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Birdie has lethal normals, long-range anti-air punishes, and can hit nearly 60% from a simple Super confirm - EventHubs E3 impressions

Next up on EventHubs' Street Fighter 5 impressions is Birdie.

Birdie has seen a large transformation from his Street Fighter Alpha days. Big damage and making the opponent afraid to hit buttons are the name of the game for the giant grappler in Street Fighter 5.

You'll find our full breakdown below, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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8-second Chun stun and some lethal mix ups - Combofiend takes on Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, Xian and more in the Street Fighter 5 E3 kumite

During this year's E3, Capcom was in attendance showing off their upcoming title, Street Fighter 5. The main man behind the game's balance, Peter "Combofiend" Rosas, took on pro challengers in a kumite at the event.

Among his opponents, we saw EG|Justin Wong, RZR|Xian, RZR|RB, and EG|Ricki Ortiz.

There are a number of incredibly epic moments featured here, but the one that stuck out to me occurred in the final game in the set against Ricki. Combofiend's Chun-Li put an incredibly quick hurt on the Cammy player, using some of the fast-kicking fighter's more devastating mix ups. Just watch the stun meter fill up in seconds...


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There's much more hype here, so be sure to catch the full Combofiend Street Fighter 5 kumite replay below.

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'The only player I fear is Bonchan' - PR Balrog talks about the Pro Tour, his tier rankings for Street Fighter 5, oh, and he's not retiring

BornFree was able to catch up with Eduardo "EG|PR Balrog" Perez during E3 to ask him about everything Street Fighter. They first discuss Street Fighter 5 game play and early tiers. PR Rog says that Cammy is too strong, Birdie is scrubby and Nash might be the worst.

PR Rog also delves into his current road through Street Fighter 4. His personal rival at the moment is top Japanese Sagat player, Bonchan. Rog talks about playing in Japan, switching back and forth between Balrog and Evil Ryu and also gives his thoughts on the Pro Tour.

He says that gaining entrance to the finals at the end of the year via points is not as good as winning one of the premier tournaments. He claims that he will be unhappy with himself should he qualify from points alone.

Perhaps most exciting, PR Balrog discusses his ventures into and out of the decision to retire. Those that claimed his fighter's spirit wouldn't allow him to stay away were completely correct. After a couple losses, mostly at the hands of Bonchan, Rog found a fiery rejuvenation in his passion for competitive gaming.

Hit the jump to see the interview.

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CEO 2015 preview - Your resource for the big event this weekend, including players, games, schedules, and streams

CEO 2015 is upon us this weekend, and a ton of information has been made available for tournament go-ers and spectators alike to take advantage of.

The tournament is featuring an incredible amount of players, including EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR_Balrog, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, MVG|Mew2King, Liquid|Hungrybox, Liquid|Knuckledu, Steam Co.|Yipes, YOMI|Michaelangelo, Kazunoko, Velociraptor, Tryken, and countless others in all sorts of head to head competition.

For such a large amount of players, a large amount of games is expected. These include the main event titles (Smash Bros. for Wii U, Smash Bros. Melee, USF4, MKX, UMvC3, Xrd, P4AU, KI, TTT2, and Divekick) as well as a bevy of side titles like Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, Def Jam: Fight for New York, Windjammers, Soul Calibur 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Capcom versus SNK 2, and a lot more, including Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7.

Hit the jump to check out all you'll need to know for this weekend.

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Predator coming soon to Mortal Kombat X; see alternate costumes, a screen shot and the names of his variations

Yesterday Ed Boon tweeted out that Predator is "Koming soon..." and included an image of the famous movie alien alongside Jax in his Carl Weathers alternate outfit:
PlayStation 4 users have found that previews for upcoming Predator pack costumes are available to view online. We also get to see Predator's three variations, Warrior, Hunter and Hish-Qu-Ten.

Hit the jump to see the brand new Predator-themed costumes.

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Momochi cheats death, Kazunoko gets double perfected and Mago is unbeatable; highlights from South East Asia Major

South East Asia Major 2015 was a tournament that saw the likes of players like Bonchan, /r/Kappa|Poongko, and RZR|Gackt unable to crack top 16.

If you'll recall a few years ago, there was a player named MCZ|Mago who played Fei Long and Sagat and was amongst the greatest in the business. It seems he took a brief vacation, and has come back even stronger than before with a new handful of characters.

Having already qualified for this year's Capcom Cup Finals by winning Hypespotting 4, Mago erases any doubts that he's not still amongst the cream of the crop with an incredible performance at an incredibly stacked tournament. Having said that, our first highlight features Mago losing.

G.Y.R.O.'s Comeback

To preface this one, Mago had G.Y.R.O. reeling, not only throughout the set, but especially during this round. Mago's unrelenting pressure left G.Y.R.O. stunned and all but finished. In a clutch turn of events, and with the help of Oni's incredible offense, G.Y.R.O. brings things back from the brink in an impressive display of offense.


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Hit the jump for much more involving MCZ|Tokido's rampage, EG|Momochi's patience and Mago's triumph.

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Nash is no Guile clone in Street Fighter 5, he's a unique rushdown character who requires match control - EventHubs E3 impressions

The next entry in our series of Street Fighter 5 character impressions from E3 2015 focuses on Nash.

Nash was a highly unexpected twist on the character we previously knew, and a number of people who tried him didn't quite seem to understand that his style was completely different now.

Gone was the zoning Guile spin-off we knew from the Alpha series, replaced by a high octane and damaging offensive character who could fluster and KO his opponent from variety of options.

You can find our breakdown below. Once again, if you have questions about the character, please leave them in the comments.

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New Predator gameplay trailer released, reveals some absolutely brutal footage and an interesting character interaction

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

Can't wait for the upcoming Kombat Kast on July 6th to watch some Predator gameplay? A new Mortal Kombat X trailer was released today, presumably in Russia because it contains Russian subtitles (and the video comes from Russian gaming channel StopGame.ru). Nonetheless, it shows off some fantastic gameplay footage and an X-ray attack.

Additionally, a very interesting interaction occurs between Shinnock and the extraterrestrial hunter. Hopefully, once the character releases to Kombat Pack owners on July 7th and July 14th to everyone else.

Watch Predator do what it does in the video below.

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Brand new Excellent Adventures features an all-star cast with Xian, Ricki Ortiz and Stone Cold K-Brad

Gootecks and Mike Ross have created a six-episode monster set of Excellent Adventures featuring RZR|Xian, EG|Ricki Ortiz and EG|K-Brad.

With this much talent packed into one sitting, things are sure to get hype. Just watching the preview, it looks like both Xian and K-Brad are ready to give Mike a hard time, which is always fun to watch.

This episode is currently available for subscribers, but you can download it for $3.99 and rent for $1.99 respectively on Friday. Since this episode is so long, they are going to be distributing each guest's set separately which will also be available Friday.

Hit the jump to see the preview.

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Details concerning the PS4 beta for Street Fighter 5 compiled for each region by Capcom

Though the Playstation 4 beta has been discussed time and again for Street Fighter 5, many have been confused over the details for each region. Thankfully, Capcom has taken noticed and compiled the details for how the PS4 will work for each particular area.

Of course, this piece only details the PS4 beta. The PC beta will be coming in the fall, and details will be released closer to that time.

Hit the jump for the details.

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'We’ve always been close to the eSports space and will continue to be' - Reggie Fils-Aimé on Nintendo's current competitive gaming path

Traditionally speaking, Nintendo has been a brand that has catered more to the family and party atmosphere. It's fairly well known that Super Smash Bros. creator, Masahiro Sakurai, did not create the franchise, nor continue it, with competitive gaming as one of his top priorities.

Still, with multiple titles still simultaneously represented in tournaments, Super Smash Bros. has been a major part of the competitive gaming scene for some time now. The competitive success of SSB is so potent that Nintendo simply can't seem to deny it when discussing the company's future in competitive eSports.

At E3 this year Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aimé, briefly discussed Nintendo's attitude toward and involvement with eSports, and Smash 4 was the first title he mentioned.

Hit the jump to see what Reggie had to say.

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Bandai Namco adds $30,000 pot bonus to Tekken 7 at Evo 2015

Though this Evo is no stranger to pot bonuses, as in the cases of Mortal Kombat X, Persona 4 Ultimax, and Killer Instinct, we have one more surprise announcement just made today on the Evo Twitter page for this year's event.

Tekken 7 will have an additional $30,000 pot bonus, added by Bandai Namco themselves. Needless to say, this new bonus will surely inspire the competition to give it their all this year in this new title. Free t-shirts will also be given to all of those who participate.

The Twitter announcement, as well as the t-shirt announcement, are after the jump.

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Mago's quadruple command throw comeback, Plup's ridiculous Sheik-uence, and where's Dieminion? - CEO 2015 finals day highlights

CEO 2015 has now concluded, and when we say that there have been a monstrous amount of exciting moments across all games... we mean it.

To catch them all, you'll have to watch the stream archives, however, if you want some of the most hype / our favorite moments from today's action, you've come to the right place.

This is our CEO 2015 finals day highlights story, and in it, you'll witness double KOs, near-perfects, insane comebacks, and much more.

Let's get started!

A double KO in top 8

During the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- finals, FF|ElvenShadow went up against Doren2k twice in the top 8. In the second game of their first set, Doren2k clung to life with seemingly no health left in his life bar.

Despite those odds, he managed to battle back, mounting a strong comeback, or so he thought... Instead, both players' final attacks clashed for a hype double KO.


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801 Strider is featured in nearly every moment, but who took the number one spot? See Capcom Fighter's top 5 moments from CEO 2015 here

From incredible game play across multiple titles to huge upsets and wild theatrics, CEO 2015 was one of the most hype tournaments of the year.

Capcom Fighters have selected their top five moments from the weekend and have organized them into another one of their Pro Tour count downs. Certainly it must've been hard to choose just five from this jam-packed event.

These count downs focus on the Capcom Pro Tour, so all of the moments here involve Street Fighter 4. Sorry in advance, but that means EG|K-Brad's Stone Cold entrance is disqualified.

Still, with amazing performances from players like MCZ|Mago, Kazunoko, MCZ|Daigo and others, this countdown is sure to entertain. Hit the jump to check out the list.

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Mortality eSports depart from fighting games, release both Rico Suave and ChuDat in the process

Some news that's a bit disheartening for the fighting game community, Mortality eSports has decided to move away from fighting games altogether.

The previously sponsored multi-game contender Rico Suave, and Smash player Daniel "ChuDat" Rodriguez have both become free agents.


Hit the jump for Mortality's statement on the matter.

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