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Happy Thanksgiving from the EventHubs crew

It's that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the air is growing chilly (unless you're in SoCal), and the day to reflect on what you're thankful for is upon us.

We here at EventHubs wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, so we whipped together a quick post to express our thanks to you, the reader.

Without the readers, commenters, tier voters, moves database contributors, people who send in news tips or ideas on how to improve the site, EventHubs would not be what it is today. It's because of you that we are capable of bringing you up-to-date news on the latest fighting game happenings, and are able to do what we love day in and day out.

To be able to write about fighting games on a daily basis is an absolute honor, and I am eternally thankful that I have the opportunity to do so. I am also thankful that you have not ostracized me on account of my puns, but actually join in when I toss them into a headline or story. (There may be a pun hidden in the banner of this story...)

If you're thankful for anything in particular pertaining to our community and would like to express your appreciation, feel free to leave a comment below.

Thank you once again for all of the support you've given us over the years.

Samurai stares down Wolfkrone like a boss, Idom's endless command grabs, Cool Kid's Abigail dominates; Capcom's top 5 moments at Battle Grounds

Red Bull Battle Grounds brought the hype last weekend in no small way, as we got to see the eight strongest North American players on the Pro Tour this year duke it out in impressive fashion.

Before the eight man clash, we got an incredible last chance qualifier tournament that proved to be one of the Tour's most memorable stops all year.

Capcom Fighters has gone back through both the LCQ and the final eight to grab their top five favorite moments from the event.

Players like PIE|Smug and Liquid|NuckleDu locked horns on the grand stage, and we expected sparks from high profile matches like theirs.

We were treated to some pleasant surprises as hungry players that were not yet qualified, like XsK_Samurai and BxA|Cool Kid brought the fire.

We won't spoil too much beforehand, but seeing as Cool Kid's surprise Abigail pick, and subsequent dominant run, we figured we'd show off this huge damage sequence against 801 Strider in the finals:

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Countering Spencer's Bionic Arm with a measly taunt? We're thankful for Desk's latest Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite video

Combo master Desk is back with a full video featuring Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's Monster Hunter.

The smaller fighter packs a big punch with her sweeping sword blows and powerful bow and arrow Supers, and there are none better than desk to show these moves off in the swaggiest ways possible.

After eating a 140 hit combo from Thanos and Dormammu, MH bites back with a devastating happy birthday sequence that melts away both of her opponents' life bars.

Indeed, this showcase is packed with both high damage and style combos, meaning there's probably something for you regardless your preference for videos like this.

Monster Hunter's taunt sees her do a quick bit of shadow boxing before extending a very small jab that actually has a hit box on it. While not the easiest set up to time, Desk pits this tiny jab against one of the franchise's biggest and most iconic punch techniques, Spencer's Bionic Arm.

It's with apologies to Combofiend that we share the following clip with you:

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Cool Kid's wife talked enough smack at Battle Grounds to make it on to TMZ

I'll be honest, I'm not sure if we should see this more as an encouraging victory or not, but the Street Fighter community has made it to TMZ.

Much of last weekend's hype came from the exciting run by BxA|CoolKid at Red Bull Battle Grounds, and a good deal of the credit should be shared with his wife and cheerleader, Joy.

Red Bull flew Joy out to Boston on the red eye following CoolKid's Last Chance Qualifier win on Saturday, and she made her presence known as she spent the day spewing out more smack talk than the rest of the live audience combined.

It just so happened that Tempo|Alex Myers was sitting right in front of Joy for the event, and he took a quick phone video of one of her vicious rants. Said video caught the eye of TMZ, and made it to broadcast.

This does mean another spike of general audience attention for the growing fighting game eSports scene, and if any press is good press, then this is a good thing.

You'll see the TMZ spot in the first clip below while the original video from Alex Myers is in the second. Please chime in with your thoughts on the matter in the comments section.

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Kazunoko makes a clutch comeback against Tokido, Luffy and Dogura Perfect their opponents, and more: Red Bull Tower of Pride highlights

Today we saw the Red Bull Tower of Pride take place. Some of Street Fighter 5's best players squared off in an exciting, albeit unorthodox tournament.

Deviating from the standard format, this open entry event placed the competitors into groups and gave each of them coins for them to wager against their opponents in order to earn more.

The player who gathered the most coin in each group was given the privilege of challenging one of the event's eight gatekeepers: FOX|Tokido, CYG|Daigo, GGP|Kazunoko, RB|Bonchan, AW|Nemo, NASR|Big Bird, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai and DNG|Tachikawa.

As we normally do with hype events, today we're going to take a look at some of our favorite moments from the tournament action.

Players showcased in these highlights include Tokido, Big Bird, Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, Vanao, RB|Luffy, and more.

Today we're starting out with the exhilarating match up between Tokido and Kazunoko. The two top-level players went toe-to-toe against each other, and naturally, there were some amazing moments to behold.

Below we have an excellent comeback from Kazunoko, as well as a devastating sequence in which Tokido baits a counter poke and lands instant-air fireball, leading to a hard-hitting combo.

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Red Bull Tower of Pride results ft. Tokido, Daigo, Kazunoko, Bonchan, Nemo

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, the Red Bull Tower of Pride event is taking place in Japan.

This is a Street Fighter 5 event with a somewhat strange ruleset, which I'll do my best to explain.

This event has open entry, and players who enter get placed into groups where they wager coins (each player receives 10) against eachother in matches to gain more coins by winning.

The player who gathers the most coin in each group gets the privilege to challenge one of the events eight gatekeepers, who are FOX|Tokido, CYG|Daigo, GGP|Kazunoko, RB|Bonchan, AW|Nemo, NASR|Big Bird, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai and DNG|Tachikawa.

If they defeat the gatekeeper they challenge, they get into the final 8-man bracket, but if the gatekeeper wins, they get that spot instead.

Streaming is being done at Red Bull Japan.

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Why showing emotional moments is important for fighting game eSports

It seemed so easy... and yet it was hard to see whether there would be an end to it. First at NCR, first at Dreamhack, first at West Coast Warzone, and then three more first place finishes after that leading up to the biggest event of the season.

The big smile from Victor "PG|Punk" Woodley was something we were all used to seeing by then. Yet, it wasn't his smile that was most notable from him at EVO. It was a scene of celebration from the crowd, and everyone seemed happy. Lights all followed the champion of Evolution 2017 as confetti rained down; blue, purple, and gold, in a shimmering rainbow.

The camera panned towards one person who stood out in stark contrast to the joyous occasion. A pained expression on his face and tears that streamed down. It was Punk.

That sadness wouldn't last for long. It would soon be replaced by something else. Determination. Punk was now a man on a mission and he let everyone know it. "I'm coming for you Tokido," he would go on to promise in more than one interview.

He said the same thing at Red Bull Battle Grounds this past weekend when he took the North American Regional Finals, the very place where his year of domination had begun the previous year.

What is so compelling about Punk's story is the passion he displays at every tournament. Those tears at EVO were a moment that I won't soon forget, and I'm not the only one. Even people outside the FGC recognized that passion. Professional wrestler (and Woodley's personal favorite) CM Punk put out this video after seeing how down Punk was after his loss at EVO.

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Like Zeku? You'll love z0mbiraptor's fighting game art

We're bringing you yet another artist and avid fan of fighting games today as we highlight z0mbieraptor and his wonderful artwork today.

The New York based artist has a special affinity for ninjas, so it comes as little surprise to see plenty of images of Street Fighter's Zeku as well as Strider Hiryu in his portfolio.

We actually have reason to speculate that Zeku and Laura have the potential to bea little more than friendly, and we see this potential fleshed out in a few of these.

Z0mbiraptor also gives some love to characters from Tekken, Darkstalkers and even Street Fighter EX in the selection we've chosen.

Check out the art, let us know which were your personal favorites and why, and (most importantly) give us your predictions on how long Zeku and Laura will last.

I personally give it six months. Celebrity relationships never last.

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'If Sagat is not the first character in [Arcade Edition], how's this gonna work? - VesperArcade is a bit confused from recent Street Fighter 5 reveals

So last weekend's Arcade Edition reveal for Street Fighter 5 didn't quite include the content so many in the SF community were so sure was coming down the pike.

For a lot of fans, Sagat was a surefire bet after the conclusion of Red Bull Battle Grounds, but an Arcade Edition mechanics reveal was all that was officially announced. A closer look, however, highlighted a major hint at a possible new character... but it wasn't The King.

Pink Cherry Blossom petals filled the arena as well as the screen, pointing directly to another Street Fighter fan favorite that has yet to appear as playable in SF5: Sakura.

At this point, our bets are on a full character reveal for the charismatic school girl at PlayStation Experience, but that doesn't seem to quite line up with other cues we've been getting over recent weeks.

In his latest video, Vesper Arcade details why he really expected to see the muay thai fighter after the initial Arcade Edition announcement, specifically after seeing details on one of the upcoming game modes.

Check out his video below for the specifics, and then let us know how you think things will play out with SF5:AE in the comments after.

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You can play Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite online this weekend for free on PlayStation 4

We recently learned from a Capcom Unity post that the next three DLC characters will be coming to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on December 5th along with a balance patch for the entire existing roster.

While caught up in the excitement of that announcement, some players may have easily missed the note at the bottom of the post that promised three days of free Versus Mode gameplay for PlayStation 4 users.

"For those wanting to try Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, we have some great news for you! We’re hosting a free versus demo weekend from November 24th at 8 a.m. PDT to November 27th at 8 a.m. PDT, only on PlayStation 4 for PS+ members. All 30 launch characters will be available in this demo!

If you decide you want to officially join the epic clash, the digital version of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is on sale for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! This promotion will end on November 27, the day the demo ends. There’s no better time to check out the action-packed gameplay unlike any you’ve experienced before!"

That sale price is a 30% slash, bringing the total down from $59.99 to just $41.99. If you've been on the fence about getting the latest in the Versus series, now is the time to test things out and grab it at a discounted price.

You can watch the newest DLC trailer, including Venom, Winter Soldier and Black Widow, below.

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Happy fourth birthday Killer Instinct; full game, with all characters, currently available on Steam for just $19.99

It was on November 22nd back in 2013 that the Killer Instinct series finally saw a major revival with the release of the franchise's most recent title on Xbox One.

Since then, the roster has been expanded from eight to 29 characters. The fighting game has also seen a handful of new modes, stages and mechanics added along the way.

Though initially limited to Xbox One, KI eventually found its way to PC, and hit Steam on September 28th of this year. You can currently purchase the Steam version for just $19.99, a savings of 50%. Often acknowledged as a title that goes the extra mile for its fans. We should also mention, KI currently holds a 9/10 rating on Steam.

Seeing as it's the week of Black Friday, we're not sure if this price is going to stick around for too long, so best take action sooner rather than later if you're at all interested.

Head over to the Steam Store to get in on this deal (be sure to check the computer requirements before you download).

Congratulations to the development teams, players and general KI community on four years and counting of Combo Breaking fun.

There's over $370,000 on the line at Capcom Cup 2017

The Capcom Cup is set to take place on December 8th through the 10th in Anaheim, California, this year. 32 of the world's best Street Fighter 5 players will battle for the title after an exciting, year-long tournament circuit.

Like last year, Capcom offered a set of special Capcom Pro Tour DLC that contributes to a bonus for the Capcom Cup prize pool. This time, the prize pool bonus is over $120,000.

Factoring in the base prize pool of $250,000 for the event, the top 8 finalists will be competing for over $370,000 (and counting), according to the latest Capcom Cup entry on the PlayStation Blog.

For the first two days of the Capcom Cup, players will congregate at the Hilton Anaheim. It is here where the last chance qualifier and top 32 action will take place.

The top 8 will follow on Sunday, December 10th, at the PlayStation Experience -- which is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center. There is still time to register for the last chance qualifier, and players such as GRPT|Infiltration, GRPT|MOV, AW|Nemo, SPY|Filipino Champ and more have already signed up.

Both the 2016 and 2017 Capcom Pro Tour DLC packs are still available for purchase, with last year's currently discounted. These will go off the market on November 29th, so be sure to pick them up while you can.

For a breakdown of what each set includes, be sure to hit the jump.

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Battle for the Stones finals to be played on current version of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, will not implement December 5th balance patch

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is gearing up for a large balance patch that is set to be released on December 5th. We'll be seeing several nerfs to some of the stronger characters and techniques in the game, as well as the addition of DLC characters Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier.

With the recent release of the patch notes, fans grew concerned about the Battle for the Stones finals. The tournament circuit is coming to its conclusion on December 9-10 in Anaheim, California, which is only a few days after the large update goes live.

Naturally, players were quick to point out that three days isn't enough time to get acclimated to the game's changes, which can affect performance in a tournament setting. Moments ago, the official Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Twitter account shared a ruling on the matter.

Fans can rest assured as the Battle for the Stones finals will be played using the current version of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

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You can hit your teammate after beating Cyber-Akuma in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, but they will fight back

The ability to move your character after a victory in fighting games is something that is mostly gone today. Back in the day, some games allowed the player to continue controlling their fighter after the KO screen, which often resulted in taunting the downed opponent.

In Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, players have this ability after defeating Cyber-Akuma -- one of the game's boss characters. Toppling the enemy brings both of the player's characters on screen for celebration, but this freedom to move during the victory screen can be used for something sinister.

Known for sharing interesting fighting game oddities in the past, D-NO returns to show us that you can actually strike your partner after Cyber-Akuma is knocked out. If you do it twice, though, you'll face the consequences.

"Once you beat Cyber-Akuma in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, both of your characters will be on screen at the same time to celebrate," D-NO writes. "You can hit your partner during this period, hit them twice and they actually fight back."

If you're feeling squirrely and didn't face enough of a challenge running through the game's Arcade Mode, you might want to try your hand and defeating your teammate. From what we see in the clip, however, they put up a pretty tough fight.

Check out D-NO's clip below.

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People aren't too fond of Venom's voice in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and they're already making attempts to fix it

The latest Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite trailer featuring the remaining three DLC fighters of the year was unveiled yesterday. In it, we saw Winter Solider, Black Widow, and Venom in action for the first time.

Though there are differing opinions, the general consensus seems to agree that Venom looks great. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about his voice...

If you happened to check out Twitter after the trailer dropped yesterday, you likely saw comments about how Venom's voice in Marvel Infinite just doesn't seem to fit the character. From reaction GIFs expressing confusion to one pro player saying, "that voice has gotta go," there was quite a bit of discussion on the subject.

The major points of feedback seem to be that the voice is too high pitched for the hulking, menacing fighter -- with some saying he sounds more like the Green Goblin -- and the lack of the dual voices (Eddie Brock and the symbiote) speaking simultaneously. As they often do, some fans in the community have stepped in to try and improve what's found in-game.

Today, a couple of edits for Venom's voice have hit the internet. Obviously, these aren't in the form of PC mods -- considering the character isn't officially available yet -- but are simply tweaks to the trailer's audio.

Maximilian, a prominent member of the fighting game community, shared a clip on Twitter that shows what Venom's voice could sound like with a slight modification. Max notes that though the voice actor's performance is actually quite good, the finished product just doesn't seem to match up with the Spider-Man villain.

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After reaching #1 in music games, he tried fighting games and got incredibly hooked - Go1 talks his history, Menat, favorite fighting game and more

Note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese, and the questions and answers were subsequently translated by me, MajinTenshinhan. The original Japanese questions and answers can be found towards the end of the article.

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is the multi-game master and arcade legend, CO|Go1. In this interview, he talks about why he picked Menat, his extensive fighting game history, his deep love for the genre and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games? What's your favorite fighting game?

CO|Go1: I've been playing fighting games since I was in kindergarten.

The start was from my parents playing Street Fighter 2, and I played together with them.

My favorite fighting game is Melty Blood. I've played it since its very beginning, so it has a special place in my heart.

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'Thank you for giving me a second lease on life' - Justin Wong and Alex Myers share tear-jerking sentiments about why they're thankful for the FGC

The fighting game community is known for gravitating a bit toward the ragtag end of the spectrum with high octane play, pop offs, trash talk and pride. While we welcome the exciting culture with open arms, we have a softer side that peeks out from time to time.

For many in the gaming world, video games provided escapes for less than ideal living situations and darker places. For many in the FGC, it was local arcades or other communal gathering places that players found their second homes.

We find ourselves in Thanksgiving week, but some aren't waiting for the pre-meal, once-around-the-table lists of things they're thankful for to share sentimental stories about what the FGC has done for them.

Tempo|Alex Myers took a moment out of his weekend trip to Boston to post a short video detailing rough times and community that helped him through them.

FOX|Justin Wong soon followed in suit to also share the incredible opportunity, feeling of encouragement and sense of family that our one of a kind community provided him with during a rather dire period in his life.

Give these quick videos a watch and then feel free to share any stories of thankfulness the FGC has brought to you. Seeing as we have a few more days, we may follow up more of these should other players choose to open up with more heartwarming personal recountings.

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