Tiers for Dragon Ball FighterZ
Tiers for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Do so-called "robbery" characters justify a higher tier placing because of their frustrating nature?

It's a fair question, because there are a lot of characters in fighting games that just frustrate players to no end.

Obviously, the latest culprit is Abigail in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and much like Laura in the season before him, and R. Mika in the season before that, the vitriol leveled against the character and his playstyle is intense.

Characters with this kind of playstyle, where you feel unfairly treated when you lose to them, are definitely not anything new, but it can be argued that it's a more prevalent theme in Street Fighter 5 than in most previous fighters.

We've seen it said numerous times, in my interview with AB|Gunfight he plainly stated that there are matches where he just feels like there wasn't anything he could've done but to guess better.

Another top player, IND|Ixion, whose stream I tend to frequent, when asked for tips about how to improve in Street Fighter 5, said that one of the first things you need to make peace with is that in probably every single match you play, something will happen that feels like it was incredibly unfair, but you just need to power through it and not let it shatter you mentally.

Therein lies the discussion. Does it make sense for characters who are good at mentally frustrating opponents outside of the game to move up in the tier lists because of this meta-based strength? I have my own opinion, but let's look over the arguments for and against first.

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Them's Fightin' Herds now available on Early Access Steam

Them's Figthin' Herds, the barnyard brawl fighter you never knew you wanted, is now available on Steam Early Access and Humble Bundle for $14.99.

The two-dimensional fighting game features a roster of all-female ungulates that pits six playable characters, such as a cow, reindeer, alpaca and unicorn, against each other in traditional fighting game fashion.

Originally a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic-based fighter, plans for what would become Them's Fightin' Herds would be redirected after Hasbro shot a cease and desist order developers' way. Though they'd have to change direction, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Producer Lauren Faust offered her services to the Mane6 team as they created all new characters.

Skullgirls owners on Steam get a 25% off coupon that expires in 2 weeks, as Herds uses the Skullgirls fighting engine, and the teams go back to their respective crowdfunding days.

While most of the game is fully ready, the Story Mode is still a few weeks off as unexpected bumps in the development road have led to setbacks. There are plans for future DLC characters, so you can expect the roster to grow with time.

Here are a few stills depicting game play as well as the 16-bit menu area. You'll find the game trailer after the jump.

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Sega has been quiet on the Virtua Fighter front for nearly six years, but is hosting an interesting charity stream tonight

The last numbered installment in the Virtua Fighter franchise, Virtua Fighter 5, came out 12 years ago in July of 2006. After a few years of updates, the last version of VF5, Final Showdown, dropped in 2012.

With the exception of a small update for Japanese arcades in 2015 and an Easter Egg appearance in 2016's Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, we haven't heard much of anything on the Virtua Fighter front. That could possibly change tonight.

SEGA Europe is currently hosting their Gameblast 2018 24 hour charity stream on YouTube, and at 6 p.m. PST tonight they're scheduled to run a Virtua Fighter segment.

"The SEGA Twitch channel will host an Xbox 360 / Xbox One lobby for Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, starting Saturday, 2 AM GMT. Join the twitch chat, introduce yourself and you'll get an invite into the lobby. Game format (e.g. winner stays on, capped wins, etc) and duration of the event is unknown at this stage," reads a post on the VFDC forum.

"Depending on the location of players, they may agree to allow for others to host the room temporarily, so you don't have to feel left out if your connection to Europe is not ideal." We've included the stream embed below so you can watch along with us.

We're not going to get ahead of ourselves, but the tiniest thought of the tiniest possibility of a massive announcement has crossed out minds.

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Winter Brawl 12 early results, streams ft. SonicFox, Punk, NuckleDu, Theo, SKD, Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, Grover, Coach Steve, Dieminion, Mynus and more

Update: This story has been updated with day 1 results.

A lot of tournament action is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

That's because it's time once again for Winter Brawl, in its 12th installment, and there are going to be a ton of players and games being played at the event.

The games set for tournament play are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Windjammers, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament DX, Soul Calibur 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], ARMS, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend are plentiful, but some of the ones you can expect to see include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, NuckleDu, FOX|Theo, PG|SKD, Circa|Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, PAG|Grover, PG|Coach Steve, SB|Dieminion, TSB|Mynus, cR|Dekillsage, Nephew, Method|Flux, TSB|Blaze, NS|Ludovic, HB|Punisher, Kreymore and more.

With 275 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this looks to be the first major event featuring the game, and it's last on the schedule as well, so look forward to some proper action from our favorite Z Warriors.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Team Spooky and Atari FGC.

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Momochi takes Blanka-chan for a spin in new Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition compilation

Blanka dropped as the second DLC character this season for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on the 20th, and the pros and killers out there have not wasted any time to see just what this green and sometimes plushy beast can dish out.

Resident FGC compiler XusesGB put up a new video of Echo Fox's Momochi beasting on the online competition with Blanka-chan, the name for Blanka's plushy form for those that have been living under a rock.

Momochi sinks his fangs into his opponents using his wife's favorite character and cleans up shop with just how squeaky-clean his gameplay is with this new character.

In the video, the former Capcom Cup champ retains his signature style and offense with probably some of the fastest reactions in the FGC with his hit confirms and follow-ups. Perfectly spaced Rolling Attacks and pokes help Momochi keep up the constant pressure while laying some figurative traps for his opponents.

Even master ranked players are no match for the husband of Choco Blanka.

In the clip below, Momochi melts away the life bar of a Menat player and lands the stunning blow by chasing her down with an EX-Rolling ball. Check out the full video after the jump.

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New Broly scan appears in Shonen Jump for Dragon Ball FighterZ

The internet recently got its first taste of the first two DLC characters, Broly and Bardock, coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ with brief intros and bios, and now we get to feast our eyes upon new images of the series' massive brawler.

Broly gets a full page spread in the latest Japanese copy of Shonen Jump that has been translated by Shonengames.

In a translated text-box from "Taguchi," Broly is said to be a character that "will thrash his opponents with pure strength," via Shonengames.

The scan, which you can see below, shows a couple screens of Broly's Super move, Eraser Cannon, with him charging up his attack and tossing it at a poor (assumed) Goku.

A big update will be implemented along with the aforementioned DLC which more than likely is connected to the patches announced to improve the networking of the game.

There is still no release date given for the DLC or the update in the scan.

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3,300 Fight Money to earn in this week's Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition missions

A new batch of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition missions is live.

The weekly challenges are back with four main missions to complete that reward you with Fight Money. As always, three are straightforward, while one remains cryptic.

This set of challenges is fairly easy to complete, and shouldn't take very long for most players.

This week's cryptic mission is "No Work and All Play," which is a repeat mission. We'll be telling you how to complete this, and the other three FM challenges in this story.

Wiith Arcade Edition's newest DLC character, Blanka, now officially available, you'll want to scoop up as much Fight Money as you can.

Let's take a look at the missions list below.

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You'd need to win about six Ranking events this year to qualify for Capcom Cup

There's been a good amount of discussion regarding the changes to the Capcom Pro Tour this year, and we've specifically heard some criticism when it comes to the new points distribution model.

Some observers are worried that too much emphasis is being put on Premier events so as to elbow their lower-tier Ranking event counterparts dangerously close to the "not worthwhile" end of the spectrum.

Two Tours back, winning a Premier event meant auto-qualification into the Capcom Cup. This model was revised in 2017 in an effort to place less emphasis on Premiers, as a first place finish would grant 400 global points instead of instant Cap Cup berth.

It seems Capcom is trying to find a middle ground with their approach in 2018 as a win at a Premier event this year will net a buttressed 700 GP.

As we'll examine in just a bit, such a payload would probably be about 100-150 points short of qualification status.

First, let's get a quick refresher by looking at the points distribution chart for 2017 and 2018, where we can see a general emphasis shifted further toward Premiers:

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Tired of Blanka-chan yet? Yeah, we know you aren't

Back on December of last year, Capcom revealed not only Sakura for Street Fighter 5, but the entire DLC roster for Arcade Edition. That was their second strongest move since the release of SF5.

The, without a doubt, best move they've made for the game took place just under a week ago on February 15th when the company released a .png image of Blanka's Story Mode costume to the public to do with what they pleased.

We rounded up a gallery of these and then another just a few days later. It wasn't enough.

The internet continued churning out Blanka-chan photo bombs left and right, and so we've put together one more gallery of some of our favorites to share with you yet again.

From iconic movie scenes to Michael Jackson's legendary Thriller music video, the goofiest version of Blanka the world has ever seen continues to permeate pop culture both old and new.

Let us know which ones are your favorites, and if you're hoping this trend ever stops in the comments below.

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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle's story will feature fights on the 'Phantom Field' - Arc System Works shares details on the game's different modes

Arc System Works is currently in the process of developing their next team-based fighting title -- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. In it, players will construct teams of two from a roster consisting of characters from the BlazBlue series, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY.

The company shared details on the various game modes fans can expect to see when they boot up the game. Thanks to Gematsu, we have the translations to read over.

First up, ArcSys released the main artwork for Cross Tag Battle. Illustrated by Higuchi Konomi, designer and artist for several other Arc System Works games, the piece features two characters from each of the four franchises represented.

In the past, the BlazBlue series has provided players with an extensive story mode. Things will be no different with Cross Tag Battle, as the "Episode Mode" will include an original story where "battles unfold on the 'Phantom Field,' a singular point where the worlds of the four works represented in the game come together."

We'll also be seeing a "Tactics Mode" that allows players to experience the unique systems that Cross Tag Battle has to offer. Based on the screenshot provided, this mode looks reminiscent of a combo trials mode you'd see in other modern fighting titles.

You can check out screenshots for these three modes below.

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BornFree discovers the horrible truth behind Blanka's new costume

First of all, I don't know how I haven't seen this joke made on social media yet, (or how I haven't thought of it myself) but BornFree makes a pretty perfect Street Fighter 5 witticism with his latest video.

It seems we may not know the entire story behind the Blanka costume that everyone and their mothers are talking these days, and the truth is actually quite shocking (no pun intended).

You can file this one under the "funnies" tab, as there's no interview, speculation or thoughtful analysis from the New York-based fighting game enthusiast this time around.

Instead we find just a playful jab at Capcom's interesting decisions when it comes to character attire in the latest Street Fighter game.

We're quite sure that once word gets out about what's under the adorable Blanka-chan mask, we won't be seeing it in memes or in ranked bouts any longer.

Let us know if you thought the short was as funny as we did after you check it out, and be sure to follow Born on his Twitter page so you catch all his informative and entertaining fighting game videos.

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Confused as to why Bardock is a Super Saiyan in Dragon Ball FighterZ? Let's break down the history of Goku's father

By now, anyone that has visited this site or the internet in the past week in general probably knows that Broly and Bardock are coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC. Why should they not? They are both fairly popular characters that have been in many Dragon Ball games before.

One thing about the announcement that got some extra attention though was the fact that Bardock turns into a Super Saiyan for his level 3 Super in DBFZ. For those that had only seen the show, read the manga, and possibly seen Bardock's first special, it would be confusing to see a character turn Super Saiyan before Goku had.

This poses the questions of who was Bardock? Why is he important? Where did he appear? Also, is he canon?

To start off with that first question, we must use Trunks' convoluted time machine to go back to 1990 (or about 10 years later if you want the dub) when the TV special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku was first released.

So as that title suggests, Goku is Bardock's son. That also makes Bardock Raditz's father as well. Simply put, Bardock was a lower class Saiyan warrior that died with the rest of his race at the destruction of Planet Vegeta by Frieza.

Bardock may be one of the most important characters to the overall story though because he pulls a Jor-EL and sends Goku to Earth before their planet's demise.

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BlazBlue director and Guilty Gear creator discuss accessibility while keeping depth and why male ArcSys characters lack nipples in new interview

Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari and BlazBlue director Toshimichi Mori have been no strangers to interviews lately, and now they are back answering the pressing questions like where are Azrael's nipples?

The two Arc System Works veterans recently sat down with PC Gamer to talk about the accessibility in Cross Tag Battle, sharing technology, PC releases, EVO and of course the absent nipples.

On the topic of making Cross Tag Battle more accessible, Mori says that he wants to bring in players that have been on the sidelines feeling like the barrier of entry was too high and hopes new players will be able to easily pick up and play the game.

"I think a lot of [depth] will come down to the character combinations," said Mori, via PC Gamer. "There are a variety of toolkits the players will have access to, depending on which characters they combine with who."

In terms of the PC base for ArcSys game players, Mori says they have not noticed a shift in player base yet from more established or familiar spaces and platforms.

"I think it's still very very young in its development stages, said Mori." "Yes, we have begun to bring games to the PC, but having said that, we haven't noticed any large movement in terms of shift in fanbase or anything of that nature. I think we'll find out in the coming years how that's going to affect that our company structure."

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No more regional last chance qualifiers on the Capcom Pro Tour, to be replaced with open qualifier tournaments

We now a full handbook's worth of information regarding the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour, and while certain stats such as the distribution of Ranked vs. Premier events and the $600,000 prize pool, some details are not as apparent and do not float as quickly to the surface.

There's been an amendment to the regional finals branch of the tour, and while this won't be of much concern to most until we're closer to the end of the Tour, (when the regional finals play out) you may want to bookmark this article for reference for when those inevitable questions arise circa October.

Four of the 32 bracket spots at Capcom Cup will be reserved for the four players that emerge victorious from the Latin American, North American, Asian and European regional finals events. These will each conclude with eight-man final brackets, the winner of which will clench Cap Cup berth.

Every player will be assigned to one of the four regions mentioned above based on their residency here at the start of the 2018 Pro Tour, and will not be able to switch the region they identify with thereafter. Any time a player places in an event hosted by their own region, they receive regional points (in addition to and equal to the global points they earn for the same event).

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All three Blanka balls in one combo, beating out Abigail's armor and more in Desk's day one Blanka combo video

Blanka-chan has been all the rage on social media since the reveal of the plush story costume, but now Street Fighter players finally have their hands on the green world warrior and are showing the world what he can do.

Not wanting to miss out on a new character release, resident combo monster desk released a video of his day one Blanka combos while still being limited to the use of only one hand.

Multiple "Blanka Balls," ambiguous slides and crush counters galore are shown off giving players a look at what to possibly expect when fighting the character online and beyond.

Desk also features Blanka's tools for avoiding fireball pressure including his EX-Wild Hunt command grab and EX-Rolling Attack that seem to be projectile invincible along with his Coward's Crouch and Critical Art.

He also has some fun with Blanka and F.A.N.G's crouches and slides which do not really present some secret tech, but it is still funny to see.

In the clip below, Desk shows off a powerful corner combo against Abigail using two EX-Vertical Rolling balls followed up by a tricky mix-up which you can see in the video after the jump.

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Top Melee player Leffen has been among the top ranked players in Dragon Ball FighterZ for both the PC and PlayStation 4

"Smash is not a fighting game." These words often come up in online forums and posts when the topic of Smash Bros. is talked about in fighting game related scenarios.

Most people that make this claim tend not to realize that many Smashers, including myself, don't really care if others take on this opinion. There's never been much of a desire to prove that Smash Bros., at a high level, require many of the same fundamentals of traditional fighting games to those that did not believe as much.

While there are those that would try to discredit the scene behind the games, the players are spending their time improving and simply having fun with the game. The idea that a Smash player couldn't be successful in other fighters has already been disproven.

Christopher Gonzalez, better known as EG|NYChrisG, was often regarded as one of the greatest Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players. His team of Morrigan, Doctor Doom, and Vergil is infamous. It's likely that not many people know about Chris's origins in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community.

William "TSM|Leffen" Hjelte is also a player that has made a name for himself in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community as a result of his desire to perfect his own gameplay. It is clear that he has the potential to be one of the top level competitors for Dragon Ball FighterZ, if he should choose that route.

He's been playing on both the PC and the PlayStation 4 versions of the game. At different times, he was ranked #1 on the PC and #5 on the PlayStation 4 (he may have even gone as high as #3, but this isn't shown in the below images).

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Heidern revealed as King of Fighters 14's next DLC character

Another big fighting game reveal today as SNK has released a trailer for King of Fighters 14's next DLC character. Spoiler alert: it's Heidern.

The showcase gives us a look at what this warrior can do in the latest installment in the series.

Heidern made his playable debut back in The King of Fighters '94 as part of Team Brazil -- which later came to be known as the Ikari Team. He is the commander of the Ikari Warriors and adoptive father to Leona, who happens to be one of his best soldiers.

In King of Fighters 14, Heidern stands tall and fights with long limbs. He has a projectile and slash attacks similar to Leona, and has a super that sees him toss out a spinning wheel of energy that hits multiple times.

Heidern in the second of the game's four upcoming DLC characters to receive an official trailer, however, we now know the identities of three of them.

The first is a female fighter from Saudi Arabia, who was decided upon by way of a social media contest. Second up is Oswald, a returning fighter and first of the DLC combatants to get an official trailer.

Now we have Heidern, and though we don't know specific dates, we can expect the DLC characters to start becoming available sometime this April.

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