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Who will win EVO 2014? Predict the winners based on the top 8 players left

Updated: We've added polls for all of the final five EVO 2014 games being played on Sunday.

Who's going to take top honors at the EVO 2014 tournament in the Sunday finals? We want to know your picks, based on the top 8 players for each event.

We've setup polls for Ultra Street Fighter 4, Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Feel free to leave a comment explaining your pick, voting options are below.

An exceptional read countered by one amazing backdash: Luffy narrowly escapes Eita's ultra 2 in this animated GIF from EVO 2014

Throughout EVO 2014 there were a multitude of matches played and more hype moments/top level tactics than we could even begin to count. An animated GIF was recently sent to us that perfectly captured one of these moments from the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament at the event.

Eita (Akuma) and MD|Luffy (Rose) went head-to-head in a top 32 match on stream, and during the second round the former made an exceptional read on the Rose player, predicting his EX Soul Spiral on wake up.


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Teleporting backward and cancelling into Akuma's ultra 2 seemed to be the best answer, but Luffy was able to recover from the whiffed attack just in the nick of time, and escape with a perfectly timed backdash.

This is just one of those plays that may have slipped through the cracks during the chaotic EVO weekend, but definitely deserves to be witnessed by anyone interested. What do you think of this great escape? Let us know in the comments below.

Rose artwork via IIReII. Submitted by XBOX720P.

Medium attacks aren't safe from an instant Ultra 1! Computer controlled 'KenBot' goes online and terminates the competition in SSF4 AE v2012

Dantarion has created a fully functional and competitive Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 AI. Known simply as "KenBot," the computer controlled Ken reads the game's memory, getting the position of both characters, as well as their current frame by frame action. After studying the game state, KenBot then sends commands back to the game to respond accordingly.

Now on version 2.0, KenBot's reactions are so fast he almost appears psychic. Even medium attacks are met with his instantaneous Ultra 1. In footage of the machine fighting against a Chun-Li player online, you can see him automatically punishing mix-ups and dropped combos in a fraction of a second.

Could KenBot become Street Fighter's Deep Blue? Check below for videos of Dantarion's creation taking on the world.

Interrupting a move that can't be interrupted: Elena can punish Balrog during his true block-string Super in Ultra Street Fighter 4

In Street Fighter 4, a true block-string is a series of attacks that locks your opponent into a blocking state (with block stun) making it so that they cannot attack you during. Some basic combos, Ultras, and even Supers retain this trait, such as Balrog's Crazy Buffalo Super.

Bendermac recently stumbled upon something very interesting involving Elena in Ultra Street Fighter 4. It appears as though the Capoeira fighter is immune to the true block-string quality of Balrog's Super, allowing her to interrupt and punish him during the latter part of his attack.

This is more than likely due to Elena's strange hurtbox, as there have been numerous reports of other attacks not hitting her properly.

Capcom does have a patch for Ultra Street Fighter 4 in the works at the moment, so hopefully we will see this corrected some time soon.

Check out the video below.

Daigo unleashes the Satsui no Hadou on Yeb, Pro Fluke, Coach Steve, and more in these Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition matches

Bifuteki has just uploaded a series of Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition matches from EVO 2014.

These bouts feature none other than Mad Catz' own Daigo Umehara as he goes up against any opponent willing to accept the challenge. Although there are a couple of players here that aren't of the highest skill level, we do get to see a few familiar FGC faces compete.

Yeb, the veteran Gen player, Pro Fluke, the exceptional El Fuerte, and BIFU|Coach Steve, East Coast's baddest Blanka, all take a run at caging The Beast.

You can check out the EVO 2014 Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition matches below.

The matches that sent Daigo and Infiltration packing - John Choi vs. Daigo, Eita vs. Infiltration EVO 2014 Ultra Street Fighter 4 videos

It's been a crazy day of upsets over at Day 1 of EVO 2014 (full results here), what with two former world champions for Street Fighter 4, MCZ|Daigo and Infiltration, getting sent out of the tournament before even the Top 16 play-offs.

And to top it off, the players who sent them packing were specialists for characters that both MCZ|Daigo and Infiltration were known for -- John Choi (Ryu) and Eita (Akuma).

Unfortunately, both matches were played off-stream, so those of us who weren't physically at the EVO tournament grounds were able to watch John Choi and Eita's triumphant moments live as they happened.

But all is not lost; thanks to the valiant efforts of a few FGC members on the scene -- Team Spooky and BornFreeYT -- who captured off-screen footage of the matches in progress, there is video.

Check out the EVO USF4 off-screen videos for MCZ|Daigo (Evil Ryu) vs. John Choi (Ryu), and Infiltration (Akuma) vs. Eita (Akuma) below.

Luffy: Ryan Hart knows the Rose-Sagat match-up much better than Bonchan does - 4Gamer interviews the EVO 2014 Ultra Street Fighter 4 champ

Like they did with Qanba|Xiao Hai after he won EVO 2014 for King of Fighters 13, 4Gamer caught up with MD|Luffy for a short interview after he accomplished the same feat for Ultra Street Fighter 4.

In this interview -- the first with MD|Luffy after he won EVO, I believe -- the Rose player from France speaks about the tactics he used during his match against RG|Snake Eyez, as well as why he had absolutely no difficulty in his matches against Bonchan and RZR|Fuudo.

He also explains his reasons for choosing to play on a PS1 pad, which has no analog sticks on it whatsoever -- something that has intrigued the mainstream gaming press at large since the moment MD|Luffy was crowned champion.

All that and more in our full translation of 4Gamer's interview with MD|Luffy below.

Tekken 7 officially announced, trailer may show Kazuya's mom and Devil Jin

At EVO 2014, Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada, officially said Tekken 7 is in development, confirming the leak that happened earlier in the day.

Harada showed a short teaser trailer for the game and that more information would be coming July 25, 2014, at San Diego Comic-Con.

The trailer opens with with a view of Heihachi's residence (subsequently Jin's in Tekken 5), the Mishima estate, and shows a woman named Kazumi, who's heavily implied to be Kazuya's mother/Heihachi's lover.

What's even more curious about Harada's announcement is that Tekken 7 was not originally going to be the game he was planning to reveal today.

The Tekken series producer and game director suggested that the original plan was to reveal one of the other unannounced titles he had been working on, but that since the news about Tekken 7 had been leaked, he had to change it to this one.

Harada also said that he did not have a trailer prepared for Tekken 7, and had to run back to his hotel to prepare something from the footage he had this very morning, when he woke up to news of the leak.

You can view the trailer for yourself below.

Lucina is not an alternate costume, is a unique character despite similarities to Marth - Sakurai elaborates upon one of yesterday's newcomers

We reported yesterday on the new Fire Emblem characters joining the new Super Smash Bros. game, and while we initially reported that Chrom from Fire Emblem: Awakening was a new playable character, it turned out that he was in fact part of fellow Awakening character Robin's Final Smash.

This sparked discussion in our comments regarding Lucina's status, and if she was actually a new playable character or just an alternate skin for series veteran Marth. Today, series producer Masahiro Sakurai took to explaining the situation on the Super Smash Bros. Miiverse page, whilst posting new images of Fire Emblem's first female representative in the Super Smash Bros. series.


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Pic of the day. Along with Robin, Lucina joins the battle!! Her physical abilites are identical to Marth's--it must be in her D.N.A. However, where Marth's power is concentrated in the tip of the sword, Lucina's attack strength is balanced throughout the weapon, which might make her easier to control. She's also a little bit shorter than Marth.

Read more about what Sakurai had to say regarding the two characters' differences after the jump.

Maya revealed as Killer Instinct season 2's next playable character; Air Counter Breakers, Stage Ultras, and more to be added

Updated: Maya has been revealed as Killer Instinct season 2's next playable fighter. We have added a few more images, including a glimpse of her stage.

What we know so far is that Maya's play-style heavily revolves around her daggers. She has the ability to lose them, has something called "Blade Bouncing," and she can even level up her weapons. KI Central notes that Maya can recapture her daggers, using them similarly to a boomerang.


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Below you will find more details from the KI panel.

Sanford Kelly now sponsored by The Steam Company, no longer with Empire Arcadia

Sanford Kelly, one of New York's finest Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 players, has just been picked up by a new sponsor, e-cigarettes maker The Steam Company, according to a tweet on the company's official Twitter account.

It was thanks to The Steam Co.'s sponsorship that Sanford Kelly could be there in Las Vegas for EVO 2014 this weekend. But the sponsorship is for long-term, not simply a weekend-only affair, The Steam Co. said in response to a question on Twitter.

Sanford Kelly's new sponsor also confirmed that the player has parted ways with Empire Arcadia -- refer to the tweets below.

Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada making an announcement right before EVO 2014 USF4 Finals; Yoshinori Ono will be present

Yesterday on the SrkEVO2 stream, it was mentioned that Tekken Project development team leader Katsuhiro Harada would be making an announcement on EVO Sunday.

The impending announcement was confirmed later in the day, when Harada himself tweeted an image of the updated EVO Sunday schedule, along with a message reminding members of the Tekken community (specifically Tekken) to take note.


PC Mod: Vanilla Sagat now soft-serve in Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012

Modder JoeBushido has shown a creative new way to view the dreaded Vanilla Sagat. While this PC mod was developed for Arcade Edition v2012, it will make for a fresh take on the classic fighter when Ultra Street Fighter 4 and edition select drop onto PC August 8th.

Below are some images to get you started in a variety of flavors, such as neapolitan, mint, and strawberry. Hit the jump to see video of the Muay Thai master fighting it out in vanilla and chocolate.


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Sako's combos, Luffy's reactions, and T. Hawk Dash, Dash, Ultra - KojiKOG takes centre stage in this EVO 2014 hype compilation

EVO 2014 just passed, and there was absolutely no shortage of hype moments. Within just a day, we've received a stellar hype compilation from the Ultra Street Fighter 4 matches at EVO 2014.

One of the main players in this video is Japan's KojiKOG, who was flown out by Twitch, whose T. Hawk turned a lot of heads during the tournament. You'll find the video below.

Snake Eyez no longer with Revolution Gaming, cites issues with sponsor

According to a recent Tweet, Darryl S. Lewis (Snake Eyez) has chosen to leave Revolution Gaming due to problems with the sponsor.

The Zangief player made a big splash at Evolution 2014 this year by being one of only two Americans to advance to Top 8 before ultimately being eliminated by MD|Luffy.

The sponsorship wasn't a long one, as announcement of his signing with Revolution Gaming only came about on May 16th of this year. Currently there is no word as to whether or not a new sponsor has approached Snake Eyez.

Check below to view Snake Eyez's original tweet.


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