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Sakura, Dark Phoenix, Baiken, Sol Badguy, Poison, Sheik... It's Raining Neon cosplays characters from all over the fighting game universe

Cosplayer, model and photographer all in one, It's Raining Neon has an impressive portfolio.

We've put together a gallery of her beautiful work, including fighting game characters from four different franchises including Injustice, Street Fighter, Guilty Gear and Super Smash Bros.

After you check out the photos, let us know what you think and if you'd like to see more from this cosplay jack of all trades in the future.

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Frostbite 2017 live stream ft. ZeRo, Ally, Nairo, Dabuz, VoiD, Abadango, MKLeo, Kameme, Komorikiri, Salem, Ranai, Zinoto, Tweek, Mr. E, KEN and more

Smash Bros. Wii U fans will be able to catch some serious action this weekend as Frostbite 2017 is taking place in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Huge levels of talent will be present, including TSM|ZeRo, C9|Ally, NRG|Nairo, RNG|Dabuz, CLG|VoiD, LG|Abadango, FOX|MKLeo, DNG|Kameme, 2GG|Komorikiri, MVG|Salem, Ranai, Zinoto, P1|Tweek, RvL|Mr. E, KEN, CaptainZack, InC|WaDi, PG|Rich Brown, PG|Esam, FS|Fatality, E2C|DarkShad and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Unrivaled Tournaments and Gooshi Gaming.

Check out the full action below.

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King of New York 2017 live stream ft. Smug, Punk, Alucard, LI Joe, Shine, Idom, MenaRD and more

The King of New York is a round robin tournament featuring some of the best players in the New York area for Street Fighter 5, battling it out in first-to-5 against eachother.

The full league, taking place on Sunday, will have 10 players, 7 of which have been determined beforehand. Those 7 players are PIE|Smug, ANBU|Punk, F3|Alucard, LI Joe, OG|Shine, Idom and Reforce|MenaRD.

The first day is all about players qualifying for the last 3 spots of tomorrow's main event. You can find the detailed ruleset for the qualifiers on the event's Facebook page.

Streaming is being handled by Bifuteki.

Check out the full action below.

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Naptown City Clutch VI live stream ft. ChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, RayRay, Yipes, Romance, Arturo Sanchez, Gllty, Squall, JoeyD, DualKevin and more

Indianapolis, Indiana is going to be filled with fighting game goodness this weekend, as Naptown City Clutch VI is taking place there.

Games set to be played are Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. 64, Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players attending include EG|NYChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, IFC Yipes, Romance, TS|Arturo Sanchez, GS|Gllty, BxA|Squall, JoeyD, DualKevin and many more.

Streaming will be handled by Team Spooky, Push Block Gaming and PBLK Gaming.

Check out the full action below.

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52-hit Kazuya/Heihachi restand combo, Lars and Raven get the perfect, and more: Here are five of the dirtiest Street Fighter X Tekken team beat-downs

Hate it or love it, Street Fighter X Tekken was a game that received a devoted competitive scene after all was said and done. While a lot of players were moving on to bigger and better things, the die-hard combatants were putting in work and pulling off some amazing things.

Today, we take a look back at five of the dirtiest team beat-downs, courtesy of YogaFlame24.

Featured on this list are players such as Tx BrayneStorm, PxG|Ice, RnK|Lucius, RnK|Ichigo, and more. From the 52-hit restand combo from Kazuya and Heihachi to a devastating Cross Assault barrage from the RnK clan, there's some juicy SFxT goodness to behold here.

For a quick clip, click the GIF below. To view the full highlight reel, be sure to hit that jump.

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Updated: Infiltration, Gllty, Gootecks, Marn, Justin Wong, Punk, LI Joe, PR Balrog, Alex Valle and others added to $250k ELeague SF5 invitational

Updated again: RZR|Infiltration has announced that he too will be competing at ELeague. This story has been updated to reflect new players that have been added to the event roster. You'll see the full list below.

It has been announced that there will be an invitational ELeague Street Fighter 5 event will have a $250,000 prize pool. In addition to this, the event will be broadcasted on TBS.

32 competitors will be invited to compete for the prize pool starting on March 27th. 16 of the top competitors from last year's Capcom Pro Tour will be invited while the other 16 will be invited directly by Capcom.

The event will begin with a set of preliminary rounds that will reduce the number of competitors from 32 to 24. From there, six players will compete each week for the event.

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Professional Street Fighter player, Marcel Stevanin, competes in Netflix's Ultimate Beastmaster in memory of his sister

One gamer, that happens to be a professional Street Fighter player, is showing that gamers can be skilled at a game and still be physically athletic. Marcel Stevanin, also known as poisonSPK from Brazil, recently appeared on one of the earlier episodes of Netflix's Ultimate Beastmaster (a show similar to Gladiator and Ninja Warrior) in honor and memory of his sister.

During the episode, it was said that Marcel's sister had been battling cancer since 2010 and recently passed away. You can tell that Marcel was quite motivated as a result.

Best wishes go out to Marcel's family. I hope to see him compete again in the future as he had an impressive performance.

Marcel was able to show his determination and athletic skill on his appearance. He's clearly a jack of all trades.

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Here is why Street Fighter 5's risk vs. reward system within the neutral feels so heavily skewed

Recently, we speculated that Street Fighter 5's risk vs. reward may be rebalanced based on what we know of Kolin's design. What exactly is wrong with the risk/reward balance so that it needs to be rebalanced in the first place?

I recently watched a video that opened my eyes on what is causing this issue. The crush counter system appears to be a big part of why things are the way they are.

Specifically, the damage that crush counters allow. The crush counters that are safe, and therefore carry very little risk, is what is skewing this game's risk vs. reward so that the neutral game feels so... problematic.

Let's take a look at the video I saw that has lead me to this thought process.

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See the early sketches of how Street Fighter's dandiest boxer came to be - CFN uploads Dudley's original Street Fighter 3 sketch concepts

One of the most popular characters to come out of the Street Fighter 3 series, Dudley truly embraces the essence of gentleman boxing.

Although he's not part of the Street Fighter 5 series yet, he still remains one of the most beloved characters in the franchise, and if you happen to be one of his many fans, you're in for a treat.

The CFN Portal was updated recently with original sketchwork of Dudley from the old Street Fighter 3 days, so you can see for yourself how this dedicated sportsman originally came to be at Capcom's offices.

The images can be found below.

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6th Topanga League early results, stream feat. Daigo, Tokido, Nemo, Haitani, Kazunoko, Sako, Fuudo, Mago

Updated with day seven results: This story has been updated with results for day 7 of Topanga League.

After a long hiatus, it's finally time for the Topanga League once more. But since we're moving to a new game - Street Fighter 5 - there's no A League set in stone yet, so instead of the two different tiers of leagues, we're going straight in with 3 different groups of top-level players all fighting to advance to the final stage.

Each group plays a online round-robin among the 7 participants, with the 1st placer of each group moving to the finals stage, and the 2-5 placers in each group moving to new, 4-man groups where they play a offline round robin, and the victor of that group moves to the finals stage, now housing 6 players total, which will also be played offline.

Another new feature this year is that the event is free of charge - you can check out the stream over at Topanga's OpenRec channel or their English channel here.

You can find the stream and all of the group information below.

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Cannes Winter Clash 2017 live stream ft. Luffy, Mister Crimson, FAB, John Takeuchi, Packz, ImStillDaDaddy, Will2Pac, Cuongster, Frionel and more

Cannes Winter Clash is back this weekend, and it's going to feature a bunch of games and players.

There will be tournaments taking place for Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, King of Fighters 14, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Mortal Kombat XL.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, MD|Luffy, MD|Mister Crimson, FAB, John Takeuchi, Packz, DA|ImStillDaDaddy, Will2Pac, Cuongster and Frionel.

Streaming is being handled by GameLine, JVTV, GameLine 2 and GameLine 4.

Hit the jump for the full action.

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Is the USF4 revival actually going to happen, or is it just a quick flash in the pan? BornFree and Velociraptor discuss on a brand new FGC show

It's been a somewhat quiet time in the Street Fighter universe since the end of Capcom Cup 2016, as much of the community has been laying in wait for news on Street Fighter 5's upcoming patch, its 2017 Pro Tour season and the identities of its new characters.

While we have gotten a few announcement promises from Capcom as well as a Kolin's reveal just last week, it seems at least a portion of the community has begun entertaining the idea of a Street Fighter 4 revival.

BornFree and I are kicking off what we hope to be a new regular series, (we're still deciding on a name, and are currently holding a contest for any viewers willing to help us out) wherein we discuss current FGC topics from both the competitive and casual perspectives.

You'll see episode one below, wherein we discuss just how real we feel this potential USF4 revival is.

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Stronger poison for F.A.N.G? Better zoning for Ryu? Arms and legs for Nash? Vesper discusses which characters he feels need the most buffs in SF5

We're getting closer and closer to the next update for Street Fighter 5, and as we close in on what will likely be the final balance patch for Season 2 the community speculates on the changes they hope to see most.

While many are quick to offer their thoughts on top tier nerfs, Vesper Arcade has come forth with some potential ideas for lower tier buffs. In his video, Vesper details four fighters that seem to have fallen behind as of December's patch, and explains some ways they could be made to be more competitive.

He includes fighters such as F.A.N.G, who he feels doesn't pose enough of a threat with his unique poison mechanic, and Nash, who was described by RZR|Infiltration as having had his arms and legs cut off. Give the video a watch, and let us know if you agree, and which characters you'd most like to see buffed.

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Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers comic book starts off with a bang as Rashid faces off against Anakaris - Preview images in story, issue on sale now

We previously reported that a Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers comic book series was in production over at UDON Comics, and now the project is starting to come to fruition.

Issue #0 of the series should now be available at your local comic book store, and if you want a glimpse of what's waiting for you inside, look no further - We've got a few preview pages for you below.

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Defeating big time names and generating big time salt; Punk is rising through Street Fighter 5 ranks, and leaving a few fires along the way

Victor "Punk" Woodley had been primarily an online warrior in the Street Fighter realm, but recently crossed over to the other side of the tracks with a handful of strong major tournament performances.

His impressive run at last year's Red Bull Battlegrounds, (in which he bested FOX|Justin Wong in a mirror match and gave FOX|Tokido a run for his money) put him in the spotlight, and his wins at NEC in December and Winter Brawl last weekend have kept him there.

Punk has also been participating in ESL's King of the Hill, where he recently bested Peter "Flash" Susini 10-3 while using Nash, one of his secondary characters:

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Punk's gameplay isn't the only thing he's attracting attention with, as the young player has had two out of game altercations in just the last week. After his sets with GTG|MikeAndIke12 at WB and Flash at KotH, he found himself in verbal scuffs with his defeated opponents. We were able to nab a quick interview with the rising SF5 star.

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