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Leffen finally secures United States Visa, will be able to compete at EVO and other tournaments

Team Solo Mid just announced that they have been able to secure a visa so that TSM|Leffen can compete in the United States.

Currently, Leffen will be able to compete stateside through July on a short-term P1 visa. "We are working on extending this Visa for the long term, and will announce an update as soon as one is available." TSM says, indicating that there are still a few hurdles left for Leffen to jump.

Team Solo Mid's announcement included the reasons why Leffen's initial visa was rejected.

"Super Smash Bros. Melee is a grassroots game that is not institutionalized, Melee is not considered a legitimate sport, there is no real ranking system other than a few non-legitimate websites."

With this short term solution Leffen will be able to attend EVO 2016, along with any other tournaments before August.

Source: Team Solo Mid.

Coaching officially banned at EVO 2016 for quarter finals and beyond

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar -- one of the main EVO series tournament organizers -- took to Twitter yesterday in order to share one of the upcoming event's important rules. According to the two tweets sent out by Wizard, coaching will not be allowed in the latter parts of EVO 2016.

For those unfamiliar, coaching is a practice seen in tournament play where a friend or confidant will join a player at their station and provide them with advice between matches.

Coaching has been a topic of debate for quite some time now, with many feeling that it might give players an unfair advantage.

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Northwest Majors 8 results ft. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Snake Eyez, Filipino Champ

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

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, FOX|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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EGLX 2016 results ft. Armada, Hungrybox, Leffen, Mango, Nairo

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a huge Super Smash Bros. gathering taking place this weekend at the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo in Toronto, Canada.

The event will feature tournaments in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Smash Bros. 64. There will also be an 8-player invitational Street Fighter 5 tournament.

Players you can expect to see compete include Alliance|Armada, Liquid|Hungrybox, TSM|Leffen, C9|Mango, COG|Mew2King, Liquid|Nairo, Tempo|Westballz, Tempo|Axe, Boreal|Ally and many more. Streaming duties will be handled by CLASH Tournaments and AffinityPlay.

Check out the full action below.

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KVOxTSB 2016 results ft Kazunoko, Ranai, Nage, Machaboo

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of Japan's biggest majors is taking place this weekend, KVO x TSB, and it features a huge amount of games going on.

At this event, you'll get to see high-level gameplay for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter 5, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition, Blade Arcus, Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel, Koihime Enbu, Aquapazza, Arcana Heart 3: Love MAX!!!!! and even a tournament in the yet-to-be-released King of Fighters 14.

Players attending are honestly too many to count, but just to name a few you can look forward to seeing - Kazunoko, Ranai, Dogura, Kindevu, Eita, VGBC|aMSa, MOV, Machaboo, Samitto, Nage, Omito, Nakamura, Taka, Kedako, Hamburg, Susumu, Tanabata, TMP|Cross, BE|DoraBang, RF, GC|Go1, Ain, Brice, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Gachikun, Die-chan, KojiKOG, Kyabetsu, Sabohani - and again, many, many, many more.

Streaming is being handled by GodsGarden, Team Spooky, KVO 2K13 and Shi_Gaming.

Check out the full action below.

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In 'Musical Melee', a drummer times his beats to the hits exchanged between Armada and Leffen in a match from BEAST 6

If there's one thing the internet never ceases to do, it's impress us with amazing stuff like this.

In this video from Caleb Goss, we get to see drum beats going along with top-level match of Super Smash Bros. Melee, and ... it's actually really cool, and works well.

You can find the full performance between Armada's Peach and Leffen's Fox below.

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Can character hatred in the Smash Brothers series be a good thing? Smash Symposium explores the origins of character stigma and its surprising benefit

In last week's Smash Symposium, we talked about Bayonetta and her current status in the community. This time, we'll be delving into the world of character-based stigma and how hatred for a character can develop in multiple ways.

While the Symposium deals primarily in Smash Brothers related affairs, anyone familiar with the fighting game community, casually or competitively, will also be familiar with characters that carry a certain atmosphere of hatred or discomfort in different games.

By examining character hatred under the lens of Melee and Wii U, we can explore why negative associations are attached to characters, how those associations change over time, and the potential good that can come from acknowledging these stigmas.

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ZeRo reveals who he believes are the top Smash 4 players in the world for each character

Not too long ago, we shared TSM|ZeRo's top players video for the first ten characters in Smash 4.

He has since released four more videos, each showcasing ten more of the best players in the world according to character.

As the undisputed Smash 4 top dog right now, ZeRo's opinion goes a long way in matters such as these. His comprehensive knowledge of the game has been displayed time and time again, and so we'd be hard pressed to find a more qualified judge for this.

After you check out his lists, let us know if you agree or not in the comments.

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Texas Showdown 2016 results ft Rico Suave, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Texas Showdown 2016 is taking place in ... Well, Texas.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5, but you'll also get to see tournament play of Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

As for players attending, you can expect to see UA|Rico Suave, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, F3|Sleep, Julio, UA|Bass, WFX|801 Strider, Wolfkrone, Brenttiscool, F3|Alucard, DL|FourWude, WT|Hamad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|El Cubano Loco, CH|BrolyLegs, GS|Gllty, UA|Jan, UA|Showtime, Nacer, VGP|Integra, TFA|OmgItzAndre, ThrashHeavy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, Smash United, Texas Melee and BeastChan23.

Check out the full action below.

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Smash Summit 2 results ft. Armada, Hungrybox, Mango, Mew2King

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Running Thursday through Sunday this weekend, a whole bunch of top Smashers are holed in with one another inside one house - enter Smash Summit 2.

This event has a bunch of different Super Smash Bros. Melee action going on, all weekend long, so make sure to tune in.

Players featured are Alliance|Armada, Liquid|Hungrybox, C9|Mango, COG|Mew2King, PG|Plup, Tempo|Westballz, Tempo|Axe, WFX|Shroomed, CLG|SFAT, Secret|Silent Wolf, PG|Esam, CLG|PewPewU, mYi|Ice, MIOM|S2J, Duck and PG|Wobbles.

Check it out below.

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Modders have added Goku into Super Smash Bros. Wii U, includes custom voice clips

Dragon Ball Z and Smash Bros. fans have wanted Goku in one of the series' games for some time now. So, it was only a matter of time until modders brought us the next best thing.

Super Mega Buster 123 Win64 Gigabyte put together a video showing a mod that slaps a great looking Goku skin over Ryu's character model. With fireballs and high-flying uppercuts, the transition is a smooth one.

This isn't a simple skin customization, though. The Goku mod comes with unique voice cilps that play when he performs different moves and gets hit.

Be prepared to hear "Kamehameha" a lot.

Click image for animated version

You can check out the mod in action below.

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Is Bayonetta truly breaking Smash 4? Action John's Smash Symposium explains why you shouldn't be so afraid of the big, bad witch

Welcome to the Smash Symposium, a weekly series that aims at discussing events in the world of competitive Super Smash Brothers. In today's entry we will be exploring a character that has gotten a lot of negative attention, and even hatred, as of late: the one and only Bayonetta.

For those who are not familiar, Bayonetta is a character in Smash Bros. Wii U who can get quite a lot of momentum, damage, and even kills off of a well placed hit, causing enough frustration to lead to the decision to ban Bayonetta in Spain.

But is the umbra witch truly ban-worthy? To bring some light to the situation, we will address areas of controversy, her weaknesses as a character, record in competitive play, and more using available evidence to show why she may not be that scary after all.

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The best Smash 4 player in the world lists his top players per character - check out pt. 1 of ZeRo's new video series

TSM|ZeRo -- easily regarded as the best Super Smash Bros. 4 player in the world -- returns today with a new video series that is definitely interesting and quite educational.

The Smash 4 champion brings to us part 1 of his top players list for each character on the roster. ZeRo points out that these choices were made based on tournament results, consistency, those who pushed the character forward, and his personal opinion.

Part 1 features player choices for Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Rosalina, Bowser Jr., Wario, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong. Not only is it great to see someone as knowledgeable as ZeRo provide his insight on these players and why they made his list, but those looking to research the best players for their favorite characters now have an incredibly helpful tool at their disposal.

You can check out part 1 of ZeRo's list after the jump.

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Pokkén Tournament and both Super Smash Bros. games join Street Fighter 5 in surpassing 1000 entrants at EVO 2016

Even though EVO is still 3 months away, people are making sure to plan way ahead for the event.

It was said a while back that Street Fighter 5 had surpassed 3000 entrants, but SF5 isn't the only game going huge.

Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Wii U both got close to 2000 last year, and they're already both above 1000 for this year as well. But wait - that's not all.

One of the new entries in the EVO 2016 lineup, Pokkén Tournament, has also managed to reach above 1000 entrants - with 3 more months to go.

Hit the jump to check out the tweets from Tom Cannon confirming that Nintendomination is inbound for EVO 2016.

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Canada Cup Vancouver series looks to keep Marvel alive with exhibitions between Justin Wong, Kane Blueriver and BEE; coming May 13th-15th

Canada Cup Vancouver Series will be taking the place of Master Series, one of Canada's biggest and well known majors, this year.

While the event will feature nine titles including Street Fighter 5 and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tournament organizer Lap Chi Duong has made it no secret that one of the major purposes for this tournament is to keep Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 alive.

Lap Chi has scheduled three UMvC3 exhibitions featuring EG|Justin Wong, BE|Kane Blueriver and Canada's own BEE Marvel. The two EVO champs and last year's Canada Cup winner will each square off against one another on finals day.

Register and book your hotel, which offers free breakfast, before April 22nd to receive a special discounted rate. For more information, and to register head over to the Canada Cup tournament website and Facebook page.

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