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5 best moments from USF4 top 8 at Cannes Winter Clash: Sako combos, Poongko comebacks, Infiltration scrambles for the health lead, and more

You've seen the results and watched the stream archives for Ultra Street Fighter 4 top 8 at Cannes Winter Clash this weekend.

Now it's time to take a look at the highlights, and debate which moments. Here's's list of five best moments from top 8 USF4.

A quick note before we begin: this list is for five best moments, not matches -- so things that happened outside of gameplay can be included. Also, due to so much happening at CWC over the weekend, this list only takes a look at the moments that happened during USF4 top 8.

Now that the clarifications are out of the way, let's dive in!

#5: /r/Kappa|Infiltration and /r/Kappa|Poongko "scramble" for the health lead

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Sakonoko's stick has... 10 buttons?! Is Hori cooking up a brand new idea for fighting game arcade sticks?

HORI|Sako, renown for his amazing execution and creative combos, had a magnificent showing in this weekend's Cannes Winter Clash.

Along with his great performance, Sako brought a special fight stick unlike any we've ever seen before. We were only able to get a quick glance at it, via the stream archive, but it appears to have no less than 10 buttons on the interface. Not only this, but it looks as though it could support a full 12!

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Why on Earth would Sako need nearly twice as many buttons as everyone else? Let the speculation begin!

We've heard of rewiring select buttons and customizing sticks for better plinking ability. For those of you that unfamiliar with "plinking," it's essentially a technique wherein one presses two buttons in very quick succession in order to trick the game into reading two inputs for the same move.

This betters your chances to hit combos that require exceptionally tight timing. Traditionally, you can't plink light punch because it's the lowest priority button.

Sako did bring out his Gen during the tournament. Gen requires multiple inputs for stance changes, and so perhaps the stick is also mapped to make this easier?

This begs the question, will Hori develop these sticks with extra buttons and sell them to the public? Would you purchase one if they were available?

What other explanations can you offer for these extra buttons? We want to hear your feedback!

From top 96 to 1st place: A look at the history of /r/Kappa player sponsorships

This weekend has been a monumental period for the good folks over at /r/Kappa. Both of the players that the /r/Kappa community sponsored to Cannes Winter Clash (CWC) -- Poongko and Infiltration -- did exceptionally well at CWC, coming in at 1st and 3rd respectively for the Ultra Street Fighter 4 singles tournament. That in itself was a great achievement.

But that's not all. You might not have noticed this, but throughout the entire USF4 singles tournament at CWC 2015, pretty much every single /r/Kappa|Poongko and /r/Kappa|Infiltration match, from the pool stages to the grand finals, had been shown on stream.

That's no coincidence. CWC organizer Gamesline was so humbled by the community's act of sending Poongko and Infiltration to their tournament that they've very generously decided to prioritize showing the two players' matches on stream over everyone else's -- their matches were higher priority than even those of the organizer's own invited guests, such as Ryan Hart and Hori|Sako.

If anything, Cannes Winter Clash this weekend was a fine example of the sort of great things a community can bring about, if its myriad members come together and chip in -- so please consider donating to the current /r/Kappa crowdfunding campaign for Final Round 18 to make this movement a sustained effort!

After today's events, /r/Kappa user komodo_dragonzord was inspired to create a chart tracking the history and results of all past /r/Kappa crowdfunded campaigns. Here's a look at what the community (and all of you kind souls who've donated) have managed to achieve thus far:

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4th SG vs. HK 22-on-22 archive, results and battle log ft. Xian, Humanbomb, Leslie, Scrubby Dan, Gackt, Gameouttt and more

Update 3: Results, stream archives and full battle log added to the story.

Update 2: Full lists of players for both the Hong Kong and Singapore sides have been updated. This will be a 22 vs. 22.

Update: The stream is live now.

Earlier: With $500,000 on the line at this year's Capcom Pro Tour, and more ranking tournaments in Asia than any other region, the best players USF4 in Singapore and Hong Kong are looking to step up their game.

So what better time than now to hold the 4th Singapore vs. Hong Kong 20-on-20 mega exhibition match -- right before the first Capcom Pro Tour Asia tournaments -- to get everyone fired up?

Is Mike Ross's T. Hawk legit, or just a Troll Hawk? The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. EG Justin Wong! Ep. 54: Cocky!

It's Sunday morning! Chances are, most of you reading this right now (at the time I'm posting it) have been up for a couple of hours already, tuning in to all of the amazing Ultra Street Fighter 4 top 8 action from Cannes Winter Clash.

But now it's time to start your Sunday morning right, by watching a fresh new episode of The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. EG|Justin Wong, alongside your bowl of cornflakes... well, go get another bowl anyway, even if you've already had breakfast.

This latest episode kicks off with a discussion on whether or not Mike Ross has a T. Hawk.

Justin Wong: Listen (Mike Ross), you don't have a Hawk.

Mike Ross: I just need to ask you one question before I pick Hawk.

Justin: You picked already.

Mike: How do I Ultra 2? (Gootecks bursts into laughter) They changed the inputs -- how do I Ultra 2?

And that's just the beginning. Find out what happens next, in The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. EG Justin Wong! Ep. 54: Cocky. Video embedded below.

Cannes Winter Clash results feat. Sako, Infiltration, Poongko, Ryan Hart, Luffy, Valmaster, Dieminion, Xiao Hai and more

Updated with final results: We've added the final results for Cannes Winter Clash 2015, along with a stream archive.

Notable players who were in attendance include HORI|Sako, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, /r/Kappa|Poongko, Ryan Hart, MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster, Dieminion, Qanba|Xiao Hai, Tonpy, CG|Problem X, BX3|Veggey, BX3|Phenom, WSO|Andreas, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, BTM|Hurricane247, Rize|Pro Fluke and many more.

If you want to follow along at home with the action, Challonge brackets are available.

We've embedded the live streams from this event and more details below.

Luffy's demoralizing freeze; Imstilldadaddy's cocky combo; Poongko plays with his food, hype moments thus far from Cannes Winter Clash!

It's already been an intense ride at Cannes Winter Clash 2015 and it's only Saturday!

We've seen multiple team tournaments run in the French major and the competition has been absolutely fierce thus far.

Today's focus is specifically on the 5v5 team tournament, which saw many instances of players banding together to represent their home country. This wasn't always the case however, as "Team World" consisted of players from all over the globe.

Our first hype moment comes from the set between the UK's UM|ImStillDaDaddy and France's CDV|Will2Pac. Guile isn't known for his comebacks, especially against Viper, but ImStillDaDaddy swept his way to a victory anyway.

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Hit the jump to see Luffy's depressing moment and more!

Someone just donated $1,000 to /r/Kappa's campaign to send Kitasenju DJ, Infiltration and Kazunoko to Final Round 18

An anonymous good Samaritan just made /r/Kappa history today, by donating a cool $1,000 to the group's crowdfunding campaign to send Infiltration, Kitasenju DJ and Kazunoko to Final Round 18.

While the generous donator does not want to be named, through a message to /r/Kappa's fgcdrmike he explained that he donated that much because he would very much like for Kitasenju DJ to go to Final Round 18.

At the moment the /r/Kappa donation drive stands at $1,444 raised, with seven days left to go.

This means that the campaign will now fund Infiltration's travel arrangements to Final Round 18 -- that's been confirmed.

But for Kitasenju DJ's trip to also be funded, the campaign needs to reach $2016.

Japan: Hagejin, not Snake Eyez, is the world's strongest Zangief - Nine States Tournament player list ft. Poongko, Infiltration, Pepeday & more

Nine States Tournament, the first qualifier event for Capcom Pro Tour Asia, is taking place in two weeks' time (March 14 and 15). The tournament organizers BEast of the East and the Fukuoka Gaming Club (FGC) have sent over a list of players tentatively confirmed to be in attendance, and going through the list I have to say this qualifier is looking really stacked right now.

Although it's taking place in Fukuoka, quite a number of notable players from other parts of Japan -- and some from outside Japan -- will be making their way to this qualifier.

Apart from an incredibly stacked list of players, the organizers also highlighted to us that Hagejin will be attending the tournament as well.

"Who's Hagejin," you ask? According to the organizers, Hagejin is the man that everyone in the Japanese scene has come to call "the world's strongest Zangief player".

As Hagejin usually does not enter tournaments, globally there's not a lot of people who know about him. But the organizers believe that from here on out Hagejin is going to be a name that'll be quite well-known to Street Fighter fans around the world.

Check out the list of players and a video trailer for Nine States Tournament below. And don't forget to check back here at EventHubs on March 14 and 15 for the stream and results.

Daigo or Sako: Whose Evil Ryu do you prefer? Find out as Fusu1jiro (Juri) takes on both in these Ultra Street Fighter 4 XBL endless matches

Hori|Sako may have once said that he believes MCZ|Daigo to have truly surpassed him when it comes to Evil Ryu play. The Hori-sponsored player may also have switched from Evil Ryu to a combination of Elena and Ibuki as his main characters.

But neither of those things make Sako's Evil Ryu matches any less fun to watch. The two Evil Ryu masters' play styles are almost as different as day and night, and both are super entertaining to watch.

There is enough room in the USF4 for both of them -- well, maybe having Hori|Sako fight MCZ|Daigo in an Evil Ryu mirror match is not such a great idea. That doesn't sound like a lot of fun to watch, since it'd mostly be about who has the better footsies game.

But what if the two top players were not facing each other, but were instead engaging in a fight against the same third-party? Wouldn't that make for a great way to compare and contrast the varying styles of both Hori|Sako and MCZ|Daigo?

XBL user Fusu1jiro (Yuzuriha), who mains Juri, has recently played against both players in a number of XBL ranked matches, and he's uploaded his own replays to his YouTube channels. Check them out below -- and let us know in the comments whose Evil Ryu play you find to be more entertaining to watch.

Momochi: Akuma is in the same tier as Evil Ryu - Full character tiers in Ultra Street Fighter 4 according to Capcom Cup 2014 champ

Is Akuma a weak character? Nope, he's most certainly not in Ultra Street Fighter 4 Ver. 1.04, says Evil Geniuses's Yusuke Momochi (EG|Momochi).

In fact, according to the Capcom Cup 2014 champion, Akuma has gotten so much stronger in the latest version of USF4 that he would place the character in the same tier bracket as Evil Ryu.

Check out the rest of his USF4 tier list below. The list comes courtesy from the latest Arcadia magazine, which has just hit bookstores in Japan today.

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Help /r/Kappa send Infiltration, Kazunoko and KitasenjuDJ to Final Round 18!

/r/Kappa has officially started their fundraiser to send a few players to Final Round 18 in Atlanta March 20th-22nd.

Originally, the goal was to send just one player, but Dr. Mike is pushing the envelope, aiming to send not only Infiltration, but Kazunoko and KitasenjuDJ as well!

If successful, we'd see one of the world's best Yun players, Dee Jay players and overall players at FR18.

Goal #1 : $1043 Infiltration
Goal #2 : $2016 KitasenjuDj
Goal #3: $2989 Kazunoko

The fundraiser will last over the next seven days, so head on over to if you'd like to donate.

There is also an option to donate by purchasing a tee shirt. Visit to do so.

You can check Final Round's website for tournament details and to register for the event.

Thanks to drmike and FCCsucks for the tips.

50 shades of red: Watch Poongko get hilariously furious as he takes on Sakonoko's Elena... and yes, the shirt comes off

Elena is already a fairly frustrating character to play against. Her unusual movement and hurt boxes can be... off-putting to say the least.

When you have a master like HORI|Sako controlling her, you can probably expect some rage quits, stick throws and swear words done in outdoor voices.

Today, we have a few matches where Sako takes on the Street Fighter's angriest competitor, Poongko. We get to see things from Poongko's perspective as the whole interaction went down on his stream.

It's probably even more entertaining if you can understand Korean, but even if you can't, Poongko's increasingly angry cries take us right back to some of our own most frustrated moments. You kind of can't help but laugh.

Hit the jump to see the hilarity.

Consistent 60+ hit combos online?! See ErDem's impressively execution-heavy Chun-Li and learn their training techniques here!

As impressive as Desk's flashy, elaborate and downright insane combos are, seeing such combos performed during an actual match trumps seeing them in training mode every time.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say the caliber of the play in this video very well may be on par with top 16 play at EVO.

Both combatants are obviously very well-practiced, but European player, ErDem, is certainly the star of this set.

While watching top players fluidly pick apart their opponents, often times the thought, "they make it look so easy," will come to mind. You may even feel inspired to pick up the character they are using because they appear so powerful in the hands of a pro.

With great spacing, strong decision-making and beautiful execution, all within the confines of online play, ErDem's Chun-Li is quite inspiring.

Wouldn't you want the ability to hit 68-hit combos consistently in game? There is quite a bit to be learned from watching this player, so hit the jump to see both in-game footage and how ErDem goes about training to get to this elevated level.

Next Level Battle Circuit #110 results featuring Coach Steve, Shine, Kreymore, Sanford Kelly and more!

Next Level Battle Circuit #110 results featuring Coach Steve, Shine, Kreymore, Sanford Kelly and more! Update: Stream archive and results have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday once again, 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 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants.

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

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