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ESL MKX Pro League Season 2 finals results ft. SonicFox, Foxy Grampa, WoundCowboy, Scar

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, the Season 2 finals of the ESL MKX Pro League are taking place, and you can bet tensions are high as the players compete for prizes to the tune of $100,000.

Several players have worked hard to qualify for this final stage, and the 16 contestants you'll be seeing today are cR|SonicFox, PXP|A Foxy Grampa, cR|WoundCowboy, UA|Scar, cR|Biohazard, PND|Madzin, Pig of the Hut, RZR|Perfect Legend, Lar, cR|Xarakamaka, LLL|Taco, UndeadJim, Sakr0n, Noble Dab, St9rm and CrawlingShadow.

The tournament format is double-elimination, and you can follow all the action at NetherRealm's Twitch channel.

Also, make sure not to miss the Kombat Kast, scheduled to begin at 3:45PM PST, where we'll likely see some footage of the upcoming Kombat Pack 2 characters in action.

Hit the jump to check the action out for yourself.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 31-40 - Justin Wong, Latif, Dakou and Phenom take their spots

The EventHubs top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 player list continues tonight with the 31st through 40th placers.

EG|Justin Wong, Latif, Qanba|Dakou and B3XTPL|Phenom all find spots in the top 40.

This is a very diverse portion of the list in terms of countries these competitors hail from, as six different regions are represented here.

You can find the breakdown below.

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'You have to beat their asses!' - Mike Ross and Gootecks discuss how vets can keep newcomers hungry in Street Fighter 5

Street Fighter 5 is less than a month away from release now, and with this new iteration in the franchise Capcom is aiming at bringing in more newcomers than ever. But once these fresh-faced fighters do try their hand at the new game, how can veterans keep them around and continue expanding the community?

In their latest episode of Wise Words w/ Gootecks & Mike Ross, the Cross Counter boys discuss exactly that.

"If you want to keep these newcomers around and keep their hunger levels at a maximum, it's the FGC vets' responsibility to beat their asses," Mike starts. "You have to filter out the weak; you can't force hunger on a player."

Though this might sound like a bit of joke response, Mike goes on to explain similar experiences when he was a newcomer. Veterans such as LU|Alex Valle, Mike Watson, and Ed Ma all kept him coming back, aspiring to beat the best.

Gootecks and Mike go on to discuss more ways that FGC veterans can keep the competitive spirit alive in new players. You can check out the video after the jump.

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Throws have longer startup, different teching properties and can be counter-hit during startup - Learn all you need about throws in SF5

A lot of people joined the scene with the release of Street Fighter 4, and thus they may not be accustomed to just how different the intricacies of a fighting game can become when throw properties are adjusted.

If you go into Street Fighter 5 with a SF4 mentality, it's likely you'll end up frustrated with getting counterhit and not being able to tech when you believe you did. Therefore, this video from Nevillebamshew is an absolute must for anyone who wants to get serious with Street Fighter 5 - it details exactly how throws work, and in each step notes how that's different or similar to SF4.

Hit the jump to check out this informative video.

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The King of New York results ft. Smug, Dieminion, K-Brad, Sanford Kelly

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, The King of New York will be taking place ... Well, where else? New York City, of course.

This will be a 10-man round robin tournament, with 7 players already qualified for the A League - PIE|Smug, YOMI|Dieminion, EG|K-Brad, TSC|Sanford Kelly, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Zeus and OG|RLBS.

The round robin is taking place on Sunday, while on Saturday there will be qualifier for the last 3 spots, which has entrants such as Liquid|NuckleDu, OG|Shine, DCB|AfterDeath, PxG|Integra, CoinUp|Ludovic and DFW|TommyGunz vying for those last few spots. The qualifier is played in a Swiss format, so there will be a lot of matches to enjoy.

Streaming duties are being handled by TS|Arturo Sanchez.

What are you waiting for? Hit the jump and enjoy the show.

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Filipino Champ discovered a Dhalsim frame trap in Street Fighter 5 that's ridiculously easy, and incredibly devastating

Dhalsim players: your day is about to get a whole lot brighter. Everyone else: prepare to be disheartened.

We knew Sim was a bit more rush down in Street Fighter 5, but we had no idea that he was capable of offense like this. PG|Filipinochamp took to Twitter today to share a gnarly set up with the Indian fighter.

After a forward throw, Sim can do a light Yoga Gale to put his foe in block stun, which according to Champ, leaves him at 13 frames of advantage. Sim can then throw out his Crush Counter, and if his opponent tries to attack, they're in for a huge damage combo.

Not only does Sim have the potential to lop off 50% of their life bar, but he'll leave them very close to being stunned as well. You'll see this tech in action after the jump.

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Bayonetta can 0-to-death you off the top of the screen, off the side of the screen, do 47% damage with one combo - Smash's newcomer comes in swinging

Last night, Hideki Kamiya's latest star, Bayonetta, joined the fray in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, and bringing her signature flair with her, as videos here show her pull off combos from 0% to 47%, 0% to death off the top of the screen and 0% to death off the side of the screen.

Now, granted, combos in the Super Smash Bros. series aren't as clear cut as in many other fighting games, thanks to a mechanic called Directional Influence (DI for short), which allows the attackee to control some of their aerial movement while being attacked, and as such, these combos aren't always guaranteed. I have a hard time seeing how you could DI out of that forward-air loop, though...

With that said, though, it's still a very impressive display, and if this is what Bayonetta has to show day 1, then Sheik just might have to drop from the top spot and hand her crown over to the new Queen of Smash before long.

Hit the jump to see gaming's favorite witch in action.

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LordKnight's tier list for Guilty Gear Xrd 1.1

A little ways back, D-Link|LordKnight shared his tier list Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN 1.1.

He broke his listing down into four categories, showing top tier (bottom), low tier (bottom), and by which characters are the most honest (right) or bull crap (left). About 10 of the cast members were firmly in the bull crap region.

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You can compare these to our community voted listings here on EventHubs as well.

What do you think of his breakdown? Feel free to comment below.

Sagat's scar, Gouken's murder, Evil Ryu and more depicted in Street Fighter Unlimited - comes with Amazon pre-orders of SF5

One of the perks you get for pre-ordering Street Fighter 5 off of Amazon is a free digital copy of Street Fighter Unlimited #1 from Udon.

The comic depicts things like Sagat receiving his scar, Gouken's murder by Akuma, Evil Ryu and more.

This is an interesting inclusion for Street Fighter 5, and it makes one wonder if these are events we'll see fleshed out in the game's story mode, or if it's just a simple throw in item.

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Five traits that separate high level fighting game players from everyone else

"Everyone knows playing any fighting game is just about making reads and countering correctly." That's what Tekken player Stephen "SpeedKicks" Stafford broadly boils effectiveness at fighting games down to. A very simple concept, but something very few begin to truly grasp with much sense of efficiency.

Stafford's most recent claim to fame is his Tekken 7 victory at Kumite in Tennesse earlier this year. After his win at KiT, he released a list of five attributes that he feels top players excel at.

Much like his statement about effectively playing fighters, Stafford's list is populated with seemingly simple concepts. It's in his break down of each of these that we find some insight that sheds new light on our approach.

Though SpeedKicks offers his advice with Tekken in mind, his ideas here very much permeate through any and all fighting games. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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EventHubs 2015 top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players 21-30 - crossing halfway mark with 801 Strider, Pepeday, Smug, Dieminion and Itazan

We cross the halfway mark today for our top 50 Ultra Street Fighter 4 list of 2015, running down the 21st through 30th placements.

WFX|801 Strider, FGC|Pepeday, PIE|Smug, YOMI|Dieminion and Itabashi Zangief all find spots in this range.

Unlike past years, we invited a number of top players to participate on the panel for 2015 voting.

Along with today's listing, you can find a rundown of who participated on the panel below, along with links to previous entries.

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Momochi's F.A.N.G drains about 50% of Kazunoko's lifebar using critical art combo - Two pros square off in Street Fighter 5

Two top players took part in a Street Fighter 5 exhibition Capcom Japan held recently, EG|Momochi and Kazunoko.

One of the best aspects of this footage is we get to see a bit more of F.A.N.G in action, and in the hands of professional players no less. In one bout Momochi manages to land a near 50% critical art combo with F.A.N.G.

Both competitors square off against each other, and have some high damage combos along the way. Check out these gifs, and find the rest of the footage after the break.

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Street Fighter 5's menu interface was designed to 'keep everyone in tune with the community' - Ono talks about the importance of the FGC

In a recent interview with VentureBeat, Ono discussed the topic of the fighting game community as one of the talking points, and how it's influenced the way they think about the development of Street Fighter 5.

He notes that this is something they learned during the lifetime of Street Fighter 4, and one way they started incorporating this into their overall plans was to launch the Capcom Cup.

Ono: As far as what we learned from Street Fighter IV, one thing was that Street Fighter is not just what exists in the content of the game. There’s this whole separate world of esports and the fighting game community.

Now we have the Capcom Cup, which is part of that whole esports strategy.

After the jump, you can see more of Ono's statements, regarding how they went about implementing more community-mindedness in Street Fighter 5.

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IGN shows off four minutes of Kim Wu gameplay in Killer Instinct

Community Manager for Killer Instinct, Rukari Austin, joined IGN to show off about four minutes of gameplay with Killer Instinct's recently revealed Kim Wu.

Kim was officially announced earlier today during the KI World Cup. If you missed her showcase, you can see exactly how she plays, what her moves look like and get an overall feel of her in the video here.

The young fighter uses nun chucks to combat foes, and has some pretty great looking normals and pressure strings. Much like Spinal, Kim is able to summon power ups in the form of dragons.

Having dragons allows her very fast dashes which she can use to cancel moves or traverse the air or ground quickly. You can see her Ultra Combo below.

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Hit the jump to see the full video.

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Rumor: Smash Bros. game in development for Nintendo's NX console, may be 'complete edition' of Smash 4

The CEO of Tokyo-based Kantan Games, Serkan Toto, dropped a bit of a bombshell today when he stated that Bandai Namco is working on several launch titles for Nintendo's new console, code named the NX.

"Bandai Namco is currently developing several NX titles. Smash Bros is planned to be a launch title. I am not sure about the date - yet," wrote Toto.

"I haven't heard if it's a completely new (numbered) Smash Bros or not. Otherwise, source situation is solid," he added.

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