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Topanga World League results, standings, battle logs and more, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012 round robin tournament

Updated: This story has been updated with final results, standings and battle logs for all days of Topanga World League.

Reminiscent of last year's Topanga Asia League, this year a league featuring global players is being run. Topanga World League features top players MCZ|Daigo, RZR|Fuudo, Bonchan, wao, Infiltration, Qanba|Xiao Hai, EG|PR Balrog and RZR|Xian battling it out for a massive prize of 1,500,000 yen ($14,769) to the winner.

Hit the jump to check out current standings, battle logs and more.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 full change list for Japanese arcade release

Updated with complete change list: We've translated all of the changes for the Japanese arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Today, a full change log for the arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter 4 was released onto the net, on the USF4 Nesica site.

It detailed changes for all of the returning characters in the game, along with system mechanic alterations.

EventHubs' own MajinTenshinhan and KarbyP provided translations for the community. Hit the jump to view the complete breakdown.

How will DPs being -5 on block after an FADC impact Ultra Street Fighter 4? Video examines punishes and potential after effects of change

If you're curious about the repercussions of the -5 on block change to all Dragon Punch-type moves in Ultra Street Fighter 4, Carnoustie put together a clip examining what this may mean for the new game.

He shows that after a DP FADC setup, characters will be punishable by a crouching light move, and for some fighters who have 5 frame or faster attacks, the punishes could be much more severe.

You can find the clip after the break which examines this change.

NorCal Regionals 2014 results, stream archive and battle logs ft. Justin Wong, PR Balrog, K-Brad, Infiltration, Filipino Champ, Ricky Ortiz and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results for all days of NorCal Regionals 2014.

The second premier event of Capcom Pro Tour is finally upon us, namely NorCal Regionals 2014, and the lineup is stacked.

Games set to headline the event include Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 13.

There's no shortage of top players, either. Big names expected to attend the event include EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, Infiltration, RG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Mike Ross, AS|Reynald, BE|KaneBlueRiver and many, many more.

Stream duties are being handled by Team Spooky, CapcomFighters, iPlaywinner and NYCFurby.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream and event schedule.

Has Ultra Street Fighter 4's worst match up already been discovered? Dhalsim's 2-hit st.MK is the absolute Hugo killer

Bad character match ups are not a new concept in the Street Fighter 4 series. Guile vs. M. Bison, Blanka vs. T. Hawk, Dudley vs. everyone (well, that's what it feels like); there are a slew of different bad match up combinations that come as a result of the tools a character has been given, or lack thereof.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 has been officially playable in Japan for nearly a week now, and it seems that the game's worst match up may have already been discovered. In the following clip we get to see YHC Mochi, a sensational Dhalsim player in Japan, go up against an unknown Hugo player.

Mochi utilizes Dhalsim's new and improved standing medium kick, which now hits twice instead of once, to keep the Hugo at bay. Not only does this attack successfully keep the grappler out, but the two hits of the normal are so fast that it stops any Focus Attack attempts, armored EX command throws, and any forward movement.

Some may argue that this beatdown was merely relative to Mochi's incredible skill level, but looking at it from a match up analysis standpoint, it appears that Hugo's options are extremely limited against Dhalsim.

So what do you think? Could this already be the worst match up in Ultra Street Fighter 4? Hit the jump to check out the match, and feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

'Balrog has no good changes in Ultra Street Fighter 4; I have to change' - PR Balrog looking to drop Boxer soon

After suffering losses to players such as MCZ|Daigo, Bonchan, and RZR|Xian in the Topanga World League this week, it seems Eduardo "EG|PR Balrog" Pérez is looking to drop his namesake Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 character soon. Pérez is easily the most accomplished Street Fighter 4 series Balrog player to date, and numerous tweets from the Evil Genius are definitely indicating an impending character switch.

Although some may think that PR 'Rog is just upset at the moment and venting via the social media outlet, this may not be the exact case as he does provide some very solid points regarding why he may be dropping Boxer. Eduardo states that he cannot win with Balrog in long sets due to the character's linear play-style and a lack of mix ups.

When asked if he'd drop Balrog after 6 years of competitive use, Pérez seemed quite sure of himself, replying, "he's no threat anymore, so yes."

Hit the jump to continue reading.

PR Balrog: U.S. scene doesn't help each other enough, in Japan players will teach even if it means they'll get beat

Eduaro "EG|PR Balrog" Perez dropped some knowledge on Twitter recently from his time spent in Japan playing in the Topanga World League.

Perez specifically noted the difference in styles from the U.S. to Japan, saying that he feels players over there are more concerned about their image, and that's why more emphasis is placed on playing perfect.

PR Balrog also said that one of the reason Japanese players have an advantage over the U.S. scene is they're geared more heavily towards helping one another — even if it's to their own short term detriment.

Hit the break for the rundown of Perez's thoughts on his trip and the scene overseas.

Decapre's alternative costume in Ultra Street Fighter 4 revealed

Decapre's alternative costume for Ultra Street Fighter 4 was revealed today, although it's just the artwork and not the actual in-game look.

Like the other new characters, this was designed by Udon and you can see Decapre is sporting locks, chains and belts.

If you missed them the first time around, we've included the artwork for the alternative outfits for Hugo, Rolento, Elena and Poison as well.


Click images for larger versions

Tip from Shinkuu_Kikoken.

K-Brad: Hate in EventHubs comments didn't compare with all of the love I saw after signing with EG - Director says he's hungry and humble

Jason24cf caught up with Kenneth "EG|K-Brad" Bradley at PAX East 2014 and asked him about the hate he received in the EventHubs comments area after he signed with Evil Geniuses, particularly if he was offended by what some of the people said.

"No, it didn't offend me at all," said Bradley. "I looked at [the comments] after my Twitter and Facebook blew up. I had a whole bunch of support [there]," he noted.

Bradley added that the hate wasn't even half of the amount of love that he saw from people congratulating him on his signing with Evil Geniuses.

Later in the interview, K-Brad said he felt that a lot of hate comes from people being jealous of what you're accomplishing.

"When I see someone doing really well for themselves, I look at it like 'Oh man, good job to that person, I really want to get up there one day', not 'Oh my god, someone else deserves it'," Bradley said.

Hit the jump to continue reading and view the entire video interview.

Making -5 Dragon Punch FADC setups safe in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Following up on his previous video which showed how the -5 disadvantage could work on a blocked Dragon Punch FADC in Ultra Street Fighter 4, Carnoustie also showed how you should be able to make these moves safe in the new version of the game, plus bait out attacks for punishes.

While these setups won't work on every single cast member, they are applicable to a wide variety of the roster.

The video also shows a number of Dragon Punch, Focus Attack Dash Cancel setups functioning the way they did previously, helping to assure fans that characters with DP FADC setups/combos still have some of the same tricks up their sleeve.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Guy can cancel first hit of Hurricane Kick into other special moves in Ultra Street Fighter 4

We were just sent a very interesting Ultra Street Fighter 4 match video clip that shows off a potential change that was not listed in the official update notes.

It seems that Guy can now cancel the first hit of his Bushin Senpukyaku (Hurricane Kick) into other special moves now. The video shows Guy hitting Hugo with a normal Hurricane Kick, then canceling the first hit into an EX Bushin Izuna Otoshi (Flip Grab). You can see from the meter usage that he is actually canceling from a normal special move, not an EX.

Some are speculating that this may simply be a glitch in the arcade version of the game, and others feel it may be a form of kara canceling due to the faster start up the move has received in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Hit the jump to check out the footage and let us know what you think is going on.

Japanese players being given unfair advantage in Ultra Street Fighter 4 readers say

Is having a nearly two month head start on learning the systems, character changes and more in Ultra Street Fighter 4 an unfair advantage for Japanese players?

Hundreds of readers voted, and said that this indeed was the case.

Some interesting arguments were made on both sides of the fences though, especially in regards to EVO. One reader claimed that with the players in North America essentially having "home field advantage," and not having to deal with as much traveling and jet lag, that balanced out some gamers getting the game early.

Others disagreed with this point, saying there was no substitute for hands on time with Ultra Street Fighter 4.

You can find the original discussion area here, where a lot of interesting back and forth dialogue happened.

Hit the jump to see the complete results.

GamerBee lists the top 5 characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4, says Sagat may become #1 in the game

AVM|GamerBee is currently in Japan and logging in time with the arcade release of Ultra Street Fighter 4. After checking it out for the past couple of days, and testing things out for himself, he has taken to Twitter in order to relay his discoveries unto the world.

The top Adon player notes that Ultra Street Fighter 4's new delayed wake up mechanic makes set-play, or vortex-style play, more difficult. GamerBee states that characters with strong footsies have improved simply due to the changes made to the overall game, not necessarily due to specific character tweaks.

He goes on to list who he feels are the top 5 characters in the game so far, and although he doesn't know how the tiers will end up exactly, GamerBee did mention who he feels will eventually reign supreme. "I can't tell the order yet," he said, "but I think Sagat has a better chance of becoming number 1 because he got almost everything he need[ed] in USF4."

Hit the jump to check out who GamerBee feels are the top 5 characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Seth's long-range jumping HP, "the Yoga Sniper", removed in arcade build of Ultra Street Fighter 4

Early change logs of Ultra Street Fighter 4 reported that Seth's jumping forward/back heavy punch, the long-range, Dhalsim-like attack, had returned from previous iterations of SF4. Footage of this attack being back in action can be seen during the USF4 Capcom Cup exhibition match between Infiltration and RG|Filipino Champ.

The most recent Ultra Street Fighter 4 change list did not mention anything about Seth's jumping heavy attack being reverted, but in some recent footage from the Japanese arcade version of the game, it looks as though this move has once again been restored to its SSF4 AE v2012 form.

In the following clip, you can see that the Seth player attempts to zone his opponent out with the long-ranged attack, but after a couple of jump backs, only the short-ranged counterpart comes out. Seth's "Yoga Sniper" was an attack that many Seth players were happy to see return in Ultra Street Fighter 4; whether or not this change is here to stay is still yet to be seen.

Check out the clip after the jump, and let us know what you think.

Daigo's prime target at the Topanga World League was Xian; feels that winning the league with Ryu is a large accomplishment

4Gamer.net recently posted an event report on the now concluded Topanga World League. The post included a brief interview with MCZ|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara, the winner of the league.

Daigo mentioned that during the Topanga World League his 'prime target' was the EVO 2013 champion, RZR|Xian. According to The Beast, his reason for focusing on Xian was because of something said to him at the Mad Catz Unveiled event last year, where Daigo won the exhibition against Xian with a convincing 10-0.

After taking his lumps, the EVO 2013 champion told Daigo, "it's not over yet," so it seems that The Beast may have wanted to prove even more of a point this time around. Daigo went on to defeat Xian once again at the Topanga World League with a score of 7-5.

Hit the jump to continue reading.


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