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Mortal Kombat 11? Kombat Pack 3? Or a Shaolin Monks sequel? Ed Boon is asking fans what they want next

Not too long ago, Mortal Kombat XL saw the release of its Kombat Pack 2 -- a DLC package that brought in four new playable fighters. It's been long enough, however, for fans to start wondering what NetherRealm Studios has planned next.

Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon took to Twitter yesterday to run a poll asking what fans want to see next. The three options followers can vote for are as follows: Mortal Kombat 11, Kombat Pack 3 for Mortal Kombat XL, and a sequel to Shaolin Monks.

The poll already has 7,845 votes and will be open for another 5 hours (at the time this was written). Once the poll closes, we'll be sure to share the results here on the front page.

If you'd like to vote, you can find the poll after the jump.

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Stop what you're doing and make plans for Moscow Fighting Arena June 11th-13th, you won't be sorry

Moscow Fighting Arena, Russia's hypest fighting game tournament, is back this year as part of the Capcom Pro Tour. The CPT Ranking event will take place on June 11-13 at the Moscow Cultural Multifunctional Center in, you guessed it, Moscow.

Notable players already confirmed include BX3|Veggey, RMZ, PxP|Problem X, Beni_Best, KGB|Findoskin, Yappo, Gr1ngo, K-Ok, FLCL, KINGusha, Harry Nightmare, Vladee7R, Arzu, CheapEddie, Goga, RoboBOBR, KGB|Fidoskin and KGB|Kler.

Street Fighter 5, Mortal Kombat XL and Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator are the main attractions this year, though there will be other titles including Smash 4, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and a slew of anime fighters featured in side tournaments.

Moscow Fighting Arena aims to create an atmosphere for FGC members of all skills and approaches. By no means is this a competitor-only event, as osplay contests, casuals stations and non-fighting games will also be featured. Also, last year had stuff like this going on...

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You can see more pictures from MFA 2016 on Fighting.ru's Facebook page. Hit the jump for more info on this year's event.

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Coaching officially banned at EVO 2016 for quarter finals and beyond

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar -- one of the main EVO series tournament organizers -- took to Twitter yesterday in order to share one of the upcoming event's important rules. According to the two tweets sent out by Wizard, coaching will not be allowed in the latter parts of EVO 2016.

For those unfamiliar, coaching is a practice seen in tournament play where a friend or confidant will join a player at their station and provide them with advice between matches.

Coaching has been a topic of debate for quite some time now, with many feeling that it might give players an unfair advantage.

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Northwest Majors 8 results ft. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Snake Eyez, Filipino Champ

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Northwest Majors 8 is happening this weekend in Des Moines, Washington, and it's stacked to the brim with the best the U.S. has to offer, for multiple fighting games.

At this event, you'll be seeing high-level gameplay of Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Project M, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, RB|Snake Eyez, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|PR Balrog, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, Chris Tatarian, FOX|Julio, Brenttiscool, FF|ElvenShadow, UA|Bass, ITS|Princess Ling, pH|LPN, ILHS|WayGamble, Flux, pH|Hypefiend, Jimmy J Tran, XSK Samurai, SDT|Inkognito, Hotashi, TS|NerdJosh, GOL|Ranmasama, Foo, TheBeautifulDude, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, KidViper, KillerKai, TXrd|FaultyDefense, Alex Myers, Zidane, MC|GCYoshi, GS|Gllty, KizzieKay, BJ Unchained, NWM|KyleP, DM|El Cubano Loco, Fubarduck, Nacer, Damdai, Graham Wolfe and many, many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Khaos, Khaos Gaming 2, Cacaw Gaming, Khaos Gaming TV, Tekken, Logichole, Seattle Tekken and Eastside Smash.

Hit the jump to check out all of the action for yourself.

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Maximilian will take on Alien in the brand new live action Assist Me; full movie coming tonight at 8 p.m. PDT

One of the FGC's biggest media contributors is about to make our chests explode with excitement, as his latest episode of Assist Me is nearly here.

Assist me is one of Max's most creative series, as he makes live action videos of our favorite fighting game characters. Albert Wesker, Dr. Doom and Predator are just a few of the crazy characters that have made their way into Max's home for some pretty ridiculous shenanigans.

Tonight at 8 p.m. PSD, Alien from Mortal Kombat XL will be terrorizing Max, Benny and friends as they stream the adventure live for audiences to watch and interact with. Interwoven in the theatrics are bits of tutorial on how to play the character, making this a learning opportunity as well.

Check out the teaser below.

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Julio joins team Echo Fox; Perfect Legend now sponspored by eLevate

ESports organization Echo Fox has just made their transition into the world of fighting games. Founded by former NBA champion Rick Fox, the team has just recruited their first Street Fighter 5 player.

Julio Fuentes -- more commonly referred to as "Julio" -- has officially joined Echo Fox. The Ken player has a number of 1st place wins at the NorCal weekly Churning the Butter on his fighting game resume, and most recently took home the gold at Texas Showdown 2016.

"Adding Julio Fuentes to Echo Fox shows our commitment to fielding the best eSports teams on the planet," the official statement reads. "We want gamers to know that if you excel in eSports, Echo Fox will have a place for you. This is an awesome day for continued growth of our team."

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Boon: 'I'm a huge Prince fan, so I was thinking Purple Rain' - A look into the inspiration behind the Prince of Edenia

Many of the characters in Mortal Kombat have interesting origin stories to say the least. Some were created because of glitches, or rumors that eventually came to pass.

One in particular found himself among the many ninjas that we've met over the years because of Ed Boon's -- co-creator of the series -- love for Prince's music.

“That's one of the things about Mortal Kombat, many of the characters have these goofy origin stories,” says Ed Boon in regards to Rain's first appearance as a teaser in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.

He recently confirmed the connection between the MK character and historic musician via Twitter.

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Texas Showdown 2016 results ft Rico Suave, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Texas Showdown 2016 is taking place in ... Well, Texas.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5, but you'll also get to see tournament play of Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

As for players attending, you can expect to see UA|Rico Suave, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, F3|Sleep, Julio, UA|Bass, WFX|801 Strider, Wolfkrone, Brenttiscool, F3|Alucard, DL|FourWude, WT|Hamad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|El Cubano Loco, CH|BrolyLegs, GS|Gllty, UA|Jan, UA|Showtime, Nacer, VGP|Integra, TFA|OmgItzAndre, ThrashHeavy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, Smash United, Texas Melee and BeastChan23.

Check out the full action below.

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Is Ed Boon gauging interest for future Mortal Kombat XL characters? Series co-creator runs polls on Twitter, here are the results

Ed Boon -- co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series -- recently took to Twitter to run a couple of polls pertaining to Mortal Kombat XL.

Specifically, Mr. Boon asked followers which characters they missed most in the latest Mortal Kombat title. With four selectable options per poll, the choices included four female fighters and four male.

The polls netted over 20,000 votes together, and you can see the final results below.

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West Coast Warzone 5 results ft. Justin Wong, NYChrisG, Snake Eyez, Filipino Champ

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, West Coast Warzone will be taking place in Orange, California.

This event will feature tournaments in Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X and Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, NYChrisG, RB|Snake Eyez, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|PR Balrog, AS|Reynald, BE|KaneBlueRiver, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, Chris Tatarian, YP|Filipinoman, BT|Clockw0rk, Julio, Brenttiscool, pH|LPN, LU|Alex Valle, pH|Nando Tovar, Paradigm, KIT|SumBrwnKid, KillerKai, AfroCole, MC|XSK Samurai, BT|Viscant, Alex Myers, BT|Angelic, TS|NerdJosh, HnH|KizzieKay, BJ Unchained, ROG|Kelvin Jeon, Mike L Na, MC|GCYoshi, NWM|KyleP and many, many more.

Streaming duties will be handled by LevelUp Live and Guard Break.

Check out the action below.

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Canada Cup Vancouver series looks to keep Marvel alive with exhibitions between Justin Wong, Kane Blueriver and BEE; coming May 13th-15th

Canada Cup Vancouver Series will be taking the place of Master Series, one of Canada's biggest and well known majors, this year.

While the event will feature nine titles including Street Fighter 5 and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tournament organizer Lap Chi Duong has made it no secret that one of the major purposes for this tournament is to keep Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 alive.

Lap Chi has scheduled three UMvC3 exhibitions featuring EG|Justin Wong, BE|Kane Blueriver and Canada's own BEE Marvel. The two EVO champs and last year's Canada Cup winner will each square off against one another on finals day.

Register and book your hotel, which offers free breakfast, before April 22nd to receive a special discounted rate. For more information, and to register head over to the Canada Cup tournament website and Facebook page.

Perfect whiff punishes, colossal comebacks, SonicFox's Alien flips and more; ESL Pro League Mortal Kombat X week one highlights

The third season of the ESL Pro League is underway, and we've got the top five plays from the finals bracket to share with you.

This competition has attracted such competitors as US|Scar and undisputed Mortal Kombat champion cR|SonicFox, and so we're not surprised to see plenty of top level plays.

ESL has compiled some beautiful sequences involving a perfectly-timed whiff punish, an unlikely comeback and SonicFox both dishing and receiving some pretty brutal punishment.

You'll see their top five plays from week one below.

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Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat and free pizza; today is your last chance at discounted registration for West Coast Warzone 5

Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event West Coast Warzone 5 will take place in sunny Orange, California April 15th-17th.

West Coast Warzone has been a somewhat regular part of the SoCal tournament circuit for some time now, and though it hasn't appeared on a yearly basis, each and every event has been incredible.

Street Fighter 5 will be the headlining game, but WCW will also feature Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Though we don't have a full list, we expect to see most all the top competitors from SoCal, like RB|Snake Eyez and EG|Justin Wong, to be there.

WCW sets itself apart from other tournaments by providing unique experiences like their "Continue?" tournament for those who go 0-2 in any game. To our knowledge, they're also the only event that offers a chance at free pizza if you can beat one of the tournament organizers in a casual match.

After tonight at 12 a.m. PST the registration fee will go up to $60, so it's best you head over to their registration page during these final hours for the discounted rate.

Jam Game Cup results ft. Justin Wong, Keoma, K-Brad, Kayane

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's time for the first regional Capcom Pro Tour tournament for the Latin America area, with Jam Game Cup taking place in Brasilia, Brazil.

This event is mainly for Street Fighter 5, but will also host tournaments in Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending the event include EG|Justin Wong, Innova|Keoma, EG|K-Brad, RB|Kayane, SOA|Ibukiman, SOA|DeathGun, CF|Rafalibe, SFT|Dark817, Alexis and more.

Check out the action below.

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'There are a few characters, as of right now, that don't appear to have a hard counter pick' - Tom Brady reviews Mortal Kombat XL

Mortal Kombat veteran UA|Tom Brady, of no relation to the New England Patriots' quarterback, has come out with a review of the all new, completely revamped edition of Mortal Kombat X: MKXL.

With a ton of updates, alterations, new features and four all new characters, MKXL is breathing a very welcomed breath of fresh air into the Mortal Kombat community.

Brady is pretty big fan of the latest version of MKX, citing the reworked netcode as very consistent, and one of the best online experiences he's ever had in fighting games.

Much of the rest of his review revolves around gameplay and character balance. He does admit that there are currently a few characters that don't seem to have bad match ups at all.

While this sounds like a pretty big deal at first, Brady is quick to clarify that he does not believe this will remain an unchanging truth of MKXL, but rather that the community simply hasn't developed counter measures for these characters yet.

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