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Capcom Cup 2018 early results, stream ft. Tokido, Fujimura, Problem X, Fuudo, Sako, Justin Wong, NL, OilKing, NuckleDu, Daigo, Luffy, Haitani and more

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

It's been a long and challenging season in this year's Capcom Pro Tour, but we're finally at the end of it, and in a few days we'll have a winner crowned.

That's right, Capcom Cup 2018 is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it's as big as ever.

31 players who have put their all into the season this year are qualified for these finals, and there will be a Last Chance Qualifier to decide the final participant at the event's first day as well.

The players confirmed for the finals so far are FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, Mouz|Problem X, CYG|Fuudo, FAV|Sako, FOX|Justin Wong, UYU|NL, UYU|OilKing, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, RB|Luffy, FD|Haitani, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, Rise|Caba, NASR|BigBird, RB|Gachikun, RZR|Xian, CJ Truth, RB|Bonchan, Mago, REC|Punk, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Momochi, AB|StormKubo, Fursan|Verloren, Liquid|Nemo, Chris Tatarian, Rise|MenaRD, RES|Pikoro and NASR|AngryBird.

Given past years, we can also be fairly sure that there'll be big announcements concerning future content additions to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition as well, so if you're hoping for any particular characters or other changes, tune in and cross your fingers.

Streaming will be done at Capcom Fighters and Capcom Fighters 2.

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Plenty of character representation at the Capcom Cup Last Chance Qualifiers as Cammy, Akuma, Rashid, and Urien tie for most used fighter in the top 64

31 out of 32 of the Capcom Cup competitors have already been decided. The final entrant is to be decided via the currently ongoing Last Chance Qualifier event.

Upon victory, they'll be seeded at 19th. In other words, they'll be facing off against the 14th seeded player, NVD|Phenom.

Many top level competitors are gunning for this final spot. This includes the likes of Dankadillas, Liquid|John Takeuchi, ZJZ, TF|DidimoKOF, FD|Otani, XSK Samurai, CO|Dogura, Rise|Smug, GRPT|MOV, and many more.

It's time to look at which characters are the most prevalent at this event. We'll be looking at the top 64 portion of the Last Chance Qualifier bracket.

Cammy, Rashid, Urien, and Akuma were the most commonly used fighters that appeared in the top 64. There were five players for each of them.

Interestingly enough, there was an event split between the number of DLC characters used and the base roster combatants. Unfortunately, nobody was making use of characters like Ryu, Cody, Sagat, Zeku, and others by this point.

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Three DLC characters coming to Fighting EX Layer early next year, two of them will be free

Arika has shared the details on what's to come for Fighting EX Layer by way of another update video. Apparently, three DLC characters are set to be added to the game by early 2019.

Not long ago, the company put out a video that ran through the schedule for FEXL updates in November and December. These updates included events such as an arcade version of the game releasing in Japan and its launch on Steam.

This time, Arika sheds light on some things to come in 2019. Specifically, fans can expect to see three DLC fighters join the battle in the near future — two of them will be free and one will be paid DLC.

The company notes that releasing characters for free with their development budget is very risky. "We are glad if you forgive us for taking the time to do so," Arika says in the video.

One character is expected to be released at the end of March 2019. Arika plans to make the other two available at the end of May, and they have not yet decided if this will be a double release with both launching simultaneously or if they'll be released separately.

At this time, we know that King of Fighters' own Terry Board is set to join the game at some point. We also know that Street Fighter EX character Sharon is en route, and there was a potential hint that Area could be joining the roster too (as DualShockers pointed out).

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CouchWarriors Crossup 2018 live stream ft. Kazunoko, Fenrich, ApologyMan, Tachikawa, Cloud805, Supernoon, Nakkiel, LordKnight, Souji, Garireo and more

CouchWarriors Crossup is taking place this weekend in Victoria, Australia.

The big part about this event is that it's the final Saga event in the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, meaning that there's a Dragon Ball up for grabs.

Although Dragon Ball FighterZ is the main game, the event will also feature tournament play in the yet-to-be-released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 6, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Mortal Kombat XL, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Top players set to compete at the event include GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Fenrich, BC|ApologyMan, DNG|Tachikawa, UYU|Cloud805, NRG|Supernoon, PG|Nakkiel, BC|LordKnight, GGWP|Souji, Ponos|Garireo and many more.

With 75 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, it'll be a big fight to see who gets the Dragon Ball in the end. With GGP|Kazunoko present and gatekeeping, is he going to grab his fourth? Or will someone finally overcome him and get theirs?

Streaming is being done at Dragon Ball FighterZ, Couch Warriors, Couch Warriors Smash, Melbourne Melee and New Game Plus TV.

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The official Street Fighter 5 Twitter account just changed their profile picture and the announcement hint is... nothing?

Capcom Cup 2018 has officially begun and we are currently seeing the event's Last Chance Qualifier event run its course. There have already been a number of exciting Street Fighter 5 matches, and there's still much more to come.

Fans are anticipating a major reveal for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition this weekend, with all eyes currently on Sunday finals. It looks like the official Street Fighter Twitter account may already be getting things started, albeit a little differently than we've seen previously.

In the past, the game's Twitter page has changed up their profile picture and sometimes banner to tease the next big reveal. Most times we're given a look at the SF5 logo with a background that applies to the upcoming character reveal — for example, a purple backdrop with waves of Psycho Power to signify the announcement of Falke.

The Twitter account changed their profile picture today, but the potential hint here is... much more cryptic. What we're seeing now is the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition logo with a blank background.

While this could simply be the account updating their profile picture with a clean slate, traditionally these character reveal hints are sent out a couple of days before the big unveiling. The Street Fighter Twitter account changing their main picture on day one of Capcom Cup 2018? Yeah, that reeks of a hint at what's to come.

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Asta from Black Clover joins the Jump Force roster

Bandai Namco has announced another playable fighter for Jump Force. This time, Asta from Black Clover enters the ring.

Black Clover is a currently running Fantasy shonen manga series that has a focus on magic. Asta is the protagonist of Black Clover and he harnesses an anti-magic sword.

In Jump Force, Asta does battle using his Demon-Slayer Sword and Demon-Dweller Sword. He can transform into his Black Asta form to pull off his super special attack Black Meteorite, Siliconera reports.

Asta is joining a fully loaded cast of playable characters in Jump Force, including Dragon Ball Z's Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza, One Piece's Monkey D. Luffy, and Black Beard, Naruto and Sasuke from the Naruto series, and many others.

Jump Force is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15th, 2019.

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Poll results: Who will win the first round matches of Capcom Cup 2018 and the whole event?

Updated 8:30 a.m. PDT, Fri. December 14, 2018: And the results are in! To see how our readers voted, be sure to view the results after the jump.

Original story: Capcom Cup 2018 beckons as players from all over the world are preparing for their trips to Las Vegas. We're a mere four days away from the start of the action as this Friday will see the Last Chance Qualifier play out and crown the 32nd and final entrant into the Cap Cup bracket.

The other 31 participants are well aware of their first round match ups as Capcom has posted the official bracket, and that means it's time for some fantasy predictions. We've set up a series of polls so that you can share who you think will advance beyond the first round.

It shouldn't surprise that some of the biggest names in the world will be facing off from the very start, but seeing these as round one match ups can be jarring simply because it's almost always the case that names like Mouz|Problem X and Rise|MenaRD are seeded quite far from one another.

The reigning EVO champion and reigning Capcom Cup champion will nonetheless be each others' first bout, meaning one of these titans of Street Fighter 5 will be sent to the losers bracket after just one set.

Chris T parted ways with his sponsor, Cygames Beast, just about a month ago but will be facing his former teammate, CYG|Fuudo, at the beginning of his Capcom Cup run. There are more than a few more early slobberknockers on the books and you'll be able to view them all and vote below.

Click the thumbnail here to see the full list of first round matches. Continue on after the jump to cast your predictions on your first round matches as well as who you think will take it all home this year.

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EVO Japan 2019 main game line up revealed, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not on the list

The main EVO Japan 2019 line up of games was announced early this morning over on the official EVO Twitter page. Several major fighting games that you'd expect on the event's card made the cut, but there were two big omissions that might leave fans scratching their heads.

Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters 14, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 make up the EVO Japan 2019 main games line up. As you probably noticed, massively popular titles Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are missing from the list.

Both games took the fighting game community by storm when initially released (and we're still in the midst of that craze with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). Not having tournaments for either game this coming year is certainly peculiar.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was not a part of the line up at EVO Japan this past year as its release date fell a bit to close to the weekend of the tournament. With DBFZ being one of the most highly renowned fighting games of the year and so popular in the FGC, fans definitely expected it to be a part of the big show early next year.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's absence is also strange considering the game's predecessor, Super Smash Bros. 4, being a part of the main games at EVO Japan 2018. The release date of Smash Bros. Ultimate is far enough out from the event that unfamiliarity is likely not an issue, and in Dragon Ball FighterZ and Smash Ultimate's case there may be some licensing hurdles the EVO team could not overcome being that the event is overseas — though that is merely early speculation.

For comparison's sake, EVO Japan 2018's line up was as follows: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazeBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, and ARMS.

EVO Japan 2019 is taking place on February 15 - 17 in Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

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It's possible to hit Isabelle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but you're a monster for doing so

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be the greatest crossover event in gaming history with a total of 74 different characters available at launch. Even more are on the way with the confirmation that the Piranha Plant, Persona 5's Joker, and 4 more newcomers will be added as DLC.

Perhaps the cutest new addition to the series is Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series. She serves as the secretary for the mayor — the Villager.

You can pit Isabelle up against the likes of characters like Snake, Simon Belmont, Cloud Strife, Little Mac, Ridley, Bayonetta, and many more. What's particularly funny about Isabelle's inclusion is that she has stated that she dislikes confrontations.

Needless to say, there are a lot of mismatched themes going on in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Still, that's part of the fun of the series.

This might be hard to believe, but it is actually possible to strike Isabelle with attacks. Her painful expressions will just melt your heart away.

If you truly want to win against Isabelle, the game doesn't seem to have any qualms about reminding you of how much of a monster you are when defeating her with the most devastating of attacks. Was that first place finish at EVO really worth it?

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Please note that no real dogs were harmed during the making of this story. We don't advocate for animal abuse. Respect your pets, folks!

Capcom Cup 2018 Last Chance Qualifier preview — which powerhouses are looking most likely to make it through to the main event?

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

We've already covered the main event in a two-part preview, of which you can find part 1 here and part 2 here, but now it's time to talk about the Last Chance Qualifier.

Given the amazing performance Liquid|Nemo showed us last year after winning the Last Chance Qualifier, it's definitely something people are keeping an eye on, so let's see which players are looking most primed to have a strong shot at grabbing that last Capcom Cup spot this year.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch 1.2.0 now available; features better matchmaking and balance adjustments

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated. This is patch 1.2.0.

Patch notes are available on the Nintendo Switch. Most notably, the online matchmaking will now give preferred rules a higher priority than before. The downside to this is that there might be longer waiting times between matches.

It also specifically says that there still isn't any guarantee that you'll find a match that has your exact preferred rules. Given, this might only apply to very wonky rules that nobody else is searching for.

Interestingly enough, balance adjustments have already been made. The list of adjusted fighters are Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Luigi, Ice Climbers, Young Link, Olimar, Toon Link, Villager, Greninja, PAC-MAN, Duck Hunt, and Isabelle.

Unfortunately, no exact details were provided about how these characters were changed. It's unknown if they received buffs or nerfs.

The difficulty of unlocking challengers has also been adjusted. While it doesn't specifically say how, it's likely that the AI has been toned down in order to make the unlocking process a little easier.

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Liu Kang and Sub-Zero claimed to be in Mortal Kombat 11 by Best Buy pre-order page

It was only just recently that Netherrealm Studios announced Mortal Kombat 11 at the Video Game Awards show. We saw a battle take place between Dark Raiden and Scorpion. The end result was of course a fatality on the loser.

Outside of those two, we also got a quick glimpse at some mysterious newcomer. Shao Kahn will apparently be returning as a pre-order bonus.

Who else will be available as playable fighters? According to a Best Buy listing, Liu Kang and Sub-Zero are also part of the roster. "A packed roster of legends and contenders, including Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, and Raiden, go head to head in this fight for the future of the realms," is stated in the description for Mortal Kombat 11.

Of course, there's no guarantee that Best Buy knows for sure that these two will be performing fatalities on opponents in the upcoming game. Predicting that these two iconic Mortal Kombat characters will be playable is a fairly safe bet.

While Liu Kang was not playable in Deadly Alliance due to the events of the story, both are extremely popular among fans. These tend to be some of the first characters one thinks of when Mortal Kombat is the subject — along with Raiden and Scorpion.

Rumors also appear to be circulating from Todd McFarlane — the creator of Spawn — that Spawn may be on his way to Mortal Kombat 11. 'Tis the season for rumors and speculation it seems. Official information on some of this may surface during the January 17th community reveal event.

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Sakurai always prioritizes Super Smash Bros. game requests by Nintendo, but suspects we'd be fine waiting about 10 years 'until the next one'

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has launched with a massive amount of content. 74 characters, 103 stages, a Classic Mode that offers unique experiences for every fighter, the World of Light Adventure mode, and many more additions.

Many have theorized that this could be the final Super Smash Bros. game in the series due to the climatic feel of the latest entry. Even Masahiro Sakurai has stated that he may have put himself in a corner with the theme that "everyone is here" since sequels need to offer something more than the predecessors.

Cliff notes for an interview with Masahiro Sakurai was provided by Source Gaming. Sakurai stated that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came about because Nintendo asked him to create a new Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Switch. This means that Sakurai had the opportunity to see the Switch during early development.

Apparently Sakurai will always prioritize the Super Smash Bros. series if Nintendo wants him to continue it. Having said that, he revealed an unsureness that he'll be able to do that forever.

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Yoshinori Ono and his Blanka toy drop another announcement hint for Capcom Cup 2018

The big show is almost upon us; Capcom Cup 2018 kicks off tomorrow and is gearing up for an action packed weekend of amazing Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition play and content.

With this year's Capcom Pro Tour coming to its conclusion, a new champion will be crowned in Las Vegas, Nevada. After a year-long tournament circuit, intense battles, and some of the biggest Street Fighter 5 events we've seen to-date, it all comes down to this weekend.

History dictates that Capcom aims to make a big announcement (maybe more than one) for Street Fighter 5 at Capcom Cup. We know Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono will be in attendance, and he has hinted at a potential something set for the finals in recent times.

Today, Ono took to Twitter once again with his trademark Blanka doll to reassure fans that "Blanka's pocket" is ready to rock and roll this weekend.

"Blanka will go to Las Vegas from San Francisco for joining to Capcom Cup 2018!" Ono wrote on Twitter. "We're making preparation for Capcom Cup, Blanka's pocket has got everything arranged! ;P"

We were all expecting a Street Fighter 5-related announcement at Capcom Cup before today, but Ono's latest tweet just further cements it in our heads.

From the potential of Rose being revealed as the first Street Fighter 5 Season 4 character to a strong grappler character reportedly joining the fight next year, we've talked a lot about what might be revealed this weekend at Capcom Cup. This time we want to know what you think.

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Tell us in the comments what you think Capcom is going to unveil at the Capcom Cup finals. What is Ono hinting at?

The Walking Dead's Negan let's Lucille do the talking in these new Tekken 7 screenshots

Bandai Namco has released new screenshots of Tekken 7's big DLC closer character for this season, Negan from The Walking Dead.

Tekken 7 is currently in the process of adding six new characters to its already loaded roster. So far, we've see Lei Wulong, Anna Williams, Armor King, and Marduk join the battle as DLC.

The final two characters left to be released are Juila, who is sporting a new live streamer persona, and of course, Negan.

As fans of The Walking Dead might expect, the leader of The Saviors fights with his trusty barb-wired baseball bat, Lucille. He utilizes big, powerful strikes, and one of his moves recreates the legendary head bashing moment the character is known for in the series — albeit nowhere near as gory.

Negan can be accessed through Tekken 7's Season Pass 2. For $29.99, players will receive all six of the new DLC characters (as they are released), as well as some slick new character customization items.

At this point in time, a release date for Negan has not been announced.

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Spawn creator Todd McFarlane believes the character is 'on his way' to Mortal Kombat 11

Spawn could be coming to Mortal Kombat 11. This is not a drill, folks!

The character's creator, Todd McFarlane, held an AMA yesterday over on Reddit in order to field questions about the Venom movie — he also provided proof on Twitter that it was actually him participating in the Ask Me Anything. Spider-Man's symbiote-covered antagonist saw his own feature film earlier this year, and fans will be able to purchase it on Blu Ray and DVD on December 18th.

Though this AMA was Venom-centric, that did not stop redditors from asking Todd about his other creations — specifically Spawn. With Mortal Kombat 11 now officially announced, the question was inevitable.

"Will you please let Spawn be in Mortal Kombat 11?" one Reddit user asked McFarlane. "I believe he's on his way..." was Todd's response.

Naturally, this answer has people going crazy over the possibility of Spawn finally joining the Mortal Kombat universe. As far as fan requests for guest characters in NetherRealm Studios' brutal fighting franchise go, Spawn is a name we've seen brought up more than anyone else in every recent iteration of the game that's been released.

It's hard to believe that McFarlane would so casually drop a major announcement like Spawn in Mortal Kombat 11 on Reddit, and it is possible that he was merely having a little fun with the question. Still, it's certainly interesting to see McFarlane field the question at all.

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NieR: Automata’s 2B coming to Soul Calibur 6 on December 18th, Bandai Namco details balance changes in V1.10 patch notes

Bandai Namco has announced the release date for Soul Calibur 6's next DLC character. Guest fighter 2B officially joins the fight on December 18th, 2018.

2B hails from Square Enix’s action RPG, NieR: Automata. She is the second guest character to join Soul Calibur 6 after The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia, who is a part of the game's launch roster.

You will be able to gain access to 2B by purchasing the Soul Calibur 6 Season Pass, which for $29.99 USD will net you the three upcoming DLC characters (as they're released), two sets of creation parts, and bonus character Tira — if you don't already own her. 2B will also come included with an alternate costume, unique background music, a new stage, and more.

The company also released patch notes for the upcoming V1.10 update. This patch adds several alterations to the game, including numerous balance changes for each of the fighters on the current roster.

Soul Calibur 6's upcoming update will not only feature balance changes, but it is also set to improve network functionalities and aims to fix the issues with the game's created characters. Since the game's launch, players have been using the Create-A-Soul mode to generate offensive creations and characters that make matches unfair — and they can be used in ranked bouts. We will likely be seeing new measures to counter these situations with the patch.

We can expect to see the V1.10 update for Soul Calibur 6 on December 17th, a day before 2B's release. It will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on the same day.

You can view the full English patch notes here.

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