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Happy birthday to the Back Drop / Pile Driver expert, Mike Haggar

Happy birthday, Mike Haggar!

Born on September 3rd, 1943, today the mayor of Metro City celebrates his 72nd birthday.

Haggar made his first appearance in 1989 as a playable character in Final Fight, but the mayor is probably best known by the FGC for his role in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Though he can be strong on point (with the right assists), Haggar's lariat is the perfect back up for any character in the game.

You'll find more information about Haggar in the image below.

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For more Haggar action, though, be sure to hit the jump and check out BE|KaneBlueRiver -- one of the best UMvC3 players around -- go toe-to-toe with RayRay in the EVO 2015 grand finals.

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Summer Jam 9 results ft. Dieminion, SonicFox, Snake Eyez, XCaliburBladez, DaBuz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's biggest multi-game event is Summer Jam 9, which features a whopping 16 fighting games that we'll be covering for you this weekend.

The games featured at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, SoulCalibur 5, Skullgirls, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and King of Fighters 13.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so Ultra Street Fighter 4 points are up for grabs, but it's also a qualifier for the Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Battle Royale, the finals of which are taking place at NEC in December of this year, so there's a lot at stake.

Also, a lot of high-level competitors are attending. You can expect to see Liquid|NuckleDu, cR|SonicFox, RB|Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, Tempo|NYChrisG, MC Kwiggle, XCaliburBladez, YOMI|Dieminion, KIG|Problem X, EG|Ricki Ortiz, cR|HoneyBee, IQHQ|DaBuz, TS|LordKnight, YOMI|MIT, WFX|801 Strider, YOMI|ForeverKing, EG|K-Brad, MC Static, RZR|Perfect Legend, SweetRevenge, BX3TPL|Phenom, TSC|IFC Yipes, DJ Nintendo, YOMI|Slayer, FF|ElvenShadow, The Moon, YOMI|REO, Master, Zhu, YOMI|DJT, Flux, YOMI|Michaelangelo, KIT|Cloud805, EH|Velociraptor, CTRL|Unkn0wn, ModBot|6WX, BCW|Brenttiscool, Julio, TS|NerdJosh, IQHQ|DKWill, UM|RMZ, Cactuar, PAG|Glitch, OG|Shine and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, TS|Arturo Sanchez, KombatNetwork, KPB Live, Smash Studios and Nica_KO.

Hit the jump for the live streams and stream schedule.

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SCR Prelude 2 results ft. Jayce the Ace, Filipin0man, Alex Myers, Chris King, Tyrant

Updated: Final results and archives have been added.

Earlier: SCR Prelude 2 is taking place today in Anaheim, California. This one-day event is the second of two tournaments leading up to SoCal Regionals 2015.

Games being played today include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, and Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax.

Jayce the Ace, Filipin0man, Alex Myers, WL|Chris King, HB|Tyrant, Miniboss, GutterMagic, and more will be competing, so be sure to tune in! You can find the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page.

You can find the live streams and schedule after the jump.

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Alberta Beatdown 5 live stream ft. Nairo, Mr. R, Denti, BigD, Alphicans and more

There's a lot of action going on elsewhere this weekend, but Canada sure isn't sleeping, either. This weekend, we've got Alberta Beatdown 5 going on, with a heavy Super Smash Bros. Wii U presence, including top players such as Liquid|Nairo, LLL|Mr. R, TLOC|Denti, TEG|BigD, TEG|Alphicans and many more.

It's not all about Super Smash Bros. Wii U, though. The tournament's main lineup of games includes Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M as well. The event will also feature sid tournaments for Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.

Streaming duties are being handled by Edmonton Gamers, SSB University and DasHype.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule for the event.

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Official flyer for CEOtaku details tournament date, main and side games, and more

Having been advertised for a while after this year's stellar showing at CEO, CEOtaku is an anime-fighter only major tournament looking to bring the anime community an overwhelming experience.

Recently, CEO Gaming has posted the official flyer for CEOtaku, showing that the event will take place on October 17th-18th, and what games will be run, including Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, Arcana Heart 3 Love Max, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Guilty Gear Xrd, Melty Blood Actress Again, Catherine, and many more.

The event is certainly lining up to be huge, and potentially a pinnacle event for the anime community. Registration for the event will go up on August 19th on CEO Gaming's main website.

Hit the jump to check out the tweet containing the official flyer.

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Marvel replay database 'The Salt Mines' allows you to watch your favorite Marvel moments, and discover new ones

The Marvel player Full Schedule has created a database website called The Salt Mines in an effort to take replays from Ultimate Marvel versus Capcom 3, and allow people to publicly view them, as well as share their own.

The website even differentiates between casual replays, and replays from actual tournaments. Player names like BT|Clockw0rk, BE|Kane Blueriver, KIT|Cloud805, TA|Moons, and many more are listed (Even players like TSM|Leffen), as well as the teams they used, and even the popularity of the replays you're looking at.

There's also an option to play a list of featured replays, or to randomly play replays from the absolutely massive list that spans about 3 years. It is undoubtedly a major undertaking, and is a service I will be using a ton in the coming days.

Be sure to check them out in the provided links.

Tip submitted by Darge14.

Source: The Salt Mines

Fight Thoughts - Round 1: Why EVO 2015 was the best EVO ever - new column from EventHubs' tournament specialist MajinTenshinhan

Welcome to a new column feature here on EventHubs, written by me, Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, our site's very own tournament coverage specialist.

I've been working at the site for almost two and a half years now, and during that time I've been watching more tournaments than I even know existed. When Catalyst first approached me to write a column about tournaments and what's going on in the current fighting game world and meta, I was hesitant. But after seeing all the action and hype at this year's EVO, I thought it was time for me to jump on the opportunity and give some opinions about what we've been seeing lately.

In this first column, I will be covering all nine of the main stage games, noting things that surprised me, that impressed me and overall what made it so special to see this year. I will also pick out a "MVP" of sorts for each game, as to which player ended up being most memorable for me besides the champion.

Continue right below, and let's see what each game had to offer.

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Which hell-spawn, fire-breathing skeleton would win in a fight? One Minute Melee pits Scorpion against Ghost Rider in a duel to the death

Screw Attack continues their "One Minute Melee" series with a 60 second bout between two hellish fighters.

Mortal Kombat's Scorpion takes on Marvel's Ghost Rider in a fiery bout to the death in a more than fitting locale.

Unlike Screw Attack's sister show, Death Battle!, One Minute Melee doesn't involve any research or justification. It's less of a thinker's fight, and more of a "what if these two awesome characters fought to the death in hell" kind of person's fight.

The great part is, even if you're unhappy with the outcome, you only spent a minute of your time watching. Hit the jump below to see who survives. hell spawn

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'Marvel is no longer American; Marvel is now for the world because Marvel lives' - KaneBlueRiver talks fighting game history, Marvel's future and more

After the explosive EVO of this year, we here at EventHubs made an effort to reach out to champions in the main stage games of the event. Our first interview we're publishing is with the champion of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BE|KaneBlueRiver.

In the interview, Nicolás "KaneBlueRiver" Gonzáles talks why he plays his team composition, his fighting game history, the future of Marvel, his words he wished to share after he won the title and more.

Below, you can find a snippet from the interview.

MajinTenshinhan: You've been playing Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for quite some time, with a team many would probably consider to be, at the very best, mid-tier. What was it that made you pick this team to begin with, and what made you stick with it for so long that you eventually won EVO with it?

BE|KaneBlueRiver: When the original game was announced, I knew that I wanted to play Haggar, because I love the character. I knew that I wanted to play Sentinel, because while I'd never played a vs. game before, I loved watching Marvel vs. Capcom 2's Sentinel, and that's also why I went straight to the Mango Sentinel, duh.

Then when the game came out, I took the characters out for a ride and while assessing my strengths and weaknesses as a player and of the characters, I thought about just focusing on raw brute power, since nobody was doing any touch-of-deaths at that point. I realized it would be hard to even touch my opponents, so I figured I might as well make sure that whoever does get touched, dies, and just figured that Hulk would be the best one to fill up that spot.

I actually spent most of my time in the Vanilla version getting bodied in tournaments, even some of the very early ones in Ultimate, but I'm just stubborn, and at the same time I aim to get the most out of what I have in my hands, so I decided to keep working on it and crafting it up until this point.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

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RayRay takes on Coach Steve in a $100 set, Jill and Doom create some nasty set ups and Zero performs his lightning loop mid screen; UMVC3 round up

We've got a collection of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 content to show off. Today's round up includes a style combo for Zero, a series of Jill/Dr.Doom sequences and an intense money match between RayRay and Coach Steve.

Zero is known for his lightning loop corner combo, which is often a death sentence for anyone trapped in it. Today we see this same combo performed not in the corner, but out in the middle of the stage. Zero crosses back and forth, performing loops on alternating sides of his victim.

We also have a video featuring the complementary union of Jill's speed and Dr. Doom's damage. Much of the strategy in Marvel is to attack with such chaos that your opponent is hit before they know which way to block, and Jill/Doom duo brings the chaos in no small way.

Finally, we have footage straight from The House of Chaos in New York. The money match between RayRay, who took second at EVO this year, and Coach Steve is a first to ten bout for 100 dollars. There's plenty to see, so hit the jump below and get started.

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Which game was the most watched on Sunday? Peak viewer totals for EVO 2015's main stage during grand finals collected

This year's EVO was not just high quality in terms of the amazing matches that were seen between all of the games played, but it also set a precedent in terms of stream viewership. Viewer counts were very high throughout the weekend, and now that the weekend has ended, it proves interesting to go back and see how each game fared during the busiest day, Sunday.

Viewer totals for the main stage games were collected and compiled at peak viewership between the Twitch and Topanga streams, to show the true viewership for each title.

Hit the jump to see how each game did.

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RayRay survives Phoenix, Apologyman hangs on by a pixel and KaneBlueRiver takes it all home in our EVO 2015 Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom highlights

EVO 2015 was a roller coaster of emotions as many of the greatest competitors from around the world clashed.

Despite not having the numbers that some of the other titles had, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 was the second to last game to play out on finals day. This was likely due in part to the hype reputation this game has always carried, and it certainly lived up to that hype.

BE|KaneBlueRiver, CTRL|RayRay, Apologyman and more contributed to a very exciting top eight bracket. We have some of our favorite moments for you here today. The first of these involves YKWIS|GoldenBoyNeo and RayRay.

Always a daunting opponent, Phoenix is something of a wildcard on any team, and even more so in the expert hands of Neo. In the second match of their losers bracket set, RayRay watched as Dark Phoenix nearly negated all he'd worked for the entire game. In a very smart game of cat and mouse, RayRay avoids Phoenix long enough for her to let her guard down, then capitalizes.

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EVO 2015 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Luffy, Mago, Xian

Update: This story has been updated with final results for EVO 2015.

EVO 2015 is finally upon us, so hopefully you've cleared your entire weekend and are ready for some serious fighting game action.

This year's main lineup will feature Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax. If none of these games tickle your fancy, though, don't worry - there are more side tournaments than you could ever hope for. For full details, check out our EVO 2015 spectator guide.

As for notable players, there are more than we could even attempt to count. Safe to say, if it's a player name you know, they're most likely there. Just in case, though, make sure to check out the EVO Player Locator to check for your favorite players.

Streaming duties for the main tournament will be covered on SRKEvo1, Capcom Fighters, SRKEvo2, SRKEvo3, SRKEvo4, SRKEvo5, SRKEvo6 and SRKEvo7.

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When is Ultra Street Fighter 4? Who should I look out for in Mortal Kombat X? EventHubs has you covered with our EVO 2015 spectator guide

EVO 2015 is here! The largest fighting game event of the year kicks off tomorrow, and with seven live streams, 9 main games, and thousands of players, one might be wondering how and where to find everything.

Tonight, we have put together a beginner's guide to EVO of sorts in hopes that we can make your viewing experience this weekend that much easier.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are streaming, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

Additionally, we've included information on the various side tournament set to take place at the event.

There is a ton of info here, so hit that jump and get ready for EVO 2015!

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New tech discovered by Fonzo allows Wesker to seemingly avoid certain hyper moves in UMvC3

Though Ultimate MvC3 is not without it's fair share of hidden tech, this new bit of Wesker information found by VGP|Fonzo certainly looks quite handy.

As shown in the video below, Wesker's forward dash can be used to avoid a number of high profile moves all together, his hurtbox seemingly disappearing. However, I believe that it is probably because his hurtbox is pushed low to the ground for the beginning of the dash, meaning only moves hitting low can clip him, as shown with the last golden arrow.

Hit the jump to check out this tech and weigh in with your thoughts.

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