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Leffen finally returns to North American Smash competition, but finds he may not be the dominant force he once was; Cultivation episode 3: Return

The first two episodes of Red Bull's season two of Cultivation followed TSM|Leffen's rise to prominence in the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene and saw his social and political ostracization from his local scene and then the United States respectively.

After a long absence from the tournament circuit, Leffen finally reappeared for EGLX 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Eyes were on the Swedish player to an even greater degree than in tourneys past simply because of the question on everyone's mind: Does Leffen still have it?

A strong start during the preliminaries along with a win in an exhibition against C9|Mang0 made it appear as though the young god slayer was indeed just as much of a threat as ever.

Once the latter part of the tournament started however, things would take a sudden turn for the worse.

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After a dramatic forfeit at EGLX, Leffen receives news that will drastically change his career; Resurrection episode 4

TSM|Leffen's journey continues as we pick up during his run at EGLX 2016.

Despite a strong start, Leffen's run is cut short in a sobering loss to Duck's Samus. His time of grieving is cut short by the wonderful news that he'll again be able to travel freely to other countries to compete in Smash Bros. tournaments.

The community's generally negative expressions toward Leffen's generally negative attitude could still be a potential road block in the Swedish player's re-immersion into the world tournament circuit.

You'll see how things play out by watching Red Bull's Cultivation season two, episode four: Relapse.

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What do coaches whisper about on stream? Beards and karate of course... Ernesto Lopez offers a hilarious interpretation in his latest video

If you're a fan of Bad Lip Reading, you'll love Ernesto Lopez's "Coach Mics."

Ernesto has taken footage from tournament streams and dubbed in his own dialogue as he imagines what certain coaches may have been saying to players during crucial moments of tournament play.

You'd think these coaches would want to be helping with the game, but apparently they're more concerned with hair, karate, beards and YouTube subscriptions. Have yourself a laugh by checking out the video below.

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Why the tournament standard for Street Fighter 5 should be a best of five format

In an article a few weeks back I likened Street Fighter 5 to a chess match as opposed to a shoot out. The central idea there was to say that SF5 is based more on reads than it is on reactions.

As a result of the game's read-based nature, some would argue against the game's consistency when it comes to competitive play. With the exception of a few top players, placings for many competitors vary quite a bit from event to event.

The problem is this game is unforgiving and allows for very few do-overs, and the way tournaments are formatted right now may not best determine who is the better player.

It seems the true skill in SF5 is measured in an individual's ability to see their opponent and alter their own strategies. You might not be able to see Nash's dash coming, but you can see what prompted someone to perform said dash, and be ready for it with a beefy punish next time.

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2GGT: Abadango Saga results ft. ZeRo, Ally, Nairo, Abadango

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, in Santa Ana, California, a pretty big Smash 4 event is taking place, namely 2GGT: Abadango Saga.

This event will feature Singles, Doubles and even a Mewtwo player round robin, so there's a lot of cool action going on.

Players expected to attend include TSM|ZeRo, C9|Ally, NRG|Nairo, Abadango, FAD|Larry Lurr, CLG|VoiD, Komorikiri, LooK|Faalln, Angbad and many more.

Streaming is being done at 2G Gaming and FAD Games.

Check out the full action below.

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