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OzHadou Nationals 14 early results, stream ft. Daigo, GamerBee, HumanBomb, Itabashi Zangief, K-Brad, Dark Jiewa

One of Asia/Oceania's Capcom Pro Tour Ranking events, OzHadou Nationals 14, is taking place this weekend in Sydney, Australia.

While the main focus is on Street Fighter 5, the tournament will also feature high-level play for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat XL, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match and King of Fighters 98.

Players expected to attend include BST|Daigo, ZW|GamerBee, HuomaoTV|HumanBomb, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, EG|K-Brad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, BurnoutFighter, Somniac, DS|Falco and many more.

Streaming is being handled by OzHadou, Sydney Smash, Sydney Smash 2, Yiggs AU, Gilbagz, MegaDarve and Gamrah.

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Absolute Battle 7 early results, streams ft. NuckleDu, Filipino Champ, Ricki Ortiz, Snake Eyez, LPN, RayRay, Arturo Sanchez

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Absolute Battle 7 is taking place this weekend in Dallas, Texas, and it's a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event as well as a Killer Instinct World Cup qualifier.

While Street Fighter 5 and Killer Instinct may be the main games, the tournament will also feature Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, King of Fighters 14, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament and Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

Players expected to attend include Liquid|NuckleDu, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, Circa|LPN, PG|RayRay, TS|Arturo Sanchez, BOTB|Vagabond, Hsien Chang, Nacer, Rylander, DL|FourWude, VGP|Integra and many more.

Streaming is being handled by PandaxGaming, Salty Mayhem and Tourney Locator.

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Shine 2016 early results, streams ft. Hungrybox, Mango, ZeRo, Mew2King, DaBuz, Westballz, Plup, Axe, Shroomed, Larry Lurr, SFAT, Esam

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This weekend has a lot of Smash action going on in Boston, Massachusetts.

This event will feature singles and doubles events for Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. 64 and a regular tournament for Pokkén Tournament.

Players expected to attend include Liquid|Hungrybox, C9|Mango, TSM|ZeRo, FOX|Mew2King, DaBuz, G2|Westballz, PG|Plup, Tempo|Axe, WFX|Shroomed, FAD|Larry Lurr, CLG|SFAT, PG|Esam, Selfless|Lucky, PG|MVD, Circa|6WX, SPY|MacD, PG|Trela, Duck , San, GGA|JJRockets and many more.

Streaming is being handled by VGBootCamp, Big Blue ES and Great Value Smash.

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Dream Team loses ANTi and Dabuz after sponsor fails to pay players in timely fashion

As Smash 4 continues to grow, we've seen a handful of top players score contracts with new sponsors, but an unfortunate turn of events has seen two thirds of Dream Team's Smash team part ways with the company.

ANTi, Dabuz and DT|HugS all joined forces June to create a formidable Smash presence for DT. These players have seen quite a bit of success since signing with DT, perhaps the most notable example being ANTi's CEO Smash 4 win.

ANTi took to Twitter to announce his departure earlier:


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It seems the only remaining Smash member on Dream Team is Melee Samus player HugS. You can get more details over in ESPN's article.

Summer Jam X results ft. SonicFox, NuckleDu, Julio, MC Kwiggle

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Summer Jam X is taking place this weekend in Philadelphia, PA.

While this is a CPT ranking event for Street Fighter 5 as well as a Battle Royale qualifier for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, there are a bunch of other games being played at the event. Besides these two, you can look forward to enjoying Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

Players expected to attend include cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Julio, MC Kwiggle, NVT|Flash, EVB|Chris Tatarian, EG|K-Brad, RB|Snake Eyez, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|LPN, PG|RayRay, PIE|Smug, Perfect Legend, PAG|LostSoul, F3|Alucard, D-Link|LordKnight, IFC Yipes, OG|Shine and many more.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, Bifuteki, Kombat Network, KPB Live, NYCFurby and Smash Studios.

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Leffen drunkenly used one of Melee's worst characters at Heir 3 this weekend... and it was incredible

Mewtwo is currently ranked 21st out of 26 on our Smash Bros. Melee tier list, but that didn't stop TSM|Leffen from using him for nearly the entirety of Heir 3 this weekend.

Despite Mewtwo's generally accepted low tier status, Leffen was able to play a major part in taking Sweden to victory in the crew tourney, and ended up placing 7th overall in singles.

Floaty and slow, Mewtwo is about as different as they come from Leffen's main character, Fox, and yet the Melee savant made things look incredibly easy. Check out this sequence from the crew tourney:


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Heir 3 results ft. Armada, Leffen, Ice, The Moon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Heir 3, the UK's biggest Super Smash Bros. tournament, is taking place this weekend.

At this event, you'll be seeing both Singles and Doubles for Super Smash Bros. Melee as well as Singles for Project M.

Players expected to attend include Alliance|Armada, TSM|Leffen, mYi|Ice, The Moon, VwS|Professor Pro, VGBC|ChuDat, Revo|Fuzzyness, Android, SDS|Tekk, Overtriforce, EMG|n0ne, LLL|Jeapie, Zgetto, Zoler and many more.

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Super Smash Bros. has more in common with traditional fighters than you may think - Super Smash Fighter goes in depth with offense in Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee is without a doubt very different from traditional fighting games, but that doesn't mean that there are't any similarities between them.

L Pag of Smashboards has been exploring just that in his Super Smash Fighter column, this time around with a piece primarily focused on offense.

The offense in any fighting game is built on the foundation of movement options, and the mechanics that the particular game gives you to work with. L Pag examines the options in games such as Marvel vs Capcom, Guilty Gear, and more and uses them as a point of comparison to what players can do in Melee.

The piece takes a pretty detailed look into Melee's movement options, and how pressure in melee compares to other games. You can check out L Pag's work for yourself over at Smashboards.

Source: Smashboards.

Umebura SAT results ft. Nairo, DaBuz, Mr. R, Abadango, Ranai

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

In case you're disappointed that Heir 3 in the UK doesn't have any Smash 4 competition, you can dry your tears right now, because Umebura SAT is taking place this weekend in Japan, and it's a fully Smash Bros. Wii U focused competition.

This event will feature lots of big names, including, but not limited to, Liquid|Nairo, dT|DaBuz, Mr. R, RSZ|Abadango, Ranai, Kamemushi, Komorikiri, Earth, Taiheita, Nietono, 9B, Rain, Choco and Hikaru.

Streaming is being handled by SHI Gaming.

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Five eSports practices the fighting game community should take from Dota 2

Yahoo eSports' Michael "Bizarro Mike" Martin wrote a very interesting and very relevant article yesterday titled "Five things the FGC can learn from Dota 2's The International."

Looking at the overall success of events like EVO, Mortal Kombat's ESL majors and the Capcom Pro Tour circuit, there's no denying that the fighting game community is off to a decent start when it comes to eSports, but we have a ways to go before we start garnering attention that other, more established genres like MOBAs do.

In his piece Martin identifies five specific processes that The International, an event that boasted more than a $20 million prize pool, practices that could really help the FGC grow.

While it's not quite apples to apples, these lessons are worth some discussion at the very least, and may propel the FGC to incredible new heights at the very best.

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Zer0 sets the foundation for a new Smash 4 tier list project by sharing his thoughts on the bottom tier characters

In the past, when TSM|Zer0 has tried to put together a comprehensive project on Sm4sh tiers, a major patch hits the game and he finds himself right back at square one.

In spite of his luck with patches however, Zero is still fighting the good fight. He's got a new tier list project underway, and with nearly 60 characters to cover, he's definitely got his work cut out for him.

The first episode of the series features the characters that Zer0 feels are the bottom 5 in the game. In his coverage, he makes sure to touch on where each character falls short, and sometimes offers comparisons to better characters to piece everything together.

You can check out the video after the jump.

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Ally, EVO 2016's Super Smash Bros. Wii U champion, picked up by Cloud9

Canadian super Smasher Ally just took to Twitter to announce that he's been picked up by the eSports organization Cloud9.

Cloud9 are no strangers to the Super Smash Bros. community, having sponsored EVO 2013 and 2014 champion C9|Mango for quite some time now.

You can see the announcement tweet from C9|Ally himself below. We wish C9|Ally, backed by his new sponsor, the best of luck in all future events he's attending.

Banner photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.

Super Smash Con 2016 results ft. Hungrybox, ZeRo, Mango, Mew2King, Ally

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend is huge for any Super Smash Bros. fan, as Super Smash Con is taking place in Chantilly, Virginia.

This massive event features tournaments (both Singles and Doubles) in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 64 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The list of players attending is huge, but just to give you a taste, here's some of the people you'll be seeing: Liquid|Hungrybox, TSM|ZeRo, C9|Mango, FOX|Mew2King, Ally, Liquid|Nairo, G2|Westballz, PG|Plup, dT|DaBuz, Mr. R, Abadango, Tempo|Axe, WFX|Shroomed, CLG|VoiD, PG|Esam, CLG|SFAT, Selfless|Lucky, PG|MVD, Zinoto, SPY|MacD, COG|Wizzrobe, Tempo|S2J, mYi|Ice, TA|Fatality, Tweek, Circa|6WX, DruggedFox, dT|Hugs, iQHQ|Vinnie, MVG|ScAtt SS|Colbol and VGBC|aMSa.

Streaming is being handled by VGBootCamp, VGBootCamp 2, TourneyLocator and TourneyLocator 2.

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Ally sends ZeRo home early from Smash Con after pulling off an insane 'zero to death' sequence from a single grab

Since the start of Smash 4, one name has occupied the top spot in both results and popular opinion: TSM|ZeRo. We now may be seeing that defined line between ZeRo and the rest of the pack beginning to haze around the edges, as one player in particular seems to be stepping up in a big way.

Enter Ally and his name-taking Mario, (you may recognize him as this year's Smash 4 EVO champion) who successfully knocked ZeRo out of Smash Con in a fairly unprecedented 13th place finish.

Not only did Ally take out the game's biggest target, he did it with a dominating 3-1 performance. Finishing a match against ZeRo with a win is a feat in and of itself, but it was one sequence in particular that had our jaws on the floor.

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Cammy scouts for her next challenge, Samus takes aim, and pin-up Harley Quinn: Jason Laboy's fighting game cosplay gallery

Our friend Jason Laboy has been building up quite the photography portfolio for some time now. A major part of his repertoire consists of attending various conventions and snapping shots of the best cosplayers he can find.

So, today we thought we'd share some of the work he's produced throughout the past year, as well as a handful of our personal favorites. In this gallery, we have characters from franchises such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, as well as warriors we've seen in games like Injustice, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Super Smash Bros.

Below are just a handful to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to view the everything.

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