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Capcom Pro Tour was built for Street Fighter 5; Dahlgren feels online is the future of fighting games

Dahlgren: Online is the future of fighting games; Capcom Pro Tour was built for Street Fighter 5

Capcom's Director of Brand Marketing & eSports, Matt Dahlgren, had some compelling things to say about the fighting game genre in an interview conducted back at New York Comic-Con earlier this year.

"I really think online is the future of fighting games," stated Dahlgren at the time.

Capcom said they have plans to put a heavy emphasis on the online aspect of Street Fighter 5, offering the community new tools and research options to level up their skills.

Dahlgren noted that they've put a lot of focus into the online experience in SF5, and they want to give the community tools they need to find different matches, do research and level up their game.

"That's where the Capcom Fighters Network comes in, you can search for all of the different matches that are going on, you can drill down per region, there's a big world map. You can use that to find your favorite player, and study their replays," said Dahlgren.

"It gives you a lot more access than you've ever had before. Those online tools are going to help players take their game to the next level," he said.

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Makoto's super dodges an attack on wake up, uses scary corner mix ups, and more: Melee It On Me's Bobby Scar plays some serious Street Fighter

Melee It On Me's Bobby Scar is most known for his work in the world of Super Smash Bros.. However, thanks to Gootecks and Mike Ross' Excellent Adventures, we not only learned that Scar can play Street Fighter, but he can also play it pretty damn well.

Instead of fighting random opponents online, this time we get to see the Smash aficionado play out a serious Ultra Street Fighter 4 set. Going up against DM|Burn Notice at a recent installment of Churning The Butter, the Makoto player and the C. Viper, respectively, put on a great show.

Using Makoto's super on wake up to avoid a meaty attack and hitting his opponent with a devastating corner mix up are just a couple of the hype moments you'll see from Scar here. You can check out both in the GIFs below.

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There's much more to see, so be sure to check out the full set after the jump.

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DreamHack Winter 2015 live stream ft. Xian, Luffy, Armada, Leffen, Mango, Hungrybox, Valmaster, Problem X, Phenom, Infexious, HumanBomb and more

The final Capcom Pro Tour event is upon us. But that's not all - there's a huge Super Smash Bros. Melee presence at this tournament as well. You can expect top-level competition in both games this weekend, with a lot of prize money on the line - a $15,000 prize pool for Ultra Street Fighter 4 and a combined $30,000 prize pool between singles and doubles in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

As for contestants you can expect to see, the event will have RZR|Xian, MD|Luffy, Alliance|Armada, TSM|Leffen, C9|Mango, Liquid|Hungrybox, YP|Valmaster, KIG|Problem X, BX3TPL|Phenom, Rize|Infexious, CCG|HumanBomb, FA|Ryan Hart, IND|Pro Fluke, PG|Plup, RZR|RB, LLL|Roy Sommeling, Keoma, Tempo|Axe, Tempo|Westballz, WFX|Shroomed, Gonzales, Reiketsu, SFAT, IND|Ixion, Fe|MacD, mYi|Ice, BX3TPL|Veggey, MIOM|S2J, HugS, UM|RMZ, Yagami, COG|Wizzrobe, GxC|Damascus, Duck, VwS|Professor Pro, Afii, Chino, Ettelman, Amsah, Overtriforce, Android, Bashfest, Brick and more.

Hit the jump to check out the event.

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'I hope that people who avoided Vega in the past will like him in SF5' - Reiketsu talks tournaments, Street Fighter 5, reasons for using Vega and more

Note: This interview was conducted in Japanese and subsequently translated by the interviewer.

We're very committed here at EventHubs to bringing you as many interviews with top players as possible. As such, we've reached out to a bunch of top-level Japanese players that people outside of Japan might not be too personally familiar with.

Our final player in this phase is the masked terror himself, Reiketsu. With strong showings across his several tournaments appearances this year using his stellar Vega, he's gearing up for DreamHack this weekend along with Gonzales.

In the interview, Reiketsu talks about his reasons for choosing Vega, how he feels about the drastic changes made to the character in the upcoming Street Fighter 5, DreamHack prospects and more. You can find a snippet below.

MajinTenshinhan: When did you start playing fighting games?

Reiketsu: The first fighting game I touched was the first version of King of Fighters 2002, so that was 13 years ago. At that time, I was satisfied just having learned the special moves for my characters.

It wasn't until Street Fighter 4 that I started playing fighting games seriously. A big trigger for me was seeing Kindevu's match at SBO 2010. The whole match fired me up, and I remember thinking "I want to be up on that stage one day!"

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

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Four characters that really need to be in Street Fighter 5

In terms of Street Fighter 5, we already know that six characters will be coming out over the year of 2016. Unfortunately, the identities of these fighters are likely exposed by recent leaks.

After these initial six DLC characters, a second wave of downloadable characters are slated to be released as well.

In a recent video, Maximilian chimes in to tell us about four characters that he believes should be a part of this following wave. This isn't just a list of his favorites, this is a list of figures that are integral to the series, and that Max feels truly have a place in SF5.

Max gives his opinion on why each of these picks are important to the game, and makes some pretty compelling arguments for each one. Hit the jump to see the video.

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Snake Eyez dives head first into Japanese culture, makes his way to an arcade and runs into a few surprises in episode three of Cultivation

Here in the West, it's easy to develop perceptions of Japan based on media exposure, but as RB|Snake Eyez quickly discovers, preconceptions rarely paint accurate pictures.

Episode three of Cultivation: House of Snake Eyez is here, and in it, Snake is finally able to immerse himself into the Japanese culture. From the food to the philosophy, Snake experiences a drastic change of pace from back home in Southern California.

After getting acquainted, Snake makes his way to an arcade to test his skill against the local competition. He's immediately impressed by the strong fighting game presence in the arcade, recalling days past wherein arcades flourished in America with a similar vigor.

How does he do against this local competition? Hit the jump to watch the episode and find out.

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'Since I started playing Super SF4, not a day has gone by where I haven't played it' - Matsuri talks fighting game origins, Street Fighter 5 and more

Note: This interview was conducted in Japanese and subsequently translated by the interviewer.

We're very committed here at EventHubs to bringing you as many interviews with top players as possible. As such, we've reached out to a bunch of top-level Japanese players that people outside of Japan might not be too personally familiar with.

Second up is perhaps the strongest woman in the world when it comes to Street Fighter, Matsuri. She's been raising her profile this year by competing in bigger tournaments, and even making it into the prestigious Topanga League.

In our interview, Matsuri talks her fighting game history, Street Fighter 5 prospects, desire to travel to more tournaments, being a woman fighting game player and more. Below, you'll find a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games?

Matsuri: I started playing fighting games during Super Street Fighter 4. I loved games in general a lot, but I'd never played a fighting game until then. But, since I started playing Super Street Fighter 4, not a day has gone by where I haven't played it.

Hit the jump to check out the rest of the interview.

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Momochi and Daigo remind us of why they're amongst the best in the world in these Topanga day 12 highlights

The final day of Topanga A League is now over. We have our final highlights post to bring to you, and it's got a lot of crazy moments.

When you try to use Dive Kicks on Kazunoko

YBK|Dashio made a surprise switch to Decapre today when he played Kazunoko and his top tier Yun.

Despite a comfortable life lead, in the first round of their fourth match, Dashio was not able to close out the round.

Kaz lands a series of attacks, and then backs off to see what his opponent will do. An EX air drill from Dashio is met with an incredible reaction to close out the round.

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Enter the minds of Tokido and Fuudo at their best; Analyze This! breaks down one of the greatest sets of 2015: Canada Cup Grand Finals

It was an incredibly stacked tournament, most likely because of its position as the final point-awarding event of the 2015 Capcom Pro Tour, and the Grand Finals of Canada Cup this year was a set for the USF4 history books.

The final two competitors were RZR|Fuudo and MCZ|Tokido, and they both played simply out of their minds.

Jay Rego continues his Analyze This! series by breaking down this epic set, one decision at a time. He explains what each competitor is likely thinking, and how each move sets up several others for the future.

Thus far, Rego has finished the first game of the set, and you can take a look at it after the jump.

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5th Topanga A League results

Update: This story has been updated with final results for the 5th Topanga A League.

After the grueling matches of the 5th Topanga B League, the payoff is about to come to the few that managed to qualify.

The 5th Topanga A League is upon us, and for the next month we will be seeing MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, Uryo, RB|Bonchan, Kazunoko, FGC|Michael-tan, YBK|Dashio, Hagejin, FGC|Pepeday, KitasenjuDJ, Nemo and MCZ|Tokido battling it out for the grand prize, and the prestigious "Topanga League Champion" title.

The first round of matches are first-to-3 online matches between all of the competitors. After this, the 11th and 12th placers are ejected from the league, while the 5th-10th placers will battle it out in offline first-to-7 sets, wherein the top 2 placers join the 1st-4th placers in a final 6-man first-to-7 offline round robin for the grand prize.

This is a pay-per-view event, but if you're prepared to pay you can find today's broadcast here. Also, you can watch the first hour of the broadcast every day without paying.

Hit the jump to check out current standings, battle logs and scheduled matchups.

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Dashio freestyles, Momochi engages the clutch and Kazunoko does the impossible; Topanga day 11 highlights

Day 11 of Topanga A League has come to an end. We've gone through the archive to grab some of our favorite moments to share with you.

The Scramble is Real

In the first set of the day, EG|Momochi and YBK|Dashio took it down to the 18th match. Note that these are first to sevens, with a win by two or first to 10 rule. To lose after putting this much effort into a set would be demoralizing to say the least.

Up a round, Dashio looks to close things out with a strong offensive series, but Momochi decides he'd like to take things to the absolute final round. Given the stakes, the scramble here had us on the edge of our seats.

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Daigo loses 7-0 to Kazunoko at Topanga League; find out how and why in our in-depth analysis

As Topanga A League closes in on the final days for this year, we're seeing the absolute cream of the crop facing off.

Today, MCZ|Daigo took on Kazunoko in a first to seven set, and lost in seven games. For clarity's sake, the final score was 7-1, as Daigo was automatically awarded a win for placing higher than Kazunoko in the previous Topanga round.

Seeing as Daigo is argued to be the greatest Street Fighter player in the world, we had to stop and take a closer look to see exactly how Kazunoko pulled off this incredible feat.

We've gone through the archives, analyzing how and why The Beast, who is known for his adaptation in set play, wasn't able to take a single game in this bout.

Hit the jump to get started.

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Who are the top 10 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players currently?

Who are the top 10 Ultra Street Fighter 4 players currently?

2015 is almost at an end, and we're about to start up our top 50 lists for the year, kicking off tomorrow with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. We're doing a special twist on this year's panels by inviting top players and pundits from the community to vote on each of our panels.

That said, we'd like to know who our readers think are the top 10 players in Ultra Street Fighter 4 currently, and we've compiled a list of almost 60 players to vote on.

To make the list of candidates, we took the top 50 players from the Capcom Pro Tour standings, everyone from the Topanga A League and the top 16 placers at EVO 2015.

The competition for Ultra Street Fighter 4 has never been more intense, and we'd like to know who you feel stand at the top of the heap, currently. You can vote in our poll below, and see the early results.

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'If you go back and check all of our tapes, this series might be the most losses ever' Excellent Adventures episode #91

The trio has not had the best of luck on Excellent Adventures as of late, which causes Mike Ross to ponder if this is the most amount of loses they've ever had on the show.

WFX|801 Strider joins Gootecks and Mike once again to offer strong coaching advice, but will that be enough to save our heroes?

You can find out in Excellent Adventures episode #91 below. Here's a .gif from the episode, and another one of Mike Ross holding that L that we used in the banner — because we'll be asked for it a ton in the comments if we don't include it.

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Street Grand Battle 2015 results ft GamerBee, Luffy, Valmaster, Ryan Hart

Update: This story has been updated wtih final results.

This weekend, Street Grand Battle 2015 will be taking place in Lyon, France.

There will be both single and team tournaments for Ultra Street Fighter 4 as well as a special 16 player invitational tournament with the latest build of Street Fighter 5.

A ton of notable players are attending this event - you can expect to see AvM|GamerBee, MD|Luffy, YP|Valmaster, FA|Ryan Hart, KIG|Problem X, CCG|HumanBomb, Keoma, BX3TPL|Phenom, Rize|Infexious, IND|Pro Fluke, BX3TPL|Veggey, Melty|Cuongster, BTM|Hurricane237, UM|Tyrant, Melty|Will2Pac, SML|SolidJin, GxC|Damascus, GL|Saunic, Packz, Afii, UM|RMZ and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by VersusFightingTV and Unequalled Media.

Hit the jump to check out the action.

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