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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.

Jebailey reveals eight of CEO 2016's official games; Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, and more featured

CEO is set to take place in June, and as one of the biggest fighting game events of the year, 2016's tournament is already gearing up for more greatness.

Last week, the tournament's organizer Alex Jebailey took to Twitter to reveal most of the games on the official CEO 2016 line up. So far, eight titles have secured a spot and Jebailey notes that there is enough room for one to two more games.

For those concerned that Street Fighter 5's release might quickly squeeze its predecessor out of the tournament scene, you can rest assured that CEO 2016 will be running both games. As of right now, Ultra Street Fighter 4 will run on Friday and Street Fighter 5 on Saturday, allowing time for both titles to run their course.

You can check out the official CEO 2016 line up after the jump.

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You'll see Street Fighter 5, MVC2, Persona 4, Blade Arcus, UMVC3 and plenty more titles in Crew Round 2's epic New Years combo video

As a New Years gift to the fighting game community, Crew Round 2 has put together a massive combo video that features more than 20 different titles including Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and a ton of anime fighters.

The wide variety of featured titles attests to the versatility and skill on Crew Round 2's team of impressive players.

To get an idea of what you're going to see, check out the Killer Instinct, Aganos combo below, which doles out well over 100% of Kan-Ra's life bar. We've also included a stylish Dan/Seth Red Focus dance.

Hit the jump for the full video.

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'I don't think people truly understand how ridiculous Yun is at the highest level' - K-Brad discusses Capcom Cup Grand Finals, SF5 and more

Flipsid3Tactics has just released their very first episode of "The DownLow," a fighting games news show featuring F3|Alucard and F3|Finch. In this inaugural episode, the team welcomes EG|K-Brad to discuss Capcom Cup, Street Fighter 5 and more.

Specifically focusing on the Capcom Cup Grand Finals between Kazunoko and MCZ|Daigo, K-Brad gives his two cents on how he felt the set went down.

First and foremost, K-Brad acknowledges that Yun is incredibly powerful, citing the wide range of tools at his disposal to open up opponents. After establishing Yun's dominating presence, the Evil Genius moves on to discuss holes he saw in Daigo's game play.

K-Brad also talks Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom and plenty of other topics. You'll see the first episode of The DownLow after the jump below.

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CVS2, Rival Schools, Third Strike, MVC2 and a LOT more; this epic, blast from the past combo video features 60 different fighting games

Scrolling through our more recent posts, you may notice we're on something of a Street Fighter 5 binge. While we're absolutely loving playing, discussing and delving into the new game, a little variety is always nice.

We use the term "little" very loosely, as the video we have here for you features no less than 60 different fighting games, (yes SF5 is in there as well,) from over the years.

The nostalgia you'll get from seeing a few of these titles is reason enough to give this combo collection a watch. Take a look at this Chun-Li sequence from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom... which does over 25 billion damage:


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Hit the jump for the full video.

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