-scenes footage of the EG boys during their training sessions.

At one point in the documentary, Perez mentions that he feels he is still learning how to become a pro player. "Right now, I feel like I'm still learning, myself, how to train how to be a pro player," Eduardo explains. "So, I feel that after I learn, I might be able to get that win. I'm still in the learning process, but I feel like I'm going to reach my prime soon."

This video is 18 minutes well spent. It's a must-watch for anyone who is a fan of PR Rog, the fighting game community, or for aspiring players who also have a strong competitive spirit.

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