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CouchWarriors Crossup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

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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NEC 19 early results, streams ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Grover, PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, MarlinPie, KnowKami and more

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

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Bros Calamity, KPB Live and TSB Blaze.

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Poll: Which players will win their first top 8 matches at Capcom Cup 2018, and who is going to take home the grand prize tonight?

Well, we made it through that crazy day of top 32 at Capcom Cup 2018, and not many people probably would have expected the brackets to turn out as they did with only one of the most voted players from our previous poll managing to make top 8.

CYG|Daigo Umehara went 0-2, the number one seeded FOX|Tokido finished in 13th place, last year's Capcom Cup champion, Rise|MenaRD, only made it to the second round and this year's EVO winner Mouz|ProblemX also did not manage to make it to Sunday.

The final eight players who will be squaring off in just a few hours are RB|Gachikun, RB|Bonchan, FD|Fujimura, FOX|Justin Wong, NASR|AngryBird, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, RZR|Xian and Momochi. Each of them faced grueling battles to get where they are, but which one will come out on top?

Fujimura and Itabashi Zangief are the only two players to make top 8 at Capcom Cup for the last two years in a row — though the Ibuki player has actually made it the last three, but does their experience help them take home the grand prize?

Former Street Fighter 4 Capcom Cup champion Momochi has looked at the top of his game this weekend after busting out Ken, Kolin and Zeku to eliminate players like Tokido, StormKubo and Rise|MenaRD. Will he become the first player to win multiple cup titles?

You can vote in our new Capcom Cup polls after the jump to let us know which players you think will win their first top 8 matches and which player you now think will take home that giant check and trophy.

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Rumor: Persona 5 Arena's development pushed back due to Granblue Fantasy Versus; Dragon Quest character may be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Earlier today, Cygames announced that their RPG series Granblue Fantasy would be crossing over into the realm of fighting games with a new title in development by Arc System Works called Granblue Fantasy Versus which may have had an impact on other projects if recent online postings are to be believed.

A recent anonymous post on Japan's 5chan text board suggested that Persona 5 Arena's development has been pushed back to make room for the new collaboration fighter. This normally wouldn't carry any weight behind it except the post was made December 10, five days before Granblue Fantasy Versus was revealed.

Persona 5 Arena has never been confirmed to be in development by ArcSys or Atlus, but BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori has alluded to future Persona projects beyond Cross Tag Battle's use of the P4A characters.

This all is still an unconfirmed rumor, so it should be taken with a healthy grain of salt though even more details about Persona titles and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC were also part of these postings.

Persona 5's protagonist, Joker, was announced to be Smash Ultimate's first DLC character last week, and his stage may be based off of the Mementos dungeon from the RPG where the mascot demon / Persona Jack Frost will make an appearance.

On top of all of that, another post suggests that a Dragon Quest character and stage will also be making their way to Smash Bros. as DLC for another partnership with Square Enix.

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'Take the throw' mix ups from Fujimura, Sako can't be stopped by a V-Reversal, and AngryBird confuses with Zeku's dash under — Capcom Cup highlights

The Capcom Cup 2018 event is near its conclusion. We're now down to only eight players remaining with everyone else eliminated.

Many top Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition players from around the world were competing at the Season 3 finale. The competitors included UYU|OilKing, NASR|BigBird, Liquid|Nemo, CYG|Daigo, Rise|MenaRD, FAV|Sako, REC|Punk, Ghost|NuckleDu, FOX|Tokido, RZR|Xian, Mouz|Problem X, FD|Fujimura, FOX|Justin Wong, RB|Gachikun, RB|Bonchan, and many more.

As you can imagine, there have been a number of upsets throughout the tournament. Some players that you might have expected to win the whole thinghave already been eliminated.

Sako for example is no doubt one of the best Menat users in the world. Only someone like him can master the technical hurdle that is Menat's V-Trigger 1.

He had a number of tricks up his sleeve for this event. Even during a high pressure combo, he is able to position the orb perfectly to get the needed launcher.

Should he have access to Menat's V-Trigger, then nothing can save you from getting chipped by his Critical Art — not even a V-Reversal. After your invincibility expires, he'll hit you with the extra orbs.

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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 2 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, 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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All 34 Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition characters look sick on the Capcom Cup rotunda screen

Capcom Cup 2018 is currently transpiring this weekend. This super major event is essentially the final Capcom sponsored tournament for Season 3 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

They've managed to create a rotunda screen inside the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. Street Fighter fans will likely appreciate the artwork created by Kiki.

All 34 characters currently in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition are present here. It's cool that we get to see a side of some of these fighters that we've never seen before.

For example, Necalli appears to be enjoying some spicy curry with Dhalsim. Meanwhile, Mayor Cody is shaking hands with the self-declared president of the world, G.

It looks like Menat is trying to break up a fight between Akuma and Abigail. I'm not exactly sure why, but I feel like something is wrong with that part of the rotunda screen. For some reason, I've always though that it would be Menat and Abigail that would be in conflict in this situation...

Anyhow, here's a full look at the rotunda screen just in case you aren't going to be in Las Vegas for the next day or so:

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'Sakura's Urgent Errand' returns to Street Fighter 5's weekly missions along with Mech Juri's final costume piece

It's Capcom Cup weekend, but that doesn't mean that new missions and Extra Battles are sitting this week out and probably shouldn't be missed if you've been trying to keep up with costumes.

The standard 3,300 Fight Money is up for grabs this week, as 'Sakura's Urgent Errand' returns as the biggest earner and perhaps the easiest missions of them all to complete.

This weekend also marks the launch of Mech Juri's final costume piece which is now available for the normal entry price of 2,500 FM per attempt to complete the new outfit before Mech Abigail rolls onto the scene next week.

Along with the end of one new costume comes the third week missions for five returning crossover outfits including Viewtiful Joe Rashid, Jun Chun-Li, Captain Commando Nash, Super Soldier Guile and

Shin Akuma also makes his return as an Extra Battle boss fight for those who hadn't previously fought / beaten him plus Street Fighter 5's holiday event for earning more Fortune Tickets still until Christmas with Falke as the current opponent.

You can take a look at the available missions in the gallery below, and learn how to complete them after the jump.

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Monitor on 2-player side of Capcom Cup reportedly laggy; Capcom addresses issue after 20 minute break

The action is already picking up at Capcom Cup 2018. Unfortunately, there was a bit of an issue earlier today with the second player's monitor at the main event.

According to Chris Tatarian, the second player monitor on the biggest stage of the year was causing some lag. This caused the action to be paused for about 20 minutes.

Notably, DNG|Itabashi Zangief also had to stop his match for about five minutes during his set with Ghost|NuckleDu.

After the break the players continued playing and Tatarian told us that they had fixed the issue. Chris ended up going 3-0 against CYG|Fuudo.

It goes without saying that this could cause major problems with one of the biggest competitions in the year if one of the monitors is laggy. Player timings would be thrown off and the competitor one the first player side would be given an unfair advantage.

Below is an image of how many wires are attached the monitor in order to split the feed.

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ZeRo and Leffen release updated Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier lists

Last week, Tempo|ZeRo and TSM|Leffen shared their day one Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier lists. Now, the two top players are back with updated charts.

On ZeRo's original list, characters like Pikachu, Olimar, Simon and Richter Belmont, the Inklings, and more sat in the top tier category. ZeRo noted that Pikachu had the number one spot due to his great recovery, great speed, strong attack options and the fact that they're short.

For Leffen, characters such as King K. Rool, Falco, Pokemon Trainer, the Belmonts, and others were given the coveted S rank tier label. He followed up with the mention of Falco's ability to convert into true combos from so many different approaches as one of the main reasons the character is incredibly strong.

ZeRo's updated tier list sees Inkling take the top spot, with Pikachu moved down to #3. Leffen also puts Inkling at #1, but this time Falco is moved to the bottom of the top tier section.

What's interesting is that both players seem to have Chrom high up on the list — #2 and #3 for ZeRo and Leffen, respectively. The Fire Emblem fighter is definitely looking like a strong contender in these early days of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using his great movement and offensive pressure to overwhelm opponents.

You can check out more insight on the tier lists from ZeRo and Leffen by clicking each link here.

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Don't Park on the Grass 2018 early results, streams ft. SFAT, S2J, Swedish Delight, n0ne, Zain, HugS, MikeHaze, Esam, Ryan Ford, KJH, Rishi and more

This weekend is loaded with big events, and Don't Park on the Grass is no exception.

Taking place in Seattle, Washington, this is mainly a Smash Bros. event.

With over 500 entrants each for both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee, this is going to be an absolutely enormous event, and a good chance to check out some action of the latest Smash title.

Some of the notable players entering this event are CLG|SFAT, Tempo|S2J, OG|Swedish Delight, ALG|n0ne, PG|Zain, DIG|HugS, BC|MikeHaze, PG|Esam, Ryan Ford, KJH, Rishi, PG|MVD, W2W|Bladewise, Professor Pro, TGS|Captain L, Ginger, though there are of course many, many more.

The event will also be hosting tournaments for Super Smash Bros. 64 and Rivals of Aether.

Streaming is being done at VG Boot Camp, Endgame TV 1 and Endgame TV 2.

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Bardock and Android 16 still sit among the most used fighters despite their nerfs: Top 32 character usage statistics from CouchWarriors Crossup

We've now made it to the seventh and final Saga event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, so this will likely be our last last chance to see the game at a big event until its Last Chance Qualifier and finals in January.

CouchWarriors Crossup is currently going on in Australia where the top DBFZ players from Japan, North America and around the world have gathered to compete for the seventh Dragon Ball for entry into the World Tour Finals next year, and they've already whittled down to the final 8 players.

Three-time Saga winner GGP|Kazunoko, NRG|Supernoon, Kindevu, PG|Nakkiel, Seo, BC|ApologyMan, BC|LordKnight and DNG|Tachikawa will all face off later today, but not all of them have picked up Gotenks just yet as some had feared.

We've gathered the character usage statistics for the top 32 players at the event for DBFZ, and Bardock and Android 16 have actually remained among the most used fighters despite their recent nerfs in the last balance update.

At least 23 of the game's characters saw play in the upper part of the bracket though Super Saiyan Goku was actually the most popular with 12 different players using the protagonist while Bardock and Android 16 were each featured by nine.

Many top players viewed Gotenks as the best character in the game following the last patch, but he still sits behind the other three aforementioned fighters along with Vegeta. You can check out the full stat breakdown after the jump.

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Which characters have shown up the most in Capcom Pro Tour top 8s for Season 3.5? Which one character hasn't shown up at all? Let's analyze the data

Earlier this year, I did a comparison between Season 3.0 and Season 3.5's charage usage for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition using data from the big tournaments that had occured at the time.

This list was made shortly after CEO 2018, so it only really covered about half of the year at the time, and only a few months of Season 3.5 since it hit us right at the beginning of April.

The more data you have, the more accurate and interesting the findings tend to be, so this time we're going to expand on the Season 3.5 statistics and see just how much characters have shown up in top 8s across the year.

We're not going to repeat the Season 3.0 statistics since the comparison doesn't matter as much at this point, and there was a pretty small sample base to draw from, but if you're interested in what Season 3.0 looked like, you can just check back with the previous piece from early July.

For context, this will be a pure presentation of data, and isn't implying anything about character strength or their usage. Any character showing up in a top 8, even if it's only for one match, is counted, meaning that this is purely a representation of how often characters are seen in top 8s of Capcom Pro Tour events.

Characters are only counted if they were used in top 8. For example, if someone used Akuma the whole way to get to top 8 but picked only Guile for the entire top 8, that will only count as Guile inside of a top 8, so these statistics are 100% based on top 8 appearances and nothing else.

Every single Capcom Pro Tour event of Season 3.5 will be counted, meaning that I'll be using the data from the last article as a base and add on to it every event that's happened since then. Now, without further ado, let's have a look at the statistics of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's current balance patch, and how it's shaken out competitively.

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Granblue Fantasy Versus announced as a fighting game collaboration between Arc System Works and Cygames

Arc System Works created their own unique take on cell-shaded '3D that looks like 2D' fighting game engines beginning with Guilty Gear Xrd which has since caught the attention of other developers / publishers and led to some collaborations like Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Cygames revealed at their Granblue Fes 2018 event in Japan that a new fighting game spin-off for the popular RPG is in development called Granblue Fantasy Versus, and its art style may look familiar to Guilty Gear players because it is being developed by Arc System Works.

Five characters from the RPG were shown off in Granblue Fantasy Versus' reveal trailer including Gran, Katalina, Charlotta, Lancelot and Ferry.

The title is described as "a brand new fighting game from the developers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, set in the world of Japan’s megahit RPG, Granblue Fantasy featuring original gameplay tailor-made to appeal to both Granblue and fighting game fans alike" according to its official website.

Its HUD and interface are not shown off in this first trailer, but the combat engine looks quite similar to the recent Guilty Gear titles with an emphasis on weapon-based fighting along with a variety of magical attacks.

Granblue Fantasy Versus is scheduled to release on the PlayStation 4 in 2019 for Japan though no other planned territories have been announced at this time. You can check out the official images of the new ArcSys x Cygames fighter in the gallery below plus the full reveal trailer and character descriptions after the jump.

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Otani gets a very favorable trade from Urien's Aegis, MOV has sick Chun-LI V-Trigger 2 combos, and ZJZ can't be pressured when he has Menat's Super

The Last Chance Qualifiers has come to its conclusion. We now know all 32 competitors that will be competing tomorrow at the Capcom Cup 2018 event.

Ultimately, it was ZJZ, a Menat player, that was crowned the victor. He is now seeded at 19th for the event and will be facing off against NVD|Phenom tomorrow in the first round.

The competitors that were present at the event included Liquid|John Takeuchi, TF|DidimoKOF, XSK Samurai, CO|Dogura, Rise|Smug, GRPT|MOV, 801 Strider, LPN, Tempo|Alex Myers, K-Brad, CoolKid93, and many others.

In the grand finals, ZJZ ended up coming from the losers side in order to face off against Dankadillas — who utilized both Dhalsim and Blanka. ZJZ would have to defeat him in two sets back-to-back n order win.

Thanks to his crafty usage of Menat's Critical Art, he was able to catch many opponents off guard by interrupting fake pressure. ZJZ seems quite knowledgeable when it comes to the exact timings on when to place his attacks.

Here are the highlights from the grand finals that crowned ZJZ has the Last Chance Qualifier player. After the jump, you can find more highlights for the entire tournament.

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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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