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The world's best Mortal Kombat X player delves into Street Fighter 5: SonicFox has a pretty mean Laura

CR|SonicFox is arguably the greatest Mortal Kombat X player on the scene today. We've seen him throw down with his amazing Erron Black and Kitana in the latest title from NetherRealm Studios, and he's also known to play quite a bit of Skullgirls.

Today, however, we see the fantastic Mr. SonicFox try his hand at Street Fighter 5 using what appears to be the most recent beta.

Included here is nearly an hour and a half of footage as SonicFox plays Laura against a wide array of opponents. Not only that, but in between matches we get to see how he utilizes the game's training mode and some of the set ups used in battle.

If you're strapped for time, you can get an idea of how SonicFox plays Laura in the GIF below.

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Hit the jump to check out the footage.

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This female Kotal Kahn will steal your heart... in more ways than one

A bold choice for a cosplay if we've ever seen one, Yeliz Akyildiz has taken on the challenge of cosplaying as Mortal Kombat X's Outworldian emperor, Kotal Kahn.

Yeliz expertly captures Kahn's stoically intimidating presence, having even equipped herself with Kahn's signature macuahuitl and, (what we assume is,) a still beating, human heart.

We've actually seen a few casual shots of her Kotal costume before, but her shoot with photographer S.L. Dixon blows those out of the water.

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What do you think of the cosplayer's take on the Aztec warlord? You can see more of Yeliz's work over on her DeviantArt page.

Source: Destructoid.

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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What would Kitana's fans look like in real life, and how would they work? Man At Arms shows us

A really cool series just came up on my radar called Man At Arms, and in a recent clip they explore how to create and use Kitana's fan weapon from the Mortal Kombat series.

The crew shows the entire process, from creation of materials, to putting everything together into a finished product.

It's not enough that they built this weapon though, as the gang goes full Fruit Ninja and tries it out on an assortment of items. Here are a few images, the entire clip is after the break.

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Mortal Kombat X has a bunch of secret Brutality variations that are just being discovered

Mortal Kombat X has been out for nearly eight months now, but players are still discovering secrets in the game's finishing moves.

By inputting specific sequences during certain Brutalities, you can actually unlock new variations of said Brutalities wherein characters go about killing their foes just a little bit differently. The following content is filled with gore, and is NSFW.

Our favorite example has got to be Erron Black's "Tunnel Vision" variation, which sees Black shoot off his foe's leg, then finish them with a shot to the head. By holding D3, stance switch and block, you'll get a little addition to the ending.

A few more of these have been discovered, some featuring visual nuances, others featuring audio ones. While these aren't drastic changes, it is cool to discover what Easter Eggs developers have hidden away. Hit the jump to see more.

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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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Fighting games are experiencing a rebirth; will 2016 see start of a new golden age?

Over the course of 2015 and 2016, we'll have seen brand new titles for most of the FGC's most recognized franchises. We saw the newest chapters from Mortal Kombat and Super Smash Bros. last year, and look forward to releases from Street Fighter, Tekken and King of Fighters this year.

While this many new releases is surely impressive, and the list above isn't even exhaustive, a collection of new titles doesn't necessarily imply a new golden age for a genre. Why then does a recent article from Wired propose the possibility of such a time?

With more money, prizes and exposure than ever before, the FGC is undeniably growing to brand new heights at a very encouraging rate, but Matt Kamen of Wired feels the genre's strongest propeller is the way developers are minimizing divisional walls.

"The biggest indicator that 2016 will be the year of the fighting game though is in the growning communal approach to the genre. This can already be seen in the collaboration between creators," he writes.

Hit the jump for the specifics on these collaborations, and to hear other reasons why fighting games look to be reborn in 2016.

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Both the UK scene and team YOMI feel Jason is the worst character in Mortal Kombat X - check out their tier lists here

Mortal Kombat X is a game that has evolved quite a bit since its release back in April. With Kombat Pack 2 scheduled for release early next year, no more balance patches are being released for the game at this time.

Because of this, a couple of Mortal Kombat X's most talented groups have created end-of-the-year tier lists based on the game's current state. The UK scene -- including PND|Ketchup, PND|Mustard, PXP|A F0xy Grampa, and more -- and team YOMI have generated lists ranking each of the characters on the roster.

You can check out both lists below.

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As we can see in the tier lists, both groups have ranked Jason as the worst character in the game, with the exception that the UK scene also feels that Kenshi is in the same boat. In a podcast-style video, the UK players explain why they've ranked each character the way that they did, citing the reason for Jason's low placement as the trouble he has against low profile attacks.

In our Mortal Kombat X tiers, Jason's highest ranked variation sits at #64. Kenshi, on the other hand, sees his Balanced variation at #34, which is fairly high up in comparison.

Be sure to check out the tier list breakdown from the UK scene after the jump.

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The ESL Mortal Kombat X Season 2 Finale will have a prize pot of $100,000

The ESL Pro League Mortal Kombat X Season 2 Finale is almost upon us. Sixteen of the world's best MKX players will face off for the lion's share of $100,000 on January 24th.

The event will be live streamed on NetherRealm's Twitch channel, and will also feature interviews with ESL and NRS team members, exhibition matches and a special live Kombat Kast featuring new Kombat Pack 2 character game play.

You can head over to ESL's website for more details. Hit the jump to see the Season 2 Finale trailer.

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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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Our first glimpse of Kombat Pack 2 to air during ESL finals next month, one of Mortal Kombat X's new fighters to be shown

By now, we all know the characters set to appear in Mortal Kombat X's Kombat Pack 2. Bo Rai Cho, Leatherface, a Xenomorph from Alien, and Tri-Borg are the next DLC kombatants set to join the Mortal Kombat tournament.

So far, all we've seen is their reveal trailer. However, next month we can expect to see at least one of them in action for the first time.

NetherRealm Studios' community specialist Tylerlansdown wrote on Twitter that we can expect to see a special Kombat Kast broadcast during the ESL finals on January 24th.

Of the four upcoming characters, it is unclear which we'll be seeing during this live stream.

In the meantime, you can check out the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack 2 reveal trailer after the jump.

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NEC 16 results ft. SonicFox, Smug, RayRay, XCaliburBladez

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

While this year's Capcom Pro Tour may be over and done with, that doesn't mean the action has ended - far from it.

This weekend, NEC 16 is taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it'll be featuring loads of different games for your viewing pleasure. Games featured include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, Tempo|NYChrisG, KIG|Problem X, PIE|Smug, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, RayRay, XCaliburBladez, EG|K-Brad, RIG|Kwiggle, BT|Clockw0rk, cR|HoneyBee, YP|FilipinoMan, PAG|Cosmos, vQ|DaBuz, SRM|Hoodless TK, BE|Takumi, TSC|Sanford Kelly, FF|ElvenShadow, YOMI|ForeverKing, YOMI|REO, YOMI|Michaelangelo, D-Link|LordKnight, RIG|CrazySteady, Master, TSC|IFC Yipes, cR|Biohazard, YOMI|Slayer, Boreal|Ally, Flux, BCW|Brenttiscool, BT|MarlinPie, Madzin, BE|DoraBang, RZR|Perfect Legend, TSB|Mynus, YKWIS|GoldenBoyNeo, Ranmasama, PG|Coach Steve, UA|Tom Brady, F3|Alucard, EMP|DarthArma, CT|The Moon, Hotashi, BOTB|Marq Teddy, IGT Unkn0wn, DJ Nintendo, TS|NerdJosh, PIE|Poem, TheBeautifulDude, CoinUp|Ludovic, BIFU|SpabRog, ANBU|Sonyono, GG|SherryJenix and many more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, FunkyP, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Nica_KO and Smash Studios.

Hit the jump to check out the event.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Mortal Kombat X players 1-10 - things come to a close with a couple foxes

EventHubs 2015 top 50 Mortal Kombat X players 1-10 - things come to a close with a couple foxes

We're very happy to announce the final part of our top 50 Mortal Kombat X players of 2015 list.

The panel did a tremendous job of providing insight into the MKX competitive scene, and graciously participated in nominating and voting on players.

While lists are highly contentious by their very nature — I don't think anyone can dispute this highlighted some players who had great performances during the year — and it's a very good thing to promote excellence in the scene.

The NRS fighting game community has kept these games competitive and strong despite facing adversity through the years, and we just want to extend our thanks to the panel, and the rest of the scene, for working with our staff to make this a reality.

You can find the entire breakdown below, along with links to all of the previous entries, and everyone who participated on the panel.

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Terminator, Michael Myers were considered for Mortal Kombat X, additional story mode DLC a possibility

Terminator, Michael Myers were considered for Mortal Kombat X, additional story mode DLC a possibility

Speaking with IGN and Shacknews after NetherRealm Studios took home best fighting game at The Game Awards 2015, Ed Boon dropped a couple of interesting tidbits about future developments for Mortal Kombat X, and some stuff that doesn't sound likely to happen now.

Boon noted that they considered adding both The Terminator and Michael Myers as DLC characters, although he didn't specify if it would be the Arnold version, or robot without human skin.

"We've tossed around a whole bunch of names, like The Terminator, or something like that. And for various reasons – whether it wasn't a match, or we just couldn't come to terms with it – they didn't happen," Boon told IGN.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Mortal Kombat X players 11-20 - Dizzy, Salt, Ketchup, Scar, AlucarD all find spots in the top 20

EventHubs 2015 top 50 Mortal Kombat X players 11-20 - Dizzy, Salt, Ketchup, Scar, AlucarD all find spots in the top 20

We're almost at the end of our top 50 Mortal Kombat X players of 2015, entering the latter half of the top 20 this evening, and finishing off tomorrow night.

GGA|Dizzy, YOMI|SaltFace, PND|Ketchup, UA|Scar and F3|AlucarD all find spots in today's story.

You can the complete breakdown below, along with links to previous entries in this list.

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