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Smug's Balrog bullies Punk's Urien with light kicks while NuckleDu keeps his composure on the verge of death - NWM SF5 highlights

The Street Fighter 5 tournament being hosted at the Northwest Majors IX.5 event ended last night. There were a number of interesting moments that occurred during the top eight segment.

Players in attendance included PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, Rise|Smug, Tempo|Alex Myers, CYG|Snake Eyez, and more. As a result of the sequences these players were able to create, we have highlights ready to showcase.

Our first highlight takes a look at the match that occurred between Punk and Alex Myers. Despite Punk mostly being known for his Karin, both players were using Cammy here.

By this point, Punk had a pretty substantial life lead over Alex Myers. Still, with both players having access to their critical arts, this could've gone in Alex Myers's favor with the right confirm.

What happened instead was that Punk landed a counterhit crouching medium punch. Thanks to the extra frame advantage of scoring the counterhit, he was then able to combo into crouching medium kick then his critical art for the round win.

This certainly showcases Punk's amazing awareness and reactions.

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Poll results: Should Android 21 and other original characters be playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ?

Updated 1:44 p.m. PDT, Mon October 2, 2017: And the results are in! You can check out how our readers voted after the jump.

Earlier: Not too long ago, it was revealed that original character Android 21 would appear in the Dragon Ball FighterZ story mode. Only just recently did we get a glimpse at her role in the story.

Despite her being a brand new character, this character has actually been a somewhat popular topic. Some people actually want Android 21 to be a playable character.

Many are worried that the inclusion of Android 21 would take up a slot for a fan favorite character. Should an original character really be given priority over any of the already established characters?

As of so far, we have no confirmation regarding Android 21's status; if anything, it looks as though she won't be playable since there haven't been any stats shown like for other characters. Is she playable or is she only available in the game's story mode?

It appears as though ArcSys has had a long history of having important story characters with full models and voice work not be playable. The main villain in GG Xrd's story isn't playable, for example.

What about the potential for other original characters later down the road? Should Android 21 be the only exception?

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Capcom to show latest Street Fighter 5 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite content this week at New York Comic-Con, announcements potentially inbound

New York Comic-Con is kicking off later this week, and it looks like Capcom is gearing up for another showing.

According to the official NYCC website, the company will be in attendance and will make a presentation involving its latest fighting titles: Street Fighter 5 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

On Friday, October 6th, Capcom will be welcomed onto the Twitch stage to show off the latest content for the two aforementioned games. The event is set to take place at 1:45 p.m. EDT / 10:45 a.m. PDT, and considering the fact that Twitch is involved here, we will likely see a live stream of the presentation on Twitch's main channel.

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More classic remake stages, new costumes and modes reportedly discovered within Street Fighter 5's game files

The fighting game community's most prominent data miner, X-Kira, has reportedly discovered more Street Fighter 5 content within the game's files.

Last time, we saw more information about a potential Arcade Mode that is expected to be released early next year. Today we have more costumes, stages, and modes to look at.

According to X-Kira's recent findings, fans can look forward to a bevy of new stages. In his latest video, we see file names for brand new backdrops connected to Kolin and Menat, as well as classic remake stages for such characters as Urien and Birdie.

Additionally, several characters on the roster have slots for more costumes. There is no information on what these alternate outfits might look like, but just knowing which characters might be getting new digs soon is interesting in its own right.

Lastly, X-Kira lists a handful of new game modes. We see Dramatic Battle -- a mode found in the Alpha series that lets players fight with two characters at once -- something called "Dojo," and the Extra Battle that we've heard of previously.

Below are a handful of screenshots showing some of X-Kira's findings.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster performs Dragon Ball Z-style touchdown celebration

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Baltimore Ravens at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. If you were tuning into the game around the end of the second quarter, you might have spotted something that fighting game fans would quickly recognize.

With 45 seconds until halftime, Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster completed a pass that resulted in a touchdown, bringing Pittsburgh from 13 to 19 points. Schuster went for the end zone celebration, and his move of choice: Goku's Kamehameha from Dragon Ball Z.

Schuster clutched the ball, pulled his arms back, then fired it off in the epic celebration.

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Dueling Dragons Dojo results ft Haitani, Fuudo, OilKing, Infiltration

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

As has been the pattern for the last few weeks, no corner of the world is without fighting game action during the weekend.

Dueling Dragons Dojo is taking place in Chengdu, China and it's a big one.

This is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so a huge amount of top Asian players have shown up to compete.

Besides the high stakes for Street Fighter 5, the tournament will also feature King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7 and King of Fighters '97, though we're not entirely sure of the streaming situation for those games.

Participants in the event include, but are not limited to, GRPT|Haitani, GRPT|Fuudo, ZW|OilKing, RZR|Infiltration, Mago, YouDeal|Yukadon, FOX|Momochi, Gachikun, CO|Go1, RB|Bonchan, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, GRPT|MOV, ZW|GamerBee, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Ponos|Moke, Talon|Xiaobao, PandaTV|Jiewa, GFuel|Verloren, CO|Dogura, Humanbomb, Scarz|Sako, NL, Talon|Hotdog29 and YBK|Daikokugo.

Streaming will be done at Capcom Fighters JP.

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Northwest Majors IX.5 results ft. Punk, NuckleDu, Snake Eyez, ChrisG

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Northwest Majors IX.5 is taking place this weekend in Washington.

This is the last offline ranking event for the North American region of the Capcom Pro Tour, so anyone hungry for points is bound to show up.

Besides Street Fighter 5, the event will also be hosting tournaments in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, Injustice 2 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

If any of these happen to be your game of choice, rest assured that they will all be getting ample streamtime from pools until the end.

Players attending this event include PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, CYG|Snake Eyez, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Smug, EG|K-Brad, CYG|PR Balrog, Brian_F, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex MYers, Circa|LPN, Commander Jesse, PIE|Kami and many more.

Streaming is being done at Team Khaos, GameClucks and Seattle Tekken.

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PeachCola plays Pong with opponents using Hawkeye's ice arrows while NYChrisG uses the Space Stone for loops - Northwest Majors IX.5 MvCI highlights

The Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournament being held at the Northwest Majors IX.5 event has now concluded. The game is still fairly new so there were a number of interesting spectacles that occurred.

Players in attendance included EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, PG|Punk, and CYG|PR Balrog just to name a few. We've got a batch of highlights that might be worth your time to check out.

One player that was particularly interesting to watch was TSF|PeachCola. Her team was made up of Hawkeye and Gamora.

Her ability to zone opponents out with Hawkeye, then convert into a high damaging combo with Gamora was extremely impressive. Perhaps Hawkeye has more potential than people think.

While her playstyle revolved around overwhelming opponents with arrows, we saw that a number of games turned into a session of Pong with Hawkeye's ice arrow. It was actually quite hilarious to see.

Even though she was eventually eliminated, it will be cool to see her play again more in the future.

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GameTyrant Expo 2017 results ft. Armada, ZeRo, Hungrybox, Mew2King, Leffen

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

A brand new tournament has propped up and is taking place this weekend - GameTyrant Expo 2017 takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, hopefully with many more years to come in the future.

The main games being played at this event are Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, and that's where the main competition is, with over 300 players participating in each, and both Singles and Doubles events are being hosted for them as well.

There's lots more to get excited about, though, because this event also features Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Pokkén Tournament DX.

This event has huge prizes at stake for multiple games, with prize pools up to as high as $30,000 for both Smash games, and prize pools up to $5,000 for each other fighting game.

With Smash being the main competition, those are the players mainly highlighted below, although there's sure to be some heavy hitters in a few of the other titles as well. At this event, you can expect to see Alliance|Armada, TSM|ZeRo, Liquid|Hungrybox, FOX|Mew2King, TSM|Leffen, P1|CaptainZack, FOX|MKLeo, NRG|Nairo, RNG|Dabuz, PG|Plup, CLG|SFAT, G2|Westballz, C9|Ally, Tempo|Axe, MSF|Larry Lurr, RNG|Swedish Delight, IMT|Shroomed, Frys|Wizzrobe, LG|Abadango, BC|Mr. R, CLG|PewPewU, Tempo|S2J, VGBC|aMSa, 2GG|Komorikiri, MVG|Salem, ALG|n0ne, Lucky, Liquid|ChuDat, P1|Tweek, CLG|VoiD, Balance|DruggedFox, Professor Pro, Marss, YP|Fatality, SPY|MacD, DizzKidBoogie, PG|Esam, BC|MikeHaze, HugS, MSF|La Luna and many more.

Streaming is being done at VG BootCamp and EndGame TV 1.

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The Fall Classic 2017 results ft. XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, JoeyFury, Speedkicks

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the many big events going on this weekend is The Fall Classic 2017, taking place in North Carolina.

This is a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you can bet the Tekken beasts will be out in full force. It's also a key event to the Dead or Alive Battle Royale, so we recommend paying attention to the high level of play in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round as well.

Besides that, the event will also feature tournament play in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat XL.

Another notable factoid about this tournament is that several top level 3rd Strike players from Japan have flown out to compete, so you can expect to see some Co-operation Cup tier gameplay coming your way.

There are also potential to increase the pot size of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as well as get some hype exhibition matches. For more details regarding this, go to this Matcherino page.

Players attending this even include, but are not limited to, XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, ITS|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, Kokujin, RX, ITS|Princess Ling, Circa|JoeyD, Xcel|SperoGin, Issei, Rip, Jimmy J Tran, VS|Pokchop, Chi-Rithy, Yakkun and Noble|Vagabond.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Tekken, Funky P, KPB Live and Exodus 3rd.

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Treta 2017 results ft. Brolynho, HKDash, DidimoKOF, Keoma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Treta 2017 is taking place this weekend in Curitiba, Brazil.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event - in fact, the very last one for the Latin American portion of the Capcom Pro Tour.

With 128 players signed up for the game, you can bet they're all hungry to grab those final points on the leaderboard.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main part of this event, there will also be tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Injustice 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat XL and Killer Instinct.

Players attending include F3|Brolynho, Umbrella|HKDash, AAG|DidimoKOF, Vertex|Keoma, Umbrella|Dark, CursoSFV|Paulow3b, SL|Stunner, SHK|Ludo and many more.

Streaming is being done at TRT Champ, Team Dash PR, Kombat Klub and ETC Chile.

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Spider-Man has an easy infinite combo in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite but it might give you carpal tunnel if you do it every match

Not too long ago, we saw Desk put up a combo video that seems to indicate the presence of an infinite prevention system in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. It looks as though someone has discovered how to completely break this system with Spider-Man.

What this boils down to is Spider-Man having an infinite combo in MvCI. At least it's very difficult to perform, right?

Evidently, it's extremely easy to keep the combo going since it only consists of two moves: Spider-Man's web ball and the Reality Stone.

Thanks to the existence of the tag function, it's also very easy to set up. Pretty much any character can setup for this infinite.

Since you are also scoring hits with the Reality Stone, you are building your Infinity Storm meter. Once the opponent's other character jumps in, you can activate it to prevent any potential comebacks (like the Soul Stone Infinity Storm).

The only down side is that this combo takes a long time to actually KO an opponent. You might develop carpal tunnel for performing this combo for extended periods of time...

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Luffy uses Problem X's crossup dash against him while Rass picks up a combo after a traded hit with MisterCrimson - Milan highlights

The Capcom Pro Tour Europe Regional Finals at Milan Games Week 2017 has concluded its Street Fighter 5 tournament. There were a number of notable European players in attendance such as Mouz|Problem X, BX3|Phenom, RB|Luffy, MD|MisterCrimson, NASR|BigBird, and Method|Packz.

As you might expect, there were a number of cool moments that happened. We have highlights that showcase these spectacles.

Our first highlight takes a look at a round that went on between Problem X and Epsilon|Takamura. Problem X was using M. Bison while Takamura was playing as Ken.

Problem X already had his V-Trigger active. His life was extremely low so any wrong move would've costed him this round.

He ended up landing a very high risk sweep despite not being able to cancel out of it with his V-Trigger. From here, he started his mix ups.

Despite the large deficit in life that Problem X had against Takamura, he ended up clutching the match in his favor.

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What makes for good fighting game commentary?

We all have lots of opinions on commentators and commentary in the FGC. Everyone has their favorites, and those that they like to hate on, but what does it really mean to be a good commentator? This is partially subjective, but there are plenty of things that commentators can do to better their craft.

A lot of terms and styles of commentary come from traditional sports. The first sports broadcast with commentary took place in 1921 at a boxing match. Since then it has become a staple for sports, and informs all of our understandings of what it means to watch a sports broadcast. That holds true for eSports and the FGC.

There are two primary forms of commentary. The first is called play-by-play. Play-by-play commentary is exactly what it sounds like. This is your hype man, the guy calling the plays as they happen. If you hear someone screaming about a sick DP and sounding like an auctioneer who just drank too much coffee, chances are that's your play-by-play commentator.

In the FGC play-by-play commentators are guys like Tasty Steve, James Chen, and IFC Yipes. This style of commentary has to take the lead, and make sure there's little to no dead air. Nothing kills hype quicker than silence.

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Dead End Thrills makes Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite look its Sunday best in these enhanced screen shots

Dead End Thrills continues his trademark magical makeovers with some incredibly high quality images from Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Often criticized for its visuals, Infinite has been in some hot water with fans as certain characters, backgrounds and overall appearances have not been deemed up to par.

We'll come right out and say it now, Dead doesn't feature any images of Chun-Li, Dante or Spencer (characters that have been under particular scrutiny from players for their appearances) in his current gallery.

He does feature quite a bit of Captain Marvel though, who looks especially exceptional under these enhancements. We had to sit for a minute or two before we were certain that side profile wasn't a cosplay photo.

Dead End Thrills shares the basics when it comes to his process, noting that his methods use in-engine tonemapping and depth of field control, as well as assembly hacks for free camera, postprocessing, timestop, mesh control.

If that doesn't make much sense to you, don't worry, just enjoy the gallery and tell us what you thought in the comments below.

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Problem X secures second Pro Tour Premier victory in a row with dominating win at Milan Games Week

If there was any question as to the current strongest European Street Fighter 5 player, Mouz|Problem and his M. Bison made a definitive declaration this weekend at Milan Games Week in Italy.

Already the top competitor in the European Pro Tour standings, Benjamin "Problem X" Simon claimed his second Premier event win in two weeks (he won EGX in Birmingham last weekend) and his fifth CPT event win this season.

Sitting at 1,132 global points before playing in Milan, Problem now jumps to 1,532 points. This technically puts him in 5th place ahead of YouDeal|Yukadon, though Yukadon is currently qualified for the top eight winners side at the Premier-status Dueling Dragons Dojo.

Though he did qualify for the Pro Tour last year, Simon had something of a character crisis in Season 1 of Street Fighter 5. Bison's Season 2 buffs have enabled the character to do more in tournament, and Problem's eventual return to playing and mastering the evil dictator is now paying off in spades.

With an 800 point swing in just seven days, Problem X is getting hot at perhaps the best time of the year. With the Capcom Cup just two months away, maintenance of this momentum will put him in prime position to perform in December's 32-player big dance.

Here are the final moments of Milan Games Week as Problem finishes off BX3|Phenom's Necalli from the winners side of the bracket, 3-1:

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Richard Nguyen steals Soul Stone away from Europe with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite win at Milan Games Week in Italy

Milan Games Week was the second of six stops on the Battle for the Stones Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite circuit, and it was none other than the red-hot Rise|Richard Nguyen that would take home the gold.

As the sole American competitor in the top eight, Nguyen would effectively snatch the next out of game power up from all European competitors. Details as to what each stone does are being revealed as each stone is obtained, so we just learned that the Soul Stone will do for Nguyen while he's competing in the top 16 bracket of Battle of the Stones.

Seeing as this cosmic gem tends to deal with revival and second chances in Infinite, it comes as little surprise to learn that it will give the holder something of an extra life in tournament.

No, it's not going to let Nguyen come back if he is eliminated from the tournament, but it will let him erase a single loss in a 3/5 set. Essentially, an opponent will need to beat Richard four times instead of three if they are to advance past him.

This does not apply to all matches, but instead to just one of Nguyen's choosing. At this point we don't know if he'll be able to call the power up into play at any moment, or will have to notify tournament organizers that he'll be using it before a specific set.

Here is the reveal clip from Capcom Fighters, and you'll see the Battle for the Stones bracket and schedule in the images below:

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