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'The beautiful thing about Street Fighter 5: When you lose, you know why' - Long Island Joe and BigBird join Best of 3

This week's Best of 3 was filled with plenty of intriguing guests and discussion as Adel "FA|BigBird" Anouche and Joe "Long Island Joe" Ciaramelli both stopped by to discuss playing in the first Street Fighter 5 majors.

A long time member of the competitive FGC, L.I. Joe has seen a few top eight finishes in his day, but it hasn't been since 2011 that the east coast player has had much of any luck in any big tournaments.

Joe walked back into the winners circle Winter Brawl X with a tournament victory in Street Fighter 5. His road to first place was filled with impressive play, including such sequences as the one below against one of the favorites to win, PG|Filipino Champ.

Joe details his SF5 experience thus far, as does BigBird earlier in the show. The group also takes some time to discuss ethics in the community, giving final thoughts on the Filipino Champ/BE|Kane Blueriver rivalry.

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ChrisG becomes free agent as he and Tempo Storm part ways

As of March 1st, Christopher "ChrisG" Gonzalez's contract with Tempo Storm expired, and will not be renewed for another season. The newly free agent took to Twitter to announce the dissolution last night.

Though arguably a jack of all trades, ChrisG is certainly best known for his Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 play. With Marvel no longer boasting the massive popularity it once did, Chris will likely need to hone his skills in another title if he wants to partner up with another sponsor.

This is not at all out of his reach as the Marvel god has shown he's more than capable of placing high in a myriad of other titles including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Injustice, Skullgirls, Mortal Kombat X and others.

Of course, all eyes are on the Street Fighter 5 scene right now, and so we wouldn't be surprised to see Gonzalez focus much of his time there.

Tempo Storm has also given a statement on the matter, and things appear amicable on both sides. Photo source: Karaface. Thank you to LordAkira for the tip.

'For me, it was an opportunity to learn' - Kane Blueriver talks his FChamp exhibition, winning EVO and KOF 14

There was no short of hype in the Marvel community last weekend at Winter Brawl 2016, and much of that is owed to the rivalry between PGFilipino Champ and BE|Kane Blueriver.

Esteban Martinez, creator of FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community, caught up with KBR for a one on one interview after the event to discuss why he agreed to finally face FChamp.

Kane's stoic demeanor during the entirety of the event gave us little insight into what he was thinking and feeling, so this discussion is all the more enlightening. Kane moves on to talk about his victory at EVO, and why he's more concerned with focusing on the future than past successes.

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Filipino Champ vs. Kane Blueriver: A story of love, hate and poetic justice

It may be an understatement to say that the Marvel vs. Capcom community is well acquainted with controversy, but through the years of pride-fueled smack talk and salty feuds, we've never really seen a rivalry like the one between Nicolas "BE|Kane Blueriver" Gonzalez and Ryan "PG|Filipino Champ" Ramirez.

Gonzalez's bask in the light of victory from his EVO 2015 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom win was quickly darkened by Ramirez's shadow as the fellow EVO champion almost instantly started making claims against Gonzalez's legitimacy as a player.

The mild-mannered Kane Blueriver (KBR) responded to Filipino Champ's (FChamp) hot-headed accusations with simple nods of agreement, acknowledging FChamp's record and status as more impressive than his own.

Unwilling to let the reigning champ off that easy, FChamp continued to prod and poke, demanding an exhibition match and mocking KBR's repeated refusals to grant one. It wouldn't be until seven months after EVO that the two would finally lock horns in UMvC3.

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LI Joe throws Filipino Champ four times in a row, KaneBlueRiver Lariats through Dark Phoenix, and an incredible bait: Winter Brawl 2016 highlights

Winter Brawl 2016 has officially concluded, and this weekend we were treated to some amazing fighting game action from the event in Essington.

Tonight, we'd like to share some of our favorite moments from today's finals. Below is just one to get you started, but be sure to check out the rest after the jump.

You spin me right round...

In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BE|KaneBlueRiver went toe-to-toe with UA|Noel Brown in the tournament's losers finals. At the end of the second game, KBR used Haggar's Lariat to avoid a barrage of attacks from Dark Phoenix, making a big comeback.

The play was so good, it sparked the expression seen in the thumbnail below from Noel.

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KaneBlueRiver went on to face PG|Filipino Champ in the event's grand finals. Despite FChamp's display in the exhibition played between the two earlier in the weekend, KBR was able to maintain his composure and put on an exciting show in the final sets of the tournament.

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Winter Brawl 2016 results feat. Filipino Champ, SonicFox, K-Brad, Coach Steve

Story updated with final results: We've added the final results from Winter Brawl 2016 into this story.

Winter Brawl 10 has kicked off from Essington, Pennsylvania headed by one of the main tournament organizers in the fighting game community, Eric "Big E" Small.

Big E events are well regarded for hosting a ton of games and getting that terrific east coast hype going. This will also be the debut of Street Fighter 5 at a major tournament in the U.S.

Notable players in attendance include PG|Filipino Champ, cR|SonicFox, EG|K-Brad, TSC|Sanford Kelly, PG|Coach Steve, BJ Unchained, TA|Moons, RPD|Alex Smith, TSC|IFC Yipes, Julio, BE|KaneBlueRiver, r/SF|Brenttiscool, L.I. Joe, BIFU|Spab Rog, among many, many others.

There are initial brackets posted on Big E's Challonge page. You can find live streams and the schedule below.

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Julio is unstoppable, Brentt has slick resets and Filipino Champ destroys more than just his opponent; Winter Brawl day 2 highlights

We're done with day two of Winter Brawl 2016, and we've grabbed a few of our favorite moments from today's matches to share with you.

Julio's Rush Down

Our first highlight comes from Julio and his highly offensive Ken. We expect nothing less than a Ultra Street Fighter 4 Yun player, as we see Julio unrelentingly on the attack to close out his match against TSC|Mani.

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Next Level Battle Circuit V.1 live Sreet Fighter 5 stream featuring Smug, Arturo Sanchez, Shine, Native Impact and more

Wednesday night in Brooklyn means it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level Arcade.

Tonight marks the first week the tournament will feature Street Fighter 5, and many are excited to see what kind of game the pros of New York will bring to the table.

With over 80 already registered for tonight's event, we're hoping to see the likes of PIE|Smug, YOMI|Dieminion, PIE|Zeus, TS|Arturo Sanchez, OG|Shine and plenty more.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site. Hit the jump below to see the live stream.

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Trash talk and winning are the most important parts for a good FGC villain - Latest Core-A Gaming video analyzes what makes good heel players

Most compelling stories need an interesting villain to keep the audiences' attention. That's not just the case with stories, though, reality is much the same way - without a villain to go against the hero, the conflict won't have as much payoff.

The fighting game community is no different, and whether you love them or hate them, it's hard to deny that heel personalities, "villains" so to speak, are a fairly large part of many competitive fighting games.

In their latest video, Core-A Gaming analyze what makes a good villain, drawing from well-known FGC examples such as TSM|Leffen and PG|Filipino Champ, but it's not just huge names. The video also delves into BOTB|TommyGunz, and what helps or hurts his chances as a good villain.

There's a lot of interesting stuff in this video, so if you want to hear some reasoning for why heels are good for the scene, just want to relive some very cocky moments, or perhaps even grab some pointers to start channeling your inner villain person,a hit the jump and check it out.

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Frosty Faustings 8 results ft. Westballz, ElvenShadow, Ally, Flux

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, the annual event Frosty Faustings is taking place in Chicago, Illinois, and there's a lot of action going on, though Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is the main game being played.

Even besides that, though, you can enjoy gameplay of Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Mortal Kombat X, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, DiveKick: Addition Edition, Darkstalkers: Resurrection, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom as well as a mystery game tournament.

As for people attending, you can expect to see Tempo|Westballz, FF|ElvenShadow, Boreal|Ally, Flux, WT|Hamad, ChosenNinja, BlackSnake, F3|Alucard, Paradigm, JustKensou, KidViper, Hotashi, NB|DualKevin, GGA|N1kolasss, TheBeautifulDude, Lich, Duck, ChosenNinja, IPG|Colpevole, SBM|LeonUltimate, Argenrost, See Me In +R, MC|GCYoshi, MC|KBeast and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by BG Callisto, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Event Horizon as well as EXP Gaming IL on bothTwitch as well as HitBox.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Is ChrisG being treated unfairly because he's a top player? The Marvel master joins Best of 3 to discuss tourney disqualifications, UMvC3 and more

As an FGC jack of all trades, Tempo|ChrisG rarely enters just one game at any tournament he attends, but this has gotten him into some trouble over the years.

Chris joined Efren and Danke on last week's Best of 3, and unpacked his feelings about being disqualified "in countless tournaments," including last weekend's Kumite in Tennessee.

Though he does not make any direct accusations, Chris does state that he's seen plenty of instances of leniency toward players in situations similar to those in which he himself has received none, and was disqualified.

This prompts us to, at the least, revisit our tournament policies to see if there are approaches we should adopt or abandon to avoid recurring issues like this in the future.

Chris also discusses his UMvC victory at KiT, Street Fighter 5, spending time playing non-fighting games and more. You'll see BO3's most recent broadcast after the jump.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2016 results ft. SonicFox, NuckleDu, A Foxy Grampa, ChrisG

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we have Kumite in Tennessee taking place in Memphis, Tennessee, and a whole bunch of games and top players are attending.

Games being played include Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN, Killer Instinct, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, PXP|A Foxy Grampa, Tempo|NYChrisG, TSC|CD Jr., cR|HoneyBee, YOMI|DJT, YOMI|MIT, YOMI|ForeverKing, YOMI|REO, YOMI|Michaelangelo, RayRay, YOMI|Slayer, PND|Madzin, KIT|Cloud805, YOMI|Zyphox, EG|K-Brad, cR|WoundCowboy, TS|Arturo Sanchez, RIG|Kwiggle, RZR|Perfect Legend, TSC|IFC Yipes, TSB|Flux, BIFU|Coach Steve, IG|FullSchedule, UA|Tom Brady, UA|Terry Bogard, F3|Alucard, UA|NoelBHungry, EVB|KitanaPrime and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by PandaxGaming, PandaxGaming 2, NYCFurby, FunkyP, 6:45, Mute City Smash and Team DRX.

Hit the jump to check out the event.

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Justin Wong and Apologyman duke it out in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with perfects, crazy cross ups and much more

EG|Justin Wong and Apologyman, two titans in the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 scene, decided to play a friendly first to 20 yesterday on Justin's stream.

We've seen both of these players in the final stages of the EVO brackets, and while the setting this time around is much more casual, we still see top level play from both competitors.

Check out this crazy sequence from Apologyman, which locks Justin's Wolverine down as his enters the battle, then creates an incredible cross up play that surprises the EVO champ.

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You can view their whole set by clicking the jump below.

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Spider-Man is a big fan of Chun-Li: Watch him perform her Street Fighter 5 critical art, kick-for-kick, in Marvel Contest of Champions

Well, this is interesting...

Marvel Contest of Champions is a free-to-play, mobile fighting game that pits some of the company's most popular characters against each other in battle. Among the playable characters is Spider-Man (Miles Morales), and the particular champion comes equipped with a very familiar move.

In a recent trailer to highlight the character, we see Miles perform a big attack that replicates Chun-Li's critical art from Street Fighter 5. It is almost identical, in fact, with the only difference being that Chun's is longer in duration during the lightning legs sequence.

You can check out Spider-Man's move, entitled "Flurry of Blows," in the GIF below. We've also added Chun-Li's critical art for comparison's sake.

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Hit the jump to check out the Marvel Contest of Champions Spider-Man trailer.

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This amazing Amaterasu statue channels the divine light with an LED Solar Reflector, and it's available for pre-order now

First 4 Figures is releasing a amazing-looking, 1/4 scale statue of the sun goddess, Amaterasu, later this year.

Standing at 12 inches tall --from the top of the Solar Reflector to the base -- and 17 1/2 inches long, this Ammy collectible is sure to appeal to any Marvel vs. Capcom 3 fans out there.

The figure actually comes in two options: standard, which will run you $349.99, and exclusive, which is listed for $384.99. Only the latter features the light up Solar Reflector, however.

You can see both versions of the statue below.

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Pre-orders are available now, and the statue is expected to ship in Q3 of 2016.

Via: Capcom Unity.

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