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Crouching and Legendary Taunt cancel-able into anything? Ixion feels this simple buff would bring Dan back to life in USF4

IND|Ixion is one of the world's only active Dan players still using the character in Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournaments, and arguably the best Dan around. He may know more about this Street Fighter warrior than possibly any other player on the scene today, and unfortunately, the European "Danner" feels that his character is still not as effective as he should be in the latest Street Fighter 4 iteration.

Because of this, Ixion typed up a PDF with ways that Capcom could immensely improve the Saikyo master without making him overpowered. He suggests that Dan's crouching taunt and Legendary Taunt (Super Taunt) should be cancel-able into anything on hit or block.

Although this change does sound a bit extreme, the goal here is to give Dan an awesome tool to cope with his lacking mid-range game. Ixion notes that the taunt is quick to trade with a variety of attacks, so this wouldn't be something easily abuse-able. This buff would also allow Dan to punish long-range chip attempts, more effectively apply pressure, and more.

Luckily, KingBlackToof created an Ultra Street Fighter 4 mod that demonstrate these changes in action. There are a couple of videos showing off the taunt cancel below.

Dieminion: I think Europe right now is better than USA; due to 8-2 match-ups in Ultra Street Fighter 4, it's important to play more than 1 main

At The Fall Classic yesterday, Esports Max's Managing Editor Dustin 'Deitis' Steiner caught up with Kevin 'Dieminion' for a brief chat.

As Dieminion had just lost to fellow Guile player bTri|NuckleDu on the same day, putting him in the losers' bracket side of the tournament in the top 16 playoffs, the interview began with Dieminion's thoughts on the Guile mirror-match.

Mid-way through the interview, however, Dustin also asked Dieminion about his thoughts on playing at the VS Fighting 4 tournament in Birmingham, England and his thoughts on European players in general. On the latter, Dieminion had nothing but the highest praise for his European counterparts.

Dieminion: I think right now Europe is better than USA [at Street Fighter].

EsportsMax's Dustin Steiner: Europe won an EVO title before the US did, so, of course.

Dieminion: Europe is no slouch. They've got a lot of hidden talent. They have a lot of players that don't really get the spotlight, who are really good that people don't know about.

Bonchan takes on the world: Justin Wong, Lap Chi, Mago, Gackt, Nekojita, Kazunoko, Itazan and more - Ultra Street Fighter 4 highlights

He's not the EVO 2014 champ. He may not have been the winner at Mad Catz's Tokyo Game Show tournament. Neither is he the champ at the "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Taito Arcade Japan National Finals, nor Taito Arcade's "B-est Cup" Japan Grand Finals.

But Bonchan was the runner-up at all of those tournaments. Plus he's the champion at Thaiger Uppercut 2014.

That puts him at just 44 points shy of 900 ranking points in the Capcom Pro Tour -- but I'm quite confident that Bonchan is a Super Saiyan 3 (SSJ3) class Sagat player, whose power level is over 9,000.

This man deserves a Tiger (Beer -- it's a leading premium brew from Singapore). Also: he deserves a spotlight reel highlighting some of his greatest moments in recent tournament history.

And that's exactly what vid maker The Beast has brought us this morning. Check it out below.

Why is Dhalsim 'getting nerfed' and Yun 'getting buffed' in Ultra Street Fighter 4 v1.03? Bafael's latest video demonstrates why

I'll be completely honest here.

As I was going through the list of bugs that would be fixed in Ultra Street Fighter 4 patch v1.03 and saw that Dhalsim's back+MK would now cause crouching opponents to get "properly pushed back on hit", my kneejerk reaction to it was that I could not believe that they were going to nerf Sim further.

Why were they doing this to a character like Sim? What did good ol' brother Sim ever do to deserve this? On the other hand, Yun's command throw during his Genei-Jin super is getting buffed? The struggle is indeed real.

It was a sentiment that at least some of you also shared, judging from the comments section of our previous story on the patch's fix list.

I could not understand why this was happening -- until I saw this video put together by Bafael.

The pushback on Dhalsim's back+MK had to be fixed. This is undeniably a bug, and not so much a balance tweak.

Vega's Rolling Izuna Drop, when traded, can freeze his opponent for about 5 minutes in Ultra Street Fighter 4 v1.03

In order to make Vega's Rolling Izuna Drop super connect with opponents when performed against the corner, Capcom had to make some modifications to the way the move worked -- and it appears that those modifications have resulted in this pretty neat (but probably impractical) bug in Ultra Street Fighter 4 v1.03.

When the second hit of Rolling Izuna Drop trades with Vega's opponent, it will freeze him or her in place. According to Momi_777, the Japanese player who found this bug, the freeze will last for about five minutes -- he found that out by waiting for Yun (the character he discovered this bug) to unpause in Training mode. After the character has unpaused, certain moves (like Yun's Dash Punch and Ultra Combo) will no longer be able to hit Vega.

You can see for yourself how this bug works in the first two animated GIFs from the left below. The third GIF shows what happens when you wait five minutes for the opponent to unpause, and the final one shows Yun's Dash Punch and Ultra Combo completely whiffing on Vega at point blank range, after he has recovered from the freeze.

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Below, we've also embedded an HD video of the bug in action, in case you'd like to take a closer look.

Filipinoman's tier rankings for Rose in Ultra Street Fighter 4

We continue our top player tier lists today with SoCal's FRQ|Filipinoman and his match ups for Rose. Rose was buffed in this most recent iteration of the SF4 franchise and Filipinoman has certainly shown us she's a force to be reckoned with.

Coming off of an impressive 13th place performance at this year's EVO, Filipinoman has recently risen to the top of the Wednesday Night Fights scene with consistent top 3 placings and multiple tournament victories.

Click on the thumbnail below to head over to the tier list.


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With an incredible score of only 2 unfavorable match ups, 19 even and 22 favorable, Filipinoman does not downplay his character in the least. At this point, we feel it's only natural one would look to compare rankings with EVO 2014 champion MD|Luffy which you can conveniently do by clicking the link below in our list of USF4 top player tier rankings.

Dee Jay has a 'Force Stand' move that whiffs on crouching opponents - Bafael reminds us why he's the worst character in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Thanks to an extensive and rigorous balancing process, plus plenty of location testing, Ultra Street Fighter 4 is the most balanced version of Street Fighter 4 yet. There are now plenty of tournament-viable characters in the playable roster.

But then there's also Dee Jay, who at this point is without a doubt one of the worst characters in the game.

Don't get me wrong; there are certainly players who can still win with Dee Jay.

It's just that there's just so many things wrong with the character at this point that it's both sad and funny all at the same time.

Take, for instance, Dee Jay's close standing HP, which is a move that forces stand, but will actually whiff on many crouching characters at point blank distance.

You'll see that and other sad (and funny) examples of why Dee Jay's so bad in this new video from Bafael, embedded below.

Red Fight District 2014 results ft. Luffy, Justin Wong, GamerBee, Valmaster, Ixion, and more

Update: This story has been updated with early results for the final day.

This weekend, Red Fight District is taking place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a lot of Europe's heavy hitters are there, as well as a few non-European visitors.

The event will feature tournaments in Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct, UNIEL and more.

Players expected to take part in the event include MD|Luffy, EG|Justin Wong, AvM|GamerBee, GL|Valmaster, IND|Ixion, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, CDV|Will2Pac, LLL|Emersion, PropBB2|Ettelman, Andreas, LLL|MBR, BCN|Fasoll and more.

Stream duties are being handled by Armshouse and Fight Club NRW.

Look below for live streams.

Dr. Strange, Poison, Nightwing, Cammy, Sub-Zero, and more - cosplay gallery from NYCC

New York Comic Con took place this past weekend, and EventHubs correspondent Jason24cf was in attendance. If you're unfamiliar with Jason's work, he is not only known for his excellent interview/product review work in the FGC, but is also one Hell of a photographer.

Jason has provided us with a hefty batch of exclusive photos featuring some of NYCC's best cosplay. In this gallery you will find a slew of familiar fighting game faces, including Chun-Li, Dr. Strange, Poison, Sub-Zero, and plenty more.

Below are a select few photos for you to check out, but be sure to hit the jump for the others.

Capcom Cup 2014 to take place in San Francisco on December 13; Yoshinori Ono to make 'special announcements'

Capcom has revealed today the date and venue details for this year's Capcom Cup.

Slated to be held on Saturday, December 13, at the Warfield Theatre in downtown San Francisco, Capcom Cup 2014 will see 16 of the world's best Ultra Street Fighter 4 players slug it out for the title of World Champion, as well as over $50,000 in cash prizes.

The tournament will be streamed live on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel, of course, but if you're able to make it to the venue, you can also catch all of the action live in person. Capcom will announce ticketing details at a later date.

Different ticket tiers for the event will be available. Although details on that will come later, Capcom revealed today that there will be a VIP program tier, limited to 300 tickets, that will include entry to an official after party at the Folsom Street Foundry -- on top of a premium seat at the theatre (which can fit up to 2,300 people), a swag bag, and more.

Other festivities scheduled to take place at the Capcom Cup on December 13 include a live performance by The Megas, Omega Mode exhibition matches, and "special announcements" from Capcom corporate officer Yoshinori Ono (what will he announce -- tell us your best guesses in the comments below).

Here's an official trailer Capcom released today for the Capcup Cup 2014 details, which also gives us a brief look at some of Balrog's Omega Mode changes:

Hiro's tier rankings for M. Bison in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Players continue to come out of the woodwork with Ultra Street Fighter 4 tier rankings here on EventHubs.

Today we take a trip back to the East Coast with Jeron "EMP|Hiro" Grayson's M. Bison list. Hiro has been playing Dictator since the very beginning of the Street Fighter 4 series, and is one of the best M. Bison players here in the US.

Below you will find Hiro's full Bison tier rankings that show how he feels the character stacks up against the rest.


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You can find all of our previous tier rankings from other notable players below.

Chris Tatarian's tier rankings for Ken in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Wednesday Night Fight's Chris Tatarian tells us his opinion on Ken in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Chris is one of the top competitors each and every week at WNF and has been in grand finals nearly every tournament this season.

How does 'the hardest working man at Super Arcade' think his character stacks up against the rest? You can click the pic of Ken below to jump to the tier list.


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Brentt's tier rankings for Rufus in Ultra Street Fighter 4

We end off our news day here at EventHubs with a fresh Ultra Street Fighter 4 tier ranking from SoCal's own Brentt.

You may have seen this Rufus player compete numerous times at Level|Up's Wednesday Night Fights, and he is a former member of NGL, along with Chris Tatarian and Marq Teddy.

This is the first Rufus tier ranking we've featured here on the front page, and according to Brentt's list, the dive kicking heavy-hitter is quite good in this iteration of Street Fighter 4. Brentt lists Rufus as having 20 favorable match-ups, only 10 unfavorable, and 13 even.


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You can also check out some of our past tier lists from other prominent players below.

Capcom Cup 2014 VIP tickets now on sale; grab yours now before all 300 of them are gone

Although the historic Warfield Theatre in downtown San Francisco -- the venue for this year's Capcom Cup -- can officially accommodate up to 2,300 attendees, not every single one of those seats is going to give you the best possible view of all the action on-stage.

But about 300 of them will.

Back when the venue and programme details for Capcom Cup 2014 was announced last week, Capcom also announced that there would be 300 VIP tickets for fans who'd like to be sitting as close to the players and special guests as possible. VIP tickets will also come with a swag bag, as well as guarantee entry to an official after party at the Folsom Street Foundry -- where you'll get to mingle with the pros, and maybe even Capcom's very own Yoshinori Ono or Peter "Combofiend" Rosas.

If you're planning on attending Capcom Cup 2014 in person, there's no mistaking it: having a VIP ticket is going to give you the best experience, so you might want to grab yours before all 300 of them are sold out.

And the clock starts ticking now: Capcom Cup 2014's ticketing page is now up!

New Halloween costumes for Dead or Alive 5 Utlimate try to treat instead of trick

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate has been grabbing a lot of attention with its new wardrobes. And while for better or worse it has certainly succeeded, it doesn't seem like the costume updates will be stopping anytime soon.

Now Dead or Alive 5 tackles the Halloween spirit with such classics as a poorly wrapped mummy, a man dressed as a pumpkin, a cat girl in a kimono, a skeleton that still has a lot of skin, and a Lilith cosplay. If these get you in the mood for holiday celebration, then you might want to take a look at the recently released trailer. We've also attached a few photos to get you started.

Since this is Dead or Alive we're talking about, please save yourself the embarrassing looks you'll get from your coworkers by remembering that majority of these outfits are NSFW.

Check below for Dead or Alive's Halloween images and the trailer.



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