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First-time champions, roaring crowds, and tears of joy - a closer look at EVO 2014's two most emotional victories

EVO 2014 was undoubtedly one of the most emotional events of the year, and quite possibly, ever. We witnessed numerous public displays of emotion as players expressed their anger, exultation, and even sorrow due to the outcomes of their matches.

Two of the most memorable EVO moments were birthed from the conclusion of the Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma and Killer Instinct tournaments, as the grand champions of each game, Garireo and RM|CD Jr. respectively, openly expressed their elation with literal tears of joy.

Many of the viewers in attendance and watching from the comfort of home reacted to these incredible victories with applause. Others, those who may not have truly grasped the amount of dedication and time these players put in to achieve their goal, responded with mockery.

Vince Ingenito, IGN's resident fighting game expert, was in attendance that day and experienced the passion first-hand. He has since put together an excellent piece that analyzes the reasons behind these champions' initial reactions to victory.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma's (arcade) Autumn update will introduce balance changes; 1st screenshots of Celica, Lambda-11, and Marie from P4AU

Now that the new issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine has officially gone on sale at newsstands in Japan today, Famitsu.com has finally published the first screenshots of Celica A. Mercury and Lambda-11 in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, as well as Marie who will be a post-launch DLC character for the console versions of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.

We've already covered most of the information mentioned in the text of these Famitsu.com articles -- but there were a few additional interesting tidbits not covered in the early reports.

For starters, it was mentioned in Famitsu.com's BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma article that the Autumn "version up" update for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (arcade) will "not only introduce balance changes, but also two new characters". Although most of us expected the new update to contain balance changes, it's always good to hear confirmation on that.


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Celica A. Mercury and Lambda-11 playable characters coming in an Autumn update to BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (arcade)

This week's issue of Famitsu Weekly magazine is announcing on Thursday that Celica A. Mercury and Lambda (No.11) will be added as playable characters in an update -- coming sometime in Autumn 2014 -- to the arcade version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma.

As Celica is a mage specialising in healing magic with no combat ability of her own (which had been the reason she was not playable, as series creator Mori Toshimichi explained in this interview), she will be fighting with the Minerva by her side, similar to the characters Carl and Relius Clover.

However, unlike Carl and Relius, Celica is said to be a character who possesses many moves that are "fundamental tools" in fighting games. As such, she is highly recommended to beginners who're playing BlazBlue for the first time.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears: EVO 2014 grand finals sets for all games now available

IGN has uploaded each and every one of the grand finals sets from EVO 2014.

Included in our story are the final bouts for Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, and Killer Instinct. IGN has the remainder of the grand finals sets over on their site, including side tournaments, so be sure to check them out.

In case you happened to miss them, you can find the EVO 2014 results and battle logs here on EventHubs.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears from this year's EVO!

EVO 2014 results feat. Daigo, Xian, Infiltration, Tokido, Justin Wong, PR Balrog, Ryan Hart, ChrisG, Fuudo, Flocker, Mango & more

Updated with final EVO 2014 results: This story has been updated with results, battle logs and other details from this tournament.

The whole year has led up to this moment, and it's finally time to prove who's the best at EVO 2014. The tournament begins at 8AM PDT, and features an incredible amount of players from all across the world battling it out in 8 official tournament games, with side-tournaments also being played at the venue.

The gargantuan tournament's main features are Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us and King of Fighters 13.

This may be the highest level of fighting game competition that the world will see for an entire year, so have your snacks and drinks ready, and buckle up for some amazing action in all of these titles.

For more information regarding who's attending this massive event, read our official preview here. Also make sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates.

Who will win EVO 2014? Predict the winners based on the top 8 players left

Updated: We've added polls for all of the final five EVO 2014 games being played on Sunday.

Who's going to take top honors at the EVO 2014 tournament in the Sunday finals? We want to know your picks, based on the top 8 players for each event.

We've setup polls for Ultra Street Fighter 4, Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Feel free to leave a comment explaining your pick, voting options are below.

EVO 2014 preview: Notable players, streams, brackets, schedule and more - July 11-13 in Las Vegas

It's that time of the year again, when we shut ourselves in for three straight days to simply enjoy the largest fighting game competition in the world, and EventHubs has you covered this year, as always, with full coverage of the event.

The site will be updated live with the latest results, battle logs and happenings throughout the entire event as they occur, so as to make sure that our loyal readers don't miss a single moment of the action this weekend.

Read on in the full story for a rundown of notable players at the events, what streams to watch, as well as the event schedule.

Full EVO 2014 weekend stream schedule now available - Team Spooky, Capcom Fighters, and IPlayWinner providing coverage

Evolution 2014, the Super Bowl of fighting games, is set to punch and kick its way into Las Vegas this weekend. If you aren't able to attend in person this year, then chances are you'll be staying in and catching all of the action via live stream.

Luckily, the full weekend stream schedule is now available for all to see.

Throughout the weekend, both Team Spooky and IPlayWinner will be running the show on the srkevo1 and srkevo2 streams. Not only that, but Capcom Fighters will also be streaming Ultra Street Fighter 4 pools from their channel.

Check out the full EVO 2014 stream schedule below and start planning your weekend as a stream monster early!

Estimated prize payouts for EVO 2014's main games - breakdowns for top 8

With EVO 2014 taking place next weekend, you're probably wondering exactly what's at stake this year. Luckily, an Imgur user by the name of acekingoffsuit recently posted estimated prize payouts for each of the main games on the EVO lineup.

These numbers were calculated using the number of reported entrants per game, the amount sent to the prize pot for each entrance fee ($10), any additional pot bonuses, and the official EVO prize structure.

Below you can find the estimated totals for all of the main EVO 2014 games.

Total estimated prize pots:

Ultra Street Fighter 4: $29,790
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: $10,140
Super Smash Bros. Melee: $9,700
Blazblue Chrono Phantasma: $35,080
Killer Instinct: $13,380
King of Fighters 13: $3,190
Injustice: Gods Among Us: $3,110
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: $7,570

EVO 2014 beta brackets are out; pending review

The pool brackets for EVO 2014 are out!

Well, the beta brackets, at least. These brackets are subject to change, as Mr Wizard and the EVO 2014 organising committee are currently soliciting feedback from EVO 2014 to make sure that everything checks out.

Which pool of players are you in? And, more important, which pool of players are notable players in?

EVO 2014 breaks record for registrations, full rundown of numbers for all games

EVO 2014 will be bigger than ever, as Tony "Ponder" Cannon released the registration numbers for all of the games in the lineup this year on Twitter.

Ultra Street Fighter 4, not surprisingly, leads the way but you can find the rest of the list below.

EVO 2014 takes place next weekend in Las Vegas, July 11-13, 2014.

CEO 2014 results, stream archive, battle logs ft. Justin Wong, Ryan Hart, Infiltration, PR Balrog, Momochi, Dieminion, K-Brad, ChrisG, Armada and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results for CEO 2014.

The time is finally here for some more rumbling in the ring, with the massive Capcom Pro Tour premier event CEO 2014 taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Names expected to be present at the event include EG|Justin Wong, DIG|Ryan Hart, Infiltration, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Momochi, EMP|Dieminion, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricky Ortiz, GG|NYChrisG, EMP|IFC Yipes, C9|Mango, EMP|Armada, Crs|Hungrybox, EG|ChocoBlanka and many more.

The event also features special guests Akimo, Nishikin and Dunhill from Japan, who have been flown out to the tournament by Twitch.tv.

Games to be played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, Project M, Persona 4: Arena, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and DiveKick.

Below, you'll find livestreams and a schedule for the event.

Watch Ryu make funny faces as he tells you why he's going to Shadowloo Showdown V; epic trailer ft. Kyle Herbert (voice of Ryu)

Shadowloo Showdown V is taking place from August 29 to 31 at the CQ Hotel in Melbourne, Australia.

And to tell you why you should consider making a trip there (or at least, reserve the weekend for watching the stream at home), tournament organiser Shadowlogic has brought out some very big guns.

They've recruited to their cause someone that even the almighty M. Bison could never bring over to his side.

I'm referring to, Mr. Street Fighter himself. The man. The legend. The protagonist. Ryu.

Check out the trailer for Shadowloo Showdown V, where Ryu makes funny faces (kudos to Michael Shiao Chen for the animation work) as he tells you, with his soul channeled through the vocal chords of Kyle Herbert (the real voice of Ryu), why he'll be at Shadowloo Showdown V.

Most popular game at CEO 2014? Check out the entrance numbers for this year's lineup

CEO has emerged as one of the largest fighting game events in the community, and many people are curious how the entrance numbers for the top games in the lineup shook out.

As luck would have it, the main man behind CEO, Alex Jebailey, dished out that information recently, telling how USF4, UMvC3, Smash, Injustice and other games broke down for competitors.

If you're curious which game(s) drew the biggest number of players, check out the info below.

Tokido adapts to Xian in the grand finals for King of Fighters 13 at SEAM 2014; BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Top 8s videos

At SEAM 2014, Ultra Street Fighter 4 wasn't the only game that former teammates (back when Xian was sponsored by Mad Catz) and long-time fierce rivals RZR|Xian and MCZ|Tokido squared off in.

They also faced each other in the grand finals for The King of Fighters XIII.

This isn't the first time RZR|Xian and MCZ|Tokido has played against each other in KOF13, of course. They were in this very position, fighting for the champion's spot, in the KOF13 grand finals at Shadowloo Showdown 2013, where RZR|Xian ultimately won.

This time around, Tokido has returned with a slightly different team line-up, replacing Kim Kaphwan with Chin Gentsai, possibly as a means to better adapt to Xian's tactics.

But will the character switch pay off?

Find out in the archived match footage from SEAM 2014, provided by the Toughcookietv YouTube channel.

They've also got play-offs match footage for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.


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