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Mike Ross scores massive comeback with just two reads, hits devastating powerbomb setups - The People's Champ shows Filipino Champ that he's no slouch

Updated: We just learned that the Alex player in this video is actually Combofiend. It appears that he played via Mike Ross' player ID. We apologize for the mistake.

Earlier:These days, Mike Ross is spending more of his time working for Twitch than competing. Due to his antics during Pro Talk and on Cross Counter, a lot of people might be quick to say that he's “free."

Thanks to this set of matches uploaded by XusesGB, you can see that this is just not the case. Mike Ross found himself pit up against PG|Filipino Champ's staple Dhalsim, and with Alex behind him, he really holds his own.

One of the things that makes Alex a formidable opponent is the fact that he's always one or two good reads away from knocking you out. Combine this with Dhalsim's low health and stun rating, and this can make for a dangerous situation.

In one particular match, Mike Ross quickly finds himself stuck in the corner, having lost most of his health early on. Even a well-placed V-Reversal wasn't quite enough to get him out of the doghouse.

With some patience, however, Mike manages to punish a whiffed anti-air with a flying cross chop, scoring him plenty of damage and leaving Champ near the corner to boot. It only took one more good read to leave Dhalsim stunned, providing plenty of time for Mike to set up a counter hit with Alex's V-Skill and close out the game.


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Killer Instinct Season 3 review: Gameplay is the best it's ever been, new fighters are all welcome additions

Killer Instinct Season 3 has been in the hands of Xbox One and Windows 10 users for a few weeks now. For the first time ever, PC players get to strut their stuff in the realm of KI, and both platforms have been brought together by the game's cross-play function.

Season 3 comes equipped with new game mechanics, eight more playable characters, new stages, and more. The alterations and additions made in the latest iteration aim to improve match flow, game balance, and the overall Killer Instinct experience.

So, how does Season 3 stack up to its predecessors? And is Killer Instinct still the strong modern fighting title we've come to know and love?

Hit the jump to check out our Killer Instinct Season 3 review.

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Daigo takes on the infamous World_Combo in a poetically beautiful bout

To appreciate this one, you'll need to know a bit of the backstory.

World_Combo is a F.A.N.G player who is best known for being smitten from atop the Street Fighter 5 leaderboards not once, but twice for leaving matches early when a loss is imminent.

We can only imagine the trail of salt WC has left in his wake for both rage quitting, and beating people with the game's most idiosyncratic character. Not too long ago, World_Combo found himself facing off with MCZ|Daigo online, and the ensuing bout played out almost as though it were scripted.

Without giving away too much, here's some rising action in the third round, just before the match's climax.


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PAX Arena Street Fighter 5 invitational results ft. Ricki Ortiz, NuckleDu, K-Brad, Marn

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There will be a two-day Street Fighter 5 invitational event taking place this weekend (Friday-Saturday), PAX Arena, at PAX East 2016, and will be streamed at PAX Arena.

The event will feature EG|Ricki Ortiz, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|K-Brad, Marn, TS|Arturo Sanchez, LI Joe, FlashMetroid and TA|Moons.

Check out the full action below.

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'In the future, Akuma will be there' - Tokido says his SF5 character choice is temporary and reveals which title he prefers playing

LOOPING SHOWGAME caught up with Hajime Taniguchi, better known as Tokido, at the Red Bull Kumite last weekend for a brief interview.

Easily regarded as one of the best Street Fighter 5 players on the scene today, Tokido had some interesting things to say about the game.

As many know, Tokido is known for playing Akuma in the Street Fighter 4 series. Since the character is absent from the current Street Fighter 5 roster, the Gouki main is playing Ryu in his stead. But it seems like this is just a temporary choice despite Tokido's feeling that Ryu is very strong in this game.

"In the future, Akuma will be there," Tokido starts. "I choose Ryu, who is also a Shoto, to learn the fireballs and other special moves of this type of character."

Tokido also states which game he prefers playing -- Street Fighter 5 or its predecessor -- and gives his thoughts on his performance at Red Bull Kumite.

You can check out the interview below.

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Updated: Mira update beginning to roll out; Killer Instinct 3.1 patch notes

Updated: The 3.1 Mira update is starting to roll out for Xbox One users. The new patch adds Mira as a playable character, as well as a number of bug fixes and balance changes.

Earlier: Mira joins Killer Instinct Season 3 tomorrow, and she's bringing with her a whole slew of changes for the game.

Every character save for Sabrewulf, Thunder and Orchid got at least one change, and so you'll want to take a look through to see how much your favorites have been altered.

Not only have many of the characters changed, but Iron Galaxy has also implemented a good number of system changes. This time around, they've explained the reasoning behind each in quite some detail.

There's a ton to cover, so hit the jump to get started.

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King of Fighters 14 features 'vastly improved online gameplay' and 19 brand new characters

SNK relayed some interesting details about King of Fighters 14 via the official game description.

Something that will stand out to fans is their attempt to improve the game's net code over it's predecessor, although this has become a pretty standardized statement with fighting games in this day and age, SNK picked up quite a bit of praise for their updates to KoF13's net code updates on the PC.

"[SNK] devoted a lot of development time to improving the game's netcode for vastly improved online gameplay," the listing for King of Fighters 14 states.

The official description also says there will be 50 fighters total, with 31 returning from previous titles, and 19 brand new characters, although some in the community may dispute how 'new' some of the fighters are.

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Guile's theme is so good, Capcom decided to make two versions of it for Street Fighter 5

Whether you're running a marathon, combing your hair, playing checkers, looking for couch money or doing virtually anything else, there's one Street Fighter melody that will pair perfectly with just about any activity you can think of.

Nearly two weeks ago we got hold of Guile's Street Fighter 5 theme, and we were thoroughly impressed with Capcom's fresh spin on one of the franchise's most popular musical tracks.

Guile also came with his classic Air Force stage, which actually ended up getting its own updated version of the theme that goes so well with everything. Essentially, between Guile's character music and stage music, there are now two SF5vrenditions of everyone's favorite comeback tune.

VesperArcade has uploaded the extended versions of both so you can listen to them in their entirety. Give an ear to each song, and let us know which you enjoyed better in the comments.

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These are the three most underrated characters in Street Fighter 5, according to our readers

Earlier this month, we asked our readers who they thought the three most underrated characters were in Street Fighter 5.

A poll was setup which had an option for all 17 playable cast members, and over 2,700 votes were tallied.

You can find the results below.

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Killer Instinct's Mira shown off in detail at PAX East live stream

PAX East is currently underway, and Iron Galaxy Studios are at the venue showing off the upcoming character Mira, Maya's sister.

This stream will go into detail as to what this new character is capable of, so make sure to check it out if you're feeling up for some Killer Instinct action.

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Attacks during his Critical Art, a 40+ hitter and three Flash Kicks in one combo? Somebody take Guile away from Desk before he hurts himself

At one point while watching this video, I found myself angrily blurting, "Wait, how?!" out loud at my computer screen before back tracking to give my brain another shot at comprehension.

Desk is at it yet again with a second video for Street Fighter 5's combo-happy Guile. With his V-Trigger engaged it almost feels like this character has custom combos straight out of the Alpha series, and in the learned hands of Desk, the sky seems to be the limit.

Remember how Flash Kick is kind of a combo-ender type move? Well, Desk does three in one go, and everything you thought you knew about Street Fighter, or life in general, is wrong:


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That's probably not even the coolest sequence from Desk's video, but you can be the judge of that. Check out the whole thing below.

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Northwest Majors 8 live stream, early results ft. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Snake Eyez, Filipino Champ, Ricki Ortiz, PR Balrog, KBR, RayRay and more

Updated with day two results: This story is being updated with results as they occur.

Northwest Majors 8 is happening this weekend in Des Moines, Washington, and it's stacked to the brim with the best the U.S. has to offer, for multiple fighting games.

At this event, you'll be seeing high-level gameplay of Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Project M, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, RB|Snake Eyez, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|PR Balrog, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, Chris Tatarian, EFX|Julio, Brenttiscool, FF|ElvenShadow, UA|Bass, ITS|Princess Ling, pH|LPN, ILHS|WayGamble, Flux, pH|Hypefiend, Jimmy J Tran, XSK Samurai, SDT|Inkognito, Hotashi, TS|NerdJosh, GOL|Ranmasama, Foo, TheBeautifulDude, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, KidViper, KillerKai, TXrd|FaultyDefense, Alex Myers, Zidane, MC|GCYoshi, GS|Gllty, KizzieKay, BJ Unchained, NWM|KyleP, DM|El Cubano Loco, Fubarduck, Nacer, Damdai, Graham Wolfe and many, many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Khaos, Khaos Gaming 2, Cacaw Gaming, Khaos Gaming TV, Tekken, Logichole, Seattle Tekken and Eastside Smash.

Hit the jump to check out all of the action for yourself.

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Redesigned Gargos and Eyedol, Bloodrayne, and even Wednesday Adams: These Killer Instinct character designs from Zeymar are amazing

Deviant Art user Zeymar has created a handful of amazing Killer Instinct character designs for the Xbox One / Windows 10 installment.

This fan art includes redesigns of old characters such as Kim Wu, Gargos, and Eyedol, as well as completely original ideas.

Zeymar's Deviant Art page also features back stories for each character explaining how they'd fit into Killer Instinct lore.

We could see many of these designs being actual characters in future seasons. Microsoft and Iron Galaxy, please make Vladtepes, Ninde, and Sanada a real thing!

You can check out some of the designs below, but be sure to hit the jump to see the rest.

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'I was in the wrong, not Champ' - Alex Valle addresses pause incident with Filipino Champ at West Coast Warzone

At last weekend's West Coast Warzone, there was a bit of a controversial sequence when LU|Alex Valle accidentally paused the game during his Street Fighter 5 set with PG|Filipino Champ.

The Street Fighter veteran recently took to his stream to discuss the incident, and clarify exactly what had happened from his firsthand point of view.

Valle explains that, while there was some blame to be given to everyone involved, he was ultimately the one who should have avoided the situation entirely by not unpausing after the initial pause.

In the end, this whole situation is a learning experience for the FGC, and more specifically tournament organizers. It's sequences like this one that help us grow as a community, and events in the future will have the benefit of a clearer understanding of the rules because of it.

You can hear Valle's full 10 minute discussion from his recent stream here.

'The Air Slasher' Guile Sonic Booms his way into Street Fighter 5; check out his official Vine here

He's 5'11" and 218 pounds, naturally making him good at... darts? Guile is on his way to Street Fighter 5, and we have his official SF5 Vine to share with you.

These mini-spotlights offer a few bonus details about the game's characters. While he is an Air Force fighting champion, the incredibly bulked up Guile is also good an expert dart player, apparently.

You'll see a few of Guile's special attacks, and his stat ratings in the Vine as well. He has an interesting nickname this time around: The Air Slasher. It's either really cool, or really lame, and we leave it up to the comments section to decide that for us.

You can check out the official Vine after the jump.

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