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'I will win [Capcom Cup 2017]' - Haitani shows confidence and talks about Season 2's brand new characters, hopes for Necalli's new V-Trigger and more

Note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese, and the questions and answers were subsequently translated by me, MajinTenshinhan. The original Japanese questions and answers can be found towards the end of the article.

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is one of the most consistent players in Street Fighter 5 so far, GRPT|Haitani. In this interview, he talks about the brand new characters in Season 2, how to improve as a player in the game, chances at Capcom Cup 2017 and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: In Street Fighter 5, you're currently using Necalli. How strong do you think he is in the game right now? Are there any matchups in particular you feel are good or bad?

GRPT|Haitani: Necalli is a very well-balanced character and has even or better matchups with most of the cast, which makes him strong.

He might be a slight bit lower than the top tiers Ibuki, Akuma and Rashid, but he's still a upper tier character for sure.

As for particularly bad or good matchups, I think the character Necalli struggles with the most right now is Balrog (Boxer).

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Should top players be allowed early access to fighting games given the current eSports landscape?

There's been quite a bit of buzz surrounding a few images that appear to depict an upcoming build of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, that allegedly contain future DLC characters as well as a re-balance for the existing roster.

Seeing as this content is not on disc for data miners to hack into, these images suggest that Ryan "SPY|Filipino Champ" Ramirez was given the updated form of MvCI by Capcom.

The intuitive guess is that this was done for testing purposes, seeing as Ramirez is amongst the most qualified people on the planet to try out new content and scan for issues, but considering that he's also a competitor attending tournaments that offer thousands of dollars in cash prizes, the situation can quickly become questionable.

This is sure to bring about community discussion on policy when it comes to granting top players special, advanced access to a game or an update. It's something of a muddy situation in that there's no real law or authority to definitively dictate what a developer's approach should entail.

There's likely going to be a portion of the community that condemns this practice as well as a portion that finds it permissible. Seeing as the current eSports movement is allowing competitive fighting games to grow to all new heights, the community should probably have a pretty in-depth discussion to decide where to stand.

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Sugiyama talks with Red Bull on the competition for Third Strike, his character Necro, and hints at new technique he wants to show at Battlegrounds

Today, Street Fighter 5 is the most current game in the series. Street Fighter 3: Third Strike is still played today despite the fact that two numbered entries exist beyond it.

While the third in the series did not do well commercially, there exists quite the hardcore audience for it. One of the competitors for this title is a Japanese player known as Sugiyama.

Street Fighter 3: Third Strike is certainly well known for how strong some of the top tiers like Chun-Li and Yun are. Many players have still manage to succeed while playing as a low tier.

Sugiyama is a competitor that's made a name for himself by utilizing Necro. This particular fighter is typically seen at the bottom half of the tier list.

We're excited to say that Sugiyama will be attending Red Bull Battle Grounds next weekend in Boston, and has sat down for an interview with Red Bull to catch us up on what he's been up to, and what we can expect in the near future.

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First images of Venom and full DLC character select screen in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite potentially leaked

A couple of interesting photos recently surfaced that seem to give us our first glimpse at Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's upcoming DLC.

It's unclear where these images originated from -- we first saw them in an unnamed Imgur gallery and from various Twitter users -- but they have certainly piqued the interest of the community. One of the images shows Venom in training mode, while the other features the full character select screen complete with the remaining three DLC fighters.

From what we can see of Venom, he does not appear to be a big body character -- like players expected. Fans note that he dons the Anti-Venom look, although some speculate that this is just an alternate color for him.

We also see what appears to be an alternate costume for Jedah. There are still 12 premium costumes set to be released for the remainder of the launch roster, so if this photo is the real deal, this costume is likely showing Jedah's premium.

The character select screen here includes Sigma, Black Panther, and Monster Hunter, the game's first three DLC fighters, as well as Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier. The latter three combatants are not currently in the game, but are expected to be released by the end of the year.

There have been some very convincing fakes posted in recent years, so there's a chance that these images aren't authentic. However, one Twitter user spotted something that is leading many fans to believe that they're valid.

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Nintendo files for new Super Smash Bros. logo trademark

Potentially exciting news for fans of the Super Smash Bros. franchise as Nintendo has filed for a new Super Smash Bros. logo trademark.

GoNintendo reported on Sunday that gaming powerhouse has filed for a new series of trademarked images for multiple titles including The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Bros.

This could potentially mean a few different things, one of which being a brand new entry to the series.

Alternatively, Nintendo could be gearing up to produce a remake of one of their previous Smash Bros. games (such as Melee or Smash 4) on their latest console, The Switch. It could also be something less major that they're renewing the trademark for.

At this point in time, with no official statement or announcement, there's little more to do but speculate on the matter and get excited that something is somewhere on the horizon.

For reference, you'll see the standard Japanese Smash Bros. logo (without any flair) as well as the Japanese Smash 4 one in the image below:

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SNK sees large increase in sales and profits, according to latest financial report

It seems that things are looking way up for SNK right now.

The company recently shared their latest financial report in the Official Gazette's latest publication, and Siliconera reports that the numbers are very strong.

The financial statement notes that SNK's sales hit 4.281 billion yen from August 2016 to July 2017. This is up from the 3.203 billion yen the company saw during the same period last year.

SNK's ordinary income for this period was 1.986 billion yen, another increase over last year's 1.317 billion yen.

The largest increase, however, came from their net profit. According to the financial statement, this number comes in at a staggering 3.105 billion yen for the aforementioned term, which is a major change from the 558 million yen the prior year.

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Lightning fast confirms into Critical Art, stylish combos, and proficiency in both stances: Sako is still rocking Zeku in Street Fighter 5

We've seen Scarz|Sako play several characters over the course of Street Fighter 5. With the release of season 2's final combatant last month, however, the veteran fighting gamer has seemingly made the switch to Zeku.

Upon release, Sako was one of a handful of top players to dive right in with the ever-changing ninja. A recent set of matches shows that his practice has been consistent.

DeadAceBS uploaded a first-to-three set between Sako and a Master rank Dhalsim player named TaiwanDaimon.

As we know, Zeku can switch between two styles in battle: old Zeku and young Zeku. Each comes equipped with unique normal attacks, special moves, and gameplan.

Sako switches seamlessly between the two, landing devastating combos, frame traps, and mix ups on the opponent with each.

His Zeku is looking quite strong now, and we can only wonder if Sako will be playing him at the Capcom Cup last chance qualifier on December 8th. Depending on the outcome of the North America Regional Finals this weekend, the last chance qualifier could be Sako's final opportunity to qualify for the end-of-the-year event, so it will be interesting to see if he feels confident enough playing a character that has only been in the hands of the public for a couple of months.

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Hellboy now available in Injustice 2

Injustice 2's latest DLC fighter is now available in-game. Hellboy, a paranormal investigator for the BPRD, enters the fray with his giant hand and giant handgun.

Today, players who purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Deluxe Edition, Ultimate Pack, or Fighter Pack #2 gain access to Hellboy. He will become available for standalone purchase on November 21st -- a week from today -- for $5.99.

In Injustice 2, Hellboy is a straight up brawler. He doesn't have much in the way of mix ups, as his main goal is to simply put a beat down on the opponent.

You can check out our Hellboy character breakdown recap from the most recent Watchtower stream for more info on how the character plays.

Hellboy is the final character to round out Fighter Pack #2. He joins Mortal Kombat's Raiden and Black Manta.

Today we also see the release of Injustice 2 on PC. You can purchase it through Steam or the Microsoft Store, and this version will allow players to purchase all of the current DLC we see on consoles -- with the exception of Hellboy.

Hellboy will join the PC roster at a later date.

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Menat has some heavy flaws and I think is a middle-low tier character - here is what I would change about her for Season 3

There are a handful of changes I'd like to see for Menat in Season 3 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, as we here at EventHubs are doing a series of articles to examining the characters we play and what we'd like to see for them in the future.

I believe Menat falls into the middle-lowish area of the tiers for Street Fighter 5. She's not dreadful, and has some heavy strengths — she also has a few too many flaws to be considered strong, in my opinion.

The main flaw for this character is that she lacks damage outside of her V-Trigger and Critical Art — particularly when attempting to punish an opponent.

Her mid-range play is terrific, but if the opponent can throw themselves at Menat without much fear of retribution, they can break through her wall to take heavy advantage of her very poor up close defense.

The problem with most characters in fighting games is that if you buff the right move, you can turn a weak character into an incredibly overpowered one, just by changing a few frames.

With this in mind, I'm cautious about tweaking existing things that are already strong for a character, and instead like to focus of making their flaws not as pronounced.

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Nintendo says eSports is a core part of their thought process in statement to investors

Nintendo recently released an investor's report that revealed their interest in the eSports scene. Question 13 of the report asked about Nintendo's opinions of eSports and their "efforts going forward in relation to these activities."

In particular, they've noted that it has "been part of [their] core thinking in creating games at Nintendo, and [they] intend to continue creating games along these lines." It is pointed out that they are aware of the consumer interest surrounding the genre.

There is reason to believe that Nintendo are interested in pursuing ways of increasing their role in eSports. According to them, "they've been thinking a lot about quite what kind of reward would make winners happy" when they observed that champs tend to receive compensation.

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Harada: Tekken 7's input lag was reduced by 2 frames, but people didn't notice; more reductions coming within the year

It's no secret that Tekken 7 has been somewhat infamous for having some of the highest amount of input lag for modern fighters. It had about 7.7 frames of latency... at least, it did previously.

During the Tekken World Tour Finals event, Harada stood up in front of the crowd with a translator, Tekken designer Michael Murray. There were a number of interesting things said about this issue that has been plaguing Tekken 7.

"Before asking [Epic's Unreal Engine team] to cooperate, we first actually eliminated two frames of input lag on our side -- and you guys didn't notice!" said Harada through his translator. This would mean that the input lag has been reduced to 5.7 frames.

Of course, it doesn't just stop them. Previously it's been brought up that more reductions have also been incorporated from the engine side thanks to Epic Games.

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Infiltration, MOV, XSK_Samurai, Alex Myers, Nemo, LPN, and more are already signed up for the Capcom Cup 2017 Last Chance Qualifier

It's been announced over at Capcom Unity that the Capcom Cup 2017 Last Chance Qualifier registration is now live. This is certainly one of the most important tournaments for the Capcom Pro Tour.

Whoever wins this tournament will be given a guaranteed spot on the Capcom Cup. A number of players are gunning for this final spot, so there's definitely a lot on the line here.

Players that are already signed up include GRPT|MOV, GRPT|Infiltration, XsK_Samurai, Tempo|Alex Myers, AW|Nemo, LPN, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Infused|Imstilldadaddy, and stormKUBO. Remember that players that are already qualified are not allowed to compete in this tournament.

In other words, there will be no participants that are only there for the sake of gatekeeping. All the competitors mentioned above are currently not qualified.

Among these contenders, only one of them can potentially qualify at this point. It's hard to imagine seeing a big tournament like Capcom Cup without a number of these individuals.

So which competitors are not allowed to compete at the Last Chance Qualifier? Let's take a look...

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Call an exorcist, Tokido's Raging Demon montage is scary good

With an EVO win this year, amongst numerous other shining points on his resume, FOX|Tokido has clearly established himself as the strongest Street Fighter 5 Akuma player in the world.

Set ups, footsies and all around expertise have propelled Tokido to this status, but Akuma still has his trademark Raging Demon in his arsenal, and The Murderface makes sure to take full advantage of this devastating attack.

XusesGB has gone through the painstaking process of scanning hours of match footage to seek out some of Tokido's most jaw dropping uses of the Raging Demon, and shares them now with us all.

Even though you know it's coming, watching this learned player set up and execute some of these will surely make you shuffle in your seat out of sheer surprise.

It isn't just a collection of unsuspecting scrubs that Tokido catches either. All players in this montage are Master ranked online, and include the likes of DNG|Itabashi Zangief, GRPT|Haitani, Mago and others.

Here's a quick clip of a Demon from one of Tokido's recent bouts with fellow Japanese god CYG|Daigo Umehara:

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Saint's amazing double perfect, Speedkicks makes a killer Rage Art read, intense comebacks, and more: Tekken World Tour Finals highlights

Yesterday, we saw the conclusion of the Tekken World Tour take place.

This tournament featured 16 of the world's best Tekken players slugging it out after months of competing. With $50,000 on the line. you can only imagine the level of dedication we'll be seeing here.

As we normally do with hype events, tonight we're going to take a look at some of our favorite moments from finals day.

Players showcased in these highlights include FOX|Saint, FOX|JDCR, Qudans, PG|Speedkicks, Yamasa|Nobi, NCSS|Jimmy J Tran, and more.

We kick off our highlights with an exceptional whiff punish.

In group 4, Nobi's Dragunov took on Jimmy J Tran's Bryan in an exciting bout. On the verge of losing the game, Nobi pulled off a clutch whiff punish using his character's back swing blow attack, leading to a quick juggle combo and the round victory.

To close out that same set, the two players brought it down to the wire, leaving everyone on the edge of their seats.

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Desk gives Street Fighter 5 a Street Fighter 2-style overhaul, and it's the best thing you'll see all day

In fighting games, fans love seeing callbacks to past titles in the series. Some of the best and most recent examples of this are the Street Fighter 2 remake stages found in Street Fighter 5.

Combo video creator Desk has taken this idea to a whole new level. Today, we have a Street Fighter 5 compilation that is injected with heavy influences from the game that put the franchise on the map.

According to Desk, this project started out as a simple mission to create a remix for Karin's theme in response to the recently released classic themes DLC. The remix was meant to sound as though it would appear in Street Fighter 2.

This remix eventually evolved into what we see here. The combo video features custom menus and HUD, made by Desk, as well as sound effects ripped straight from the Street Fighter 2: World Warriors ROM.

The presentation in this video is excellent, and it is supplemented by the stylish combos Desk pulls off throughout.

I can only hope that this inspires Capcom to create a full-fledged Street Fighter 2 theme for Street Fighter 5.

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Tekken World Tour Finals results ft. JDCR, Saint, Qudans, Noroma, Speedkicks

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The end of the Tekken World Tour 2017 is finally upon us, and the strongest players from across the world are gathered.

This is the culmination of months of competition, so everyone who's earned their spot in this 16-man event has worked hard to get here.

And why shouldn't the road be hard? With $50,000 in prize money up for grabs, we're going to go ahead and quote the upcoming guest character Geese Howard by saying "Whining fools begone!"

The players who have made it this far are FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, Qudans, COOASGAMES|Noroma, PG|Speedkicks, NCSS|Jimmy J Tran, Yamasa|Nobi, ROX|Knee, Anakin, CGG|Tissuemon, Circa|JoeyFury, CKT|Blackbeard, UYU|Princess Ling, Crazy|SuperAkouma, DG|KaneAndTrench and TDG|Fergus, but only one will remain in the end.

The event will begin with a group stage, and lead from there into a final top 8 bracket, so there'll be plenty of matches to enjoy.

What are you waiting for? Tune in to Tekken and let the good times roll.

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Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy 15 announced for Tekken 7

At the Tekken World Tour Finals today, Harada had promised there would be an announcement.

Well, he delivered.

Right before the Top 8 of the tour's finals were set to start, we were treated to a trailer from Harada himself.

In this trailer, we got to see that none other than Noctis Lucis Caelum, the main character from Square-Enix's recent Final Fantasy 15, will be joining the cast of Tekken 7... Oh, and he's buddies with Lars.

He brings a Final Fantasy 15 stage along with him, and a bunch of flashy moves any Final Fantasy fan is sure to love. In the trailer, you can see him wield all of the royal weapons he has at his disposal in the original game, as well as magic in the form of Fire, Blizzard and Thunder, to boot.

Although the video shows some fishing action, it's probably safe to say this won't actually be part of your Tekken matches in the future.

Here's a bunch of images from the trailer.

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