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'Zangief seemingly hits Bison with a suggestive part of his body' - VesperArcade breaks down every detail of the Zangief trailer

It has now been a couple of days since the Zangief trailer has been unveiled and many of us are still trying to dissect anything we can from the trailer. VesperArcade has provided his dissection of the trailer on Youtube for everyone to see.

During the video, VesperArcade goes into detail as to what he thinks is going on during each interaction. He goes to the extent of comparing a lot of what Zangief appears to have to what the Omega USF4 version of Zangief has.

VesperArcade looks at Zangief's crush counters, his armored attacks, and even goes into detail about what part of Zangief's body that he is hitting the opponent with during some of his attacks.

Keep in mind that this breakdown only looks at what the trailer has shown since Zangief's gameplay outside of the trailer is somewhat scarce at the moment. VesperArcade states that he may create another breakdown video later when more is known about Zangief.

Hit the jump below to check out the breakdown video.

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Misse's explosive Makoto blows up Ninomae, Mago steals Daigo's tech and Pepeday serves up a ton of Tostadas; Topanga B League day nine highlights

Day nine of the 5th Topanga B League was jam-packed with exciting Street Fighter happenings. From super fast perfects, to dehumanizing move repetitions, day nine has a ton to offer.

We begin with one of the world's strongest Makoto players: Misse.

Round 1... FI-KO!!

In our first highlight, Misse goes full throttle against Ninomae's Rose. After an initial airborne Axe Kick to open Ninomae up, everything Misse does hits. This leads to a stun, which in turn, leads to a perfect right out of the gate.

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Instantly better your footsies and decision making with this break down of game four of Daigo and Momochi's incredible Stunfest set

There's little doubt in our minds that taking the time to watch breakdowns such as these will absolutely level up your personal fighting game play.

One of the biggest reminders that we get from Jay Rego's Analyze This! series is the fact that a round is not won all at once, but rather through an accumulation of small victories.

"Victories" is a concept not even restricted to earning damage. Something as small as gaining the minuscule space needed to resume throwing safe fireballs can ultimately lead to overall victory. Top players such as MCZ|Daigo and EG|Momochi exemplify this perfectly in game four of their Stunfest set.

We even get to see the play by play leading up to Daigo's memorable, 25-hit Evil Ryu combo. While it'll take some time to build the mental awareness to compete with the likes of Daigo or Momochi, you can begin implementing these lessons right away in games against friends.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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'What if we, like, played somebody that was gonna watch this?' - We go back to the first Excellent Adventure on the series' 5 year anniversary

October 6th, 2010 was the day of the very first Excellent Adventure. Five years later, Mike and Gootecks boast one of the most popular series in the world of Street Fighter.

With no guests, no player cam and no idea what they were getting into, Mike and Gootecks play Super Street Fighter 4 for 13 minutes. The mood is actually somewhat nonchalant, as Gootecks introduces the show as a bit of an afterthought, not knowing to what heights it would some day reach.

They've come an insanely long way in terms of their approach and execution, but the spirit has always been the same. Watch as the Adventures begin, hilariously dated by comments such as "Have you seen Wall Street? You gotta see it man."

Hit the jump to see Episode one of The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross.

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'He just scored a double perfect... with his face' - Brolylegs discusses his strongest tourney performance yet in this exclusive interview

Update: Broly has just informed us of a vehicular emergency he and his family have just encountered, stranding them on their travels home from AB6. He's started a GoFundMe in an attempt to fix the situation.

Earlier: For those unaware, Mike "Brolylegs" Begum is a competitive fighting game player from Texas, who plays primarily using his tongue due to arthrogryposis.

At last weekend's Absolute Battle 6, Broly got farther than he'd ever gone in a major tournament, placing 5th overall. Seeing as Broly is such an inspiring figure to many, we approached him for an interview on his performance, and he graciously granted one.

Raptor: What was your favorite match, or rather, the most significant match you played in during the tourney?

Broly: "My favorite match was against this Balrog player named Jonas. He seemed to have my number early on and really tested my patience in the match. It took some serious adjustments to counter his defensive strategy... I was able to beat him in a close set 2-1. But let's not forget my double perfect in my first match vs. Vega! Haha."

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Hit the jump for the full interview.

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Shadow Jago can give the opponent one full stock of meter, has a five-projectile Shadow Endokuken, and much more

The folks over at Iron Galaxy and Microsoft have been pretty quiet about the development process of the new Shadow Jago as of late. As many know, Shago is going to be updated as his own original character in Killer Instinct season 2, thanks to the $100,000 raised in the Killer Instinct community fund project earlier this year.

At EVO, we learned quite a bit about Shadow Jago, including some of the differences from his normal counterpart. But since then, new details have been kept under Kan-Ra's wraps.

Today, however, Lead Combat Designer for Killer Instinct season 2 and 3, Keits, has unveiled new information about Shadow Jago. Right off the bat, we learn that his walk speed is 15% faster than regular Jago's, due to the increased duration of his forward and back dashes.

Additionally, Shago's sword will make a solid appearance in his combat, at fan request. Below, we see an image that shows the start up of both Jagos' uppercut. You can see that Shadow Jago's will incorporate his sword.

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These clever Guilty Gear memes will bring a smile to your face, even if you don't play the game

Bedman in an Ikea ad? "The Leo King?" These are just two examples of the hilarity that's been coming forth from the Guilty Gear Meme Twitter.

This Twitter is devoted to a growing collection of visual Guilty Gear jokes, puns and creative memes. Though some of these require a bit of background knowledge in the game, others are self explanatory.

We've collected a handful of our favorite images from the page, most of which involve some sort of skewing of popular culture icons, and have included them below. You can hit the jump for our full gallery, which is sure to have you laughing.

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The Call of Ragnarok results ft. Leffen, Problem X, Phenom, Shirou, Gonzales

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

If you thought this weekend's action was over with the conclusion of Kuwait's K.O. Fighting Game Festival yesterday, think again. The Call of Ragnarok is taking place in Norway, and is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event. Besides Ultra Street Fighter 4, there is also a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament being held.

Players you can expect to see include TSM|Leffen, KIG|Problem X, BX3TPL|Phenom, IND|Pro Fluke, YBK|Shirou, BX3TPL|Veggey, TT8BP|Android, Gonzales, Bashfest, RBN|Duppsko, Packz and more.

Streaming duties will be handled by RBNorway and Smash Norge.

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Fantasy sports coming to the FGC? DraftKings expanding into eSports soon

Fantasy sports coming to the FGC? DraftKings expanding into eSports soon

Fantasy sports are a big deal for many people who follow the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, and one of the biggest players in that scene has turned their head towards the eSports community.

DraftKings is projected to payout $1 billion in 2015, and while you can't directly compare the amount of cash being tossed around for pro sports to eSports, the fact a company of this size is getting involved is interesting.

The company DraftKings are turning their heads towards the biggest fish in the pond at the moment, League of Legends, but if things go well, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to see them expand into the FGC, which currently has a ton of growth and momentum swinging its way, especially with the upcoming release of Street Fighter 5.

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Rash is on his way to the Brazil Game Show with all new moves; check out his new throw and Ultra combo here

In just two days Brazil Game Show will kick off, and the Iron Galaxy team will be debuting their latest work on the first character for Killer Instinct, Season 3: Rash.

We've been able to play around with a beta version of the Battletoad, but now we'll finally get to see Rash as a complete character with a full move set.

Below is one of Rash's new moves, a walking throw of some sort:

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Hit the jump to check out Rash's Ultra combo.

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Cinder's jumping medium kick gets better, Sabrewulf's Leaping Slash improves, tons of bug fixes and more - Killer Instinct 2.10 patch notes

The Killer Instinct 2.10 update will be going live tomorrow afternoon.

Official patch notes can be found here in this story and feature a ton of different bug fixes, along with a couple of character changes.

The focus of this patch seems to be on those pesky, unintended instances like where Aganos could be thrown out of a recapture stagger, while no other character was throwable in the same situation.

Hit the jump for the full Killer Instinct 2.10 patches notes.

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Impossible comebacks, top-notch plays and even a triple perfect; Snake Eyez takes on Yubiken's Santarouman and Dashio

It's no secret that Zangief doesn't fare well against the likes of Seth or Sagat, and that stands even more true when YBK|Dashio and YBK|Santarouman are the ones on the sticks controlling them.

One of the strongest Zangief players in the world, RB|Snake Eyez, spent some recent time in Japan for Tokyo Game Show, and took on the challenge of playing these two top fighters in a pair of exhibitions.

The resulting matches were nothing short of spectacular. Snake first takes on Santarouman in a two out of three set, then goes up against Dashio in a first to five. We won't reveal too much, but we will urge you to keep in mind the old adage, "it's not over till it's over," as exemplified in the sequence below:

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That GIF is a pretty good indicator of how close these rounds tend to be. There's also a point where someone scores a triple perfect, but you'll have to check out the videos after the jump below to find out who.

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Meaty overhead leads to almost 500 damage, command throw combos after Crush Counter: Vesper's Street Fighter 5 Birdie guide

VesperArcade returns today with another useful Street Fighter 5 combo guide. Today, we get to learn the intricacies of the beta's only grappler, Birdie.

In this tutorial, Vesper covers Birdie's different bread and butter combos. Although he doesn't have much (due to being a grappler), there are a few tricks shown here that Birdie players will certainly want to adopt.

After a sweep, Birdie can set up a meaty forward + heavy kick overhead. If successful, he can then convert into a full combo using Critical Art for nearly 500 damage.

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Additionally, Birdie can also combo into a throw or command grab after a Crush Counter. While this is a mechanic that applies to everyone on the roster, it's still not a very well known technique.

You can check out the Street Fighter 5 Birdie combo guide below.

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On the road to eSports? PandaXGaming's slick player cards and halftime show at AB6 attest to the FGC's increasing level of professionalism

While it may be a bit of a stretch to call it a mile marker on the FGC's road to eSports, we are seeing more and more professionalization in tournament presentation. At Aboslute Battle 6, SolidxPanda has put in quite an effort to set his stream apart from the norm.

This isn't the first time we've seen player presentations such as these, but AB6 isn't sponsored by companies like Capcom or MadCatz. This is a grassroots effort, motivated and executed by the local community. They've even featured a "halftime show," done by Daily Dot.

Take a look at a few of the player vs. screens below:

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This is a great example for future tournaments to take on. As we continue on the road towards eSports, growing attention to presentation is a great way to maintain professionalism and make a statement about just how seriously we take ourselves in the FGC.

You'll find another great example of innovative live stream presentation by Showdown GG.

Source: PandaXGaming.

The streak continues: ZeRo gets 2-0'd in pools, but still takes 1st in an amazing losers bracket run at The Big House 5

Gonzalo "TSM|ZeRo" Barrios is widely renowned as the best Super Smash Bros. 4 player on the scene right now. Saying that he wins every tournament he attends is not an exaggeration.

In fact, ZeRo has placed 1st in 54 out of the 55 Super Smash Bros. Wii U singles tournaments he has competed in since June 2014. This would have been a perfect score, if not for his 3rd place win at Sky's Smash 4 Invitational in late November of last year, as reported by the SSBWiki.

Spending so much time on the game -- both competing and frequently creating tutorial content -- caused Barrios to feel burned out and announce a hiatus from the scene early last month. Though he didn't compete at Paragon -- another large-scale Smash tournament that took place the first week of September -- his hiatus was short lived as ZeRo entered a handful of smaller events over the course of the month.

The Big House 5 is one of, if not the largest Super Smash Bros. event around, and fans everywhere were curious to see how the champion would Fair against the best of the best this time.

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