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Street Fighter 5's servers going down tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT for scheduled maintenance, Halloween costumes and stage inbound

Street Fighter 5's servers will be taken offline tomorrow in what is very likely preparation for the game's latest DLC.

Scheduled maintenance will be taking place from 10 a.m. PDT to 6 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, October 11th.

Tomorrow will see the release of Street Fighter 5's new Halloween costumes and stage variation. Alex, Juri, Ryu, Cammy, Vega, Necalli, and Nash will all be receiving new outfits that can be purchased from the in-game store for $3.99 / €3.99 / £3.29 (each) and the Halloween stage is priced at $1.99 / €1.99 / £1.29 or 40K Fight Money.

For a reminder of what these new costumes look like, check out the image gallery after the jump.

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The Big House 6 results ft. Armada, Hungrybox, ZeRo, Leffen

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's been quiet for a while as far as major Super Smash Bros. events goes, but that's changing this weekend with The Big House 6 taking place, and boy is it a big one. It even features TSM|Leffen's return to competitive Melee after a year of not being able to compete in the United States.

This tournament will feature Singles, Doubles and Crew Battles for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

There's a huge amount of top talent present at this event - including, but not limited to, Alliance|Armada, Liquid|Hungrybox, TSM|ZeRo, TSM|Leffen, C9|Mango, FOX|Mew2King, C9|Ally, NRG|Nairo, RNG|DaBuz, PG|Plup, G2|Westballz, Mr. R, Tempo|Axe, LG|Abadango, WFX|Shroomed, Secret|SilentWolf, FAD|Larry Lurr, DNG|Kamemushi, Selfless|Lucky, CLG|SFAT, CLG|VoiD, CLG|PewPewU, IMT|ANTi, SPY|MacD, Tempo|S2J, Komorikiri, Ice, TGL|ruggedFox, dT|HugS, DNL|Marss, SS|Colbol, DNL|Duck, COG|Wizzrobe, PG|Esama, SPY|Nintendude, KirbyKaze, Tweek, The Moon, GG|Zhu, Circa|6WX, RNG|Swedish Delight, PG|MVD, Zinoto, PG|Wobbles, VwS|Professor Pro, K9sBruce, VGBC|ChuDat, VGBC|Pink Fresh, Eddy Mexico, LoF|False, Fatality, 62-Bit|Bladewise, MikeHaze, DJ Nintendo and GotE|8BitMan.

Streaming is being handled by VGBootCamp, VGBootCamp 2 and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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The Fall Classic 2016 results ft. NuckleDu, Julio, John Takeuchi, Ricki Ortiz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic is taking place this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This event is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event for Street Fighter 5, but also has tournaments for Mortal Kombat XL, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, King of Fighters 14, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late.

Players expected to attend include Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Julio, /r/Kappa|John Takeuchi, EG|Ricki Ortiz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, F3|Alucard, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, PG|RayRay, GXR|Hoodless, UGS|BlackMoonRisingX, NS|Ludovic, XSK Samurai, B.Z.B., OG|Shine, NS|SaltFace, Damdai and many more.

Streaming is being handled by FunkyP, Bifuteki, KPB Live, Smash Studios and Kombat Network.

Check out the action live below.

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Is Infiltration's reign as the undisputed best Street Fighter 5 player nearing an end? Korean player fails to make top 8 at second consecutive event

Losing to the likes of EG|Momochi and HORI|Sako is hardly anything to be ashamed of, but if there's one Street Fighter 5 player we'd be surprised to see this happen to, it's RZR|Infiltration.

Street Fighter 5 is still in its first year, and the strongest players in the scene have had trouble with consistency in tournaments. For the first seven months of the game's life, Infiltration has more or less been an exception to this, but his performances in his last two major events have shown he's still mortal.

Here are the final moments of his tournament run against Sako:

Is his dominance as the game's strongest competitor waning?

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Data mining uncovers audio files referencing Jubei in BlazBlue Central Fiction

It's not a confirmation of a new playable character, but it's likely that many BlazBlue fans are getting more than a just a little excited for the potential of Jubei in Central Fiction.

Jubei, also known as Mitsuyoshi, has been a key part of the BB story line since the franchise began. Fans of the series have requested he be part of a BlazBlue roster for years, and a recent data mine has uncovered audio files of the Central Fiction announcer saying Jubei's name in the same way she does for playable fighters on the character select screen.

Bafo posted a video to his Twitter to share this with the rest of the fighting game community, which you can view below.

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Lower tier characters don't need more damage, they need more opportunities - LPN explains how he thinks Street Fighter 5 should be changed

One of America's strongest players took some time to talk with BornFree at Brooklyn Beatdown, and in their discussion Circa|LPN dropped some interesting tips, perspectives and suggestions for Street Fighter 5.

While the pair talk about quite a few different topics, LPN's responses to Born's question about how SF5 needs to be changed caught our attention the most.

We traditionally think of balance changes in terms of damage output and frame data, which are both incredibly relevant, but LPN chooses to look at things from a step or two further back.

He feels that the game's lower tier fighters don't need more damage as much as they need more ways to realistically apply that damage. Nerfing the top tiers is dangerous in LPN's opinion, and the best thing Capcom could do would be to simply increase opportunities for lower tier characters.

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Possible Arcade Mode for Street Fighter 5 and future Daily Challenges discovered in latest patch

While exploring Street Fighter 5 files included in the latest game patch, X-Kira stumbled upon what looks to be signs of an Arcade Mode.

At this point we can only see reference from a menu, but seeing as this mode has been a staple of Street Fighter games since the franchise's start (along with the fact that many fans have expressed a very real want for such a mode in SF5) we wouldn't be surprised to see it come to fruition in the future.

X-Kira also discovered what look like quite a few prepped Daily Challenges:

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Source: NeoFighters. Sent in by LeonX.

Fighting Game Manager of Flipsid3 Tactics passes away after battling heart complications

Christopher “NinjaCW” Harris, the Fighting Game Manager of Flipsid3 Tactics passed away earlier this morning due to complications from a heart virus.

Harris' sharp eye for talent was evidenced by his recruitment of Antwan "alucarD" Ortiz and EVO 2016 Killer Instinct champion, Darnell "Sleep" Waller, onto the Flipsid3 Tactics fighting game team.

We reached out to Ortiz, and received the following statement, "He was my brother, he literally vouched for me 100% to F3. He believed in me whole heartedly, putting his word on the line to better my life. I am so thankful and grateful to him. I just can't believe I can't see and talk to him anymore."

This is a heartbreaking loss for Flipsid3, as well as the FGC as a whole. We send our thoughts to the Harris' family and friends. Rest in peace Christopher “NinjaCW” Harris (1984-2016).

Source: Flipsid3 Tactics. Photo credit: Chris Bahn. Submitted by LordAkira.

Street Fighter 4 concept sketches for C. Viper, Ryu, M. Bison, Vega, E. Honda

Continuing our series of behind the scenes images from Street Fighter 4, we're showcasing artwork for C. Viper, Ryu, M. Bison, Vega and E. Honda today.

Often compared to Angelina Jolie when she was first shown, Viper's artwork is featured here quite a bit.

You'll also find a very interesting design for M. Bison, which we have yet to see featured on an in-game character.

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Momochi snatches a game away from Mago at the very last second, Xyzzy's Birdie sends Xiao Hai packing and much more - SEAM day 3 highlights

South East Asia Major 2016 saw it's conclusion this morning after a long trek through the top 32 players. Much of the action that took place was certainly not to be missed, so for those of us who didn't get to see things through last night, we've got some of the best moments for you to check out here.

The timer scam

EG|Momochi found himself up against Mago in the winners bracket, and in this particular round, Mago seemed to have Momochi on the ropes. That is, right up until the last second. It only took one brief exchange to tilt the lifelead in Momochi's favor:

You can catch more highlights after the jump.

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Four Melee gods sit between Leffen and retribution, see just how far he flies in the final episode of Cultivation: Resurrection

It's the sixth and final episode of season two of Red Bull's Cultivation, and we find TSM|Leffen in the last leg of his Get On My Level tournament journey.

Having just defeated FOX|Mew2King, the likes of Alliance|Armada, Liquid|HungryBox and C9|Mang0 still stand between Leffen and the gold. More than prizes and bragging rights ride on this tournament however, as Leffen's recent hiatus has many fans asking if the Swedish god slayer is truly back.

Does a Cinderella story await us at the finish line, or will the cocky young Fox player's efforts be shut down by the world's strongest Melee players?

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From a regular salaryman to a legendary hero who trades blows with the best of them - Skullomania's official CFN profile has finally arrived

The Capcom Fighters Network profiles have taken a somewhat surprising turn the last few days, delving into Street Fighter EX characters.

These characters have long been considered off-limits to Street Fighter fans, considering the games were developed by Arika, and although each profile has a "Copyright Arika" mark at the bottom, these characters are still being introduced, and some even contain references to Street Fighter 5's story and current happenings.

Whether Capcom and Arika have reached some sort of deal or not, it's quite exciting to see. Based on internet comments, this is the shining star of the EX series - Skullomania! Check out his image here.

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South East Asia Major 2016 results ft. Infiltration, Xiao Hai, Tokido, Momochi

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Another huge event going on this weekend in Singapore, the annual South East Asia Major. This is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so stakes are enormous.

While Street Fighter 5 is the main event, the tournament will also feature top-level tournament play for BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, King of Fighters 14 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Competitors you can expect to see include RZR|Infiltration, Qanba|Xiao Hai, Tokido, EG|Momochi, MJS|Haitani, GGP|Kazunoko, Mago, HM|Eita, HM|Go1, RZR|Xian, YouDeal|Yukadon, AW|Nemo, Secret|Poongko, CBZ|Nuki, HuomaoTV|HumanBomb, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, HORI|Sako, RB|Bonchan, HM|Dogura, MF|Tonpy, Saunic, GS|Gllty, Gackt, PandaTV|Dakaou, Gootecks, EG|Chocoblanka, Somniac, TGU|MindRPG, BurnoutFighter and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters and Beastapac.

Check out the full action below.

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The biggest mistake players make in Street Fighter 5 is playing too safe and too clean - Phenom explains one of the game's most dangerous pitfalls

BX3|Phenom was a force to be reckoned with in Street Fighter 4, but his explosive start in the Street Fighter 5 scene has made him into one of the most threatening names to see in a tournament bracket.

The 20 year old Norwegian player clinched Capcom Cup berth by defeating RZR|Fuudo at Dreamhack Summer back in June, his unrelenting and risky play the talk of the town after his win.

In a recent interview with BornFree, Phenom explains that not only does he stand by his style, he says playing the opposite is the biggest mistake players make.

He also discusses DLC character tiers, if the recent reduction in input lag makes any real difference and more.

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One of the most impressive combo videos we've seen features a game that wasn't even supposed to have combos...

A very highly anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking Mortal Kombat, and a nightmare for protective parents everywhere, Mortal Kombat II was one of the most recognizable titles of the early 90's.

Comon2680 was somehow able to sneak in enough playtime before his parents got home to create a surprisingly impressive combo video. I saw surprisingly because MKII wasn't designed with a combo engine, though obviously that didn't stop gamers from figuring out ways to string attacks together.

Utilizing a few glitches discovered over the years, Comon is able to put together sequences that not only look cool, but do easily more than a full life bar's worth of damage.

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Get a blast from the past with combos that'll blow you away below.

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