Maki and Yang's potential Street Fighter 5 designs shown as character profiles

Now, I don't know about you guys, but Maki is easily my favorite female character in the Street Fighter series. Even though it's been made clear that all characters are getting profiles like this, and her inclusion amongst them doesn't mean anything, it still makes a slight glimmer of hope shine in this poor young man's heart.

Moving on to the actual subject of them, you'll be able to get a quick glimpse at this Final Fight veteran and the previously shown Yun's twin brother, Yang. Get a quick look at Yang below.

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Continue to delve into Yang's profile, and get your first look at a updated Maki, and her details.

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Canada Cup Vancouver series results feat. Justin Wong, KaneBlueRiver, Ricki Ortiz, K-Brad

Updated with final results: We've added final results into this story for the Canada Cup Vancouver series.

The Canada Cup Vancouver series tournament kicks off today and is set to bring us some exciting fighting game action over the course of the weekend.

We can expect to see top-notch play for games such as Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat XL, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Blazblue: Chronophantasma Extend, Pokken Tournament, and Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late.

On top of this, we'll also be seeing a handful of action-packed Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 exhibitions featuring EG|Justin Wong, KaneBlueRiver, JJATJJ5|Bee, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, NWM|Kyle P, Air, and more are also expected to compete this weekend.

You can catch the live stream and schedule after the jump.

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'I never once felt that I couldn't do something because of lag' - K-Brad addresses Street Fighter 5's input lag, talks JWong's dominance and more

EG|K-Brad made a follow up appearance on Best of 3 this week to talk about Dreamhack and the current Street Fighter 5 climate.

He kicks things off with, "We're all doomed... at least for a little while," in regards to fellow Evil Genius EG|Justin Wong's current domination in the American SF5 scene. K-Brad feels his teammate will hold the title of Best in the US for at least a few months.

Amongst the other topics the group addresses is SF5's eight frames of input lag. We saw quite an uproar when this became common knowledge, but is it as bad as people are making it out to be?

K-Brad isn't too worried about it right now. He feels that we should really just view it as part of the game, and adjust accordingly. After you hear all of what he has to say, let us know if you agree, or if you feel this is something that truly needs to be changed.

You'll see the full interview below.

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Don't try to anti-air Ken, walk under him; Daigo reveals his anti-Ken strategy, then shows it off in an exhibition with Eita

On his most recent broadcast, MCZ|Daigo explained his approach to fighting against Kens in Street Fighter 5.

Daigo and RZR|Fuudo welcome this year's Thaiger Uppercut winner and one of the strongest Ken players in the world, Eita, onto the show so they can test out their anti-Ken strategies against him.

A few main points he brings up: be aggressive with your crouching medium punches, ease off the gas when Ken has his V-Trigger activated, answer EX-Air Tatsu with crouching DP's and walk under regular jump in Tatsus and follow them with a backwards DP.

You'll see a visual of that last bit below:


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Below you'll find Daigo's lesson, as well as his application in a first to five set against Eita.

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Necalli players are doing it wrong; Sacrifice-fice those big damage combos for even scarier set ups and faster V-Trigger activation

Necalli is savage, there's no debating that. He's a rush down character capable of big bursts of damage, he's got a vast array of tools at his disposal and he's widely regarded as the strongest character in Street Fighter 5 when he's got his V-Trigger activated.

Given his in-your-face nature, many players have opted to go for Necalli's more damaging, and corner carrying, bread and butter combos that end in his slash instead of his V-Skill. This may not be the most efficient approach however, as his less damaging meter build combo may be a much better choice for a few reasons.

In a recent tweet, EG|PR Balrog encouraged vying for V-Gauge over damage, insinuating that getting to Necalli's final form is a bigger priority than a little extra damage early on. You can see exactly what he said by clicking the image below:

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Another Necalli player by the name of Brian F has put out a video showing the potential Necalli has after landing his less damaging target combo. Not only does the ancient warrior build V-Gauge faster, but he also gets some mean set ups.

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Breathtaking Street Fighter 5 high-resolution action shots; Dead End Thrills is at it again, this time with Guile and Akuma

We've got another collection of incredible Street Fighter 5 images from Dead End Thrills, as he's now included shots of the game's latest character, Guile, as well as an Akuma mod.

Dead End's shots are grabbed straight from the game, but he uses a free roam camera and extremely high resolution to make for an all new experience. Below are the first couple of captures from the latest additions to his gallery:

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Kakutop League 4 results ft. Problem X, Phenom, Luffy, Valmaster

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

France's main hypeman Ken Bogard is back with a new Kakutop League installment. This is taking place in Paris, France and will be played in a league format featuring 10 of Europe's fiercest competitors.

The players are divided into two groups, and after the group set has been played, the top placers will move on to a finals group to battle it out for the final titles.

The first group will consist of Alioune, YP|Valmaster, LLL|MBR, PxP|Problem X and BX3TPL|Duppsko. The second group has RB|Luffy, Melty|Will2Pac, CCL, Perilous|Packz and BX3TPL|Phenom.

The original French stream will be at Gaminglive_TV1 and the English commentary stream will be over at UnequalledMedia.

Check out the full action below.

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Mystic Ermac infinite health regeneration bug has game breaking potential

Recently NPG|Toxin stumbled across an interesting bug in an online match that caused Mystic Ermac's health to regenerate infinitely.

The exact details on what causes this to happen have yet to be ironed out, but Test Your Might user Ragnarok has been in the lab trying to get to the bottom of it.

Interrupting Ermac's EX push in a very specific window seems to be what is causing the bug. Once his health starts to regenerate, it will persist until he is hit. Ermac is also freely able to move and attack while regenerating.

Ragnarok has managed to capture footage of several characters trading with Ermac to cause the bug, and also a possible setup that Ermac can utilize if he has the meter.

At a glance, the effects of the glitch could have a massive impact on a tournament match, but it doesn't seem like it's something that can be consistently set up. The level of impact this scenario will have on a tournament match is still being debated, although if it proves consistently viable it could be game breaking.

You can check the glitch out for yourself in the videos below.

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'They don't have to respect me, but they do have to respect the skill' - Filipino Champ goes on an Excellent Adventure

The All-Star features on Excellent Adventures continue, this week featuring "everyone's favorite villain" PG|Filipino Champ.

Champ boasts a personality as strong as his gameplay, and he's definitely not shy about showing it. In contrast to past episodes where other players have a bit of fun on the couch, Champ pulled no punches, vocally blasting his opponents as if he were playing online at home.

The self-proclaimed "devil himself" definitely knows his entertainment value. He knows that people want to watch him perform in spite of the persona he puts on to stir the pot, and here he certainly stays true to his form.

Champ even playfully heckles the hosts, urging them to have other top players play him, instead of him running over the players that online matchmaking offers.

In between bouts of playing around with his opponents, Champ offers his insight on what seperates good players from great players. He points out the fact that players like Infiltration, Daigo, and Tokido have put massive amounts of time into optimizing their decisionmaking.

"Their work ethic is what makes them special, not them being naturally good," Champ says. He thinks that in order to be able to match the level of skill, you have to put in just as much work as the cream of the crop.

You can catch the video in full below.

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Mira is an archetype we've never seen in modern fighting games; here's why she'll be a genuine threat in the right hands

The "glass cannon" play-style in fighting games is one that revolves around explosiveness. Characters are given devastatingly high damage at the cost of having dangerously low health. Win or lose, a match against them is going to conclude quickly.

There are characters such as Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's Dark Phoenix that raise the stakes with mix ups that are nearly impossible to block in exchange for a health bar that is constantly depleting on its own. This, of course, can be momentarily rectified by way of X Factor, but Phoenix's time is always limited.

Killer Instinct Season 3 recently saw the release of Mira, the vampiric sister of series mainstay Maya. Though she has the qualities of a glass cannon, Mira's design adds a new dynamic to the well-known character archetype.

Instead of simply dishing out the pain, Mira can inflict recoverable damage upon herself to hurt the opponent even more. To counter this, she has the ability to heal herself often sacrificing her damage to do so.

Therein lies her complexity. Harnessing these mechanics requires a very different mindset for glass cannon players.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 results ft Mago, Haitani, Xian, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Australia's finest are putting on a good show for us with Battle Arena Melbourne 8, which has tournaments in a whole bunch of different games.

At this tournament, you can expect to see high-level tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend.

As for players attending, you can expect to see big names such as Mago, MJS|Haitani, RZR|Xian, EG|Momochi, LLL|Mr. R, Abadango, 9B, Somniac, SL|Burnoutfighter and many many others participate for the glory.

Live streams are being handled by NewGamePlusTV, Melbourne Melee, Kaizmo, SASMelbourneSmash, Jett Smash, Googie Gaming, and ZeroX_FGC.

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Are we beginning to leave grassroots behind? Core-A looks at just how eSports Street Fighter 5 is becoming

The fighting game community is breaking through to the general population in a brand new way... at least in Korea. This month's Street Fighter 5 Crash broadcast not only on online streams, but on Korean television as well.

Due to it's television presence, the event reached not only the regular gaming audience, but also audiences that have never touched fighting games before.

Core-A Gaming went behind the scenes SF5 Crash to explore just how eSports the scene is becoming. With interviews with top players like RZR|Infiltration and RZR|Xian, we find that there are some major differences for tournament players now that the game is under a new and brighter spotlight.

Events with the production value of Crash still aren't quite the norm, but we're beginning to see more and more time and money invested into making fighting game tournaments more viewer friendly. Is this telling of a new standard in the not so distant future?

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Combo Breaker pre-registration numbers are huge - Street Fighter 5 leads the pack yet again

Combo Breaker is coming at us in just a little over two weeks, and the hype is already getting started.

Last night, the final pre-registration numbers for Combo Breaker were posted to their official Twitter. Player representation is coming in from all over the world to compete in 20 different titles, some of which just might surprise you.

Combo Breaker's roster boasts nine games with well over 100 entrants so far. Check out the entrant numbers below.

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F.A.N.G's back throw just became terrifying; Mono shows off some scary set ups every F.A.N.G main needs to know

He's not regarded as the best character in Street Fighter 5, in fact, F.A.N.G seems to often grace the bottom of popular tier lists at the current stage of the game.

Players like cR|Sonic Fox and RZR|Xian have not given up on the poison Shadaloo King, and neither has ESPR|Mono. Mono has been developing a ton of tech for the character, and today we share with you some very strong set ups after back throw.

Playing F.A.N.G is often an uphill battle, and so having these crafty tools in your arsenal is a must if you want to maximize your chances at victory. Here's a snippet from the video to kick you off:


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The potential here is very strong, and F.A.N.G will take advantages wherever he can get them. Hit the jump for the full video.

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Filipino Champ on why Arturo Sanchez isn't sponsored, why Kaneblueriver is a Marvel god and why he's supposed to win Bud Light eSports All-Star race

In a recent interview with Daily Dot, Ryan "PG|Filipino Champ" Ramirez discussed his nomination as one of four potentials for the Bud Light eSports All-Star contract, and it sounds like a fighting gamer's dream.

The winner will allegedly get a web series about their play, somewhat similar to what Red Bull did with RB|Snake Eyez, first class travel to events and plenty more pampering as they become one of Bud Light's official fighting game All-Stars.

There are currently three other nominees on the ballot: Chris Tatarian, WFX|801 Strider and Jayce the Ace. Champ notes in his interview however, that he's the only "S-tier candidate" in the current running.

He explains that even higher profile players were originally considered, but could not jump on the ballot due to contractual obligations. Champ is the only person on the current ballot who was part of this original group, and therefore has the best chance to win.

The UMVC3 EVO champ also offers his thoughts on this year's Pro Tour and his rivalry with BE|Kaneblueriver.

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