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Five eSports practices the fighting game community should take from Dota 2

Yahoo eSports' Michael "Bizarro Mike" Martin wrote a very interesting and very relevant article yesterday titled "Five things the FGC can learn from Dota 2's The International."

Looking at the overall success of events like EVO, Mortal Kombat's ESL majors and the Capcom Pro Tour circuit, there's no denying that the fighting game community is off to a decent start when it comes to eSports, but we have a ways to go before we start garnering attention that other, more established genres like MOBAs do.

In his piece Martin identifies five specific processes that The International, an event that boasted more than a $20 million prize pool, practices that could really help the FGC grow.

While it's not quite apples to apples, these lessons are worth some discussion at the very least, and may propel the FGC to incredible new heights at the very best.

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'That was something I wanted to die with, being one of the only ones to know that' - Boon speaks on recent discoveries in classic Mortal Kombat games

Ed boon has been making the rounds so far at this year's Gamecom, showing off the latest build of Injustice 2. However, during an interview with IGN, the focus shifted to Mortal Kombat for a moment to touch on a quite interesting discovery.

Some of you may remember the discovery of secret menus in the classic Mortal Kombat games that managed to stay hidden for over 20 years. Boon thought it was cool that the community got a kick out of it, but he wasn't thrilled about his secret being uncovered.

At the time, Boon thought that his code was hidden well enough that people wouldn't ever figure it out, but there was no way to see what the future would bring to gaming."I didn't think that 25 years later that somebody could disassemble your code, or that MAME was going to exist," he says.

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Ed Boon discusses possibility of having characters like Reverse-Flash or Bizarro in Injustice 2 via costume alterations

As we learn more about Injustice 2, the main aspect developers continue to call attention to is the Gear system. Unlike traditional fighting games, Injustice 2 characters' attire directly affects how they perform in game.

Almost every part of a character's attire can be changed as they find different helmets, boots, gloves and other pieces of clothing that boost certain statistics. A natural effect of this design choice manifests in the fact that the ability to freely explore alternate costumes and variations of characters becomes somewhat limited, at least on broader levels.

In a discussion with IGN, Ed Boon talks about the potential to explore characters that are similar to those who make it onto the Injustice 2 roster. An example of this could be special gear that Flash picks up that essentially turns him into Reverse-Flash.

This also would allow developers to sneak in different era versions of certain characters that have had drastic changes over the years.

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Here's 17 minutes of beautiful gameplay footage featuring Harley Quinn, Blue Beetle and Wonder Woman in Injustice 2

Earlier today we discovered that both Harley Quinn and Deadshot will be on the Injustice 2 roster, and IGN has since come out with nearly 20 minutes of brand new game play footage.

In their video, IGN feature Quinn, Blue Beetle and Wonder Woman, (the latter two being characters we've known about but seen little of) as the showcase their moves, specials and cinematics.

Below you'll see the brutally awesome Super combos for each of the three aforementioned fighters:

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The end of the video also looks at some of the costume alterations you can make for each character, further highlighting just how deep of a game Injustice 2 is looking to be.

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Injustice 2 goes full Suicide Squad - Harley Quinn and Deadshot revealed as playable characters - and Harley brought her pets this time...

Injustice 2 had a few surprises ready for attendants of Gamescom, in the form of two unannounced characters - one returning from the last game, The Joker's right-hand-woman herself, Harley Quinn, as well as one of the DC universe's most deadly assassins, Deadshot.

It's clear from the trailer that Harley has a few new tricks up her sleeve this time around, including sicking her and Joker's pet hyenas on her opponents.

You can get a glimpse of the new Harley Quinn as well as Deadshot right here.

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Check out the full video of the two below.

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We have a hunch a certain Clown Prince of Crime will be announced for Injustice 2 tomorrow

Whilst perusing the official Injustice Twitter today we came across an image that leads to think we may be seeing a Joker announcement for Injustice 2 very soon.

For those who might not be aware, Joker has two pet hyenas named Bud and Lou. The below image popped up on the Injustice Twitter today:

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It's not 100% certain yet, but this image combined with the fact that we really can't see Batman's main baddie skipping Injustice 2 has us pretty well convinced he'll be joining the roster. We'll be keeping tabs on Gamerscon, and will keep you posted as reveals go live.

Update: We should include the fact that Harley Quinn is often associated with Bud and Lou. This very well could be a nod to her as opposed to Joker.

Constantine, Starfire or Black Manta for Injustice 2? The poll results are in, and they're not what we expected

Results for Ed Boon's recent Injustice 2 character poll are in. Boon asked if we'd like to see Black Manta, Starfire or Constantine most and after 12,874 votes the winner was...

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This comes to us as something of a surprise, as hype for Black Manta (when he was first spotted in Aquaman's stage transition) seemed to be through the roof. If I may offer my personal opinion, I thought John Constantine would be a contender for the top spot as he's a bit unorthodox compared to many of the more superhuman characters.

In the end though, Starfire emerged as a clear cut victor with a whopping 43% of the vote. While the poll was described as Boon as "just for fun", we're certainly going to be keeping an eye out for the Tamaran princess as Injustice 2's roster continues to develop.

Source: Ed Boon.

The results are in on Ed Boon's Red Hood poll, and Jason Todd takes the victory by a landslide

Ed Boon has been spending quite a bit of time on Twitter lately, leaving poll after poll to keep track of fan interest when it comes to upcoming content. After leaving a mountain of breadcrumbs that point to Kombat Pack 3, his focus has moved to Injustice 2.

The developer's previous poll asked fans whether they'd rather see The Joker or Jason Todd take on the role of the Red Hood in the upcoming title, and Jason Todd took a whopping 81% of nearly 16,000 votes.

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The community has made it pretty clear who they want to see under the Red Hood, should the character join the ranks of the Injustice 2 cast.

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Cammy scouts for her next challenge, Samus takes aim, and pin-up Harley Quinn: Jason Laboy's fighting game cosplay gallery

Our friend Jason Laboy has been building up quite the photography portfolio for some time now. A major part of his repertoire consists of attending various conventions and snapping shots of the best cosplayers he can find.

So, today we thought we'd share some of the work he's produced throughout the past year, as well as a handful of our personal favorites. In this gallery, we have characters from franchises such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, as well as warriors we've seen in games like Injustice, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Super Smash Bros.

Below are just a handful to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to view the everything.

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Red Hood confirmed playable in Injustice 2? Ed Boon wants to know if it should be The Joker or Jason Todd making an appearance

Ed Boon, Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, continues to gauge fan interest on Twitter. Asking followers what they want to see in most in Mortal Kombat XL and Injustice 2, today Boon may have confirmed another playable character in the latter.

The developer's latest poll asks fans which version of Red Hood should be in Injustice 2: The Joker or Jason Todd? In case you're unfamiliar, The Joker originally took on the persona of Red Hood, and Jason Todd was the second to don the outfit.

What's interesting is that Boon does not preface the tweet by saying, "If Red Hood were to be added," or anything of the sort. Instead, he goes right into asking which of the two version should be chosen.

This has led fans to believe that Boon may have just confirmed the inclusion of Red Hood in Injustice 2, and we can see why. In any case, if you'd like to vote for one or the other, you can hit the image below to access the Twitter poll.

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Source: Ed Boon on Twitter. Sent in by Timberfellingrobot and ZHZ90.

The Suicide Squad joins the cast of the Injustice mobile app today

A pretty big update just dropped today for the Injustice mobile app that adds quite a bit of Suicide Squad related content to the game.

The latest is the largest update to come to the game in over a year, bringing in Deadshot as a new character, and new skins, challenges, and in-game rewards for Harley Quinn and Joker.

You can catch some screenshots of the new content and the official trailer below.

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Updated: Blue Beetle and Wonder Woman join Injustice 2's roster; HD trailer, play-style descriptions, and screenshots here

NetherRealm Studios has just revealed two new characters for Injustice 2 at their San Diego Comic-Con panel. Blue Beetle and Wonder Woman are entering the fray to do battle against the likes of Superman, Batman, and more.

The InjusticeGame Twitter account noted that Blue Beetle was very highly requested by fans. " So glad to make that happen for the players and fans," their tweet reads.

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According to the same Twitter account, Injustice 2 will have a tournament mode and will run on GGPO.

We also learned that Tom Taylor, writer of Injustice: Gods Among Us comic book series, is returning to work on a line of Injustice 2 comics.

As for the game's story, the panel revealed that Supergirl will be playing a large role. ""Supergirl is very pivotal to the two sides," Creative Director at NetherRealm, Ed Boon, said.

Hit the jump to check out the Blue Beetle and Wonder Woman Injustice 2 trailer.

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Ed Boon says fans should read The Killing Joke and Flashpoint for information on future Injustice 2 characters; no plans for MK vs. DC 2

NetherRealm Studios is gearing up for a big Injustice 2 announcement at San Diego Comic-Con later this month. With two new characters set to be revealed, Creative Director Ed Boon may have just pointed us in the direction of where we might find them in EPNdotTV's recent interview.

During their chat, Ed Boon was asked which comic book series fans should read for information on future Injustice 2 characters. Boon was quick to recommend comic book classic The Killing Joke and 2011's Flashpoint.

Residing within the pages of these titles are characters such as The Joker, Batgirl, Reverse-Flash, Booster Gold, and many more. We've seen the likes of The Joker and Batgirl in Injustice: Gods Among Us, and they're both widely popular characters meaning their return is likely.

As for the characters in Flashpoint, it would be refreshing to see any of the main heroes take to the Injustice 2 battlefield.

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Two more Injustice 2 characters to be revealed at Comic-Con

We first heard that there'd be an Injustice 2 just before this year's E3. We then got a ton of early information on the game at the yearly expo.

Since then, crickets have widely replaced the town criers at NetherRealm Studios, but all that will soon change as a big reveal is set for Comic-Con on July 22nd. The game's head developer, Ed Boon, made the announcement earlier today on his Twitter:

Given DC's vast roster of heroes and villains to choose from, there's no telling who we'll end up seeing. Perhaps one returning fighter from the original Injustice, and one newcomer would be a fair guess?

We'd like to hear who you think could be on the way at Comic-Con, so please offer any theories and guesses in the comments below.

Sent in by ZHZ90 and Sean_Saibot.

'I believe that MKX and Injustice could certainly co-exist competitively' - Mustard talks fighting game beginnings, Injustice hopes, MKX meta and more

Contrary to most of the other interviews being posted right now, this is actually an interview that was decided on way back at Hypespotting in April, but due to mismanagement on my part, it's been delayed until now.

Yesterday, I was talking to PND|Ketchup, but today, it's his brother, also a famed commentator and competitor, PND|Mustard's turn. In this interview, he discusses ---.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you and your brother played fighting games, and has it always been NetherRealm fighting games that have been your main focus?

PND|Mustard: NetherRealm fighting games have always been the primary focus, but we've been playing fighting games for our entire lives!

Mortal Kombat 9 was the start of our competitive careers back in 2011, since then we've played Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, even Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter X Tekken a bit, and obviously now Mortal Kombat X and Street Fighter 5.

Hit the jump to check out the full interview.

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