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Grounded LK Tatsu into full U2, two cr. MPs into sweep, and more: Evil Ryu has interesting combo options using mid-combo meaty attacks

Evil Ryu is used quite often in competitive Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament play. It's safe to say that as far as tech goes for this in-your-face character, we've pretty much seen it all. Or so we thought...

A new combo video was sent to us earlier this week that demonstrates a number of interesting maneuvers Evil Ryu can pull off using mid-combo meaty attacks. While there are setups such as U1 being landed after a grounded LP DP, which we have seen before, other sequences show E. Ryu landing two crouching medium punches into a sweep, much like his heroic counterpart is capable of doing. This particular combo is meterless and can't be performed unless the meaty medium punch is utilized.

There are some other useful setups demonstrated here, including big stun combos and a way to hit a full-animation U2 after a grounded LK Tatsu.

Check out this Evil Ryu combo video below, and be ready to add many of these setups to your arsenal.

Next Level Battle Circuit #98 live stream feat. Ultra Street Fighter 4

Next Level Battle Circuit #98 live stream feat. Ultra Street Fighter 4 It's Wednesday afternoon, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

One Sagat player wipes out Mike Ross, fLoE, then Mike again - Ultra Excellent Adventures ep. 42: Tier Enthusiast

It's the holiday season, and the folks over at Cross Counter just keep on giving. Not only do they release each episode of their Ultra Excellent Adventures series -- free of charge -- most Sundays, but today they bring us their latest episode 4 days early.

In this installment, fLoE, Mike Ross, and Gootecks continue to battle opponents in the cruel, cruel world that is online USF4. Things go fairly well for the boys this time, that is, until they run into a Sagat player named FGM1234. Mike steps up to bat first using Hugo, and loses in the very close match.

Unfortunately, the Sagat player gets the best of fLoE as well, before taking on and defeating Mike Ross once again.

There's a ton of delicious salt in this episode, and while watching I couldn't help but wish that they could have tagged me in to play Dudley against the towering plasma-chucker.

Hit the jump to check out the latest episode of Ultra Excellent Adventures.

Mighty Kurokiba's Dee Jay double-perfects a 3200PP Zangief, nearly double-perfects Strider 801 - Ultra Street Fighter 4 player spotlight

Although Dee Jay is said to be one of Ultra Street Fighter 4's worst characters, in the hands of a skilled player, the Jamaican kickboxer can still do wonders.

Take, for instance, the first match featured in Olympic Gaming's latest USF4 spotlight, between Mighty Kurokiba and a 3200PP Zangief, where the former manages to score a double-Perfect victory.

Then watch him take on some of the most notable players in the world today: iPeru, Strider 801, Wolfkrone and EG|PR Balrog.

In Strider 801's case, Mighty Kurokiba manages to score a Perfect round, and almost gets away with a double-Perfect victory -- but chokes at the very last minute.

Now that Capcom will be making some balance changes in the v1.04 patch to the game in December, Dee Jay's only bound to get better as a character, right?

Now's the time to start paying attention to what this soon-to-be-buffed fighter can do.

Daigo loses to Alex Valle's Hugo 2-0, Velociraptor smashes his fightstick, moment #37 recreated - highlights from 37|Reloaded

37|Reloaded -- a tournament made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EVO moment #37 -- took place this past weekend, and much like any stacked event, there were a slew of great moments that took place.

This particular tournament was literally packed with highlight-worthy moments, and it almost felt like every match had something worth sharing. But alas! We cannot give the spotlight to every moment (if you want to see that, you can check out the stream archives). So, tonight we bring to you some of our favorite occurrences from 37|Reloaded.

During the finals day, MCZ|Daigo ran a series of exhibition matches with a handful of players also in attendance. The Beast's final opponent in these 2-out-of-3 sets was none other than long time rival, LU|Alex Valle.

Daigo selected his trademark Evil Ryu, as expected, and instead of going with the heroic counterpart, Valle opted to choose Hugo. Considering that the giant grappler is among the worst characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4, many felt this wasn't too wise a decision. But Valle begged to differ...


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Alex Valle's Hugo trampled Umehara with a convincing 2-0 victory. His footsies and setups were on point, and just look at that corner control in the GIF above!

Team EG (Justin Wong, PR Balrog, Ricky Ortiz, Momochi) plus Nishikin - UltraChen TV's World Warriors of Capcom Cup

Assuming that all of the 16 world warriors going into the Capcom Cup 2014 tournament are equally qualified to win it all, there is a one-in-four chance that the winner will be from Team Evil Geniuses; of the 16 players, four of them are from Team EG.

That's simply remarkable, no matter how you look at it. The players are EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Ricky Ortiz and EG|Momochi.

Rounding up today's World Warriors of Capcom Cup roundup is Nishikin, whose play style with Blanka was so out-of-left-field that he managed to beat Bonchan -- easily the most consistent Sagat player in Japan at the moment -- not once, but twice. He also beat the top Yun player in Japan, Kazunoko, even though the match-up is extremely unfavorable to Blanka.

Let two of the best fighting game commentators in the world, James Chen and UltraDavid, tell you what makes these players so great. Find out more about their fighting style in these episodes of UltraChen TV's World Warriors of Capcom Cup match analysis videos below.

Sako, Uryo, Momochi and Michael-tan register sub-characters for Topanga A League; Daigo and Bonchan are the only contenders without a sub now

At the Topanga A League Second Stage play-offs, EG|Momochi raised some eyebrows when he listed a sub-character (each A League contender is allowed to register up to two playable characters) that few would have seen coming: Evil Ryu.

Has EG|Momochi fallen to the dark side now? Et tu, Brute? While Momochi has chosen to mostly stick with Ken in tournaments this year so far, bringing out his Juri or Decapre only when the situation calls for it, it looks like for the purposes of Topanga A League, rather than list Juri as a sub, Momochi thinks Evil Ryu is a smarter choice.

But he won't be the only player to list a sub in the next stage of the league; today Topanga has officially announced that Sako, Uryo and Michael-tan have also listed sub-characters.


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While there hasn't been a trailer for the next stage of Topanga A League yet, it appears that filming for that is currently underway; check out a behind-the-scenes video for Momochi's part of the new Topanga A League trailer below -- guest-starring ChocoBlanka and their pet dog Gonsuke.

Mike Ross struck by over 99 hits of Abel infinite and caught by ridiculous whiff punish - these moments from his USF4 stream are unreal

Mike Ross has some of the worst luck in Ultra Street Fighter 4 we've ever seen...

If you haven't been watching his broadcasts as of late, you may want to start tuning in; some incredibly entertaining moments have taken place during his stream. Last time, fLoE used the lowest tier characters in the game to face off against Mike in a first-to-5 set.

Tonight's clips are even more insane.

During a recent broadcast, Mike ran into an online player named "toolassisted." Rumor has it that this player auto-programs combos in order to trigger them at will with flawless execution. After seeing these clips, I think that's a fair assumption.

Mike chose Zangief against toolassisted's Abel, and in the very first round, Ross got caught up in the Abel step kick infinite. He got tagged with so many hits, that it actually managed to score the KO before the time ran out.

The second round went much more in Mike's favor, as he scored a Perfect, but his luck ran out in the third round when toolassisted pulled off a ludicrous whiff punish using Abel's U1.


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Although you can catch the clips in the animated GIFs above, we highly recommend that you watch the actual match. Mike Ross' reaction to this situation is something you just have to see. You can find the archive below.

First in-game look at Ultra Street Fighter 4's Wild costumes, patch including new trials, Omega Mode, and more drops next month

Combofiend has just uploaded a new blog entry over on Capcom Unity that details Ultra Street Fighter 4's upcoming v.1.04 patch.

This update is expected to come with quite a bit of content, including compatibility files for USF4's Wild costumes -- alternate outfits that dress each character up as a wild animal.

Today, we get our first in-game look at what some of these costumes look like in action.


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Hit the jump for more images and information on the upcoming patch.

Daigo vs. Justin Wong Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike exhibition match video from Moment 37|Reloaded

Missed the MCZ|Daigo Umehara vs. EG|Justin Wong first-to-2 Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike set at Moment 37|Reloaded yesterday? Don't feel like scrolling through the entire stream archive to get to the exhibition match?

Then have I got some good news for you. The good folks behind Moment 37|Reloaded worked double-time to upload the exhibition match to the Super Arcade YouTube channel as promptly as they could.

And they've managed to accomplish that despite the tournament ending pretty late at night -- that's how much they care about those of you fighting game fans who just couldn't catch the action live, due to work or other reasons.

Watch the exhibition match in its entirety below.

DreamHack Winter 2014: 2 more top Japanese players confirmed to be attending, the fight for Capcom Cup's final qualifying spot looking fierce

Looks like the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament at DreamHack Winter 2014 in Jonkoping, Sweden from November 27 to 30 is turning out to be like a mini Capcom Cup before the actual Capcom Cup.

Lots of top players are attending this tournament: AVM|Gamerbee, MD|Luffy, /r/Kappa|Pepeday, BX3|Veggey, BX3|Phenom, LLL|MBR -- just to name a few.

And today we've just received word that two more top Japanese players will also be making the long journey to DreamHack Winter 2014, joining R/Kappa|Pepeday for a total of three players from Japan thus far.

The two players are none other than... okay, I can already hear your voices in my head -- you don't want spoilers. Fine, I won't spoil it for you then. Check out the tentative list of players for yourself below; just scan the list for a Japanese flag in the "Country" section of the list, and you should get to those players fairly quickly.

Also check out after the jump video of the grand finals set between AVM|GamerBee and MCZ|Daigo at DreamHack Winter 2013.


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Topanga A League - Day 9 results, current standings, battle logs and more, Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament

Update: This story has been updated with final results, standings and battle logs for day 9 of Topanga A League.

It's finally time for the curtain to open, and reveal one of this year's most prestigious events, Topanga A League, which will continue for roughly one month.

In this league, you will find MCZ|Daigo, Bonchan, EG|Momochi, Kazunoko, Michael-tan, Uryo, HORI|Sako, YBK|Santarouman, FGC|EX Pugera, BE|Nemo, RZR|Fuudo and MCZ|Tokido.

First, there will be a online league with first-to-3 matches between all 12 players. The top 4 places in this stage will advance to the second level, wherewas placers #5 to #10 will battle it out in a new round robin which begins on November 22nd, where the top two placers will also advance to the second level. In the second level, which begins on December 5th, these top 6 players will battle it out offline, in a first-to-7 format.

While the tournament is presented in a pay-per-view format, the first hour of viewing is free each day, so make sure to visit Beast Note for the link to the appropriate day. Today's stream link can be found here.

Hit the jump to follow the 4th year of Topanga A League.

Moment 37|Reloaded results feat. Daigo, Justin Wong, BAS, Sanford Kelly, Alex Valle, Mike Watson & more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Moment 37|Reloaded is kicking off today from Pomona, California and the over the course of this weekend we can expect some top-quality fighting game action.

This tournament celebrates the 10th anniversary of the legendary EVO moment #37, and the players that took part in that infamous Daigo parry are going to be in attendance to create some new incredible moments.

MCZ|Daigo, EG|Justin Wong, D44|BAS, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, LU|Alex Valle, Watson, and many others will be competing this weekend in games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. We'll also see an exhibition between the same two players that made EVO moment #37 possible, so you'll definitely want to tune in.

The live stream is underway, so check it out below.

Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano explains why Ryu's motif is not dragon, Cammy's not killer bee in the Wild Costumes pack for Ultra Street Fighter 4

After GameStart Asia 2014 in Singapore wrapped up, we caught up briefly with Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano, one of the key people behind the development of the Street Fighter 4 series, for an exclusive interview. We spoke on a number of subjects.

For this first part of the interview, we asked Ayano-san about the most pertinent questions you had with regards to the Wild Costumes pack that was recently announced for Ultra Street Fighter 4.

KarbyP: When [Yoshinori] Ono told us that you were about to announce the new "Winter" costumes for Ultra Street Fighter 4 at GameStart Asia 2014, I had thought that the new costumes would be based on a Winter motif of some sort. But it turned out to be the Wild Costumes pack.

What was the inspiration behind the animal-themed pack?

Tomoaki Ayano: In Street Fighter X Tekken, there were characters like Chun-Li and Cammy who had received animal-themed alternate costumes, right?

Our decision to create the Wild Costumes this time around were partially influenced by those animal-themed costumes in SFxT.

Armor Break results, live stream ft. Luffy, Valmaster, Will2pac, Gagapa, Lior and more, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and King of Fighters 13 tournament

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, the Armor Break Ultra Street Fighter 4 and King of Fighters 13 tournament is taking place at Meltdown eSports Bar in Paris.

The tournament will feature, among others, MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster, CDV|Will2Pac, Gagapa, Lior and more.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream and current results.


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