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Leffen finally returns to North American Smash competition, but finds he may not be the dominant force he once was; Cultivation episode 3: Return

The first two episodes of Red Bull's season two of Cultivation followed TSM|Leffen's rise to prominence in the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene and saw his social and political ostracization from his local scene and then the United States respectively.

After a long absence from the tournament circuit, Leffen finally reappeared for EGLX 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Eyes were on the Swedish player to an even greater degree than in tourneys past simply because of the question on everyone's mind: Does Leffen still have it?

A strong start during the preliminaries along with a win in an exhibition against C9|Mang0 made it appear as though the young god slayer was indeed just as much of a threat as ever.

Once the latter part of the tournament started however, things would take a sudden turn for the worse.

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'RZR_Xian' has 130,473 LP and is ranked #1 in Street Fighter 5 right now; it's not quite what you think, though...

It was a birthday present from a savvy PC player.

If you happen to be following RZR|Xian on Twitter, you may have noticed that he celebrated his birthday yesterday. As a gift to the Street Fighter champion, a Reddit user created a tribute CFN profile in Street Fighter 5 and made it the #1 ranked player on the game's leaderboards.

The Xian-bot account currently has 130,473 LP and is the first Master rank we've seen so far.

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This obviously isn't a legitimate account, and Capcom will undoubtedly wipe it out soon -- if the creator doesn't do so themselves. The real Xian sure enjoyed the gift, though.

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DC Collectibles announces a line of Injustice 2 statues, Harley Quinn is first of the bunch

Recently, DC Collectibles unveiled the first of a line of statues based on the upcoming Injustice 2, and it looks like Harley Quinn will be the first on the roster to take the spotlight.

Harley is hands down one of the most popular characters that the DC franchise has to offer, so this will likely be an easy grab for the collectors out there. The statue stands at around 7.75" tall, and will run at the price point of $80 USD.

For those that are looking to purchase the statue, sales start up next April. You can check out a few photos of Harley in the gallery below.

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Five forward heavy punches in a row, wicked parries, and nasty V-Trigger traps: These Alex players are not messing around

In Street Fighter 5, Alex can put on the offensive pressure once he gets going. Mixing in strong normals, command throws, and even an overhead, the Third Strike grappler is a character that can be scary when he's fighting up close.

RektScrub put together and sent us a compilation of clips featuring a handful of online Alex players. This montage showcases a variety of strong set ups, hype moments, and some overall godlike plays.

Take donpachi89's Alex, for example. The GIF below shows a sequence where the grappler takes advantage of his opponent's fear of getting sent to Suplex City, and lands five forward + heavy punches in a row.

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There's a lot more to be seen, so be sure to hit the jump for the rest of the excellent Alex footage.

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Why we need Capcom vs. SNK 3

To many, the early 2000s was one of the best times to be a fan of fighting games. A handful of the games released during that time period are to this day widely regarded as some of the best titles that we've had the pleasure to spend some time with.

Capcom vs. SNK 2 is without a doubt one of those titles. Hardcore fans of not just the game, but fighting games as a whole have had a sequel on their wishlist for ages now.

In the current era, we once again have Street Fighter and King of Fighters releases competing for the attention of the gaming community at large. While the majority is quite likely aiming most of their interests in playing their favorites, some still hang on to the dream.

Youtuber Cammyplayer is one of the fans hoping that Capcom vs. SNK 3 comes to fruition, and he's put together a video to share his thoughts on the matter. Check it out for yourself after the jump.

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SF5 PC Mods: 'Lady Godiva' Chun-Li and Alpha R. Mika enter the ring, Gill's assistant swaps bodies with Karin

Thanks to TerryXX, Dusdeus, and TheJAMK, we've got another handful of Street Fighter 5 PC mods for you guys to check out.

This time around we have 'Lady Godiva' Chun-Li and a nod to R. Mika's Alpha costume. We also have a body swap mod that swaps Karin out for either Helen, or Kolin depending on which 'personality' you prefer.

If you're interested in trying out these mods for yourself, be sure to check the video descriptions after the jump for download links.

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EVO 2006 featured Mario Kart competition, Tekken 5 was played on CRT televisions

The Evolution Fighting Game championships, better known in the community as EVO, is the largest fighting game tournament in the world, but it didn't always feature fighting games exclusively.

Back in 2006, the event was held at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and they actually ran a competition for Mario Kart.

"It was actually our sponsor Toyota at the time, and they wanted a driving game because they're a driving company," said Joey Cuellar, during the panel 4Gamer hosted for the EVO Japan announcement.

"They suggested we had Mario Kart in the tournament and we said OK," added Cuellar.

Here are a couple of images they shared during the panel, which includes Tekken 5 being played on CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions.

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You can find footage of the 2006 EVO Mario Kart DS finals after the break, and a video of the 4Gamer EVO Japan panel, if you'd like to check out the entire clip.

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Street Fighter 5 top 100 character leaderboard stats: Alex & F.A.N.G don't make cut - Laura, M. Bison & Rashid with strong showings

We wanted to take a closer look at how the online scene is shaping up for character usage in Street Fighter 5.

Specifically how the top 100 players are doing and the characters they're representing atop the leaderboards.

Notable things from the list include Alex and F.A.N.G not making the cut at all, and Laura, M. Bison and Rashid having surprisingly strong showings, despite not seeing high placements in tier listings.

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Bionic Arm! Bionic Arm! Bionic... seriously?! When Combofiend and MarlinPie faced off in an UMvC3 first-to-10 at SCR 2013 - FGC Throwback Thursday

Since competitive fighting games have reached higher levels of popularity as of late, and we have a slew of fresh players who just recently joined the scene, we thought it'd be fun to relive some amazing moments in FGC history by way of "Throwback Thursday."

With so many potential moments to choose from, we are calling upon you, the EventHubs reader, to help us choose what throwback should get posted next. To participate, either link up a classic moment in FGC history below in our comments section, or send it out on Twitter and use the hashtag "#FGCTBT."

Each week, we'll select one throwback to highlight, and will give you a shout out in our story. This week's #FGCTBT comes to us courtesy of Sir_Kenjamin!

Not long after Peter "Combofiend" Rosas was hired by Capcom as their resident FGC expert, the former tournament player returned to the stage to battle it out with Marvel vs. Capcom 3 superstar BT|MarlinPie. These two warriors are easily some of the best the MvC3 series has ever seen, and these two titans clashed at SoCal Regionals 2013 in an Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 first-to-10 exhibition set.

Combofiend's use of Spencer's Bionic Arm hyper combo is legendary within the FGC, due to the amazing comeback he made against Marn at Final Round 14 using the Bionic Commando. Onlookers were wondering if Rosas had lost his edge in fighting games at the time, and anxiously awaited the return of the Bionic Arm. He did not disappoint...

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I can already feel my LP dropping... OrangeMan and Masamune Kenji are sharing the best Rashid set ups we've ever seen on Twitter right now

Masamune Kenji and BM|OrangeMan have been sharing outstanding tech for Street Fighter 5's Rashid on Twitter as of late.

Much of this tech revolves around using Rashid's V-Trigger, but this is definitely the kind of stuff you want in your back pocket for when that V-Gauge is glowing.

Let's kick off by looking at this ludicrous set up from Masamune Kenji. Seriously, how am I supposed to block this?

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SF3's judgement girls detailed in CFN's new profiles - Julia is in the same sorority as Karin, Anna has Karin to thank for widening her world-view

In Street Fighter 3, there were a group of women called the Judgement Girls who would appear if you managed to get a draw in a game, to settle the winner.

The CFN recently uploaded bios for this group of girls, so we're going to detail them for you. Starting off, we have Anna from Russia and Julia from England. Check out Anna's image here.

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Continue below for Anna's profile as well as Julia's image and profile.

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Daigo's Ryu and Ryan Hart's Guile duke it out, CCL shoots for grand finals: Check out the unaired Street Fighter 5 matches from Lockdown 2016

This past weekend, Lockdown took place in Lisbon, Portugal, and this Capcom Pro Tour event had some excellent talent competing across the board.

During the latter portion of the Street Fighter 5 finals, the tournament's stream went down. Due to the technical difficulties, viewers were unable to catch the the final matches of the event.

Today, we have a YouTube upload that features the entire day 2 Street Fighter 5 action from Lockdown 2016. This includes the final matches featuring BST|Daigo, AWS|CCL, and Ryan Hart.

You can check out the full set of matches after the jump.

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Tekken 7 Fated Retribution arcade gets huge wave of balance changes and adds Master Raven: Patch notes and new character footage here

The Tekken 7 Fated Retribution arcade in Japan recently saw an update that added a slew of balance changes, as well as the new fighter -- Master Raven.

Thanks to the efforts of Flying Wonkey over at Avoiding The Puddle, the full list of changes has been translated in English and is available for your viewing pleasure.

Below is just a snippet showing the game's system changes and tweaks made to Akuma. Be sure to visit Avoiding The Puddle for the full list.

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If you'd like to see the latest update in action, be sure to catch Shudy_Yoshel's stream archive after the jump. There is a ton of gameplay of the latest arcade build that features Master Raven quite a bit.

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NuckleDu beats RayRay a full round with almost entirely Sonic Booms; check out his incredible Guile play in this Street Fighter 5 ranked match footage

Liquid|NuckleDu has been putting in some more Guile time in Street Fighter 5 ranked matches as of late. Known for his very strong Guile play back in the Street Fighter 4 series, it is nice to see Du spending some more time with the defensive powerhouse in his latest iteration.

Game-Heure recently put together a compilation of ranked matches featuring NuckleDu's amazing Guile. Among the bouts, we see a set against PG|RayRay, who you may recognize as one of the two Chun-Li players to defeat BST|Daigo at East Coast Throwdown.

Against RayRay, Du showed off some truly incredible screen control using Guile's Sonic Boom. In fact, one round was won using nothing but the projectile (aside from the Flash Kick to start and a V-Reversal to regain composure).

Below is just an example of NuckleDu's Sonic Boom skill.

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There's quite a bit more to see here, so if you're looking to learn more about playing Guile this is definitely a video you'll want to check out. You can find the compilation after the jump.

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Athena's Shining Crystal Bit super does insane damage after a blowback; we might be able to explain why this oddity is occurring

Earlier today, we were sent what appears to be a damage glitch in King of Fighters 14. Basically, Athena's Shining Crystal Bit super deals an incredible amount of damage if she combos into it after a blowback in the corner.

A simple 3-hit combo (using the EX version of the super move) cuts about 70% of the opponent's health bar. Taking that much health for only two bars -- or one bar if you're in Maxmode -- is a pretty great trade off.

Though this seems like a damage glitch, we might be able to explain what's going on. After testing this out myself, I found that normally, the super only hits one time and causes a knockdown. After a blowback, however, two hits from the orbs actually register, increasing the damage by a large margin.

This is likely happening because the opponent is sent into a crumple state when hit with a blowback, which means that when hit they end up airborne. Unless I am mistaken, this airborne state is allowing for both orbs to hit as a juggle, instead of simply knocking down the opponent right away.

Anyway, Athena players might want to keep this in mind, as a cancel into her Climax super move can nearly wipe out an entire life bar in a matter of seconds.

You can check out the footage after the jump.

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